Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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May 12, 2016
AliceVinimates Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys are rolling out a variety of new Vinimates!  Vinimates are a larger format 4″ PVC vinyl figure still in the style of the Minimates that you know and love.  The figures are pre-posed to give them personality and have ball-jointed necks so you can ad some of your…

 

May 8, 2016
BrucknerToyBizHeads1 Our old friend Tim Bruckner has been doing some Spring cleaning at the Art Farm and has dug up all (we think) of the Master Wax Head Sculpts of the Marvel comic book characters he did for Toy Biz back in the day.   It’s an unbelievably  impressive line up, and this doesn’t include the WCW…

 

May 6, 2016
MMMCivilWarWv2AntFalcon Two more Avengers stand revealed! Ant-Man and Falcon Minimates will hit Toys”R”Us this summer as part of Captain America: Civil War Series 2! Series 1 is in stores now, with exclusive War Machine figures coming very soon to comic shops! Marvel Minimates Series 66: Captain America Civil War Series 1 – comic shop/specialty assortment w/exclusive…

 

May 5, 2016
HSB8215_watermark You saw it revealed online this week, now you know where you can get it FIRST!!  The Marvel Legends boxed set with the first Spider-man figure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is available NOW at EntertainmentEarth.com!   Captain America Civil War Marvel Legends Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man Set Entertainment Earth has 1st Reveal…

 

May 4, 2016
SWrogue-one-Tease1 One final post for ‪#‎StarWarsDay‬ 2016 – A new episode of our pop culture web show “Abby Has Questions.” This episode I show her the teaser trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One… and then I say a lot of nerdy Star Wars stuff. Enjoy! Here is the teaser trailer for Rogue One:   And here…

 

May 3, 2016
CryptoDCBombShellPennantsWW1 As part of our 11th Anniversary celebration we are proud to bring you this AFi First Look at Cryptozoic Entertainment‘s AWESOME first wave of DC Bombshell Pennant Banners! These felt 12” x 30”  showcase your favorite DC Comics Bombshell characters in VIBRANT color and detail! Check out our reveal video below for all the details:…

 

May 2, 2016
MarvelCCCivilWarBox2 Here was have an unboxing of the Funko Collector Corps April box – Civil War is the theme! What’s inside?   Have a look and find out! Want in on the monthly fun?  Then head over to http://www.collectorcorps.com and order a box FULL of exclusive goodies for yourself!

 

April 30, 2016
NECA-Aliens-Series-9-Group2 Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Aliens with three extraordinary action figure debuts! Series 9 includes the first-ever Private Vasquez and Private Frost figures with authorized likenesses, as well as an Albino Alien concept figure based on the original James Cameron screenplay. Private Jenette Vasquez is one of the most requested action figures of all time…

 

April 30, 2016
GhostbustersSonyDisplay2016 Back in February at Toy Fair 2016 we got a look at some of the collector line for the 2016 Ghostbusters film during the collectors preview night (you can see images of that here in our gallery) and we got to see some of the kids line products at the regular Mattel show room (pictures…

 

April 29, 2016
DCCBatTASMadLoveBoxFt As part of ActionFigureInsider.com’s 11th Anniversary Scoop Week, DC Collectibles is letting us do a first look at there upcoming Batman: The Animated Series “Mad Love” action figure two-pack, featuring an exclusive nightgown Harley Quinn figure.  The set will be available June/July 2016. We have the first look at the packaging and the finished figure:…

 

April 28, 2016
LEGO-SW-FREEMAKER-ADVENTURES-Poster1 Introducing new heroes and villains to the LEGO Star Wars universe, the animated television series “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” will premiere MONDAY, JUNE 20 (10:00 a.m. EST) on Disney XD.  Set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the action comedy series follows the Freemakers, a family…

 

April 26, 2016
NECAAliensNewttease2 Actress Carrie Henn, who played ‘Newt’ in the 1986 film Aliens was given special permission over on her official Twitter account,  by the gang at NECA, to give the world the first sneak peek at the upcoming Newt action figure that will be part of their ongoing Aliens line of figures.   I was given…

 

April 25, 2016
RipleyStill It’s April 26th already on the East Coast, which means it’s officially Alien Day! Chosen for the xenomorph’s source planetoid LV-426, today is a day to celebrate all of the films of the Aliens Quadrilogy, as well as to make some exciting announcements in the Aliens world. Right now, let’s check out some new Aliens…

 

April 25, 2016
MatBvSMultiCardMystery1 Welcome back to AFi’s 11th anniversary “Scoop Week” part 2.   It was my intention to post this reveal last week with the others, butas usually happens life gets in the way (as some of you know I have a newborn) and you have to move something around.  I didn’t get half of the stuff I…

 

April 25, 2016
NECAAliensKennerRipleyCard1 #AlienDay426 is almost here! To mark the out-of-this-world global celebration of the ALIEN franchise, be sure to pick up our 7” Alien Day Exclusive Kenner Tribute Ripley Action Figure with Mini-Comic! We’ve got all the details you’ll need below (as well as a sweet photo gallery). AVAILABILITY IN STORE: Available only in Toys R Us…

 

April 23, 2016
Zatanna_batman_animated_title_card Welcome back to day 6 of AFi’s 11th Anniversary “Scoop Week.”  This is the first of 2 scoops we have for you today, but we didn’t get to everything we wanted to this week, so we will be extending the celebration into next week with a few more interviews, some packaged item reveals and a…

 

April 22, 2016
LegionofDansLogo We are back with a DOUBLE sized episode full of toy and Danny goodness! First up the Legion of Dans discuss what they were most excited about out of Toy Fair.  Two of the Dans attended, two stayed home, but everyone saw some surprises and things they are excited about. For the second half of…

 

April 22, 2016
NECAAFiUltimate-T8003 Welcome back to day 5 of our 11th anniversary scoop week!   We have one more incredible reveal for you today (and 2 more tomorrow)! This reveal is from our good friends at NECA who have always been so gracious with us providing scoops every year of Scoop Week.   The tradition continues today with another great…

 

April 22, 2016
AFiSDCC-2016-Exclusive_BACK-Sleeve Welcome back to day 5 of our 11th anniversary “Scoop Week!”  We have a couple more great reveals today starting with some goodies from our friends at Playmates Toys and a highly anticipated film called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, coming June 3rd to a theater near you! Not only do we…

 

April 21, 2016
PPWToysLogo Welcome back to day 4 of “Scoop Week” and our 11th Anniversary celebration.   Today we have an awesome reveal from the gang at PPW Toys.   In this day and age it’s never easy to carve out a name for yourself and do something different with a license other than slightly changing the scale.  But PPW…

 

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