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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September 9, 2016
Go Rogue_Screenshot 4 Today, the next chapter from the #GoRogue series of stop-motion shorts from Disney and Hasbro created by Star Wars super fans went live. Chapter 1 of the series debuted last week and Chapter 2 can be viewed below (or here). Both shorts feature several new figures and vehicles from the Hasbro Rogue One: A Star…

 

September 8, 2016
ROGUE ONE NERF GlowStrike CAPTAIN CASSIAN ANDOR Blaster1 Hasbro sent out a second batch of reveals for products that will be available in stores starting September 30th for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  In this grouping we get to see some of the upcoming 3.75″ action figure line (including some new SW: Rebels figures!), some new Nerf blasters, a new MicroMachines set……

 

September 7, 2016
MeTVStarTrek2 Special Anniversary Event Also Includes Star Trek’ Official  Premiere Episode ‘The Man Trap’ Saturday, September 10 Beginning 9pm/ET  09/06/16 – Chicago, IL – MeTV, America’s #1 all classic TV network, boldly takes viewers back in time with a special three-hour network event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Original Series. On Saturday, September 10 at 9:00pm/ET, MeTV…

 

September 6, 2016
NECANYCC16TMNTFoot20 If there’s ever been any doubt that NECA is doing the Lord’s work, this settles it once and for all!  YEARS after announcing/debuting these figures at Comic Con, Randy and the gang at NECA never gave up the fight to get these figures into the hands of fans. I like to think that I had…

 

September 5, 2016
Welcome to episode 4 of our new ongoing series of videos called AquaMonday! Each week we take a look at an Aquaman item in my collection.  Sometimes it’s a new item, some times a classic item and sometimes they will be unique custom or home-made items! In this episode we are looking at the new…

 

September 1, 2016
LEGO_logo Finally this week we get to see the reveals of many of the upcoming releases for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that have been shrouded in mystery for so long.    This morning we get to reveal the Lego products that will be in stores on September 30th to support the opening of the…

 

September 1, 2016
STAR WARS 12-INCH FIGURE Assortment (Imperial Death Trooper) It’s an awesome week to be a Star Wars fan as many companies are starting to reveal their initial products that will be released on September 30th for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY.   Below is the announcement from Hasbro for a good chunk of their product, but there will still be more reveals coming…

 

August 31, 2016
SWGoRogueLogo “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” toys unveiled in series of original stopmotion animated shorts debuting online today Launch heralds global UGC contest celebrating fan content, creativity and storytelling (Caption: New “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” toys revealed in the first installment of a fan-created “Go Rogue” series debuting today on Star Wars YouTube)…

 

August 30, 2016
NECAAliensRipNewt3 Continuing the Aliens 30th anniversary celebration, NECA presents a special edition action figure 2-pack that recreates the movie’s classic poster! That iconic image of Ripley rescuing Newt appears on the front flap of the deluxe packaging; open the flap and the figures are posed in the box just as they appear on the poster. Ripley…

 

August 25, 2016
NECAAlienSpaceJockey3 Holy smokes!   Just look at what Randy and the gang at NECA have cooked up this time… I can’t even… there are no words… As seen in the 1979 horror classic Alien, this stunningly detailed #replica of the Fossilized Space Jockey is perfect as a #diorama element and a striking #display piece on its own!…

 

August 21, 2016
KawaiiCubesDCGroup1 We take a look at the adorable first wave of DC Comics Kawaii Cubes from the Wish Factory. These plush cubes feature all your favorite DC heroes and villains. They are collectible, stackable and just plain fun! There are a variety of sizes and more licenses have just been released including Star Trek and Suicide…

 

August 19, 2016
DC_Super_Pets_Batcow_Plush_AFi Today we have an exclusive reveal that we are very exited about as it has to do with our old friend Art Baltazar of Aw Yeah, Comics!  Art has been designing a line of super cute Super Pets for DC Comics that DC Collectibles have been turning into adorable plush characters. Today we get to…

 

August 17, 2016
LegionofDansLogo Last month was San Diego Comic Con 2016.  Half the Dans were on-site at the show, the other half were tracking things from home.  What did they love? What exclusives did they pick up and what did they miss?  What were their favorite surprises and WHO will be the August DAN OF THE MONTH? The…

 

August 16, 2016
MLFanVote2016Winner The votes have been counted, the hanging chads have been unhung and they are ready to call the winner in all districts! The fan vote launched on the @HasbroPulse Instagram during San Diego Comic-Con and featured a daily match-up between characters including Solo, Typhoid Mary, Lasher, Scream, Citizen V, White Rabbit, and Terror. Voting for…

 

August 15, 2016
DCIconsAquamanLogo1 Welcome to episode 2 of our new ongoing series of videos called AquaMonday where we take a look at an Aquaman item in my collection. In this episode we are looking at DC Collectibles most recent Aquaman figure in their new Icons 5.5″ action figure line. Here are some additional images of the figure as…

 

August 12, 2016
PowerUpGearsOWarBanner1 Power Up Factory may sound like a new name in the collectibles industry, but behind the scenes they have an impressive history of releasing great product, including Mike Horn, former CEO of Palisades toys. This Fall, PowerUp Factory is launching a new line of 7″ busts based on the wildly popular Gears of War video…

 

August 10, 2016
Voting for the four finalists in the 2016 Marvel Legends fan vote has officially started on the Marvel Facebook page. Voting last month during Comic Con narrowed the field from 8 semi-finalists, down to these 4 finalists and now it is time to pick a winner! Fans can vote for Songbird, Typhoid Mary, Citizen V,…

 

August 8, 2016
QMXQfigAqamCthSDCC16Pic4 This is the debut episode of a new video feature on AFi where we take a look at a new Aquaman product each Monday.  I have a ridiculously large, ever growing Aquaman collection.  We will look at some new Aquaman products as well as flashback to some older Aquaman offerings. For our first episode we…

 

August 3, 2016
DCCBTASGordonRas1 We have a First Look Unboxing video for you today for the new DC Collectibles Batman The Animated Series Commissioner Gordon and Ra’s Al Ghul and The New Batman Adventures Etrigan the Demon and Klarion the Witch Boy 2-pack (Zatanna is also in this wave, but I didn’t have her at the time of the…

 

July 29, 2016
AFiSDCCbanner1 We have over 50 galleries from Comic Con 2016 Live and ready to be perused in our Gallery section! There are even more on the way, but in the meantime you can see all of the live galleries here.  

 

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