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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June 19, 2016
DSTAliceFiguresWave1AFi Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have given us the first look at their upcoming Select figures based on Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.    These figures have great liknesses and look at those awesome connecting bases!   Check out all the details below and then make sure you place your orders when the next…

 

June 17, 2016
ThunderCats-Fall-2012-Product-1 Today we wrap up our Thunderweek reveals of Bandai’s “lost year” of ThunderCats product.  For our final installment we will look at what would have been the next/last wave of basic 4″ figures. If you are just joining us, former Bandai line manager, and old friend of AFi, Amanda W was gracious enough to pass…

 

June 14, 2016
ThunderCats Fall 2012 Product.pptx We are coming to the end of our Thunderweek reveals of Bandai’s “lost year” of ThunderCats product.  I know this posting is a little late.  I’m actually going to split this last post into two posts so that I can get this half posted today.   Today we are going to look at the vehicles that…

 

June 10, 2016
800x800_TZ1 As perennial San Diego Comic-Con fan favorites, Bif Bang Pow! has collaborated with Entertainment Earth to bring you the next series of convention exclusive 3 ¾-inch color action figures inspired by The Twilight Zone™ – introducing series 4! Designed similar to the action figures released in the ’70s, each retro-styled color figure features 5 points…

 

June 8, 2016
Photographer Jeremy Lloyd, Stylist Alphonse Neri
Stylist Mattel unveiled another round of Comic Con Exclusives available for presale on June 17 on Mattycollector.com.  Below is now the FULL list of Mattel SDCC exclusives.   List of NEW Mattel SDCC Exclusive Reveals: DC COMICS™ MULTIVERSE SUICIDE SQUAD™ THE JOKER AND PANDA 2 PACK SRP: $40 Available: Onsite This Comic Con exclusive includes 2…

 

June 8, 2016
thundercats_logo_new1 Welcome back to Thunderweek on AFi.   Thank you all for your patience with me having to split up the reveals. We are looking at Bandai’s canceled second year of Thundercats products that would have been released in 2012 had the animated series gone forward with a second season. If you missed any of the previous…

 

June 6, 2016
MZ76211_with_animation Last week Mezco Toyz announced the pre-order for their great Space Ghost figure in their One:12 Collective action figure line.  Today, Entertainment Earth is allowing us to break the news that they have an exclusive variant of the figure with one awesome new feature not on the regular version – the EntertainmentEarth.com version glows in…

 

June 3, 2016
Pop_Culture_Quest_Logo_Paper The stage and screen star will host and executive produce the new series  with fellow Star Wars alum, Return of the Jedi producer Howard Kazanjian   SANTA MONICA, June 2, 2016 – Best known for hs iconic role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill will bring his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and…

 

June 2, 2016
thundercats_logo_new2.jpg Welcome back to Day 3 of THUNDERWEEK where we are taking a look at the lost year of Bandai America’s ThunderCats products that would have been released back in 2012 if the show and the line had not been cancelled.  If you missed any of the previous installments you can go back and check out…

 

June 2, 2016
PremiumCollectiblesLogo Greetings Guys and Girls, Premium Collectables is excited to become a sponsor of AFi and hope to provide collectors with a presence in the Australia and NZ region to obtain a large range a Toy Collectables locally. We are already growing at a rapid rate, mostly based on our vast International Network that has sourced…

 

May 31, 2016
thundercats_logo_new2.jpg Welcome to AFi’s THUNDER WEEK where we are, for the first time anywhere revealing a years worth of unproduced ThunderCats products from Bandai America.   If you missed the previous installments you can read the Day 0 Sneak Peek and the Day 1 reveals at the previous links and also catch up on the story so…

 

May 30, 2016
thundercats_logo_new2.jpg Back in 2009 Warner Brothers Animation and Studio 4°C Animation started development on a revamped and revived Thundercats animated series.  This new series launched with an hour long special in July 2011 on the Cartoon Network.   The series was very well received by critics and fans.   I’m sure not everyone loved it, but it was…

 

May 27, 2016
ThunderCats-Fall-2012-Product-1 We have a special week planned for you all of you AFi readers next week… it’s a little later than I had originally planned, but better late than never!   I wanted to post this scoop last month as part of our 11th anniversary, but there was so much other news and reveals that week…

 

May 26, 2016
MattelSDCC16WonderWoman1 Yesterday MattyCollector.com announced they would start revealing their 2016 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives today and would reveal one item each day.   Today they revealed eight items at once originally to USAToday and then later sending out the press release below. What will happen tomorrow?  Will we get one reveal?  More?  Who knows! BARBIE® AMAZON…

 

May 25, 2016
FEB168433 STL009982 Batman TAS Bust   (BALTIMORE, MD)- (May 25, 2016) – Diamond Comic Distributors is offering over 25 extremely limited PREVIEWS exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 20-24). The list includes several variants of Marvel’s current hit, Civil War II, an exclusive Outcast cover from Image just in time for the show’s premiere on Cinemax, a…

 

May 25, 2016
HTMarvelDDTease1 Justice is blind. We are thrilled to officially announce today, Hot Toys’ highly detailed and amazing collectibles based on the highly-popular Netflix Original series Marvel’s Daredevil are coming real soon! Daredevil fans stay tuned. It’s time to get ready for the Man Without Fear and the deadly vigilante Punisher!

 

May 25, 2016
JakksSWBB8BigFig1 If you are like me you wanted one of those motion activated BB-8’s that were in Target’s toy aisle for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  If you are also like me you DIDN’T end up with one, but now is your chance to get something similar, albeit a little smaller, but with…

 

May 23, 2016
SDCC TURTLE POWER! SDCC TURTLE POWER! We couldn’t be more excited to announce two Comic-Con exclusive sets that have been in the works for a while now! From the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4-player arcade game, we’ll have 4-figure box sets for both the Turtles and the Foot Clan coming to San Diego Comic…

 

May 19, 2016
BOMKSLogo Don’t you just hate it when you find a cool Kickstarter for product/projects you love but you never know if it will fund or not?   Well I’m telling you this is an AWESOME Kickstarter project and you can back it without fear because it’s already funded!  We told you about this project back in…

 

May 16, 2016
bm_animated_37_Holiday_Joker Here are the latest and greatest solicitations from the good people at DC Collectibles.  These products will appear and be available to pre-order in the next issue of Diamond’s Previews at your local comic book shop.    The products announced in this solicitation will be arriving in stores primarily December 2016, but there’s also an August and…

 

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