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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July 22, 2014
Comic-Con-Logo The 2014 San Diego Comic Con is almost here, and the news and updates are coming fast and furious!   We will be covering the show not just through the main site here, but also through all of our social media handles.  Take a moment, before all the chaos starts and Like, Friend, and Follow us…

 

July 22, 2014
NECAVidGame98Batman1   Introducing the new Batman 1989 Video Game Appearance 7″ action figure! Batman is the sixth figure in our highly successful line of classic 8-bit video game tributes. Following Michael Keaton‘s iconic portrayal as #Batman in the movie, the side-scrolling game was released in late 1989 for the super popular 8-bit home console, and is…

 

July 22, 2014
WarpoLogo Artisan Retro Toys Based on the Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft Make First Public Appearance since Successful Kickstarter  (BALTIMORE, MD)- (July 22, 2014)- Diamond Comic Distributors is pleased to announce today its partnership with Warpo, indie upstart creator of artisan retro toys which launched onto the market with a wildly successful Kickstarter last month, to bring the…

 

July 22, 2014
Photo Credit: Peter Keehn New York- (July 22nd, 2014)- Mezco Toyz today announced The One:12 Collective, a new line of high end 6″ scale collectable figures. Redesigning the 6″ scale figure category by combining posable action figures with real cloth outfitting, in a similar fashion to the 1/6th scale and larger collectables. Mezco’s One:12 Collective line will present a…

 

July 21, 2014
afi_newlogo AFI’s “After Dark” Panel Series kick off at SDCC 2014   Have you always wanted to see Action Figure Insider’s toy industry panels, but couldn’t get away from the con floor and all of  other events of the day to see them? This year, after the show floor closes, get off your feet for a…

 

July 21, 2014
SkylandersTTLogo ATTENTION FOOLISH HUMAN FOOLS! Skylanders Trap Team™ Dark Edition Featuring Ultimate Kaos Trap Debuts Activations Include Consumer Hands-on Gameplay,  First-Ever Skylanders Comic Book Unveiling   SANTA MONICA, Calif. – July 21, 2014 –  For the first time, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), brings Skylanders®, the world’s leading…

 

July 20, 2014
DCUCSPSuperFace As announced at Toy Fair 2014 the final figures in Mattel’s long running 6″, Four Horsemen sculpted, DC Universe Classics line will be a series of tributes to the 30th anniversary of Kenner’s beloved DC Comics ‘Super Powers’ action figures. I think by now everyone that knows me knows that I am a HUGE fan…

 

July 20, 2014
July is a magic month for geeks like us.   There’s summer movies, new toys, and San Diego Comic Con.    So much goodness is happening for pop culture fans that we never need to go outside in the sun at all.   We will be heading out to the big show this week.  …

 

July 19, 2014
IMG_0882 (Large) It’s the calm before the storm as the city of San Diego preps for the onslaught of pop culture next week for San Diego Comic Con. There is a lot of early preparation that goes into a show like this and the city has to start early to get the banners up, the buses and…

 

July 18, 2014
  COMING SOON: Superman Retro 8 Inch Action Figures. Superman & Supergirl are exact replicas of the original action figures that were released by Mego. Mr. Mxyzptlk is also a replica, but is on the 6 inch teen body. Bizarro No. 1 is a Figures Toy Company original. These will be released in November  …

 

July 17, 2014
Schleich Joker Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us has revealed its full lineup of exclusive items available at the highly anticipated Comic-Con International in San Diego taking place Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27. Conventioneers will find must-have merchandise based on fan-favorite series, including My…

 

July 17, 2014
UTDrWhoWalDr3 Walgreens continues to work their way into the hearts of collectors with the announcement of another wave of toys that will be exclusive to the pharmacy chain.  This exclusive wave was announced today on Underground Toys’ Facebook page:   We are absolutely thrilled to be launching some NEW Doctor Who 3.75inch Action Figures with Walgreens…

 

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