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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March 17, 2014
MOTUCJumboSkelProto2 Twice a month the gang from Mattel are kind enough to answer five questions from AFi readers.  The Mattel marketing and PR team, have replied with the answers to our latest round of questions that AFi readers have posted in our forums.   Mattel has changed the guidelines for these Q&As so they only involve items…

 

March 16, 2014
MOTUCHydronAccess Mattel’s March 2014 Club Eternia subscription figure is Hydron from ‘New Adventures.’ He’s ready to dive into the most challenging situations on land, under water, or in space. This New Adventures hero comes with his vintage trident, removable air tanks and removable head dome for underwater battles. Complete your Galactic Protectors collection with this captain…

 

March 13, 2014
DCSC14Group1 The ruler of Atlantis will scour the sea and the shore to give bad guys the hook… which is on the end of his own left arm. One of the most fan-demanded versions, this ’90s-era style Aquaman figure sports an impressive head of hair and a full beard. The king of the seven seas also…

 

March 12, 2014
336x280_aff_BBP_twilightzone.gif LOS ANGELES, CA (March 12, 2014) – World-renowned manufacturer Bif Bang Pow! announced a creative partnership with ZICA Toys in conjunction with David Lee, makers of high-quality retro-style toys and action figures, to produce a line of The Twilight Zone 3 3/4-inch retro action figures scheduled to ship in the Fall of 2014.   The…

 

March 11, 2014
FunkoBoothLogo1 We still have some news, videos and interviews from Toy Fair 2014  that we’ll be posting over the next few days as we wrap up our coverage for Toy Fair 2014 – One of the most anticipated booths at Toy Fair 2014 was that of Funko.  Between their pre-Toy Fair debuts of their extensive ReAction…

 

March 10, 2014
Jakks40Godzilla1 I was surprised not to see any Godzilla product in the Jakks Toy Fair showroom last month, however the new trailer had not hit yet.  Now, the trailer is out and some of the new Godzilla movie product from both Bandai and Jakks is starting to hit stores.  There was a ridiculous amount of secrecy…

 

March 4, 2014
ScreenHunter_272 Mar. 04 08.48 In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile,…

 

March 3, 2014
GHRocketmanAnnounce1 Go Hero has updated their Facebook page with more news of their upcoming collaboration with Executive Replicas and Phicen on the 1/6th scale George Wallace as ROCKETMAN figure.    Just like their past offerings this figure is LOADED with detail and cool accessories.  See the complete list below: GET READY TO BLAST OFF WITH… – Portrait…

 

March 3, 2014
Happy 100 Eve!   Here we are, 2 years later about to hit episode 100!   But let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet.  We still have a full line up of pop culture chat here in episode 99 for you to enjoy. I’m back from Toy Fair and my trip to the frozen north.   How do…

 

February 28, 2014
IMG_6076 A couple of times a year Target stores set up special holiday sections of the stores.  We’ve reported on some of the past sales and items.  We are heading into Spring soon, so that means Easter is just around the corner.  That means that the holiday section has been over run with eggs, decorating kits,…

 

February 26, 2014
MOTUCclubEtheria_TF14Display1 Today over on the MattyCollector.com message boards Scott posted a reply to the folks that have concerns of the newly announced MOTUC/POP Club Etheria subscription:   posted February 26, 2014 04:02 PM Not that we are counting on this or at all are expecting to go down this path, but I know a lot of…

 

February 25, 2014
ScreenHunter_263 Feb. 25 13.45 For the past 4 days we’ve been uploading TONS of pictures to our Toy Fair 2014 galleries here on AFi.  There are more than 50 galleries representing over 50 different companies and toy lines are now uploaded and ready for your viewing ! Click HERE , on the image below or on the gallery heading…

 

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