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 4, 2014
Today over on the MattyCollector.com news page Mattel announced the following new contest: He-Man: The Photography War – Comic Cover Contest He-Man fans, this is the chance of a lifetime to contribute to the history of the brand and get the attention of the world for your amazing creative and photography skills.  Mattel is hosting…

 

September 4, 2014
HTBTTFDelorian2 “Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?” Since the debut of the Hot Toys Back to the Future: Marty McFly Collectible Figure this year, many fans were extremely excited about the news and filled with joy especially after seeing the prototype of the figure along with the iconic…

 

September 1, 2014
While we first saw many of these figures last month at SDCC, this past week the figures showed up on Amazon.com.   This gives us our first look at the press photos for the 3.75″ Mattel DC Multiverse figures based on the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game.   Some of these are still available…

 

September 1, 2014
I hope all of you US listeners are enjoying the long holiday weekend.  I know I am.  Here we are at our alliteration episode, number 111… is it still alliteration if it’s with numbers and not letters? As we discuss in this episode we now live in a world with a 12th Doctor, and just…

 

August 29, 2014
FTCSFGleek1  Figures Toy Company is releasing the news of new line and figures through a variety of media.  Most recently they announced a DC Super Friends line on the “Electric Ballroom” radio show.  It looks like anther announcement is coming on Sunday via the same venue.  AND today they debut their (naked) Gleek figure.   Our…

 

August 28, 2014
DCUCSPWWChip1     As announced, back in February 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’ 3.75″ action figures.   Mattel is repainting 6 figures (including a collect-and-connect figure)…

 

August 28, 2014
4HMRavensWave1 WE FINALLY HAVE A SHIPPING DATE FROM THE FACTORY!! Well, although we thought it was going to be smooth sailing with the production on the Gothitropolis: Ravens figures after solving the issues with the snags with the tooling and the paint, we ran into a couple more snags when it came to the packaging. As…

 

August 27, 2014
SpiderManElectro2pk_pkg1 In 1964, The Amazing Spider-Man #9 hit comic book racks, pitting the newly minted superhero against the man who would become one of his most legendary foes: Electro! For 50 years, the electricity-wielding supervillain has gone up against Spider-Man, by himself and as a member of the Sinister Six. And while his costume has occasionally…

 

August 26, 2014
HTIM3mkXXXVI1 The Mark XXXVI armor is designed by Tony Stark in Iron Man 3 to be a Riot Control Suit. The brightly-colored suit is also nicknamed as the “Peacemaker” because it is built to control riots and keeping peace. Today Hot Toys is delighted to continue expanding the “House Party Protocol” and introduce the 1/6th scale…

 

August 26, 2014
Breaking news – The sub fully funded!!  This just in from MattyCollector.com: Yes, you do have the power! The fans have spoken, and it’s official… we’ve reached our subscription goal for the final Club Eternia®! That means we’ll be seeing Lizard Man, Ninja Warrior, Huntara™, club-exclusive Oo-Larr®, and the rest of the lineup for 2015.   It’s…

 

August 22, 2014
DCUCDoomsday1      We were overjoyed at the news this week that DC fans would be getting one last figure released on MattyCollector at the end of the year.   Ever since DOOMSDAY Unleashed was announced at the tier 2 figure for the 2014 DC Infinite Earths subscription, fans have wanted this massive Superman villain on their…

 

August 22, 2014
SaveHeMan3 Ok MOTUC fans… now is the time to rally!   The 2015 Club Eternia subscription window is back open for a VERY limited time!  We are just 10% shy of the sub fully funding and us getting another year of AWESOME Four Horsemen sculpted Masters figures.   If you were on the fence (and have the means)…

 

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