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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February 7, 2016
rainbow_batman_clip 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 August 2016.  I know that seems like a long way off,…

 

February 5, 2016
CBM_s5B_Key Art_resize The good folks over at AMC sent over this fun clip for us to debut from the hit AMC show Comic Book Men.   The clip introduces us to the casts new alter-egos in the “Comic Book League.”      COMIC BOOK MEN – midseason five premieres on Sunday, February 14 at midnight ET/PT on AMC…

 

February 5, 2016
75828_Prod Ahead of the release of the Ghostbuster’s movie this summer, The LEGO®  Group is announcing a LEGO building set inspired by the upcoming film- welcoming main characters Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, and heart throb Chris Hemsworth as Kevin in…

 

February 4, 2016
MezPTF16One12MarvelCapAm1 This morning in NYC our friends at Mezco Toyz had a pre-Toy Fair press open house to debut some new lines and figures that they will be announcing and displaying next weekend at Toy Fair 2016. We had a man on the scene and will have LOT more pictures to add soon, but for now…

 

February 4, 2016
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve been friends with master sculptor Tim Bruckner for over 10 years and a fan of his work for even longer.  I had the great privilege to sit down with him last week and do an exclusive in depth interview with him as he is looking at semi-retiring from sculpting, putting together a career retrospective…

 

February 3, 2016
GET READY TO KICKSTART SOME SHELL WITH A LAIR FULL OF EXCLUSIVE CONTENT San Diego, CA (February 2nd, 2016) IDW Games is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign of radical proportions! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, designed by Kevin Wilson, is a scenario-driven, miniatures-based combat board game, and its Kickstarter campaign is live now, featuring…

 

February 1, 2016
DCCCapTwoFaceFt2  This past month DC Collectibles released the 10th figure, from their 3rd wave of their Greg Capullo designer series action figure line – Harvey Dent aka Two-Face.  Two-Face was a little delayed from the rest of the wave, but better late than never! This figure is based on the current, long running Batman comic arc by…

 

January 28, 2016
MLCap3BlackPanther Hasbro has been releasing some pre-Toy Fair teases of some new products including part of their upcoming Marvel Legends wave of figures that will tie into this years Captain America: Civil War feature film.   Reveals include Captain America, Iron Man and Black Panther, as well as a boxed set of Cap and his bike….

 

January 26, 2016
MattyThundercatsLionO1 Earlier today Mattel revealed images of three more of the action figures in their upcoming Thundercats Club Third Earth subscription action figure line.  We have already seen the image of Lion-O, but today they added our first look at Panthro, Pumyra and Jackelman.  That only leaved the Club Exclusive Mumm-Ra to be revealed.   The…

 

January 26, 2016
MVS_MMWearableHelmet_1_29DEC2015 LOS ANGELES, Calif., (January 26th, 2016) – Leading toy manufacturer Multiverse Studio Inc. today announced the availability of the Mega Man® Wearable Helmet. Representing iconic characters from the classic platform videogame series Mega Man® from Capcom, this wearable helmet lets you take on the role of your favorite Blue Bomber, with the comfort of a soft, padded interior. Collectible enthusiast and cosplayers alike…

 

January 25, 2016
Introducing MondoBalls™ – gross-out toys of the 80s and 90s reimagined through the eyes of Mondo! Everyone who’s anyone remembers Madballs, the now classic toy balls featuring disgustingly fun characters like Horn Head and Slobulus. Now imagine that same style of of toy applied to other licenses…Friday the 13th, Gremlins, Marvel and many more! MondoBalls™ are highly…

 

January 25, 2016
LootCrateDeliveredtoyourdoor Loot Crate is the premiere Pop Culture subscription box.  Every month a curated “comic con in a box” full of surprises shows up in your mailbox.  It’s like having 12 birthdays a year! Last month I was invited inside the Loot Crate offices where I was able to sit down with Loot Crate’s VP of Growth,…

 

January 20, 2016
DisInfinMarvelBattleGrounds2 This morning, Disney Infinity announced that starting today fans can begin pre-ordering the next Play Set for Disney Infinity – Marvel Battlegrounds. Marvel Battlegrounds, which will hit stores on March 15th,  is a four-player, arcade-style brawler that allows you to battle with up to three friends locally. You get to play in 12 levels across…

 

January 20, 2016
AliensMMS3AFi Our friends over at Diamond Select Toys have allowed us to reveal the awesome image and line up for the just announced THIRD series of Minimates based on the first film in the epic ALIEN franchise!   See below for all the details on who will be included in this new wave of 2-packs and…

 

January 19, 2016
yamato_wonderwoman_exclusive Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Princess Diana of Themyscira, as envisioned by world-renowned artist Luis Royo, is brought to breathtaking 3D life by Shin Tanabe in this limited edition Fantasy Figure Gallery DC Comics Collection Wonder Woman Variant Resin Statue – Entertainment Earth Exclusive. With a numbered display plate, art card, and certificate of authenticity, Wonder Woman stands…

 

January 17, 2016
1stOrder7pkBox1 This week the mailman dropped off my Hasbro/Amazon exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Order Legion 7-pack.   This is a set that I literally ordered on my smartphone while I was standing in line for Toys R Us to open for Force Friday back in September.   The day after I ordered I…

 

January 16, 2016
ZicaCAKickstarterPromo ZICA Toys is very excited to present a new take on an old favorite from the action figure toy aisles, Adventure People! With the help of Eleventyplex, Boss Fight Studios, and other talented artists, this new line will have the aesthetics and articulation features that are most popular with today’s modern action figure collectors. Standing…

 

January 15, 2016
They didn’t have cat videos in 1985, but they had something even better… ThunderCats™! The fierce felines of Thundera traveled through space to find a new home and they’ve landed right here in Club Third Earth! Laser cats? We prefer ThunderCats! The brave Lion-O arrives in 2016 with a few friends and foes, and we’ve…

 

January 14, 2016
LegionofDansLogo Happy New Year Everyone!   We all hope you had a lovely holiday season.   The Dans are back with their first episode of 2016 and we are talking Star Wars: The Force Awakens! There ARE spoilers in this episode so if you HAVEN’T seen the movie yet do yourself a favor and don’t listen until you…

 

January 13, 2016
DCLOCJanuary2016 DC Comics and Funko are proud to unveil Legion of Collectors, the only OFFICIAL DC Comics subscription box! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the DC universe, the debut box – themed after Batman v Superman – will ship this March. For just $25 every other month, members will receive a box full…

 

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