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 25, 2014
  Time for our second SDCC Exclusive announcement! Luke freed himself from the Wampa! The Wampa had to lose an arm in the struggle, but don’t worry… We’ve included it in the packaging of this Pop! set for safe keeping. It looks like The Chosen One has been slaying quite a few vampires! An Invisible…

 

June 25, 2014
AFIAT-ATDriverPackagingConcept You may recall that our friends at Gentle Giant LTD. participated in our 9th anniversary “Scoop Week” and allowed us to debut their Star Wars Vintage Jumbo T.I.E. Pilot.   Today they have allowed us to reveal the first of their 2014 San Diego Comic Con exclusives, and it is another vintage Jumbo Imperial troop:…

 

June 24, 2014
You are joining us at a very special time.   This happens to be Jason’s favorite episode.   What makes this 107th installment his favorite?   You are just going to have to listen and find out! Ah Summer!   It’s a great time to be a geek.  Summer Movies!  Summer Conventions!  Summer Fashions…. wait?  Fashions?  That’s not…

 

June 24, 2014
MOTUCFilmHordakImpSet1 His hordey badness has returned in an all new deco and some new features for San Diego Comic Con!  “Filmation Hordak” as he has come to be known is hitting the convention circuit next month.   Despite being labeled as “the Hordak that nobody wanted” by collectors hoping for a more Filmaton styled cyborg Hordak head,…

 

June 23, 2014
BBP17111_Sheldon-Hawkman-AFi Our friends over at BifBangPow! and EntertainmentEarth.com have allowed us to reveal one of their 2014 Convention Exclusive items, and this one is a good one, coming straight from the number 1 comedy on television:   The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Hawkman 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure – Convention Exclusive This summer you can get Sheldon…

 

June 22, 2014
WicketJumboKenner Gentle Giant ltd. brings us three exciting new items for June, 2014! You can expect these pieces to arrive Q2 2015. Deadline for pre-orders is July 15th.     Wicket Jumbo Figure – $80 Just like they were when you were a kid, only BIGGER! Gentle Giant is proud to bring you the latest addition to…

 

June 22, 2014
94201_inset1_fitsturtlefigures (7) Playmates Toys to Introduce New Toy Line Based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Film   El Segundo, CA – June 18, 2014 – Playmates Toys, the creative force behind the successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line over the last three decades, is set to introduce a new product line inspired by Paramount Pictures and…

 

June 20, 2014
My_Hero_ToysTT After a year of conceptualizing and designing, Tanya looks to crowd-sourcing to complete production of the customizable vinyl figure platform.  June 19th, 2014 – (HOLLYWOOD, CA) Geek blogger and prolific cosplayer Tanya Tate (http://www.justalottatanya.com) launches full throttle into an Indiegogo.com campaign to complete production on her My Hero Toys (http://www.myherotoys.com) customizable vinyl figure platform. The…

 

June 19, 2014
SDCC14AKBatmobile1 We got in a few of the Mattel 2014 SDCC exclusives yesterday so we can show you some early looks at them (stay tuned the next few days).  One of the ones we received was the DC Mutiverse scaled Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile… and it’s BIG!  A lot bigger than I expected.  It’s SO big…

 

June 19, 2014
1 LOS ANGELES, CA – June 19, 2014 - Huckleberry has teamed up with Josh Agle (aka SHAG) to create an amazing piece of collectible artwork for San Diego Comic-Con…BATMAN 1966!   Inspired by DC Comics Batman Classic TV Series, Josh brings to the series to life with an epic battle royale of good vs evil with his…

 

June 17, 2014
Summer is almost upon us and Comic Con 2014 is just around the corner! I feel the pressure of the con SCREAMING towards me! I’ve got so much I still need to do before the con hit that I really shouldn’t even be here typing this now. One quick disclaimer – In this episode I…

 

June 16, 2014
ScreenHunter_387 Jun. 16 22.21 I have long been a fan of stop-motion animator Alex Kropinak and the work he has done on Marvel.com’s ‘Marvel What The–?!‘ series as well as the Minimate animations he has done for DST.   It was a real thrill to get to meet him in person a couple of years ago while in NYC for Toy…

 

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