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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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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November 14, 2018
This week the Toy Industry Association announced the nominees for all 17 categories the 2019 Toy Of The Year Awards. This year is the third year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and the third year we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of…

 

November 14, 2018
When It Comes to the Holidays, Entertainment Earth Means Business Entertainment Earth®, a pioneer in the collectibles and toy industry, will celebrate the gift-giving season with The 21 Business Days of Christmas, November 19, 2018 through December 18, 2018. It might look like someone got the traditional 12 days of Christmas backward. It might sound…

 

November 12, 2018
Over 100 Innovative and Exciting Toys & Games Are the Judges’ Top Picks for the Holiday Season!   NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Toy Association today unveiled the 123 finalists for the prestigious 2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, the TOTY Awards program recognizes…

 

November 12, 2018
Today the Toy Industry Association announce the nominees for all 17 categories the 2019 Toy Of The Year Awards.   This year is the third year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and the third year we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that…

 

November 7, 2018
Exclusive DC Artists Alley Figure from HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulque, Custom Prints and More Surprises in Store at DC Collectibles Booth (#1500)   DC Collectibles, DC’s in-house line of high-end collectibles, will make its DesignerCon debut, showcasing some of the company’s most cutting-edge collectibles at this year’s convention from November 16-18, 2018, in Anaheim, CA.  …

 

October 31, 2018
This week Hasbro is appearing at the Lucca Comics and Games convention in Italy and have done another series of reveals for Marvel Legends as well as Star Wars: The Black Series and Star Wars: The Vintage Collection.  Here are the official press photos of the new reveals:   HASBRO MARVEL LUCCA COMICS & GAMES…

 

October 30, 2018
For 15 years, and over nearly 400 characters, Marvel Minimates have been building the Marvel Universe one assortment at a time. But one assortment of characters was nearly lost forever! Originally slated to be released at Toys”R”Us, TRU Series 26 was all but cancelled, until a new retailer stepped in to make it available to…

 

October 29, 2018
Now available to preorder at your local comic shop is the PREVIEWS Exclusive One:12 Collective Classic Cyclops action figure from Mezco! This figure features Scott Summers in his original costume faithful to the classic Marvel comics.  Cyclops (SEP188229, $100.00) features a light-up optic power function that illuminates his signature ruby-quartz visor, containing the uncontrollable energy blasts from his eyes….

 

October 28, 2018
Wanted to share even more exciting Hasbro Marvel Legends & Star Wars reveals from MCM London Comic Con.  Hasbro sent over the official press photos for the new figures.   HASBRO MARVEL LONDON COMIC CON REVEALS 2018   Marvel Legends Series 6-inch Citizen V Figure (Avengers wave) (HASBRO/Available: Spring 2019) Marvel Legends Series 6-inch Union…

 

October 25, 2018
ThinkGeek will be adding some Fortnite collectables up on the site for pre-sale.  The products will be Fortnite™ premium collectible figures made by McFarlane Toys in partnership with Epic Games:   Fortnite Cuddle Team Leader 7″ Action Figure Cuddle up to the competition The beloved Cuddle Team Leader is here to steal your heart and…

 

October 24, 2018
Pop! PEZ: Doctor Who Showcase your love of the iconic Time Lord and candy with this series of Doctor Who Pop! PEZ. The fourth, tenth, eleventh and thirteenth doctors are available as Pop! PEZ collectibles and snackables. Explore the universe, captain the TARDIS, eat delicious candy.   Coming in November! Pop! PEZ: Golden Girls The…

 

October 23, 2018
There’s a new podcast in town done by a couple of buddies of our that we recommend you check out.  It’s called “How Do Ya Figure?” with Blake and Justin. Here’s the description from iTunes: Action figures and toys preserve our passions in a physical form. Every Wednesday Justin and Blake interview their guest about…

 

October 22, 2018
Announced today, a fun and exciting new line of collectible for Transformers fans of all ages, BotBots! BotBots are mischievous little robots who came to life from everyday objects inside a shopping mall! This rare type of Transformers robot is tiny, mischievous, and great at hiding!   Not long ago and somewhere close by, a…

 

October 20, 2018
The Super7 Masters of the Universe collection continues with the Ultimates Club Grayskull He-Man and Skeletor! At last, the iconic hero and villain of the classic animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe return, now with all new accessories! Mighty He-Man, the Most Powerful Man in the Universe, is packaged with Power Sword,…

 

October 19, 2018
The Masters of the Universe Club Grayskull series continues with Wave 3! Super7’s third wave of super detailed deluxe 7-inch Masters of the Universe comes right off of the television screen and into your collection! Each highly articulated figure comes complete with an assortment of accessories: She-Ra, Princess of Power is packaged with Sword of…

 

October 18, 2018
Bring the classic fairy tales Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk to life with the first-ever pop-up book made from LEGO® bricks! Open the book and up pops grandmother’s lovely cottage with swinging door and an interior so you and your family can recreate the memorable story. Will Little Red Riding Hood…

 

October 15, 2018
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 JUNE 2019.  I know that seems like a long…

 

October 11, 2018
Blizzard Entertainment announced an exclusive, limited edition LEGO® Overwatch Omnic Bastion model which will be available starting today on the Blizzard Gear Store for an MSRP of $25, or purchase on-site at BlizzCon® 2018, taking place November 2 and 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center. A full collection of LEGO Overwatch building sets will be…

 

October 8, 2018
There has been a LOT of Hasbro news and updates coming out of New York Comic-Con this weekend! To wrap things up, the Hasbro Star Wars Brand & Design Team hosted their panel yesterday and revealed EVEN MORE new figures coming in 2019. The new reveals include the following:   The Black Series 6-Inch Figures…

 

October 8, 2018
Following the Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing panel this weekend during NYCC, we’re happy to share a first look at the packaging for two Hasbro Marvel Legends figures that were revealed earlier this year at SDCC – the 6-inch Deadpool with Scooter Vehicle and the 6-inch Professor X with Hover Chair Vehicle. Marvel Legends Series…

 

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