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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April 20, 2016
PenguinSuperPowersJumbo9 Our friends over at Gentle Giant ltd have given us an exclusive window to debut the first look upcoming April solicitations!  Three great new products are coming from the gang at Gentle Giant early next year from across the spectrum of their licenses.   We see some great new stuff in their Jumbo universe including the…

 

April 20, 2016
AFi11KRSFVAkuma2 Today as part of our 11th Anniversary Scoop Week we get to debut Kidrobot‘s Street Fighter Akuma Medium Figure!   Kidrobot brought the box and had it on display at Toy Fair back in February, but this is the world premier look at the figure: Akuma is the supreme master of the fist! In celebration of…

 

April 20, 2016
No. 001 of 365 There are a lot of Toy Photographers out there these days, but none capture the joy, whimsy and fun of PLAYING with your toys quite like AFi’s own Danny Neumann.   Danny Neumann is a dear friend of mine.  He’s a blogger here at AFi, he created our logo (as well as the logo for Geek…

 

April 19, 2016
carrierobin Welcome back to AFi’s 11th Aniversary Scoop Week.    For our first reveal of the day we have a new 6″ DC Multiverse action figure from Mattel.  The new figure is Carrie Kelly Robin from the original Frank Miller miniseries Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. This figure was rumored back in January when someone found a…

 

April 18, 2016
Justice League 7-pack.tiff 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 November 2016.  I know that seems like a long…

 

April 18, 2016
MOSNamEk1 Hi everyone and welcome to Day 1 of our 11th Anniversary “Scoop Week” celebration! All week long we will be bringing at least one world premiere, exclusive and/or reveal as well as exclusive articles and interviews so make sure you check back and spread  the word that it’s #AFiScoopWeek !   To kick things off…

 

April 14, 2016
21128_front_01   Build and protect The Village!   Join forces with Alex at the busy Minecraft™ village, including a variety of biomes plus a watchtower, library, blacksmith, butcher and marketplace. Enjoy hands-on Minecraft adventures featuring your favorite characters and objects with this LEGO® Minecraft set—designed for young fans of the highly successful sandbox video game. Includes…

 

April 12, 2016
Han Solo MPH Our friends over at PPW Toys have sent us the news of their newest Star Wars Mr. Potato Head PopTaters, Han Solo and Chewbacca! These Star Wars spuds will be available at select specialty retailers and websites in June 2016. Product Descriptions: Han Solo Mr. Potato Head – becomes the galaxy’s favorite “Nerf herder”; the…

 

April 12, 2016
This week Mezco updated their blog to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the development of their incredible One12th Collective DC Green Arrow action figure: Green Arrow is a vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, martial arts, and technology. His secret identity is Oliver Queen, a hot-headed social activist living in Star City as…

 

April 9, 2016
Hasbro is launching the first #StarWars #HasbroToyPic Fan Figure Photo Series and calling on fans to show off their amazing collections and creativity by recreating scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens using Hasbro’s Star Wars figures and vehicles.   (images courtesy of @sgtbananas) Beginning Tuesday, April 5th though Thursday, May 4th (May the Fourth),…

 

April 8, 2016
3 Gentle Giant just sent us these four silhouettes teasing their four all new exclusive gifts that will be made available to members of their 2016 Premiere Guild collector club.   Can you guess what all four will be?   

 

April 8, 2016
DSC_0475 Playmates Toys Releases Expansive Movie Toy Line in Conjunction with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ Summer Film ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows’   El Segundo, CA – April 5, 2016 – Playmates Toys, the company behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line for decades, is introducing a new collection of products…

 

April 7, 2016
SWrogue-one-Tease1 Get your first look at ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY in theaters this December. Visit Star Wars at http://www.starwars.com Subscribe to Star Wars on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/starwars Like Star Wars on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/starwars Follow Star Wars on Tumblr at…

 

April 5, 2016
ScreenHunter_43 Apr. 05 18.34 The new Watch-With-Me feature in the BB-8 app allows your Droid to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens with you. So if you are like me and went to the store (or pre-ordered) The Force Awakens Blu-Ray/DVD combo and you have a Sphero BB-8 that means you NEVER have to watch Star Wars alone!  Thanks…

 

April 5, 2016
EMLegoArcade1 Two lifetimes ago, in the late 90’s, when I was working at Disney Feature Animation, I met a young digital animator who was working on the 3rd floor on the movie “Dinosaur” that was as big a Star Wars fan as I was.   We became fast friends and spent many a lunchtime running out…

 

April 5, 2016
MST3K_joelmike Anyone that knows me knows I’m a HUGE fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000.  I’m over the MOON with the news of this MST3K reunion done by the Rifftrax team on Kickstarter.  The show has already funded and there are just 3 days left to get in on all the kickstarter exclusive benefits and packages,…

 

April 4, 2016
IMG_1862 Tomorrow marks the release of Star Wars The Force Awakens on Blu-Ray and DVD and many stores are preparing some impressive displays.  Online I have seen some sneak peeks at some impressive displays that will be hitting other retail stores that look like a giant BB-8 or that have a huge Millennium Falcon flying over…

 

April 2, 2016
mhs v4 retro poster v2 WEB   Torrance, CA, April 1, 2016 – Spy Monkey Creations Inc, creators of the Weaponeers of Monkaa, are proud to unveil their new brand, Battle Tribes: Weapons & Warriors.   Battle Tribes is a new 2.5” action figure line compatible with Onell Design’s innovative Glyos System of interchangeable articulation. “I wanted to take Spy Monkey…

 

April 1, 2016
DKR30Logo The gang at DC Entertainment sent me a big box of stuff to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the landmark comic book series The Dark Knight Returns. What’s in said box?  Let’s open it and find out!! What are your memories of the 30 year history of this comic?  When did you first discover it? …

 

April 1, 2016
EntertainmentEarth20th Popular Online Toys and Collectibles Retailer Provides Groundbreaking Industry Innovations for 20 Years SIMI VALLEY, CA: March 31, 2016 – April 2016 is a long-awaited milestone for the Labowitz brothers, Aaron and Jason. On April 1, 2016, the company they founded – Entertainment Earth – will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Since its website first went…

 

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