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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October 6, 2016
Last night was Hasbro’s Pre-New York Comic Con Party they revealed  new Marvel Legends action figures (You can see pictures of the event here).  Today they released their professional press photos of those figures.  These figures fill in some of the gaps from the waves revealed at SDCC earlier this year. In the Spider-Man Wave:…

 

October 6, 2016
NYCC Coverage Brought to you in part by Miracle Mile Toys & Games The night before NY Comic Con kicks off Hasbro has a press event to show off some of their latest and greatest products and do some new reveals.   The event was this evening and our man Cesar was on site sending us…

 

October 6, 2016
  Diamond Select Toys is bringing their full array of products to New York Comic-Con, including nearly all of their in-development prototypes! Check out the display cases at booth 1644 to see upcoming action figures, Minimates, busts, statues, banks and kitchenware from such properties as Marvel, DC, Ghostbusters, Nightmare Before Christmas and more! Below is…

 

October 5, 2016
NYCC Coverage Brought to you in part by Miracle Mile Toys & Games The night before NY Comic Con kicks off Hasbro has a press event to show off some of their latest and greatest products and do some new reveals.   The event is going on right now and our man Cesar is on site…

 

October 4, 2016
AQUAMAN leaves the sea and takes to the streets in a hot rod that’s got plenty of (sea)horsepower—and a trident on the hood. Classic comic-book styling and a unique design make this one collectible you’ll want to catch! SQUEELYS™ are pop-culture-themed vinyl characters that are perfect for play and display. Collect the whole crew! This…

 

October 3, 2016
Star Wars The Black Series Clone Troopers of Order 66 6-Inch Action Figures – Entertainment Earth Exclusive Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Bring home an entire army in one box with this Star Wars The Black Series Clone Troopers of Order 66 6-Inch Action Figures – Entertainment Earth Exclusive. The set brings you four 6-inch scale plastic…

 

September 30, 2016
Today is ROGUE ONE Day, where at long last we are able to buy the first wave of toys and collectibles for the upcoming Star Wars feature film coming this December. This morning we take a look at Walmart’s exclusive offerings that will be available starting today, September 30th. The top holiday toy Chosen By…

 

September 30, 2016
From Hasbro, to Lego, to Funko and beyond, about 100 new Rogue One and Star Wars items went onsale today just after midnight and Entertainment Earth is your one stop shop for all of it.   Click here to be taken to their Rogue One shop and pick up some items to help out the rebellion…

 

September 29, 2016
For the past 365 days my dear friend “Cantina” Danny Neumann has been taking collectors and fans on the most wonderous journey and making us all rethink what it means to “play with your toys” with a project called At Home With The Super Neumanns.   As an extension of his incredible action figure photography,…

 

September 28, 2016
It’s true what they say, you never know how much you love something until it’s gone. Since 1978 Star Wars fans have been able to buy an action figure, flip the card over and see a some, if not all of the other figures available or coming soon.  In the toy industry showing other product…

 

September 26, 2016
This AquaMonday is a First Look Unboxing!  Thanks to our friends at DC Collectibles we are able to bring you the first look at the next entry in their long-running Jim Lee designed line of busts, who just happens to be AQUAMAN!  The bust will be released to the direct market in November, but we…

 

September 23, 2016
Our friends at DC Collectibles have sent us an updated release schedule for the Batman: The Animated Series and DC Icons action figure lines. Hey DC Collectibles fans! We know our action figure release schedule has been a bit on the Bizzaro-side this year, the good news is we have an update! Here’s the updated…

 

September 23, 2016
Today Hasbro started announcing some of their upcoming retailer exclusives for their Rogue One campaign launching in stores September 30th on sale date: STAR WARS SMART R2-D2 (Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99/Available: Fall 2016) Bring home your very own astromech droid with this programmable and interactive R2-D2! Download the accompanying app to…

 

September 22, 2016
Sure Mattel tanked their Thundercats re-launch line after only 6 figures, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still fun Thundercats items to be found out in the world! Today we are going to take a look at the Mezco Toys 14″ Tygra Mega-Scale action figure.  This figure has been out there for awhile, and now…

 

September 20, 2016
I know, I know… it’s Tuesday.   But the video was posted on YouTube on Monday.  I just didn’t get a chance to post it here yesterday because of my appearance yesterday on theStream.tv’s Gotham After Show and Welcome to the Batcave show. On this episode of AquaMonday we take a look at Mattel’s 12″ Aquaman…

 

September 19, 2016
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 April 2017.  I know that seems like a long…

 

September 19, 2016
2016 New York Comic Con Exclusives: Wave One! Funko is proud to announce the latest batch of New York Comic Con 2016 exclusives! Our exclusives contain many of Funko’s most popular lines like Pop!, Dorbz, and ReAction! Our goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic Con…

 

September 17, 2016
Batman Day seems like the most appropriate day to make this announcement so in these final moments…. Hi all, Daniel here.   I have teamed up with the gang at thestream.com to co-host two new Batman themed web-shows. The first is the Gotham After Show, where every week we will discuss each episode of Season 3…

 

September 17, 2016
The Clown Prince Of Crime has bedeviled Batman since the moment he first appeared in Gotham. Not only is The Joker one of the Dark Knight’s greatest villains, he is widely considered one of the greatest villains in all of time. The Joker’s origin and appearance have been revised countless times since his 1940 debut…

 

September 17, 2016
Happy Batman Day everyone! Happy Batman Day Everyone!  This week, with the help of our friends at EntertainmentEarth.com we are giving away one of their Jakks 19″ SDCC exclusive Batman: Joker’s Wild Big Figs. The contest is simple.  No purchase necessary.  It is open ONLY to viewers in the continental US. All you need to…

 

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