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 26, 2015
hasbro Want an insider’s look at exclusive content and the latest news on brands like Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and Star Wars, straight from the heart of Hasbro? Then welcome to the Hasbro Pulse! Hasbro Pulse is officially launching today as a new way to make sure Hasbro fans never miss a beat about their favorite brands…and we want to make…

 

June 26, 2015
InvictaFigure1 I’m horribly late posting about this Kickstarter campaign for the INVICTA CHALLENGE project by my friend Jim Murphy because there has been so much pre-SDCC news, but the good news is that the campaign is already over 90% funded so with your help it can become a reality!   Jim is a US Marine that…

 

June 25, 2015
shogun-warrior-godzilla_SDCC2015 The good people over at Toynami just sent over the details of their 2015 SDCC Exclusives… and I’ll be honest, I didn’t set aside an extra $300 in my SDCC budget for that Shogun Warriors Godzilla.  *sigh* I wonder what kidneys are going for these days on the open market?  Also that super deformed Voltron…

 

June 25, 2015
Comic Vector Logo In Celebration of Highly Anticipated Con, Company Introduces “Collector Vector,” a New Destination Dedicated to Products for the Mature Collector Community, in All Stores Nationwide and Online at Toysrus.com   Wayne, NJ – June 25, 2015 – Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us today revealed…

 

June 24, 2015
GGSDCC15ProtoFett1 SDCC 2015 EXCLUSIVE In the summer of 1980, The Empire Strikes Back introduced us to one of modern cinemas most recognizable characters, Boba Fett. A man of few words, the gritty bounty hunter quickly made his mark despite having roughly 3 minutes of screen time in his debut film. The character had long been teased…

 

June 24, 2015
We are thrilled to announce our Bryan Fuller Pop! figure! The man behind Hannibal bears an eerie resemblance to Hannibal Lector! This Pop! comes in a run of 144 pieces and will be available during his signing at the Funko booth on Friday, July 10th at 2 p.m.! The line for our Bryan Fuller signing will…

 

June 24, 2015
BBP28052_HiRes_060215 copy Mystery Solvers Mike Tyson and Pigeon Land at the Entertainment Earth Booth #2343 Whether it’s on Earth or the vast reaches of space, there is only one man (and Pigeon) who can solve the mysteries of the universe. Now collectors can add the figure of the man to their collection with the MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES™…

 

June 23, 2015
Even though Ant-Man himself is relatively low to the ground, anticipation for his movie is higher than ever! With the uncanny ability to shrink in size and increase in strength, Ant-Man is poised to infiltrate the Marvel cinematic universe on July 17th, in his own feature film. And now Diamond Select Toys, marvelshop.com and the…

 

June 20, 2015
Combiner_Bruticus Today at the 21st annual BotCon, the official Transformers convention in St. Charles, Illinois, the Hasbro Transformers team revealed upcoming Transformers toys from Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars, including the return of some incredible fan-favorite characters! In addition to the final 2015 wave of Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars and the first…

 

June 19, 2015
SDCC Vader JAKKS This year JAKKS’ presence at San Diego Comic Con will be bigger and better than before with three different SDCC items and our first ever Collector Fan Panel featuring a preview of upcoming product from across our toy portfolio including all of our BIG FIGs lines in 20” , 31” Massive and 48” Colossal scales…

 

June 18, 2015
DeadpoolJumbo11 Gentle Giant LTD threw fans a curve ball today by announcing this Jumbo Deadpool action figure as part of their Secret Wars Jumbo line of figures.  While Deadpool is a San Diego Comic Con exclusive, the larger implication is that they have access to and can make Secret Wars-esque figures for the larger Marvel Universe,…

 

June 18, 2015
ScreenHunter_691 Jun. 18 00.57 In 1985, everyone’s favorite protocol droid and astromech droid starred in their own animated TV series. Star Wars: Droids, featured R2-D2 and C-3PO on their early adventures that took place before Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. The series also featured the appearance of Boba Fett himself! To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the…

 

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