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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May 16, 2015
FTCbstlab It’s one thing to just make the replicas of the 2 vintage Mego scale vans, but to go one step further and make NEW ones as well just blows my mind.   I was just talking this past week on the new episode of the Legion of Dans podcast that these were items from my…

 

May 15, 2015
ScreenHunter_593 May. 14 13.52 It’s a big month for Gentle Giant solicitations and by that I mean there are FOUR new Jumbo figures solicited!  This month we have 5 new products are coming from the gang at Gentle Giant early next year (Q2 2016) from across the spectrum of their licenses.   We see some great new stuff in their…

 

May 14, 2015
Mattel just announced their second round of MattyCollector.com San Diego Comic Con 2015 exclusives today.   There are still more reveals coming so stay tuned!   Round two of our SDCC reveals are here! Joining the roster are a dark queen, and super mini-mashups… Ever After High® Raven Queen® SDCC 2015 Exclusive Raven Queen, Daughter…

 

May 14, 2015
MezSDCC15ExBBHeisen1 New York- Walter White: chemistry genius turned science teacher turned kingpin; the central character of Sony Picture Television’s critically acclaimed, award-winning, hit series Breaking Bad, is now immortalized as a limited edition, collectible action figure. This unforgettable figure features Walter as his alter ego of Heisenberg. Standing an imposing 12 inches tall, he comes complete with…

 

May 14, 2015
Aaaaand we’re BACK!   It’s been a few weeks, but there was a “secret” episode in the meantime in form of my Wondercon panel that Jason was a panelist. (I should have that up on the ActionFigureInsiderTV  YouTube channel soon).  Jason and I also got to hang out a bit at Star Wars Celebration, so…

 

May 13, 2015
Mondo1stTMNT1  The gang at Mondo have started their preorders on their long awaited figure based on the original sketch for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.   It’s available in a variety of variations.  See below for details. In 1983, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were doodling on napkins, playing around with an idea that initially began…

 

May 13, 2015
MezSDCC15ExSaul1 New York- Fans will have no objections to Mezco’s very special addition to their intensely popular Breaking Bad line: Limited edition variant Saul Goodman with office diorama. In Breaking Bad, Walter and Jesse narrowly made it through their troubles with his legal counsel and now this 6″ figure can stand as a reminder that when you’re…

 

May 12, 2015
SWFFCountDCover I got a surprise in the mail yesterday from my friends at Hasbro.  They have created a really cool page-a-day calendar full of Star Wars trivia, important dates and most importantly, TOYS!  The calendar was written to help us all pass the time until we can buy new toys for Star Wars The Force Awakens…

 

May 12, 2015
HTSWSandtroopers1 At Star Wars Celebration last month, the Hot Toys 1/6th scale Sandtrooper Collectible Figure was shown for the first time worldwide! Many Star Wars fans were excited to see this trooper making his first appearance and were in awe of the great details on this Imperial soldier! Today we are very happy to officially present…

 

May 12, 2015
EEGOGBox7 Today we get to reveal the packaging for one of the hotest exclusives of the year – the Entertainment Earth  Guardians of the Galaxy Comic Edition Marvel Legends Action Figure Box Set! This boxed set featuring the comic book versions of this beloved Marvel team has been selling like gangbusters already!   Make sure you…

 

May 11, 2015
KotoBatmanSPArtFX10 A Kotobukiya Japanese import! Kotobukiya’s groundbreaking DC Comics Classic Costume ARTFX+ Statue series brings you brand new non-articulated comic book characters based on vintage 1980’s Super Powers action figure sculpts enlarged to 1/10th scale. Swinging into action after Superman, Green Lantern, and the Flash is the dynamic duo featuring Batman! Retro is in and you…

 

May 11, 2015
DHMOTUMini1 THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION OF MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE® MINICOMICS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Following the critically acclaimed release of The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Dark Horse and Mattel have teamed up once again to deliver another must-have book in 2015: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection. The…

 

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