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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February 7, 2014
EEReAction1 Our Friends over at EntertainmentEarth.com got the Exclusive First Look at many of the new “retro” ReAction Figures from Funko: Get them here first! Funko and Super 7′s super-hot, brand-spanking-new release of fully poseable 3 3/4-inch ReAction figures has arrived… and it’s available first at Entertainment Earth! Choose exciting new action figures of key fan-demanded characters and…

 

February 4, 2014
DCUCVoteList Remember this old chestnut from the days of the Wizard Fan Poll for DCUC?    There were six figures in the running.   Between DC Universe Classics,  DC Signature Collection and Batman Unlimited we got 4 of the 6 as 6″ figures.   The two we did not get were Ragman and Vixen. I suspect we would have…

 

February 2, 2014
The First Figure Based On Upcoming Movie Available on Amazon Immediately Following Big Game Trailer PAWTUCKET, R.I. – February 2, 2014 – In celebration of the TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Big Game trailer, Hasbro and Amazon have teamed up to offer the first official merchandise inspired by the movie.  The “TRANSFORMERS Headquarters Shop” is now…

 

February 1, 2014
Sakai Project cover Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo!   JANUARY 31, MILWAUKIE, OR—The most amazing artists in the world have come together to celebrate thirty years of Stan Sakai’s marvelous samurai rabbit saga, Usagi Yojimbo, in a new oversized hardcover benefit book: The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of “Usagi Yojimbo”! “It has been an…

 

January 30, 2014
LegoGB30thset2 See the much-anticipated results of the latest LEGO Review and the unveiling of the next LEGO CUUSOO set. Sara Moore from LEGO CUUSOO gives you the inside scoop of what’s coming out next! [youtube]http://youtu.be/_QT5zu1x65Q[/youtube] Not to spoil the big reveal, but they chose Brent Waller’s ‘Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary’ set submission.   You can see all the…

 

January 28, 2014
SWRChopper1 Today over on StarWars.com they have revealed another new character that will be featured in the upcoming Star Wars: Rebels animated series as well as the upcoming action figure of the character/droid: In Star Wars, droids are always eager to help out their human masters, drop whatever it is they’re doing when called upon, and…

 

January 23, 2014
DCSC14SubFinal Toy Guru just posted the following update about the future of DC figures and Mattel.  For those of us that love the 6″ Four Horsemen sculpted figures it’s not good news… however if you can look past your tears you can see the news that there will be one last surprise 6″ DCUC figure:  …

 

January 23, 2014
Zica6MillManCardedSet1 Today on their official Facebook page the gang from Zica revealed the carded, finished product of their first wave of the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ 3.75″ line.   These will be shipped out to on-line retailers tomorrow!!   Here’s a pic of a complete carded set! Wholesale orders for Big Bad Toy Store, Entertainment Earth and…

 

January 21, 2014
ArkhamCity_Clayface 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 in July 2014.  ACTION FIGURES BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY…

 

January 21, 2014
Sneak Peek at NECA’s Planet of the Apes Action Figures!   It’s official! Today we announced our new lines for the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie AND the classic Planet of the Apes movies… and already we’ve got a sneak peek for you! Coming in June 2014! Enjoy a sneak peek at one of NECA’s upcoming action figures from Dawn of…

 

January 16, 2014
KillBillMInimatesAFi1 I’ve been a fan and collector of Minimates since the very first assortment, so it gives me great pleasure to be able to debut this awesome boxed set of bad-ass women!   DST and Art Asylum have set out to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Tarantino’s landmark film series – Kill Bill.  (And rumor is, just…

 

January 15, 2014
spacer.gif  Expand Your Apocalypse This February! AMC’s The Walking Dead© television series continues to shatter records with each new season and Season 4 is no different! Just like the hit television show, McFarlane Toys is ready to fright and delight with the fifth series of AMC’s The Walking Dead action figures. This new series brings fans…

 

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