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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December 31, 2015
Lego2016AvengersIronSkull1 While at my local Target today I came across a few of the new 2016 Lego sets.   These will officially be on sale tomorrow.   There were new Star Wars build-a-character sets, new Marvel sets and there were two new Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice sets… which MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS. It’s cool to…

 

December 24, 2015
ChooseDarkSide1 We received our third Hasbro Star Wars press samples box as part of their Star Wars the Force Awakens #ChooseLightSide/#ChooseDarkSide campaign. What’s inside?  Let’s unbox this sucker and find out what treasures are inside! Thank you to the Hasbro team for letting us be part of this campaign. These samples were provided by Hasbro

 

December 24, 2015
MarvelCCGOG3 This month we look at the December offering from Funko’s Marvel Collector Corps monthly subscription box.  The December theme is Guardians of the Galaxy. Every item in the box is 100% exclusive to Funko and the Collector Corps. You can sign up for the January box (and beyond) at www.collectorcorps.com.   And tell them AFi…

 

December 24, 2015
SalaciousCrumbHolidayFB Since it’s Christmas Eve it’s only right that we do some unboxings!  We have 3 new unboxing videos for you today. First up we have the 2015 Premiere Guild exclusive Star Wars Jumbo Salacious Crumb from Gentle Giant.   As you know Gentle Giant is now famous for hiding miniature surprises in their holiday items…

 

December 23, 2015
948x250_yearendclearance_header Most stores wait until the day AFTER Christmas to start their big clearance sales, but EntertainmentEarth.com is getting the jump on things by starting their sale two days before! EE’s huge, year-end blowout sale started today, Wednesday, December 23rd. They’ve got over 400 action figures on sale, including some Star Wars Black Series, The Walking Dead,…

 

December 23, 2015
Coleco Chameleon1 (Trabuco Canyon, CA – December 23, 2015) Video-game industry pioneer COLECO re-enters the market, partnering with Retro Video Game Systems, Inc., to introduce a new, modern-day video-game system called the COLECO Chameleon.   COLECO Chameleon is a versatile new video-game system that serves as a modern day take on the classic game console and will accurately…

 

December 21, 2015
DPLootCrateVisit1 Earlier this month we had the privilege of visiting the Loot Crate offices in Los Angeles and hanging out with some of the team. While we were there we were able to do some unboxings of their most recent offerings. In this video Daniel sits down with Loot Crate’s Jacob Shin to look inside the…

 

December 21, 2015
MattelTent14pic1 It’s that time of year again! Once a year, at Mattel’s  headquarters in El Segundo, they hold their annual holiday tent sale.  This sale typically runs from Halloween until just before Christmas.  The tent is set up in a parking lot around the corner from their main building, close to their other retail store.   The…

 

December 18, 2015
JakksSWBigFigTroopers2 In a holiday display that is SURE to impress, Jakks Pacific has installed an ARMY of their 48″ Big Fig First Order Stormtrooper figures at local Glendale, Ca shopping center the Glendale Americana at Brand to help celebrate the opening weekend of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s one thing to see 2 or 3 of these…

 

December 17, 2015
TGT_StarWars_LA_Live_Media_2 This past weekend, Target hosted a 2-day fan event in downtown Los Angeles for Star Wars fans as part of their Share the Force campaign that started back in September on Force Friday. Here is a short video we put together showing some of the highlights from the event: Attractions included:   –      LEGO Master…

 

December 16, 2015
Who likes saving money on awesome gifts, toys and collectibles at the holidays?  YOU DO! Who is giving you $10 off $100 order or more of all in-stock items (pre-orders not included),Free shipping AND a Bonus/Free Gift with purchase? ENTERTAINMENT EARTH and ACTION FIGURE INSIDER! That’s right!  AFi has teamed up with EE.com to help you out with…

 

December 16, 2015
XFiles_figsAFi Near the top of most geek’s list of “Awesome Older Things Returning in 2016″ is the recently announce return of The X-Files on Fox with a 6 episode miniseries.  Chris Carter is getting Mulder and Scully and the rest of the band back together for all new episodes of the popular SciFi series. Diamond Select Toys…

 

December 14, 2015
MOTUC200xPravhusLoose As 2015 draws to a close so to are we coming to the end of the Master of the Universe Classics “Club 200x” Sub-line.  The MattelCollector.com December 2015 monthly figure is the evil Prahvus, Evil Master of Doom. Even though Prahvus uses the standard buck body and many familiar parts, it’s the new parts and…

 

December 4, 2015
ScreenHunter_156 Dec. 04 12.28 Episodic Game Series based on DC Comics’ Iconic Character to Premiere Next Year SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Dec. 4, 2015 — Leading developer and publisher of digital entertainment, Telltale Games, with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, today announced an interactive episodic game series based onDC Comics’ iconic Batman™ that is set to premiere in 2016. The…

 

December 1, 2015
BloomSW7Finn2 This past week Bloomingdale’s department store in New York City has been showing off an impressive display of costumes and props from the upcoming release of Star Wars The Force Awakens in their flagship store.  Bloomingdale’s has a long history of impressive window displays, and these are equally as impressive.   The displays were installed…

 

November 29, 2015
Halo5-11-10-15-15-w  Customized Spartans from Halo 5: Guardians Now Available on HALOWAYPOINT.COM SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and Sandboxr team up with 343 Industries to launch the first of its kind 3D printing Digital to Doorstep™ platform for Halo 5: Guardians fans worldwide. Utilizing 3D Systems’ full color 3D printing technology on the ProJet® x60 series…

 

November 28, 2015
MST3K_joelmike One of my top 5 all time favorite TV shows is MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000.   I was a devoted MSTie that keep circulating the tapes.   I followed the show from Comedy Central, to the SiFi Channel to it’s eventual cancellation.  I saw the feature film in the theater, I mourned and cheered the cast changes,…

 

November 25, 2015
KrampusWishbook The gang at Warpo aren’t the sort of folks that just drop their Kickstarter campaign on the world and then let it run to the end.  They are constantly adding, chatting, brain-storming and rewarding their fans and backers.   Today we get to help them with a new announcement that is part of their current…

 

November 20, 2015
IMG_9940 This past weekend was the first ever “Gentle Giant Day” at Blast from the Past in Burbank. Ca.   Unfortunately I was not able to attend as planned because my wife gave birth 2 days before, but I made sure we had the event covered for AFi.  I sent my friend Chris Tallman, Mr. Thunderman…

 

November 19, 2015
DC_Icons_AF_17_Static_Shock_sRGB 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 June 2016.  I know that seems like a long way…

 

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