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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August 12, 2016
Power Up Factory may sound like a new name in the collectibles industry, but behind the scenes they have an impressive history of releasing great product, including Mike Horn, former CEO of Palisades toys. This Fall, PowerUp Factory is launching a new line of 7″ busts based on the wildly popular Gears of War video…

 

August 10, 2016
Voting for the four finalists in the 2016 Marvel Legends fan vote has officially started on the Marvel Facebook page. Voting last month during Comic Con narrowed the field from 8 semi-finalists, down to these 4 finalists and now it is time to pick a winner! Fans can vote for Songbird, Typhoid Mary, Citizen V,…

 

August 8, 2016
This is the debut episode of a new video feature on AFi where we take a look at a new Aquaman product each Monday.  I have a ridiculously large, ever growing Aquaman collection.  We will look at some new Aquaman products as well as flashback to some older Aquaman offerings. For our first episode we…

 

August 3, 2016
We have a First Look Unboxing video for you today for the new DC Collectibles Batman The Animated Series Commissioner Gordon and Ra’s Al Ghul and The New Batman Adventures Etrigan the Demon and Klarion the Witch Boy 2-pack (Zatanna is also in this wave, but I didn’t have her at the time of the…

 

July 29, 2016
We have over 50 galleries from Comic Con 2016 Live and ready to be perused in our Gallery section! There are even more on the way, but in the meantime you can see all of the live galleries here.  

 

July 27, 2016
During the con we posted pictures of the Marvel Legends reveals live as they happened.  Those were photographs of a slideshow in a dimly lit conference room. Now Hasbro has sent out some nice, clear press pictures of most of the figures that were revealed. So here those are: SPIDER-MAN WAVE:   DOCTOR STRANGE WAVE:…

 

July 22, 2016
DC BOMBSHELLS STORM SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON WITH FIRST-EVER 6.75’’ DC COLLECTIBLES ACTION FIGURE LINE DC Collectibles 2017 Line-Up Includes All-New Action Figures Inspired by Fan-Favorite 1990’s TV Show Superman: The Animated Series   Popular DC Films Action Figure Line Expands in 2017 with New Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Characters  …

 

July 22, 2016
We’ve been snapping pictures of booths for a day and a half already!  Head over the the AFi Gallery section to see all the awesome things we have seen so far!   New galleries will be going up each evening!   Click here to check them out!  

 

July 16, 2016
April 23, 2016 – We at Action Figure Insider are proud to present the exclusive world premiere of the first-ever Gfantis Vinyl figure! The prototype shown here was designed by renowned artist Matt Frank, and the paint masters were done by our very own Captain Collector, Steve Ceragioli.  Gfantis is the longtime mascot of G…

 

July 15, 2016
  Revealed today in London during the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” cast panel at Star Wars Celebration was Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series “Jyn Erso” action figure — the first of new “Rogue One” products to be seen publicly. The 6-inch figure was revealed by Jyn herself – played by Felicity Jones –…

 

July 14, 2016
Hasbro has done it again, creating a much sought after boxed set of Marvel Legends gold as their San Diego Comic Con exclusive.  This year’s “The Raft” set includes two oversized figures that would be a build-a-figure in a regular wave and 3 new characters that have never had the Marvel Legends treatment before! See…

 

July 13, 2016
Los Angeles, CA. (July 11, 2016)  – Fresh Monkey Fiction is proud to announce another Kickstarter campaign for their retro-inspired action figure line Amazing Heroes.   “Thanks to over 300 devoted backers, we funded Amazing Heroes Wave 1 on Kickstarter back in late 2015,” Bill Murphy of Fresh Monkey Fiction says. “We’re super excited to…

 

July 12, 2016
Bif Bang Pow! lifts the curtain unveiling its all-new KISS Series 2 action figure deluxe boxed sets with  KISS Unmasked 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Deluxe Box Set – Convention Exclusive – making its exclusive debut at San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Following last year’s first-ever KISS action figure deluxe boxed set (featuring an interactive Alive II…

 

July 11, 2016
When you wish upon a star… you get one of the most incredible Lego sets in recent memory.    Getting the Disney wave of mini figures this year was a real treat for both Disney and Lego fans, now these two powerhouse companies are kicking things up about a dozen more notches to bring fans a…

 

July 9, 2016
We’re thrilled that AFi readers have been asked to again participate Hasbro’s 2016 Star Wars Fan’s Choice Poll! Last year, fans from all over were able to cast their vote on the Star Wars character they wanted to be transformed into a Hasbro Black Series 6-inch figure – and it was a huge success, creating…

 

July 9, 2016
The Four Horsemen have taken the position that they do not want collectors to have any disposable income and they certainly do not want you buying any of the the exclusives or anything really at Comic Con.   They are doing this through a nafarious, calculated plot that they call code name: MYTHIC LEGIONS. After a…

 

July 7, 2016
For several years in a row Hasbro has been knocking it out of the park with the inventiveness and creativity that they have put into their 3.75″ Marvel Legends/Marvel Universe SDCC exclusives and this year just continues that trend with a boxed set FULL of Marvel goodness that a lot of us NEVER expected to…

 

July 7, 2016
  Building on our long-standing tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for kids and the mature collector community, Toys“R”Us has revealed its lineup of exclusive playthings that will be available at the highly-anticipated 2016 Comic Convention taking place next month in San Diego (products/descriptions below).   Conventioneers and online shoppers will find must-have…

 

July 6, 2016
This past weekend Jada Toys was at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles and revealed a huge amount of new METALS product as well as announcing new licenses.  If you thought they were just hanging out in the Marvel Cinematic and DC Cinematic universes, think again!   We’ve already spotted Classic Ghostbusters and Classic animated Teenage…

 

July 5, 2016
The team at Gentle Giant ltd were kind enough to let us show you this first look at their 12″ Jumbo Super Powers Wonder Woman figure.  These are a total flashback to the 80s and the look amazing in your collection. Wonder Woman and the Flash are shipping now with more characters on the way!…

 

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