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 23, 2016
motu_set_1024x1024 This week the gang over at Super7 announced their Masters of the Universe Retro Action figures (the regular painted versions) are up for pre-order on the Super7 website. Last week at NY Toy Fair, Super7 unveiled the fully painted and colored the long awaited MOTU figures. Each figure stands 3.75″ tall and of course comes with weapon accessory!…

 

February 14, 2016
1455422045-67 All of your Day One galleries are live now in the AFi Gallery Section! Check out the showrooms for Lego, Funko, DC Collectibles, Jakks, and ALL of Hasbro! You can find all of our Toy Fair 2016 Galleries here!

 

February 13, 2016
DSC_0198 New York Toy Fair officially starts in about 3 hours (or 1 hour if you count the Lego pre-Toy Fair event that starts at 7am… which we will be at so keep watching here for updates!) but we already have 2 galleries up of new toys for you to look at while you wait for…

 

February 11, 2016
TF16TeaseMLDeadpool1 Yesterday over on the Hasbro PULSE blog they revealed another new 6″ Marvel Legends figure… a new Mutant Movie star you might have heard of by the name of DEADPOOL!   Contributed By: Deadpool Hello, it’s me. That’s right, Marvel Legends fans! Wade Wilson here – your favorite Special Forces operative turned mercenary turned anti-hero….

 

February 11, 2016
DRB46_SpongeBob_THOMAS_03 Beloved Thomas & Friends Characters Featured as DC Comics Super Friends, Batman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and More   Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and His Pals to be Featured in MINIS form as well   February 11, 2016—Fisher-Price is expanding its highly successful Thomas & Friends MINIS with the addition of all-new mash-up MINIS.  Following the tremendous success…

 

February 11, 2016
AliensVinimates   Check out some of the new items that will be on display at the Diamond Select Toys booth (#4907) at New York Toy Fair! Pre-orders will open later this month, so check with your local comic shop, or your favorite online retailer! Find a store at comicshoplocator.com!   Aliens Vinimates Vinyl Figure Asst. A…

 

February 10, 2016
70599 Cole's Dragon LEGO® NINJAGO™, LEGO® Systems wildly popular franchise with a television show and movie coming out in 2017, is coming out with an entire new series of sets for 2016! These sets are going to be seen for the first time on Saturday at Toy Fair, but our friends at Lego gave us a peek at…

 

February 9, 2016
Bif Bang Pow! has been buzzing with excitement and is thrilled to present our brand-new Peg Pal™ line of collectibles! And, even better, Entertainment Earth is offering you a chance to pre-order our KISS Destroyer Peg Pal collection starting today at entertainmentearth.com. These one-of-a-kind, retro-styled minature wooden figures transport you back to a simpler time…

 

February 9, 2016
DCSHG1 Global Master Toy Licensee, Mattel, Among Other Key Partners, Debut Brand-New Merchandise Collection for Girls Available Exclusively at Target  All-New Television Special to Debut on Turner’s BOOMERANG Timed to Retail Launch in March BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-– Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE), in partnership with Mattel, announced an exclusive partnership with Target Corporation…

 

February 8, 2016
NECAWeirdAl1 Not being content to just release the single Simpson-ized version of this rock legend, NECA has announced they will bring the orginal Polka Master to life once again in plastic as part of their 8″ retro, cloth costumed Re-Mego line of action figures.   Al comes with alternative heads for a classic and modern version….

 

February 7, 2016
rainbow_batman_clip 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 August 2016.  I know that seems like a long way off,…

 

February 5, 2016
CBM_s5B_Key Art_resize The good folks over at AMC sent over this fun clip for us to debut from the hit AMC show Comic Book Men.   The clip introduces us to the casts new alter-egos in the “Comic Book League.”      COMIC BOOK MEN – midseason five premieres on Sunday, February 14 at midnight ET/PT on AMC…

 

February 5, 2016
75828_Prod Ahead of the release of the Ghostbuster’s movie this summer, The LEGO®  Group is announcing a LEGO building set inspired by the upcoming film- welcoming main characters Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, and heart throb Chris Hemsworth as Kevin in…

 

February 4, 2016
MezPTF16One12MarvelCapAm1 This morning in NYC our friends at Mezco Toyz had a pre-Toy Fair press open house to debut some new lines and figures that they will be announcing and displaying next weekend at Toy Fair 2016. We had a man on the scene and will have LOT more pictures to add soon, but for now…

 

February 4, 2016
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve been friends with master sculptor Tim Bruckner for over 10 years and a fan of his work for even longer.  I had the great privilege to sit down with him last week and do an exclusive in depth interview with him as he is looking at semi-retiring from sculpting, putting together a career retrospective…

 

February 3, 2016
GET READY TO KICKSTART SOME SHELL WITH A LAIR FULL OF EXCLUSIVE CONTENT San Diego, CA (February 2nd, 2016) IDW Games is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign of radical proportions! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, designed by Kevin Wilson, is a scenario-driven, miniatures-based combat board game, and its Kickstarter campaign is live now, featuring…

 

February 1, 2016
DCCCapTwoFaceFt2  This past month DC Collectibles released the 10th figure, from their 3rd wave of their Greg Capullo designer series action figure line – Harvey Dent aka Two-Face.  Two-Face was a little delayed from the rest of the wave, but better late than never! This figure is based on the current, long running Batman comic arc by…

 

January 28, 2016
MLCap3BlackPanther Hasbro has been releasing some pre-Toy Fair teases of some new products including part of their upcoming Marvel Legends wave of figures that will tie into this years Captain America: Civil War feature film.   Reveals include Captain America, Iron Man and Black Panther, as well as a boxed set of Cap and his bike….

 

January 26, 2016
MattyThundercatsLionO1 Earlier today Mattel revealed images of three more of the action figures in their upcoming Thundercats Club Third Earth subscription action figure line.  We have already seen the image of Lion-O, but today they added our first look at Panthro, Pumyra and Jackelman.  That only leaved the Club Exclusive Mumm-Ra to be revealed.   The…

 

January 26, 2016
MVS_MMWearableHelmet_1_29DEC2015 LOS ANGELES, Calif., (January 26th, 2016) – Leading toy manufacturer Multiverse Studio Inc. today announced the availability of the Mega Man® Wearable Helmet. Representing iconic characters from the classic platform videogame series Mega Man® from Capcom, this wearable helmet lets you take on the role of your favorite Blue Bomber, with the comfort of a soft, padded interior. Collectible enthusiast and cosplayers alike…

 

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