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.
Read other articles by Daniel Pickett.

 

September 19, 2016
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 April 2017.  I know that seems like a long…

 

September 19, 2016
2016 New York Comic Con Exclusives: Wave One! Funko is proud to announce the latest batch of New York Comic Con 2016 exclusives! Our exclusives contain many of Funko’s most popular lines like Pop!, Dorbz, and ReAction! Our goal was to cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic Con…

 

September 17, 2016
Batman Day seems like the most appropriate day to make this announcement so in these final moments…. Hi all, Daniel here.   I have teamed up with the gang at thestream.com to co-host two new Batman themed web-shows. The first is the Gotham After Show, where every week we will discuss each episode of Season 3…

 

September 17, 2016
The Clown Prince Of Crime has bedeviled Batman since the moment he first appeared in Gotham. Not only is The Joker one of the Dark Knight’s greatest villains, he is widely considered one of the greatest villains in all of time. The Joker’s origin and appearance have been revised countless times since his 1940 debut…

 

September 17, 2016
Happy Batman Day everyone! Happy Batman Day Everyone!  This week, with the help of our friends at EntertainmentEarth.com we are giving away one of their Jakks 19″ SDCC exclusive Batman: Joker’s Wild Big Figs. The contest is simple.  No purchase necessary.  It is open ONLY to viewers in the continental US. All you need to…

 

September 16, 2016
Last year Target went all out for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving fans a chance to #ShareTheForce—and making Target an ultimate Star Wars destination. Now, the Star Wars fun is back: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits the big screen Dec. 16. And we have out-of-this-world plans to unleash your inner rebel, starting with…

 

September 12, 2016
Doctor Who’s Twelfth Doctor Second Sonic Screwdriver is now available from Underground Toys to add to your collection!       This new toy version is a faithful recreation of the current Doctor’s (Peter Capaldi) Sonic Screwdriver, which made its debut in the season nine episode, “Hell Bent.” This is the first Sonic Screwdriver toy…

 

September 9, 2016
Today, the next chapter from the #GoRogue series of stop-motion shorts from Disney and Hasbro created by Star Wars super fans went live. Chapter 1 of the series debuted last week and Chapter 2 can be viewed below (or here). Both shorts feature several new figures and vehicles from the Hasbro Rogue One: A Star…

 

September 8, 2016
Hasbro sent out a second batch of reveals for products that will be available in stores starting September 30th for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  In this grouping we get to see some of the upcoming 3.75″ action figure line (including some new SW: Rebels figures!), some new Nerf blasters, a new MicroMachines set……

 

September 7, 2016
Special Anniversary Event Also Includes Star Trek’ Official  Premiere Episode ‘The Man Trap’ Saturday, September 10 Beginning 9pm/ET  09/06/16 – Chicago, IL – MeTV, America’s #1 all classic TV network, boldly takes viewers back in time with a special three-hour network event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Original Series. On Saturday, September 10 at 9:00pm/ET, MeTV…

 

September 6, 2016
If there’s ever been any doubt that NECA is doing the Lord’s work, this settles it once and for all!  YEARS after announcing/debuting these figures at Comic Con, Randy and the gang at NECA never gave up the fight to get these figures into the hands of fans. I like to think that I had…

 

September 5, 2016
Welcome to episode 4 of our new ongoing series of videos called AquaMonday! Each week we take a look at an Aquaman item in my collection.  Sometimes it’s a new item, some times a classic item and sometimes they will be unique custom or home-made items! In this episode we are looking at the new…

 

September 1, 2016
Finally this week we get to see the reveals of many of the upcoming releases for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that have been shrouded in mystery for so long.    This morning we get to reveal the Lego products that will be in stores on September 30th to support the opening of the…

 

September 1, 2016
It’s an awesome week to be a Star Wars fan as many companies are starting to reveal their initial products that will be released on September 30th for ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY.   Below is the announcement from Hasbro for a good chunk of their product, but there will still be more reveals coming…

 

August 31, 2016
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” toys unveiled in series of original stopmotion animated shorts debuting online today Launch heralds global UGC contest celebrating fan content, creativity and storytelling (Caption: New “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” toys revealed in the first installment of a fan-created “Go Rogue” series debuting today on Star Wars YouTube)…

 

August 30, 2016
Continuing the Aliens 30th anniversary celebration, NECA presents a special edition action figure 2-pack that recreates the movie’s classic poster! That iconic image of Ripley rescuing Newt appears on the front flap of the deluxe packaging; open the flap and the figures are posed in the box just as they appear on the poster. Ripley…

 

August 25, 2016
Holy smokes!   Just look at what Randy and the gang at NECA have cooked up this time… I can’t even… there are no words… As seen in the 1979 horror classic Alien, this stunningly detailed #replica of the Fossilized Space Jockey is perfect as a #diorama element and a striking #display piece on its own!…

 

August 21, 2016
We take a look at the adorable first wave of DC Comics Kawaii Cubes from the Wish Factory. These plush cubes feature all your favorite DC heroes and villains. They are collectible, stackable and just plain fun! There are a variety of sizes and more licenses have just been released including Star Trek and Suicide…

 

August 19, 2016
Today we have an exclusive reveal that we are very exited about as it has to do with our old friend Art Baltazar of Aw Yeah, Comics!  Art has been designing a line of super cute Super Pets for DC Comics that DC Collectibles have been turning into adorable plush characters. Today we get to…

 

August 17, 2016
Last month was San Diego Comic Con 2016.  Half the Dans were on-site at the show, the other half were tracking things from home.  What did they love? What exclusives did they pick up and what did they miss?  What were their favorite surprises and WHO will be the August DAN OF THE MONTH? The…

 

SPONSORS