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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April 1, 2016
EntertainmentEarth20th Popular Online Toys and Collectibles Retailer Provides Groundbreaking Industry Innovations for 20 Years SIMI VALLEY, CA: March 31, 2016 – April 2016 is a long-awaited milestone for the Labowitz brothers, Aaron and Jason. On April 1, 2016, the company they founded – Entertainment Earth – will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Since its website first went…

 

March 29, 2016
Alien Day Key Art Dark Horse Comics, Funko, NECA, Sideshow Collectibles, Audible, Titan Books, Zen Studios and more than a Dozen other Partners Join Forces to Mark ALIEN DAY on Planet Earth   Reebok to Release Exact Replica of the ALIEN Stompers worn by Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley   Nationwide Screening Returns One of the Most Iconic Film…

 

March 28, 2016
BTAS_LOTDK_3-pack 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 October 2016.  I know that seems like a long…

 

March 24, 2016
WC_TMNT2_GarbageTruckwithLeo_Main Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows may not be in theaters till June, but fans of the famous turtles can get a glimpse of the new products available for the movie this week – courtesy of Walmart.   Walmart is offering an exclusive pre-order for WonderCon attendees on new licensed merchandise tied to the upcoming movie….

 

March 23, 2016
ReActionAliensTF1 (2) Yesterday on the ReAction Figure Fans Facebook page, Reis, one of the designers at Funko posted an update with a loose timeline on what what fans of the retro 3.75″ action figure line can expect for the rest of 2016.  There are some we knew about and some surprises on the list as not very…

 

March 21, 2016
WonderConLogo.gif Wondercon 2016 is happening this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center!   This year there are a handful of panels that relate to toys and collecting including one being hosted by us here at Action Figure Insider! If you are attending the convention on Friday please come see our panel, ask a question or two…

 

March 16, 2016
BatmanJumboPoster Six new products are being announced/solicited from the gang at Gentle Giant that will be available in Q4 this year from across the spectrum of their licenses.   We see some great new stuff in their Jumbo universe including the regular Spider-Man in their Secret Wars jumbo line and the both the Dynamic Duo in their Super Powers Jumbo line!…

 

March 15, 2016
At New York Toy Fair, the Marvel Legends Series unveiled two new premium role play items arriving in fall 2016. Fans were thrilled by the announcement of the Captain America Shield and Iron Man Electronic Helmet. (Both items are up for pre-order now on Amazon.com.) These awe-inspiring 1:1 full-scale premium role play items were revealed…

 

March 9, 2016
AssassinsCreedMovieBanner1 Kernel Engages Assassin’s Creed fans with exclusive limited-edition merchandise,  Behind-the-scenes first-looks at the upcoming Movie, Movie Tickets and More Beginning today, March 9th at www.kernel.com/assassinscreed, Kernel is affording Assassin’s Creed fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the highly anticipated movie release with exclusive film merchandise, one-of-a-kind experiences, revealing behind-the-scene sneak peeks and more.  …

 

March 9, 2016
BatmanVSupermanDOJBanner2 Customers Are Invited to Participate in Events and Giveaways Ahead of the Highly-Anticipated Release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, is celebrating Batman v Superman Day at its stores nationwide…

 

March 8, 2016
Hateful8QT1 The Hateful Eight – Retro Style 8” Clothed Figure – Quentin Tarantino – NECA NECA has a very limited edition treat for fans of The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino as The Writer & Director! With clapperboard in hand, he stands ready to direct our previously released line of retro clothed action figures. This fully articulated 8″…

 

March 4, 2016
star-wars-the-force-awakens-blu-ray-dvd   Arriving early on Digital HD April 1, 2016 Bring it home on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 5, 2016   Including new in-depth bonus offering fans the chance to experience more   BURBANK, Calif. (March 3, 2016)—Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event…

 

March 3, 2016
ToynVoltonEX1 A Toynami interpretation that captures the Voltron essence of power and might, the Ultimate Edition is a massive 16″ tall piece that pays tribute to the handsome musculature of the lion. Each Hyper-articulated lion can be posed in multiple ways, even sitting down! Fully transformable and constructed of sturdy POM and ABS plastic to allow…

 

March 1, 2016
InfinityNext_Logo Today, Disney debuted Disney Infinity Next, a new online video series designed to share upcoming plans for – and a behind-the-scenes look at – Disney Infinity. Below is a blog post from John Blackburn, SVP & GM of Disney Infinity, which outlines the details announced in the video. This morning, we shared information about our…

 

February 27, 2016
Adventure People2 Promo The revamped Kickstarter campaign for first wave of Zica Toys Adventure People featuring Captain Action and some vintage Remco characters has now fully funded. A New Adventure Begins! ZICA Toys is very excited to present a new take on an old favorite from the action figure toy aisles, Adventure People! With the help of Eleventyplex,…

 

February 27, 2016
ATReanimatorCarded1 Amok Time Toys just announced the newest release in their MONSTARZ line – a retro 3.75″ figure of Herbert West from the cult classic horror movie The ReAnimator!  And best of all he’s available to order RIGHT NOW on the Amok Time website (and there’s free shipping!):   MONSTARZ Re-Animator news Hello friends, (Please read…

 

February 27, 2016
afwd2016 Following a successful launch in 2014, Action Figure Work Day has set Friday, March 4 2016, as the third annual Take Your Action Figure To Work Day (#AFWD2016). Take Your Action Figure To Work Day began when Randy Ham brought a Teen Titans Raven variant to work with him and posted a few photos of her in…

 

February 26, 2016
lego_bb8_base Admit it, you’d love a to have a Lego BB-8 and a team of builders wants to give you one. They’ve built a model that can actually roll. The design uses weights and magnets to keep the head suspended in the upright position when rolling. You can take a look at the project on the…

 

February 26, 2016
DaredevilS2Tease3 Just when Matt thinks he is bringing order back to the city, new forces are rising in Hell’s Kitchen. Now the Man Without Fear must take on a new adversary in Frank Castle and face an old flame –  Natchios. Bigger problems emerge when Frank Castle, a man looking for vengeance, is reborn as The…

 

February 25, 2016
Yesterday on their official blog, Mondo announced the details of there Madballs relaunch pre-order: Everyone who’s anyone remembers Madballs, the now classic toy balls featuring disgustingly fun characters, and we’re stoked to bring them back as highly detailed vinyl ball figures. Based on the classic gross-out Madballs characters from the 80s, Horn Head, Skull Face,…

 

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