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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July 20, 2014
DCUCSPSuperFace As announced at Toy Fair 2014 the final figures in Mattel’s long running 6″, Four Horsemen sculpted, DC Universe Classics line will be a series of tributes to the 30th anniversary of Kenner’s beloved DC Comics ‘Super Powers’ action figures. I think by now everyone that knows me knows that I am a HUGE fan…

 

July 20, 2014
July is a magic month for geeks like us.   There’s summer movies, new toys, and San Diego Comic Con.    So much goodness is happening for pop culture fans that we never need to go outside in the sun at all.   We will be heading out to the big show this week.  …

 

July 19, 2014
IMG_0882 (Large) It’s the calm before the storm as the city of San Diego preps for the onslaught of pop culture next week for San Diego Comic Con. There is a lot of early preparation that goes into a show like this and the city has to start early to get the banners up, the buses and…

 

July 18, 2014
  COMING SOON: Superman Retro 8 Inch Action Figures. Superman & Supergirl are exact replicas of the original action figures that were released by Mego. Mr. Mxyzptlk is also a replica, but is on the 6 inch teen body. Bizarro No. 1 is a Figures Toy Company original. These will be released in November  …

 

July 17, 2014
Schleich Joker Building on its tradition of offering an unbeatable assortment of toys for collectors of all ages, Toys“R”Us has revealed its full lineup of exclusive items available at the highly anticipated Comic-Con International in San Diego taking place Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27. Conventioneers will find must-have merchandise based on fan-favorite series, including My…

 

July 17, 2014
UTDrWhoWalDr3 Walgreens continues to work their way into the hearts of collectors with the announcement of another wave of toys that will be exclusive to the pharmacy chain.  This exclusive wave was announced today on Underground Toys’ Facebook page:   We are absolutely thrilled to be launching some NEW Doctor Who 3.75inch Action Figures with Walgreens…

 

July 16, 2014
FunkoSDCC14GOTTyrian2 Today we bring you announcement #8!   This Tyrion Lannister Legacy Figure is ready for battle with his axe and helmet! This Jack Skellington ReAction Figure comes with a special ghostly companion! It looks like Billy has been up to no good again! What a mess! Sloth is wearing his special Superman shirt just for…

 

July 15, 2014
FTC88BatExBoxingBat1 Last week, on their Facebook page, Figures Toy Company revealed several new variants of their 1966 Batman classic TV line of figures that will be exclusives to certain outlets. This will all be episode specific costume variants.  Not all of the retailers have been announced as to which exclusive will be with.   These will be…

 

July 15, 2014
SWHeroMillenniumFalcon_life8_ref Today Hasbro officially confirmed that Hasbro’s Star Wars Hero Series Millennium Falcon will be available later this Fall, exclusively at Walmart stores and Walmart.com.  This had been rumored for several weeks on several of the Star Wars toy sites since it appeared in Walmart’s computer system.  This is the second ship in Hasbro’s new “Hero…

 

July 15, 2014
AH_3 Fresh Monkey Fiction brings classic super heroes to life with Amazing Heroes Kickstarter.   Los Angeles, CA. (July 14, 2014) – Fresh Monkey Fiction announces the crowd-sourcing campaign for their long awaited Amazing Heroes retro action figure line of classic Golden Age superheroes. This 4.5” action figure line brings a handful of cult characters to…

 

July 14, 2014
DCA_ToA_AF_Aquaman 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 in January and February 2015.  I know that…

 

July 14, 2014
S7AlienPlaysetReg1 Good news for fans that thought they would be out of luck getting one of 250 SDCC 2014 exclusive ReAction Alien playsets from the Super7 booth.  This morning Super 7 announced they would make the playset available in a limited window pre-order for any fan that wants one with different packaging (much like they did…

 

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