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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March 24, 2015
tie_fighter_poster_by_mightyotaking This has been making the rounds today.  You might remember some clips from it bouncing around last year.   Now the full short film animated by Paul Johnson is availble on-line. TIE Fighter tells the story of a space battle from the Imperial perspective focusing on 3 pilots. Here’s what the creator says about the piece:…

 

March 23, 2015
toys-r-us-time-square4 It was announced this past week by CommercialObserver.com the Toys R Us would not be renewing the lease on their flagship store space in Time Square.    There’s a good chance the store will move to a smaller location in Times Square, but the current locating with it’s multi-story Ferris wheel, T-rex and impressive seasonal…

 

March 20, 2015
LegionofDansBlock For the second time this year the FOUR DANS have gathered together to talk about toys in what you earthlings refer to as a “podcast.”    In this episode they discuss their favorite reveals from New Your Toy Fair 2015.   Two of the Dans were at the show, two were not… will their opinions differ on…

 

March 20, 2015
club200x_Lineup1 All the figures have been revealed, plus the special sub-only head pack.  The percentage keeps inching up, but it’s not there yet!   Here is the update just posted by MattyCollector’s “Skeletor’s Love Child”:   I’ll keep this short and sweet: As of last night the subscription has reached 81% of the total needed to bring…

 

March 20, 2015
ScreenHunter_01 Mar. 20 08.51 SIX new products are coming from the gang at Gentle Giant early next year from across the spectrum of their licenses.   We see some great new stuff in their Jumbo universe including a Star Wars 3-pack that gives fans another shot at some of the early releases.   Zam  Wessel Statue – $269 Zam Wessel…

 

March 19, 2015
FTCMegoKresigCards1 Today our friends at BigBadToyStore.com broke the news that Figures Toy Company would be doing a second wave of DC Comics Re-Mego figures on the Kresge’s dept store style cards.   The original Kresge  carded Mego figures are quite rare and fetch top dollar at auction.   Figures Toy Company is using that style of card to…

 

March 19, 2015
AvengersAOUPoster2 Meet Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once again with a new preview for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in theaters May 1!     ► Subscribe to Marvel: http://bit.ly/WeO3YJ Watch more from Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” now! http://bit.ly/1BSUkKX   Follow Marvel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/marvel Like Marvel on FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/Marvel For even more news, stay tuned to:…

 

March 18, 2015
VSDorbsGotG1 We are excited to show off the next exciting line from Vinyl Sugar! Introducing…Dorbz! Guardians of the Galaxy are the first series for Dorbz, and appeal to collectors of all ages! Opting for painted designs over sculpt, these pint-sized rascals will weasel their way into your heart as surely as they’ll find their way onto…

 

March 18, 2015
JackDoll Last month, at Toy Fair 2015, Diamond Select Toys unveiled a booth full of great new products and unveiled many new licenses.  Among the new announcements was the ever popular Disney’s Nightmare Before Christmas.   DST is taking us all to Halloweentown with a variety of new products such as Select scale action figures with…

 

March 17, 2015
MOTUC_200x_Prahvus1 MattyCollector sent out the final reveal for the MOTUC “Club 200x” Sub – Prahvus!   Here’s a look at the Evil Master of Doom and his accessories! Now all of the figures in the 200x sub have been revealed, so it’s time for fans to do their part!   We saw MattyCollector.com try the full reveal with…

 

March 16, 2015
BTAS_TheBatmobile 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 October of 2015.  I know that seems like a…

 

March 13, 2015
Today, over on the Matty Collector message boards, Mattel rep “Skeletor’s Love Child” revealed the last figure for the Club 200x mini-subscription – King Chooblah.  That’s a whole lot of new tooling!   Who do you think would win in a fight, Jason Voorhees or this guy? Now that you have seen all of the figures…

 

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