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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January 13, 2014
MSTH1Wave1 The next new Mattel line we are looking at for 2014 is the 6″ mass retail value line “DC Total Heroes.”   This first wave of the 6″ figures is now hitting mass retail shelves and on-line retailers such as Amazon.com and BigBadToyStore.com.   This line of stylize figures that utilize the same basic “buck” will be a…

 

January 13, 2014
ScreenHunter_01 Dec. 21 23.38 News comes from our friends at Gentle Giant wit details of their Premier Guild fan club membership: Dear Collector, We are pleased to announce the details for our 2014 Premier Guild Membership! This year, members will have an option to choose from 4 Premier Guild Exclusives as their FREE gift! This year we will be…

 

January 12, 2014
CapAmTWSTargetDisp1 Right before the holidays we started to see a few items, mostly role-play, trickle into stores for Hasbro’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier line.   Now that the calendar has flipped to 2014 the figures are starting  to hit mass retail and on-line at places like BigBadToyStore, EntertainmentEarth and Amazon.com. This first wave has: Captain America,…

 

January 11, 2014
BatEG4inTargetDisplay1 As we start the new year and stores start re-setting their post-holiday aisles, more new products are hitting stores now.  As we saw at SDCC last year Mattel is thinking small when it comes to retail.  Smaller figures that is.   The “evergreen’ Batman line is shrinking from 5″ to 3.75″ and Batman is bringing along…

 

January 8, 2014
The cat was already out of the bag, so today Lego made the official announcement: D’oh! The Simpsons House has been turned into LEGO bricks with detachable roof, modular design, car with dent, the famous family couch, 6 minifigures and so much more…. Available beginning February 2014  

 

January 8, 2014
DCCArkhamClayface_5 Announced this past week by DC Collectibles – the LARGEST Arkham City figure to date!   Bigger than Titan Joker, BIGGER than Grundy!!  Be careful with this one or he might just stomp a mudhole in your gut! The monstrous Clayface can take any shape—including that of an awesome action figure like this brand new one based…

 

January 8, 2014
Back in November we showed you the handful of ‘Lego the Movie‘ sets they they were ready to reveal.  Now all those sets and even the “hidden” sets have been revealed and are in stores now! I’ve found the sets both in Target stores and Walmart.   These 10 new sets range in price from $12-$70.  …

 

January 6, 2014
DSC_0780 Posted this week on the official BifBangPow website:   Our license with BBC America to produce Doctor Who merchandise has expired. While we’ll miss the good Doctor, his adversaries and allies, we are excited to shift our resources to focus on an array of fantastic new items from other top brands and licensors. Our remaining…

 

January 3, 2014
gentle-giant-news-rls Accesses decades of licensed content from industry’s greatest brands Expands leadership capabilities and know-how in retail merchandising ROCK HILL, South Carolina – January 3, 2014 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today the acquisition of Gentle Giant Studios, the leading provider of 3D modeling for the entertainment and toy industry. For over two decades, Gentle Giant…

 

January 1, 2014
Product Pre-order Launches Jan 6th PCSC Exclusive Version Also Available   LOS ANGELES, Jan 1st 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE)—     As winter rages outside, PCSC announces a new collectible certain to cool temperatures even further…presenting a 1/4th scale statue of Sub-Zero  as he appears in Mortal Kombat 9. “ Sub Zero is not only a fan favorite,…

 

December 30, 2013
ScreenHunter_218 Dec. 30 21.52 Posted today on StarWars.com: The Inquisitor, the Empire’s Jedi hunter and a major new villain in the highly anticipated Star Wars Rebels animated series, was unveiled by Lucasfilm at this year’s New York Comic Con. Today, StarWars.com is excited to present the official reveal for the character’s first ever 3.75-inch action figure from Hasbro. The…

 

December 30, 2013
MLCapAmWW2Ft While out and about this week I found one of the new figures from the new Marvel Legends Captain America themed wave at a local Target.   This is the WWII Captain America, which is the figure that comes without a piece of the Mandroid build-a-figure.   The packaging of this wave is a significant departure from…

 

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