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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February 3, 2015
KotoDCSuperPowers1 Just moments ago Kotobukia made this announcement on their official Facebook page:   Return to the classic era of action figures with the DC Comics SUPER POWERS COLLECTION, a vintage-inspired line of ARTFX+ statues from Kotobukiya! With details such as “Power Action” stances, multiple points of non-articulation and real cloth capes it will feel like…

 

February 2, 2015
ImxtLOD1 The Imaginext team out East have been very bad, but when they are bad it’s good for us.  They are cooking up the next round of DC Comics Super Friends by focusing on the VILLAINS!  They are giving DC Imaginext fans a quartet of great new items, two of which are available now (on Amazon.com)…

 

February 2, 2015
Warner Bros. Unveils New Animated Content for Batman Unlimited Batman Unlimited, New Animated Content Inspired by Mattel’s New Batman Toy Line, to Debut Spring 2015 All-New Animated Shorts Based on the Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Toy Line to Premiere Spring 2015 Burbank, Calif. – February 2, 2015  – Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation today unveiled an unprecedented…

 

January 30, 2015
New York Toy Fair is fast approaching, and Diamond Select Toys has unveiled a whopping 18 new items in the February issue of Diamond Comics’ Previews catalog. Of the 18 new items, five are from brand-new licenses – Comic Book Men, Predator, Nightmare Before Christmas, SpongeBob Squarepants and Valiant Comics! Keep an eye out for…

 

January 29, 2015
2145422_LEGOJurassicWorldLogo New Brick-Smashing Adventures Are Coming to Console, Handheld and Mobile Platforms LEGO Jurassic World and LEGO Marvel’s Avengers Lead the Line-up BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced their 2015 slate of LEGO® videogames, including LEGO Jurassic World™, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, plus new handheld and mobile titles. “We…

 

January 29, 2015
MOTUCFebNinjor1 When the February MattyCollector.com sale details were announced this week there was some confusion as to whether Ninja Warrior would have ‘day of’ stock available.   Originally fans were told during the 2015 Club Eternia subscription window that there would be NO Ninja Warrior ‘Day of’ sales, and that the figure would be a “sub…

 

January 29, 2015
Funko Launches Marvel Collector Corps, the Official Marvel Collectibles Subscription Service Featuring Exclusive Avengers: Age of Ultron Figures, Apparel and Accessories   Funko has collaborated with Marvel to build a first-of-its-kind subscription box service – Marvel Collector Corps – featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from some of the biggest events in the Marvel…

 

January 29, 2015
76042-SHIELD-Helicarrier Today, Lego revealed their long rumored, brand new The SHIELD Helicarrier construction set based on the classic iconic vehicle in the first Avengers film! Please note, this set is based on the first Avengers film not the Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters this year. Build and display the huge SHIELD Helicarrier! Discover a world…

 

January 28, 2015
MezcoTF15BBGus1 New York-  The New York International Toy Fair is the world’s largest and most important industry-only toy show. “Toy Fair Only” collectible items are a proud tradition and Mezco Toyz continues this custom with the introduction of  their Gus Fring Limited Edition Preview Figure.   Gus Fring is the ruthless drug kingpin with the mild mannered,…

 

January 25, 2015
We can still say “Happy New Year” to each other since it’s still January, right?  I thought so. There’s a lot of housekeeping/catch up in this episode.  Since it’s been a few weeks between episodes and there was a holiday “break” we had a chance to see and catch up on a lot of stuff…

 

January 23, 2015
Today, DC Collectibles has updated their blog with some news on the QC issues they have been facing on some product, which has also lead to them having to adjust the wave assortment for their upcoming waves of Batman: The Animated Series product.  Also they also tease… is THAT what I THINK it is?… I’m…

 

January 23, 2015
SWBP_Cabinet HOTH and VADER’s REVENGE Stages Set to Deal Additional Challenges to the Rebel Alliance Last October, BANDAI NAMCO Amusement America announced an exciting advancement in arcade entertainment with Star Wars™: Battle Pod™. Star Wars: Battle Pod features a special dome shaped screen that surrounds a player’s field of sight, controller and seat vibration synced with…

 

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