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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June 2, 2014
MezSoASDCC14Jax1 New York- As the world of fandom collectively counts down to the start of San Diego Comic-Con International on July 23, 2014, Mezco adds fuel to the flames of excitement by revealing the details of one of their Summer Exclusives:  Sons Of Anarchy Jax Orange Prison Variant Jax stands six inches tall in his state-issued…

 

June 1, 2014
Sorry it’ been a bit long between episodes but Jason and I both had to fly out of the country this past week so we could attend the Kanye/Kim wedding. Well, I was attending, Jason was heading up the catering. But a good time was had by all, and no expense was spared for this…

 

May 30, 2014
Earlier today Mattel revealed two more SDCC 2014 exclusives.  These are from the Hot Wheels group:   We’ve got your first look at two new vehicles from Hot Wheels® debuting at San Diego Comic-Con! More… Hot Wheels® The Homer ($30) Hot Wheels® proudly presents The Homer from everyone’s favorite cartoon show “The Simpsons.” This vehicle…

 

May 22, 2014
Marvel Infinity - Captain America (Space Armour) One of the biggest events in the Marvel Universe last year was Infinity, in which the Avengers protected Earth from imminent destruction even as the world-conquering Thanos cut a path through the galaxy in search of his mysterious son. This year, Diamond Select Toys is excited to announce an all-new Marvel Minimates box set based…

 

May 22, 2014
Hasbro-ML-GalactusEngine1 USA Today just blew the lid off of Hasbro’s Marvel San Diego Comic Con 2014 exclusive sets.   There will be 6″ Marvel Legends set and a 3.75″ Marvel Universe set –     Priced at $99.99, a set of Marvel Legends Infinite Series 6-inch figures is based on the Marvel story line “The Thanos Imperative”…

 

May 21, 2014
JJ_Video_Composite2 J.J. Abrams Announces “Force for Change” Campaign to Benefit UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and Programs  Beginning Today, Visit Omaze.com/StarWars to Enter for a Chance to Win   LOS ANGELES, CA, MAY 21, 2014 — Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars:Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of Star Wars: Force…

 

May 19, 2014
BTAS_AF_TWOFACE 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 mostly in November 2014.     ACTION FIGURES…

 

May 15, 2014
QMx-FF-Articulated-Mal-2a-hires QMx to Debut First Firefly 1:6 Scale Articulated Figure at Dallas Comic-Con   LOS ANGELES — May 15, 2014 — Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx), a leading sci-fi and pop culture collectibles company, plans to unveil the first in a new line of realistic 1:6 scale figures for cult classic TV series Firefly at Dallas Comic Con (May 16-18).   Featuring authentic…

 

May 15, 2014
It’s a few days late from when they said to expect the announcement, but here are the next 3 reveals of Mattel’s SDCC 2014 exclusives:   It’s been a week since our last reveal, and we know you’ve been patiently waiting for the next batch. Well, wait no more because here are three more new…

 

May 15, 2014
Legend travels fast. Don’t miss The Flash, coming Tuesdays this fall to The CW! WATCH THE FIRST LOOK extended trailer: ABOUT THE FLASHAfter a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him…

 

May 12, 2014
TF4AFiAutobots1     The summer of extinction is almost upon us and that means we can officially start talking about Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.   The Hasbro T4:AoE figures are not officially in stores until May 17th (there are reports of some stores breaking the street date) but the gang at Hasbro PR were kind enough…

 

May 9, 2014
spiderman-webwings1 We saw the announcement of this deal from Marvel a few weeks ago.  Here is the official press release from DST:   For years, Diamond Select Toys (DST) has been re-creating the classic 8-inch, cloth-costume action figures of the 1970s, but one line has received more requests than any other: the Marvel Comics characters from…

 

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