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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August 5, 2014
MMCC14LeoFt2 This is a couple of worlds colliding for me.    I’ve been a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since the second issue of their original comic book series back in the 80’s and I’ve been a Minimates fan from the beginning as well, all the way back to when they were 2.5″ tall.   At…

 

August 5, 2014
Loot Crate’s August crate will feature an EXCLUSIVE Funko Pop! You will not find this ANYWHERE else. Use code HEROES & save 10% on any new Loot Crate subscription! From Loot Crate: “You knew we couldn’t just let the bad guys have ALL the fun. Items in August’s crate draw from HEROES in both geek & gamer lore, and thanks to a…

 

August 4, 2014
DCUCSPBatFace As announced, back in February 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’ 3.75″ action figures.   Mattel is repainting 6 figures (including a collect-and-connect figure) and…

 

July 25, 2014
A8724_SW_BlackS_Deluxe_Han_Tauntaun copy Hasbro just sent out the press photos of all of the new reveals from their Star Wars panel earlier today.   Click here to see our full gallery!

 

July 25, 2014
Print FANBOYS AND FANGIRLS REJOICE! AS WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES BATMAN: THE COMPLETE TELEVISION SERIES ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME NOVEMBER 11, 2014   The Long-Awaited 1960’s TV Series Features All 120 Original Broadcast Episodes Completely Remastered   Includes Over Three Hours of Never-Before-Seen Enhanced Content Including Interviews With Adam West and Burt…

 

July 22, 2014
Comic-Con-Logo The 2014 San Diego Comic Con is almost here, and the news and updates are coming fast and furious!   We will be covering the show not just through the main site here, but also through all of our social media handles.  Take a moment, before all the chaos starts and Like, Friend, and Follow us…

 

July 22, 2014
NECAVidGame98Batman1   Introducing the new Batman 1989 Video Game Appearance 7″ action figure! Batman is the sixth figure in our highly successful line of classic 8-bit video game tributes. Following Michael Keaton‘s iconic portrayal as #Batman in the movie, the side-scrolling game was released in late 1989 for the super popular 8-bit home console, and is…

 

July 22, 2014
WarpoLogo Artisan Retro Toys Based on the Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft Make First Public Appearance since Successful Kickstarter  (BALTIMORE, MD)- (July 22, 2014)- Diamond Comic Distributors is pleased to announce today its partnership with Warpo, indie upstart creator of artisan retro toys which launched onto the market with a wildly successful Kickstarter last month, to bring the…

 

July 22, 2014
Photo Credit: Peter Keehn New York- (July 22nd, 2014)- Mezco Toyz today announced The One:12 Collective, a new line of high end 6″ scale collectable figures. Redesigning the 6″ scale figure category by combining posable action figures with real cloth outfitting, in a similar fashion to the 1/6th scale and larger collectables. Mezco’s One:12 Collective line will present a…

 

July 21, 2014
afi_newlogo AFI’s “After Dark” Panel Series kick off at SDCC 2014   Have you always wanted to see Action Figure Insider’s toy industry panels, but couldn’t get away from the con floor and all of  other events of the day to see them? This year, after the show floor closes, get off your feet for a…

 

July 21, 2014
SkylandersTTLogo ATTENTION FOOLISH HUMAN FOOLS! Skylanders Trap Team™ Dark Edition Featuring Ultimate Kaos Trap Debuts Activations Include Consumer Hands-on Gameplay,  First-Ever Skylanders Comic Book Unveiling   SANTA MONICA, Calif. – July 21, 2014 –  For the first time, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), brings Skylanders®, the world’s leading…

 

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…

 

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