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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May 3, 2015
Mark your calendars for September 4th! While it has been expected by fans and rumored by leaks, until today there had not been an official statement about there being an “Midnight Madness” sale for Star Wars: The Force Awakens products until today with the announcement from the Official Star Wars Blog.   There was a…

 

May 1, 2015
MrFusion1 It’s another big week for Diamond Select Toys at your local comic shop, as eight new items are shipping to stores! Not only are there new Minimates from Dragon Age, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Classic X-Men comics, there are new busts from Sin City and the Batman Classic TV Series, a plush Buddy Christ,…

 

May 1, 2015
mythiclegions.1    This Friday the most successful action figure line ever funded on Kickstarter – MYTHIC LEGIONS – goes up for pre-order on Store Horsemen (http://www.StoreHorsemen.com)! More than 30 different figures, legion builder sets, various weapons packs, and even the 48 page Mythic Legions art book will be up for grabs to those of you who weren’t able to participate in the…

 

April 28, 2015
7_group_2 Today, as part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we have a great guest column from our old friend Matt “Iron Cow” Cauley of Iron Cow Productions. While I only tiptoed into the shallow waters that are the bootleg Super Powers figures (and other non DC Characters) made by the mysterious “Industrial Toy Werks” with a…

 

April 27, 2015
DCMultiverseTF15pic1 The other day a friend of mine reached out to me to say he had gotten a message from an online retailer that Mattel’s 4″ DC Comics Multiverse line had been canceled.   This was surprising to be because we had just seen production versions of 8-10 NEW figures back in February in the Mattel showroom…

 

April 27, 2015
KotoSPAFi10 After 10 years one week of celebration just wasn’t enough so we are going to keep the fun going this week with a few more scoops and some new articles and features. Today we have a new image of the Batman and Robin ARTFX+ sculpts from the new series of statues from Kotobukiya.   This…

 

April 24, 2015
BCSherlock221BDoor10 It’s Friday!  We all made it through the week and are looking forward to the weekend… so let’s have a Double Scoop of Scoops!  That’s right there’s a SECOND scoop today! The reveal comes from the folks at Big Chief Studios in the UK.  These are the folks that are knocking it out of the…

 

April 24, 2015
EEGoGBoxedSet Entertainment Earth Exclusive! Your favorite heroes from Guardians of the Galaxy are here in 6-inch scale, with fantastic accessories and more firepower than you can shake a stick at! Bring home the exclusive of the year with this Guardians of the Galaxy Comic Edition Marvel Legends Action Figure Box Set from Hasbro that includes 5…

 

April 24, 2015
NECAAmbush8 Today’s scoop is a great one from our friends at NECA!  NECA continues their stranglehold on my wallet by expanding their awesome Predator action figure line to include updated version of the classic Kenner Predator action figure collection. Today they are letting us debut the 2015 Convention Exclusive Ambush Predator in all of his invisible glory!…

 

April 23, 2015
BBPFlashGWave1 FIRST LOOK! Bif Bang Pow! Is Once Again the Savior of Your Action Figure Collection     Long live the new savior of your action figure universe! Collectors can now rejoice as Big Bang Pow! presents the first-ever 3 3/4-inch scale action figures from the cult favorite 1980 sci-fi film Flash Gordon. These authentically designed and rendered action…

 

April 23, 2015
DC Super Hero Girls1 A New Super Hero Universe Designed Just For Girls, Slated For Fall 2015 Mattel to Launch Company’s First Action Figures for Girls Unprecedented Initiative to Include Digital Content, TV Specials, Made-For-Videos, Publishing, Toys, Apparel and Other Products Random House Children’s Books to be Master Publishing Partner The LEGO Group to be Exclusive Construction Partner Beginning in…

 

April 22, 2015
BBP29100A_AA_Kiss-Figures-Wave-1_EE-AFi Rock & Roll All Nite with Bif Bang Pow!’s New KISS Collector’s Set     Collectors can now “pull the trigger” on owning one of the most popular rock bands of all time with the KISS Love Gun 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures Series 1 Set from Bif Bang Pow!, available now for pre-order at Entertainment…

 

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