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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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 25, 2018
Brand Marks 50th with Yearlong Lineup of Live Experiences, New Digital Content, Product, Partnerships and Commemorative Items EL SEGUNDO, Calif., May 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Hot Wheels, the number-one selling toy in the world* with nearly 500 million units sold every year, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Conceived in 1968 by an innovator, a rocket scientist…

 

May 25, 2018
This morning over on the Hasbro Pulse Instagram account they posted a series of mock up trading cards showing the figures that are currently out (Han, Lando, Chewie, Q’ira, etc) and the figures that were revealed on Wednesday on the new episode of The Star Wars Show(Beckett and L3)… but then they slip in a…

 

May 21, 2018
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 December 2018 and January 2019. It looks like this…

 

May 21, 2018
Diamond Comic Distributors is offering eight extremely limited PREVIEWS Exclusives toy for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 19-22). Comic-Con attendees will be able to preview the items at the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401 and purchase from participating retailers on the show floor. Take a look at three PREVIEWS Exclusives from Funko, Icon Heroes and Playmates.   SDCC…

 

May 18, 2018
Deadpool 2 hits theaters today and GameStop is hosting a pre-order for Hasbro’s Monopoly Game: Marvel Deadpool Collector’s Edition to celebrate! Monopoly Game: Marvel Deadpool Collector’s Edition (Age Adult/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2018) Available for pre-order at GameStop.com.  

 

May 17, 2018
Yesterday on “The Star Wars Show” they officially announced the dates and location of Star Wars Celebration 2019 – Chicago, Il April 11th-15th, 2019.  This is the same location and just weeks apart from C2E2 2019. Be sure you get your taxes done early next year so you aren’t scrambling and miss out on the…

 

May 17, 2018
THE MAN OF STEEL FACES HIS MOST FORMIDABLE FOE IN AN ALL-NEW ANIMATED FILM FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DC ENTERTAINMENT THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN COMING AUGUST 7, 2018 TO Ultra HD BLU-RAY™ combo pack, BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK AND DVD   BURBANK, CA (May 16, 2018) – The Man of Steel meets his ultimate…

 

May 16, 2018
New 5 Star Line of Vinyl Figures to Launch First with Harry Potter Inspired Series   EVERETT, WA, May 16, 2018 – Funko, Inc. (“Funko,” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: FNKO), a leading pop culture consumer products company, today announced the launch of 5 Star, its newest brand and collection of vinyl collectible figures. Warner Bros….

 

May 15, 2018
FANDANGO FANSHOP LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER PROP SHOP, GIVING FANS AN EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN OFFICIAL HANDCRAFTED PROP REPLICAS FROM FAVORITE FILMS — WITH FIRST OFFERINGS FROM THE JURASSIC PARK AND JURASSIC WORLD SERIES   Molded from Original On-Screen Props at Universal Studios, FanShop’s Collection of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World Prop Replicas Includes an Indominus rex Head, Baby Velociraptor, Dinosaur Eggs, Isla Nublar Map and more LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2018) – Fandango’s ultimate destination…

 

March 23, 2018
Just 10 more days to back Hasbro’s first HASLAB item, JABBA’S SAIL BARGE (THE KHETANNA) and we have even more exciting new assets and announcements to share! You can now watch the entire Barge come to life with a detailed timelapse video and fully decoed images.   In addition, just announced this week on Entertainment…

 

March 22, 2018
Fans of Disney’s sequel to its 1982 cult classic TRON film, TRON: Legacy, can now recreate infamous scenes from the box office hit with the LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy set! Sam Flynn, Rinzler, Quorra, two Light Cycles and Identity Disks from the futuristic film all come to LEGO brick form March 31st.  Announced late last…

 

March 22, 2018
Our friends at Loot Crate have allowed us to reveal a new exclusive figure that will be in their next crate.  April’s Loot Crate, themed ARTIFACTS, features other EXCLUSIVE items from franchises including Marvel’s Avengers, The Dark Crystal and Legend of Zelda. Exclusive to this box in the limited edition Lord of the Rings Weta…

 

March 19, 2018
We’re excited to announce the opening of our 2018 NECA CLUB x ALIEN program for our most loyal Alien action figure fans. This year’s club begins with the Aliens Series 13 figures. Buy all the 7” Club-offered Alien action figures through the NECA CLUB x ALIEN website, and you’re eligible for a cool year-end exclusive…

 

March 17, 2018
SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) today announced it has extended its global master toy licensing partnership with Nintendo, whose properties include Super Mario™, Mario Kart™, The Legend of Zelda™, Animal Crossing™, Pikmin™, Starfox™, and Metroid™. Under the terms of the worldwide agreement, JAKKS will continue to manufacture, market, and…

 

March 16, 2018
I think most of us have been punched in the gut about the news of Toys R Us Closing. Here are some of my inital thoughts as well as a short tour of one of the OLD school layout Toys R Us stores.  

 

March 15, 2018
WAYNE, N.J., March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Toys”R”Us, Inc. today announced that it has filed a motion seeking Bankruptcy Court approval to begin the process of conducting an orderly wind-down of its U.S. business and liquidation of inventory in all 735 of the Company’s U.S. stores, including stores in Puerto Rico. Toys”R”Us will provide more details…

 

March 12, 2018
(Baltimore, MD) — (March 9, 2018) — Every summer, the city of San Diego becomes a destination for comics and pop culture fans as they flock to Comic-Con. The event attracts attendees from all over the world and tickets have become quite difficult to acquire. Then there’s the pricey cost of accommodations and airfare on…

 

March 5, 2018
McDonald’s USA to bring the magic of characters from Disney films to updated Happy Meals with multi-year agreement All McDonald’s Happy Meals Offered in U.S. will be in line with Disney’s Industry-Leading Nutrition Guidelines by June 2018 OAK BROOK, Ill. and BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — McDonald’s USA and The Walt Disney Company…

 

March 2, 2018
We’re thrilled to share the newly revealed Avengers: Infinity War lineup from Hasbro, which will hit shelves this weekend in celebration of Marvel: The Universe Unites. MARVEL LEGENDS SPRING 2018   Build a legendary collection with premium role play and action figures from the MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES! A favorite among kids and collectors alike, the…

 

March 1, 2018
Neil Gaiman curates new Sandman Universe for #Vertigo BURBANK, CA (March 1, 2018) – DC Entertainment announces the creation of The Sandman Universe, a new Vertigo line of comic books curated by Neil Gaiman, conjuring epic storytelling, immersing readers into the evolving world of the Dreaming. The Sandman Universe begins with four new ongoing series,…

 

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