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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December 12, 2013
Ok… it’s not really a mid-season break. We’re both such jet-setters, traveling the globe that it was a little hard to connect for a few weeks there, but we’re back with an all new episode of pop culture discussion. We had to come back THIS week, after all on THIS day (Dec 12th) two years…

 

December 12, 2013
SOALogo New York, December 12, 2013- Mezco Toyz and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announce they will be creating a line of collectibles for FX’s hit series SONS OF ANARCHY. Throughout 2014, Mezco will be offering SONS OF ANARCHY action figures, plush characters, Mez-Itz, key rings, stash boxes, tin signs, bobbleheads, and more. Many of the…

 

December 11, 2013
PVTWD4Carl Pop! Television: The Walking Dead Series 4 It’s a Christmas miracle! We have another series of The Walking Dead Pop!’s! This series features four new characters, as well as a new take on the ultra-popular Daryl Dixon! Daryl is still as handsome as ever in plastic form… Beat up… Bloody… And with zombie ears around his…

 

December 11, 2013
HBY20YR CVR DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES THE OFFICIAL HELLBOY 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TO TAKE PLACE ON MARCH 22!   MILWAUKIE, OR, DECEMBER 11–March 2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of Mike Mignola’s career-defining release of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #1. After the character’s somewhat humble beginnings as an eight-page feature in Dark Horse’s San Diego Comic Con Comics special,…

 

December 10, 2013
13GHOSM_1 It’s that time of year again to grab a cup of hot chocolate, throw on your favorite Snuggie, toss a log in the fireplace and play with tiny little alien action figures. Yep, the Galactic Holiday Outer Space Men are making a return to your galaxy for the holidays and this time they’re even more special than…

 

December 4, 2013
4HMPLSlateZone1 The Power Lords: Slate Zone Soldier and Slate Zone Elite figures will be up for sale to the general public at http://www.StoreHorsemen.com at 3pm on December 4th, 2013. Up until this point these figures were only available to Power Lords Fan Club members for the first 48 hours, with any remaining stock to be made…

 

December 1, 2013
This was a surprise to me.  On Friday McFarlane Toys released an exclusive set of figures on TheWalkindDeadShop.com of Negan, the bad guy in the current “All Out War” storyline going on in the Image comic.  The figure is available in two paint schemes: color and bloody black and white.    If you thought the governor…

 

December 1, 2013
ScreenHunter_206 Dec. 01 14.54 This made the rounds last week, but it’s SO amazing that it bares repeating.  This is a mind bending Lego set constructed by “LegoBrickBarron” of the Joker’s Funhouse.   It’s a cool enough contruction all on it’s own, but he went the extra set and ANIMATED many of the scenes.   You have to see it to…

 

November 30, 2013
This week Mattel sent out the following FAQ update on Castle Grayskull: Castle Grayskull Update   We’ve heard your confusion around the Castle Grayskull pre-order and do apologize. Here’s a complete Q & A update as of today, 11/26/13.   Q. When will my Castle Grayskull ship? A. The castles have started to arrive at…

 

November 29, 2013
ImagScarecrowPoison-Ivy All good things must come to an end.   And so we come to the end of our first ever Imaginext week.   I hope you have enjoyed these reveals as much as I have.   We’re going out with a big finish – an awesome pair of Bat villains! But first lets look at the final installment…

 

November 28, 2013
ImagBatmanBatmobile Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  And since I’m in a GIVING mood I’m going to reveal TWO new DC Comics Imaginext sets featuring the Dark Knight himself – Batman. But first let take a look at part 2 of the history sweet love between DC Comics and Imaginext via Wikipedia: In 2010, an original video animation based…

 

November 27, 2013
ImagMartian-ManhunterPlastic-Man Day 3 of our week of exclusive Imaginext reveals brings us a sweet 2-pack of DC characters that are sure to beef up your Justice League line up – J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter and old Eel O’Brian himself – Plastic Man!   Both of these characters are brand new to the line. But before we…

 

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