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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September 24, 2015
Missy - Purple - Out of Pack - Small Product Development Director, Al Dewar, unveils the new 5.5-inch scale Missy Collector Series Figure during online broadcast.   24th September 2015 – London, England – Character Options has today unveiled details of a brand new Limited Edition Doctor Who 5.5” scale action figure. Images of the Missy figure, first in a new range of scale Doctor…

 

September 23, 2015
Grimskull There’s only one week left in the October Toys Skeleton Warriors Grimskull Kickstarter campaign.  As of this writing there are only FIVE DAYs left to fully fund this figure and we they are only half way there.   I can tell you first hand as a customer that supported their previous Skeleton Warriors Kickstarter for Baron…

 

September 23, 2015
Funko is proud to announce the first batch of New York Comic Con exclusives! You’ll see familiar characters decked out in new colors and materials alongside figures that are entirely brand new! Our exclusives contain many of Funko’s most popular lines – Pop!, ReAction, Hikari – as well as new lines from Vinyl Sugar! Our goal was to…

 

September 22, 2015
Bobba Fett Highly Detailed Figures Incorporate Japanese Samurai Aesthetic; Pre-Orders Open For “Ronin” Boba Fett, “Daisho” Darth Vader, “Teppou Ashigaru” Sandtrooper and “Akazonae” Imperial Guard; “Taisho” Darth Vader And “Ashigaru” Stormtrooper Figures Available Now!!   Irvine, CA, September 21, 2015 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong…

 

September 19, 2015
SuperPowersMicroFigsW1_270x270 Several new products are coming from the gang at Gentle Giant ltd. mid-year next year from across the spectrum of their licenses.   There are some great statues from Star Wars, Marvel and The Walking Dead, as well as a fun new Captain America statue based on the art work of Skottie Young.  There are NO Jumbos…

 

September 18, 2015
S7NYCC15alien_special_3_pack_wb Journey into the mysterious Derelict Spaceship with the ReAction Figures Nostromo Crew Special Action Figure Set! Dallas, Lambert and Kane don their spacesuits to venture out of the safety of the Nostromo Spaceship to investigate a distress signal on a distant planet. Little do they know the terror they are about to unleash! The ReAction…

 

September 18, 2015
Lot 1558--Carrie Fisher Slave Leia costume collection from Return of the Jedi ORIGINAL SCREEN-USED “STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE” ‘BLOCKADE RUNNER’ FILMING MINIATURE-THE SHIP THAT SET THE TONE FOR THE ENTIRE “STAR WARS” FRANCHISE; A ‘REBEL FLEET TROOPER’ HELMET FROM “STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE”; CARRIE FISHER ‘SLAVE LEIA’ COSTUME FROM “STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI” AMONG THE…

 

September 15, 2015
MOTUCKngChooblahFt2 Heroic King of the Kulataks Today on MattyCollector.com sees the release of the Masters Of the Universe Classics King Chooblah action figure.   King Chooblah is the next figure in the “200X” sub-line that features characters and designs seen in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe animated series.  If you already subscribed to…

 

September 14, 2015
WW_AoW_Bruce_Timm 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 April 2016.  I know that seems like a long way…

 

September 14, 2015
DSTTalia1 Batman’s femme fatales are numerous, but none are more fatal than Talia Al Ghul! A member of the Society of Shadows, Talia Al Ghul captured Batman’s heart when she appeared in Batman: The Animated Series, even as his mind told him to resist. Now, Batman’s forbidden love is the newest Femme Fatales PVC statue in…

 

September 11, 2015
SuperMansion1 Are you ready to peek inside the SuperMansion? Crackle’s highly anticipated stop-motion animated comedy series is coming Oct. 8, and today the streaming network unveiled the first full-length trailer and the first official poster art for SuperMansion – which comes from the minds of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the creators of the Emmy®-winning “Robot Chicken.”  …

 

September 11, 2015
ScreenHunter_88 Sep. 11 00.01 Star Wars.com and Funko are proud to unveil Smuggler’s Bounty, the only OFFICIAL Star Wars subscription box in the galaxy! Featuring 100% exclusive collectibles, apparel and accessories from the Star Wars universe, the debut box – entitled Star Wars: The Force Awakens – will ship this November. For just $25 every other month, members will receive a box full of exclusive Star Wars-themed…

 

September 9, 2015
screenshots_trpyptic web NEW  DEVELOPMENT  STUDIO,  POUND  SAND,  FORMED  BY  GAME  INDUSTRY  VETERANS  FROM  MEDAL  OF  HONOR,  BATTLEFIELD  AND  CALL  OF  DUTY  FRANCHISES Studio’s  First  Game,  Third‐Person  Shooter  Fantastic  Plastic  Squad,  Debuted  Today at  Apple  Press  Conference   EL  SEGUNDO,  CA(SEPT  9,  2015)-­‐‐ A  group  of  veteran  video  game  developers,  with  credits  that  include some  of  the  biggest  franchises  in  the…

 

September 9, 2015
AmazonPOPTonyIM2 Amazon.com has announced an exclusive Marvel Pop Vinyl figure, Avengers founder Tony Stark! Assemble Marvel’s Avengers to defeat man’s mightiest foe – Ultron! Collect the whole team, including the Avengers Age of Ultron Unmasked Iron Man Pop! Only available on Amazon!   This innovative hero measures approximately 3 3/4-Inch tall and comes in a window…

 

September 7, 2015
October Toys Launches Kickstarter Campaign Skeleton Warriors 1/18th scale fully articulated Glyos compatible Grimskull action figure! We are super excited to bring you the next bad to the bone Skeleton Warrior action figure – Grimskull! After successfully launching the first figure in our line of highly detailed collectible Skeleton Warriors action figures, Baron Dark, we…

 

September 4, 2015
BIG FIGS 48_ Colossal Vader with customer May the Force be with you! Everyone at JAKKS Pacific is ecstatic over the release of our entire Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Line! As a fanboy myself, I know how crazy midnight madness was, so we wanted to clarify exactly what JAKKS product is out there on shelf, as well as what…

 

September 3, 2015
The Toys R Us in Times Square in NYC has a full day of events today leading up to Force Friday.   Furbacca was there as was Steve Sansweet who had curated a display of classic Star Wars products.   See below for pictures of all the fun!  

 

September 3, 2015
SWmidMadnessEpIIpic1 As we all gear up and head out to get in line for Force Friday let’s take a look back at the past Star Wars Midnight Madness events for Episode 1, 2, 3 and Clone Wars:   Episode I Star Wars Episode 1 Toys go on sale at midnight at a Toys R Us in…

 

September 3, 2015
HTSWEp71stOTroopers1 Star Wars fans worldwide are anxiously waiting for the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest installment of the epic space saga! Set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the upcoming movie will feature brand new characters and also some familiar faces! Although the Galactic…

 

September 3, 2015
bb8_appicon I think ANYONE that was watching the Star Wars The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing event on YouTube the past 18 hours saw a clear winner for the MUST HAVE Episode VII product – Sphero’s remote controlled BB-8 Astromech! Meet BB-8™ – the spherical, loyal Astromech Droid™ of Resistance pilot Poe Dameron. The app-enabled BB-8…

 

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