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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June 13, 2014
Long rumored and now revealed on the MattyCollector.com news page is that MATTEL was able to slice of a little piece of the Star Wars license for their Hot Wheels brand.   They will kick off this line with an SDCC 2014 exclusive car: The force is strong with this one! We’ve got more details about…

 

June 12, 2014
Mattel BM Basic Figure Ongoing Collaboration Continues Rights to Massive DC Comics Universe And Upcoming Film and Television Projects   Burbank, Calif., June 12, 2014 — Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), with DC Entertainment, announced today that it has once again extended its successful relationship with leading worldwide toy manufacturer, Mattel, Inc. The new multi-year agreement grants Mattel rights…

 

June 12, 2014
JLUposter-AFIslug Variety.com is reporting this morning that Mattel and DC Entertainment have extended their licensing agreement another 3-5 years.    The agreement covers boys toys/action brands,  Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Barbie, Mattel Games and Fisher-Price.   The new contract includes toys from DC Entertainment properties for film (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League), television (Arrow and…

 

June 9, 2014
ReAction: Firefly Calling all Joss Whedon fans! Shiny! We have a highly anticipated series for you today… From the beloved television series Firefly, we bring you Captain Malcolm and the Serenity crew! Firefly left our television screens way too soon, but now you can relive the magic with your favorite pioneers in action figure form!…

 

June 9, 2014
WarpoChul1 Artisan Retro Toys from Legendary Artists and Sculptors Make Kickstarter Debut   JUNE 9, 2014 (Chicago, IL): Warpo, creator of artisan retro toys, is thrilled to announce today the launch of its Kickstarter to fund Legends of Cthulhu, the first retro-styled action figure line based on the characters of H.P. Lovecraft.   By enlisting legendary…

 

June 9, 2014
 AAIIIIIGGGGGHHH!   Pop Culture overload!   There’s too much awesome coming at us too fast!  If we miss even a week of this podcast the topics just pile up so much that we can’t pack it all in!   Costume reveals, movie titles announced,  new toys released and directors dropping out of projects.  It all…

 

June 7, 2014
tmnt_movie_catalog_01 Our buddy Jeremy over at Spy Monkey Creations has already found some of the Playmates toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, based on the upcoming feature film, popping up in stores before the official release date.   I’ve seen several folks reporting finding some of the figures this week at stores. Included with the figures there…

 

June 6, 2014
HotToysGoGTease1 We all knew this day was coming…   Marvel Studios’ upcoming summer blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, will expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos! The space adventure film will follow Starlord Peter Quill and a team of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax…

 

June 5, 2014
ReAction: Escape From New York In 1988, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn…

 

June 2, 2014
BaronDark October Toys is excited to announce the launch of their latest project – Skeleton Warriors!   These new, Glyos compatible action figures were designed with collectors in mind while drawing inspiration from both the 90’s Skeleton Warriors cartoon characters as well as original concept art provided by the awesome team at Goddard Film Group, LLC….

 

June 2, 2014
MezSoASDCC14Jax1 New York- As the world of fandom collectively counts down to the start of San Diego Comic-Con International on July 23, 2014, Mezco adds fuel to the flames of excitement by revealing the details of one of their Summer Exclusives:  Sons Of Anarchy Jax Orange Prison Variant Jax stands six inches tall in his state-issued…

 

June 1, 2014
Sorry it’ been a bit long between episodes but Jason and I both had to fly out of the country this past week so we could attend the Kanye/Kim wedding. Well, I was attending, Jason was heading up the catering. But a good time was had by all, and no expense was spared for this…

 

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