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 7, 2015
BatmanTVCatwomanBust The new Previews catalog is in comic shops now, and inside is a litany of new products coming your way from Diamond Select Toys! Due out this fall, the new offerings include items from the Batman Classic TV Series, Batman The Animated Series, Gotham, Ghostbusters, Jay and Silent Bob, Marvel Select, Predator, Pulp Fiction, Star…

 

May 5, 2015
3A_Marvel_Ultron_Portrait_2448x1224_ClassicEdition_003 The gang at 3A Toys have announced the next figure in their 1:6th scale Marvel line of figures – ULTRON! Ultron will come in three different editions: Classic, Stealth and Ghost. See below for the information: MARVEL | ULTRON On Sale May 7th 2015 at Bambalandstore.com! 09:00AM Hong Kong Time 1/6th Scale Collectible Figure Designed by…

 

May 5, 2015
INF3_StarterPack_BeautyShot_Agnostic-XL Latest Edition of Disney Interactive’s Best-Selling Video Game Series Will Include Five Play Sets, New Toy Box Expansion Games and a Variety of Fan-Favorite Characters From Across The Walt Disney Company BURBANK, Calif. – (May 5, 2015) – Disney Interactive today announced that the Star Wars™ universe will join Disney, Disney•Pixar and Marvel in Disney…

 

May 5, 2015
HTBatReturnBatman1 Batman is here! In the second installment of the Batman series directed by Tim Burton, Michael Keaton reprised the role of the caped crusader to protect Gotham City again from terrible fates. His amazing portrayal of the iconic character in this darker take on the superhero set the high standard for the future appearances of…

 

May 4, 2015
BBP28053_forweb copy WORLD PREMIERE REVEAL!   Get ready to saddle up with the Former Heavyweight Champ of the World with our new Mike Tyson Mysteries Mike Tyson Cowboy 8-Inch Action Figure! This Entertainment Earth Exclusive 8-inch figure features Mike in a classic western style fabric shirt and pants combo along with white boots and a removable white…

 

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…

 

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