#FidgetSpinners Go Geek
May 28, 2017

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past month you have no doubt heard about the Fidget Spinner craze sweeping this nation’s elementary and middle schools.   Originally used as a tool for autistic children, they are now THE toy/accessory to have this year as evidenced by the fact that 45 of the top 50 best selling toys on Amazon.com this month are all spinners!

Spinners are being sold everywhere now including toy stores, on-line, gas stations, even my local ice cream man is selling them out of his truck!

And with any trend the bootleggers often come out to try to make a quick buck before the license holder can shut them down, and spinners are no exception.   Already you can find a wide variety of unlicensed spinners in a wide variety of styles and shapes that I’m sure will start to be pulled soon as licensors crack down on these to put out their own licensed versions.


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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  • Scott says:

    I have aspergers which is on the autistic spectrum but these do nothing for me. I can understand the fidget cubes cos there’s something about the tactile feel of flicking switches but these spinners? I don’t get it. I really don’t.

  • Reece says:

    Actually, they weren’t developed for autistic children. They were developed as a toy. The woman who invented them shopped it around to all the big manufacturers, but of course, they waited for the Patent to expire, and the rest is $$$$$$$ caching history, and she gets nothing. Yay for Capitalism.

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