November 3, 2017

Today the Toy Industry Association announce the nominees for all 14 categories the 2018 Toy Of The Year Awards.   This year is the SECOND year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and the second year we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that new category and the nominees for this years slate of hopefuls.   Check out the video below for the announcement of all 7 nominees for the 2018 Toy of the Year Awards, ACTION FIGURE OF THE YEAR award:


The TIA provided us samples of each of the 7 nominees in the ACTION FIGURE OF THE YEAR category and we have put together a series of closer looks and unboxing videos for the products.   We will be posting one of those videos each day starting tomorrow.

After you watch the videos make sure you head over to www.toyawards.org and vote for your favorites in all 14 categories!

OR if you are anywhere in the New York area this weekend you can see ALL of the nominees in person at PLAY FAIR 2018!

It’s not too late to get your tickets for Play Fair in New York City this weekend! Play Fair brings new and beloved toy and pop culture brands together under one roof for an interactive and fun-filled live event open to families, and fans! Save $5 off the ticket price with coupon code TOYASSOCEMP5 at: http://www.playfairny.com/tickets/

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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