Tonight at #SDCC2015 – Action Figure Insider Presents: 10 Years of Talking About Toys Panel
July 11, 2015

SDCCLogo.gifAfter the con floor closes and you need to get off your sore feet we have the perfect rest stop for you!  The Action Figure Insider Presents: 10 Years of Talking About Toys  panel!   I’ve put together a great line up of panelists for this year, some old familiar faces, some brand new guests to my panel… and even some surprise guests…

So swing by, sit a spell and let’s talk toys tonight at San Diego Comic Con!

Action Figure Insider Presents: 10 Years of Talking About Toys

Once a year, fans are able to get the inside scoop on the action figure and collectible lines that they love and get answers straight from the people who make them. This group of experts from every corner of the toy world will discuss the state of the hobby and answer your burning questions. They’ll talk about the difference between being the licensor vs. the licensee, the Kickstarter phenomenon of funding toys before they go into production, ways to keep up with the editorial side of a property, tips on how to break into the toy industry, and much more. Panelist include Steven Anne (Toy Buyer for Walgreens) Jesse Falcon (tentative)(director, Hardlines Merchandising, Disney consumer products), Kevin Kiniry (VP, Creative Services, DC Entertainment), Jerry Macaluso (owner, Pop Culture Collectibles), Zach Oat (marketing supervisor, Diamond Select Toys), Reis O’Brien (designer, Funko Toys), and Jean St. Jean (sculptor, Jean St. Jean Studios). Moderated by Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider, Geek Shall Inherit podcast).
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 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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, 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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