Toy Of the Year Awards 2019- ACTION FIGURE Nominee @Hasbro ‘s DJ BumbleBee #TOTY19
November 14, 2018

This week the Toy Industry Association announced the nominees for all 17 categories the 2019 Toy Of The Year Awards. This year is the third year they have included an Action Figure of the Year category and the third year we here at AFi have the honor of helping them with the reveal announcement of that category and the nominees for this years slate of hopefuls. You can see the reveal of the nominees here.

Now we are taking a look at each individual nominee in a series of videos.  In this video we look at Hasbro’s DJ BUMBLEBEE, which is part of Hasbro’s new toy line based up the upcoming feature film, which is part of the Transformers franchise.



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.  After you watch the videos make sure you head over to and vote for your favorites in all 17 categories!

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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