November 27, 2007

Once again, action figure fans have made their voices heard in the Four Horsemen’s on going FANtastic Exclusive project, and the winning character of round2 voting came barreling through with a landslide win over his competitors. You FANtastic FANatics certainly have a dark side…

The evil overlord, Scarabus, from the Four Horsemen’s property “Gothitropolis” won out in voting at nearly a two to one margin over his next competitor. Scarabus started out strong and just kept pulling farther and farther ahead in the voting until there was no doubt who the winner wouldbe.

 Now that action figure fans have decided which character will be the FANtastic Exclusive figure for 2008, it’s time for you to tell the Four Horsemen the size of this dark demon from the depths.

  The newest round of voting, beginning later today, will be for the scale of Scarabus. In the past, the 6” scale has been greatly favored for characters such as Xetheus and Ramathorr (both from the Four Horsemen’s property, “Seventh Kingdom”), but this time,voters will have six different scales from which to choose.

 The different scales action figure fans will have to choose from will be 3-3/4”, 5”, 6”, 8”, 12”, and added this year as a choice, the massive 18” scale.

 Scarabus is a big fella’, so even if a certain scale is chosen, he will likely be larger in stature than that actual scale.For instance, even though a character like Darth Vader is considered at roughly a 6 foot scale in comparison to other humans, he’s approximately a 7 foot tall guy. Images are provided for the voting round for reference, but keep in mind that even those images are approximate.

 Also, a lot of people have been awaiting news about the status of Ramathorr and all of his variant warriors. Although we’ve recently been through the proverbial mill with our factories, it appears as if things have finally been ironed out.

We’d planned to release information today on the subject, but with these new developments, it’s going to take us at least a couple of days to get a good handle on what the actual schedule’s going to be.

 We’re going to attempt to have an update on the progress by this weekend, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for further updates.

 FANtastic Exclusive 2008: Leonardo Da Vinci said, “He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.” The FANatics’ will is our command.


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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