April 6, 2009
 It was a hard fought battle during the March Mauling, with some of the closest voting rounds in FANtastic Exclsusive history, but only one champion could be crowned this year. After more than 1,000 votes that champion won the coveted spot of this years exclusive figure by only 174 votes!
 It was the Ministry of Hunters vs. the Raven in the final character choice voting bracket of FANtastic Exclusive, and the Raven has clawed his way to the top to take the win by the mere fraction of a feather!
Now that the Raven has been named this year’s Fantastic Exclusive figure, where does he go from here? Well the next part of the Ravens’ journey is once again up to you.
 Beginning next week, all new rounds of voting will begin, and the first round will focus on one of the more technical aspects of action figure design – articulation.
 Plus, when we get to the exclusive variants that FANtastic Exclusive has come to be well-known for, there will be even more FANatic participation than ever! We’ll be asking action figure fans for their opinions and suggestions on secondary weapons, color schemes, names, the characters’ affiliation, and even types of birds for the variants.
 The March Mauling is over, so now’s your chance to take a breather. Just sit back, relax, have a cup of tea and a biscuit. Because when voting begins again next week, you’ll be expected to be at your best and ready to make your voice heard.
 FANtastic Exclusive. Rest up. The battle has ended, but the war has just begun!


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,,, 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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