FANtastic Exclusive Round 3 voting begins!
October 17, 2006

Four Horsemen Logo Voting rounds 1 and 2 chose the property and character to represent FANtastic Exclusive 2007. The victor? The 7th Kingdom’s Elephant Swordsman! Now in round 3, action figure enthusiasts will get the opportunity to choose the size and amount of articulation for the blade-wielding pachyderm in relation to last years’ FANtastic Exclusive champ, Xetheus: Champion of Mynothecea!   

 The Four Horsemen ( have this to say about voting in round 3, “This year, Round 3 is a bit more complex than some of the other voting rounds we’ve had in the past. While we’d LOVE to do a huge Animal Realm Warrior figure to go with Xetheus, we never really planned for the Elephant Swordsman to be all that much bigger than Xetheus. But this whole project is about the FANs…not us. As always, we’re going to let the FANtastic FANatics make the final decision for us.”  

 Fans will be able to choose between three different size variations for the Elephant Swordsman, each with their own pros and cons as wellas differences in possible articulation points and types of articulation, as listed on the FANtastic Exclusive website ( The three different sizes to choose from will be “Approximately 8 to 9 inches”, “Around 10 to 11 inches”, and the biggie: “12 inches or larger”.   
 Size comparison images displaying the Elephant Swordsman next to Xetheus are provided on the site to help you visualize the difference in mass between the two. 
 A heated discussion about the size issue is already in full swing onthe FANtastic Exclusive message boards, so you may want to make sure that you drop in and add your opinion to the mix before you make your final decision.    FANtastic Exclusive 2007! It ain’t the way you swing that trunk. It’s the SIZE (and possibly the articulation too…)!  

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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