February 25, 2009

Originally planned to be the next action figure release from the Four Horsemen, Scarabus – the evil emperor from their property ‘Gothitropolis’ will be taking a slight detour in order to let Queen Alluxundra and her royal court take center stage.

 Scheduled as the next release from the Four Horsemen’s popular ‘Seventh Kingdom’ property, the often-requested Queen has been rescheduled to begin production immediately in order to meet fan demand and help out with rapidly rising production costs overseas.

 The Four Horsemen had this to say on the subject: “Even though we’d originally planned to release Scarabus – the winner of the most recent FANtastic Exclusive (http://www. voting – before Queen Alluxundra, increased production costs at the overseas factories we use, combined with the financial hit we took from the problems with the production of Ramathorr (the last FANtastic Exclusive action figure release) have forced us to re-evaluate our production schedule in order to create the initial capitol needed to produce an expensive figure like Scarabus. Don’t worry. Scarabus isn’t being cancelled. He’s just taking a bit of a vacation so he can make the big entrance that he deserves.”

  The much smaller Queen Alluxundra figure will require much less tooling and paint applications than Scarabus, and will also be housed in much smaller packaging making overall production and shipping costs significantly lower.

 The Horsemen had this to add: “We displayed 2-up prototypes of Queen Alluxundra and most of her variants at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that we knew then that it might be in our best interests to approach the production schedule in this way. We already have multiple partners onboard with us once again to carry the Queen and all of her variants, and production on the figures has already begun.”

  Production of Queen Alluxundra is expected to be completed well before the summer convention season begins, and not only will the Four Horsemen announce all of their distribution partners and which exclusives they’ll be carrying between now and then, but they’ll also be revealing even more unseen variant versions of the Queen.


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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