March 16, 2009
The “March Mauling” has begun! The latest round of voting of the Four Horsemens’ FANtastic Exclusive has just launched, and it’s an all-out brawl for action figure supremacy!
 The newest FANtastic Exclusive round is set up in a three-round “bracket style” vote which pits the top eight contenders from the previous round against each other, and only one will claim the coveted FANtastic Exclusive title.
 Your “Elite Eight” are…

       The Raven vs. The Celestial Zodians

The Ravens Vs. The Celestial Zodians 

       The Ministry of Hunters vs. Oxx & Levia 33

The Raven vs. The Celestial Zodians

       Botannean & Arboreon vs. The Vampire Lady

Botannean & Arboreon vs. The Vampire Lady

       The Phantom Troopers vs. The Wolfbat

Botannean & Arboreon vs. The Vampire Lady

 In one week, the four winners of this first bout will move forward to the semi-finals, and then onto the championships.
 It’s going to be a quick and vicious round of voting, so be sure to get in there quick, place your vote and get out while you’re still in one piece.
 FANtastic Exclusive. Float like a butterfly, sting like a gargantuan, battle-hardened, blood-spattered cyborg assassin!


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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