It’s been a long road for Ramathorr and the rest of his Anitherian Nine buddies, and if the timing’s right, their road may finally lead them to the 2008 New York Comic Con!
Since beginning production on their latest wave of action figures, the Four Horsemen have encountered snag after snag with the first factory they were dealing with, ultimately resulting in the need for to hire a new factory altogether. Details on the long journey can be found here: http://www.FANtasticExclusive.com
The remaining portion of the Ramathorr and Anitherian Nine action figures from the Four Horsemen’s popular, fan chosen property –Seventh Kingdom are finally scheduled to be shipped out from the newHong Kong factory on March 20th,2008. The Horsemen are hopeful that this new ship date will get the figures into their warehouse just in time to display and sell many of them at the upcoming New York Comic Con (April 18th-20th, 2008).
The Four Horsemen will be attending the 2008New York Comic Con, and will once again be sharing a booth with the popular online toy and statue retailer – Action Figure Xpress.
The Four Horsemen’s Eric Treadaway spoke up on the subject. “We’re going to be cutting it extremely close getting the shipment of pachyderms throughU.S.customs and into our warehouse in time. It usually takes about three weeks to get a shipment from Hong Kong to one of theNew York ports.”The Horsemen’s Jim Preziosi added, “Our shipping company assures us that we should just make it by the skin of our teeth. We’re all definitely keeping our fingers crossed.”
“Of course we’ll begin taking care of all of our loyal customers and who’ve pre-ordered Ramathorr figures and Anitherian Nine sets, and vendors who’ve ordered exclusive variations of members of the Anitherian Nine first and foremost,” said the Horsemen’s Cornboy Mayse, “but with some of the order cancellations we’ve had, there should be quite a few more singles and A9 sets up for grabs! We’ll have more details on that and a few other special announcements soon.”
The Four Horsemen added that if for some reason the shipment doesn’t make it through customs in time to have them at the New York Comic Con, then the whole shipment would definitely be in their warehouse ready to send out to vendors and customers within a week afterwards.
“We got in final production samples of all of the Elephants and exclusive variant figures last week,” said the Four Horsemen’s Chris Dahlberg, “We’re astonished with the job this new factory’s done for us. The paints are beautiful and the articulation points are all tight and solid! We’re really excited to finally get these figures into the hands of collectors who want them.”
So grab your four leaf clovers, polish up your lucky horseshoes, and keep your fingers triple crossed. After everything this shipment’s been through so far, the Four Horsemen will need all the support they can get.
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.