May 27, 2007

If you’ve been following the voting at FANtastic Exclusive 2007  – and shame on you if you haven’t  you know that action figure fans got to choose from such  categories as property, character, scale, articulation and accessories and their votes are our command.

The character who’s been chosen to be this year’s exclusive is the massive pachyderm warrior from the Four Horsemen’s property:  "The Seventh Kingdom" The Elephant Swordsman.

What you also may know about this big fella is that he’s sporting twin, bladed weapons to do his dirty deeds, and we asked action figure fans to come onboard and vote for a third weapon to be included in the Elephant Swordsman’s arsenal.

That round of voting has long since passed, and the clear and definite winner was the enormous Buster Sword! The only other weapon that came close was the Battle Axe, and it didn’t even get half the votes of the Buster Sword.

The Buster Sword is a large, ornate weapon created by the Elephant Swordsman to honor his ancestors. You can even find some of their remains within the pommel guard and handle of the Buster Sword.

So, without further delay, revealed here for the first time is the fully painted Elephant Swordsman prototype including all of his bladed accessories!

This bladed badass will be available at the 2007 San Diego Comic   Con and online at the Four Horsemen’s very own store – Store Horsemen for $25.00 each.

Also, as with last years FANtastic Exclusive, the Four Horsemen are once again teaming with various retailers, toy magazines and toy   news websites to offer amazing variants of this figure!

This time however, there have been changes. They can’t reveal too much about it at this point, but the Four Horsemen say that these aren’t just going to be your average, everyday paint variations. The Four Horsemen want the FANtastic Exclusive concept to continue to grow and evolve, and these variants will be a prime example of that type of thinking!

FANtastic Exclusive – Emphasis on the FAN!  

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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