July 13, 2013

Good news on the progress of the Four Horsemen’s newly launched Kickstarted campaign.   I hope that means we’ll reach the stretch goals and get those wings!

Here’s the new press release from the Horsemen:

We went live with our Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter Friday morning at 12am and thanks to the tremendous support by all of the action figure fans out there we actually reached 50% of our $64,000.00 base goal in under 24 hours!! At the time of this writing we’re nearing 75% fuly funded at $44,544.00! (DP – As of this posting they are over $52k!)  We NEVER expected things to go that well with this project that quickly and we want to take this opportunity to thank ALL of you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the support and inspiration (not to mention the money) to finally bring the Gothitropolis Ravens to life!Things have started off with a bang and it looks as if we may actually reach our full base goal before the 32 day campaign is over, but we’ve still got a LONG way to go, especially if we want to get the other 6 figures and the other stretch goals into production and into your hands. Please continue to help and support us by simply spreading the word and by turning others who might not necessarily be aware of the project or even of action figures in general on to our Ravens Kickstarter campaign. Over the next couple weeks, we’re going to do all we can to promote the crap out of this thing and your help would be greatly appreciated.We’ll be at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con at booth number 3345 (Action Figure Xpress’s booth) and all of the Ravens 2-up prototypes will be on display there (minus the top secret 12th variant stretch goal figure). Please be sure to stop by, have a look, and let us know what you think of these crazy feathered freaks.We’re currently working on the logistics of putting in add-ons and we should be able to have that updated and rolling by the time SDCC ends. We’re in the process of installing a program that’ll help us to more easily keep track of all of the orders and add-ons and that’s going to take a few days. Please be patient and we hope to have this thing running MUCH more smoothly for you soon.
 If you’re unfamiliar with our Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter campaign, or if you just haven’t jumped onboard yet, please follow this link which will take you directly to the project so you can check out all of the possible levels at which you can pledge:
 Once again, THANK YOU!! We know that we do still have a long way to go, but we’re on our way in a good way, and it’s all because of YOU!!
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,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, 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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