January 21, 2009

2008 was a year that had its’ fair share of ups and downs for everyone, but the New Year is here and it’s time to get ready for a FANtastic 2009!

 Having put their previous production woes behind them, the guys at Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios hope to soon go into production on new figures, and they’ve once again launched into their online fan-based project – FANtastic Exclusive which is up and running right now!
 For those not familiar with FANtastic Exclusive, it’s a project the Four Horsemen created where action figure fans get to be actively involved in choosing their favorite characters and various aspects of those characters from many of the Four Horsemen’s creator owned properties. Through rounds of online voting, fans will help in the actual creation of an action figure!
 Once the character is chosen and all of the aspects of that character have been decided by action figure fans, very limited numbers of those figures and variants of those figures will be produced and sold through various online toy retailers and toy news websites, action figure magazines, comic conventions and the Four Horsemen’s very own online store – Store Horsemen
 Previous Four Horsemen characters chosen to represent FANtastic Exclusive are Xetheus and Ramathorr – both from the Horsemen property “7th Kingdom”, and from depths of “Gothitropolis”, Scarabus (an upcoming FAN-Ex release).
 The first round of FANtastic Exclusive 2009 voting going on right now is a knock-down, drag-out brawl between 28 characters from various Four Horsemen properties. The voting is simple – You just click on whichever character is your favorite. The six broken and bleeding characters left standing with the most fan-based votes will move on to the next round of voting where they’ll have to go toe to toe against their remaining opponents once more.
 That’s it! No big deal, right? Sure it might get a little rough in there, but you’re up for it!
 The Horsemen aren’t going to get caught up in which properties the characters belong to this time. They just want you to choose the character you think would make the coolest action figure.
 Got it? Then get to it! The Horsemen need your help. This is going to be a very short round of voting and you haven’t even clocked in yet! Don’t forget your boxing gloves and mouthpiece. Have a FANtastic New Year!
 FANtastic Exclusive 2009. Where hitting below the belt is not only legal, it’s encouraged!


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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