November 12, 2013

Today, on their official Facebook page, the Four Horsemen gave fans and Kickstarter backers an update on the Gothitropolis Ravens figures:


We know a lot of you have been awaiting news on the production progress of our Gothitropolis Ravens action figures. Well, we got an incredible package delivered to the studio a couple days ago – a box containing the first rough cut samples of the Raven!

These are rough samples of what the finished product may look like, pending our approval (which almost never happens on the first round). On these types of samples, some of the detail is still a but rough and muddy and still needs to be tightened up, and sometimes some of the parts we get are either missing or broken. All of this is to be expected on a first pass and notations of everything are made and then relayed back to the factory for correction. We have to say, Even with the minor issues that we discovered when going over these rough cuts, the detail they’ve gotten on these pantographed down versions of the figures is stunning! We can’t wait to see the final fine cuts on these!

We did run into one other unexpected issue with this rough cut though. When we put the Raven up next to the Scarabus figure and other figures from our Gothitropolis & Seventh Kingdom lines, the Raven was just slightly too small for our tastes. It’s not a huge deal for the factory to fix, but it will take time for them to do so. Hopefully this won’t mean tons of production delays but we wanted you to all be aware that this could potentially push our planned ship dates back by a month or so.

We think many of you would agree that we’d much rather have these figures come out to be the high level of quality that our fans have come to expect from us and have to risk the possibility of a slightly delayed ship date, rather than to have them be low quality figures that shipped on time. We’ll keep you updated on all of this as the production progresses, but just know that no matter what happens we’re going to do everything we can to put the coolest figures that we possibly can into your hands.


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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