Manta Raider Update!
September 20, 2012

Got an update yesterday from Joe Amaro on his latest project, a 3rd party custom vehicle for 6″ figures:

So…I have good news and bad news…

First let me say this is by far the most complicated fan project I have ever done!
Coordinating everything was a huge task! I love the end results, it looks like production…but it’s not…it’s fan made, by hand!

The good news is that the casts of the Manta Raider arrived yesterday!
So we are moving forward. I was freaking out!

The bad news is I will not be doing a pre-sell for the Manta Raider and we will have very limited stock at Power Con.
These will be for sale at Rudy Obrero’s booth.
NOTE: It is one per customer and the price is $50.00

But not to worry, the rest of the Manta Raiders will be sold online after Power Con to everyone.
Rudy has agreed to sign all the back cards so every Manta Raider will come signed, just in case you missed
the opportunity at Power Con. That was the main reason I wanted these for Power Con.

If we had already made an agreement before, I am still honoring those so don’t worry.
E-mail with questions or to discuss.

Keep checking my Blog and Twitter for updates.  I will let you know with plenty of time in advance.

As a bonus I also attached pictures of the Manta Raider and Pilot (based on Rudy’s painting) that I donated to The Power-Con / ThunderCon Charity Auction.
The auction will take place during the convention on Saturday, September 22 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.
Fifty Percent of the auction’s proceeds will benefit Keep A Child Alive.
Keep A Child Alive provides treatment, love, and support to families affected by HIV/AIDS in countries around the world.

More info:  http://www.thepower-con.com/2012/09/charity-auction/

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 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, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.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.
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