More Information on the SOTA "Lightning Blanka" Auction for Haiti Relief
January 23, 2010

SOTA Toys released a newsletter this week (which you can access by clicking here) announcing an Ebay Auction for a Prototype Blue Lightning Blanka Statue, the proceeds of which will go directly to the Red Cross for aid in Haiti.

SOTA’s Fearless Leader had the following to say:


Dear friends and colleagues,

By now, I am sure that you are aware of the devastation in Haiti and heard numerous stories of the indomitable strive for survival and compassion.  While I am unable to directly aid those affected by this event, I fully intend to contribute to the relief effort the best way I can.    

On February 1st, I am putting up an item from my personal collection of prototypes on Ebay for auction.  All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross for the relief of the disaster in Haiti.  The piece, affectionately known as "Lightning Blanka," is a clear resin statue tinted in blue with lightning arcs painted over the body depicting the character Blanka from the legendary video game Street Fighter, made by CAPCOM.  It features the same pose as the one released in 2007, however, this particular piece is a concept prototype that was made but has never gone into production.  And after this auction, it never will, as it is the only one in existence.  As a part of this auction, the winner will receive a certificate of authenticity as well as free shipping of this piece to anywhere he or she desires.

Please, participate and help me spread the word so that together we can maximize the potential of this auction and contribute more to those who need it most.


Thank you,

Guang Yang
SOTA Toys, Inc.


Here’s the info:

·        The Auction will begin on February 1st, 2010.

·        When the Auction goes live we will send out a new newsletter with the link to their mailing list, and display the link on Twitter, Facebook and website news page.

·        All proceeds will go to Red Cross for use in aid of the victims of the tragedy in Haiti.

·        SOTA Toys will pay for shipping the statue to the location the Auction winner specifies.

·        Pictures of the piece to be auctioned: Blue Lightning Blanka

·        Another link to the Newsletter that was sent out on the 19th of January, 2010.


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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