The Four Horsemen Send Out a Bird Call To Collectors
April 4, 2013

The Four Horsemen have started work on their Gothitroplis Raven Kickstarter program and they want to know from the fans what sort of incentives fans would like:

4HMRavensPitch1As many of you may have heard, in order to raise the funds to go into production on our next line of Gothitropolis characters currently just being referred to as “The Ravens”, we’re going to be doing a Kickstarter campaign. This is something we’ve never done before, but it’s something we’ve always wanted to try. As we’re gearing up for this project, we’re trying to come up with new and unique incentives to offer fans at various levels of the campaign.

For instance (these are just hypothetical possibilities at this point), perhaps at the most basic level you’d pay a certain dollar amount and you’d get your choice of any one of the eleven Raven figures, and a Four Horsemen sticker that you won’t be able to get anywhere else. At another level you could purchase a set of three of the eleven Raven figures of your choice and you’d get those plus the sticker and a signed raven print by Four Horsemen Studios. Another level would be the purchase of all eleven Raven variants being sold through Store Horsemen. The levels would continue to go up at multiple stages, possibly including a one of the largest incentive deals where you would receive all of the variations of the Ravens that are being sold through Store Horsemen, plus other items like the sticker and print, but the best part of all is that we’re considering offering a “Day at Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios”. Included in this would obviously be a tour of the studio, having one of the traditional “Taco Bell Friday” lunches with all of the people at the studio, seeing how the toy design process is done from start to finish, getting your hands dirty doing some sculpting, fabricating, molding, casting and painting work with us while you’re here, and you’ll get to take home your very own one of a kind, fully painted, full sized (we sculpted these at roughly 150% larger than their finished scale of about 6-1/4”) Gothitropolis Raven prototype of your choice. Obviously this last level would be a very expensive one, but it’s something unique that no other person on the planet would have. Not even us. Again, these are currently just ideas of a few of the directions we could go with this.

Now, what we want from you is to let us know what you think of these possible incentives and to give us some feed back and input about any other possible incentives you’d like to see offered. Feel free to be as creative as you like, but try to think in terms of all of the different possible levels of the campaign as well. You may come up with an idea that might seem to be a little far-fetched or out there, but that idea may spark other ideas that could actually work within the parameters of the project.

If you’re not quite sure what Kickstarter is, just go here:

To see more images of the Ravens and all other Four Horsemen news and info, just go here:

So get to work, action figure fans! We’re depending on you to get this project off the ground. Add your suggestions, and ideas below! Thanks!

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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