Four Days to Help October Toys’ Skeleton Warriors Kickstarter Hit Funding Target

With two other action figure campaigns running in parallel on Kickstarter, the Skeleton Warriors project by October Toys needs your help. With four days remaining in its campaign, they are about $14K and change away from hitting their $45K target. With Kickstarter projects, it’s all or nothing – if you don’t get enough pledges to hit your funding goal, the project does not move forward.

In case this is your first time hearing about the Skeleton Warriors, the proposed toys are a revival of the Skeleton Warriors cartoon from 20 years ago. The figures will be 3.75-inch scaled, the first of which will be super-tall Baron Dark, the skeleton big bad at 5-inches tall. The figures are Glyos-compatible, and there’s also special reward tiers that include an exclusive “Skeleden” – part skeleton, part Pheyden – designed by Matt Doughty of Onell Design.

The other two campaigns, Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. by Boss Fight Studio and Legends of Cthulhu by Warpo, have both surpassed their funding targets and are working on hitting stretch goals. So give October Toys a kick and let’s make it a trifecta for action figure projects on Kickstarter!

Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. and Skeleton Warriors Launched on Kickstarter

Two action figure campaigns launched on Kickstarter yesterday. A few hours after posting our teaser for Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. project, Boss Fight Studio got the green light from Kickstarter and opened up the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. campaign. And shortly thereafter, October Toys took their campaign for a Skeleton Warriors revival live. It’s pretty cool that in times when the big toy companies are having trouble getting licensed product to retail shelves, small independents are able to utilize the crowdfunding channel to get their products to collectors.

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Four Horsemen Announce New York Comic Con Exclusive Outer Space Men

Four Horsemen Beta Phase White Star Outer Space Men NYCC 2013 Exclusive

It wouldn’t be New York Comic Con without a Four Horsemen exclusive – and this time it’s a white and translucent blue deco for the Beta Phase / White Star edition of the Outer Space Men.

With sets of three figures for $35 and individual figures at $11 or $16 (depending on size), the Four Horsemen are testing the waters for lower price points. I wonder if that also means these will be made in higher quantities than the 200 sets of 8 White Star edition figures that ActionFigureXpress had available for San Diego Comic-Con this year – but they’ve said limited quantities for both the show and after, when they sell them on StoreHorsemen.

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You Must Check Out the First Issue of Philip Reed’s BattleGrip Magazine

BattleGrip Issue 1 - pg 22 - 23

If you’re not familiar with Philip Reed and his site, BattleGrip, you should check it out. When I started AFP, somehow Philip found the site, and he’s been a really great supporter from our early days – and he’s just that way in the collecting community – a terrific guy.

Earlier this year, Philip published a Kickstarter-funded book about 3rd-party Transformers called Transforming Collections. (There are a couple of copies of Transforming Collections available on Amazon.) I guess that massive effort kept him hooked on publishing, because his latest endeavor is a free downloadable magazine. I’m re-hosting BattleGrip – issue 1 here (click to download – 70MB) to help get the issue out there. If you’re an old-timer like me and miss the days when you could go to a magazine store to pick up one related to toys (or if you just want to know what that was like, in this increasingly online world), then you’ll love this.

A couple of tips – you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or an alternative PDF reader, and the best way to read this magazine is to set it up in 2-page view (View -> Page Display -> Two Page View) and select the option to show the cover page on its own (View -> Page Display -> Show Cover Page in Two Page View). This will let you see some of the beautiful 2-page spreads, like the Predator Trophy Case above, in all their glory.

Great start to the magazine, Philip, and thanks for the link to my moot-fake-rant about the Club Infinite Earths Doomsday. Can’t wait for issue 2!