ToyFare 157 On Sale Today

At the end of last week we had a preview of what was to appear in Toyfare #157, the San Diego Comic-Con pre-show issue, and that issue is on news stands today.

I think the editorial staff at Toyfare is trying to dominate the search engine results for “WORLD PREMIERE” and “WORLD PREMIERING” – there’s going to be a lot to see in this issue, including a new 12-inch Star Wars line from Gentle Giant that I had heard nothing about before today. Cool!

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Four Horsemen Announce Outer Space Men San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

We’ll be looking forward to seeing the Four Horsemen at San Diego Comic-Con. This year, they’ll be bringing some exclusives for their recently licensed Outer Space Men line. These are really starting to shape up from the test shots we saw a few weeks ago – they look like a lot of fun!

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Four Horsemen Outer Space Men Test Shot Pics

The Four Horsemen sent us some pictures of their upcoming retro chic collaboration with Onell Designs, the Outer Space Men. I didn’t know anything about the Outer Space Men before the Four Horsemen announced the license – they were originally produced before I was born (but not by much). If you’re like me and want to learn more, here’s a couple of links:

  • An Outer Space Men Archive – this site was created by Mel Birnkrant, the original creator of the toy line made by Colorforms.
  • TheOuterSpaceMen.com – this is the official site for upcoming Outer Space Men products.
  • The Four Horsemen’s Outer Space Men Forum – you’ll find discussion boards and OSM info from the Four Horsemen.
  • Onell Design – these folks are the Four Horsemen’s production partners for the OSM line, and created the Glyos line of toys.
  • Poe Ghostal’s interview with Matt Doughty (Part 1 | Part 2) – Matt is the founder of Onell Design.

Good reading all around – enjoy!

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Four Horsemen Announce Plans for Fantastic Exclusive and More

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A few weeks back, the Four Horsemen hinted on their Fantastic Exclusive forums that they’d have some news. Today, they shared it with us. Here’s the summary, with the full press release following it:

  • Fantastic Exclusive has been reconfigured to take the new economic conditions into account, but fans will have more opportunities to get involved in the creative process, including lines outside of the normal Fantastic Exclusive format, like 7th Kingdom and the Outer Space Men.
  • Scarabus going into production in a few months, and Raven is in the design phase with sculpting underway.
  • To support this, the Four Horsemen will be launching a new website that will serve as a hub for all things Horsemen.
  • And they’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con with Action Figure Xpress at booth #4045.

For more pics of Fantastic Exclusive, check out our Four Horsemen pics from San Diego Comic-Con last year.

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Four Horsemen Announce Outer Space Men License

There are a couple of very interesting points about this announcement. The Four Horsemen have become best known as the design studio behind the great DC Universe Classics and Masters of the Universe Classics lines from Mattel, but with their Fantastic Exclusive and Seventh Kingdom toys have started venturing into manufacturing their own figures. This will be the first time that they have ventured into the licensing end of the toy business.

Compatibility with Glyos joint system from Onell Designs means that Outer Space Men will launch into an existing fan base. It’ll be interesting to see how the 4H will bring this to market, whether it will be a line sold on Store Horsemen, a different online store, or bricks and mortar retail.

FOUR HORSEMEN ACQUIRE THEIR FIRST LICENSED PROPERTY – THE OUTER SPACE MEN

Forty-two years ago the space race between the United States and Russia was in full swing, and a full wave of action figures known as The Outer Space Men was released that caught the imagination of a generation.

Although the initial salvo of characters was well received, the characters that were to be part of the second wave, collectively referred to as The World of Tomorrow, never made it into production and currently only exist as elaborate prototypes / production samples in the homes of a couple of fortunate collectors.

Fast forward to today. Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios have been able to have a hand in the successful re-launches of many of their favorite toy lines from their childhood, but a few of their favorite properties have so far been unobtainable to them until now.

Collaborating closely with the property’s creator, Mel Birnkrant, the Four Horsemen are proud to announce their first venture into licensed properties – The Outer Space Men!

Already well into production, the first two 3-3/4 inch scaled waves of The Outer Space Men will consist of two characters per wave.

Wave one will be Astro-Nautilus: the Man from Neptune featuring four articulated tentacles and his regal undersea trident; and Inferno: the Flame Man of Mercury wielding his fiery flame blaster and removable helmet!

Wave two will contain Xodiac: the Man from Saturn along with his Saturnian scepter, disintegrator pistol, and removable helmet; and Metamorpho: the Man from Alpha Centauri brandishing his morpho-gun, alpha sensor, and transforming facial features!

The Outer Space Men creator, Mel Birnkrant has given the Four Horsemen full access to all of the OSM archives in order to assure the highest quality and coolest new interpretations of the characters possible, but the collaboration doesn’t end there.

In an effort to re-introduce The Outer Space Men to as wide an audience as possible, new play features have been added into this new version of a classic toy line! Working directly with Matt Doughty, owner of Onell Designs, the Four Horsemen have incorporated Onell Designs innovative Glyos joint system into The Outer Space Men, making them almost 100% compatible with all of Onell designs releases! The Outer Space Men is something that both the Four Horsemen and Matt have been discussing for years now, and it just seemed like the perfect property in which to incorporate the phenomenal Glyos fit function.

As production nears completion, more images and product availability info will be released. The release of The Outer Space Men marks a new approach to action figure production for the Four Horsemen, and more info about this, other announcements and what role the Horsemens FANtastic Exclusive venture will play in all of this will come next week.