Manta Raider and One of a Kind Custom Pilot up for Charity Auction at PowerCon

If you liked the final Manta Raider in its packaging that Joe Amaro shared with us yesterday, then you’re going to LOVE the custom Manta Raider pilot by Joe that’s based on Rudy Obrero’s packaging art. I know you wish this bad boy came with the Manta Raider (he doesn’t) – the only way to get this one of a kind figure *and* his Manta Raider is to place the winning bid during the Power-Con / ThunderCon Charity Auction. Joe shares more details:

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.

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This is such a cool auction item – hats off to Joe and Rudy for making this possible! Now get your butts to SoCal and bid!

Manta Raider by Joe Amaro and Rudy Obrero – Very Limited Availability at PowerCon


Joe Amaro just sent us a brief update on the Manta Raider. Because these are all handmade, he’s got a very limited number that will be available to purchase at PowerCon. They’ll be available at Rudy’s booth for $50 each, but no pre-order as originally planned. Better make that your first stop!

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.

Joe Amaro Shares New Manta Raider Art by Rudy Obrero and Vehicle Details

Joe Amaro shared the latest Rudy Obrero artwork that they will be using for the Manta Raider vehicles that will be available first as a limited run at Power Con next month. Notice the first? I pinged Joe for a quick Q&A, and there’s definite plans to make this available, again, in a limited fashion, after Power Con. But if you want yours signed by Rudy, Power Con is the way to go!

AFP: What materials will you be using for the Manta Raider? Will details be painted, use decals, or something else?

Joe Amaro: The Manta Raider will be made of resin plastic. It will be fully painted by hand. The entire thing is made by hand – this is not a production piece that has been manufactured in a factory.

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Remember that One of a Kind Manta Raider? Limited Run Planned for Power Con

Back in March, we came across a story of a Masters of the Universe-inspired vehicle that made its first appearance in a painting by Rudy Obrero. Rudy is a professional artist and has even done some work for Mattel. As the story goes, Joe Amaro, formerly of Jazware, connected with Rudy and designed and created a one of a kind custom Manta Raider. Fast forward a few months. According to Joe, he met with Rudy again at San Diego Comic-Con:

At the Power Party I finally got a chance to sit down and talk to Rudy Obrero face to face. At the party Rudy told me that he wants to make the Manta Raider available to the fans!!!

I need to figure out the logistics and price but it will be a very very limited run, definitely under 100. We talked about having it in some type of packaging so we can use Rudy’s awesome painting!

The plan right now is to have it ready for Power Con in September. Rudy will have a table there with some prints for sale. Best of all you can have all the items signed by Rudy!

Joe assured us that this is in no way affiliated with Mattel or Masters of the Universe. The original concept was based on fan fiction written by Rudy, and the original painting of the Manta Raider was done for his personal collection. Joe says we’ll likely see some design changes before this limited art collectible is released to ensure that it’s clear this is an independent, fan-driven project.

We’ll keep in touch with Joe as Power Con approaches – can’t wait to see the final art and vehicle!

Source: Joe Amaro and Rudy Obrero

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