The eBay auctions came about by accident. I kept the artwork because it represented a breakthrough for me as an artist, and because no one else on the production team wanted it. It migrated to milk crates in storage where it would have rotted away had I not noticed that fellow Venture vet Stephen DeStefano sold some of his paper Venture Bros. art on eBay. So I thought I'd have a go. Got Jackson's okay. The Venture fans are so happy to get this artwork that I feel the obligation to keep going until it's all gone.Read on for more!
The fate of the remaining characters depends on strong pre-orders. We will make announcements when each new character is about to go into production, whenever that may be. So in theory you may see more delays on certain characters, but eventually we hope to release them.As with all of BigBangPow!'s toys, you can pre-order Brock on Entertainment Earth for $9.99. The figures will ship after San Diego Comic-Con this year, in either late July or early August. You can see some photos of Brock in BBP's update as well.
Okay, that's enough of that. Obviously Mantis Eye: The Original Mantis Supply Store was this year's April Fools' gag. Hopefully it was one of the less lame ones you witnessed today, on a day when the internet is traditionally completely untrustworthy. I assure you there are no legal battles going on for the name of this site.
In case you didn't know (and I doubt you do), the joke site was also based on Mantis Place, which is a real (though non-crazy) seller of real, live mantises. They also probably have more trustworthy information, mostly because I didn't make that site up. You can still check out the gag site if you like, though the Mantis Buyer achievement is no longer gettable. Thanks for visiting!
I asked @BifBangPow what the deal with the Venture Bros. 3 3/4" figures is, since they mentioned they might have news at the end of January. Slightly encouraging result since it means the figures aren't quite dead yet, but unless they can get a bunch of buyers I don't know how likely it is these will happen. You can also check out their Toy Fair 2012 preview which doesn't include any Venture Bros. items, though they do offer words of encouragement on that front.