Let's take a break from fighting games for just a second and confirm that there are good people out there. Well, it does involve Blanka so it isn't a complete break.
SOTA toys decided to auction off a prototype, exceptionally rare, "Lightning Blanka" toy on ebay to raise money for Haiti relief. All profits would be donated to the Red Cross.
Now the auction has ended, and the winning bid has come in at $2,685!
It is good to see that there are people out there who care. Say what you will about how evil the human race is, Hollywood. When disasters happen, the good hearted people rise up and make themselves known to be of far greater number than you would think.
Great work, SOTA. Here are SOTA's own words on the effort:
In light of the terrible events in Haiti, SOTA Toys has decided to auction off a prototype statue (no reserve!), with ALL profits to be donated to the Red Cross relief effort. This one-off piece, affectionately known as "Lightning Blanka," is a clear resin statue tinted in blue with lightning arcs painted over the body depicting the character Blanka from the renowned video game series Street Fighter, made by CAPCOM. It features the same pose as the statue SOTA Toys manufactured and released in 2007, however this particular piece is a concept prototype that was produced but has never gone into production. And after this auction, it never will. As a part of this auction, the winner will receive a certificate of authenticity as well as free shipping to anywhere he or she desires. The auction will begin on Feb 1st, 2010 at 9AM. More information about this piece can be found at our website.
Source: Capcom Unity