Two reports have appeared on the Orange Blog. First, the DVD masters are now ready and the production has started. Ton is still reluctant to give off a shipping date, but he expects the production to start at the end of this week or early next week.
Further, Bassam has posted an update of the downloadable Mancandy character rig.
It now works in Blender 2.41 and has simplified controls, an on face animation control setup, and most importantly, working facial controls. Bassam has also added a comprehensive description of how the layers and armatures work.
Read the full post here.
Note: this is quite a complex setup. If you are looking for an easier character rig to get started with animation, check out Ludwig.