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The Grim News for Grimskull

Grimskull copy

I rarely "get" why certain Kickstarter projects succeed and others fail. But I thought, for sure, that October Toys' Grimskull toy from the Skeleton Warriors line would sail past its $50,000 funding goal. I even put some of my own cash behind the project...knowing that, unlike other companies, October Toys has successful pulled off plenty of Kickstarter campaigns with no to very little negative feedback.

We're looking at 4 days left and they're not even halfway to their funding goal. Basically, everyone already backing the project could double their pledge...and there would still be some difference to make up. Why is it? They've run 6 previously successful campaigns with all of them actually being in collectors hands now. And the first figure from the Skeleton Warriors line - Baron Dark - pulled in $50,140 from 878 backers. Grimskull currently has 378 backers. That's a huge drop off!

It's not like they schlubbed the design together just for some dough. It's a pretty cool sculpt that works with all of the other Glyos Compatible figures. And you can pick one up for $20.00. That's about the same price as a Star Wars Black figure...and of comparable quality (if not better).

So is this the beginning of the end for medium-run Toy Kickstarter projects? Will silly card games and board games with instructions longer than War and Peace rule crowd funding? I guess we'll see on Tuesday September 29th 2015 at 10:00 PM EDT.

Kickstarter: Skeleton Warriors’ Grimskull


October Toys has announced their next Skeleton Warriors action figure - Grimskull. After successfully launching the first figure - Baron Dark - they've returned with another Kickstarter project in an attempt to raise funds for the first human-sized figure in the line. This Glyos compatible PVC figure stands 4-inches in height and features 25 points of articulation, 

"After a struggle with Baron Dark over the Lightstar Crystal, Joshua Steele was transformed into the undead Grimskull, living his life between light and dark and searching for redemption as he travels in the shadows."

Grimskull will be available in both the original color figure and a Kickstarter exclusive Shadow Translucent Black. Pledge levels (that include Grimskull) range from $20.00 for the original colorway to $45.00 for the original and Kickstarter exclusive to $500.00 for a treasure trove of Skeleton Warriors stuff. Also, I sort of want them to hit that $54,000 stretch goal so that Stalker the wolf is included.

This project will only be funded if at least $50,000 is pledged by Tuesday, September 29th 2015 at 10:00PM EDT.

SDCC15: October Toys’ Releases


October Toys will be holed up in Booth #4951 at San Diego Comic Con.

The Heavy Metal Baby Deadbeet is a 1.5-inch antique silver metal mini figure that's been cast in lead free pewter. It's designed by Scott Tolleson and sculpted by George Gaspar. $10.00 each

The Skeleton Warriors 20th Anniversary Action Figures will feature Baron Dark ($20.00) with a removable sword, cape, loin cloth, and arm guard, Deluxe Bone Titan Skeleton ($15.00), Bone Titan Skeleton ($10.00), and GID Titan Skelton ($10.00). There's also the Skeleton Head Zipper Pulls that will run $3.00 each.

The Mini Figure Surprise Boxes will contain six random October Toys mini figures and three stickers and run $10.00.

Finally, OMFG Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 will be available in various colors. Also, they will likely have some of the new OMFG Series 4 on hand (depending on arrival date). They will run $10.00 per pack of four.