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KICKSTARTER: Forest Friend Fox Plush

Natural Pop has announced and launched a new Kickstarter project that's looking to raise funds to produce the Forest Friend Fox Plush. Based on Natural Pop's best selling charm - a minimalist fox - and the handmade plush version of it, the plush is being manufactured in order to create an even better fox plush that can meet demand.

The Forest Friend Fox Plush is available beginning at the $25.00 funding level. There are other rewards - including the charm - available at other funding levels.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

As I say with all Kickstarter project I post about. Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back all Kickstarters with caution.

Kickstarter: Lucky Cat Japanese Sofubi Toy

Vincent Scala has taken a new toy project - the Lucky Cat Japanese Sofubi Toy - to Kickstarter in order to raise funds for production. He will only be making 100 of this cat in his true color of Tiffany Blue. (See...he's really unlucky because his number is 13) There are two rewards - Pin and Toy (with a bunch of extras for each). The pin funding levels begin at $20.00, while the toy is available beginning the $50.00 funding level.

This project is 2/3 of the way to funded and it will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

As I say with all Kickstarter project I post about. Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back all Kickstarters with caution.

KICKSTARTER: Hotline Miami – Mafia Thug (and Camo Jacket)

Alright, folks, let's get this thing funded. Erick Scarecrow and ESC-Toy are in the middle of a Kickstarter project to try to get their Hotline Miami - Mafia Thug 1/6th scale figure funded and produced (and onto our shelves - yes, I have backed it). From the video game Hotline Miami, the Mafia Thug figure is available beginning at the $85.00 funding level.

The Mafia set comes with five removable heads: Mafia Thug, Shotgun Mafia Thug, Charlie (Octopus), Graham (Rabbit), and Future Biker head. The figure also comes with four weapons/accessories - a fire axe, a switch blade, a kitchen knife, and a flask. He is also fitted with a white jacket and pants, blue button-up shirt, and black dress shoes. 

Also, if you missed out on the Jacket figure from Hotline Miami, now is your chance to grab one. Plus, ESC-Toy is releasing a Camo Jacket figure set ($150-$175 funding levels) that is shown below.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its $75,000 goal by Saturday, October 28th 2017 at 12:59PM ET (it's currently funded at $32,499 - let's go!).

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods (everything I've backed from ESC-Toy has been delivered). So back all Kickstarters with caution.

Bring Back Warpo’s Krampus

The nature of the toy and collectible game is that you are going to see a lot of stuff that will just never get produced. Good ideas come and go...as do cool figures. There are those few pieces that just stick in your head. You never totally give up hope that they’re actually dead. For me, that one is Warpo Toys’ Don’t Cuddle The Krampus.

Run as a Kickstarter campaign, Don’t Cuddle The Krampus raised $66,571 out of the necessary $70,000 goal. That’s over 95%. (I backed for several of them) Alas, they never produced the nod to My Pet Monster (and the demon goat thing that terrorizes naughty children at Christmas). For some reason, I have never given up hope. The Kickstarter project ended in December of 2015 and I continue to hold out that maybe Warpo will see just how close they actually were...and give it one more try.

C’mon guys...do it for me.

Kickstarter: Souls of the Abyss – The Tiburonera Tribe

Hollywood creature designer and filmmaker Sandy Collora has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to produce figures based on characters his short film - Shallow Water. This lost tribe of reptilian prehistoric sea creatures is called the Tiburonera - The Shark Hunters. The figures stand approximately 7.5 inches tall. The figures will be available in five different color patterns (matching those from the film) with the figures named Drones, the Scout, the Tracker, the Monarch, and the Shaman. The sculpt is the same for all of the figures except for the Monarch, who shows the age and battle damage he's sustained over the millennia.

Currently, an individual figure is available at the $35.00 funding level. There will be weapon packs available. And there's a variety of different packages you can choose from. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, August 29th 2017 at 1:35AM ET.

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back all Kickstarters with caution.

Zombie Mermaid Enamel Pins by ZOMs

The group from ZOMs - Plush Zombies are making enamel pins of their undead mermaid character Meranda. They're currently running a Kickstarter project that only has a few days left (so you better jump in on it). To date, it's reached several stretch goals, unlocking variant pins and extras. There are still a few goals locked, such as the glow-in-the-dark tishirt and the prototyping of the upcoming Meranda plush, that they could use your help attaining.

You can pick up a Meranda pin starting at the $10.00 funding level, with discounts for additional pins. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Saturday, August 5th 2017 at 6:02PM ET.

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back with caution.

Kickstarter: EGGY – Fun and Interactive Vinyl Collectibles

Remember Weebles from when you were a kid? (Some still lurk around my house) Well, Eggy is the updated concept of the "wobble but they won't fall down" from the folks at Minnimi (out of Singapore). But in addition to just wobbling, it features switch-out weights that allow you different rates of wobble (slow and frenzy) . There's also a magnet and an optional display stand that allows you defy gravity.

They're currently raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign. There are three different Eggy editions available - Classic Edition, Special Edition, and Camo Master. Within those editions, there are multiple characters/sculpts. And there are a James the Duck design that's only available as a Kickstarter Add-On.

As far as pledges, anywhere between $14.00 (DIY) and $26.00 (Camo Edition) will get you an Eggy. There are various set package options available. And if you're looking for that Defy Gravity Complete Package (Eggy, Eggy's magnetic weight, variable speed weights, plus magnetic platform), it's available starting at the $142.00 level.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back with caution.

Kickstarter Drama and DIY Spray Cans

So apparently I ruffled some feathers with a news post from last week about a DIY vinyl spray can Kickstarter project. But it's a Kickstarter project, so - like with every Kickstarter project I mention on the site - I posted the following blurb letting people know that you're not guaranteed getting anything (including your money back) when it comes to Kickstarter.

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back with caution.

I guess that wording angered some folks over at Discordia Merchandising, as I received the following comment on that post:

Thanks for the Blog post, and excuse me here: This IS a Pre-Order! The product was put into production BEFORE we launched the Kickstarter. We dont have to make a promise on something thats already a reality.

You, my friend, need to check yourself, and READ THE WHOLE SCRIPT!

Unbelievable!

My response back was that I wouldn't want to offend them again, so I would no longer post any news regarding Discordia. (For my reasoning, go check out Ben Daigle aka Gabriel Discordia's personal Facebook page where he goes into more detail about how awful and offensive my post was - more so than any blog that chose not to even run the press release)

Then I got to looking at the Kickstarter project...and to thinking. According to Discordia, the DIY Vinyl Spray Can Toy (I like how it rolls off the tongue) is already deployed into the production process. But if it's so far into production, then why are the only photos available on the Kickstarter page 3D renderings and mock-ups? There's one grainy prototype photo. But if they're slated to be delivered next month to backers, why no actual photos? Even the packaging is a render.

Also, under the risks and challenges section, the campaign states:

Again, we already completely worked out all the details. We have all the prototyping, production, development stages out of the way, and the product is already being made during the course of this Kickstarter.

How is it possible that the production stage is "out of the way", but that product is being made during the course of the Kickstarter campaign? I thought that production was complete...??

These are the kinds of questions we must ask of Kickstarter projects. Kickstarter is relatively self-policed. And once that money is collected, the creators have very little holding them to what's essentially a handshake promise. Just read Kickstarter's actual FAQ:

[B]ackers must understand that Kickstarter is not a store. When you back a project, you’re helping to create something new — not ordering something that already exists. There’s a chance something could happen that prevents the creator from being able to finish the project as promised. If a creator is absolutely unable to complete the project and fulfill rewards, they must make every reasonable effort to find another way of bringing the project to a satisfying conclusion for their backers.

 

Kickstarter: DIY Spray Can Vinyl Toy

From Starr Mignon and Gavriel Discordia of Discordia Merchandising comes the Kickstarter campaign to produce their new DIY Spray Can Vinyl Toy. The platform toy stands approximately 7.5 inches tall and is made of Rotocast Vinyl. The DIY Spray Can Vinyl Toy is a full scale standard spray can that's built to provide maximum customization. It includes a realistic, fixed, Fat Cap style top.

The Kickstarter price for the DIY Spray Can Vinyl is $12.00 (a super early-bird version is $8.00). There are also a handful of artists offering up customized versions of the toy, ranging from $125.00 to $250.00. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, July 18th 2017 at 8:00 PM EDT.

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back with caution.

Kickstarter: Unity – The Pet Rainbow

The Pet Rainbow Project is to teach core values that inspire positive behaviors so that together we can put an end to racism, bullying, violence and hate crimes. By associating the rainbow’s colors with core values, Pet Rainbow brings to light a fun and engaging way that not only promotes our positive behaviors today, it helps create the positive leaders of tomorrow.

In order to get the Unity, the plush Pet Rainbow, produced...they've taken the project to Kickstarter. To pick up your own Unity rainbow plush, you'll need to pledge at the $25.00 level (there's a $20.00 early bird funding level). This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Saturday, July 15th 2017 at 7:34PM EDT.

Remember...this is not a pre-order. There are many instances of crowd funded projects that have been funded never making good on their promised goods. So back with caution.