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Kickstarter: Kaikeshi – Kaiju Big Battel Mini Figures

It's (hopefully) finally coming to fruition. Initially dreamt up some 15 years ago, Kaiju Big Battel has launched a new Kickstarter Project in an attempt to fund Kaikeshi - the Kaiju Big Battel Mini Figures Series.

"As some of you are aware, Kaiju Big Battel is a product of the pop culture feedback loop between America and Japan. Giant city crushing monsters, Pro-Wrestling, Anime, Cosplay and numerous other influences put in a blender and tossed back and forth for 50 years."

And now, they're attempting to bring some of those characters only seen in the wrestling ring into your toy collection as 2-inch tall (M.U.S.C.L.E./Kinnikuman-like figures). KBB has well over 140 characters, from the ever popular Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle to the forgotten Vegan Vampire. Series 1 will consist of 11 characters, including: Dr. CubeAstroroach (an original character never seen in the ring), RoBox, French Toast, Cycloptopuss, Phyden, Silver Potato, Pedro Plaintain, Sky Deviler Mother, Sky Deviler Daughter, and Dr. Cube Minion

There are various funding levels, with a complete set of flesh colored figures available at $25.00...all the way up to $1,200 for your own exclusive colorway of 1,100 figures. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday August 30th 2018 at 11:58 PM EDT.

As I say with all Kickstarter projects 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. (To be completely transparent, I'm backing this project)

Kickstarter: Sharknado Official Collectible Trading Cards

RRParksCARDS has announced his (Richard Parks) latest series of collectible cards. There's currently a Kickstarter Project to fund the production of the official Sharknado Trading Card Series. In cooperation with The SYFY Channel and The Asylum, the project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Friday, August 31st 2018 at 11PM ET (it's already surpassed that goal). 

This is the first series and it features Sharknado and Sharknado 2 (series two will feature Sharknado 3 and Sharknado 4 and series three will feature Sharknado 5 and Sharknado 6). There are TWO base sets in this series - the first base set is a 90-card set of Sharknado and the second is a 90-card set of Sharknado 2. And there's a special "Bloody Subset" featuring gooey, nasty scenes of sharkish mayhem (with a special coating so the blood shimmers when cards are held at a light source). Also, there will be a 3D anaglyph 18 card subset, 4 Faux Film Cell cards, 4 different Genuine Movie-Used Costume Prop Relic Cards, 12 Full Metal Box Topper Cads produced by Faerie Metal, 9 Limited Edition Special Commission Portrait Cards with Puzzle Backs, Printing Plate Cards, Sketch Cards, and rare Progressive Proof cards.

There are various funding levels available, but the first one - where you get everything - is at the $160.00 level.

As I say with all Kickstarter projects 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. (I've backed several RRParksCARDS Kickstarters and have received everything with little/no delays).

Kickstarter: Creamsicle Kaiju Bunny Plush

Fat Rabbit Farm has unveiled their latest plush creation - the Creamsicle Kaiju Bunny plush toy - which launched on Kickstarter.

The Creamsicle Kaiju Bunny plush toy is a mash-up of Fat Rabbit Farm’s infamous character, Babee Bunny, a creamsicle ice cream, and a kaiju (Japanese term for strange beast or giant monster). The Babee Bunny character inspired by the creators’ real bunny can be seen on Facebook’s Messenger Stickers, with millions of downloads worldwide.

The 9.5-inch tall Creamsicle Kaiju Bunny plush is made of super soft and vibrant minky fur. It has an a belly pocket that be opened to store small items.

You can back the Creamsicle Kaiju Bunny plush now on Kickstarter, starting at $35.00 with other optional premium tiers that include vinyl stickers and enamel pins.

As I say with all Kickstarter projects 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.

DIY Miss Cupcake XL Vinyl Kickstarter – Back Again

After being angry at me for calling out some shadiness with their DIY Miss Cupcake XL vinyl Kickstarter, the folks from Discordia Culture Shop have canceled that project and restarted a new one at a much-reduced monetary goal. The old project looked to raise $3,023 in funding, while the new version has set a $999 goal.

Based on the listing, this "is your chance to get advance copies of this Platform Toy before anyone else!" Also, it state that "We are not asking you to chip in on our Development, Design, Model, Prototype, or Molding expenses." So why Kickstarter? Isn't that the whole idea of Kickstarter?! Couldn't you just sell pre-orders via your website?

 

DIY Miss Cupcake XL Kickstarter

I put a disclaimer on the last Kickstarter project from Discordia Culture Shop, similar to what I post on every Kickstarter project I post about. Well, the folks from that site didn't understand/like that I might have intimated that backers don't always receive their rewards...so I received several angry responses from them. 

With that said, they're back with a "new" Kickstarter - trying to fund the DIY Miss Cupcake XL vinyl. So this isn't really new. The DIY Miss Cupcake was released by Dreamland Toyworks back in 2009 - article here. I guess the XL is new, as the size has increased from 3 inches to 5 inches.

I'm a skeptic...especially when provoked. So I did some calculations on the current Kickstarter campaign. You can see backing levels and the number of backers for each level on Kickstarter. I assumed each backer gave the amount at their backed level. That amounted to $300 pledged...however, somehow, the project is at $1,618. That's a fairly substantial sum (average of $85.20) for a project that only has 19 backers and none of them at a pledge level over $32.

I noticed that one of Discordia's owners backed the project. That's a little odd...backing your own Kickstarter. I always wondered if some of these Kickstarter projects temporarily inflate their current pledged amount in order to look more attractive to other backers (there is a herd mentally about Kickstarter). Could that be what's happening here?

Kickstarter: SUPERPLASTIC announces JANKY Series

Paul Budnitz​ (Kidrobot, Ello, Budnitz Bicycles) launches his designer toy company ​Superplastic ​today, with new limited edition toys by renowned artists for sale today on ​Kickstarter​. Superplastic’s launch edition toys feature designs by 16 well-known artists from around the world.

Superplastic begins selling ​JANKY ​today​ —​ a sneaker-obsessed anthropomorph that’s somewhere between cute and dark, nasty and nice. Prices range for $25 for a handful of 3-inch toys to $5,000 for an exclusive handmade 4-foot version. The figure took 8 months to design, and is a collaboration between Budnitz and Superplastic art director Huck Gee.

Other super limited-edition toys available on Kickstarter today include a giant sized ​8” SuperJANKY entitled ​Ro-Mu-Lo​ by Mexican artist ​El Grand Chamaco​; and ​Maximilian Cash​ by UK artist ​Pete Fowler​, a psychedelic 9-inch tall vinyl toy with fangs, sneakers, a boombox, and a glowing blue skull. ​Both are limited to just 666 pieces.

 

Artists included in the Janky series, include:

●  Ricardo Carvolo​ (Spain)
●  El Grand Chamaco​ (Mexico)
●  Dalek​ (USA)
●  Camilla D’Errico​ (Canada)
●  Pete Fowler​ (UK)
●  Huck Gee​ (USA)
●  Mark Gmehling​ (Germany)
●  Joe Ledbetter​ (USA)
●  Jason Limon​ (USA)
●  McBess​ (France)
●  Junko Mizuno​ (Japan/USA)
●  Dolly Oblong ​(Switzerland/Korea)
● Jake Parker​ (USA)
● Sket One​ (USA)
● Tado​ (UK)
● Bubi Au Yeung​ (Hong Kong)

As I say with all Kickstarter projects 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: Gravy Toys Mega Load

Artist Bwana Spoons and Gravy Toys have started a brand-spanking-new Kickstarter project that's looking to produce some new characters in sofubi. The goal is to raise $9,000 to produce new Sons of Brodarr characters in Malba and Krackle & Klong. There are plenty of various funding levels, with chances to get your hands on one of a kind paint-ups...or have Bwana come crash on your sofa and paint a mural. 

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sunday, March 18th 2018 at 2:28PM EDT. (The photos below are of early tests - resin/sculpt/etc) The Basic Malba reward is available at the $44.00 level, while the Basic Krackle & Klong is at $88.00.

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: Sectaurs – Warriors of Symbion

After months of teasing us, ZICA Toys has launched their new Kickstarter project. They'll be bringing Sectaurs back to the world of action figures with the Sectaurs: Warriors of Symbion Kickstarter. They're going with a smaller 1/18 scale (4-inch), offering up a pair of characters in Dargon and General Spidrax (the main hero and villain of the series). Both come with updated versions of their original accessory pieces from the vintage line, plus four extra sets of interchangeable hands which offer a wider variety of display options. The figures will be packaged on a 6" x 9" blister card with character specific artwork.

You can pick up each individual figure at the $20.00 funding level. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tuesday, February 27th 2018 at 12:01PM EST.

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: Amazing Heroes – The American Crusader

Fresh Monkey Fiction is adding a new figure to their Amazing Heroes Retroverse Line, which is inspired by vintage action figures from the 1980’s. This new Kickstarter project is looking to produce The American Crusader figure. Each figure stands in at 4.5 inches tall and has 5 classic points of articulation. This is the first of quarterly figures, with each one limited to only 100 pieces worldwide. 

The American Crusader figure is available in two editions. The Modern Age Edition is available at the $33 funding level, while the Golden Age Edition - a Kickstarter Exclusive - will be available at the $38 level. Funding for the Kickstarter project ends on .

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: 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.