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Kickstart Tox City

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Husband and wife design duo Jellykoe have just started a Kickstarter campaign for their new plush toy line - Tox City. Tox City has been in the works for the past six months. It's centered around a toxic metropolis, the mutant characters in this new line will have fur and vinyl accents, articulated arms, individualized special features, and glow in the dark eyes.

Plush toy rewards start at the $35.00 funding level...with all 6 plush toys available at the $200.00 level. The project will only be funded if at least $3,000.00 is pledged by Friday May 23rd 2014 at 1:01 PM EDT.

Kickstart the Rainy Day Antagonist

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Christopher Avalos (Evilos) has taken his quest to get his Rainy Day Antagonist - DIY resin toy to Kickstarter. Here's how he describes the project.

He is a character that I came up with a very long time ago when rainy weather would cause all sorts of delays. I don't have a traditional indoor studio like many other artists, my studio is outside and I rely on the great southern California weather to get my work done. Some days I cannot paint because of bad weather and that's what my Rainy Day character personifies. With your help and pledges, I can create a Do It Yourself White Resin figure that you can customize however you wish. He will come in five pieces for easy painting and is 4 inches tall. Just paint, put him back together and you will have a figure all your own.

You can grab the DIY figure with a pledge of $60.00. This project will be funded on Monday May 5th 2014 at 3:21 PM ET.

REVIEW: 8 Little Zombies Plush

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Eight Little Zombies, rising from the dead. One got shot and lost his head. Neighbor called the Sheriff and the Sheriff said, “No more zombies rising from the dead!”

John LaFleur and Dave Metzger have taken to Kickstarter to get their 8 Little Zombies hardcover book produced. The story is a zombified spin on the classic children’s tale about eight little monkeys jumping on someone’s bed and then falling and being brutally injured.

The 8 Little Zombies plush - one of the backing rewards - is available at various funding levels. Hopefully, it will also be able to be purchased following the successful completion to the Kickstarter project.

The Facts

8 Little Zombies Plush
Artist: Dave Metzger
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 12” tall
Edition Size: 2,500 pieces
Pricing: $20.00 each

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The swing tag is shaped like a tombstone. It features the 8 Little Zombies logo and one of those zombie’s undead hands poking out of the ground. Inside, there is a sketch of the zombie character as well as part of the story (reprinted above).

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Our Opinion

With Kickstarter becoming a viable option for raising funds to self-produce toys, more artists and companies are taking that route to get their projects rolling and/or completed. And that’s where Dave Metzger (artist) and John LeFleur (writer) are looking to raise funds to get their 8 Little Zombies book produced.

This self-produced Zombie plush (made in China) features a large green zombie head on a much smaller body. The zombie has a large, open mouth with three teeth (one on the top and two on the bottom) in it. There are also six strands of hair on the top of its head. You get one regular eye and one with an X. And there’s one green zombified hand and one yellow bone hand stump.

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As you can see from the book previews offered on the Kickstarter page, they’ve chosen one specific Zombie (out of the eight) to turn into a plush. They all appear to differ slightly (outfit, eyes, and teeth). The “chosen one” has a tattered red/white striped shirt and black pants.

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As far as the plush go, this is one of my favorite toys reviewed on the site over the past few years. I like the way the large, bowling ball like head looks against the much smaller body. And I’m a fan of the cutout mouth. They could have taken the easy route and done a simple stitched smile, but the movable mouth lets you chomp some brains (if you’re so inclined). Great to frighten the little ones to sleep with.

And while the book that they’ll be releasing is a children’s book, I think that both adults and kids will love the 8 Little Zombies plush.

You can pick one up at the following: pledges starting at $25.00 (includes plush and print)

8 Little Zombies Grades
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Da Bunny Trail Book Set Kickstarter

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Juan Muniz, who is working on releasing a toy later this year, recently launched a Kickstarter project to try to fund a two art book set based on his work - Da Bunny Trail.

Book One is a limited edition art book with 50 brand new illustration never to be used again after this project. Book Two is a coloring book with the same illustrations as Book One.

There are also a number of other rewards for Kickstarter backers, including original paintings, stickers, t-shirts, the original drawings used for the book, even a trip to Vegas. 

Da Bunny Trail Book Set project will only be funded if at least $12,500 is pledged by Friday February 28th 2014 at 10:45PM ET.

Kaiju Kaos: Smackdown Kickstarter

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Acheson Creations and Bailey Records have teamed up for the Kaiju Kaos: Smackdown Kickstarter. The Kickstarter project runs until 3:30PM ET on Wednesday, February 12th 2014. There is a project goal of $1,800.00 that needs to be raised in order for the project to go forward.

Of course, there are plenty of pledge rewards - figures starting at the $10.00 level. Each design is handmade and ready to hand-cast in durable urethane plastic by Acheson Creations. They will be produced in a Kickstarter-exclusive Vivid Slime green color.

Every supporter of this project will be able to choose exactly which characters he or she wants from “The Twelve” shown in the video and photo. Designs can be chosen in any combination from 1 of each to an army of 12 of the same sculpt, or something in-between.

Kickstarting the Mini-Cheestroyer

Bad Teeth and Double Haunt have set up a Kickstarter campaign to produce a vinyl version of their Mini-Cheestroyer toy. The recent resin releases of the figure have all sold out, so they've taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for a 4.5-inch vinyl with articulated head and waist joints.

Pledges starting at $35.00 AUD (about $31), can pick up a vinyl Mini-Cheestroyer in a variety of options: Glow in the Dark, Crystal Clear, and Clear with Guts. Other pledge rewards include hand-painted resins, clear resins and copies of the Cheestroyer comic book. Stretch goals include a variant head for the toy and a micro figure of the original "Cheese" character.

This project will only be funded if at least $5,500.00 AUD is pledged by Thursday December 12th 2013 at 10PM ET.

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Don’t Starve – Chester Plush

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Klei Entertainment, the developers behind the video game Don't Starve, have teamed up with Erick Scarecrow to create a plush replica of one of the game's most loved characters - Chester.

A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to support the development of the 11" tall plush Chester, and also debut the highly anticipated Don't Starve blind box collectible figure line - also made in collaboration with ESC-Toy. The series consists of 12 blind-boxed figures, each with a pair of accessories.

These can all be had at the various funding levels. Since they've already surpassed their goal, this project will be funded on Friday December 27th 2013 at 12:58PM EST.

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30 Years Of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story

30 Years Of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story is a Kickstarter funded documentary slated celebrate the 30th anniversary of Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids Cards. If all funds are raised, they will be interviewing the original creators of the popular 1980’s trading card series. And there will be plenty of super-fans and artists who were directly impacted by GPKs.

The majority of Kickstarter contributions will go towards travel expenses, crew, and camera equipment rental for creator/artist interviews. They've secured interview commitments from original Garbage Pail Kids Creators: Art Spiegelman, Len Brown, Mark Newgarden, John Pound, Tom Bunk, Jay Lynch and others.

And there are some great funding rewards (including a GPK Paper Foldable). However, this project will only be funded if at least $75,000 is pledged by Sunday January 5th 2014 at 11:59PM EST. Please...don't let me down.

Help Kickstart 9DKP from Erick Scarecrow

9DKP (9 Deadly Killer Pussies) is a new anime about nine different people that are randomly chosen to receive shape shifter powers. These powers are given to them once a cat demon named Babusa is accidentally freed from his imprisoned state within the 9 Eyes Stone. The story is set to be centered around the last member of the 9DKP, who thinks he won his powers through a prize, and feels he doesn't need to be in the team since he's "NUMBER 1".

Created by Erick Scarecrow of ESC-Toy, the 9DKP anime project will be hand animated by Asahi Production and dubbed in English. Through their Kickstarter project, the goal is to produce an 20 minute long episode. Of course, as stretch goals are met, the length of the film will grow.

The project will only be funded if at least $159,999 is pledged by Wednesday December 18th 2013 at 9:36PM EST. And there are plenty of toy-related funding rewards, including plush and resin figures.

Kickstart Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalt

BMOG Toys has taken to Kickstarter to help raise funds for their Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalt line. They are building toy system that lets you make robotic animal characters from components that can be used as action figure accessories - with plenty of modern or vintage toy lines. Each Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalt figure will come on a model kit-style plastic sprue and include a decal sheet.

While the first main colorway for Ursenal and Mantax is black, contributors of the Kickstarter project ($15 and above levels) will receive one or more figures in a special colorway produced only for this Kickstarter funding project.

The Kickstarter project will only be funded if at least $19,000 is pledged by Friday December 13th 2013 at 2:35PM EST.