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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.

Kickstarter: PAC-MAN X Orlinski

The PAC-MAN X Orlinski Kickstarter campaign is presented by Neamedia in collaboration with artist Richard Orlinski and supported and licensed from Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe. To celebrate the 37th anniversary of PAC-MAN, this sculpture will be available in three different versions: two resin versions - an original yellow glossy color and a gold chrome finish - will measure in around 10 inches tall And the fiberglass Anniversary Edition version is approximately 40 inches tall and limited to 37 pieces worldwide.

Beginning at the $140.00 funding level, you can pick up the Deluxe Edition Yellow Version.The Gold Chrome Limited Edition is available at the $392 level. And there are several others greater than that. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wednesday, June 21st 2017 at 5:37AM 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: Willo Plush from UVD Toys and Kyle Kirwan

 

UVD Toys and the artist Kyle Kirwan have announced their latest Kickstarter project - to raise funds to produce a plush version of Kirwan's famous Willo character. The plush will sit at 9.5 inches tall and comes in this pink colorway. This version of the Willo plush can be picked up for $30.00 each but there are a variety of reward levels including pins, magnets, and exclusive versions of many of Kirwan's resin creations.

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: Martian Predator

Conspiracy theorists claim to have spotted an “alien soldier” on images returned from the Mars Curiosity Rover. Artist Andy Kurovets studied the infamous photograph, looking at figure lines, proportions, details and design 3d model. And based on that analysis, developed the sculpture based on the image called Martian Predator. Now, he's looking for funding on Kickstarter in order to produce the figure in resin.

The Martian Predator figure is available at the $55.00 funding level ($49.00 for early birds)

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, June 1st 2017 at 4:00 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: Amazing Heroes Wave 2

Fresh Monkey Fiction is proud to announce another Kickstarter campaign for their retro-inspired action figure line Amazing Heroes. The Amazing Heroes Wave 2 collection features a selection of creator owned characters: Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s Nexus, Mike Grell’s Jon Sable, a cosmic version of Michael Allred's Madman, Dean Haspiel’s The Red Hook, Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse’s Stray, Joe Staton and Nicola Cuti’s E-Man, Ray-Anthony Height’s Midnight Tiger, and Mark Verheiden’s The American. This will be the first time many of them will be available as action figures. Each retro-inspired Amazing Heroes figure stands 4.5" tall and includes collector friendly interchangeable backer cards. 

You can begin picking up individual figures at the $20.00 funding level. There are signed figures available at $65.00. And you can grab the entire set for $150.00.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Monday, June 5th 2017 at 10:28 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: Quirky Cowfish Plush

Artist Paula Cristina Rodriguez is currently working on a Kickstarter project to help launch her Quirky Cowfish plush keychain. Created by Squishables, the Quirky Cowfish plush keychain is based on a real fish found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. This lovable plush is 4 inches long. You can currently grab one at the $10.00 funding level.

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Friday, June 23rd 2017 at 12:41 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: Oddworld Abe & Munch Plush Project

ESC-Toy has announced a new Kickstarter project bringing the beloved Oddworld characters Abe and Munch to plush form. Each character will be presented as a collectible plush with a sound-chip function. In addition to the plush, there are a limited edition items that are must haves Oddworld fans. Each plush is available at the $25.00 funding level, with the pair being available at the $45.00 level ($35.00 for early birds).

This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sunday, June 11th 2017 at 12:05 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: Merdogs – Merboston Plush

Jackie Ashley, founder and owner of Shlii Kawaii Toys, has announced the launch of her newest Kickstarter project, Boston Terrier Mermaid Cute Plush Toys. In 2013, Jackie created the Norfolk Merdogs line, which is made up of cute mermaid-dogs. Merboston was one of the three original merdog characters and is well-loved by fans young and old.

In January 2017, Jackie started working with her production company to create a highly detailed, professionally produced Merboston plush toy. Each plush measures ten inches tall, is made with soft Minky fabric, and features professionally embroidered details. Plush production is extremely expensive, so Merboston can only be produced with the help of crowdfunding.

You can pick up a Merboston plush beginning at the $25.00 funding level. Of course, there are plenty of other incentives available. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sunday, May 21st 2017 at 11:43AM 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.