Greetings and welcome to my ninth book about toys! Since 2012, I have written, designed, and published eight different books about toys. Now, with your support, I can send book nine off to the printer. For those of you new to my work, please visit www.battlegrip.com where I have been posting material for almost nine years.
A Galaxy of Action Figure Savings, a companion to last year's Collect These Figures and Accessories, is a 96-page hardcover book loaded with newspaper ads, toy photos, commercial screenshots, and images of related marketing materials that I have managed to chase down. As with last year's collection of newspaper ads, the advertisements featured in this book were captured digitally and edited in Photoshop.
Once the newspaper ads were collected together, the work of creating the book took several weeks as I constructed each page, tweaking and modifying the design as everything fell into place. As the sample pages here show, I did all I could do partner related materials together and, in some instances, bought toys I didn't already own so that I could photograph them for the book.
Over two hundred images are packed within this book, giving all of us a closer look at Kenner's Star Wars toys as they existed when new in stores. You can see the actual sale prices for the toys and follow along as Kenner's Star Wars line fades at retail.
A Look Inside the Original Book
For those who have never seen the first book, Collect These Figures and Accessories, I have created a short video showing every page. This will give you an idea of what you can expect from the new title.
As of today, A Galaxy of Action Figure savings is down to the final steps of creation. All but a handful of pages are completed (I am waiting on the Dagobah playset to arrive so I can finish those pages and still snapping photos for five other pages), and everything is on track to deliver finished books on schedule. I'm going to use the same printer I used for my earlier books, so we know the finished hardcover is going to look and feel great.
I've got the Kickstarter funding period set to close at the end of May, right before I leave the country for a business trip. When I return home the week of June 12 the funds (if the project closes successfully) will reach m, meaning that I can send the files to the printer that same week. If all goes well then I'll receive finished books and ship all of the rewards before I head out to the Gen Con game convention in August.
Action Figure Carrying Cases
For those of you unfamiliar with this 176-page hardcover book, here's a snapshot of some of the pages. The book is 9-inches wife by 6-inches tall, and I packed it with pictures and information on carrying cases of the seventies, eighties, and nineties . . . including Star Wars carrying cases!
Risks and challenges
The largest risk is that there are printer and file errors that slow delivery of the finished books. Any week at the printer of more than a week may push final delivery back to late September/early October because my travel schedule is packed and work must come first.
This is my ninth book about toys and each one has been funded on Kickstarter. I've learned that "have it ready" and "avoid stretch goals" is the best way to keep these books on track.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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