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A pinchy pal to hold a pencil, a paintbrush, or your hand.
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A pinchy pal to hold a pencil, a paintbrush, or your hand. Preorders coming soon!
643 backers pledged $38,483 to help bring this project to life.

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Spike the Beetle - Poseable Plush!

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Want an accessory for your Spike? A pencil, paintbrush, or KNIFE? Scroll to the bottom to learn about pledge add-ons! Special prices only available during the campaign! 

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Spike is my pet, a dorcus alcides stag beetle, a species native to Sumatra. He lives with me and a few other beetle pals. 

Stag beetles are very strong, and Spike can hold all sorts of things in his mandibles. When given a marker or paintbrush, he squiggles it all over the canvas, and voilà! Art is made.

Spike has been featured in many articles, a BBC interview, and more! His little artistic career is going strong.

We want to keep showing others that creepy-crawlies, big and small, aren't something to be scared of. They're fascinating little creatures with a lot to give.

But...as cool as real beetles are, they're tricky to cuddle. That's where Kickstarter comes in!

Spike draws all his canvas works himself, but when it comes to graphic design, he needs a little help! My name is Mandy Bryant, I'm Spike's owner and friend. There is a severe lack of lovable, huggable insect plush out there, and I would love to give the world this plush - and have one for myself, too!

Creating high quality plush is an expensive process. This plush will have poseable mandibles, which adds to the high production cost. This is a project that can't get off the ground without your help!

Here's a breakdown of the costs...


Like any good Kickstarter, we have lots of fun rewards for backers! Some of these are Kickstarter exclusives, as a special thanks for helping us make this dream a reality.

Here are the reward tiers for pledging, explained in more detail on the sidebar!

 A big part of this campaign are its stretch goals! If the Spike plush is funded, we'd like to expand to make even more "art tools" for your beetle plush to hold. 

 At the $10,000 mark, a special thank-you sticker will be added to every order that includes a plush!

At the $15,000 mark, we will develop a yellow no. 2 pencil plush to be held by Spike! These will be 8.5" long, made of soft velboa fabric, and fully embroidered.
(Scroll to the bottom to find out how to add this to your pledge!)

NEW! At the $22,000 mark, an embroidered patch will be added to every order that includes a plush!

At the $25,000 mark, we will develop a paintbrush plush for Spike! Beetles should be equipped for all artistic mediums.
(Scroll to the bottom to find out how to add this to your pledge!)

LOOK OUT... If we reach $35,000, Spike will be able to wield a butcher knife! This plush accessory is soft and harmless. Sorry, Spike.
(Scroll to the bottom to find out how to add this to your pledge!)

Our final and biggest stretch goal! If we reach this amount, backers who buy all 3 of Spike's art supplies will receive a special, printed box to store them in. There will be a discount on all 3 plush for $25 - and you get the box added on!

All Spikes come with a green pencil. If these goals are reached, the additional "art supplies" plush will be manufactured. Your Spike could wield it all! Backers will be continually updated with production images, and be notified when they go up for sale before anyone else.

 Creating plush is a time-consuming process, especially on a large scale. We plan to keep you updated every step of the way! If fully funded, plush should be shipped from the USA in August 2018 (early September 2018 at the latest).

You can now add to your pledge to get more rewards!

 Here's how it works:

  • Pick out what add-on item(s) you would like from the list below
  • Press the "Manage Your Pledge" button above. If you have not pledged yet, it will say "Back this Project".
  • Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total cost of the add-ons you want to add.
  • After the end of the Kickstarter campaign, you will receive a survey that will ask you which items you want added.
  • $30+ tiers only
  • NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING!

Even if the knife plush isn't unlocked for mass production, we WILL make enough for those who back the Kickstarter. If you'd like the knife plush, pledge it now!

The surveys go out only after the Kickstarter is completely over.

Check out our options below!

Risks and challenges

Manufacturers have been thoroughly researched and vetted, and all have solid products under their belts. There aren't expected to be any delays, but if something comes up, we'll keep backers posted every step of the way!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Li'l Bug

    With this pledge, you receive one die-cut vinyl sticker of Spike (and a big thanks)!

    Includes:
    • 3" Vinyl Sticker
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    Pledge $12 or more About $12

    Bug Buddy

    This pledge includes a die-cut vinyl sticker and a postcard! Each postcard is individually signed by Spike himself.

    Includes:
    • 3" Vinyl Sticker
    • Postcard Signed by Spike
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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Big Bug Buddy

    Lots of things! With this pledge, you receive a die-cut vinyl sicker, a postcard signed by Spike, and a wooden keychain with Spike's logo.

    Includes:
    • 3" Vinyl Sticker
    • Postcard Signed by Spike
    • 2" Wood Keychain
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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    Early Bird Plush

    A special tier for early pledgers! The Spike plush with his pencil, at a reduced price.

    Includes:
    • Spike Poseable Plush
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    Reward no longer available 25 backers
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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Plush!

    The man himself! This pledge will get you the Spike plush, armed with his trusty green pencil.

    Includes:
    • Spike Poseable Plush
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    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Plush + PATCHES

    A special tier released in the middle of our campaign! 50 new backers will receive the Spike plush AND two "Spike Squad" patches, along with any unlocked rewards that are applied.

    Includes:
    • Spike Poseable Plush
    • Spike Squad embroidered patch
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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Plush Plus

    Want something a little extra with your plush? This pledge gets you the Spike plush, a die-cut vinyl sticker, a postcard signed by Spike, and the wood keychain!

    Includes:
    • 3" Vinyl Sticker
    • Postcard Signed by Spike
    • 2" Wood Keychain
    • Spike Poseable Plush
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    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    Super Plush Plus

    Want something A LOT extra with your plush? This pledge gets you the Spike plush, a die-cut vinyl sticker, a postcard signed by Spike, the wood keychain, AND the brand new palette tote bag! Screenprinted with four vibrant colors, this beetle bag stands out.

    Includes:
    • 3" Vinyl Sticker
    • Postcard Signed by Spike
    • 2" Wood Keychain
    • Spike Poseable Plush
    • Spike Tote Bag
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    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    Double Plush

    Get a plush with a pal, or two for yourself!

    Includes:
    • Spike Poseable Plush
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    Pledge $135 or more About $135

    Double Plush Plus

    Do you have a friend that loves bugs just as much as you? This pledge gets you everything from the Super Plush Plus pledge, DOUBLED! Get a discount and save on shipping, too.

    Includes:
    • 3" Vinyl Sticker
    • Postcard Signed by Spike
    • 2" Wood Keychain
    • Spike Poseable Plush
    • Spike Tote Bag
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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    SUPER BUG!

    WOW. This is a very big pledge, and we have a lot to thank you for it. This tier comes with the Spike plush, 2 die-cut vinyl stickers, 2 postcards signed by Spike, the wood keychain, and the palette tote bag.

    And for the very first time, Spike is taking commissions! You choose either paint or markers, and any colors you like. Spike will make you a one-of-a-kind art piece for your home!

    Includes:
    • 3" Vinyl Sticker
    • Postcard Signed by Spike
    • 2" Wood Keychain
    • Spike Poseable Plush
    • Spike Tote Bag
    • Original Canvas by Spike
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Funding period

- (30 days)