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A book of the largest collection of Mr. T dolls based off of the "Miss Martha's Originals" soft sculpture pattern & Mr. T memorabilia.
A book of the largest collection of Mr. T dolls based off of the "Miss Martha's Originals" soft sculpture pattern & Mr. T memorabilia.
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THE WORLD'S LARGEST MR. T COLLECTION

Greg Rivera has loved Mr. T since he was kid. Now as a big kid, he has amassed the largest collection of Mr. T memorabilia in the world! His collection ranges from action figures and accessories to air fresheners and sleeping bags. Think of something and Greg probably owns a version of that with Mr. T on it.

THE SOFT SCULPTURE DOLLS

Miss Martha Originals Soft Sculpture Pattern Book
Miss Martha Originals Soft Sculpture Pattern Book

In 1984, Miss Martha Originals published a Mr. T doll pattern for anyone to make a custom doll at home. Slowly but surely, Cabbage Patch style dolls of Mr. T were appearing in children's homes by the dozens. There's no way to know how many of these dolls really exist, but we do know that Greg has collected a majority of them, with over 200 of them in his collection! 

THE BOOK

So, why are we here? To make a book! With a collection this big there's no way for it to go unnoticed. Greg's gigantic collection has been featured in American Folk Art Magazine, The National Enquirer, and even made it into Ripley's Believe It Or Not! But the time has come to collect all of these unique pieces of art and put them together into a book!

MEET THE A-TEAM

Greg Rivera - Artist, Collector, Owner of MISHKA, and professional ventriloquist dummy.

Quang Le - Collector, Fashion Photographer and failed comedian. 

Mike Essl - Dean of The School Of Art at Cooper Union, Professional Designer, and 2nd largest Collector of Mr. T memorabilia in the world.  

REWARDS

 We've created a variety of rewards for pledges ranging from $5 all the way to $500. By pledging just $5 you'll get a 4 card postcard set featuring some imagery from the book as well as some art we are working on for various rewards for this Kickstarter! There's also Kickstarter exclusive enamel pins, embroidered snapback hats, T-shirts, Vintage collectables, and of course, the book itself! If you believe in this project and want to help make this toy a reality, please pledge what you can, help spread the word and share this Kickstarter with your friends.

We also have a variety of vintage items from Greg's collection: birthday cards, sticker sheets, buttons, jewelry sets, pens, and of course dolls! Some of these items are over 20 years old. Their style and condition varies. The one you receive will be totally random, but I'll assure you, it will be completely unique and amazing! (Artwork for some of the items like book cover, poster and pin are subject to change, pending approval)

 We love enamel pins, and we'd love the chance to get more designs out to you all! If this goal is met we'll send out another pin of a different design out to everyone that purchase's a book from this kickstarter!

 Since we started working on the book we have had numerous ideas on what the cover should be, actually too many. The solution to this problem is dust jackets! If this goal is met we'll get another one of our talented artist friends to create a unique piece of artwork for the dust jacket for each book sold in this kickstarter.

 During the making of the book a lot of people have wanted to see the collection in person! That's why we are currently in the process of finding and renting a space big enough to show the enormity of the impressive collection. We would also curate an art show of contemporary artist doing their take on the T-man himself.

It would be fantastic to do a release in New York!

Risks and challenges

With the team we've put together, this book is a slam dunk. The collection has been photographed by Quang and layed out by Mike. Once this project has become fully funded, the books can go into production and become a reality. We will do our very best to keep the scheduling and delivery of rewards on time and as promised. All three of us have worked on countless successful projects and we see this one as no different. All we need is for you to want the book, so, we hope you do!

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    I Pity Your Mail!

    For $5 you will get the Kickstarter Exclusive, I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set.

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    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
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    I Pity Your Jacket!

    For $15 you will get the Kickstarter Exclusive, I Pity The Dolls! Enamel Pin! This item is only available by backing the project.

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    • YESTERDAYS Enamel Pin
    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
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    I Pity Your Hair!

    For $30 you will get the MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback hat! These are only available to backers of this project and a limited edition world-wide!

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    • YESTERDAYS Enamel Pin
    • MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback Cap
    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
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    I PITY THE DOLLS! Hardcover Book

    For $35 you will get the First Edition Hardcover of "I Pity The Dolls!" Book

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    I Pity Your Wallet!

    For $60 you will get the First Edition Hardcover of I Pity The Dolls Book Signed by Greg & Quang, as well as the Post Card Set, the Yesterdays Enamel Pin, and the MISHKA Snapback hat.

    Includes:
    • Joe Simko Poster Print
    • YESTERDAYS Enamel Pin
    • MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback Cap
    • Hardcover First Edition Of "I Pity The Dolls!"
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    Hat and book set!

    For $60 you will get the First Edition Hardcover of I Pity The Dolls Book Signed by Greg & Quang, as well as the Post Card Set, the Yesterdays Enamel Pin, and the MISHKA Snapback hat.

    Includes:
    • Hardcover First Edition Of "I Pity The Dolls!"
    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
    • MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback Cap
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    I Pity Your Walls!

    For $75 you will get a 11x17 poster print by Joe Simko and First Edition Hardcover of I Pity The Dolls Book signed by Greg & Quang, as well as the Post Card Set, the YESTERDAYS enamel pin and the MISHKA Snapback hat.

    Includes:
    • Hardcover First Edition Of "I Pity The Dolls!"
    • MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback Cap
    • YESTERDAYS Enamel Pin
    • Joe Simko Poster Print
    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
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    I Pity Your Closet!

    For $100 you will get the Exclusive Mishka t-shirt, 11x17 Joe Simko Poster Print, the First Edition Hardcover of "I Pity The Dolls" Book Signed by Greg & Quang, as well as the Post Card Set, the Yesterdays Enamel Pin, and the MISHKA Snapback hat. (Please put your Shirt Size in Notes)

    Includes:
    • Exclusive MISHKA T-shirt
    • Hardcover First Edition Of "I Pity The Dolls!"
    • MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback Cap
    • Joe Simko Poster Print
    • YESTERDAYS Enamel Pin
    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
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    I Pity The Memorabilia Pack!

    For $125 you will get a Vintage Mr. T Memorabilia Pack (Pen, Pin, Lunch bag, Sticker sheet & Birthday Card), Exclusive Mishka t-shirt, 11x17 Joe Simko Poster Print, the First Edition Hardcover of "I Pity The Dolls" Book Signed by Greg & Quang, as well as the Post Card Set, the Yesterdays Enamel Pin, and the MISHKA Snapback hat. (Please put your Shirt Size in Notes)

    Includes:
    • Vintage Mr. T Memorabilia Pack
    • Exclusive MISHKA T-shirt
    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
    • Hardcover First Edition Of "I Pity The Dolls!"
    • Joe Simko Poster Print
    • MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback Cap
    • YESTERDAYS Enamel Pin
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    Freshest Fool!

    For $150 you will get a Vintage Mr. T Air Freshener, Vintage Mr. T Memorabilia Pack (Pen, Pin, Lunch bag, Sticker sheet & Birthday Card), Exclusive Mishka t-shirt, 11x17 Joe Simko Poster Print, the First Edition Hardcover of "I Pity The Dolls" Book Signed by Greg & Quang, as well as the Post Card Set, the Yesterdays Enamel Pin, and the MISHKA Snapback hat. (Please put your Shirt Size in Notes)

    Includes:
    • Vintage Mr. T Air Freshener
    • Vintage Mr. T Memorabilia Pack
    • Exclusive MISHKA T-shirt
    • Hardcover First Edition Of "I Pity The Dolls!"
    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
    • Joe Simko Poster Print
    • MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback Cap
    • YESTERDAYS Enamel Pin
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    For The Gold!

    For $200 you will get a Vintage Mr. T Jewelry Set, Vintage Mr. T Air Freshener, Vintage Mr. T Memorabilia Pack (Pen, Pin, Lunch bag, Sticker sheet & Birthday Card), Exclusive Mishka t-shirt, 11x17 Joe Simko Poster Print, the First Edition Hardcover of "I Pity The Dolls" Book Signed by Greg & Quang, as well as the Post Card Set, the Yesterdays Enamel Pin, and the MISHKA Snapback hat. (Please put your Shirt Size in Notes)

    Includes:
    • Vintage Mr. T Jewelry Set
    • Exclusive MISHKA T-shirt
    • Hardcover First Edition Of "I Pity The Dolls!"
    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
    • Joe Simko Poster Print
    • MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback Cap
    • Vintage Mr. T Air Freshener
    • Vintage Mr. T Memorabilia Pack
    • YESTERDAYS Enamel Pin
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    Miss Martha's Pack!

    For $500 you will get a One-of-a-Kind Handmade Mr. T Doll Soft Sculpture Doll That Is Photographed in "I Pity The Dolls" (Chosen at Random), Vintage Mr. T Jewelry Set, Vintage Mr. T Air Freshener, Vintage Mr. T Memorabilia Pack (Pen, Pin, Lunch bag, Sticker sheet & Birthday Card), Exclusive Mishka t-shirt, 11x17 Joe Simko Poster Print, the First Edition Hardcover of "I Pity The Dolls" Book Signed by Greg & Quang, as well as the Post Card Set, the Yesterdays Enamel Pin, and the MISHKA Snapback hat. (Please put your Shirt Size in Notes)

    Includes:
    • One Of Kind Homemade Mr. T Doll From My Collection!
    • Exclusive MISHKA T-shirt
    • Hardcover First Edition Of "I Pity The Dolls!"
    • I Pity The Dolls! Post Card Set
    • Joe Simko Poster Print
    • MISHKA I Pity The Dolls Edition Snapback Cap
    • Vintage Mr. T Air Freshener
    • Vintage Mr. T Jewelry Set
    • Vintage Mr. T Memorabilia Pack
    • YESTERDAYS Enamel Pin
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