About this project
Yes! A big update, with one week to go we have made our first goals. It's so exciting I might burst open. Both Lonny and the series 1 artist attachments are getting made. Now we can go for the Gold! New Stretch goals to get Drizzz (Lonny's brother) and series 2 of guest artist attachments made into soft vinyl. $17,500 And we make Drizzz which will be available as an add-on once the goal is met. $22,000 and we make those awesome series 2 attachments. Which will include art ripper SKINNER and another TBA. Everybody at the lonny Glow level will get one blind assortment from series 2 artists, and everybody at the lonny DX level and up will get a full set in glow. Read all about it in the third update.
And here's a little bonus blood to help get us to that next big stretch goal. If we reach $15,000 everybody gets a blind package metallic gold attachment with any reward Lonny Glow level and up.
A few new add-ons. These add ons are for backers that have pledged at the Lonny glow level and up. You are welcome to add one of each. Now you can make full figures with all the add-ons.
Lonny glow figure add-on $38
Lonny and Jeff in translucent Rootbeer vinyl figures add-on $76
Full set of T9G and Paul Kaiju accessories in trans Rootbeer vinyl add-on $28
Check out the new Martin Ontiveros guest artist rewards. OG Drizzz painting or print. You can't stop the fun.
Just adding this last image here for some fun. Not adding it as a reward since there are so many awesome rewards and add-ons already listed here. This will be one side of the mini catalog that will come packaged wit the Suns Of Brodarr art toys. Left to right T9G's dude (he is a the god of weather but doesn't have a name yet) , Drizzz (who will get made if we reach that next big stretch goal), Lonny (who is the focus of this kickstarter), Devon Shlongneck (who will make his first appearance at SDCC), Jeff (who got the ball rolling), and Quiller (Paul kaiju's dude). just a little pre-ender shout out with just a couple days to go. Thank you so much for all the shares, backers, and folks who did add-ons after they backed the project.
The Lonny Kickstarter. The Suns of Brodarr. Once upon a time. Let’s call it a little while ago. There were three brothers from the planet Brodarr, Jeff, Lonny, and Drizzz. At egg birth, they were kicked out into the night sky. Through life they stuck together, smashing things, partying, drinking the entoxicating rootsacks of the Noob flower by campfire. Now they want to come visit earth. Jeff, Lonny, and Drizzz have heard about the tasty melty Earth core. If only they can get here.
I need your help. I have brought Jeff to life in the form of a soft vinyl art toy. Now Jeff and I want to bring his brother Lonny into this world.
Gravy Toys is off to a good start. At the beginning of 2013 I had the idea of these three brothers from space that would want to come and eat Earth, but through folly and shinanigans can never get here. I knew that I wanted to start a new world with these characters, and to make them into art toys on my own, and that was the birth of Gravy Toys.
I teamed up with a talented sculptor from Ohio, Beth Graves, she worked her magic on Jeff, and sent my first baby off to Japan. By June of 2013 Gravy Toys was official. I had my first Gravy Toys Sofubi in hand!
Now with your support I’m going to expand Gravy’s universe. Currently Jeff stands alone, nobody to play, fight, or drink with. Let’s make Lonny. Lonny is on the same scale as Jeff. One major component/goal with this line of sculptures is that they will all have interchangeable parts. What Lonny, Jeff, and Drizzz don’t know is that they have 100’s, maybe even thousands of brothers and sisters all out there somewhere. Each time I make another toy on this scale, more combinations can be created, making new characters to display and play with.
Any contribution big or small will help this project and the future of Gravy toys. I put together some stellar packages for you. Every level big or small you will get a lot of bang for your bucks. Thank you for taking the time to read and look at this, and double thank you for your support.
Week two Bonus reward. A new gravy toys print by the talented illustrator and awesome person- Ryan Berkley. I love how Ryan brings Jeff and Lonny to life.
and a gravy toys paper toy download.
aaand you gets the sticker pack and gravy toys paperdoll download.
+ bigboy funzone, stickerpack, and download.
along with the print, zine, sticker pack, and paper toy download.
+the tee, print, zine, sticker pack, and download.
The Lonny DX package!
commission a 16 x 24 painting of whatever you want + the slayer of the King slayer package. Holy awesome-amoly that shreds!
I'll come to your house or business and paint a mural. I'll cover my own flight (International is more) you cover accommodations and supplies.
+ you get the slayer of king slayers package!
now take a break and watch this.
Making a character from sketch on paper into a Japan made soft vinyl toy isn’t easy, it’s expensive, and time consuming, but the results are so rewarding.
A rough funding breakdown for this project sculpt and wax mold/revisions/prep for final molds 2k metal molds and test shots 2k making the goodies for rewards, shipping & kickstarter fees 2k
Let’s talk about the process of making an art toy in Japan. After sketching out my idea. One that I feel confident is worthy of vinyl. I take a second, third, and forth look at it. Can it work as vinyl? How many pieces will it take to make? What size should it be? Questions I roll over in my head a thousand times. Then I make clean sketches, with front, back, ¾ turn, top, bottom, and a few detail shots. If the character has an eyeball that bulges in a certain way, or scales that look or fit together in a specific direction I’ll draw a few detail sketches. Then off to the sculptor this goes. The sculptor, usually in Japan, but in this case, Ohio, takes the drawings and turns them into a sculpted piece of art. More back and forth usually takes place about whether this arm works, or that horn is turned the right way. Sometimes a first mold is made and a copy is sent to a broker or directly to the workshop, or the actual original sculpt (scary) is mailed off. Then the workshop takes my sculpture and makes a wax mold. With the wax mold done, the character is fine tuned, some appendages are fitted with plugs. Every piece becomes a plus or minus so each part fits snugly together. The wax is then made into a metal mold. Bye bye wax. Now the fun begins. Liquid vinyl is poured into the metal mold, usually let to set with a little heat for a couple minutes, but occasionally if there is a pesky turn or nook somewhere in the sculpt it will be spun around a bit to push the vinyl where it needs to go. The excess vinyl is poured out to be used again, and the mold is cooled for a couple seconds, and while the vinyl is still super soft but strong, the pieces are pulled out of the metal mold. Those pieces are trimmed and put together. Waaahlah. A toy is born.
Why Japan. There are other places in the world that do this, even the states. It’s tradition & heritage of the sofubi. There is a reason this is tradition though. These are the highest quality soft vinyl sculptures made anywhere, by adult, skilled hands, in mom and pop workshops. I can get any color vinyl I can think of in any durometer I like. Sculptures and toys made in Japan are just hands down awesomeness.
A little about Lonny. Lonny is an avid inventor, enjoys long rides on any type of two wheeler, writing haiku, and making heads roll.
Shhhh. Don't tell Jeff or Lonny. there's a stretch goal. If I make $9,000+ I'll have new heads and arm attachments made for Jeff. Making entirely new brothers that Jeff and Lonny don't yet know about. I have T9G from Japan, and Paul Kaiju from San Diego California on board with the sculpts finished and ready for the workshop. Both insanely talented artists. These will also be Gravy Toys first guest artists. Something I am planning to really get into in the future. Which will start now if I make the stretch goal. Everybody from The Lonny premmie glow will get 1 additional piece, and everybody from Lonny DX and up will get a complete set of accessories in glow. And just for shiznips and giggles... if this reaches 10K I'll get a fancy box made for all gravy toy releases to come in. Fun? Yes!
Risks and challenges
Making a toy always comes with a little risk. living in the states and getting something made in another land provides a few, although unlikely challenges. I'll be using a middle man, and sending the sculpture via the postal service. I have worked with the same broker on multiple projects and trust that everything will work out great... but what if something happens to the box? That will cause a delay... We do have the original molds for resin copies of Lonny. My Timeline has a little built in slack, but there are always possible snafus. My biggest concern is, not having something bad happen at all, just little delays that add up. Regardless, with any possible delays or issues in production I will be sure to let you know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
So for the add-ons. everything that is mentioned is available now cept for the drizzz, which will be available after the 17,500 stretch goal is made. With add-ons you can just add the amount to your total, and then just make a note when you do. My understanding is that you can not purchase more than one reward, otehrwise i would just make the add-ons in the reward section. Hope this helps a bit.
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