LEGENDARY MONSTERS: Toys of Urban Legend and Folklore
LEGENDARY MONSTERS: Toys of Urban Legend and Folklore
A toy line unlike anything else, each monster is based on a real experience and includes a written account!
A toy line unlike anything else, each monster is based on a real experience and includes a written account! Read more
About this project
*Note: The 150.00 pledges should read 4 illustrations not 1.
Legendary Monsters is an action figure line unlike anything else. Each of the four monsters comes with an eyewitness account right on the package! Each monster features 10-12 points of articulation and stands 5-7" tall.
These creatures have been with us always. they manifest themselves in our myths, folklore and urban legends. Our fears and emotions give rise to creatures such as the Jersey Devil, Mothman, the Missouri monster and Chupacabra.
I have been drawn to these stories my entire life. These experiences have been told by people who believed in what they saw, what they experienced. Their emotions were very raw and very real, whether or not it was a dark human form covered in fur, darting in front of their car on a moonlit night, or a pair of glowing red eyes peering at them from the shadows on the side of the road. These experiences with the unknown live on, and are still a part of the curiosity and wonder that exist within us today. It is my pleasure to share these stories with you in the form of these action figures.
November 15, 1966 Point Pleasant, West Virginia
While driving through an abandoned munitions dump "locally known as the TNT area," Linda Scarberry, her husband Roger and another couple spotted a pair of glowing red eyes, two inches wide and six inches apart attached to something that was "shaped like a man, but bigger...maybe six or seven feet tall, and it had big wings folded against its back." Roger accelerated their vehicle trying to escape from the creature. Much to the couples' horror, "Mothman" gave case, squeaking audibly as it reached speeds over 100mph. The flying monster ended pursuit only as the car neared town.
The Jersey Devil:
December 1993 Pine Barrens, New Jersey
Forest Ranger John Irwin was driving alongside the Mullica River in southern New Jersey when he found the road blocked by a creature. Irwin describes the monster as a six foot tall bipedal animal with horns and dark fur. The ranger and "The Jersey Devil" stared at each other for several minutes before the creature fled into the woods.
Origin: Pine Barrens 1730
The mistress of a British soldier known as "Mother Leeds" went into labor with her 13th child. During the delivery she suffered agonizing pain and cursed the child, wishing it out of her body. As the hateful words faded from her lips the Jersey Devil slithered out of her womb and into the world.
August 1995 Cano' Vanas, Puerto Rico
At 4pm Madelyne Tolentino noticed that the driver of a vehicle parked in front of her house appeared frightened. As she approached the large front window she saw a creature walking upright in front of her house with its arms outstretched. At that point she screamed, sending her mother outside of the house to chase the creature. The monster took off in a hopping motion toward the nearby woods.
A typical Chupacabra is described as four to six feet in height covered in short fine grey hair with dark spots on the creature's back. Its powerful legs and long arms end in hands containing three to four long narrow fingers ending in claws. A series of protruding spikes run along the creature’s spine.
The Missouri Monster:
July 11, 1972 Louisiana, Missouri
Eight year old Terry Harrison was playing in the backyard when a creature appeared, splatted with blood, carrying a dog under its arm. The creature was luckily driven away by the screams of his eight year old sister Doris, who had just stepped out into the yard.
"Momo" is typically described as a creature six to seven feet tall, its body covered entirely in black hair. Manlike in appearance and stance, the creature is often referred to as the "Eastern Bigfoot."
EACH MONSTER IS AVAILABLE IN 3 DIFFERENT STYLES:
NON-GLOW: Limited to 150 per monster
GLOW: Limited to 100 per monster
RETRO: Limited to 50 per monster (Kickstarter only variant!)
NON-GLOW, GLOW AND RETRO VERSIONS OF THE JERSEY DEVIL
NON-GLOW, GLOW AND RETRO VERSIONS OF MOTHMAN
NON-GLOW, GLOW AND RETRO VERSIONS OF CHUPACABRA
NON-GLOW, GLOW AND RETRO VERSIONS OF MISSOURI MONSTER
For those of you that have already pledged: In order to add on "sepia" or "glow" versions to your existing pledge, just add $20.00 (plus shipping) per monster to your total amount. When the campaign is complete, you will then pick your monsters and variant types with the selection tools presented by Kickstarter.
For those of you that have not pledged yet , all three types (RETRO, GLOW and NON-GLOW) are now listed in the pledge categories.
We will be producing a 30 to 40 min documentary film that will cover the development and production of "Legendary Monsters." This will be a DVD pack-in to those of you who backed us by pledging full sets or greater! The more we add to the base stretch goal, the better the documentary can be!
I have been fortunate to work in industries that I've been passion about my entire life. The first 5 of my 15 years were spent working for the toy industry as a designer. Those were great years for me, spent with some truly talented artists working on what I loved; action figure toy lines. Over those 5 years I was able to work on many different toy lines including Spiderman, Batman, X-Men, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Star Trek, Godzilla, Small Soldiers, GI Joe and many others product lines.
I believe it was fate that that lead me to my first game studio, Bethesda Softworks. While at Bethesda Softworks, I worked both as an Lead Artist and Designer on a number of games for them which included Morrowind, Oblivion, The Shivering Isles and Fallout 3. Since then I've moved to another studio and just released a game called "XCOM: Enemy Unknown," where I spent the last 4 years as Lead Level Designer. I am still there as an artist and designer and my free moments are spent with my family and working on action figure toy lines like the one you see here.
EXAMPLE OF PROTOTYPES: above you see what the "test shots" may look like. Shown is the complete set of all 4 monsters.
CHUPACABRA PROTOTYPE: Early version shown here. Only 1 of these exists! This is the actual figure that appeared in press materials years ago.
FINAL PLEDGE BLUEPRINTS: Hand drawn pencil on vellum that will be professionally matted and framed for you!!!
MANUFACTURING AND PROTOTYPING SERVICE
Nevermore Toys will be working with The Berkeley Sourcing Group to manufacture and prototype future product lines. If you have a product that needs prototype or manufacturing services, I urge you to contact them, they are an amazing group of professionals to work with and will guide you through the design process.
I wish to thank all of you for your interest and support in helping me make this dream a reality!
Also, I thank all of you that pledged those first few weeks, we created new relationships and opportunities because of that!
To my wife Tema and children, Victoria, Avery and Wynter, I love you and could not have done this without you. Having the support of my family means everything to me. Also I wish to thank Jon Coe, my oldest and closest friend who has worked close in sharing this dream of putting out our own action figure product lines.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO MANUALLY ADD SHIPPING TO YOUR PLEDGE (when you type in the amount, just add shipping to the total cost)
Risks and challenges
The artist and designer portions of my career have only been a part of what I do. The other aspects of the game and toy industry that I deal with on a daily basis come down to team management, resource management, scheduling, outsourcing, approval of art and design elements and disaster control. I'm not only an artist and designer, but a project manager for both industries. I say this to help explain how I've been able to take this concept from an idea in my head to the reality of a finished product. The figure sculpt which were done by one of leading sculptors in the action figure industry, while the other aspects, some of which included concept drawing, blueprint/control drawings, color presentation, packaging design, catalog design, prototype painting, photography and web design were handled my myself.
The figures you see here may appear to be final products, but we are only at the prototype stage. There are many steps that remain to make these action figures a reality and that is where I need your help. Your pledges are needed to cover the expenses and the product itself.
The list below outlines the processes that remain and where funding will be applied.
-Engineering of joints
-Production of molds
-Hand Painting of "Color" versions
-Packing and shipment
Support this project
- (32 days)