Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on March 17, 2014.
About this project
Iron Legions is a series of highly detailed constructible mech toys. Each mech has its own unique design with a set of weapon attachments and articulated ball joints. Besides constructing each unit on its own, the pieces are interchangeable. You can equip different weapons and addons between units for customization. Construct and conquer!
I have been working on this project for some time in both 3d modeling and using 3d printing to prototype and now it is ready to advance to the next step.
first two Iron Legions mechs are the Systems Ordinance League(SOL) Orthrus
artillery quadruped and the United Aegis Federation Paladin mech. I designed
the factions different with the SOL having more western style mechs while the
Aegis have more eastern influenced humanoid mecha designs.
Note: The pictures are rough 3d printed prototypes, the final version will be made with smooth ABS plastic.
The mechs have interchangeable minor weapons where the Orthrus machine guns and the Paladin railguns on its shield can be swapped. The Orthrus heavy cannons can also be equipped on the Paladin by replacing its wings.
Get involved with the design!
There are several color options available for the units and I want your input to decide on which color scheme to use for the final design!
Also for the Paladin mech, you will be given the opportunity to decide on the arm design! Do you prefer gatling gun cannons or handgrips for the arms?
Each kit comes with...
- Mech unit, prepainted and unassembled
- Assembly instructions & unit lore background
Costs & Production
The factory I am working with has extensive experience in the toy industry for various companies in the past, particularly Bandai Japan, Disney and Time Warner. The toys will be manufactured in ABS injected plastic with steel molds. This will help retain consistency and quality with the various parts.
To achieve this goal, I am aiming at $47,000.
Here is the breakdown of the costs involved...
- Steel Molds: $18,800
- Manufacturing: $13,200
- Freight on Board: $3,000
- Quality Control & Testing: $3,000
- Harmonized Tariff: $1,200
- Ocean Freight: $300
- US Shipping + Specials: $3,500
- Kickstarter & Amazon Fee: $4,000
Here are some specials if we hit the following stretch goals!
Expected Timeframe 4-5 months (105-127 days)
- Design Poll (color & Paladin arms): 7-10 days
- Preproduction (finalizing samples with factories & making the steel molds): 35-25 days
- Manufacturing: 35-40 days
- Quality Control: 10 days
- Transportation Overseas: 25-30 days
- Unloading & Warehousing: 5 days
- Shipping to you: 3-7 days
Check for updates on our Iron Legions facebook page and twitter!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is factory production delay and shipping delays. Fortunately, the factory we are working with is a veteran in this industry. The shipping delay will only occur if the production is delayed or weather issues (also if you are an international backer, expect shipping to be longer). The company I will be working with on the supply chain has been doing importing for over 25 years.
The other potential risk is safety testing. To ensure this doesn't present a problem I will have toys tested by Intertech even before the mechs cross the ocean.
If any of these problems should occur, I will inform you as soon as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There will be a post-Kickstarter campaign survey to determine the colors and design. The second highest voted color scheme for the Orthrus will be the Kickstarter exclusive color scheme.
The mechs in the photos are SLS 3d printed prototypes. The final versions will be smooth in ABS plastic injected in a steel mold.
In order to make a transaction with the factory, you have to be a business, not an individual. This is why the funds will go through Young's Incorporated, which will be the wholesale supply chain conduit with the factory.
Also, this will help us go through their discounts on the logistics side so we can focus more on using the funds to add value to the toys themselves.
There are three types of joints for Iron Legions. Minor weapon slots, medium joints, and large joints.
The minor weapon slots are small plugs where you can equip small weapon addons, such as the machine guns on the Orthrus mech and the railguns on the Paladins shield cannon on its left arm. Medium joints are used for ball joints and larger weapon pivots. Finally, the large joints are used for turrets (for the Orthrus and Goliath) and waist pivot for the Paladin unit.
- (30 days)