- Stretch goals #1, #2, and #3 are unlocked! Now all $12+ project backers will receive the Climber sticker, the Gem Harvesting Sperel Trio sticker, and a pair of deluxe locking pin backs for each of their sperel pins (in addition to the butterfly clasps that already come with each pin)!
- Production count for the Limited Edition Gold Pins is set at 30 pins per design. Following the campaign, any remaining gold pins will be for sale in our online shop.
- Our pins are over 100% funded! Thanks to all of our wonderful backers! Now let's see how many of these stretch goal items we can unlock for everyone!
For those who are here discovering the sperels for the first time, you may be wondering: what exactly are the sperels?
The sperels as a species are oppressed, forced to toil their lives away in underground factories in the service of the melmire industry.
The particular sperels of this campaign, however, are not oppressed - at least not in their minds. They're all about confronting the structures that keep them enslaved, and the pin designs that we will produce after successfully funding this project will represent them in this cause.
Sure, the melmire gems which they handle in their daily duties perhaps offer some comfort in their many bright and lovely colors, but the sperels - as you can see - well, they have wings, and such creatures of their nature deserve the freedom of flight, away from the factory!
For those of you who can relate, we present Series 01 of our Sperel Activist Pin Collection:
Through this Kickstarter project, we will release two versions of the pin designs shown here. The pins referred to in these graphics as 'silver' will in fact be black nickel plated, though for sake of easier reward titles we've termed them as silver. Black nickel plating will give darker appearance to the defining edges of our pins, and will gleam brilliantly just like silver when angled in the light. The gold pins will be exclusive - quite likely available only to backers of this campaign - produced in limited editions of 30 pins per design.
Each pin will measure about 1.6 inches (4.06 cm) tall, include matching metal butterfly clasps, and come with a thick double-sided backing card, featuring character-specific artwork to match the pin. All pins in both silver and gold collections will be hard enamel pins.
Additionally, the gold versions will feature individual numbering engraved on the back of each pin and their backing cards will feature gold foil text on both sides, and be hand numbered (by me!) to correspond with the numbering on the pins.
Oh - there's one more really cool feature about our backing cards:
The card art for these pins has been designed as a single image segmented into three pieces, giving the backing cards a collectible aspect all their own. Fans who pledge for all three of the silver pins or all three gold will be able to reassemble the full scene by arranging the cards next to one another as shown below. This feature holds true on both sides of the cards!
Timeline for this project:
- October - Kickstarting the sperels' first pin series!
- November - Collecting backer surveys, determining final production counts
- November/December - Production of pins and any unlocked stretch goal items
- December/January - Shipping all the rewards!
And now, the Backer Rewards:
The Digital Wallpaper Packet is now available to all backers for immediate download! If you've already backed the project, please refer to project update #1 to get your sperel wallpaper. :)
Pledging at the $12 level? Be sure to select the reward tier that corresponds with your favorite sperel pin design :)
Pledging at the $22 level? We'll be sending out a survey at the end of the campaign so that you can tell us which two silver pins you wish to receive.
And for those of you wanting the full collection in silver, there's this option:
The gold pins are available in similar reward tiers, but keep in mind that each design will only be available in limited quantities. To claim the gold pins, you'll want to pledge early!
And for those of you who want complete sets of both the gold and silver pins:
But what if you want a different combination of pins than what's offered in the available reward tiers?
If more of our silver pins is what you're after, you're in luck! You can add up to three additional silver pins to your rewards by Managing Your Pledge.
- For 1 extra silver pin, add $12
- For 2 more silver pins, add $22
- For 3 more silver pins, add $32
Specific instructions on how to manage your pledge can be viewed in the Add-On Shop graphic below. Please note that gold pins are not available as add-on items. Since they will be produced in limited quantities, we need to maintain a fixed level of availability with them.
Speaking of add-on options...
Since this Kickstarter project may very well be many people's first introduction to the sperels, it seems a good idea to enable the option for everyone to grow their sperel collections. By adding a baby sperel plushie or a sticker to your pledge, you can get even more cuteness in your rewards package while furthering this project towards its goal.
For U.S. backers:
Add-on items ship to you with no additional shipping fees! :) Simply follow the instructions above and increase your pledge amount according to which items you want.
For international backers:
The stickers can be added to your pledge at the amounts listed above, but for the plush, please refer to the shipping tables in project update #2 to include appropriate shipping costs as well.
And what about Stretch Goals!?!
Now that the campaign has exceeded its funding goal, it's time to start freeing up some stretch goal rewards for our project backers!
Stretch Goals #1 through #4 will be included free for everyone who has backed this project at $12 or higher. The other stretch goal rewards, when unlocked, will be free for backers at certain pledge levels, and available to all backers as additional items in our Add-On Shop at minimal cost. Refer to the chart below to see which free stretch goal rewards are available for each pledging tier.
Thanks from the Project's Creator
Hey! I'm Orion, the guy who saves the sperels. Thanks for checking out this project and for any support you've given. Every dollar helps towards setting sperels free and, in this case, getting them turned into awesome new enamel pins!
The sperels keep me pretty active throughout the year, exhibiting at various comic and anime conventions and creating new sperel-related artwork in my free time. If this is your first introduction to the sperels, perhaps you'd like to keep track of them and their story as it develops.
and the sperels' website is:
Risks and challenges
Although this is my first Kickstarter campaign, I have been sending sperels (in plush toy form) to customers throughout the U.S. and across the world for more than 5 years now.
The quality of my products is important to me, and to ensure the quality of this project's rewards I've actually already produced a sample run of one of the designs. Those sample pins, along with their backing cards turned out amazing, and so I'll be using the same pin manufacturer again and the same printer for the backing cards of this project's deliverables. I have no doubts that the quality of our Kickstarter-funded pins will be equally outstanding.
Delays in manufacturing can of course happen, but following the success of this campaign I will be keeping all backers updated on the status of production and fulfillment of their rewards.
As the sperels are my original creation, I always love sharing them with fans both new and old, and I can't wait to send these new sperel pins out to all of you soon!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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