One door closed, another two still open.
So after umpteen more delays, the original factory came back last week and said, "Gee, we're so sorry to have wasted all your time over the last year and a half, only to tell you that now we will not be able to make the short sample run that we agreed to and you already paid for. So, you can either bump up your order by 7x to meet the new MOQ (minimum order quantity) or we can just give you a partial refund of what you paid (a little less than 1/3). Just the figure costs, not the mold cost, since we already made that."
Not in those exact words, but that is the gist of it.
That pretty much kills any future dealings with that factory. The only thing left to do with them is to try and get our money and mold, which doesn't really look promising. I could get all pissy about it, but you know, shit happens. Another bump in this very long road.
So, with that avenue closed, we will continue to focus on the other two options we have been pursuing (both are still progressing, but slowly). And once we get one or both finalized and can make these figures via injection molding, we will give you an update. Those of you who I have promised freebie gold lions to, WHEN (not if) we get these going, you will still receive your lion.
As always, you can catch the latest updates to this venture here:
Until then, here is a pic of the 60mm scorpion figure we had printed when we did the 80mm lion (for the above mentioned factory) and 60mm Rhino. He is easily my favorite of the group so far. Hopefully we can see him in PVC sometime this year (knock on steel).