A plush toy based on the adorably brain-dead Boxer Hockey frog. Great for hittin', tossin' around, or just friggin' froggin' about.
What is Boxer Hockey?
Boxer Hockey is an online comic created by Tyson Hesse that has been running for almost 7 years now. It's about dudes who hit frogs in their underwear for fame and glory. That's the pitch. Can you believe that? Disturbing.
You can read it here!
Hi everybody, I'm Tyson Hesse!
I've been running my online comic Boxer Hockey (http://www.boxerhockey.com) for many a year now. In that time I've produced books, prints, stickers and other goods that I'm very proud of, but I've never been able to take on a merchandise project outside the realm of printing...until now.
A stuffed frog is something that people have been asking for for a long time but making this kind of merchandise doesn't come cheap, especially if you want it done well. So I'm very excited to finally announce that stuffed frogs are coming thanks to TopatoCo and Make That Thing. This is a project of a scale that I could never hope to have done on my own, and one that I know is in great hands with Make That Thing.
What is it:
It's a stuffed animal, dude! It's right there, look at it!
Now, I'm a big fan of plush toys, and I know what it's like to get a plush toy of a character and be like "yeah.. I guess this kind of looks alright." Well, forget that noise. I worked very closely on the designing of these toys so that they stayed on model for maximum frogginess. From the start of this project, my goal has been not just to make some frog and put a Boxer Hockey label on it, but to pull the character design right out of the comic and bring it to life.
One of the things I insisted on was a weighted belly and limbs. This makes them extra floppy and really fun to toss around and catch. I wanted these frogs to be something you really want to keep around to brighten your day with his big stupid face. I know the prototype hasn't left my side since I got him. They're a real high-quality plush that I think you'll want to hold onto for a long time.
They measure about 9 inches long from end to end – so they're just big enough to be fun but not too big that you can't find a place to keep him.
What you can get:
The main goal of this project is to raise the money needed to produce a large run of stuffed frogs. I will then take these frogs to the children of the world and charge them money to own one. But before that can happen, I need your help! So let's take a closer look at everything up for grabs:
★ The Frog ★
- 9 inches long from nose to toe.
- Weighted beans filled into hands, feet, and belly makes him easy to catch and throw.
- Each frog comes with an adoption certificate card featuring all the rules of Boxer Hockey and a place to write your new frog's name.
- Vacant stare lets you know there's not much going on upstairs
★ Gloria ★
- Same size, dimensions and quality as the green frog, to make a great pair.
- Based on the boys' childhood frog.
- Cute as a button.
- Only available in The Gloria Bag tier!
★ Sports Pennants ★
- 5 inches high by 12 inches long
- Real, high quality felt sports pennant suitable for wall hanging
- Show your support for your favorite team by hanging one and then hanging the other one but lower down the wall or something.
- Weatherproof, die-cut stickers.
- Pros: They're stickers.
- Cons: If you stick on one your TV it will probably get sticker crud on your TV so don't do that. Why would you do that.
★ Tote Bag ★
- High quality screenprint on 10.5"x14" canvas tote bag
- Only available at the $70 "Frog Bag" level and higher
- Features the same design as Gloria's box featured in the actual comic.
- After you get the bag you can take the frogs out and then put your groceries inside. And then hit people with it.
Thank you for all your support! NOW WHO WANTS A FROG.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The biggest challenges of a project like this lie in the large scale of manufacturing, shipping, and storing such a large stock of merchandise.
That challenge is thankfully neutralized with the involvement of Make That Thing and TopatoCo. TopatoCo has been providing reliable service in the selling, shipping and handling of products just like this for years and have the knowledge and systems in place to tackle the large task of managing orders in an efficient and reliable fashion.
Other risks include managing communication with the manufacturer of the physical product. This is a risk I'm all too familiar with and my experiences managing a previous Kickstarter have taught me to work only with the most trustworthy partners. Those are risks we won't be taking with this project, and the manufacturers we are working with have proven to be reliable in the manufacturing of quality products.
Sure! I'll attach the PDF to an update for all to download when the project is funded.
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A digital kiss of gratitude on your forehead. And a PDF copy of the first volume of Boxer Hockey. Perfectly formatted for tablet reading!Estimated delivery:
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301 backers Limited (499 left of 800)
●Frog and a Sticker● You get a frog! Like every frog, he comes with an adoption certificate and a sticker for you to stick on whatever – or WHOMever – you want.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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●Frog, sticker, pennant● You get a frog w/ certificate, a sticker and a real life team pennant for a fake cartoon sports team! Mind-bending!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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●Frog, Sticker, and BOTH team pennants● So you can put them both up on your wall but be like "THIS one is actually my favorite"Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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●The Frog Bag!● You get 2 stickers, the 2 team pennants and TWO frogs all stuffed into a reusable tote bag featuring art replicating the "My First Frog Ball" package seen at the kids' first little league game.Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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143 backers Limited (257 left of 400)
•THE GLORIA BAG!• 2 stickers, 2 team pennants, 1 green frog and pink Gloria frog variant all stuffed into a canvas tote bag designed just like Gloria's packaging from the comic!Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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•THE GLORIA BAG!+T-shirt• You get everything in the Gloria bag plus a handsome T-shirt that will make all your friends think you care about sports.Estimated delivery:Add $13 USD to ship outside the US
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•Big Box of Boxer Hockey• People asked for bigger rewards, so this is as big as it gets. You get: 2 stickers, 2 pennants, a green frog, a pink frog, a canvas tote bag, SIGNED printed volumes of Boxer Hockey 1 and Boxer Hockey 2, AND the Mekpen team logo T-shirt from TopatoCo. Phew!Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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You get everything in the Frog Bag AND one of the actual original finished pages from Boxer Hockey. Few pages were ever actually produced via pen and paper. I mean "few" as in, like, only four. They look good though. DAMN good. An 11x17 fully inked final page on heavy bristol.Estimated delivery:Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
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