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Ferris the Rustacean is the Rust programming language's unofficial, CC0 mascot. Now you can get a soft toy Ferris of your own!
Ferris the Rustacean is the Rust programming language's unofficial, CC0 mascot. Now you can get a soft toy Ferris of your own!
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Ever since the inimitable Karen Rustad Tölva published rustacean.net, Ferris the Crab has been the Rust community's adorable, cheerful mascot of choice.

Last year, I made a plushie of Ferris and published the pattern on my blog. Some people made their own, but most asked "Where can I buy one?".

This kickstarter is where.

I've worked with Squishable to iterate on a clone type of Ferris -- one who can be duplicated in their factory as many times as we have the money and materials to support. The Ferris plushie that you see in this Kickstarter's photos is the final prototype: He's what I have the opportunity to order 1500 of after gathering the cash! This Kickstarter exists to let you chip in for those production costs, and also cover the expense of shipping a Ferris from Oregon to your home or meetup.

Risks and challenges

Since I've already completed the prototyping phase with Squishable and we've agreed on a pattern and a price each for Ferris, the riskiest part of the process is completed.

The biggest risks remaining are:

* The factory may take longer than their estimated 6 months to produce the order of Ferrises. To mitigate this, I've done the software engineering trick of padding the delivery timelines by several months to account for any unexpected hangups.

* There might be a higher than expected rate of flawed Ferrises once the factory completes them. I'm mitigating this risk by padding the Kickstarter prices so that the order of 1500 will be funded at a point when fewer than 1500 Ferrises are promised to backers (exactly how many that difference works out to will depend on what reward tiers are most popular). That way, any especially unique Ferrises can get rehabilitated and customized into prizes or handouts for special events rather than giving backers an item unlike the promotional photos.

* The postal service might lose some of the rewards, but again, I have some leeway in the timeline and budget to provide replacements.

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    Rust Stickers

    Want to help cover Ferris's production costs, but you just don't have room for even a small plushie? You can get some stickers in the mail as a thank-you for your support! This is the same thing that you would get for free by DMing @qedunham on Twitter with a mailing address.

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    Early Crab: One Cheaper Rustacean

    One squishable Ferris, to sit on your desk or clip to your backpack and make you happy every time you see her. As they say, the early backer gets the cheaper plushie!

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    One Squishable Rustacean

    One squishable Ferris, to sit on your desk or clip to your backpack and make you happy every time you see her.

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    One Rustacean, Skipping the Shipping

    Same as the One Squishable Rustacean tier but you'll pick up your Rustacean from edunham in person at the PDXRust meetup, RustConf 2018, or possibly another event.

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    Two Squishable Rustaceans

    Does your Ferris need a friend?

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    Ten Squishable Rustaceans

    Do you have a meetup, or several friends? Do you want prizes to hand out at an event? Get 10 of Ferris!

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    One Hundred Rustaceans

    Are you having a conference? Do you secretly covet the idea of owning the world's most cheerful and orange ball pit? You can get 100 of Ferris and a special surprise!

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    300 Custom Embroidered Rustaceans

    Want custom embroidery on a bunch of Ferrises for your event? The factory's minimum order for custom embroidery is 300 but we can do more, too! You pick the font and words.

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