About this project
Silent shadows hold unseen danger. Steel whispers the fatal strike. Between breaths, between blinks, the ninja makes his home; a nightmare apparition that means death to those he seeks. In times long past or futures unwritten, these invisible assassins stalk their prey, draped in the stillness of the night, leaving only mystery in their passage. Beware the darkness that lay between myth and legend; the ninja is there. Immortal warriors that live only for the bloodlust of battle, the Great Ninja Clan is the most feared opponent. Where the others fight their wars in the light, the Ninja owns the shadows. But when the Ninja Master is betrayed and murdered by unknown assailants, the Great Ninja Clan is irreparably split apart. What was one is now many as ninja fights ninja and brother fights brother to the uttermost end.
The Fwoosh has been a source for action figure news, toy reviews, and discussion for over twelve years. As supporters of successful Kickstarter campaigns like the Mythic Legions by Four Horsemen Studios and Vitruvian HACKS by Boss Fight Studios, we have decided to take the first step in creating our own line of collector action figures. After years of careful planning, the Fwoosh staff has gathered the resources and capital needed to create prototypes that you see in this Kickstarter campaign.
The Fwoosh presents: Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series, our foray into the world of 1:12 scale super-poseable action figures. Series 1 will be comprised of ninjas, along with a few stretch goals (already fully prototyped by Gentle Giant Studios), that will help fill out the theme with additional characters to add to your 6-inch scale action figure collection.
First up is our Basic Ninja:
Available in both Black and Red decos pictured here.
The Basic Ninja comes with the following:
• zukin masked head
• balaclava masked head
• hood up & hood down parts
* sash & belt loop scabbard holder
• fists, grip hands & chop hands
• kunai (throwing knife)
• katana (long sword) & wakizashi (short sword) with sheathes
You can also purchase an army-building 3 pack of either deco at a discounted rate!
Next we have our Deluxe Ninja:
This will be available in the Black as well as the Deluxe Exclusive White deco.
The Deluxe Ninja comes with the following:
• zukin masked head
• balaclava masked head
• Master head
• hood up & hood down parts
* sash, belt loop scabbard holder & scarf
• grip hands, fists, splayed finger hands & chop hands
• kunai (throwing knife)
• katana (long sword) & wakizashi (short sword) with sheathes
• bladed staff
• bow, arrow & quiver
• bo staff
• throwing stars
• modular rooftop base
Want to build an awesome rooftop display for your ninjas? Our modular wall mountable rooftop base 5-pack is a great place to start!
The modular rooftop base allows for a variety of different display options. They connect together side to side, you can butt them up back to back, and you can even hang them on your wall!
Purchasing this pack gets you 5 fully painted modular rooftop bases to display however you wish.
For more photos, check out the articulated_icons Instagram account
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In the instance that we are funded before the campaign has ended, we have created the prototypes you see below. These are meant to build off of what we have created for the main campaign, and allow you to really flesh out the theme of The Feudal Series.
Our first stretch goal was our arms/hands/wraps pack at 175,000k, we've surpassed that and the arms/hands/wraps pack ARE unlocked for a $10 add-on to your pledge amount!
We specifically engineered the shoulder joints of the ninja to be swappable, so if you wish to customize any of your ninja army with 2 tickets to the gun show, then this set is for you!
This set will work with any the figures, including our future stretch goals and comes with the following:
• swappable bare arms
• removable forearm wraps in white
• removable forearm cuffs in black
• relaxed hands, claw posed, and splayed hands
Existing in a hazy void between urban legend and rumor, the spectral entity known only as Solitaire is gaining a fast reputation among the underworld. It is unknown whether he's a special operative, a soldier of fortune or just a high-tech vigilante. Solitaire has never been caught by surveillance equipment, and no known pictures of him exist. A rare eyewitness described him as “a slice of night that moved.” Solitaire has no friends and leaves behind no enemies. In spite of the complete lack of tangible proof of Solitaire's existence, a malignant fear of this unknown demon has embedded itself into the criminal element. They say that he's impossible to kill; an undying ronin that shrugs off bullets like droplets of water. They say that he's unbelievably fast; a deadly blur of ebony death. They say that he's stronger than ten men, that he never misses, that he can see in the dark. They say he has a near omniscient ability to know exactly where a punch will land before it's thrown. They say that it would take several lifetimes for someone to become as skilled as Solitaire. The appearance of this new and unknown warrior has resulted in an alliance between the various crime factions, and they vow to end the threat by any means necessary. Solitaire's past and present collide as his endless fight continues, a modern ninja battling evil in the modern world.
Solitaire is a FREE ADDITION to the Devoted Legion pledge level as our thank you. He is available NOW for any of our backers at the add-on price of $40. As an extra thank you to the Devoted Legion, they can add-on additional Solitaire (modern ninja) if they desire extra(s) for the price of $30 per figure.
Itami (evil sensei) & Shōken (heroic martial artist) are UNLOCKED and available to add-on to your pledge NOW for $35 per!
For years Itami ran a fierce dojo where only the strong thrived. Known for mercilessly attacking his students, often breaking bones with callous disregard, Itami believed that knowledge and skill could only come from pain. Through his grueling methods, Itami built a devout and highly skilled following of students and ex-students, and he accumulated a vast fortune as prospective trainees traveled long distances to be purified in his crucible. But this meager wealth was never enough, so Itami turned his highly trained force to theft, extortion, even assassination. Corrupted by power, Itami closed down his dojo, finding more profit as a criminal than he ever had as a teacher. Itami traveled from village to village with his fierce warriors, taking what he wanted. After all, who could stop him? But even a hard heart has limits, and soon he grew weary of the violence and bloodshed perpetrated by his followers. Eaten away by paranoia, he began to believe it was only a matter of time before his students turned on him. He found himself not enjoying his life, but bound by it. Itami realized he had to escape the fate he had built for himself and disappeared, leaving behind a legacy of pain.
Shōken was a small, thin child who dreamed of life outside the village, a life informed by stories of skilled warriors and constant adventure. But his reality was vastly different than his dreams. The only son of a widower father who had lost a leg as a young man, Shōken's only adventure was being bullied by the rougher, tougher kids in the village. However, fate intervened when their village was overtaken by a band of marauders. Shōken was ashamed and believed his father was a coward when he willingly handed over a portion of his meager profits to the leader of the band of thieves. Deeming his portion too small, the Warlord snapped the crippled man's crutches and threw him to the ground, laughing at his misfortune. Shōken screamed for his father to fight back, receiving a vicious backhand from the leader that sent him sprawling to the ground. Angered at the threat to his son, Shōken's father sprang to his one good foot and put down the larger men with blinding speed. With a heavy heart, Shōken's father agreed to teach his son the skills he would need to survive in the world. Years passed in training, and the small, thin child became a warrior himself. When his father passed, Shōken left the village, quickly finding the adventure he had sought as a child.
Backers are now able to purchase Itami (evil sensei) & Shōken (heroic martial artist) as add-on's for $35 each.
Shibito (warrior monk) & Seijun (drunken master) are UNLOCKED and available to add-on to your pledge NOW for $35 per!
Performing the solitary training exercise Mugen No Baransu (infinite balance) at the peak of Mount Hiei, the warrior monk Ichiro was absent when his home temple was attacked by rivals. Ichiro returned to a temple gutted by fire, his fellow warriors dead. Overcome by rage and grief, Ichiro declared himself dead as well in honor of his fallen brothers, taking the name Shibito. After single-handedly taking revenge on those responsible, Shibito was left a warrior without a home. He found brief respites in quiet villages and took menial jobs to survive, but found he couldn't keep from using his considerable skills to help the weak. As his reputation grew, so did those who wished to challenge his skills. Shibito found that he was not destined for a life of peace.
A proud warrior who fought in countless battles, Seijun was savagely injured and left for dead when he and his fellow band of warriors were ambushed by a ninja clan. Seijun awoke long after the battle in a field overrun with the corpses of both friends and enemies, clutching the ninja leader's mask in his hand. Unable to cope with the loss of his fellow warriors and no longer able to trust his skills, Seijun turned to the bottle. He soon found that he was a superior fighter when under the influence, and that he finally remembered the face of the ninja leader. As Seijun began hunting the ninja who had ruined his life, this Warrior monk's drunken style made him an unpredictable and unusual opponent to all who faced him.
Backers are now able to purchase Shibito (warrior monk) & Seijun (drunken master) as add-on's for $35 each.
Surai (samurai warlord), Fumetsu (undying ronin) & Seijun (samurai outlaw) are UNLOCKED and available to add-on to your pledge NOW for $45 per!
A hard man with a twisted code of honor, Surai caught the Shogun's attention as he single-handedly fought off several shadowy attackers, saving the Shogun's life. Impressed, the Shogun instantly elevated him to samurai status and Surai became the Shogun's favorite. He was given a permanent position as one of the Shogun's elite bodyguards. The Shogun tasked Surai with eliminating the threat of the ninja, whose assassination attempts were growing ever bolder. Surai enjoyed the benefits of his newfound position. Never lacking for money, women or power, Surai became the Shogun's most trusted confidante, all the while pursuing his true goal of revenge against those who betrayed the seemingly murdered Master of the Ninja Clan!
After Itami left behind the cabal of hardened thieves and murderers he had forged, his soul burned. Nightmares plagued his sleep. There was only one way to atone for the horror he had wrought on the world: Seppuku. Itami climbed the highest cliff and there he found a nameless samurai, dead by his own hand. Itami smiled at the peace he saw in the samurai's eyes. No nightmares plagued this man. As the sun dipped low, Itami slid a knife into his stomach and felt his life fade with the passing light. Soon cold moonlight fell on his still body. But when the first blades of the fresh morning sun sliced a clean stroke across his face, his eyes raked open and he shoved himself from the tepid pool of his own blood, sucking in a jagged gasp of air. Unwanted by even death itself, Itami took it as a sign that he must make amends for the pain he caused. He took the armor from the dead man and forsook his birth name, as it was now stained with shame. Having cheated death, he took the name Fumetsu and roamed the lands searching for trouble, hoping that he would find the peace at the end of an opponent's blade that he could not find for himself.
Seijun's days had become a meaningless blur of drinking and fighting as he searched for the leader of the ninja clan that had killed his brothers and ruined his life. If there had once been nobility in him, it was slowly being eaten away. His travels had taken him to Edo, where he never lacked for fight or drink. Fortune smiled on him one day as a trio of the Shogun's elite samurai walked past him as he lay curled up after a night of hard drinking. His hazy mind flashed back to the battle that had changed his life, and the face under the ninja leader's mask—the face of the samurai before him! Seijun left behind the bottle for samurai armor, and he began a one-man campaign of revenge against the samurai and those who employed him. His campaign of vengeance quickly made him one of the most wanted men alive as assassins, mercenaries and bounty hunters began hunting for him. Seijun found the skills necessary to stay alive.
Backers are now able to purchase Surai (samurai warlord), Fumetsu (undying ronin) & Seijun (samurai outlaw) as add-on's for $45 each.
The Temple Guardian is UNLOCKED and available to add-on to your pledge NOW for $35 per!
Tireless and unblinking, the Temple Guardians of the Shogunate maintain a selfless vigil against the extraordinary manifestations of evil that plague the Feudal landscape. Through countless hours of training and meditation, through hardships that temper the body and steel the mind, the Temple Guardians are forged into perfect warriors. Utilizing ancient, secret methods, the Guardians are taught to see that which lies beyond ordinary human perception. For each generation, only a handful of devoted warriors are able to withstand the terrors that pass unseen by mortal eyes: the yokai, the oni, the obake and countless others. With the rise of the Ninja threat, the Temple Guardians have become the last line of defense between the Shogunate and these near-supernatural foes. Relinquishing all notions of self, nameless and faceless, poised on the precipice between the physical and the metaphysical, the Temple Guardians straddle a narrow line that few could walk. With each day they must be vigilant that they do not become that which they guard against.
Backers are now able to purchase the Temple Guardian as an add-on for $35 each. The Temple Guardian is included in the Devoted Legion Pledge level at no additional charge!
Basic Ninja (smokey translucent) Kickstarter Exclusive - UNLOCKED for ALL to purchase as an add-on for $35
Risks and challenges
This is our foray into the world of toy manufacturing, and there are risks and challenges that can potentially delay production.
The manufacturing of these figures will be done in China by a factory that is well-versed in producing quality, highly articulated action figures.
Fortunately, The Fwoosh have leveraged their close relationships with professionals in the toy industry and have contracted Gentle Giant Studios to create the prototypes you see here.
If unexpected production or fulfillment issues arise, updates on our Kickstarter page will be posted promptly letting our backers know new dates of delivery.
We are committed to making some of the coolest and high-quality 1:12 scale, superposeable action figures that you've ever gotten your hands on. Thanks for your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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