As of right now, we expect everything in wave 2 – which means every remaining expansion, item, exclusive, etc., to ship all at once in August, 2015 (we hope early in the month).
For a while we did not dare publicly reveal an estimate, other than the general “spring to summer” shipment. Our original best guess when we began to work with LiYa was that it would ship out by the end of June. Now that Arthur has been to China twice to visit LiYa, and we are familiar with them we feel confident that early August is as good an estimate as we can give. While this is not as soon as we would like, we are happy that this represents a delay of only 1 month compared to when we first began working with our new factory. Please note that even this estimate could possibly change because unexpected delays are, by definition, unexpected.
We also want to let you know everything that is involved here. We need to produce 70,000 individual add-ons! The average DVM backer gets 19 items (more if she ordered t-shirts, art prints, etc.). If this number sounds low, it is because all 10 Independent Great Old Ones come in 3-packs( for example). We are still figuring out exactly how the shipping groups work. It is unlikely a DVM backer will get 19 separate boxes, for example, but rather certain expansions are grouped together in larger cushioned boxes.
Everything will be shipped in containers at the same time to 5 different hubs around the world. There will be a slight different in how fast each gets there (US and Australia are faster than Europe this time), but they leave China simultaneously. Once through customs at each fulfillment hub, they will be dispersed to your individual homes.
In a few weeks we will ask you to finalize your address in the Pledge Manager. If you are not sure where you will live by September/October, please consider putting in the address of a place you can access such as a relative, friend or business that you know will not change. We had a lot of address issues with the core game. Since that only ever involved one item (the core game), it was easy to rectify the problem. If we accidentally send a DVM to someone else's address, it would be a nightmare to figure out logistics and get the stuff to you. Because we had to print 70,000 items, we were not able to afford to print a lot of extras, so please quadruple check your address in the pledge manager as something that will be there for many months. We are telling you up front that it is unlikely we will be able to ship you a new copy if the first one goes awry due to your own error (we'll still fix our own errors to the full extent of our capabilities).
Please do not attempt to change your address by messaging Sandy using the Kickstarter message system! He does not have access to the pledge manager address system. Either do it yourself (best) or mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We are using an experienced shipper, and the boxes are going to be far better cushioned for this shipping experience. My man who is handling the replacements is very excited about that last bit!
You'll notice that these figures are almost all the wrong color (Yog-Sothoth is beige, Father Dagon blue, etc.). These are just tests to check out the injection plastic molds, using whatever plastic colors they had handy. I think they are kind of festive, though.