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Robot animals that disassemble into arsenals of 5mm accessories compatible with dozens of vintage and modern toy lines.

Tulsa, OK Product Design
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Remember the robot toys of the 80s? World-spanning battles of good and evil across the living room floor? Shape-changing and modular warriors of all shapes and sizes? So do we, and those memories inspired BMOG, a building toy system that lets you make wild, robotic animal characters where each component is an action figure accessory.

BMOG characters separate into numerous weapons and devices, each with additional 5-millimeter ports and pegs. Because many toy companies use 5mm as a standard grip or hole size, individual BMOG parts are extremely versatile; they can work with both modern or vintage toylines, some going back over thirty years. Among the dozens of compatible lines are famous franchises like Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, other building systems like LEGO and K’nex, and even obscure favorites like Starriors and the Yuusha/Brave series – plus many, many more!

Each Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalt figure will come on a model kit-style plastic sprue and include a decal sheet so you can build and customize your BMOGs the way you want… and the universal 5mm peg system allows each set to combine with others to form new creations from the depths of your imagination! Let your creativity roar out with BMOG!

Meet the BMOGs  

The first two BMOG figures are URSENAL, brash warrior of the heroic AUGMENTOIDS, and MANTAX, slippery sea-spy of the evil PARAXXOIDS.

Hand Painted 3d Printed Ursenal Prototype
Hand Painted 3d Printed Ursenal Prototype
Hand Painted 3d Printed Prototype, Parts Seperate
Hand Painted 3d Printed Prototype, Parts Seperate
Ursenal Cad Drawings with a Quarter for Size Comparison
Ursenal Cad Drawings with a Quarter for Size Comparison
Ursenal's Standard Assembly Configuration
Ursenal's Standard Assembly Configuration

Ursenal is a robotic bear formed by two assault rifles, two missile launchers, a multi-range scanner, a warhammer, a combat claw, and his head (with 5mm peg "grabbing" jaws)! Ursenal represents the standard BMOG character size.

Mantax 3d Printed Prototype with Quarter for Scale
Mantax 3d Printed Prototype with Quarter for Scale
Mantax Cad Drawings with a Quarter for Size Comparison
Mantax Cad Drawings with a Quarter for Size Comparison

Mantax is a robotic manta ray composed of a battle axe and a laser pistol! He represents the smaller Mini-BMOG character size. Both figures are gang-molded for affordability and color-consistency and will be injection molded in high-quality ABS plastic.

Multiple sets mean more building options, as can be seen with this robot made from two Ursenal prototypes
Multiple sets mean more building options, as can be seen with this robot made from two Ursenal prototypes

The Kickstarter Exclusive Set

The first main colorway for Ursenal and Mantax is black (after all, when accessorizing, black goes with everything!) However, by contributing to our Kickstarter project at the $15 and up levels, your reward will include one or more figures in a special colorway produced only for this Kickstarter funding project.

What is that color? It’s up to you!

Contributors will get to vote on their favorite colorway from the following: 

1. Arctic Custom - White

2. Toxic Spill - Florescent Green

3. ProtoPrimer - 'Prototype Gray'

4, Action Hunter - Florescent Orange

5. Solar Flare - Canary Yellow

In keeping with the line’s 80s-retro roots, a different set of colors doesn’t just mean a new look, it means new characters! The names, faction affiliations and bios of the Kickstarter exclusive characters depend on the colorway chosen and will be revealed once the campaign completes. Their existence is quite literally in your hands! 

BMOG figures are adult collectibles and have not been safety tested for children at this time.

UPDATE 11-19-13: NEW REWARD TIER & TIER CHANGES

Thanks to the generosity of action figure artist Rob "Cheets" Roberts, we can now offer ten custom painted Ursenal/Mantax sets. Each set will be hand painted in a unique deco by Rob Roberts. For examples of his work, check out his gallery here. The $205 dollar tier is the only one that includes this custom-painted figure set.

We have also updated the costs on the BMOG Designer and Deco-Choice reward tiers. 

Example Painted BMOGs by Rob Roberts (3d printed prototypes, final rewards will be painted production versions)
Example Painted BMOGs by Rob Roberts (3d printed prototypes, final rewards will be painted production versions)

$31,000 -  Featherblight & Non-Dino Squad 

If the Kickstarter campaign exceeds its base goal by $12,000, this will be sufficient to produce a second set of steel injection molds and will allow for production of the second set of BMOG figures, specifically Featherblight, a bird of prey:

Cad Image of Featherblight, assembled and with parts separated.
Cad Image of Featherblight, assembled and with parts separated.
Featherblight parts breakdown
Featherblight parts breakdown

This also unlocks the three member Non-Dino Squad, three prehistoric reptiles that are often mistaken for dinosaurs. The team consists of: Slashback, a dimetrodon, Splashpoint, an ichthyosaurus, and the Multi-Function Pterattacktyl, a pterodactyl.

Once this stretch goal is unlocked, add-on options for Featherblight and the Non-Dino Squad will be added to the campaign. After that point, any backer who has backed for any reward tier that includes an Ursenal or Mantax figure will have the option of adding Featherblight, the Non-Dino Squad or both to their order for an additional charge.

As with Ursenal & Mantax, Featherblight and the non-Dino Squad will get a Kickstarter exclusive color scheme voted on by the backers. 

Risks and challenges

The greatest risks are difficulties with the overseas factory resulting in production delays or a need to locate another manufacturing outlet. For the former, this is made less likely due to the simplicity of production process. We’ve put every effort into ensuring that we can produce this line quickly and efficiently. Our model-kit-style approach reduces labor efforts for production to a minimum. That said, there are occasional, unavoidable delays in product production, ranging from shipping delays, customs issues, and production setbacks.

We have secured a manufacturing outlet but if this changes we have alternatives in place. We would be able to change over to one of these alternates if a situation arose and, while it would delay production, said production would still be able to go forward.

Our $19,000 goal covers $5000 for tooling the steel injection molds, $6000 for an initial production run of both figures and their decal sheets, $1900 for Kickstarter fees, $2650 for taxes and other business fees, leaving $3450 for Kickstarter reward obligations (shipping fees, the reward sticker, production costs on 3d printed parts and hand-painted samples, etc.) and a small buffer in case of unanticipated costs. To ensure this would be viable we calculated said shipping costs on an assumption of reaching our goal with the least-efficient shipping-cost-per-unit reward tier.

While we really want the figures to be able to come with stickers for easy customization, this feature could be dropped to allow the project as a whole to continue in the case of financial setbacks.

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    16 backers

    Special Thanks - You get your name on www.bmogtoys.com and our eternal thanks. Every pledge level gets this reward.

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    4 backers

    Sticker - You get a special BMOG logo sticker!

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    4 backers

    Sticker & Wallpaper Set - You get a sticker and a set of 4 desktop wallpapers featuring BMOG character art. The wallpapers will be emailed out once the kickstarter completes, the stickers will ship with the rest of the materials.

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    6 backers

    You get the "Mantax" Manta Ray BMOG toy in the Kickstarter Exclusive color scheme plus the desktop wallpapers and the sticker.

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    19 backers

    You get the "Ursenal" Bear BMOG toy in the Kickstarter Exclusive color scheme plus the desktop wallpapers and the sticker.

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    You get both the "Ursenal" Bear and "Mantax" Manta Ray BMOG toys in the Kickstarter Exclusive color scheme plus the desktop wallpapers and the sticker.

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    141 backers

    You get both the "Ursenal" Bear and "Mantax" Manta Ray BMOG toys in both the Kickstarter Exclusive color scheme AND the first wave Black Retail color scheme, plus the desktop wallpapers and the sticker.

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    42 backers

    "Double Down" Set - Two sets of Ursenal and Mantax in the Kickstarter Exclusive color scheme and two sets in the Black Retail color scheme, plus the desktop wallpapers and the sticker. Perfect for building larger creations.

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    "Artmaster" Set - Geat all the rewards from the $90 tier plus a piece of signed, hand-drawn BMOG art from the design staff.

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    3 backers

    "Wild Bunch" - Four sets each of the Kickstarter Exclusive color and Black Retail color for Ursenal and Mantax, plus a piece of signed art from the design staff, a sticker and the desktop wallpapers.

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    6 backers Limited (4 left of 10)

    You get all the rewards from the $125 tier and you also get a one-of-a-kind BMOG with deco designed-and-hand-painted by action figure artist Rob “Cheets” Roberts. (Hand-painted figures only available with this specific tier)

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    1 backer Limited (5 left of 6)

    "Custom Accessory" - Everything in the $200 tier, plus Trent Troop will create a one-piece BMOG 5mm accessory based upon your description or drawing which will be 3d printed in a high-detail translucent plastic and sent with your other rewards. If we like the accessory, we could make it a part of a future BMOG set, in which case you would get a free copy of that set and credit as the part's designer. (Part limited to 4 cubic CM in volume, approximately the size of Mantax's battle axe component.)

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    3 backers Limited (1 left of 4)

    You get all the rewards from the $300 tier and your likeness appears as a human or humanoid alien character in an online BMOG promotional mini-comic (done in the style of classic 80s toy pack-in-comics).and you will be credited on the credits page of that comic.

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    You get all the rewards from the $500 tier, plus one of the BMOG prototypes used in pre-production, Each prototype is a unique figure in the development of the line testing various designs and processes and each comes with a signed letter of authenticity from the project lead.

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    You get to choose the color for a future release of Ursenal and Mantax, and will be consulted on character naming and decal design for the two characters. In addition to all the rewards from the $500 tier, you will be credited as co-designer of that color release and will receive two complementary copies of that figure upon its release. If we are unable to produce your color, we will have 2 custom-painted versions produced and sent to you to match your concept.*

    (The estimated delivery date applies to the rewards from the $500 tier and below. Production of your colorway may take an additional 6-12 months.)

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    BMOG Designer. You get all the rewards from the $500 tier. Most importantly, however, you get to co-design a future BMOG figure. The animal/combined form will be chosen from a list of your suggestions, you will be involved in the figure's design correspondence, take part in color selection, decal design and naming for the first release and get two complementary copies of your design. You will be credited as the character's creator and co-designer. If unforseen events prevent production, you will still receive two 3d printed prototypes of the design. (the estimated delivery date applies to the rewards from the $500 tier and below. Production of your design will take additional time. Designs deemed inappropriate or that infringe intellectual property rights will be vetoed in favor of other concepts.)

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Funding period

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