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The private moment of a squatting dog captured for eternity in a colorful figurine made of Sofubi in Japan
The private moment of a squatting dog captured for eternity in a colorful figurine made of Sofubi in Japan
187 backers pledged $24,844 to help bring this project to life.

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It all started with the simple idea of wanting to design something for myself. I wanted to create something that could make people smile and could never be found anywhere else and I'd feel I had truly achieved my aim when people would think this is just too cute. My concept is to capture the squatting action of a dog and freeze-frame it in colorful Sofubi, a soft Japanese vinyl material.

I used to have a Shiba dog when I was a kid. I think his squatting pose is the cutest and most touching memory I have kept of my dog.

Sakura, Oct 1984 - Dec 2000
Sakura, Oct 1984 - Dec 2000

I really wanted this figurine to be made in Sofubi - a typical material in Japanese craft culture - because of the lifelike qualities of this wonderful material. Sofubi figurines that were made in the Showa era, in the 50s and 60s are still cherished today because they don't deteriorate over time and they remain malleable to the touch. I think Sofubi is quite emblematic of the Japanese craft culture.

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I'd like to share with everybody in the world my Squatting Dog and this is why we decided to come to Kickstarter. This project was started from scratch and it took one year and a half to move from the concept stage to design and finally the production-ready clay mold we have now. We need your support to make this Squatting Dog and make it famous worldwide. Regardless of languages and cultures, everybody has witnessed a Squatting Dog at lest once in their life and it never fails to put a smile on people's faces. At this stage, we already have the prototypes you have seen in the video, and our goal is to raise enough money to start production of the actual figurines and cover basic costs such as shipping and Kisckstarter's fees. Like our Squatting Dog, our project team has its feet planted firmly on the ground. Thanks a lot for your support!

I made a point of not naming or identifying the Squatting Dog because I would like you to think of it as your own pet, not just a toy figurine. I would like all owners to name their Squatting Dog and create their own stories about his or her background. But the only starting point I can give you is that your Squatting Dog was made and born in Japan.

Why made and born in Japan? Right now, it cannot be made anywhere else. The texture of the material, the facial expression, the precise and intricate composition necessary to achieve the perfect balance between the four legs, the fine detailing of every squatting muscles all require the technical expertise only found in Japan.

Also, the beautiful warm colors are made possible because Japanese Sofubi is used. The Squatting Dog looks like it could come alive at any moment. An original Japanese production method called slush molding was used in the manufacturing process, and it requires an excellent technical skill. A metallic mold is used and the body of the Squatting Dog is split into 3 parts in order to obtain the perfect balance for the 4 feet at the base. We selected simple colors to give our Squatting Dog a cool, cute and artistic look.

The Squatting Dogs used in the videos are cast copies of working prototypes made of polyurethane. The actual finished product will be made of Sofubi, a soft vinyl also known as polyvinyl chloride, and will be mass produced following the manufacturing process already described above. The texture and the coloring will be much warmer compared to the prototypes, and even the collar is attached to it. All of the Squatting Dogs are engraved with the original mark for Kickstarter “Thank you” and “♡” to express our gratitude.

It is a soft vinyl developed in Japan and used in molding toy figurines. It's quite light and pliable because of the microscopic air holes inside.In the Showa Era in Japan, in the 1960s, Sofubi figurines of monsters and manga heroes were a huge hit among children. Many people are now remembering with nostalgia the warm texture and the many bright colors of Sofubi figurines. Nowadays, it's popular with creative artists abroad. Japanese Sofubi figurines are manufactured by using an original Japanese method called slush molding, which gives excellent detailing. They are mainly produced in the Katsushika neighborhood in Tokyo and they have become popular all over the world.

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*When we meet our goal and are ready to ship the item, we will contact to ask you which color(s) you would like. Or please let us know your color preference from "Ask a Question" section. 

Risks and challenges

- Delivery date
We will try our best to keep our production lead time on schedule but delays may occur during the manufacturing process for the mold.
Of course, backers will be kept informed if and when delays happen.

- Balance
Our Squatting Dog is designed to stand up by itself unassisted, but if the balance of the finished product is deemed to be unsatisfactory, a stand will be supplied.

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    2 logo stickers of “Squatting Dog” in English and Japanese. It will be sent via Japan Post Small Packet without tracking.

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    A set of 5 postcards (Photos of the Squatting Dog) and 2 logo stickers. It will be sent via Japan Post Small Packet without tracking.

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    1 Squatting dog logo T-shirt (in Japanese) *Only one size available. It will be sent via Japan Post Small Packet without tracking.

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    Choose 1 Squatting Dogs from the following 4 colors (Ninja Black, Fujiyama White, Kawaii Pink, Kawaii Green).
    They are all engraved with the original mark for Kickstarter.
    It will be sent via Japan Post International ePacket with tracking. (excluding some areas)

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    1 of the Kickstarter original Geisha Gold Squatting Dogs. (Only 100 available)
    They are all engraved with the original mark for Kickstarter.
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    Choose 2 Squatting Dogs from the following 4 colors (Ninja Black, Fujiyama White, Kawaii Pink, Kawaii Green).
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    Pledge $170 or more About $170

    Choose 3 Squatting Dogs from the following 4 colors (Ninja Black, Fujiyama White, Kawaii Pink, Kawaii Green).
    They are all engraved with the original mark for Kickstarter.
    It will be sent via Japan Post International ePacket with tracking. (excluding some areas)
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    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    4 Squatting Dogs in 4 colors (Ninja Black, Fujiyama White, Kawaii Pink, Kawaii Green).
    They are all engraved with the original mark for Kickstarter.
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    Pledge $320 or more About $320

    5 Squatting Dogs in all 5 colors (Geisha Gold, Ninja Black, Fujiyama White, Kawaii Pink, Kawaii Green).
    They are all engraved with the original mark for Kickstarter.
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    Pledge $3,000 or more About $3,000

    It is still a turning point at this moment, but currently a lot of people have supported $10,000 total for our project.
    Thank you very much for your support!
    To celebrate it, we added 2 more valuable reward options to make this project successful.

    Squatting Dogs x 50
    - 10 x Geisha Gold
    - 40 x any color selection from Kawaii Pink, Kawaii Green, Fujiyama White, Ninja Black. (Any color combinations)

    #2 - $5000 (Squatting Dogs x 100) - 20 x Geisha Gold - 80 x any color selection from Kawaii Pink, Kawaii Green, Fujiyama White, Ninja Black. (Any color combinations)

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    Pledge $5,500 or more About $5,500

    It is still a turning point at this moment, but currently a lot of people have supported $10,000 total for our project.
    Thank you very much for your support!
    To celebrate it, we added 2 more valuable reward options to make this project successful.

    Squatting Dogs x 100
    - 20 x Geisha Gold
    - 80 x any color selection from Kawaii Pink, Kawaii Green, Fujiyama White, Ninja Black. (Any color combinations)

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Funding period

- (36 days)