About this project
Did you know that Mythical creatures make the cuddliest companions? It's true! But only if you can get your hands on one. These elusive creatures may be hard to come by, but who among us HASN'T wanted to snuggle Cthulhu? Or pet a Yeti? Well now it’s possible with The Mythicals, Monster Factory’s new line of plush toys launched exclusively through Kickstarter.
Thanks to our great backers we've unlocked four stretch goals!!! Character names and write ups will be posted before the end of the campaign so that everyone can meet them before they select which ones to take home.
As a thank you to our terrific backers, Mythical rewards ($47 and up) will now include one free mini Lois!!!
*Apologies to international backers, but this stretch goal is limited to North American orders as international shipping rates proved too prohibitive.
The Mythicals are approximately 10 inches tall (except for 15 inch Giant Cthulhu) and made of a soft, high quality micro polar fleece. These collectible plush toys will be made in Canada. Each Mythical features a special edition Kickstarter label and a hangtag displaying his or her name and hilarious personality that will be signed by one of the creators.
Monster Factory has been making our own brand of adorable plush monsters for almost a decade. And now we’d like to introduce a new line of made-in-Canada toys, based on some of the world's most beloved Mythical beasts! This idea has been brewing for years, and we just can’t shake it. Neither can our fans, who have made many requests over the years to see their favorite, famous beasts in plush form; so we created The Mythicals!
We’ve spent numerous lunch-hours and coffee breaks discussing what their personalities might be, and have used whatever spare time we can muster to design and prototype six mythical creatures, three of which will be unlocked with our Stretch Goals. The result is better than we could have hoped for. We believe that The Mythicals deserve to be more than just a concept. The Mythicals deserve to come to life!
We know from experience that producing stuffed toys is a costly and time-consuming process. Quite simply, we're a small operation. We don't have the manpower to launch a whole new line of made-in-Canada toys, while still maintaining our original toy line. And that’s where Kickstarter comes in. With your help, we will be able to purchase materials, hire local contractors to digitize patterns, cut fabric, sew the toys, and finally, to hire the extra specialized team to hand stuff and stitch up the toys. If we meet our funding goal we'll launch this line exclusively with Kickstarter!
For us the process of creating monsters has always been a collaborative one. It begins when a monster is first conceived of — in a sketchbook, on a on a scrap of pattern paper, or even only as a half-formed idea. A prototype is then designed and mocked up using a soft, high quality micro polar fleece. This is when our monster's quirky facial expressions and postures are perfected. And hopefully we can even manage to finalize the colours (which are always a matter for debate).
Meanwhile, other members of the team work on developing character and backstory. What’s this monster’s name? What are some of his favorite things? What really irks her? How would his friends describe him? We believe that putting this extra effort into our monsters — both physically and in their personalities — really adds the sort of character that makes people so fond of our brand.
Reward selections will be confirmed once the project ends. Rewards which entitle backers to multiple Mythicals can be redeemed using any combination of the characters, including multiples of the same character and/or any characters unlocked as stretch goals.
Please keep in mind that due to the large size of these toys shipping cost are unavoidably high. However, all rewards below include shipping to anywhere in Canada or the United States.
Giant Cthulhu has been unlocked! There's just one small trick: you can only make one pledge, but adding so many new pledge levels to include him would be a little crazy. So, if you have already pledged and would like to add this big fellow to your pledge please change the amount by adding $90, rather than re-pledging (see chart below). If you ONLY want Giant Cthulhu, please pledge as you normally would.
Note: The chart above does not include international shipping rates.
Mini Colin and Todd are two of the best selling monsters from our retail line. They are approximately 5 inches tall and retail for $12.95. We're glad to offer them as part of our rewards and Early Bird specials, as they make ideal companions for our Mythical characters (and backers, too!). Please note that the minis are not Studio Edition monsters.
With a focus on clean, simple designs, quality materials, and character development, the Monster Factory creates visually appealing toys that engage the imagination.
Over the past 10 years, the Monster Factory has grown from a modest, living room operation to a full-fledged design studio. Our small but dedicated team comes from a variety of creative backgrounds… ones that are mostly unrelated to toys! From architecture to design, film to fashion, every member of the Monster Factory team brings with them a unique creative voice.
The Monster Factory team is so excited to get this project off the ground. We're really proud of this new line and we really appreciate all of the encouragement and involvement we've gotten from our fans. Thank you for your support and generous contributions.
Now let's make this happen!
Risks and challenges
The Monster Factory is fully equipped to deliver your plush toys with almost 10 years of toy-making experience. We understand the process of creating and manufacturing plush toys from start to finish.
Since our studio is working in conjunction with a local contractor here in Toronto, we'll be able to monitor the quality during the production process and make sure that deadlines are being met. We have regularly used this contractor in past and have an excellent working relationship with them. We know they are reliable and capable of making our toys.
Having said all this, there is always the possibility of unforeseeable delays. We will do our best to resolve them as quickly as possible and make sure our backers are updated throughout the process.
To date, we have completed the final prototypes and have sourced the fabrics and other materials. The contractor is lined up and we are ready to go. We just need you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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