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Buff Monster's vintage-style trading cards/stickers called The Melty Misfits are back for a third series!
327 backers pledged $39,528 to help bring this project to life.

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Series 1 and 2 have been great successes and now it’s time for Series 3! That’s right, after we far-exceeded our Kickstarter goal a few years ago, we’re back! We’ve already created 71 Melty Misfits characters and we can’t wait to create at least 40 new ones. We’ll use the same custom-made sticker paper and old-school printing presses to create a new set that feels nice and nostalgic. Naturally, we’re exploring some cool new printing processes and those always take a lot of time and money! 

The Melty Misfits is a set of vintage-style trading cards/stickers created by artist Buff Monster and produced by Sidekick Labs. The cards are offset printed using custom-mixed inks on custom-made sticker stock, kiss-cut and packaged in a vintage-style wax wrapper (each one is folded and sealed by hand, one at a time!). And you’ll find a variety of special inserts (read about those below!). We’ve actually created 5 different versions of The Melty Misfits over the last 5 years:
2012: Series 1 of The Melty Misfits
2013: The Sundae Gang (the Japanese version)
2014: The Metal Misfits
2014: Series 2 of The Melty Misfits
2017: Heladitos (the Spanish version) 

The giant press that the cards are printed on.
The giant press that the cards are printed on.

 

Hand-mixing the ink for the wrappers.
Hand-mixing the ink for the wrappers.

 

Left: kiss-cutting the cards. Right: cutting down sheets of sketch cards.
Left: kiss-cutting the cards. Right: cutting down sheets of sketch cards.

 

The old press used to print the wrappers.
The old press used to print the wrappers.

 

Always checking to make sure that they're printing correctly!
Always checking to make sure that they're printing correctly!

 

The 41 original paintings created for Series 2.
The 41 original paintings created for Series 2.

The NEW art process: Every stage of this process (painting, pre-press, printing, packaging) is incredibly more time-intensive than you may already know (check out the Series 2 Kickstarter for more info!). We always examine the old school way, and then we see what’s possible today. When it comes to making the artwork, I feel that we’ve fully honored the old school by hand-painting 71 Melty Misifts characters. So with this new series, I’m going to be creating all the artwork digitally (with Procreate on an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil). This will allow me to create layered files (which is a big help for some of the cool new types of cards I want to do) and will save the time it takes to photograph and touch-up the pieces. I’ll still be drawing the tight pencils by hand (see below!). 

 A little more info about some of the inserts (all images are from the second series): 

Cards: We call them trading cards, but they’re actually stickers! And we’re not messing around—this sticker paper is custom-made for us, to our exact specifications. 

a/b versions: There are two cards featuring each character. The base set includes all the (a) and (b) versions for a total of 80 cards. 

Variation cards: If you look really closely at your favorite trading cards, you’ll find little variations on different pieces of the same card. We add some of those in for extra fun! These also have different back designs too!  

Signed cards: We leave the backs blank on several sheets of stickers so I can sign ‘em! Since the fronts are the same, you always gotta flip your cards over! 

Sketch cards: Blank-back cards printed on extra thick stock. Perfect for a sweet little pencil sketch! 

Error cards: I love the errors! We ask the printer to mess around with a few sheets. Colors are intentionally printed off-register, colors are left off, art from the back is printed on the fronts, and so on. The results are always unexpected, and always interesting. 

Foil cards: The same designs printed on rainbow foil paper. So nice! So shiny! And so hard to photograph! We put reproductions of the tight pencil sketches on the backs. Sweet! (Just like last time, these are a stretch goal).

Golden Ticket: For Series 1 we made 1, for Series 2 we made 2, so now let’s make 3! These are super duper rare, but they’ll get you something really awesome! 

New Characters for Series 3! Here are just a few tight pencil drawings for Series 3. Once you pledge, you’ll get emails with photos of more of these guys! 

Together we can make the Series 3 dream a reality! Check out all the rewards below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out how the new art for Series 3 looks all framed up!
Check out how the new art for Series 3 looks all framed up!

 

If you'd like an add-on, select the reward level you'd like, and then increase your pledge amount by the amount of the add-ons you'd like. So if you want a complete set ($40) and a small toy ($30) select the "Complete Set" reward level and pledge $70. At the end of the campaign, we'll send out a survey and you can tell us what you'd like for the extra money you pledged. Thanks!

 

For the first time, we're making a variation of the display box. Every full box ordered via the Ultimate Master Set or as an add-on will come with a special Kickstarter-Exclusive box! It's going to be sweet!
For the first time, we're making a variation of the display box. Every full box ordered via the Ultimate Master Set or as an add-on will come with a special Kickstarter-Exclusive box! It's going to be sweet!

 

Get a box of the Spanish set at a discount!
Get a box of the Spanish set at a discount!

 

Some VERY LIMITED items from the archive, plus a brand new colorway of Double Heather!
Some VERY LIMITED items from the archive, plus a brand new colorway of Double Heather!

IMPORTANT: Please leave a comment on Kickstarter saying which item you're pledging for so we can keep track of these very limited items before it ends. And please, just one of each item per person. Thanks!

 

 

The original painting for Splits Fitz / Divided Ivan from Series 2. Sweet!
The original painting for Splits Fitz / Divided Ivan from Series 2. Sweet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

We’ve also signed on with Crowd Ox for the survey process! Let’s say you want 2 complete sets, or you want a second framed piece of Series 3 art, or you want an extra Ultimate Master Set for a Christmas present. Well now you can! We planned all the rewards very carefully, but you can only select one set of rewards. This changes that. So at the end of the Kickstarter campaign, you’ll get an email to fill out a survey. This is where you tell us which specific add-ons you want, and your shipping address. Anything you order at that point will be added to your order and ship with your other Series 3 goodies! Sweet!

Risks and challenges

We’ve done this 5 times before, so we know what we’re doing. Naturally, we rely on a bunch of vendors to get the very specific materials that we require. If something happens to one of these vendors, we might be delayed. We’ll do our best to stick to our production schedule and you’ll get plenty of updates along the way. With this campaign, we really want to get others involved so we can share the old-school printing processes we use and to make the biggest and best series of trading cards that we can.

If you’d like to get some of Series 2 or the Heladitos for your collection or to see the quality of the finished product, you may order them at StayMelty.com. Thanks!

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    Two Packs

    You’ll receive two vintage-style wax packs of The Melty Misfits Series 3. Relive your childhood with these! You’ll get 14 cards, and you might even get some rare inserts in there.

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    Complete Variation Set

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    Complete Set + Sketch

    Get the complete base set in a custom box, along with the 8 or more variation cards. You’ll have one of every character in every variation, and you’ll also receive an original Sketch card (hand-drawn by Buff Monster). The colors and/or design printed on the back of the cards will be exclusive to Kickstarter.

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    Mini Master Set

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    Master Set

    You want it all, and you want some place to put it? Done! The Mini Master Set along with 1 flat unfolded and unwaxed wrapper, and a vintage-style puffy binder (with card sleeves) to hold everything in. You won’t get this flat wrapper or this binder anywhere else!

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    You really want it all? The Master Set along with an unopened display box. This vintage-style box holds 24 packs (7 cards per pack). Every box has a complete base set, 2 signed cards, 2 error cards, the in-store poster, and a 4-card uncut sheet. That’s a lot of stuff!

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    Original Artwork

    You want it all, and a piece of art? Good choice! You get to choose a one-of-a-kind giclee print of one of the new characters. Comes signed (with a COA), framed and ready to hang. You’ll also get the two cards (a+b) that feature that artwork. The first person to select this reward gets first choice; second person gets second choice, and so on (including anyone who selects a Factory Tour pledge).

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    An Afternoon with Buff

    You want it all, and then some? This is the pledge level for you. Get the Ultimate Master Set, AND spend the afternoon with Buff. You’ll get lunch, an opportunity to see Buff’s studio and GPK collection, and then take a tour around NYC to Buff’s favorite ice cream spots. Sweet! (Will happen in or around August 2018; travel expenses not included).

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    Series 2 Painting: Splits Fitz

    The original painting that Buff Monster created for “Splits Fitz / Divided Ivan” in the second series of The Melty Misfits. Painted with acrylic paint on quality watercolor paper and signed on the back. The piece is 5x7 inches and comes framed (finished size is 8x10 inches). Also includes one (a) + one (b) card that features the art. This is a great addition to any Buff Monster collection! And comes with the Ultimate Master Set!

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    Factory Tour

    You want it all, and to see how it’s done? You get the Ultimate Master Set and a framed unique giclee print, and a tour of the printing plant in Vermont. Accompany Buff Monster (sometime around June or July 2018) on a tour of the plant and leave with a bunch of cool stuff that usually never leaves the factory. Most people don’t even know some of this stuff exists. Lunch and/or dinner is included; transportation and lodging in Vermont is not included.

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