A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
You asked for them, and they're finally here! Game developer Orange Juice's (100% Orange Juice, SUGURI, Sora, QP Shooting, Flying Red Barrel) character plushies have been a much-requested item for a long time, and we're excited to now have a chance to make them into reality!
At Fruitbat Factory, we try to keep our ear to the ground and deliver what the users want. After extensive research and polling user preferences, we have prototyped two plushies for production: Marie Poppo from the popular online board game 100% Orange Juice, and Suguri from the SUGURI video game series (and also from 100% Orange Juice)!
UPDATE: Sora, Star Breaker, QP and Hime plushies have been unlocked as well!
It became clear in our polling that while there is a demand for character plushies, they also need to be delivered at a low price point to be successful. Since a small production would be too expensive per unit, we need to produce a rather large batch of them - which in turn means a high pre-production cost and large financial risks. That's why we ended up turning to Kickstarter as the most reasonable platform for their production.
About the Plush Toys
The original plush toy designs are created by the original character artist, Hono from Orange Juice, for this campaign. We are currently partnered with the U.S.-based Symbiote Studios for the production of the plushies.
The plush toys will be approximately 10 inches (25cm) tall. They have been designed to sit upright on their own without support.
The Gallery has the first pictures of the plushie samples. Please note that these prototypes are not final products, and there may be differences to the final product. The rewards will be manufactured using these samples as the prototype, but employing different processes - for example the sample hair has some visible issues stemming from manual production, but during production, the final fabric will be made with a professional die cut machine to keep it together smoothly.
We are funded!
The Kickstarter campaign goal of $13,000 will cover the initial production cost of the minimum number of Marie Poppo and Suguri plushies and allows us to scale the production to demand. This allows us to manage the risk of such a big order. The plushies will be produced solely based on the Kickstarter orders, and possible leftover stock will be made available from our online store afterwards for the estimated retail price of $40 per unit.
We are also making additional characters available as stretch goals at price points that allow us to cover their initial production cost! All the rewards allow you to choose any combination of plushies you want, so if stretch goals are met, those new characters will be available for your selection after the campaign, as well. More on the stretch goals in the next section!
$17.000 Hyper Cards - UNLOCKED! A physical print of their Hyper Card from 100% Orange Juice will be added as a free bonus to each plushie!
$25.000 Unit Cards - UNLOCKED! A physical print of the character's Unit Card from 100% Orange Juice will be added as a free bonus to each plushie, with special new art by Hono!
$33.000 Poppo's Stolen Star - UNLOCKED! - An approximately 3 cm plush star will be discreetly placed in each Poppo plushie's shirt pocket as a free bonus.
$55.000 The Fuse Is Lit - UNLOCKED! An approximately 4 cm plush Bomb will be added as a free bonus to all Star Breaker plushies for her to wreak soft havoc with!
$65.000 QP's Little Helper - UNLOCKED! An approximately 4 cm Rbit plushie will accompany QP on her quest for pudding!
$73.000 Zapping it! - If this goal is met, a small plushie Zapper sword will be added as a free bonus for Sora to wield with her soft plush hands!
$81.000 Binding Chains - If this goal is met, every Hime plushie will come with a pair of small blue and red chains!
$89.000 Acceleration of Suguri - If this final goal is met, every Suguri plush will be upgraded with an attachable Accelerator device shaped like a pair of wings!
You can freely nominate any unlocked characters as your selection at the end of the campaign, without needing to change tiers.
The more funding is raised, the more characters will receive their own ultra-cute plushies!
One more plushie!
If you wish to receive an additional plushie (or two) in your tier, simply add the following to your pledge:
$50 - 1 plushie ($36+$14 for shipping)
$90 - 2 plushies ($70+$20 for shipping).
Plushies confirmed for production:
We will confirm add-on contents in the survey after the campaign is finished.
The initial production cost for the minimum amount of plushies will be approximately $8.000. Since the price point of the plushies is relatively low and shipping is included in the amount raised on Kickstarter, it raises our goal accordingly. The exact amount we can put toward the production depends on the tiers all of you back (we especially recommend the double plushie pack for the cheapest shipping!).
The estimate that enables us to produce these goods is as follows:
We expect the production of the plushies to take up to two months from the campaign ending, and full delivery to take a total of 3-4 months.
If additional character designs are funded via this campaign, and you pledge for several plushies including a new design, they will all be shipped together in Wave 2 after new models are complete. If you wish to receive the plushies separately, it increases the shipping cost to the regular $15 per plushie - message us to change the shipping method.
We are working together with Interweave Productions, LLC. on the U.S. based operations of the campaign.
Shipping and Handling
The shipping cost will be $15 per unit to anywhere in the world, with a double pack containing 2 plushies costing $20 to ship. For the 1-plushie tier, we cover $1 of the shipping cost to bring the price of the pledge down to a round $50.
The shipping cost also includes handling fees - our Kickstarter campaign has been calculated to raise the exact minimum to cover everything from production to shipping and handling at no profit to ourselves.
Unfortunately, due to import laws and customs, WE CAN NOT SHIP TO: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Afghanistan, as well as active war zones.
As the funding has been met and thus the production guaranteed, we have added the option to pledge via PayPal. You can do so on our homepage here:
Note that we will confirm PayPal pledgers' character selections by e-mail at the end of the campaign, so if you use this option, make sure to use a valid and active e-mail account.
Although impractical to track in real time, we will consider possible PayPal pledges toward stretch goals at the end of the campaign to see if extra milestones can be reached.
If you are a retailer who would like to sell a large number of the plushies, please message us regarding bulk orders and redistribution.
Risks and challenges
After a successful Kickstarter campaign for the visual novel "Chuusotsu - 1st Graduation" in 2017, we have a fairly good idea of how the system works. Based on what we learned from that campaign, we've striven to make this campaign as simple as possible. We have already negotiated the production of plushies and received samples of them to confirm the quality.
The most likely risk save for Acts of God is an unforeseen delay in production or shipping, followed by the need to change manufacturers in the middle of the process, which could create more significant delays.