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Tox City is the newest toy line from the brains of Jellykoe. Featuring 6 brand new characters, this line will be all handmade.
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In the battle of good vs. evil, everyone oozes.


We are Kelly and J. Spencer (aka Joey Volume).  We run the independent toy company Jellykoe.  We've been handmaking plush toys for 5 years. So far, we've been working on the WonkyDoll line, a group of misfits that all live together in the parallel universe Wonky World.  While we love all the characters we've created, as designers, we like to keep things fresh. While we considered developing a series 3 of our WonkyDolls, we decided that after 5 years of experience designing and making toys, we didn't want to just continue an existing toy line. We wanted to make a brand spanking new one. Our new plush line, Tox City, was born out of one fateful conversation on the streets of New York. That was 6 months ago. Since then, Joey has been hard at work creating new character designs. Kelly reviewed these designs and made adjustments to find ways to best create these suckers in all their three dimensional glory. The end result is our most cohesive and complex line to date.

We're so happy to present to you: Tox City. Tox City is the story of a thriving metropolis. One day, there was an explosion at the toxic waste plant which flooded the entire city with radioactive sludge, turning each and every citizen into mutated versions of themselves. Some of the mutants were good. They became the Cutetants. Others were rotten to the core. They're known as the Goozers. Both sides want to control Tox City, but who will win?

For our first Tox City series, we've created 6 brand new characters. Three Cutetants: Bushy Bat, Gillbert, and Furman. And then there's the three Goozers: HazRat, Pawley, and The Green Weedow.

We wanted to make this new line really special, so we're using lots of fur and vinyl accents as well as making their arms poseable. Many of the characters have their own special feature, and all of them have glow in the dark eyes.  

Over the years, we've worked hard to keep everything handmade and in house. With this in mind, starting a new toy line from scratch leaves us with a lot of upfront costs.  This kickstarter will allow us to have the inventory needed to be able to release the line completely in June 2014.

The funds will go to cover:

-yards of fur, vinyl, fleece, and screen printed cotton, glow in the dark thread, boxes upon boxes of stuffing, and all sewing supplies necessary to sew the first batch of plush

-an embroidery machine to be able to embroider the glow in the dark eyes directly onto the plush toy.

-custom designed hang tags that include the stats on each character and tush tags for all those cute plush bottoms.

-A Tox City banner and signage to help showcase the new line when it debuts in June 2014.

Production Timeline:

June 4-9- receive funds from kickstarter, order fabrics and supplies. $5, $20, and $35 painting rewards will be shipped out as soon as we receive funds.  We will contact anyone who has pledged an art commission reward individually to discuss specifics

June 16-20:  As soon as all materials arrive, we will begin production on plush.  We cut, sew, and stuff everything ourselves in our home studio, so Kelly will be sewing the plush on a daily basis.  The goal is to make all kickstarter rewards plus 10 of each plush to have for our first Tox City show.   All backers will be notified of progress and of any delays in production.

July 7-11: All plush and painting rewards will be sent out.

REWARDS:

Pledge $5 or more

A Tox City postcard, sticker, and button

Pledge $10 or more

Tox City comic book, postcard, sticker, and button

Pledge $20 or more

Limited edition print

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5 x 7 original "Goopy Goon series" painting by J. Spencer Shull. Examples shown.

Pledge $35 or more

Your choice of Cutetant: Bushy Bat, Gillbert, or Furman PLUS the Tox City comic, postcard, sticker, and button

Name: Bushy Bat
Alliance: Cutetant
Habitat: Mountain


Name: Gillbert
Alliance: Cutetant
Habitat: River


Name: Furman
Alliance: Cutetant
Habitat: Forest

Pledge $35 or more

Your choice of Goozer: The Green Weedow, HazRat, or Pawley PLUS the Tox City comic, postcard, sticker, and button

Name: The Green Weedow
Alliance: Goozer
Habitat: Garden

Name: HazRat
Alliance: Goozer
Habitat: Sewer 

Name: Pawley
Alliance: Goozer
Habitat: Forest

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Your choice of Tox City plush, the Tox City comic, limited edition print, postcard, sticker, and button

Pledge $70 or more

One Cutetant, one Goozer, the Tox City comic, postcard, sticker, and button

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12 x 16 Commission. original painting by J. Spencer Shull. Example shown.

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ALL THREE Cutetants, the Tox City comic, postcard, sticker, and button

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ALL THREE Goozers, the Tox City comic, postcard, sticker, and button

Pledge $200 or more

All SIX series one Tox City dolls, plus the Tox City comic, postcard, sticker, and button

Pledge $500 or more

 You get all 6 Tox City characters, all 10 Wonkydolls, and all 4 mini plushes. That's 20 toys coming to your front door. Instant Jellykoe collection. plus the Tox City comic, postcard, sticker, and button

Pledge $1,000 or more

A 24 x 48 original just for you. Truly a one of a kind piece! Example shown.

Pledge $2,000 or more

Kelly and J. Spencer Shull will fly to your city to personally meet you and take you out to an amazing dinner and a night on the town. They will hand deliver your full set of Jellykoe creations (all 20 toys from the TITAN OF TOY level) plus a limited edition art print, your own series of 3 matching Goopy Goon original paintings, and everything at the STARTER PACK level.

ADD ON:

$20: one t-shirt
$35: two t-shirts
 

We're glad to offer this exciting new add-on! Be one of the first to own your very own Tox City T-shirt! Here's how you add your t-shirt(s) to your pledge.

  • If you've already pledged, select "Manage Your Pledge" and increase your pledge by the add-on amount. Do not change the reward you've already selected.
  • If you're making a new pledge, select your pledge level and then add on the extra funds for the add-on
  • At the end of the campaign, a survey will be sent out to ask what the added funds were for, and this in this case, what size t-shirt(s) you'd like to have.
  • Feel free to message us if you have any questions about how to add an add-on to your pledge. Thanks so much!

STRETCH GOAL:

We are so excited about this! In the battle for Tox CIty, this could be a real game changer. There were actually 8 original designs we had for Tox City Series 1. One extra Cutetant and one extra Goozer. They're both super secret, and both ready to come out swinging. If we hit $5000, we will be able to unlock these additional characters. If you've pledged $100 for the 3 Cutetants, you will get the 4th Cutetant.  If you've pledged $100 for the 3 Goozers, you will get the 4th Goozer.  If you've pledged $200 to get all 6 toys, you will get all 8 plush toys! All higher levels will also include these super secret characters.

Risks and challenges

We don't forsee any major obstacles. Since we are making the plush ourselves, any delay will come from the materials being shipped. We will keep everyone in the loop on how things are coming along, and if we have to switch fabric suppliers to move things along, we will.

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    STARTER PACK: full color Tox City comic book, postcard, sticker, and 2 buttons.

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    Limited edition print. 8 x 10 inches of gloss cardstock goodness. This print will only be available through this Kickstarter.

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    HERO: Your choice of Cutetant: Bushy Bat, Furman, or Gillbert PLUS everything at the STARTER PACK level. Your mother raised you right. Root for the good guys.

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    VILLAIN: Your choice of Goozer: The Green Weedow, HazRat, or Pawley PLUS everything at the STARTER PACK level. You're bad to the bone and not afraid to show it.

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    GOOPY GOON: 5 x 7 original "Goopy Goon series" painting by J. Spencer Shull. Acrylic paint on canvas. Wired and ready to hang. These drippy dudes will fill the toxic void in your heart.

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    ART LOVER: Your choice of Tox City plush, the limited edition print, and everything at the STARTER PACK level. You love toys. You love art. You rock!

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    VERSUS: One Cutetant of your choice, one Goozer of your choice, the Tox City comic, postcard, sticker, and buttons. Let the battle begin in your living room! Who wins? You decide.

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    EVIL STREAK: ALL THREE Goozers and everything at the STARTER PACK level. I bet the principal caught you smoking in the bathroom. Whatever. Being bad feels so good.

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    ART PARTY: 12 x 16 Commission.
    original painting by J. Spencer Shull. You decide. It could be your favorite Tox City character, your great Aunt, or you body slamming somebody from the top ropes. Hit me with your best shot.

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    GOODY TWO SHOES: ALL THREE Cutetants and everything in the STARTER PACK level. You're so good, you're probably helping an old lady across the street right this second.

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    KING OF COLLECTORS: All SIX series one Tox City plush, plus everything at the STARTER PACK level. You don't want to settle for one or two, you want them all. Oh the fun you will have with your new radioactive friends!

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    TITAN OF TOY: You love the new Tox City line and want it all, but you also love all the previous series 2 Wonkydolls and our mini plush Debbles, and you know they won't be sticking around for much longer, so this is your chance to nab them. You get all 6 Tox City characters, all 10 Wonkydolls, and all 4 mini plushes. That's 20 toys coming to your front door. Instant Jellykoe collection. Not to mention everything at the STARTER PACK level and our undying love.

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    ART COMA: 12 x 16 commission? That's nothing. You got some extra wall space you gotta fill. J. Spencer Shull will hold a personal Skype session with you where you will work together to develop an idea for an original painting of epic cartoon craziness. We're talking a 24 x 48 original just for you, designed with the man himself. Truly a one of a kind piece!

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    MAYOR OF TOX CITY: Kelly and J. Spencer Shull will fly to your city to personally meet you and take you out to an amazing dinner and a night on the town. They will hand deliver your full set of Jellykoe creations (all 20 toys from the TITAN OF TOY level) plus a limited edition art print, your own series of 3 matching Goopy Goon original paintings, and everything at the STARTER PACK level. You'll be able to pick the brains of the designers themselves. And to top it off, we're total foodies so you know this meal is going to be stellar. We cover all our air travel and hotel as well as the meal and any fun voyages after. You just show up for a night of being showered with adoration for being the awesome human being that you are. You will go down in Tox City history!

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