OK-- BIG news!!!
11/19-- So, I've decided to go ahead and give everyone the free print, regardless of whether we hit 15k or not. That's a gift for all of you from me, for your support and helping me make the goal. Screw the whole stretch goal thing. You guys deserve the print, so that will go to everyone who pledges. Furthermore, as a GREAT many of you have requested, I am also making the TIBURONERA HATCHLING an ADD-ON!
If you would like one of these tennis ball sized, hand cast resin pieces. Here's how this works. It's actually very simple, if you follow these three easy steps;
1) Click the "manage your pledge" button here on the page.
2) Increase your pledge by (not to) 50 dollars if you're in the US, or 65 dollars foreign (this includes shipping!) to claim the add on.
3) Save your pledge. Do NOT change the tier that you originally pledged at. I will see this on your backer report and automatically know that you want the add on. It's that easy!
AND to add the coolness factor here, these pieces will ship separately, LONG before the actual figures. I'll start making them right after the campaign is over and you'll have them in your hands right after the Holidays!!! How awesome is THAT?
From the dark depths of my imagination, crawls the TIBURONERA, which literally translated in Spanish, means; "one who hunts sharks".
It's my pleasure to bring you the SHARK HUNTER action figure! I designed this creature for my sophomore feature directorial effort "Shallow Water" and decided to make an action figure. Sculpted in the style of the 70's and 80's Kenner Star Wars figures, but with much more detail, like the current contemporary action figures. I consider it somewhat of a hybrid between the two-- a heartfelt tribute to the toys I loved and grew up playing with.
A little backstory...
I began my career as a creature FX artist in the late 80's at the Stan Winston Studio and in between film jobs I worked designing and sculpting action figures. This led to the birth of my own studio in the 90's focusing solely on toys and collectibles, working with Lucasfilm, Mezco, Toy Biz, DC Direct, and McFarlane Toys, to name a few.
During that time, I developed several of my own intellectual properties that I pitched as toy lines, video games and motion pictures. I eventually moved into directing short films and commercials, embarked on my filmmaking career, and the designs and maquettes for these very special projects all sat on a shelf in my studio, until now...
Well, it only took 20 years.
It's always been a dream for me to make action figures of my own creature designs, and the Shark Hunter represents the first figure I'll finally be independently producing myself. There are two versions of the figure available; The ORIGINAL TIBURONERA, with a detailed, creepy, realistic paint job and the bright green, semi-translucent, toxic terror; the ENVIRONMENTAL ERROR. You can pledge for your favorite or get them both. Each 3 3/4" articulated figure comes on a blister card with exciting and bold graphics from the film on the front and the back.
I will subsequently be producing several different variants and accessory packs, including a very unique and special one for the relaunch of the "Shallow Water" movie campaign, early next year. I also have a few cool ones in mind for tiers to unlock for stretch goals if we get that far. The semi translucent, toxic green ENVIRONMENTAL ERROR variant will be a limited edition figure, only available through this campaign. It will not be available anywhere or anytime after funding has ended.
This is just the beginning...
I have many other action figure ideas and concepts that I'd like to bring to you over the next few years, so this is where it starts-- a pretty simple and straightforward campaign, with a high quality product at an affordable price. Of course every package will come with stickers, postcards, etc... You know, the usual goodies and swag you guys always get with my Kickstarter deliverables.
Thanks so much for your continued support and stay tuned to the page for STRETCH GOALS and NEW REWARD TIERS to be unlocked! I have a few really cool things up my sleeve for this one. Stay tuned!
Update 11/13-- EVERYONE gets one of these!
Everyone will receive free of charge, a signed, limited edition print of one of the first sketches I ever did of the creature.
Risks and challenges
Getting an action figure (or anything for that matter) produced overseas, can be challenging. There are many factors involved that make up getting the item made correctly to your specifications, dealing with the factory, getting it shipped to the US, through customs, etc... I have a great team of people helping me with this aspect of the process who have done this many times, right here on Kickstarter as a matter of fact, with a great degree of success. I'm confident that together we can bring you an amazing product within the given time frame, that I'm sure you'll love.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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