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$5,640 pledged of $13,000 goal
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By Beau Cunnyngham
$5,640 pledged of $13,000 goal
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About

Do you still dream of your childhood, spending hours playing in the dirt with those green army men?  Plastic toy soldiers have been a staple among childhood toys since the 1950's, booming in the 60's and 70's, only to be phased out with the advent of video games and action figures.

The Marx Alamo and soldiers, 1963
The Marx Alamo and soldiers, 1963

We specialize in letting you relive your childhood by producing top quality plastic toy soldiers.  These are not the cheap dollar store army men you've grown accustom to, but rather miniature works of art.

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New Plastic Union Infantry

These new Civil War Union Infantry poses are just the beginning of what we want to do with our company.  These are going to portray troops in the Western Theater of the war.  Every bag will contain 8 finely sculpted figures in 4 different poses in 1/32 scale, also known as 54mm.  All of the uniforms and equipment have been researched down the finest details.  We will not compromise on getting every detail correct, and each figure will come in high quality, durable injection molded plastic, with our company name and date stamped on the base.

New Union Infantry Prototype Pose #1
New Union Infantry Prototype Pose #1
New Union Infantry Prototype Pose #2
New Union Infantry Prototype Pose #2
Union Infantry, Pose #3.
Union Infantry, Pose #3.

What you see above are the not the finished products, but rather prototypes that still need some adjusting.  The finished product will come bagged, with two of each pose.  They will be manufactured in a soft plastic in both light blue and gray, so that they can work as either Union or Confederate.  They are going to be color and size matched to other major manufacturers so that you can use them right alongside other soldiers in your collection.

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Kickstarter Exclusive Figure

By pledging to this Kickstarter campaign at CORPORAL level or higher, you will also get an exclusive figure that will ONLY be available to those who pledge.  

Exclusive Kickstarter ONLY pose
Exclusive Kickstarter ONLY pose

THIS FIGURE WILL NEVER AGAIN BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE.  All extras will be destroyed at the end of this campaign.  I'm doing this to really entice people to pledge, and to really get something collectible out of it.  Each bag will come with two (2) of the exclusive figures.  So instead of only getting six (6) figures in a set, you'll get eight (8).  Again, and I want to make it very clear, ONCE THIS KICKSTARTER ENDS, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PURCHASE ONE OF THESE FIGURES except for what might show up on the secondary market.  These will be done in the same quality injection molded plastic as the other figures.

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Confederate Infantry

Our first set, as many collectors know, focused on a Tennessee Regiment during the American Civil War.  The finely sculpted figures were specially created to capture the uniform and weapons used by southern soldiers in the western theater of the war between the states.

Confederate Infantry
Confederate Infantry

Every bag contains 12 figures in 6 poses, along with a couple of extra rifles.  These will also be included as rewards with your pledge.

Plastic Confederate Infantry
Plastic Confederate Infantry

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Pledge Levels

If you choose to pledge, we will reward you handsomely for your patronage.  Below are the different levels of pledges.  The more you pledge, the more savings you will receive.

  For the Private Pledge Level you will receive:

  • Our sincerest thanks, and an acknowledgement on our website.


For the Corporal Pledge Level you will Receive:

  • Our sincerest thanks, and an acknowledgement on our website
  • 3 bags of our NEW plastic Union Infantry
  • 2 Exclusive Kickstarter ONLY figures included in each bag of Union Infantry
  • A total of 24 figures  

For the Sergeant Pledge Level you will Receive:

  • Our sincerest thanks, and an acknowledgement on our website
  • 3 bags of our NEW plastic Union Infantry
  • 2 Exclusive Kickstarter ONLY figures included in each bag of Union Infantry
  • 3 bags of our plastic Confederate Infantry
  • A total of 60 figures

For the Lieutenant Pledge Level you will Receive:

  • Our sincerest thanks, and an acknowledgement on our website
  • 6 bags of our NEW plastic Union Infantry
  • 2 Exclusive Kickstarter ONLY figures in each bag of Union Infantry
  • 6 bags of our plastic Confederate Infantry
  • 1 unpainted metal Union Infantry figure (pose #2)
  • A total of 121 figures


For the Captain Pledge Level you will Receive:

  • Our sincerest thanks, and an acknowledgement on our website
  • 8 bags of our NEW plastic Union Infantry
  • 2 Exclusive Kickstarter ONLY figures in each bag of Union Infantry
  • 8 bags of our plastic Confederate Infantry
  • 1 unpainted metal Union Infantry figure (pose #2)
  • Your name on the back of every header card as a way to say "Thanks!"
  • 1 random Factory Test Shot Union Infantry figure (delivered well before actual production)
  • This level limited to 16 people!!!
  • A total of 162 figures

*Please note that the Factory Test Shot Figure will be completely randomized.  We get very few of these from the factory.  Also, they will be done in an odd colored plastic, and possibly in an inferior quality of plastic.  They may also not represent the final pose.  But there will never be anymore released.

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Project Breakdown

Here are the associated costs of production, and why we set our goal at $13,000

Sculpting - $4,000

Molding - $4,800

Production - $2,000

Short Run Penalty - $500

Importing and Inland Shipping - $1,100

Customs and Safety Testing - $350

Metal Production - $200

Fees - $1,100

Total = $14,050

This is a labor of love for us.  I've grown up with Toy Soldiers, collected since I was a young adult, and made many friends as a result of this hobby.  All I want to do is give back and add what I can.  Profit is not a concern for us.  If we reach our goal, we'll be happy to invest whatever costs remain.

Production Time

Since we've done this before, we can be fairly certain in our approximations of how long this project will take to complete once successfully funded.

Sculpting - Already completed, except for a few minor changes

Molding and Test Shots - June-July 2013, depending on how far back on the wait list we are at the factory.  We're a small order, so no guarantee they'll be in any hurry to get to us.

Figures Cast and Bagged - Feb, 14 - Mar, 14.  This is what the factory has told me is the projected wait time.  This may fluctuate, depending on a variety of different factors.

Arriving in the United States - Apr, 14 - May,14.  Overseas shipping and getting through customs can be a real trial.  There is every possibility that they could get grabbed and put into a warehouse somewhere to await further inspection.

Shipped to Backers - May, 14 - Jun, 14.  Assuming this project is successful, it's going to take a bit of time to organize and ship everything out to everyone.  Good thing my local Post Office employees likes me!

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Stretch Goals

Stretch Goals are met when pledges go to a certain level above the requested amount.  These are extras bonuses that we pass along to our backers for free!  The higher they go, the more bonuses I can give to backers!

Stretch Goal of $18,000

Pose #5, First Stretch Goal
Pose #5, First Stretch Goal

We will add this pose to the set of New Union Infantry for FREE, which will increase the bag to 10 figures in 5 poses.

Stretch Goal of $21,000

Work in Progress Pose #6, Prototype still being adjusted
Work in Progress Pose #6, Prototype still being adjusted

We will add this pose to the set of new Union Infantry for FREE, increasing the bag to 12 figures in 6 poses.  The prototype is still being adjusted.

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ABOUT US

So you might be wondering a bit about us,  and whether we are capable of doing this project.  Since we have done it before, and already found a lot of the pitfalls, I'm confidant that this project will have no problems being completed in a timely manner.  We have our liaisons in China and Hong Kong who help us navigate the waters of international manufacturing, and we have an excellent sculptor working on new figures as well.  

I've been a collector of toy soldiers for over 10 years, and know the hobby well.  My only goal is to bring new toy soldiers to market, so that both you and I can have more to display and play with.  I have no interest in making a profit, only enough to finance the next set of figures.

Feel free to contact me at anytime to ask questions about this Kickstarter campaign, or about toy soldiers in general.  I'm always happy to talk toys!  If this campaign is successful, we will continue to use this venue for future sets of plastic toy soldiers.  Sculpting has already started on a set of WWII U.S. Marines.

Thanks for your support!!

Beau Cunnyngham

www.cunnyngham.com

Beau Cunnyngham, Owner
Beau Cunnyngham, Owner
Stephanie Cunnyngham, Understanding Wife
Stephanie Cunnyngham, Understanding Wife

Risks and challenges

So why are we here on Kickstarter? Producing injection molded plastic toy soldiers is VERY expensive, and we can't do it unless we have the support of the many great collectors out there. A single figure costs as much as $3,000 to sculpt and produce, so when you are talking a set of several unique poses, the price can really go up. We are setting our goal at $10,000 in order to cover shipping from China, safety testing, and to cover the rewards we are offering to pledges.

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    3 Sets of NEW Plastic Union Infantry including the Exclusive Kickstarter ONLY pose!
    3 Sets of plastic Confederates.

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    6 Sets of NEW plastic Union Infantry including the exclusive Kickstarter ONLY pose!!
    6 Sets of plastic Confederates.
    1 Union Infantry pose in metal

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    CAPTAIN -

    8 Sets of NEW plastic Union Infantry including the exclusive Kickstarter ONLY pose!!!
    8 Sets of plastic Confederates.
    1 Union Infantry pose in metal.
    1 random test shot figure, delivered well before actual production (usually in an odd color and plastic).
    Your name on the back of every header card, giving thanks for your contribution.

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