Shibai & Friends: Artist Designed Plush Toys & Merchandise
An independent artist's project, who wants to bring her drawings to plush form!
Shibai & Friends is an upcoming project, which aims to bring three little animal characters to life. Shibai the Dog, Kiro the Candyfloss Lion and Prince the Frog are the stars of Shibai & Friends, and want to fill your world with happiness! The main goal is to produce Shibai the Dog as a 30cm plush toy, along with other various forms of merchandise.
I have been attending UK comic, anime and gaming conventions for the past year, selling my illustrations and handmade goods. When I wasn't selling at a convention, I was selling my work online, making custom plush toys for clients who wanted their characters come to life. While I enjoyed making plushies, I decided I wanted to bring my own characters into the world.
I want to make my own handmade designs into an affordable product. Because I spend so long on my plushies, a custom handmade toy can be anywhere from £60 to £150 for a medium sized plush. Selling my characters at these prices is obviously not convenient for everyone, and I can only make one at a time. I decided the best way to sell my designs is to create the prototype myself, and then get the help of a factory to produce my plush design at an affordable price to sell online and at UK conventions. This way, I can sell a 30cm Shibai plush for £15 (but as a backer, you will get a charm, badge and postcard as well!).
I don't just want to make a plush toy - I want to make a character that people will enjoy hearing about, looking at and maybe even relate to. Each character has their own personality and little back story, and will be available on other forms of merchandise.
Kiro the Candyfloss Lion, for example, is incredibly shy. But once you get to know him, he is one of the most reliable friends you could ever have! Lions are known as the Kings of the Animal Kingdom, but this little cub has a bright pink candyfloss mane and a heart of gold. The other lions may laugh at him, but others love his unique sugary mane and personality.
With your help, I will be able to make Shibai & Friends my full time commitment, and travel across the UK (and maybe even the world!) to share my cuddly creations with everyone.
Where is the money going?
Mass producing a plush means that a high number of units has to be ordered, and customs will need to be paid in order to import the plushies from outside of the UK. Minimum order is 500 units, and this is where the majority of the money will be going to, with the rest of the money going to badges, charms, t-shirts and Kickstarter fees as well as shipping the rewards. The badges, charms and t-shirts are the rewards for helping fund my project.
Shibai the Dog is the only plush that will be made within the £5000 goal, but Prince and Kiro will be available as a charm strap if you chose a perk containing a gift pack. The 58mm badge will also feature either Shibai, Prince or Kiro's face. You can leave a message saying which character you would like to most on your charm and badge, or be surprised!
Depending on how well the project goes, I may be able to make my other two characters into plushies, too! Any Shibai plush rewards can be swapped for a different character if their stretch goal is reached.
The first stretch goal will be £9,000! Kiro the Candyfloss Lion will be made into a plush, and will be available to choose instead of Shibai if you backed a tier that rewards a plush.
If £15,000 is reached, Pierre the Bat will be made into a plush and will be available to choose instead of Shibai if you backed a tier that rewards a plush.
Even if you can only pledge one pound, every little helps. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about my project!
Thank you so much Ryan McMaster, for making the adorable backing track to the video! <3
Risks and challenges
Fortunately this project has very few potential risks! Before the plushies are produced, a prototype will be made to ensure Shibai the Dog looks as close to my design as possible.
A high quality plush is my top priority, and I will not go through with production until I am sure he meets that high quality standard. I will be updating via my Facebook page and Twitter to make sure all backers will be informed about potential delays.
International tracked shipping on all rewards means that the possibility of losing your reward is minimal. If a package happens to get lost, it will be insured so I will be able to send you another reward for no extra cost to you. This means the prices are a little higher with tracked shipping, but means that everyone gets the rewards they deserve!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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