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Monster Mascots featuring UK Wildcats and Made In The USA!

Help us manufacture the first run of UK Wildcat Monster Mascots collectible figures! They're officially licensed and made in the USA.

Monster Mascots featuring UK Wildcats and Made In The USA!

Help us manufacture the first run of UK Wildcat Monster Mascots collectible figures! They're officially licensed and made in the USA.

$692
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
9
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 25 2015
Last updated February 25, 2015

About

Help us create a Monster - A University of Kentucky Wildcat Monster Mascot!

We need your help raising funds to manufacture our very first run of UK Wildcat Monster Mascots. Officially licensed by UK and standing a towering 9.5 inches tall, our Wildcat Mascot features articulated limbs, and a design inspired by classic monster movie toys! (Japanese Monster Movies!) All that, and he's made entirely in the USA! 

When fans come together and cheer for their favorite team, their energy whips up into a giant Monster Mascot. Towering over the arena, Monster Mascots battle it out Godzilla style!

Is that a Louisville Cardinal Monster Mascot!?
Is that a Louisville Cardinal Monster Mascot!?

...and then some! - From The Bronx, to Akron, and beyond we searched all over the US to find a way to produce our figures. In the end we found everything we needed in the Tri-state area! - When you support Monster Mascots, you're not just backing a 'Made in America' item, your supporting a product that is proudly part of the local economy.

 Assuming we are successful with our Kickstarter campaign, we will be sending UK Wildcat Monster Mascots out to our backers in the order that we were backed. We believe right now that the first 300 cats should be able to make it to backers in time for March Madness. After that, we will be shipping cats as quickly as we can through April, May, and June at the very latest.            

It took about 120 hours of development time to reach the final version of our UK Wildcat Monster Mascot and over 80 hours to grow the mold blocks in our 3D Printers. And then about 3 months to secure the official UK license and manufacturing facilities we'll need to produce our UK Wildcats. We're so very proud of the work we've done and wanted to share some of the moments from our long journey!

CAD file of the UK Wildcat Monster Mascot.
CAD file of the UK Wildcat Monster Mascot.
CAD files of the UK Wildcat mold blocks.
CAD files of the UK Wildcat mold blocks.
Printing a section of our mold on our Makerbot Replicator 2X!
Printing a section of our mold on our Makerbot Replicator 2X!
All mold blocks after they've completed printing.
All mold blocks after they've completed printing.
Natalie polishing molds to give a stylized finish.
Natalie polishing molds to give a stylized finish.
Arranged to fit together as a set and be cast in aluminum.
Arranged to fit together as a set and be cast in aluminum.
Just posing with some molten metal.
Just posing with some molten metal.
UK Wildcats Monster Mascots aluminum molds ready for cleaning!
UK Wildcats Monster Mascots aluminum molds ready for cleaning!
The details are amazing.
The details are amazing.
Prototype UK WIldcats started popping up all over the place!
Prototype UK WIldcats started popping up all over the place!
9.75" Tall Monster Mascot vs. A Giant House Cat
9.75" Tall Monster Mascot vs. A Giant House Cat
Still perfecting the mold. Plastic can be finicky.
Still perfecting the mold. Plastic can be finicky.
We are also exploring possible paint applications to the Wildcats!
We are also exploring possible paint applications to the Wildcats!
This Monster Mascot is ready to defend the UK Team!
This Monster Mascot is ready to defend the UK Team!
9.75" Tall with 5 Points of Articulation: The UK Wildcats Monster Mascot is ready to defend the team's honor!
9.75" Tall with 5 Points of Articulation: The UK Wildcats Monster Mascot is ready to defend the team's honor!
UK Wildcat Monster Mascot Tee (Design being finalized and will be revealed very soon.) Being created by famed designer/illustrator Chris Gliebe! Click this pic to see some samples of his work.
UK Wildcat Monster Mascot Tee (Design being finalized and will be revealed very soon.) Being created by famed designer/illustrator Chris Gliebe! Click this pic to see some samples of his work.
              

The UK Wildcat Monster Mascot and Tee are the primary rewards we offer for helping us fund this project. ...However there are additional items that can be added and they are listed below in 'Stretch Goals'.

How Stretch Goals Work: When we reach each benchmark level listed below, that level will 'unlock' and every copy of the UK Wildcat Monster Mascot will be accompanied by the respective reward! Free of any additional cost to our backers! - Keep in mind: These Stretch Goals are only relevant to anyone who would be rewarded a copy (or multiple copies) of a UK Wildcat Monster Mascot.

Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are our primary sites. We hope to see you on one of them!
Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are our primary sites. We hope to see you on one of them!

Fan Funded 

Now we need your help to raise the funds to produce our first batch! Monster Mascots rely on fan-funding via Kickstarter to come to market. We need YOU, Big Blue Nation, to help create a monster - a UK Wildcat Monster Mascot! 

We hope you'll back our project! Thank you, Kickstarter community!

Thank you to the many people and entities that have helped along the way!

First Batch, Matt Anthony, Losantiville; Becky Haltermon; Chuck Creacy, Smiley Pete; Nathan Kissel; Josh Hamester; Cameron Coyan; Carol Rich, Shannon Hill Stell; Corey Robinson

Thank you to the press for spreading the word!

Scripps National Desk, Katie Leone, Gavin Stern; River City News

Risks and challenges

We promise to do everything we can to get rewards to you as quickly as possible. But, please know that we cannot absolutely guarantee that delivery dates. This is the first time we've manufactured a product like this ourselves. We already have our prototypes made, and we've forged great relationships with the facilities we're using, so we do have faith in them but since this is the first batch, there will still be some exploration as we work on this scale with this facility for the first time.

If necessary, we will put off sleeping until April! If there are any issues at the manufacturing facility and the post office, that would be largely out of our hands, but we believe we have built in the time needed to fulfill orders even if there are setbacks. We will keep backers updated every step of the way.

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    TEAM SPIRIT: Show your support for Monster Mascots. If you want to help create a monster, and you don't require any rewards, this is the level for you! Get that great feeling that comes with helping out a fun project without receiving anything tangible in return. You do have our sincere appreciation - thank you, TEAM SPIRIT supporters!

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    T-SHIRT LEVEL: Receive a UK Wildcat Monster Mascots T-Shirt and our heartfelt appreciation for helping create a monster! When the Kickstarter ends successfully, we will send you a survey requesting your size and asking whether you would like a lady's or men's t-shirt. Thank you for your support!

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    CAT: Receive one officially licensed UK Wildcat Monster Mascots figure. PLEASE NOTE: Figures will be mailed in the order that backers pledge. We hope to fulfill the first 300 cats by mid-March. Thank you for helping create a monster!

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    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    CAT + T-SHIRT: Receive one UK Wildcat Monster Mascot figure at $62.50 AND one Monster Mascot T-Shirt at $27.50. PLEASE NOTE: Figures will be mailed in the order that backers pledge. We hope to fulfill the first 300 cats by mid-March. Thank you for helping create a monster!

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    2 CATS: Get 2 UK Wildcat Monster Mascots at $60 each. Figures will be mailed in the order that backers pledge. PLEASE NOTE: Figures will be mailed in the order that backers pledge. We hope to fulfill the first 300 cats by mid-March. Thank you for helping create a monster!

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    3 CATS: Get 3 Monster Mascots at $58.33 each. PLEASE NOTE: Figures will be mailed in the order that backers pledge. We hope to fulfill the first 300 cats by mid-March. Thank you for helping create a monster!

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    CAT + CAT HEAD MOLD BLOCK + T-SHIRT: Receive one UK Wildcat Monster Mascot PLUS a 3D-printed UK Wildcat head negative mold block just like the one that we used during the first step of the aluminum mold-making process. It is 3D printed in plastic. This is the negative cavity used to create the mold (it is not the positive of the head). You will also receive a t-shirt! Please contact us if you have any questions about this reward level. We're happy to discuss! Figures will be mailed in the order that backers pledge. Thank you for helping create a monster!

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    CAT + RARE PROTOTYPE + CAT HEAD MOLD BLOCK + T-SHIRT: Get a Monster Mascot PLUS a rare original MM prototype that was made during the discovery process. This is the most collectible Monster Mascot of them all, signed by creator, Quincy Robinson. These prototypes are wonderfully imperfect. You can see the issues we addressed in the discover process, such as gnarly claws and ears and issues with joints. You will also receive a 3D-printed cat head mold block like the ones used in the creation of the aluminum mold. See the reward level above for more information. Please contact us if you have any questions about what you will receive. We're happy to discuss! Figures will be mailed in the order that backers pledge. Thank you for helping create a monster!

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