Velara Warriors: Daughters of Light (Canceled)
Velara Warriors: Daughters of Light (Canceled)
The Velara Warriors combines Fantasy Female Action Figures with Illustrated Stories
The Velara Warriors combines Fantasy Female Action Figures with Illustrated Stories Read more
About this project
Introducing the Velara Warriors!
The action figures are accompanied by illustrated books that tells the story of the Velara Warriors and their many adventures.
They represent different elements of our world as a link that connects us to their fantasy universe. The warriors symbolize Land, Sea and Sky and were inspired by different mythologies around the world.
Our heroes come in a set of three and are equipped with constructible and interchangeable parts.
The pictures and videos show the latest prototype and are a rough representation of what the final toys will look like. The final products will be made of top quality materials!
As collectors of action figures, we wanted ours to be tall, versatile, beautifully detailed, and above all, FUN! These 6-inch tall figures consist of 20+ parts each, which can be built and removed easily. (UPDATE: Due to popular demand, the figures are now 6-inches instead of 8-inches)
The figures have armours and fittings that we have designed to complement all three Warriors. Since all the Warriors are the same size, you can switch the parts between them effortlessly to create your very own personalised Warrior. So have fun with them by switching up Nehili's boots with Sahana's, or Laiera's corset with Nehili's!
Minimum age: 5 years old
Maximum age: 610 years old. Highlanders welcomed.
The prototypes were 3D printed, using a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology with real ABS thermoplastic material.
The final product will be factory manufactured using a combination of PVC and ABS material. Each figure will need 3 injection moulds to be manufactured, as our designs are complex.
Our characters exist in the fantasy realm of the Velara Universe where they live in their separate worlds. On land, the Kingdom of Ophelia protects magical beings behind its walls. Beneath the ocean, the Kiora Kingdom sparkles like a thousand tiny lights. When no one is looking, high above the clouds, the Kingdom of Xai studies them all.
As a vanishing Sun recalls an age-old prophesy, their worlds begin to collide….
Laiera, the Land Warrior, is from the Kingdom of Ophelia where Magical Beings live. As a guardian, her duty is to protect her people from the dangerous creatures that live outside their walls.
She can control the forces of the Earth, a power she channels through a mace her mother carved from an ancient tree from the Magnico Forest.
Sahana, The Sea Warrior, lives in the Kiora Kingdom of dreamers. She has been prophesied to lead her people to a new world.
Her fierce dagger deceptively hide her caring and empathetic nature as she avoids violence at any cost. She prefers the act of healing and is able to cure most injuries through her magical seashells.
Nehili, the Sky Warrior, is a brilliant academic. Her parents invented a serum that enhanced her biological abilities and gave her the power to manipulate the wind.
While her people in the floating Islands of Xai have their eyes always turned up to the skies and stars above them, Nehlli longs to explore the world beneath them.
Our figures come with an illustrated storybook, titled “The Velara Warriors”.
From the time we were kids, we were absorbed in comic books and fantasy worlds. I’m not sure what other sisters talked about, but we spent most of our time psychoanalysing our favourite characters. We had a lot of practice. When it came to the Velara Warriors, we spent months just talking about who they were, what their likes and dislikes were and whether we’d hang out with them if they were real.
What you see today, is all our hard work and visualisation poured into the first of a series of books.
The first book tells the tale of the three warriors from their separate kingdoms...
..and how they meet for the very first time.
We've also created and designed new creatures, both friend and foe.. Can you guess which he is?
I'll give you a clue..
But then again, first impressions are misleading...
If the ending finds you on a cliffhanger (No Spoilers!), we offer the next two books as a continuation of the Velara Series.
Books 2 and 3 introduce new characters, including the male warriors, of which their action figures will be offered as stretch goals if we make it!
Rami is the Lightning Warrior. He is Laiera’s best friend and hails from the kingdom of Ophelia. Don’t let his warm smile and trusting eyes deceive you - he can create lightning with his bare hands, a power that requires no weapon to use. But, he carries a shield around to protect others around him from his magnificent powers.
Lang is the Ice Warrior. He is from the most prestigious kingdom in all the land, a kingdom so magnificent, it remains a secret to the world. No one, not even the brilliant academics of Xai knows about it and so it’s name is a secret. It is Lang’s duty to ensure the secrecy of his kingdom stays intact, for the protection of his people. He has the gift to create ice, and uses it most often to form the blade of his sword.
Demetri is the Fire Warrior and the Defender of Outcasts. Although he is a charmer, he belongs to no kingdom and likes it that way! He can both create and is immune to fire; a power he uses to protect the old and weak he meets on his travels.
Over the last 10 months, we have worked tirelessly day and night to design, and create the three prototypes for the Warriors and the universe they live in.
Along the way, we met fellow warrior Kaecee Fitzgerald, who designed our concepts for each character and modelled our figures!
Each character started with an element and one defining personality trait. For Laeira, it was her bravery. For Sahana, her compassion and Nehili, her brilliance. Once we had this rough sketch in our minds, we started filing in the blanks.
Who were the Velara Warriors? What would they do in a dangerous situation? What jokes would they find funny? What were their pet peeves, favourite colours, did they have birthmarks...on and on it went for 20 pages each. That was the hard part.
Their story came easily to us once we knew them inside out. We wrote down each character's background story and the history of their kingdom. Then, we were ready to write the first book.
We had the story, the characters and the designs. We didn't have an illustrator. After months of searching, we found Louis D. Wiyono, a brilliant illustrator who drew our thoughts and rough sketches to life. It was a perfect fit because Louis made sense of our rambling briefs and gave the Velara Universe the clarity it needed.
Simultaneously, we worked on the prototypes. As each prototype had more than 20 constructible parts and 9 articulated joints, getting the fit just right took a couple of printing attempts. Finally, we worked out a ball-pin method that got the figures to move the way we wanted them to.
As the figures were printed in white, we had to find a painter that could streamline them with their illustrations. Amirul, from Comics Mart came to our rescue, giving all 3 figures the attention they needed to showcase them here.
The community at ComicsMart gave us great feedback and ideas on the Velara Warriors. Khai Hoong, the owner was a wonderful source of inspiration before and during the campaign:
Before we came to the Kickstarter community, we needed to ensure we could mass produce the figures. We found a great factory through our manufacturing consultant Thayer Consulting. You can find out more about this in Risks and Challenges at the bottom of the page!
We'd like to extend our thanks to Neon Videos for their time and effort spent crafting our story and creating the video you see above:
1) Create heroines for all children.
We have female heroines on the big screen, in comics and in real life. But those same heroines are not present in toy line-ups. Major toy companies think boys don’t want to play with female action figures and girls don’t want to play with action figures at all. Let’s prove them wrong!
2) Break the barriers between girls and boys
Too many toy aisles are still segregated, and it entrenches unhealthy divides in our young. Boys and girls should be encouraged to play together. By making action figures for everyone to play with, we hope that boys toys and girls toys will not be the only distinctions available to children.
3) Combat the sexism in the toy industry
With all the strides women have made over the past few decades, sexism is still prevalent in the toy industry. Even worse, is the lack of options available to young girls. Dolls and kitchen sets are great! But girls in that precocious age of development need more than that to develop a variety of skills and traits.
Risks and challenges
To minimise risk, we've teamed up with Jotham Burnett of Thayer Consulting, who specialises in Kickstarter campaigns and has built relationships with various factories and fulfilment companies in China and worldwide.
After months of researching, we've finally chosen a reputable manufacturer to ensure we meet our backers expectations and our own!
As an additional precaution, we have relationships with two other manufacturers who can deliver our products within the same budget and time frame. We will be visiting China in October to oversee the beginning of our production process.
We have identified a fulfilment company who has taken us through the minefield of shipping our products internationally. After many weeks of going through the various possibilities, we've worked out a shipping route that would keep costs down. That way, we can sell all our figures at a reasonable price.
We are extremely passionate about our toys and have envisioned an entire Universe to develop them in. Thank you very much for taking the time to visit our campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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