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£2,840
pledged of £15,000pledged of £15,000 goal
65
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, May 27 2015 8:53 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Turtly Race is my dream Art Toys collaboration project. I have been working on this project for the past two years and I have managed to gather some of my favorite Artists which also happens to be some of the best character designers from around the world. During those two years working on this project I was lucky enough to meet most of them in Taiwan, UK, Japan and Hong Kong.

 ✦ QuailStudio from France                                                ➤ featuring Turtly & Cowly

Hollow Threat ( Paul Shih ) from New-Zealand              ➤ featuring Bevil

El Grand Chamaco from Mexico                                    ➤ featuring Picos

TADO ( Mike & Katie ) from United Kingdom                   ➤ featuring Lam junior

Devilrobots from Japan                                                  ➤ featuring Tofu-Oyako

Kennyswork ( kenny wong ) from Hong Kong                ➤ featuring Molly

Charuca from Spain                                                        ➤ featuring Carmi

Monster Little ( Ziqi Wu ) from Singapore                      ➤ featuring QiQi

 my goal for this Kickstarter is to produce a high quality 4" Vinyl Toys series. And bring Joy, Colors, Love and Happiness to everyone. (^___^)

if you want to show your love for this project please help us by adopting one of the Toys or by sharing it on Twitter or Facebook.

 the idea was simple, I asked each Artist to pick one of their most recognisable character and make it ride one of my character named "Turtly" like they were all getting ready for a big race, so everyone got to pick their own number and customised their Turtly to make them match their characters. Every Artist sent me sketches of their toy ideas as seen below:

I then adapted each concept to make them all feel as one collection, so I sketched all of them again trying to keep each Character identity but within a common style. 

 The next step was to trace each sketch in vector.

Each models were then digitally sculpted in Zbrush

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Prototypes were then 3D printed with the help of shapeways to assess the shapes.

( click the image bellow to see all the project images on the Behance network )

although each toy appears to be quite simple they are actually more complicated on the inside, I had to think about the technical part of making Vinyl Toys. Each toys of the Turtly Race series have a minimum of six points of articulation, up to nine points depending on the characters. By doing so it allows ease of manufacturing, I was also able to optimize molding by tweaking similar piece to make them identical. For instance at first the Turtly feet at first  were all slightly asymetrical, but by making them all the same only one mold can be use to produce all of them. Which also allow you guys to swap parts between all the Toys.

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I am still in the process of separating all the characters into articulated parts and trying to keep each piece as easy to manufacture as possible. Most parts will be rotocasted out of Vinyl, while small fragile parts that needs to be more rigid will be made out of plastic injection.

Exclusively for Kickstarter backers you will be able to pick the characters you want ranging from one to the entire Turtly race collection of eight characters. The final Turtly Race collection will be sold in stores as Blind Boxes. 

 I have found a manufacturer and I will be flying to Shenzen as soon as this project get funded in order to follow the production and resolve manufacturing issues when/if they occur. ( once this project get funded photos updates will be uploaded during the production process )

Due to backlog from the factory or potential manufacturing issues I am planning to release them in 6 months time after this campaign has ended, but if everything goes well I am hoping to be able to release them within 4 to 5 months.

Risks and challenges

since starting working on this project, I have already faced many challenges, the first and biggest one would be surviving while working on my own projects, ( I do not have a job beside my passion of drawing cute characters ) Also since I do everything on my own, and it was my first time making a small animation video to present my work I had to learn new skills from scratch.

The next challenge will be to make sure everyone get their toys as soon as possible. I am dedicated to bring the best possible experience to my Kickstarter backers.

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.27

    Every pound really makes a difference. Thanks for believing in our project and helping us make the Turtly race Toys a reality. We will send you a personalised THANK YOU message! (^____^)

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    Yeah~~ that's gonna be two 4" Vinyl Toys of your choice of the Turtly Race collection.

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    Power up !! ~~ with this plege you get three 4" Vinyl Toys of your choice of the Turtly Race collection.

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    what!?!.. that's right Here you score five 4" Vinyl Toys of your choice of the Turtly Race collection.

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    you will now be the owner of six 4" Vinyl Toys of your choice from the Turtly Race series. Feels good doesn't it?!

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    Congratulation !! you are adopting the entire Turtly Race family. you will soon have eight 4" Toys in your pockets.

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    if you are an independent store and wish to help spread the love of our Toys, this pledge is for you, you will get the Turtly race toys at wholesale price. Contact us for more details.

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