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Update #23

Continuing to Ship...

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Hi all,

I wanted to update everyone as to the status of shipments. Coordinating the contents of each package with the amount of custom work and variation of rewards has been a challenge, but I've got a system in place that works. I did however hit a little bit of a quality control snag.

Some of the boards that were made earlier in the process were a bit problematic when assembled. The pockets that each panel are glued into were a little to tight early on and I've since changed the design to allow for easier assembly, but in checking some of the boards before packing them up I've noticed a few that have this issue:

The pocket was too tight and it forces the panel upward. It's fixable but requires removing the panels and re-milling the boards, sanding again and assembling a second time. This has added some time to the process, but I'm working to get these fixed and mailed out.

Another issue that slowed things down was a broken air compressor. It's replacement was far too noisy to operate in my shared workshop for hours on end, so I had to take the time to build a sound dampening enclosure for it. This quickly overheated the compressor despite having a fan for ventilation. After a melting plastic smell and the dread of nearly starting a fire, I had but one choice left. Use a compressor in an approved area and run the air hose from it all the way to my space over 200 ft. away.

After $300 in parts and about 50 trips up and down a ladder, the air hose is installed and working like a charm. The remaining character packs should be stamped out relatively quickly as they go about 1 per minute. I'm going to have some extra hands help with the stamping this week to get it squared away while I'm at work so I can focus on packaging and shipping stuff throughout this week.

Here is what's physically left to ship:

Domestic US Orders: 300 - (over 100 of which will go out this coming Monday)

International Orders: 427

For the remaining US orders I've switched to USPS Flat Rate envelopes to save money since I've already shipped the cheapest and closest rewards to my location. I'm hoping to ship about 100 packages every couple of days from here on out. Obviously that's my perfect world scenario and this project has rarely followed that schedule, but I'm hopeful to try and finally wrap things up this month.

Sorry for the long delay and I'm eager to get everyone their rewards. Thanks so much for sticking with this and for originally backing the project.

Erik


Update #22

End of year update...

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Hi all,

I hope everyone has a happy new year. I've hit a slight delay in that I miscalculated how many magnets I had stamped, but after some delays with the holidays I'm finishing those up this week.

The only other thing holding up some of the shipments are two small logistical items:

1) I've had a handful of packages returned to me so I have to take some time to make sure the international orders have their addresses formatted correctly before I send them out.

The shipping software I'm using does not validate international addresses so if the info I was able to export from Kickstarter doesn't import correctly into ShipStation your package won't get to you.

2) I also want to make sure the custom artwork matches up with the shipping label and that nothing gets criss-crossed as it goes out the door.

These are not major holdups and I've brought on a couple hired hands for this week to make sure things keep moving along. I've got all the pieces in place and I'm just making sure they get out the door properly.

Thanks for all your patience with this project. What I thought would take 6 months ended up taking a year and I'm sorry for making you wait for your rewards. However, I'm confident that the end result is a quality product and I think you'll be happy with them once you get them.

Thanks and have a great new year!

Erik


Update #21 - For backers only

Shipping update...

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Update #20

Status Update

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Just wanted to update everyone and let you know I'm still on track for getting all the remaining orders out the door by Dec. 1st.

I picked up the last bit of lumber to finish up some odds and ends for boards and stands.

The boards will be wrapped up soon and then I just need to finish stamping character packs to package up with the remaining boards.

It's been a lot easier to manage the shipments working in large batches. You should receive a confirmation email when your package is shipped out.

I'll post the next update in a couple weeks when the last of the orders start heading out.

Thanks all, Erik

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Update #19 - For backers only

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