THE DEADLY SPAWN was a movie released in 1983 whose intent was to "cash-in" on the popularity of Ridley Scott's ALIEN released 5 years prior, in 1978. It was shot over a number of years for an extremely low budget, but to this day remains one of the best creature features ever put to film.
The film starts with a meteorite crash landing on Earth containing alien spores that grow into unstoppable eating machines. The creature slithers to a nearby house and starts picking off the inhabitants one by one. A young boy in the house is a horror fan and uses his knowledge of the genre to try and stop the creature!
The true "star" of the film is the creature itself in its various forms. Originally created and sculpted for the film by John Dods, The Deadly Spawn started in a small larvae state and gradually grew larger and larger with multiple heads and a seemingly infinite amount of teeth! The small budget of the film didn't stop this creature from standing the test of time as it's one of the most uniquely vicious movie monsters ever!
We enlisted the sculpting abilities of James Groman for this project! James has worked in the toy industry for over 30 years on such titles as MADBALLS, BARNYARD COMMANDOS, MY PET MONSTER and also created his own character/ vinyl toy called KAIJU KILLER (shown above)!
We were thrilled when James agreed to take this project on and even more excited when he said that he was a fan of the film! James had seen the film upon release and had seen the articles done in the original CINEMAGIC magazine published by Don Dohler (with features by John Dods!).
Here are some in-progress photos James took while sculpting The Deadly Spawn based on John Dods’ original creature design!
The Deadly Spawn 7" Larvae Vinyl Toy
The Deadly Spawn Larvae is made in soft vinyl and measures 7" long and 2.5" high. This replicates the "baby" form most famously seen in the film terrorizing a vegetarian lunch party
The Deadly Spawn 9" Vinyl Toy
The full sized Deadly Spawn figure is made of soft vinyl, measures 9" tall and 11" deep and has 3 poseable heads and 2 tentacle arms. This is the definitive Deadly Spawn figure as we went all out trying to nail the accuracy!
We are so close to starting production! Both toys have been hand sculpted by James Groman, digitally scanned thanks to Arcane Visionaries and sent to the factory where they await the word from us to start.
That's where you come in! We need your help to fund and help spreading the word to other horror movie/ Deadly Spawn fans!
The following is a brief timeline for the toy creation process...
- Sculpting- COMPLETE!
- Approvals from Licensor- COMPLETE!
- Factory Selection - COMPLETE!
- Production Funding - Kickstarter Backing Needed
- Blank Toy Production
- Painted Run Production
- One-Off Production
- Toy Packaging
- Shipping Rewards- We hope that we will be able to start shipping these toys out in Q1 of 2019 with the rest of 2018 being used for production.
After being funded in just 2 days, the show can't stop here! Check out these new stretch goals we've added for all backers. Please share and help us get these awesome add-ons unlocked!
Don't lose your keys! If we can get funding up to $25,000, all backers that purchased a reward with a toy will have this exclusive Deadly Spawn Mini VHS keychain added to their order for FREE! We're already very close to unlocking this stretch goal, please share the Kickstarter and let's get this unlocked!
This oversized tapestry featuring The Deadly Spawn poster artwork is a must for any horror fan. If the Kickstarter can hit $30,000 in funding, all rewards that are $100 and over will have this item included with their order for FREE!
When the Kickstarter reaches $35,000 in funding, every backer receiving a toy will have this Kickstarter Exclusive Mini-Figure added to their order for FREE! This colorway will only be available through Kickstarter!
We're taking it back to the old school! Once this project hits $40,000 in funding, a new Flesh Blank Toy option will become available for backers to purchase. Not only will this be a Kickstarter Exclusive colorway, but it will also ship in a custom Billiken Model Kit style package designed by James Groman! Really hope we get to unlock this awesome edition of The Deadly Spawn toy!
Risks and challenges
As always, toy production can be a fickle beast, but we are doing everything possible to ensure a smooth production. We put the sculpt into the capable hands of James Groman and our factory will take every step to make sure that this is a quality piece that not only pays respect to the film, but also exceeds your expectations!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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