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Last updated August 17, 2013

Cat Meme Plush Toys: Mr. No and His Meme Friends

Plush toys inspired by popular memes! We want to get our main character, Mr. No, to you in time to frown on your (December) Holiday.

Cat Meme Plush Toys: Mr. No and His Meme Friends

Plush toys inspired by popular memes! We want to get our main character, Mr. No, to you in time to frown on your (December) Holiday.

$229
pledged of $7,000pledged of $7,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 17 2013 7:23 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 17, 2013

About

Mr. No and His Meme Friends - or - Have a Very Meme* Christmas in July!

Working with a talented group of artists, I created Mr. No and his Meme Friends, a gang of cartoon characters inspired by many of the internet’s most popular memes. Mr. No is my favorite character, so I’ve launched this Kickstarter to produce a Santa-themed Mr. No plush toy in time for the holidays. Mr. No is 8” tall and made of quality materials that meet or exceed all health and safety guidelines. If you skip down to the production details you’ll understand why I’m starting Christmas so early this year.

*Pronounce “meme” with two syllables when you say “Meme Christmas!”—it’s a rule.

How this got started

I needed a gift. It was an ordinary problem on an ordinary, chilly spring day. I wanted a cute stuffed animal based on a meme for my friend’s birthday. No problem! This is what the internet was made for, right? Much to my surprise, however, Google and the internet failed me—there were no plush toy memes to be found. None. After a long, disheartening search, I was forced to buy my friend a pair of oversized bunny slippers instead.

We’ve all been there, but that doesn’t make it right. I decided to do something about it. I rallied some artists and a plush toy distributor, and after a fun collaboration process, I created Mr. No and his Meme Friends. Does the world need a line of plush toys based off memes?

Sigh. Probably.

Order Quantities, Christmas in July, and Why Our Prototype is Purple

To purchase a minimum order of Mr. No plush toys, and then pack and ship them to you, I need to raise $7,000 in this Kickstarter campaign, and I need to do it in a month to get them to you by the holidays.

That’s crazy! Christmas is over five months away!

That's Walter Wildcat, another Meme Friend.  Yes, five months is early, but my manufacturing team over at the Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company needs three month’s lead time to create and deliver all the Mr. No stuffed animals to me. Items are created and shipped from China, so you have to plan a little travel time. Once they're here, I need to give myself a few weeks to ship them to you. To leave room for SNAFUs, I’ve deliberately given each stage more time than is necessary, so there shouldn’t be a problem getting Mr. No to you before the holiday season. That makes The Kid, another Meme Friend, very happy.  

But really, I like the idea of a Christmas in July Kickstarter, so that’s part of the reason for the Christmas theme, too.

Here’s the timeline:

Wait, what about the purple prototype?! 

I came up with the idea for Mr. No fairly recently, and this is how the conversation went with my manufacturer when I told them how quickly I needed the prototype:

Me: “I need the prototype by July.”

Them: <muffled laughter>

Me: “No, really, can you make it happen?”

Them: “We can do it, but purple is as close as we can get, color-wise, on short notice.”

Me: “Make it so! But when you get the other colors in, build another prototype so I can show it to everyone on Kickstarter.”

Them: “Will do.”

They’re nice, accommodating suppliers, and they created the purple prototype in short order. It’s the same construction you’ll see in the end product, but the fur tone is different. Actual colors in the final model will be the same as the cartoon—I’ll update the Kickstarter once they’ve received the new fabrics and produced a new prototype.  In the meantime, the Mr. No purple prototype will be one of a kind so I’m using it as a special reward level for that special, crazed someone who absolutely must have that special, unique gift.  Check out the right for more details. Oh, and don't disappoint Silver this year.

Holiday Greeting Cards!

Are you giving Mr. No as a gift? We’ve created a holiday greeting card that will be included with every Mr. No we ship.

Stretch Goals!

If the internet decides it wants lots of characters and this project is inundated with mad cash, we’ll create more Meme Friends and sell them on our site, www.MemeFriends.com, after this project is complete.  It would be fun to produce plush toys of Walter Wildcat, The Kid, and Silver along with Mr. No, but again, we have order quantities to keep in mind.  For every $10,000 we receive above the $7,000 threshold, we’ll begin the production of another character.  Everyone who contributes to this Kickstarter will get to vote on the next character they would like turned into a plush toy. Check out our rewards over to the right to learn more.

Create a Mr. No meme: http://qkme.me/3v6ifq

Create a Walter Wildcat meme: http://qkme.me/3v6ikm

Create a Silver meme: http://qkme.me/3v6ihe

Create a meme of The Kid: http://qkme.me/3v6ijn

Risks and challenges

I am working with an experienced plush toy manufacturer and have given reasonable time to ensure everything goes smoothly. Also, my wife is an engineer who runs a manufacturing line and has mad organizational skills; she has gone over all the details to ensure I can deliver. However, things happen. Something could go wrong with our supplier, and shipping has a certain failure rate. If anything goes wrong, I will do everything in my power to ensure you get your product in good form and on time.

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    A Mr. No Holiday card, and a vote on the next Meme Friend you would like us to manufacture as a plush toy.

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    Early bird special! You get a Mr. No plush toy, delivered in time for the Holidays, as well as everything at our $5 level!

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    I’ll record a short video of Mr. No saying ‘no’ to whatever you want. Got a boyfriend you need to get rid of? Mr. No will tell him to take a hike! Got a job you hate? Mr. No can handle that, too. You’ll also get everything at our $22 level.

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    The purple prototype! You get the original, one of a kind Mr. No prototype! And you’ll get it as soon as the Kickstarter is funded! You also get a regular Mr. No before the Holidays, so you can compare it to the purple prototype. Also, you get everything at the $5 gift level.

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    I will personally fly out to testify at a hearing to have you committed because—seriously—you would have to be crazy to give me $5,000. But if you do, you little nut, you won’t be alone in your rubber room! You’ll have a Mr. No plush toy to keep you company, as well as everything at our $5 level! Unless the staff thinks you could use any of these materials to do yourself harm, or Mr. No brings up some destabilizing, repressed childhood memory that you’re not emotionally equipped to deal with. Then they’ll probably take everything away. Then you WILL be alone in a spider-filled room, but probably medicated enough so you don’t care. Regardless, don’t give me $5,000, just do the $22 or $25 level. You’ll get to keep the cat, and you’ll avoid the ravages of a forced stay in your state’s finest mental ward. And honestly, I want people to contribute because they like Mr. No, not because they’re worried I won’t make my goal. I’m fine! You’re fine. Give enough to get a Mr. No plush toy, and spread the word. Thank you.

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