Who is Shi-Shi the Tiny Guardian?
The Forbidden City has always had protectors. Even today, the great Guardian Lions stand at the ready, awaiting their call to action... and if you were to look close enough, your eyes would fix upon the next generation: Shi-Shi!
She will bend the elements to her will. She will forge her tiny stone body into bronze... then marble... then steel! Unyielding and stoic, her eyes blazing with mystical potential... and sometimes easily distracted by stray cats or a perfectly steamed dumpling.
We expect a bit of mischief from one so small... but glorious destiny awaits Shi-Shi the Tiny Guardian. Great things have small beginnings!
Shi-Shi the Tiny Guardian is a new project by Bigshot Toys.
Shi-Shi will be released as a 4" sofubi figure, a series of 2-3" blind-boxed PVC mini figures, and a 6" deluxe resin statue.
BLIND BOXED MINI FIGURES
The Shi-Shi blind-boxed mini figures are 2-3 inches tall (depending on the sculpt), with two different sculpts, each offered in 4 different colorways (Stone, Jade, Bronze & Gold).
4-INCH SOFUBI FIGURES
The Shi-Shi sofubi are soft vinyl figures produced in Japan at one of the best known and respected sofubi factories. They have decades of Japanese soft vinyl production experience for some of the top brands in Japan. Shi-Shi sofubi figures have articulation at the neck, and are all hand made in small batches for this Kickstarter. We are producing the following Shi-Shi Sofubi figures this launch: White, Black, Stone, Jade, Clear, Gold Glitter and shiny Gold painted.
6-INCH DELUXE POLYSTONE STATUES
The 6-inch tall, deluxe Shi-Shi polystone statues are available in two color variants for this Kickstarter. Each one is handmade, hand painted and finished. We are producing the following Shi-Shi polystone figures for this launch: Stone and Bronze.
Shi-Shi Origin Story
With inspiration drawn from the legendary and formidable guardian lion statues that are ubiquitous across China, Bigshot Toys Creative Director Klim Kozinevich pondered the backstory of the little baby cub traditionally depicted under the mother lion’s paw.
“Who is that cub?” Klim wondered, “that tiny guardian growing up under the watchful eye of her majestic parents?”
Klim and his team decided to explore that story, enchanted by the subtle nuances of the family dynamic of guardian lions. What is it like for her as she grows and matures, coming to terms with the powerful magic of her lineage? What happens as she explores her surroundings and learns what it means to be a guardian and protector at the gates?
A two-year creative design and development process led Klim and his team at Bigshot Toys to some incredibly rich ideas which formed the Shi-Shi character you see here. Now that Shi-Shi is at the production stage, we are ready to launch this project as a Kickstarter.
As many of you have seen, we have already sent sofubi Shi-Shis to a few shows and conventions around the world. All of our factories, not just the sofubi factory, are ready to produce the Shi-Shi collectibles for us. So why are we launching a Kickstarter now?
Traditionally, Bigshot Toyworks has always been a service-based creative shop that provides bespoke design, development and manufacturing services to a wide array of international clients. Now, as we grow and expand our operations, we want to start transitioning the core of our business into a new IP and entertainment development studio. Kickstarter offers us the best way to engage with the largest possible audience.
We hope you love Shi-Shi as much as we do, and that you share this project on your own social media!
Shi-Shi webpage - tinyguardianshishi.com
Bigshot Toys website - bigshottoys.com
Bigshot Toyworks website - bigshottoyworks.com
Shi-Shi stickers on Line - https://store.line.me/stickershop/product/7345544/en
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Risks and challenges
Any time you produce a new toy, there can be complications and delays. However, we are a professional design studio and boutique manufacturer of toys and collectibles, so we've done this many, many times before. We do not anticipate any major issues in the production of any of the products we plan to make for this Kickstarter. All figures have been sculpted and prototyped already. All factories we are using are tooled ready for production. As soon as this Kickstarter ends, we launch into production for all figures. Backers will be kept updated frequently on the progress of production and the logistics afterwards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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