Hello Meeple friends,
This was going to be a great update: "We have finished the production! They're on the way! Break out the meeple champagne!"
But, before we sent them to you, we did a final inspection:
Alas, some of the final meeples just aren't as good as the ones we promised you, so we are remaking them.
When will you get your meeples?
The current production estimate is that we will be finished the corrections on 18 September. That date assumes that all goes well, and I suspect it may take a little longer.
We will want to check them all again, which will take a few more days. If they pass the beauty test, they will be packed up and should arrive at our fulfilment partners in the first week of October.
Which meeples are good?
All of the shiny ones look brilliant. Blue Water is the best since the very first prototype. The new Yellow Daisy positively glows. Black Skull is black like your heart, and we fixed the slight purple effect that the translucent enamel was causing. And, Fuji looks glorious, and a very distinct aqua, making it look different than the Blue.
Which meeples are... not good?
Many of the meeples that have antique plating have turned out too dark.
When we make antique plating we like it to have some depth and shadow, it makes our coins look great. But, if it's too dark, then the translucent enamel brings all those shadows through. And the result looks like, well, like this.
In all of the photos below, we are showing you the original samples (the ones you backed), intermingled with the ones we need to fix. We'll tell you in the captions which are samples, so that you can see how far off the mark some of these are.
The purple turned out the worst. A large number of them are near black.
The green are okay, it's just the wrong shade of green. These look like jade, but we
promised you bamboo. So, we are doing them again.
Finally, the red meeples are also too dark. They actually look kind of distinguished, but we wanted them to be more like Valentine's Day, and less like Vampire's Day. Most of all, they don't look like what we showed you, and that simply won't do.
We are really sorry about this
We hate taking more time than we promised.
But, what would be worse would be send you meeples that don't look like the ones you backed. We want to send you bright, candy, happy meeples, and we'll keep making them until they are.
We will update you in two weeks on the meeple makeover.
Mark, Andre, Penny & Jackson