These are some quickly grown resin prototypes from the original Mouse Guard digital 3D files. They are clear in color, so I did a quick ( very quick ) paint coating on them so they could be more readily viewed. Please keep in mind these are ONLY PROTOYPE pieces! The final injection molded ones will be PERFECT these are still very rough!! OK, everyone gets it? Great, then please enjoy this sneak preview!
OK, the gloves are off!
I am adding the following to Mouse Guard, PRE-Stretch-Goals, AND I am adding a limited ADD-ON menu too!
Each set of Bricks of the Mouse Guard comes with.
The Axe Flagon #1 Flagon #2 Kenzie's Staff Kenzies Lantern accessory Lieam's Sword Plus 5 different colored Mouse Guard Heads ( each with printed Mouse and Muzzle printing AND Eye and pupil printing! )
PLUS - I will add ONE Random-Colored CrazyBricks NEW StovePipe Hat - These are injected-molded and awesome. ( Per pledge )
AND you get a bonus BLACK Mouse Guard Head! ( Per SET ) That is (12) items PLUS a cool, Stove Pipe Hat at the minimum pledge level!
In Mouse Guard, mice struggle to live safely and prosper among all of the world’s harsh conditions and predators. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed. They are not simply soldiers that fight off intruders; rather, they are guides for common mice looking to journey without confrontation from one hidden mouse village to another.
*Mouse Guard is the New York Times Bestseller and award-winning series of Graphic Novels by author-illustrator David Petersen.
*Mouse Guard: Black Axe won the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Album Previously Published in 2014
*Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 1 won the Eisner Award for Best Anthology in 2011; as well as the Diamond Gem Award for Best Anthology
* Mouse Guard: Fall won the Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album-Reprint and Best Publication for Kids in 2008.
* Mouse Guard: Winter won an Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids in 2008.
* Mouse Guard the Role Playing Game won the Origins Award for Role-Playing Game of the Year in 2009
David Petersen, the creator of Mouse Guard, was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics, and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David was the 2007 Russ Manning Award recipient for Most Promising Newcomer. He received his BFA in Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife Julia. They continue to reside in Michigan with their dogs Autumn & Bronwyn.
What do you get?
As a supporter of Bricks of the Mouse Guard, you get two different sets of materials. One set is the Mouse heads themselves, which will come as a four-color group ( Tan, Grey, Reddish-Brown, and Dark Brown ) PLUS you get a second group of Mouse Guard themed items ( The Black Axe model, Tristram's Flagon, Aynslee's Flagon, Lieam's Sword, and Kenzie's Staff and the Staff's Lantern accessory ) which will all be the same color . Both of these sets will increase in size if we are successful in unlocking the appropriate stretch goals during the campaign.
Bricks of the Mouse Guard is fully licensed from author-creator David Petersen. They are coming just in time to celebrate Mouse Guard's 10th Anniversary in 2015 and the very special EPIC display being created by Alice Finch and the members of ArchLUG for the Emerald City ComicCon in Seattle.
The base set of Bricks of the Mouse Guard consists of:
FOUR (4) different colored Mouse character heads. One each in Reddish-Brown, Tan, Gray and Brown *NOTE - we may change one or more of these colors... They each have printed details on the eyes, ears and muzzle. YOU provide the figure's bodies.
1. Mouse Guard head GRAY
2. Mouse Guard head BROWN
3. Mouse Guard head REDDISH BROWN
4. Mouse Guard head TAN
Bricks of the Mouse Guard ALSO includes these fantastic accessories from the world of Mouse Guard.
5. The Black Axe - The legendary weapon as wielded by the immortal Black Axe!
6. Tristram's Flagon - The generous tankard of an old story-telling Guardmouse who once patrolled the north edge of the territories.
7. Lieam's Sword - Although Lieam is one of the Guard's youngest members, he has earned the respect of his fellow Guardsmice several times over with his proven heroism and swordsmanship.
8. Kenzie's Staff - Known for his intellect and cleverness in battle, many of the Guard owe their lives to Kenzie's levelheadedness. He has patrolled for many seasons beside his close friend (and polar opposite), Saxon.
9. Staff Lantern - Iconic accessory for Kenzie's staff from the Winter graphic novel
10. Aynslee's Flagon - The Flagon of the story-telling textile crafter and merchant from Pebblebrook who shared the tale "The Critic".
BONUS GOAL - Already UNLOCKED - Everyone gets a Black Mouse Head per SET and each pledge gets a RANDOM colored Stove Pipe Hat (just because! )
11. STRETCH GOAL #1 - Everyone gets a bonus Flagon per set!
12. STRETCH GOAL #2 -Everyone gets a second bonus Flagon per set!
Each accessories set comes in your choice of ON of three colors - Gun-Metal Grey, Brown, or Gold (plus any other color options that may get unlocked). I.E. - Each set you pledge comes in a SINGLE color.
As things are progressing, we will be sharing with backers via frequent and entertaining project updates.
Alice Finch is a world-renowned LEGO builder. Her first solo model began as the Great Hall from Hogwarts, and after 12 months, ended up being a 400,000-brick creation of the entire castle. She continues to build ridiculously huge models out of little bricks.
At BrickCon 2012, Alice’s Hogwarts took home both “People’s Choice” and “Best in Show” – a rare combination that demonstrates not only how massive Hogwarts is (“People’s Choice,” voted on by visitors during the public exhibition, invariably goes to the single biggest LEGO model in the exhibition hall) but also just how well-built and detailed it is (“Best in Show” is voted by all convention attendees).
Alice teamed up with David Frank to recreate Rivendell, one of the iconic locations in Middle-earth,“the last homely house west of the mountains,” where Elrond hosts both Bilbo and his dwarven companions in The Hobbit and Frodo and the Fellowship in The Lord of the Rings.
The World of Mouse Guard - Emerald City ComicCon - Seattle 2015
ArchLUG is a LEGO User Group based out of Western Washington, whose members share a love for LEGO, especially as it pertains to creating MOCs ("My Own Creations") focused on landscapes and world architecture, historic, modern, or futuristic. Their goal is to foster relationships with other AFOLs ("Adult Fans of LEGO") who share their same passion for building, and also to inspire those around them to appreciate the endless possibilities that LEGO provides as a medium to create and replicate both original and existing structures from around the world. After a successful group display of Laketown from the Hobbit, ArchLUG will be building a collaborative display for Emerald City Comic Con in March 2015 of the World of Mouse Guard.
ArchLUG is excited about the many interesting settings, stories and adventures that they will be able to create using the heads, accessories and capes developed for Bricks of the Mouse Guard!
HOW DO YOU MAKE AWESOME STUFF LIKE THIS?
These high-quality injection-molded collectibles are fully licensed from the author-illustrator David Petersen and are ready to add fun to your favorite brick characters. They fit your favorite miniature figures like LEGO®, Kre-O®, Kubrick®, Character Building®, Si-Dan® and Friends®.
A long process of digital sculpture in various CAD and art programs is done to create the initial art. Many weeks of refining and direction are used to find the perfect balance of aesthetics and engineering. Real-world prototypes are created from these digital art files and these are then evaluated to make sure they are going to fit the proportions and style of the figure. It takes a long time but it is well worth the wait!
What remains is to finance the expensive process of machining the steel injection-mold tooling followed by the tuning of the production process to create the actual parts via injection-molded plastic. This is the same high-quality ABS material and colors used by LEGO® and other popular brick products.
THE CRATE OF THE MATRIARCH!
BrickArms ( www.brickarms.com ) is the #1 provider of custom weapons and parts for your favorite brick figures.
They have created these amazing minifig-scaled crates and, as part of your pledge offering, you can get one of these special custom-printed Crates of the Matriarch only available through Kickstarter. The Munchkin Bricks, Pigs VS Cows and SKULLS Crates have already become sought-after collectibles. The final design for the Mouse Guard crate is still an ongoing work-in-progress with David Petersen.
At CrazyBricks, we love Kickstarter!
What better way to reach the fans of our favorite Graphic Novels and custom brick accessories and bring them all together!
Bricks of the Mouse Guard will be featured in the Emerald City ComicCon display in March but we want YOU to have a set too! It's an expensive and time-consuming process to design and create injection-mold tooling.
Your support will allow us to create these amazing collectibles!
We think they are fantastic and we know you will too!
If we hit our 30K Stretch Goal we unlock a whole bevy of exciting new options.
1. We team up with the artists at BrickArms, CitizenBrick and Cape Madness to produce fully-realized custom Mouse Guard Minifigures of your favorite Mouse Guard Heroes! These will include pad-printed custom torsos, limited-edition colored weapons, Hero length capes, 10th Anniversary Mouse Guard packaging and more!
2. 1 x 8 Mouse Guard Badge Bricks so you can show your love of the Guard!
3. You can ADD ON additional Crates of the Matriarch!
4. and even more surprises.
Besides enabling you to sport a full set of dangerous, yet cute, weaponry and amazing mouse character heads, we've also set up some special rewards just for this Kickstarter campaign.
ORIGINAL DAVID PETERSEN INKS!
You could be the proud owner of one of these fantastic 5" x 5" hand-drawn David Peterson Mouse Guard pen-and-ink drawings! They are original works done on 6" x 6" Bristol board.
CrazyBricks makes amazing accessories and custom plastic injection parts for your favorite miniature figures. Compatible with LEGO®, Kre-O®, Kubrick® and Character Bricks®, CrazyBricks is your one stop shop for Munchkin Bricks, Pigs, Cows, Zombies, Skulls, and Zombie Gingerbread Men!
Did you just say "Zombie Gingerbread Men"? - yes I did..!
Come visit us at www.crazybricks.com
Guy is a the president/owner of CrazyBricks.
Guy Himber, a.k.a. V&A Steamworks, is an award-winning LEGO builder. He has been a featured editor for the BrickJournal magazine ( hosting their Steampunk- and Iron Builder-themed editions ) and has been featured innumerable times for his work and design with LEGO® bricks both online and in print. He is also Co-Chairman of the world-renowned Iron Builder contest which pits the community's greatest brick-artists against one another in the plastic Coliseum of glory.
His most recent projects include authoring the book Steampunk LEGO by No Starch Press, and Guy was a contributing artist to the Steampunk User's Manual by Jeff VanderMeer.
has an extensive background in Special Make Up Effects and Animatronics and has
worked on 50+ feature films including:
Edward Scissorhands, Independence
Day, Stargate and the Underworld
Trilogy ( look him up on IMDB.com ). He also owns a real Brass Top Hat!
No Foolin' !
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Risks and challenges
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