Hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day weekend. I just wanted to give everyone a quick heads-up about the special offer happening this weekend on creative-beast.com!
The Flock Continues to Grow
Thanks to all of the love the line has received thus far, the initial run of the Beasts of the Mesozoic:Raptor Series has proven to be a success! As a result, I'm very happy to say that the next set of Raptor Series action figures has already begun production without the need for crowdfunding and are now being offered for the first time to pre-order at a special reduced price. These figures will remain available to pre-order until they are in-stock, which is estimated to be late March/ early April 2019. After that, the remaining stock will be available at the regular price.
Promotion Details- To help kick things off, there is a special promotion this Black Friday through Cyber Monday: those who pre-order any new item by midnight Monday, Nov 26th, will receive a 10% off coupon good toward any future order. (coupon good for in-stock items only) A unique, one-time-use coupon will be emailed to pre-order customers on Tues Nov. 27th.
Final reward fulfillment will begin soon- please check your addresses!
The wait is nearly over for the Wave 2 deluxe raptors as they have now safely reached the Fulfillrite warehouse in Lakewood, New Jersey. Final reward shipping for those with orders containing any of the six Wave 2 items will begin on Tuesday, May 29th. For those that have moved since pledging for the 2016 Kickstarter campaign, I highly encourage you to check your address in BackerKit to make sure it is correct. If the order can not be delivered or if it is accepted at the wrong address, the package may be unrecoverable. To check your order in BackerKit, please enter your email at this link. Or you may private message me here for additional assistance.
Deluxe Raptors: Wave 2 arrival from China
As for the raptors figures themselves, the helpful people at Fulfillrite were kind enough to snap some photos of the new arrivals for us. Take a look!
I can't express how great it feels to know that ALL of the products (over 30,000 units total) are now finally in-stock and ready to be shipped out! Consider for a moment what we've accomplished together... it is quite incredible.
BackerKit Store closing soon (May 28th)- Last chance to add-on or buy at pre-order price!
As we approach the final stage of the Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series reward fulfillment, it will soon come time to officially end the project on BackerKit and say 'farewell' to the pre-order store. As of the end of Memorial Day, May 28th, the BackerKit store will be closed for good and creative-beast.com will become the home for all of the available Beasts of the Mesozoic items.
But wait, there's more...
Memorial Day weekend/ Farewell sale- $10 discount code!
To commemorate the closing of the Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series BackerKit Store, I am running one final promotion over Memorial Day weekend (May 25th-May 28th). As of today, May 25th, you can use code FAREWELL10 to receive $10 off any order made this weekend (this includes adding to an existing order.) The code is only good for items purchased this weekend. If you would like to add to an existing order, please private message me with what you would like and I will follow up as soon as possible.
Again I can not thank everyone enough for the tremendous support and love that you all have shown for this project- you, the Kickstarter backers, have made this action figure series and thus the entire Beasts of the Mesozoic line, a reality. And thanks to the additional support through BackerKit, we now have the opportunity to extend the line for years to come. Fulfillment and customer service will be my priority in the coming weeks, but I will be putting together a proper video 'thank you' soon looking back on this project and discussing the future of the line, including details about the next Kickstarter campaign, Ceratopsians series 1.
So be sure to stay up to date with all of the latest news on the raptors, ceratopsians, and more by following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There is still much more in the works from Creative Beast Studio and the Beasts of the Mesozoic product line, even a few surprises...
Take care everyone- bye for now and enjoy the holiday weekend!
The long awaited deluxe raptors wave 2 are currently en route to their USA destination in Lakewood, NJ. (To be exact, as of this writing, they are in the Mediterranean Sea.) They are expected to arrive at the warehouse within the next two weeks and thus reward and pre-order fulfillment for Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series will conclude before the end of this month!
Final photos from China
Before the raptors were sent away on their ocean journey my contact in China, Stefan Folkins, was kind enough to do a random case inspection for each figure type. Here are some photos he took from that inspection.
For more on this, check out the full post on my Facebook page here.
So all seemed be very good and well worth the extra time needed to finish these, but then there was an obvious paint issue with the Fans Choice Saurornitholestes langstoni. Can you spot it?
If you said 'the thigh', you are correct. Since the rest of the figure turned out so well, some may not have minded the harsh color break on the leg, but I personally felt that this was unacceptable and immediately asked them to fix it on all of the figures that had this mistake.The tricky thing was that these had already been packed and boxed in their cases for transport so asking them to fix this at such a late stage would've normally ended up not being done or at the very least delayed the shipment. However after respectfully expressing my disappointment about the matter to the production manager, he not only agreed to fix all of the affected figures, but committed to work all weekend in an effort to meet the scheduled shipping date. Here are some photos of the figures after they'd been fixed.
Thankfully it was a simple adjustment, but no doubt time-consuming. I am extremely grateful to the factory for going the extra mile and correcting this problem. For more on this topic, click here.
Finalizing your shipping address and unpaid or unanswered surveys
Now is the time to check your shipping address
With the previous raptor wave shipments, there were some people who missed the opportunity to change their shipping address in time before their items went out. Luckily, most of those situations have now been successfully resolved, but in an effort to avoid this moving forward, please be sure to check your address on BackerKit especially if you have moved within the past two years. If you can not find your BackerKit order, please use this link and enter your email address: https://beasts-of-the-mesozoic-raptor-series-action-figure.backerkit.com/
If you need additional assistance, please message me.
Unpaid and incomplete surveys
As of this writing, there are still 51 incomplete Kickstarter surveys and 7 unpaid orders. Please know that if your BackerKit survey is incomplete or if your order is not paid in full, your items will not ship. (Again, you may use the link above to view the status of your order.) Most likely, the 51 people who's surveys have not been completed have long forgotten about this project and I wouldn't expect to hear from them at this point so they will have to miss out on the early reduced pricing. As for the seven unpaid orders, here are the first names and last initials of those who's orders could not be charged:
Daniel A. M.
If you think this may be you, please contact me as soon as possible so we can get your order squared away.
BackerKit store to close as of May 28th
Just a heads up for those who still are considering taking advanatge of the pre-order prices on the BackerKit store- the store will be closing on May 28th and at that time all of my personal inventory will be sold through creative-beast.com. I currently have all wave 1 raptors as well as the Accessory Packs, Nestlings, Build-a-Raptors, and post cards available on my creative-beast.com site and wave 2 will be added as soon as it's in-stock.
For all Kickstarter and BackerKit customers still awaiting their orders
The progression of this project has been a bit unorthodox to say the least, which has made it easy for some backers to lose track of it at times. So it's no surprise that the shipping of the two deluxe raptor waves has caused a bit of confusion, especially if you happened to miss a Kickstarter update or two.
Basically, for those with orders containing any of the wave 2 raptors, all of your items will ship together this month once the entire order is in-stock. So if you're seeing others post their wave 1 raptor figures and wonder 'where's my order', it is very likely that there's at least one wave 2 raptor holding up your order and it will be shipping in a few weeks. If you are unsure of what items you ordered, please feel free to message me, or follow this link: https://beasts-of-the-mesozoic-raptor-series-action-figure.backerkit.com/
Pixel Dan deluxe raptors video review
And before I go, be sure to check out the latest Beasts of the Mesozoic review by the one and only Pixel Dan, right here! In this video, Dan takes a detailed look at Balaur, Velociraptor, and Linheraptor!
And that'll do it for now. I will follow up soon once the new raptors are at the warehouse safe and sound along with a reminder to change your shipping address if you need to. And as always, I encourage everyone to follow this project as well as progress on my Ceratopsians series via my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
Wave 1 Raptors have Arrived and Fulfillment has commenced!
I just wanted to let everyone know that the Wave 1 raptors have indeed arrived at the New Jersey Fulfillrite warehouse and the first shipments went out yesterday to the tune of over 1200 packages! But there are still many more to go out...
Please Check Your Address on BackerKit
After shipping began yesterday, I heard from a few backers who'd missed the previous update and unfortunately had their reward shipped to their old address. I know mentioning this now may seem too little too late for some, but I was under the impression that BackerKit emails Kickstarter update alerts to everyone who's placed an order, so I apologize to those who may not have received that email. I've tested the system myself and it seems to work, but I see now that this may not work for everyone so moving forward I will also send a private group message as well. My sincere apologies to those that I was not able to reach in time and I will do all I can to assist in correcting the issue.
How do I know if my order has shipped?
For those who's rewards shipped yesterday, you would have received an email confirmation with a tracking number.
If you would like to change your address for this wave or for the one in May, please message me as soon as possible. To allow people time to check and edit their addresses, I am holding off on the remainder of fulfillment until Monday, March 19th.
Split Shipping Error
Some of the people who ordered the Accessory Packs, Nestlings, and/or Build-a-Raptors have accidentally had their orders split for the Wave 1 raptors. I just want those people to know that this was unexpected and it happened automatically as a result of having your address already confirmed in BackerKit for the previous shipment. For those who also ordered Wave 2 items, those will still ship in May as planned.
That's all for this brief update. Please allow a little extra time for me to respond to your messages as I have been receiving a lot lately, but I will get back to each and everyone of you as soon as I can. Thanks everyone!!
The wait for the Beasts of the Mesozoic Deluxe Raptor action figures to begin shipping out into the world is nearly over! I have received confirmation of the China cargo shipment reaching the US safely last week and the goods are expected to be at the Fulfillrite warehouse in time to ship by this Friday. As we prepare for their imminent arrival, there are a few points I'd like to go over here.
Wave 1 Raptors will remain available on Backerkit until Wave 2 arrives
Instead of moving the Wave 1 deluxe raptors off of BackerKit to creative-beast.com as was done for the Nestlings, Accessory Packs, and Build-a-Raptors after they arrived, I've decided to keep the Wave 1 raptors available on BackerKit with their Wave 2 cousins until all of them are stateside in May. Since the plan to ship them all together from the factory had to be altered, I can at least keep them together on BackerKit a little longer at the pre-order price which also allows those with existing Wave 2 orders the option to add them if they want. In addition, they will also be available on creative-beast.com.
Split shipping and Address changes
As mentioned in theprevious update, the split shipping option is still available for those with orders containing raptors from both Wave 1 and Wave 2. You may choose to split your order at any time before Wave 2 becomes available. To ship the additional package, the cost is $11 for US and $22 for international (base shipping rates) and this will cover the postage for shipping your Wave 1 raptors ahead of your Wave 2 raptors.
Also, please be sure that your addresses are correct. Many people have moved since ordering so if you have any doubts or would like to change your address, please contact me. I can only ship to the address on file with BackerKit.
If assistance is needed in either case, please message me here on Kickstarter or email me at email@example.com.
Backer Product Photos- Accessory Packs, Nestlings, and Build-a-Raptors
While we anxiously await the arrival of the big boys, the Accessory Packs, Nestlings, and Build-a-Raptors have been making the rounds on social media as project backers have taken some impressive shots of their new acquisitions. Below is just a sampling of the photos posted on the Creative Beast Studio Facebook page. To see more, click here.
There's also been some outstanding custom paintwork for the Build-a-Raptors, here are just a few:
In addition to Facebook, I also recommend checking out some of the recent pics posted on Instagram.
In the spirit of people painting up their Build-a-Raptors, I was inspired to paint one of my own and then thought, 'why not document it too?', so that's what I did. The entire process can be viewed at this gallery. There are too many steps to include here, but below are a few highlights.
Community Hub- the Beasts of the Mesozoic forum is up now!
For those interested in a place to discuss Beasts of the Mesozoic and other dinosaur/ toy-related topics, there's a new forum up now for all of your needs. Project supporter Tayler VanWeeteringen was kind enough to create this brand new Beasts of the Mesozoic community hub! Be one of the first to join in on the discussions here! And in addition, you can also check in with other community members on Discord here.
Nestlings Preview Video
Adding to the Accessory Pack preview videos, I recently posted a preview video for the Nestlings figures as well. In it I go over the figures, the features, and posing options- take a look!
That's all for now. Watch for a follow-up this week on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts regarding the Wave 1 Raptors shipping status. I'm also expecting new production samples for the Wave 2 raptors very soon as well so stay tuned for that and until next time!