First Test Shots- Video Preview from China
Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series First Test Shots video
In the last update you all got a look at some of the Raptor test shot figures- the first ones to be injected in plastic as the tooling molds are tested and refined. Now, thanks to my good friend Stefan Folkins (you may remember him mentioned as the artist behind the diorama backgrounds I shot on a while back), we have an even better look at the new figures. Stefan has been kind enough to make a video for us to view some of the first test shot figures direct from the tooling factory.
A few things to note before watching the video. These figures are currently going through a process called 'debugging' which means that the articulation is being tested and refined, so these figures here are not necessarily representative of the final product, aside from the obvious lack of paint.
Some of the flaws I've noticed from this video are: no tongues, some loose parts (you'll know when you see them), collars are too low on necks, some of the tails may be upside down, and Adsaurus' back feathers need to be glued into place.
Now that that's out of the way, there are also some strong positives as well: wires in tails work well, small raptors also have tail wires (woo-hoo), jaw gape is much improved over prototypes, secondary feathers (forearms) will be interchangeable, jaw interchangeability is very simple, great range of motion on necks.
Without further ado, here is the video:
So that's a look at where the figures are so far. The others are being worked on as well, and all test shots are planned to be completed by next week. Once they are finished, they will be sent to me for review and I will give notes on improvements. The tooling molds are planned to ship to the production factory by April 22nd and from there the final versions of the figures will begin to take shape with paint and packaging. In fact, I am planning to visit the production factory myself in early May to oversee the beginning stages of production and make sure everything is on the right track. That being said, it's time to address the elephant in the room...
How can I possibly begin shipping product in May?
Well, unfortunately, the shipping dates will have to be delayed a few months, very sorry everyone. I sincerely apologize but I will not be able to hit my original estimated ship date of May 2017. I wanted to have more info before mentioning anything officially, but as the year continues to roll forward, I'm sure it's become obvious that this project is a bit behind. Between all the additional time I needed last year to sculpt the new pieces and now with all of parts and figures that the factory has to account for, it's no surprise that the production process is taking longer than expected.
On the plus side, the tooling factory is committed to doing the best job they can with these figures and I'd much prefer that they take the time they need to get everything right instead of trying to push everything through to meet a deadline. They've all been very communicative and helpful throughout and I have no doubt that these figures will turn out great- we'll just have to wait a little longer than expected. Once the production factory gets the tooling and finalizes the paint and packaging, I will be able to get an accurate timeline of what to expect. Shipping this Summer could still be a possibility however, but it's too early to know for sure. I will keep you all posted on the production schedule as more information becomes available.
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