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Beasts of the Mesozoic is a line of 1/6th scale scientifically accurate dinosaur action figures, with great detail and articulation.
Beasts of the Mesozoic is a line of 1/6th scale scientifically accurate dinosaur action figures, with great detail and articulation.
Beasts of the Mesozoic is a line of 1/6th scale scientifically accurate dinosaur action figures, with great detail and articulation.
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Current Production Status, Updated Shipping Schedule, and Test Shot Giveaway

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deluxe raptor deco samples
deluxe raptor deco samples

 

As we enter into the Fall season, fulfillment of the Beasts of the Mesozoic figures is on the horizon and what started as a small idea last year is finally on the verge of becoming a reality for all of us in a big way.

In my previous update, I'd said I would follow up with an update about the package design process. However due to recent information I've received about the production schedule and the fact that product shipping is obviously on everyone's mind at this point, I wanted to dedicate this update to those particular matters. But you can still expect a packaging- focused update in the near future, as I have been looking forward to putting that together for you all. But for now, on to the latest news...

 

Fulfillment will now be in Two Waves- ship date changes

As we approach the estimated ship dates for the figures, production is moving along a little slower than anticipated and as some of you may have already suspected, the timeline has to be pushed back again unfortunately. I've been in frequent correspondence with the factory lately in regards to final approvals, production progress, and what to expect moving forward. Here's a breakdown of where we're at currently:

-All Accessory Packs and Nestlings are nearly complete and are expected to be ready to ship from the factory to the US by the end of September. Fulfillment shipping to backers for these items is estimated to begin in mid to late October, about a month later than the previous estimate. From what I understand, this is simply due to the complexity of the paint operations.

-All deluxe raptor deco samples have been adjusted and approved to move forward.

-Due to several last-minute tooling adjustments, at my request to improve the raptor joints and display stand rods, the molds were only finalized a couple of weeks ago, thus contributing to the delay of the deluxe raptors. Deco sample revisions have also played a factor.

- The deluxe raptors are now expected to ship from the factory to the US in late November. Fulfillment shipping to backers is estimated to begin in the latter part of December. While shipping out in time for Christmas may be possible, there is no guarantee.

 

yeah, I snuck some packaging in there
yeah, I snuck some packaging in there

   

In light of the new information regarding the status of the figures, I've decided to have them shipped in two waves in order to get product out to backers as soon as possible. Accessory Packs and Nestlings will be in the first wave and then Deluxe Raptors and Build-a-Raptors in the second wave. The delays are regrettable, but necessary in order to achieve the level of quality that we are all expecting.

So now that the 'bad' news' is out of the way, lets get to all of the 'good news'. I encourage you to read on through to the end as there is still plenty to be excited about.

 

Accessory Packs and Nestlings Status

The Accessory Packs and Nestlings have been in production for about the past month or so and are finishing up as of this post. These items are expected to leave the factory and head to the US around the end of this month. Allow about three weeks for transport and customs holdings and then on to fulfillment which will ship from New Jersey. For those that ordered Accessory Packs and Nestlings along with Deluxe Raptors, your order will be shipped in two separate segments at no additional cost.

Recently, I was able to obtain photos of these sets straight from the factory courtesy of my fellow NECA co-worker Stefan Folkins. Here's a look at what was on the production line this past week.

Amber Nestlings
Amber Nestlings

 

Black Nestlings
Black Nestlings

 

Protoceratops skulls awaiting paint
Protoceratops skulls awaiting paint

 

assorted accessory pack pieces in various stages
assorted accessory pack pieces in various stages

 

'Freedom!'
'Freedom!'

 

fight or play?
fight or play?

   Final production samples should arrive to me within the next week or so. Be sure to follow my social media for latest developments on that.

 

Deluxe Raptors and Build-a-Raptors status

As stated previously,  the deluxe Raptors are now expected to be shipped out to backers beginning around the end of this year. While I am a bit disappointed by this new time frame, the upside is that the deco samples look very nice and the factory has had enough time now to decipher an effective paint method for each raptor. Also, the slight adjustments to the tooling over the past few months will also go a long way to making the product the best it can be.

For your reference, here are the approved paint samples- you can click the image to see a gallery showcasing the corresponding deco sample figure (note: some deco changes have been made after the gallery photos were taken and the knee joint color is not final)

Velociraptor mongoliensis
Velociraptor mongoliensis

 

Atrociraptor marshalli
Atrociraptor marshalli

 

Tsaagan mangas
Tsaagan mangas

 

Velociraptor osmolskae
Velociraptor osmolskae

 

Saurornitholestes sullivani
Saurornitholestes sullivani

 

Balaur bondoc
Balaur bondoc

 

Adasaurus mongoliensis
Adasaurus mongoliensis

 

Dromaeosaurus albertensis
Dromaeosaurus albertensis

 

Acheroraptor temertyorum
Acheroraptor temertyorum

 

Zhenyuanlong suni
Zhenyuanlong suni

 

Pyroraptor olympius
Pyroraptor olympius

 

Linheraptor exquisitus
Linheraptor exquisitus

 

Velociraptor osmolskae (variant)
Velociraptor osmolskae (variant)

 

Dromaeosaurus albertensis FC
Dromaeosaurus albertensis FC

 

Pyroraptor olympius FC
Pyroraptor olympius FC

 

Saurornitholestes langstoni FC
Saurornitholestes langstoni FC

 

Zhenyuanlong suni FC
Zhenyuanlong suni FC

 

 And let's not forget the Build-a-Raptors! Here is a look at the package configuration for both sets. (note: the final versions will be painted in light grey matte)

Build-a-Raptor set A
Build-a-Raptor set A

 

Build-a-Raptor set B
Build-a-Raptor set B

 

With all tooling revisions now completed, production for the deluxe raptors is well underway with many parts already made to be painted and assembled.

Heads or tails?
Heads or tails?

 

Zhenyuanlong tails
Zhenyuanlong tails

 

secondary feathers/ forearms
secondary feathers/ forearms

 

parts!
parts!

 

loads of parts!
loads of parts!

 If that doesn't get you excited, read on...

well, read on anyway.

 

Random Test-Shot Give-Away!

One of these could be yours
One of these could be yours

In light of the recent production delays, I wanted to find a way to show my appreciation for your support and patience throughout this entire process. It's been a crazy ride so far and I'm glad you all are on board to share this experience with me. As an incentive to hang in there just a little bit longer,  I will be giving away all of my original deluxe raptor test shot action figures to 11 random backers. These one-of-kind items will never to be sold or replicated again. They are the very first action figures ever made by Creative Beast Studio, so in essence, a very rare piece of dinosaur toy history.

How do I qualify?

Most likely, you already have. The only requirement to be eligible is to have pre-ordered or pledged for at least one of the deluxe raptors (Fans choice and Build-a-Raptors are included). The test shots will be blindly added to 11 random shipments during fulfillment- only the fulfillment workers will know which packages have the test shots. Also:

-Your chances are the same whether you ordered one raptor or all of them.

- KIckstarter and BackerKit backers all have the same odds.

-Having multiple shipments does increase your chances, but no individual or household will receive more than one test shot.

-These will only go out with the deluxe raptors wave at the end of this year- the Accessory Pack and Nestlings shipments are not eligible.

-In the sake of fairness, my co-workers at NECA are automatically disqualified by association (sorry guys)

I know how much many of you have been looking forward to getting your raptors and I wish I could get them to you sooner. Hopefully this will make the wait a little more bearable. It's actually more satisfying for me to know that these will end up with the backers than it would be for me to keep them. Good luck!

 

Pre-Order Store schedule- closing dates

Now that the fulfillment will be split into two segments, it's worth noting how this will effect the pre-order situation.

Accessory Packs and Nestlings

The final day to pre-order Accessory Packs and Nestlings from the BackerKit preorder store will be Friday, October 13th. After this date, those items will become temporarily unavailable during the fulfillment period. Once the pre-orders are all shipped, the remaining product will be available on my new website store, which is currently under development.

 

New Creative Beast Studio website currently in development
New Creative Beast Studio website currently in development

Deluxe Raptors and Build-a-Raptors

The final day to pre-order Deluxe Raptors and Build-a-Raptors from the BackerKit preorder store will be Friday, December 22nd. After this date, those items will then become temporarily unavailable until the pre-orders are fulfilled. The remaining product will be available afterward on my new website store in addition to the Accessory Packs and Nestlings. It is worth noting that the prices on my website may be slightly higher than they are for pre-order, but I do intend to keep the increase to a minimum.

Well I think that's enough information to take in for now. If you don't already, please be sure to  to follow the progress of this project and more on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all of the latest information and photos. And if you're new to Beasts of the Mesozoic, the BackerKit pre-order store can be found HERE.

'catch y'all later!'
'catch y'all later!'

As always, thanks so much everyone- until next time!

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    1. David Silva Creator on October 24

      @Darth- sorry I forgot mention, yes each shipment will have a tracking number.

    2. David Silva Creator on October 24

      @Darth- the regular raptors (including the exclusive) are estimated to begin shipping around the end of this year. The Accessory Packs and Nestlings will ship sooner.

      @Haroulis- for the Accessory Pack I would say late next month, for the Atrociraptor it will likely be in January. However if you would prefer to have your order sent all at once, please let me know. Thanks!

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      Haroulis on October 23

      Hi David, I live in the UK so when do you expect I'll be receiving my Atrociraptor and accessory pack? Thanks

    4. Darth Biomech on October 22

      So do I understand it correctly that the regular raptors will be sent ASAP around these next few weeks, and exclusives for backers will be sent later in December?

      Also, will the shipments be provided with a tracking number?

    5. David Silva Creator on September 28

      @Thrumugnyr- no worries, that will do- I have put a note on your order for you.

      @Ruth- Thanks!

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      Ruth on September 18

      They all look so great in the pictures, I don't really mind waiting. I'm treating it like a happy surprise as to whenever they arrive. Thanks for keeping us in the loop the whole way through.

    7. Thrumugnyr on September 18

      @David Silva I'd love to get my shipment in one batch - is it enough to just say this here or do I have to send an email? And if so which email exactly?

    8. David Silva Creator on September 18

      @Daniel- yes, please feel free to contact me directly and I'll help you with whatever you need.

      @Sean- no problem at all, I've just made a note on your order.

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      Sean Thomas on September 18

      You can send my whole pledge at one time and save on shipping. I don't need my order anytime soon.

    10. Daniel Pazmino on September 18

      I just had the time to read this, not bad news at all if the reason is a refinement in the process :)
      So Nestlings and Accessory packs are first, hmmm...
      Remember I had a value / weight limit per shipping to my country? This means that now I have more room for Deluxe raptors, right?
      Can I still work out new shipping arrangements and additions directly with you? or should I contact Backerkit CS for that issue? I'm so excited. Thanks for the update!

    11. David Silva Creator on September 18

      Thanks for the additional comments guys! :)

      @Tim- shouldn't be a problem. Please send me a message about it and I'll show you how you can edit your address.

    12. TheTopRaptor on September 18

      Can't wait for them..

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      Tim Sosa on September 18

      Thanks for the update! It looks like I will be moving in between the first and second shipments; will there be any difficulty with changing my shipping address in the interim?

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      Dominic Lindus on September 17

      Thanks so much for the update David, these are my favorite production photos so far! That pile of protoceratops skulls is an amazing image. It's one thing to see a pile of mismatched Styrofoam bones in a Hollywood movie, but when you see a pile of accurately sculpted (albeit miniature) dinosaur skulls, it really inspires the imagination. You have been working so hard on all of the BOTM stuff and as much as I am excited for my raptors and looking forward to progress on the ceratopsians, I hope you have been able to find time for yourself. Awesome work as always, cheers!

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      Alyssa on September 17

      I'm really digging that matte paint. It gives them that velvety bird feather feel... most figures I see come out with a plasticky sheen, intended or otherwise, so this is a nice change.

    16. David Silva Creator on September 17

      Wow- thanks for the comments so far everyone! I really appreciate the kind words of encouragement. :)

      @Ben- I can't say yet if the grey they use on the Build-a-Raptors will be usable as a primer, but that is the idea. Still awaiting some final product samples for those.

      @Taya- thanks! Always happy to hear from you. :)

      @Faelrin- on the blue Velcoiraptor, the green is actually more of a turquoise in-person and was indeed on the prototype. It's just one of those colors that can appear a little different depending on the lighting.

      @Miriam- thanks so much for the kind feedback.

      @Thrumugnyr- no worries. I neglected to mention that everyone has the option to ship their items all at once as I can see how this may be in issue for international backers. Just send me a message telling me to ship your items all at once and I'll add a note to your order for the fulfillment service.

      @Stefan- good question. Leaving them unpainted will make the figures more difficult to paint as the paint they use at the factory to paint PVC plastic is very a specific, durable paint that most won't have access to. Also, I'm keeping in mind those that don't want any paint and want to display them for the sculpted detail. The casted white material is somewhat translucent and makes details hard to see, but light grey is perfect for catching light and shadows.

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      Stefan Findlay on September 17

      I'm cool with the delays! You've kept us all up to speed through the whole thing, and from everything you've shared with us about how the production process works, it makes sense that there would be a bit more of a wait. Just gives me more time to figure out how I'm going to display them! (And now I suddenly hope I end up with one of those test-shots! Best of luck to everyone!)

      I have a completely random question: You mentioned that the build-a-raptor figures will be Painted gray. Is there a reason they'll be painted rather than just cast in gray plastic/rubber? I didn't order a build-a-raptor set, and I'm not complaining, I just continue to find the production details interesting, so I was curious about this. Is it a material cost issue, or is this like a primer coat to make it easier on customizers?

      Thanks again for all the fantastic updates! What a great ride!

    18. Thrumugnyr on September 17

      Oh man I do want one of those test shot raptors :D *crosses fingers* It's a fair give away, so that's nice!

      And oh boy the deluxe raptors look SO nice I can't wait! Although I'm not sure I really like the fact of having to pay for customs TWICE. That really sucks.

    19. Miriam Alexander on September 17

      Thank you for this detailed update, David! It's unfortunate that we can't have our raptors as soon as we all hoped, but there's only so much you can do from afar and we know that.
      It's rather telling that your campaign is the best example of how to strengthen rather than lose your backers' trust when delays become necessary.

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      Faelrin on September 17

      So close and yet so far. Thank you so much for all the transparency throughout this process. I really appreciate it. I cannot say I am surprised to hear it pushed back, but it is all for the better, for these to be the very best they can be. At least I still have the amber nestling pack and desert and mountain accessory packs to look forward too, sooner then later. I suppose on the plus side (for me personally), hopefully I'll receive my physical rewards (raptor claw and field guide) from the Saurian kickstarter around the same time, or before I'll receive my deluxe raptors. I really want to have that claw on display next to my raptors. Also on the plus side, this gives me more time to decide (and save up) for any figures I might want (although as of now I'm pretty happy with the selection I've ordered so far). Nonetheless it is very exciting to see how all this process progresses. The pictures with the nestlings in particular are super adorable as well (and they are looking great).

      One more thing after looking at the deco samples from above, and in particular about the exclusive blue one. Are those green-blue feathers on the wings a trick of the lighting? Or have they always been intended to be that way and I've just never realized? I don't mind either way though, just curious.

      In any case, thanks for everything so far.

    21. Taya Castillo
      Superbacker
      on September 17

      The deco samples really look great! Thanks for taking pride enough in your work to make these the best figures they can be. And thanks for another awesome update! You put time and effort into these same as your figs and it really shows. Always look forward to reading them.

    22. Ben Chilcoat
      Superbacker
      on September 17

      Much rather have a superior product later than an inferior one today. Thanks for your hard work.

      Will the light-grey matte on the BYO be a sufficient primer?

    23. Rachel Brennan on September 17

      Oh the revisions do make them look nicer!

    24. Gnob Ojois on September 17

      Wow. We're almost there. It's so beautiful. Can't wait to display these babies.