Current Production Status, Updated Shipping Schedule, and Test Shot Giveaway
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.
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.
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)
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)
With all tooling revisions now completed, production for the deluxe raptors is well underway with many parts already made to be painted and assembled.
If that doesn't get you excited, read on...
well, read on anyway.
Random Test-Shot Give-Away!
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.
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.
As always, thanks so much everyone- until next time!