About this project
FOUR HORSEMEN STUDIO'S GOTHITROPOLIS RAVENS KICKSTARTER
Four Horsemen Studios’ Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter is a project to ensure that our Gothitropolis Raven action figure series can go into full production, and this fan favorite group of figures can end up in your hands!
What are these cool figures? The Raven and his compatriots are the newest figures in our Gothitropolis line of highly detailed six inch scaled action figures. The Raven was chosen by fans as the winner of our FANtastic Exclusive project which allows fans to vote on all aspects of our next figure. Our team here have spent hundreds of hours of meticulously sculpting, fabricating, and painting to create the spectacular prototypes for this line. This project is an absolute labor of love for everyone involved here at Four Horsemen Studios.
These will be approximately 6” tall (which puts them in scale with previous Gothitropolis releases like our Scarabus and the TimeKeeper figures). He has 34 points of articulation. He’s got two sets of interchangeable feet (one set in an open “attack pose” and the second set has a “battle grip” for wielding weapons). He has this detailed scythe/staff weapon and a signature belt loaded with supplies and relics. This figure has an intricate paint scheme that contains hundreds of paint applications.
We've created 12 prototypes in total here at the studio based largely on fan requests for various species of birds and other fantasy creatures. Each variant features a unique head sculpture, and it’s own gorgeous paint scheme that perfectly reflects the character’s species and theme.
For the initial Kickstarter we are starting with six figures in total. Of course we didn’t want to shut out the possibilities for all 12 figures, so we are offering the remaining 6 figures as stretch goals.
Gothitropolis Logo Sticker
Gothitropolis Ravens Battle Pack
Gothitropolis Ravens T-Shirt (sizes S through XXL)
Gothitropolis Starter Pack
The Black Raven & The Griffon
The Falcon & The Vulture
The Cardinal & The Kickstarter Exclusive: Minotaur the Duck
Gothitropolis Raven bust!
STRETCH GOAL ITEMS (will be made available for purchase after each stretch goal level is met)
$75,000.00: The White Raven - UNLOCKED!! Check the "ADD-ONS"
$85,000.00: Quetzalcoatl - UNLOCKED!! Check the "ADD-ONS"
$95,000.00: The Phoenix - UNLOCKED!! Check the "ADD-ONS"
$105,000.00: The Owl - UNLOCKED!! Check the "ADD-ONS"
$115,000.00: The Rooster - UNLOCKED!! Check the "ADD-ONS"
$125,000.00: The Screaming Eagle - UNLOCKED!! Check the "ADD-ONS"
$145,000.00: WINGS!!!! - UNLOCKED!!! - You asked for 'em. Now's your chance to get 'em! (Check the "ADD-ONS")These interchangable and articulated wings are NOW available for purchase! They'll attach to the backs of any of the Ravens figures. Add-on to your existing pledge level for only $18.00 per pair (left & right) for US customers and $20.00 for international!
$165,000.00: BONE WINGS?!? Heck yeah, bone wings!!! - UNLOCKED!!! (Check the "ADD-ONS") - They'll attach to the backs of any of the Ravens figures. NOW INCLUDES INTERCHANGEABLE RAVEN SKULL AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!! You can now add these on to your existing pledge level for only $18.00 per pair (left & right) for US customers and $20.00 for international!
$175,000.00: PINK FLAMINGO! - UNLOCKED!!! (Check the "ADD-ONS") - Yeah, we know it sounds silly, but you know you want it and have you ever seen the Pink Elephant we did for our 7th Kingdom property? That dude is slick and this thing's gonna be just as awesome!
!!!NEW STRETCH GOAL!!! $185,000.00: FIGURE STANDS!! - (Check the "ADD-ONS") - We don't have a pic to show you of these yet but they'll be basic rectangular pegged figure stands that will not only hold a single Raven figure, but we're also going to make it so that it can hold all other previously released figures from Four Horsemen properties. AND it'll come with an adjustable flight arm with a clip that can be used on various figures to make them rise above the rest! Once the $185,000.00 goal is met, these will be unlocked and made available for purchase by adding only $3.00 to your existing pledge for each stand that you'd like to add on!
ADD-ONS!! (can ONLY be purchased along with a pre-existing pledge level - available for purchase with pledge levels 4 through 42 only - not available for purchase separately - please see pledge levels for item descriptions)
GOTHITROPOLIS STICKER: worldwide add $5
GOTHITROPOLIS PRINTS: worldwide add $15
GOTHITROPOLIS RAVENS T-SHIRT: worldwide add $30
THE BLACK RAVEN FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
THE GRIFFON FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
THE VULTURE FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
THE FALCON FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
THE CARDINAL FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE MINOTAUR THE DUCK FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE BLACK RAVEN BATTLE PACK: US add $48 / international add $55
2-UP RAVEN BUST: US add $150 / international add $180
GOTHITROPOLIS RAVENS 6-PACK: US add $240 / international add $265
FAUX BRONZE RAVEN 2-UP PROTOTYPE: worldwide add $1,000
FULLY PAINTED RAVEN 2-UP PROTOTYPE: worldwide add $2,500
BLACK RAVEN BATTLE PACK (no raven figure - includes one screaming Black Raven head with a removable war helmet - which also fits the basic Raven head & the Black Raven's Blood Saber): US add $13 / international add $15
!!!NEW!!! WHITE RAVEN BATTLE PACK (no raven figure - includes one screaming White Raven head with a removable war helmet - which also fits the basic Raven head & the White Raven's Blood Saber): US add $13 / international add $15
!!!UNLOCKED!!! THE WHITE RAVEN FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
!!!UNLOCKED!!! THE QUETZALCOATL FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
!!!UNLOCKED!!! THE PHOENIX FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
!!!UNLOCKED!!! THE OWL FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
!!!UNLOCKED!!! THE ROOSTER FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
!!!UNLOCKED!!! THE SCREAMING EAGLE FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
!!!UNLOCKED!!! THE PINK FLAMINGO FIGURE: US add $33 / international add $40
!!!UNLOCKED!!! WINGS: add $18 per pair (left & right) / international add $20 (can be added to ANY level as long as you've pledged for at least one figure - this includes multi-figure sets)
!!!UNLOCKED!!! BONE WINGS & SKULL: add $18 per pair (left & right) / international add $20 (can be added to ANY level as long as you've pledged for at least one figure - this includes multi-figure sets)
!!!UNLOCKED!!! BASES/FIGURE STANDS: add $3 each when added to an existing pledge of level 4 or higher OR with the "ALL-IN ADD-ON" option! (images coming soon!)
ALL 13 RAVEN VARIANTS!!! (can be added to ANY level, including) includes Black Raven, Griffon, Falcon, Vulture, Cardinal, Minotaur the Duck, White Raven, Quetzocoatl, Phoenix, Owl, Rooster, Screaming Eagle, and Pink Flamingo, levels 1 through 3): US add $430 / international add $460
!!!NEW!!! THE ALL-IN ADD-ON!! This add-on will get you all of the following figures and other accessories and add-ons for one combined price and you can add any other add-ons on as well. All you'll need to do is pledge at level one or higher and add $675.00 US and $710.00 international on to get all of the items listed below! - Black Raven with Black Wings, White Raven with White Wings, Griffon with Dark Brown Wings, Vulture with Dark Brown Wings, Rooster with Dark Brown Wings, Screaming Eagle with Dark Brown Wings, Falcon with Light Brown Wings, Owl with Light Brown Wings, Cardinal with Red Wings, Phoenix with Red Wings, Quetzalcoatl with Red Wings, Kickstarter Exclusive Minotaur the Duck with White Wings, Pink Flamingo with Pink Wings, one set of Bone Wings & Raven Skull, one Kickstarter Exclusive Black Raven Battle Pack, one White Raven Battle Pack, interchangeable duck feet for Minotaur the Duck, interchangeable duck feet for Pink Flamingo, one Gothitropolis Ravens T-shirt, two Gothitropolis Prints, one Gothitropolis Sticker, your name added to the "THANK YOU" list on SourceHorsemen.com (THIS OFFER DOES NOT INCLUDE FIGURE STANDS IF YOU WANT THOSE, THEY'LL NEED TO BE ADDED SEPARATELY)
...PLUS - ONLY WITH THE "ALL-IN ADD-ON" AND NEVER AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE - A free super-limited top secret item that will be a real hoot to collectors! ;)
Here at Four Horsemen Studios we create toy lines for some of the biggest properties out there, but we also have a passion for creating our own in-house brands and action figure lines. The biggest obstacle that we’ve hit with creating those figures is: “how do you build a fan base for a property that is being created from scratch?” This is where our concept of FANtastic Exclusive comes in...
FANtastic Exclusive is a project that we created back in 2005 that allowed fans to vote on all aspects of what the next figure we produced would end up like. Fans chose the line, the character, the scale, the points of articulation, and many of the other important stages of creating an action figure. FANtastic Exclusive gave fans a reason to be excited about the lines that we were working on even without a cartoon or movie to promote it, because the helped in the creation of the action figures.
We had great runs for 3 years with FAN Ex. Things were going well. We hit a roadblock, though, when it came time to produce the fourth winner of FANtastic Exclusive: The Raven. Over the years manufacturing prices have continually increased. The tooling prices (which is the price for the steel molds used in China) have in some cases doubled since we started producing figures, and the individual figure prices have sometimes quadrupled! When we got a price quote back from our factory in China we realized that there was no way we could produce these figures without help.
Then a friend of ours introduced us to Kickstarter, and we found a way to get that help. A fan funded project made so much sense for The Raven. Fans have been with us from the beginning, and now they truly have the power to make this figure a reality!
Risks and challenges
The biggest possible obstacle that we might face is that one of the factories that we're using for production over in Hong Kong or China shuts down in the middle of our production run and we lose the steel molds that would be used to create the figures.
This actually happened to us a few years ago when we were running our Ramathorr figures for our property, 7th Kingdom. The factory had suddenly closed down and we were unable to contact those responsible. Fortunately, because of our experience with dealing with this sort of thing and through our strong connections throughout the toy industry, we were able to retrieve the missing molds and have then moved to a new factory to continue the production on Ramathorr and his variants.
Even though going back into production on those figures cost us an extra $16,000.00 out of our own pockets to finish and caused the delivery of the figures to come months later than we'd originally planned, we constantly kept the fans who'd pre-ordered the figures in the loop as to what was going on, always reassuring them that we were dedicated to eventually get those figures into their hands, even if we had to go overseas to run the machines making them ourselves.
Now, after years of manufacturing our own runs of action figures with various overseas factories, not only do we have the experience to take care of an issue such as this should it arise, but we're also working on this new project with one of the largest and most reputable manufacturers in the industry who themselves have worked with some of the largest and most successful toy companies on the planet in taking a toy line all the way from it's original prototype form to a beautifully packaged and high quality final product on collector's shelves worldwide.
Four Horsemen Toy Design Studios is a company that is world-renowned for the quality, resolve and dedication that we have for the work that we do, have done, and will continue to do for the foreseeable future. By putting your trust in us through our first Kickstarter campaign, we'll vow to make the Ravens the best possible six-inch scaled action figure line it can possibly be. If there's a problem, yo, we'll solve it...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter