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Influenced by classic pro wrestling and tokusatsu: A Sofubi action figure for toy collectors and wrestling fans alike!
Influenced by classic pro wrestling and tokusatsu: A Sofubi action figure for toy collectors and wrestling fans alike!
Influenced by classic pro wrestling and tokusatsu: A Sofubi action figure for toy collectors and wrestling fans alike!
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The Lord of Beasts, King Liger: The Action Figure!

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The Toy:  

The King Liger Stands at around 5.5 inches. The final product will be made in a roto-cast, Japanese soft vinyl (Sofubi). He and future figures will be setup in a simplistic, multi-purpose pose with a swivel at the waist.  Here are the resin prototype pics (not the final product): 

 

 

 

 Size comparisons: 

So where does your backing go?

Since the tooling is already made for this project, the funding will be going to the direct production of King Liger. The funding will also cover any additional expenses such as importing/exporting, packaging, ect. Every little bit helps!

The copper cavities for King Liger. Steel frame to be attached.
The copper cavities for King Liger. Steel frame to be attached.

 

King Liger will be packaged in a classic, sofubi packaging complete with header card and poly-bag. Design is subject to change.
King Liger will be packaged in a classic, sofubi packaging complete with header card and poly-bag. Design is subject to change.

 

The Story 

It all begins in land of West India. A great construct known as the Temple of the Liger sits atop its hilly landscape...

This is the home of the fabled clan of King Liger. The name of King-Liger has been passed down for generations.

 It takes years of training and meditation to be chosen to wear the vale of King-Liger and become the next generation of the Prāṇī Bhagavāna: The "Lord of Beasts."

 

 That day has finally come for one lucky student.

 The master, the last generation of King Liger, has taught this student all the fundamentals of being his successor. The mastery of knowledge, virtues, strength, altruism, and combat skills have all led to this moment.

The Master asks what he plans to do with his great abilities knowing that his student will say that he will carry on the legacy with honor. But the student has other plans... He wishes to use his powers to entertain and become, of all things, a Professional wrestler. 

 "You dare run our legacy through the mud with such nonsense!?" said The Master.

"But the world is at peace. Why should our family to protect something that doesn't need protecting?" The Student rebutted.

"Because," said The Master "It is our family that keeps the peace!" 

With that, The Master banished The Student to exile. 

 Or so he thought... That night The Student snuck into the sacred hall and stole the royal garments, and "The Hood of The Beasts." 

 He fled the country under the light of the Moon. His destination: America.

 As time goes on, the now King Liger makes a name for himself on the Pro Wrestling circuit. Things seemed good for the time being. That was until the fateful day he crossed paths with evil... 

Enter Doctor Silverado, a mad man with an ever-growing army of mutants he calls his "Silver Freaks." These creatures were all formerly Wrestlers who though it was a game that Silverado was playing when he dared them bet their freedom and humanity in a match against his strongest creations.
His plan: World domination, mutation at a time. 

 Now he sets his cross-hairs on King Liger. A new battle begins...

Rewards: 

 Everybody likes a little somethin'-somethin' for contributing. Here's what to expect (some designs are subject to change).

$10 backers get a King Liger button!
$10 backers get a King Liger button!

 

$25... HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER! A new reward that offers backers the opportunity to get a pixel art animation of themselves or of an original character done in the style of the King Liger characters. (Please keep it tasteful)
$25... HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER! A new reward that offers backers the opportunity to get a pixel art animation of themselves or of an original character done in the style of the King Liger characters. (Please keep it tasteful)

 

$30 backers get the standard, blank orange King Liger sofubi toy! 

*Not final product. Specific color tint may vary
*Not final product. Specific color tint may vary

$40 backers get an art print from one of the following artists:

-Geoff Maxfield: 

King Liger
King Liger

-Andy Hongisto:

M. Stangdaalyn
M. Stangdaalyn

-Jacob Maxfield:

The Gruin (chibi-style)
The Gruin (chibi-style)

-James C. Osborne: 

King Liger (conceptual)
King Liger (conceptual)

 

$60 Backers upgrade their King Liger toy to the Kickstarter-exclusive black sofubi! Oooooooh...

*Not final product. Specific color tint may vary.
*Not final product. Specific color tint may vary.

$100 backers get it all! Including a full set of artists prints!

Stretch Goals:

 King Liger is going to the first of hopefully many figure for this series. If he is able to be funded, these are going to be next funded for tooling and production (note Sculpts for the first two stretch goals are basically finished and ready for tooling). To ensure that they are made in a timely manner, the future characters will hopefully have their tooling produced in Japan. Designs are subject to change:

 $6000 (Locked) M. Stangdaalyn: 

A crooked former wrestling champ from King Liger's territory. He grew so jealous of The Lord of beast's rise to stardom that he willingly joined Dr. Silverado's army to be mutated into a genetic super-freak... with purple skin and scars!
A crooked former wrestling champ from King Liger's territory. He grew so jealous of The Lord of beast's rise to stardom that he willingly joined Dr. Silverado's army to be mutated into a genetic super-freak... with purple skin and scars!

 $9000 (Locked) Shockrah:

The first member of Dr. Silverado's elite sub-team, The Deep Agents. Shockrah is a submission artist that towers over his opponents.
The first member of Dr. Silverado's elite sub-team, The Deep Agents. Shockrah is a submission artist that towers over his opponents.

$13000 (Locked) Dr. Silverado:

King Liger's arch-nemesis. Aside from creating genetic-freaks, he has altered himself to become an elite fighting machine.
King Liger's arch-nemesis. Aside from creating genetic-freaks, he has altered himself to become an elite fighting machine.

 $17000 (Locked) Daikuma:

An early experiment on a bear that not only became Silverado's pet, but one of his bodyguards.
An early experiment on a bear that not only became Silverado's pet, but one of his bodyguards.

 $21000 (Locked) Twist Kid:

So named for the twisted horn coming out of his head, Twist Kid was meant to be Dr. Silverado's ultimate weapon. However, he was able to brake free from his bondage and has now sided with King Liger to stop the army of Silver Freaks.
So named for the twisted horn coming out of his head, Twist Kid was meant to be Dr. Silverado's ultimate weapon. However, he was able to brake free from his bondage and has now sided with King Liger to stop the army of Silver Freaks.

 $25000 (Locked) Honey Boy: 

Dr. Silverado's strike man. A smooth operator with a twitchy stinger, he takes pleasure in impaling anyone who rubs him the wrong way.
Dr. Silverado's strike man. A smooth operator with a twitchy stinger, he takes pleasure in impaling anyone who rubs him the wrong way.

$29000 (Locked) The Gruin: 

Dr. Silverado's second bodyguard. Spliced with the genes of a Portuguese Man-of-War, the Gruin acts as an untouchable force. He may seem lethargic, but he always gets the job done.
Dr. Silverado's second bodyguard. Spliced with the genes of a Portuguese Man-of-War, the Gruin acts as an untouchable force. He may seem lethargic, but he always gets the job done.

$33000 (Locked) Romanov: 

Hailing from eastern Europe, Romanov acts as one of Silverado's more unconventional experiments. His lack of jaw is made up for with his beastly vampiric fangs.
Hailing from eastern Europe, Romanov acts as one of Silverado's more unconventional experiments. His lack of jaw is made up for with his beastly vampiric fangs.

$37000 (Locked) Grackus: 

A beastly giant grotesquely wrapped in chains. When Dr. Silverado doesn't care if things get messy, he calls in Grackus.
A beastly giant grotesquely wrapped in chains. When Dr. Silverado doesn't care if things get messy, he calls in Grackus.

$41000 (Locked) David: 

The second member of Dr. Silverado's Deep Agents. David is spliced with the genes of the massive ancient fish, the Dunkleosteus. He acts as the muscle of the group.
The second member of Dr. Silverado's Deep Agents. David is spliced with the genes of the massive ancient fish, the Dunkleosteus. He acts as the muscle of the group.

$45000 (Locked) Magtut: 

Behold, Dr. Silverado's most charismatic Silver Freak. Magtut is the reanimated remains of an ancient king crossed with a magnetic personality!
Behold, Dr. Silverado's most charismatic Silver Freak. Magtut is the reanimated remains of an ancient king crossed with a magnetic personality!

$49000 (Locked) Rose Pierre: 

The third and final member of the Deep Agents, Rose Pierre acts as the speed to the team. He will not hesitate to skewer anyone who dares mess with the bad doctor or any of his direct posse.
The third and final member of the Deep Agents, Rose Pierre acts as the speed to the team. He will not hesitate to skewer anyone who dares mess with the bad doctor or any of his direct posse.

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge that can be seen is how long it will take the figures to be produced. How, and who, is helping to get it produced is another story...
The over-seeing of the production of King-Liger while in Japan is going to be Luke Rook, known for his for work on "Grody Shogun" toys. In association with Luke on the distribution of King-Liger is Lulubell Toy Bodega, headed by the savvy Amy Del Castillo.
As for me, I hold 10 plus years of sculpting experience and about 6 years of indy/free-lance toy sculpting.

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