Hello everyone, my name is Tuesday Pope, owner of hibiscus Stitch, and thank you for diving into my third plush kickstarter! This time around, the star of the show is the Jaw-some Hammerhead Shark! Last year was my first foray into original plush design with my Jellyfish plush and keychain successful kickstarters. This year, we continue the aquatic party with sharks! Creating plush and art is my passion.
Having both worked at and enjoyed Aquariums since a young age, I have a love for all aquatic creatures. What started with a Jelly now evolves into the beautiful Hammerhead!
Hammerheads with their cool faces are my all time favorite shark! I am remiss not having enough sharks to cuddle (and sing annoyingly catchy songs to) so I made some myself! And they can't wait to swim their way to your home and join the frenzy!
These plush measure 12 inches long and 10 inches tall, so this boy is a chonk monster! He is made from very soft minky, so cuddly you could sink your teeth into him, and has embroidered eyes, gills, and teeth/mouth outline. The red of his mouth is made from a smooth red fabric. He is light grey, white, and black in color with a red happy toothy grin. His fins are stitched up into a happy position! He just can't wait to swim to your home!
Here is the reference that was given to the factory! Every care was taken over these past few months to make sure he was as cuddly and cute as could be!
Since Hammerhead is so eager to find a new home in your neck of the reef, all backers receive a kickstarter only discount price of $20 each! In addition to the sharks, every plush backer will receive a free button of their shark friend and anyone who pledges for two or more sharks will receive a free sticker!
We have four tiers for the Hammerhead, two for showing support and still getting some swag and two for the sharks themselves. You can also pledge smaller amounts to show your support and in a section below, we'll detail some add ons that you can add to your pledge for more aquatic swag!
Shark Friend Tier: $5
Double Shark Friend Tier: $5
Hammerhead Plush Tier: $20
Double Hammerhead Plush Tier: $40
*more will be added if we reach these goals!*
This time around, we have a few stetch goals I'm sure you'll love to 'sea'!
If we manage to surpass our goal, all money will go towards more goodies for you, the backers! If we hit these stretch goals, this section will update with even more stretch goals! All stretch goals will be related to our ocean friends!
5000: Anglerfish keychain AND Hammerhead shark keychain! Concept sketch unlocked! Colored reference and prototype images unlocked soon!
8500: Megalodon Shark
10000: ??? *unlock Megalodon to dive for this plush*
As we near these goals, concept art, reference for the prototypes, and prototypes will be added! The add-ons section will also update as stretch goals are hit! If you would rather have one of the plush unlocked over what your original pledge was for, there will be a section to note this in the backer survey that will be sent after the kickstarter concludes!
*note: Add ons will not increase shipping, so have yourself a feeding- er add on- frenzy if you want more aquatic goodies!* Instructions on how to add to your pledge are written after all the add on banners!
If you would like to add an extra shark plush, they will be an additional $20 each added to your pledge!
If you would like additional buttons, they will be an additional $2 each added to your pledge!
If you would like additional stickers, they will be an additional $2 each added to your pledge!
While not a part of this kickstarter, we still have a swarm of Jellyfish that would be happy to float your way!
These can be added on with our special kickstarter discount by pledging an additional $15 for the big blue jellies and/or $8 for the purple keychain jellies!
1) Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' button. If you haven't pledged, this button says 'Back This Project'.
2) Increase your pledge by the total of the add-ons you would like! For example if you'd like an extra plush and button, you would increase your pledge amount by 22
3) After the project ends and the funding comes in, you will receive a backer survey. On your survey, there will be a section asking where you'd like your extra pledge money to go. Note the add ons you want and once everything arrives, they'll all be on their way to you! This is the same survey where you will verify your address.
The funds from this kickstarter will be exclusively used for plush manufacturing and shipping costs! Any money outside of initial funding will be used for manufacture and shipping of stretch goals so this breakdown can also be applied to each stretch goal! The button and sticker costs will be coming out of my own pocket as my thank you for your support! Manufacturing is the highest cost followed by shipping. I use DHL express so this can be quite costly, but everything arrives extremely fast and extremely safe. The last pie piece is for Kickstarter's fees.
My factory is currently on vacation through mid February and will be back at work once this kickstarter concludes. Normally it takes around two to three weeks for kickstarter funds to process and be sent to me. In that time, I will be in contact with the factory for the money transfer invoice I'll need for my bank. Then once the funds transfer, I will be to the bank that same day (barring weekends) to send the money wire. I will then notify my factory. It normally takes them around 45 days to manufacture. This time could increase or decrease depending on external factors. Once they are done, I will receive one more invoice for the shipping from the factory to me and send the money wire the same day (barring weekends). Then they will most likely arrive within a week as I use DHL express shipping.
For any stretch goals met, production time may not coincide with the projected arrival time of the hammerhead as there will need to be time for prototyping. I will try to finish prototyping during the campaign so the shipping dates of final plush can be as close as possible, but prototyping can take some time to make sure we get the perfect product. There will at most be a three month delay (September 2019 at the latest) for any additional plush goals we reach. I will be keeping everyone updated through the updates portion of this campaign about everything including pictures as and when updates happen! If you ever have any questions, feel free to send me a message and I will reply ASAP!
Thank you from the depths of the ocean floor and the bottom of my heart! I would not be the artist I am today without the support of you. This project has been months in the making and the work of my life. Thank you for making my ocean of dreams and designs a reali-sea. Okay. I'll stop with the sea puns now.
Risks and challenges
I've worked with this factory on two other projects. They are very responsive and have always hit our deadlines in the past. The only major issue I could see would be a shipping delay if anything is held up in customs. I gave this delay time in my estimated shipping date of 06/2019, but if there happened to be further delays, all backers would immediately be contacted. I don't foresee this being an issue and should hopefully be able to ship all sharks well before the deadline given!
As with any business and art venture, there will always be unique challenges. For example, the US is starting to impose tariffs on imports and this could hit the sharks. If that is the case, I will tackle these challenges as they come and provide immediate updates. I look forward to making this our third successful kickstarter!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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