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Last updated March 3, 2018

Starwhal by inki-Drop! Cute Galaxy Narwhal Purse & Cape (Canceled)

Super soft Starwhal-themed capes & purses featuring the sparkliest narwhal in the sea. Your whale dreams CAN come true!

Starwhal by inki-Drop! Cute Galaxy Narwhal Purse & Cape (Canceled)

Super soft Starwhal-themed capes & purses featuring the sparkliest narwhal in the sea. Your whale dreams CAN come true!

$10,406
pledged of $24,000pledged of $24,000 goal
140
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 17 2017
Last updated March 3, 2018

About

This project has been cancelled. We will relaunch in early 2018. Please see update #10 for full details, and follow us on social media for relaunch updates + more!

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Two exciting new items from inki-Drop to add a dash of magic to your life!

Hi there! This is Shelly, the creator, designer and owner of the character goods brand, inki-Drop. This is my sixth Kickstarter project, and I wanted to do something extra special for it, as 2017 marks five years since I originally created this brand! 

Starwhal™ is the most celestial narwhal! These cute cetaceans swim among the stars in pods, working together to weave sweet dreams for every child on earth. 

Artwork from Starwhal iOS Sticker Set, available on iTunes.
Artwork from Starwhal iOS Sticker Set, available on iTunes.

 

I created this character in late 2012, bringing her to small merchandise such as charms and pinback buttons in 2013, and finally bringing her to life as a plush in 2014, as part of my Tentatrio Kickstarter

Items above are only examples and are not available in this Kickstarter
Items above are only examples and are not available in this Kickstarter

I've never actually done a Starwhal™ themed kickstarter project--she's always been a stretch goal on other projects, but she is the most popular of my characters, so I decided it was time to let her shine on her own (as a Starwhal™ should!).

These two items have been in pre-production for almost a year and a half, so I'm super excited to share what I've been up to...! 

First up, a super soft & super adorable cape! With it, you can become the galaxy narwhal you've always wanted to be.

 It's made of super soft, short minky fur and has fully embroidered details on the hood and the back of the cape. The hood is lightly padded and the whole garment is very toasty! It is a unique statement piece for the colder months, and will keep you comfy during the frigid interior of your favorite summer convention. 

Here's a short, fun video showing off the cape with a more casual outfit:

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Why a cape? Capes are awesome! The free-form nature allows it to fit pretty much ALL body types and age groups. On adults of average height the tail will start just below the small of the back (like its your own tail!), but will of course depend on your height, torso length and other factors. Please refer to the chart below with any sizing questions!

 

 

A novelty plush purse made of stardust and dreams. The purse measures 17" from the horn to the end of her flukes. The strap is made out of a sturdy cotton, and fully adjustable. The final product will feature a dark purple strap instead of black as pictured below, as well as gold hardware to match the gold zipper already on the prototype. 

The high quality novelty plush purses you can purchase from Japanese fashion brands usually have very small interior pockets and are very expensive (typically starting at $100USD). They're so small, it's a running joke in the Japanese fashion community that they can only carry a lipstick and a credit card, so it was important to me that the Starwhal™ purse could fit a large phone, a wallet and an additional small pouch (for makeup or tech goodies).

The inside pocket features a poly lining for easy cleaning, and the zipper opening measures 8.5"/21.59cm, so it will fit an iPhone or larger Android phone with no problems. The pocket itself measures 6"/15.24cm at its deepest point.

 

The initial project is for two wearable items--a character cape and a novelty purse. I'm very happy to say that your support over the years has enabled me to create plush outside of Kickstarter, but new items like this are much more expensive than the usual items I create.

The goal amount will allow me to produce 500 capes and 500 purses, as well as to cover Kickstarter fees, fulfilment services (shipping & handling), estimated sales tax, shipping supplies and estimated shipping costs. 

 

$25 - Starwhal Necklace! 1.5"/3.81cm enamel pendant on an 18"/45.72cm chain. NOT nickel-free, sorry metal-sensitive friends. :(
$25 - Starwhal Necklace! 1.5"/3.81cm enamel pendant on an 18"/45.72cm chain. NOT nickel-free, sorry metal-sensitive friends. :(

 

$35. You will receive one (1) unique Starwhal-themed sketchcard based on a one-word prompt you give me.
$35. You will receive one (1) unique Starwhal-themed sketchcard based on a one-word prompt you give me.

 

$49
$49

 

$59
$59

 

$99. This tier includes one purse and one cape.
$99. This tier includes one purse and one cape.

   

$179. LIMITED TIER. This tier includes one purse, one cape and a Starhwhal-themed ACEO, drawn just for you!
$179. LIMITED TIER. This tier includes one purse, one cape and a Starhwhal-themed ACEO, drawn just for you!

 

$399. LIMITED TIER. This tier includes a purse, a cape, a custom ACEO and a gouache painting, created just for you. Also, your rewards will be shipped out first!
$399. LIMITED TIER. This tier includes a purse, a cape, a custom ACEO and a gouache painting, created just for you. Also, your rewards will be shipped out first!

 

 

Yes! They are real marine mammals that live in the arctic waters near Greenland, Canada and Russia. Their "horn" is actually a tooth that grows from the upper jaw, and typically only male narwhals have them. In medieval and renaissance times, these tusks were sometimes sold as unicorn horns, perpetuating the myth.

For now, let's stay focused on the initial goal! Once we are close to meeting it, I'll start talking about what I have planned. But I will reveal that any stretch goals we that we unlock will make the final purse & cape even more magical for everyone!

A few notes on shipping and fulfillment:

I'll be using BackerKit for post-Kickstarter surveys. You won't need to message me to make your selections on multi-item tiers, just wait until the campaign is over and surveys are sent out. :) I will send the surveys within three weeks of the campaign ending. If you will be moving during the time between surveys and the time I am ready to ship items, you will be able to update your address via the BackerKit system.

International backers, please note: I am sorry that international shipping is so high! Rates are set by the USPS and not by me. Also, I am not responsible for customs duties and fees that may apply, and will not "mark down" packages.

I'm a dreamer, a creator and a wannabe mermaid. ♥

I love the ocean and all of its creatures, from the obviously adorable sea otter to the strange and wonderfully gross blobfish. Every single animal and plant is important, no matter how cute, scary or repulsive. That's why I aim my work to be whimsical as well as educational.

I earned a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida (class of 2007). I spent quite a few years working in the video game industry, but I currently devote all my efforts to running the retail and wholesale business of inki-Drop. In addition to creating all the art, photography and marketing materials, I also travel across the globe to sell my work to people just like you. I am a girl who wears many hats!

See more of my work at shellyrodriguez.com

Follow me on social media!

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Risks and challenges

I've completed five successful Kickstarter projects. Between the projects themselves and my full-time retail business, I have fulfilled thousands of packages to many happy customers.

I have a strong working relationship with all my manufacturers, but if there are any delays in production (which can unfortunately happen) I will notify backers immediately.

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    Phone Wallpaper + Thank You Postcard

    A Starwhal-themed wallpaper for your phone. Instant download after the campaign ends, and a postcard featuring brand-new Starwhal art sent straight to your postbox.

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    Starwhal Necklace

    Starwhal Necklace! This enamel pendant necklace includes a 18"/45.72cm chain. Also includes Thank You postcard & digital phone wallpaper.

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    Starwhal Sketchcard

    You will receive an original 2.5x3"/6.35x8.89cm Artist Trading Card-sized pencil sketch of Starwhal based one a one-word prompt you provide me with. Also includes Thank You postcard & digital phone wallpaper.

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    Starwhal Purse

    A noveltly character purse featuring Starwhal, the original CeleCetacean. Includes the Thank You postcard and digital wallpaper.

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    Starwhal Cape

    A character capelet featuring Starwhal, the original CeleCetacean. One size fits most. Includes phone wallpaper & Thank You postcard.

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    Starwhal Purse x 2

    Two Starwhal purses, a digital phone wallpaper and a Thank You postcard mailed to you after the campaign ends.

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    Milky Way Tier: Starwhal Cape + Purse

    One Starwhal novelty character purse and one Starwhal cape. Also includes the digital phone wallpaper & thank you postcard.

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    Starwhal Cape x 2

    Two Starwhal Capes. Also includes the digital phone wallpaper & thank you postcard.

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    Superstellar Tier: Purse, Cape + Sketch

    In addition to one Starwhal novelty character purse and one Starwhal cape, you'll also receive an original 2.5x3"/6.35x8.89cm Artist Trading Card-sized ink drawing of Starwhal.

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    Quadruple Star! Two purses, two capes

    Two capes and two purses, four items total. This tier offers the cheapest shipping per item for international orders.

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    Divine Galaxy Tier

    In addition to one Starwhal novelty character purse and one Starwhal cape, you'll also receive an original 2.5x3"/6.35x8.89cm Artist Trading Card-sized ink drawing AND an 6x8"/15.24x20cm color gouache painting of Starwhal.

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