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A trio of the endangered sea creatures turned into kid-friendly, adorable plush!
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Seawater Sweeties! Cute Sea Otter, Sea Turtle & Shark Plush

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I'm happy to announce that Starwhal has appeared!  This is a large (18"/46cm long) version of last year's Starwhal. While she is not a selectable tier (yet), please pick a 2nd choice plush; when the Starwhal tier unlocks, you can make the switch. If you want her and another plush, please select one of the multiple choice tiers. More info is in update #14!

More Information in Update #17!
More Information in Update #17!

Hi! I'm Shelly. You may know me from my past couple of Kickstarter projects, for Crabapple and the Tentatrio, as well as my character goods shop, inki-Drop. I'm happy to announce the third inki-Drop Kickstarter project, Seawater Sweeties! Huzzah!

Meet the newest cuties to join the inki-Drop Crew!

 Each plush measures almost 10"--big enough to pick up and snuggle!

 Eclair the Sea Otter - Otterly Adorable

 

 Part pastry, part cutie, all sweetie! Just like her namesake, Eclair is a ganache-covered sea otter who loves to float on the royal milk sea and nibble on taiyaki (Japanese sweet bean cakes) all day long.

Photo by Christopher Michel on Flickr.
Photo by Christopher Michel on Flickr.

  There are three subspecies of sea otter, and all of them are endangered. In the past, they were hunted heavily for their fur, and each subspecies is slowly making a comeback thanks to careful conservation efforts.

Loin Shark - Bacon of the Sea

 

 This little piggy went to the seashore... and dove right in! These funny fellows haunt noodle shops and jump from bowl to bowl when patrons aren't looking, devouring kamaboko fish cakes and anything else made of meat! They are particularly fond of crab(apples).

Great White photo by flickr user elevy/Elias Levy
Great White photo by flickr user elevy/Elias Levy

  Sharks are endangered worldwide. They are hunted for their fins and are another unfortunate by-catch victim. Sharks are at the very top of the ocean's food chain, so it's super important that we work towards saving them!

Mint Chocoturtle - Sweet as Can Be!

 

An adorable baby turtle with an ice cream scoop for a carapace, and a biscuit for a plastron! She is optimistic and always there to cheer up a friend in need.

Image by Geoff Stearns
Image by Geoff Stearns

 Did you know there are only seven species of sea turtles? Four are endangered and two are threatened. Unfortunately, they are often caught as "by-catch" in nets, and beach developments have threatened their nesting areas.

 With these characters, my goal is to educate in a playful and engaging manner. A cuddly way to learn about ocean conservation!

 Each plush will come with a hangtag that includes information about the plush's real life animal inspiration. I hope that I can inspire children (and children at heart!) with my characters, and raise awareness of conservation efforts.

Rewards for all! Hurray!

 
 

All tiers of $15 and above will receive a postcard set of the Seawater Sweeties, a "Fan Choice" sticker sheet, a cellphone wallpaper and a thank you postcard.

 The initial goal of this Kickstarter is to raise $26k to order 1,000 pieces of each plush. The costs for larger plush are quite a bit higher than the cute, palm-sized Tentatrio plushes you may have helped me create last year. The goal amount also covers shipping, packaging and other reward items (stickers, etc) as well as the standard Kickstarter/Stripe fees.

Much like the Tentatrio Kickstarter project, all three plush are available from the start, and you can back them in any combination you'd like. <3 One of each? Of course! A trio of Eclair? You got it. You can make your final selections once the campaign ends via a backerKit survey that I'll send out.

Crunching numbers - Budget Breakdown

This project is a MUCH larger and more ambitious than my previous projects, thus the costs are proportionally higher. 

*The shipping cost estimate includes shipping from my manufacturer to me, from me to backers, plus packaging costs. 

 Though the original goal is for three new plush friends, other rewards might pop up along our journey. Everyone who orders a plush will get these stretch goal rewards! Here's a partial list to whet your appetite:

Thank Yous and Photo Credits!

Sea Otter photograph by Christopher Michel | Sea Turtle photograph by Geoff Stearns | Great White Shark photograph by Elias Levy

All photos used under Creative Commons "Attribution 2.0 Generic" Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Risks and challenges

I've completed two other successful plush projects here on Kickstarter. As with all projects that rely on outside manufacturing/fulfilment, delays might happen but I will keep the group updated on any anticipated setbacks.

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    Squiddly e-hugs! Thanks for your support!

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    Squiddly e-hugs! This tier gets you an instant wallpaper download for your phone!

    If we get funded, you'll also receive a signed, Seawater Sweeties-themed "thank you" postcard mailed to you once the campaign ends. Think about it this way: a buck gets you an artist-signed mini print. Cool!

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    Postcard + Sticker set! You'll receive three 5x7"/A4 postcards of the Seawater Sweeties and one of the "fan choice" sticker sheets.

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    Roasted Loin Shark: Bacon of the Sea! This tier is for one shark plush. Includes a "seawater sweeties" themed sticker sheet!

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    Mint Chocoturtle: Sweet as can be! Includes one sea turtle plush and a sticker sheet.

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    Eclair the Pastry Otter: This tier is for one sea otter plush + a sticker sheet.

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    Starwhal: This tier is for one Starwhal narwhal plush, a sticker sheet, a mobile phone wallpaper and a postcard set.

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    Double Treat: Any two plush. Includes two sticker sheets.

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    Lucky No. 3: Your choice of three plush. Includes three sticker sheets.

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    Cute Quad: Your choice of any four plush. Includes four sticker sheets.

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    Along with three plush of your choice, you'll also receive an original 2x3"/ACEO-sized sea-creature themed ink drawing (artist's choice). Includes three sticker sheets.

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    Your choice of SIX plush. Includes six sticker sheets. This tier is a GREAT way for international backers to pool together and save on shipping costs.

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    Three plush of your choice and all the bonus goodies, PLUS an exclusive 15-page, full-color softcover book that details the artistic process for Seawater Sweeties, signed by the artist. Includes two ACEO-sized sketches: one of your favorite sea creature or inki-Drop character, and one artist's choice.

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    Your choice of EIGHT plush. Includes eight sticker sheets. This tier is a GREAT way for international backers to pool together and save on shipping costs.

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    Canvas Commission: Receive a hand-embellished, stretched canvas print of a digital piece I create for you! The final image will measure 11x17"/A3. In addition, you'll receive all Seawater Sweeties plush, the signed processbook and three ACEO-sized sketches of your favorite sea creature or inki-Drop character.

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