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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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You won't be charged until the campaign ends on September 7th at 4pm PST/7pm EST.
Let me know where you're backing from via a message, and I'd be happy to calculate shipping for your country! I can ship worldwide, just tell me where.
According to Kickstarter's rules, projects are not allowed to raise funds for causes/charity--which is why I didn't mention it anywhere in my video/materials. I wish I could!
If they are funded, I *do* plan on donating a portion of future, non-Kickstarter sales to a conservation organization!
Having your pledge on paper is important to the campaign moving forward. The best thing to do is to pick one now, and if you decide you a different one, swap before the campaign ends--you can change your choice at any time while the campaign is live.
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