My name is Kiki of Kikidoodle, and I'm the creator of Purrmaids! Purrmaids have entered the home of thousands of people, and have loved meeting all of their new friends. After two successful kickstarter campaigns, and thousands of happy plush going home across the US, the Purrmaids have decided that it's time to introduce everyone to their new best friends: the Grrmaid Guppups!
Grrmaid Guppups are guppy-puppies who are as playful and loving as any Purrmaid! They are often caught chasing their tails, playing fetch with sea shells, and curling up at the feet of their favorite person at the end of the day. They may be small, but don't let that fool you! Guppups are just as energetic as the largest Purrmaid and require daily walks and cuddles!
Guppups aren't the only new friends to meet. Deep in the ocean we have also discovered a new color of Toygershark: The Dimensional Toygershark!
The Dimensional Toygershark is very rare, indeed! Having fallen into a mysterious whirlpool, they've found themselves in our strange ocean and are now ready to look for new friends! Coming from a far away ocean full of brightly colored seaweed and seagrass, the Dimensional Toygershark uses their bright colors to help blend in. They are as protective and loving of their friends as any other Toygershark, and are fond of oddly colored Purrmaids in particular. Only 500 Dimensional Toygersharks will ever be released, so make sure to get your hands on one!
Prices on the Dimensional Toygershark will likely go up after the Kickstarter ends.
More original Toygersharks are coming as well! The Toygersharks will have an updated tag with their face on the front, and can be gotten through the Kickstarter as well!
We have also discovered two new Baby Purrs!
The fluffy Baby Purr has extra long fur for warmth and extra large eyes to guilt you into giving it your cheese and milk. They are ultra soft and cuddly and often find themselves cuddled by the other Baby Purrs any time it gets a little chilly.
The Blood Orange Baby Jelly is a fierce Baby Purr. They are often called the Toygershark of the Jelly Purrs for their stripes and ability to scare off much larger fish! It is considered good luck to become friends with a Blood Orange Baby Jelly as they will always protect you!
The tortle likes to take things at a relaxing pace. They drift slowly through the ocean, and sometimes fall asleep while sleeping! They love warm places where they can curl up for naps.
Tortle's prototype will be going under production and I will update as we get closer to a final! Much of the fabric will be printed on ultra soft minky, with some embroidered details!
Any $20 Guppup plush can be replaced with a Tortle, or you can add $5 to any Baby Purr pledge to upgrade to the tortle. Check out the backer add-on store at the bottom of the page for more information on how to add Tortle onto an existing pledge!
The Tuxedo Grrmaid Guppup can be added on through any Grrmaid Guppup tier!
The Tuxedo Guppup is a rare find! They love more temperate or cooler waters and often hang out in large friendly pods, playing games together all day! It's not surprising that the Tuxedo Guppups are often found tagging along pods or orca, helping them with their hunts!
NEW Toygershark varient: LUCK
*This is a Photoshop mockup. The final plush will be very similar, but may have slight variations in hue on the light yellow parts
We are so close to unlocking Luck so I have added them to backing tiers early so no one misses out if we unlock them at the last minute! I'm confident we'll reach 30K through this campaign and pre-orders, so I don't mind letting people back Luck a bit early! After 2 rounds of backer voting Luck kept the lead and will be the 2nd Toygershark variant produced! (Don't worry Mist fans. Mist will likely be produced in 2019, or, if the campaign goes high enough, is hidden behind one of the final stretch goals)
Luck is a calmer Toygershark than most. They are only found in beautiful, clear oceans, and often sunbathe on the surface. It's said that if you befriend a Luck Toygershark one of your most secret wishes will come true. Someone lucky enough to befriend a Luck Toygershark will have a very true friend for years to come.
All plush have been child safety tested to CPSC standards for the safest cuddle around! We estimate everything will arrive to your house some time between February and April depending on production speeds and times.
There are also several enamel pins you can get as part of the campaign!
First we have a limited edition gold plated Dimensional Toygershark enamel pin! All pins will have a special, hand-numbered backing card. If we sell over 100 Dimensional Toygershark pins on this campaign, they will not be available anywhere else.
Add on for $15!
And then we have two 1" baby Grrmaid pins! The Peanut Butter Guppup pin will be plated in gold, and the Jelly Guppup pin will be plated in Rose Gold.
Add on for $10 each!
At the $17500 stretch goal we unlocked two more pins! EVERY backer will get to choose one of these pins as a gift! They will be limited edition pins. You can also add extras onto your pledge as an add on pin!
There are all kinds of different levels to back for this campaign! Remember: you can always add MORE items on using the backer add-on shop guide below this list. This is especially useful for early bird backers!
**Many of the newest tiers added for the Luck Toygershark and some larger collection tiers aren't shown in these graphics! Apologies! Be sure to check out ALL the tiers under the rewards tab for this campaign!
A Lucky baby and protector comes with the Luck Toygershark.
This tier has been replaced with a baby collection tier! Check the rewards tab for more info!
The larger collection tier comes with a tortle, 3 guppups, and the 2 baby purrs unlocked plus all pins.
It can be really difficult to make the PERFECT tiers, so if you would like to add on additional items to get your preferred mix of items, follow these steps:
1) Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' button above. If you have not pledged yet, it will say, 'Back This Project'.
2) Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total amount of the Add-Ons you want. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.
3) After the Kickstarter Campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you what items you'd like to use your extra pledge money towards.(This is the same survey that will ask you what unlocked plush you want)
**Some other items not pictured can be added on as well! (I will update this as we unlock anything new)
Luck Toygershark: $46
Prices include shipping for US orders. If adding on large quantities of things, please reach out so I can calculate your shipping properly. If you want to order other Purrmaids, I recommend just going to www.Purrmaids.com and placing an order! (since domestic shipping prices don't change that much)
For international add-ons, please just add the base price of the item you want to add on, and shipping will be calculated and invoiced to you via Paypal after the campaign.
Enamel pins: $10-15
Baby Purrs: $15
Tortle Baby Purr: $20
Baby Guppups: $20
Dimensional Toygershark: $40 - Add-ons currently sold out on this tier
Luck Toygershark: $40
Original Toygershark: $40
Other large Purrmaids.com Purrmaids: $40
Shipping prices increase by the pound for international orders, so adding on extra Baby plush and pins may not change your shipping at all.
We have several exciting stretch goals to be unlocked if we surpass our goal!
Yet again, we will follow the adventures of the SS Purr as it tracks its way to new depths on on its search for mystery and discovery!
"It's a beautiful sunny day and we've decided to look for more Purrmaids! Normally we hear 'purrs' but we've heard some 'grrs' lately, what could this mean?!"
$10,000: Our initial goal! If we reach this number, all plush will be produced for a March-April 2019 delivery date!
"We descended below the surface and low and behold! Heard some merry barks and found an entire group of lost Guppups calling for a home! Who would have thought that Grrmaids lived in this ocean! We brought them on board and they told us that there were more friends even deeper and so we decided to descend even farther...."
$12,500: A limited edition pin will be designed for all backers!
"As we went deeper into the ocean we turned our lights on to better search for Purrmaids and Grrmaids. A little Guppup waved to us, and told us that it knew where some new secret Baby Purrs and Guppups were hidden deeper in the ocean! We excitedly decided to follow; who knows what we'll discover together!"
$17,500: Several babies have been seen in these waters... backers will get to vote on who to pursue! New pins?
"We followed the little Guppup to an unexplored part of the ocean, and suddenly heard all kinds of mews and barks! Flashes of brightly colored tails and unique shapes told us we were very close to discovering a new species..."
$20,000: The next Baby is unlocked! The Tortle is now available!
"As we turned the corner we found something amazing! A whole pod of tortles lazily drifting through the ocean and munching on sea grass. We gave them some scritches behind the ear and many of them asked to come home with us! The Guppup gave us a little bark, and we decided to follow it even deeper to see what else we could find."
$25,000: Is that ANOTHER baby swimming?
"The little Guppup started barking excitedly as we got deep enough in the water, and to our surprise, some Tuxedo Guppups came swimming out to meet us! They were so excited to play and make new friends, and we were so happy to meet them in return."
We have unlocked the Tuxedo Guppup!!!
Between all of the potential Grrmaid Guppup options, Tuxedo won out as the favorite, so production has started on the prototype!!!
$30,000: Another limited edition Toygershark variant releases!
After 2 rounds of voting, LUCK has been declared the winner! Mist is the 2nd place Toyger variant who will unlock at a later update.
Another tier has been added! If we reach 35K, enamel pins will be made of all the unlocked Plush! (Luck, Tortle, and Tuxedo!)
It looks like someone new is swimming around this level...
Kickstarter allows me to fundraise in advance so I can produce potentially more plush toys than I had planned. Extra funds allow me to design MORE plush than I originally planned to, as well, and allow me to give special backer discounts like Early Bird pricing or other free goodies. As Kickstarter backers, you get to be a part of the production process, and will receive updates and progress shots as well as extra rewards.
So far every Kickstarter I have run I have given away special product that you cannot get anywhere else online. I hope to do the same for this campaign as well!
Shipping? Will my Purrmaid arrive before Christmas or not? When will they arrive?
These will NOT arrive before Christmas. Plush making takes 1-2 months for production and another 1.5 months to ship. The Kickstarter campaign is a month long, and Kickstarter takes 3 weeks to clear funds into my account. I'll put the down payment on plush production as soon as we hit the goal, so production is faster, but right now we are looking at a March-April delivery estimate. If there are ANY delays, or if we significantly overfund and produce more plush, there may be additional delays. I estimate the latest we would be delayed would be no later than June of 2019.
Our factory will be taking a long break in January and February, which is why I estimated April. If the plush production is ready by December, the plush may arrive to your door as early as February. I will post frequent updates to keep all backers informed!
Customs fees and International shipping
As a note to my International (Non US based) customers, be sure to look up what your customs fees may be! Unfortunately I only am aware of shipping requirements from my end, and can't stop your countries from asking for their fees!
If you love the Purrmaids and the shipping costs seem high for you, consider backing with a friend so you can cut your shipping rates down! Multiple plush often cost the same to ship, thus providing savings!
Either way, thank you, everyone, for supporting the Purrmaids and Grrmaid Guppups!!
Risks and challenges
2018 has been a difficult year for small artist owned businesses like my own with the potential for surprise tariffs of up to 25% being announced on many, many products. Starting in 2019, most imports in the US will be subject to these tariffs. I have planned for this eventuality, and have more than enough funds set aside to cover this and other emergency costs.
This is my 4th Kickstarter, and 3rd plush Kickstarter. I have consistently been able to send out rewards to backers along with timely updates. Every project WILL have setbacks, and as with every other campaign I have run, I will provide frequent and timely updates, as well as explain all delays and how we plan to conquer them. I look forward to another successful campaign with all of you!
~KikiLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (27 days)