My name is Brandon Leach and I'm an artist from a small town a little south of Portland, Oregon. My background is 2d art and illustration, as I have worked as both a concept artist for video games and a fantasy illustrator for the tabletop gaming industry. A few years back after having dabbled with digital sculpting, I started flirting with the idea of making toys. Jumping in feet first, there was a million things I didn't know (and tons I still don't) but I slowly got further and further educated on all things designer toys. Resin toys have been a huge chunk of my life for the last several years and I have slowly built a fan base that thinks my own brand of weird is something they would like to feature on their shelves.
My toy adventures started under the name of Bro-Bots Toys, where I was making robots that featured interchangeable parts. It was a project that my kids were heavily involved in and it was a great way to learn a lot of skills useful to making toys. As my kids got older, and I learned more about designer toys, I realized that the kind of toys I wanted to make probably didn't fit all that well under the name "Bro-Bots", so I rebranded into Motley Miscreations (the name is a nod to my first dog, who was and always will be my best-canine-bud, RIP Motley) where I felt I could make whatever kinds of toys I wanted to make.
My kids are still heavily involved, they just don't get creative director duties on any of my projects anymore haha. After several years of making resin toys and creating characters like King Creepy, Beary Scary, Treasure Trail and The Eat3r Bunny, I knew the next step was to jump to vinyl. That process is expensive, and that's why I'm here...
Belfry was an idea that started like almost every single one of my ideas do, as a terrible sketch either on a post-it note or in the margins of a notebook for some other project. If you can't tell, ridiculous names make toys a lot more fun for me, so when I was doodling a bell shaped thing with bat wings I immediately mumbled the name "Belfry" to myself and then chuckled like an idiot. The design evolved a lot from there, deciding that I'd rather the sketch serve as a head for a full blown figure, and then doodling up ideas both 2d and 3d trying to settle on something for his body that I liked.
Having finished the design, and knowing I wanted to aim for vinyl this time around, I started doing my homework of how and where to have it produced. Now, I never want to be misleading, so you'll never hear me refer to Belfry as sofubi, as he is not being produced in Japan, but rather a Chinese factory that came highly recommended by a friend. I can vouch for the quality of the product, as his project turned out beautifully and the product feels great in hand.
After contacting the factory, I got some quotes to work with, as well as some very small alterations to the figure to better work with the intended material. I decided after this conversation to go ahead and move forward with the project, paying for the prototype and metal mold costs. This means that the toy has already been in the works, the prototype is done.
The metal molds have been produced.
And the first vinyl tests have even already been pulled!
So, If we can reach our funding goal the project should move fast, getting you a toy in hand ideally within a few short months. Belfry will also come with the weapons pictured in the prototype, but those are being produced in Polyurethane. When I receive photos of the weapons in matching colors I will update the campaign to share images of them.
Now, because I started in resin, and still have an absolute adoration for the material, I will also be producing some options for the kickstarter myself. One of the things in the toy scene that caught my eye immediately was the amazing double cast figures that a handful of artists produce (Scott Wilkowsi's infected line of toys probably being the most popular, as well as a huge source of inspiration to me). If you follow me on instagram (https://www.instagram.com/motleymiscreations/) you'll know that I've been dabbling with double cast resin for a couple years now, and they are some of my most popular releases. I will be offering two resin versions of Belfry for the kickstarter, one being a miniature Belfry head.
As well as a full-figure Belfry double cast resin. The full figure double cast will also be a smaller version of Belfry, but will be more than just his head. The final scale and design is still in progress, but his final scale will likely be in the 6.5'-7" range. Both double cast options will be kickstarter exclusives, meaning if you want to get one the only way to get it is from this campaign. Each one will come numbered and signed and I will be working up a batch of color schemes for you to pick from. And yes, glow-in-the-dark will be a standard feature on all double cast figures.
So, all that said, why do I need kickstarter? The hangup right now is securing the funding to have the figures produced and sent to me. My hope is that enough people like the figure that we can make this dream come true. I believe I've put together a really nice set of rewards, with the options for vinyl figures, customs from some of my favorite artists, the extras like stickers, enamel pin and an art print featuring artwork from Crybag and myself, and of course, the double cast resin options.
Now, on to the rewards!
Thank you for checking out my kickstarter, I truly hope you like the figure and find something you like in the campaign. If you have questions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a question/comment on the campaign.
Risks and challenges
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