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Belfry, the demon bell kaiju! The first vinyl toy from Motley Miscreations.
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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.

digital sculpt with relevant vinyl toy stats
digital sculpt with relevant vinyl toy stats

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.

finished 3d print, complete with weapons
finished 3d print, complete with weapons

 The metal molds have been produced.

Belfry's metal molds
Belfry's metal molds

And the first vinyl tests have even already been pulled!

initial Belfry vinyl pull
initial Belfry vinyl pull

 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.

mini Belfry x-ray head prototype
mini Belfry x-ray head prototype

 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.

in progress sculpt for full figure Belfry x-ray
in progress sculpt for full figure Belfry x-ray

 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.

stickers and enamel pin
stickers and enamel pin
Crybag's Belfry anatomy illustration (click for instagram link)
Crybag's Belfry anatomy illustration (click for instagram link)

Now, on to the rewards!

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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 b33nine@gmail.com or leave a question/comment on the campaign.

Risks and challenges

Im hoping the production process will be as smooth as possible. However issues could arise that could potentially delay the final delivery date. Featured artist customs timelines are at the sole discretion of each individual artist. I will keep any backers fully informed should any issues arise throughout the production process.

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    Goodies

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    Keshi

    Keshi Belfry by popular demand! Choose one of two options, normal Belfry or cute baby Belfry!
    Want glow in the dark keshi? add an extra $2 to your pledge. Marbled keshi? add an extra $4 to your pledge.
    Add appropriate amounts if you want multiple keshi figures.

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    Swag Pack

    Sticker pack, enamel pin, double sided 8x10 print featuring artworks by Crybag and yours truly.

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    X-Ray Mini Head

    One double cast mini x-ray Belfry head. A choice of four color options will be available. Inner skeleton will glow in the dark.
    Each will be signed and numbered.
    Note: Does not include packaging or "goodies" packages.

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    Customizer's Special

    One Belfry vinyl toy. This pledge is the stick-shift, manual window, radio only option for a Belfry toy. If you're all about painting a Belfry figure, or a whole run of them, this is for you. Weapons ARE included.

    Looking for more than one blank? We can help!

    1 extra blank, add $70 to your plege
    2 extra blanks, add 135 to your pledge
    3 extra blanks, add 195 to your pledge

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    Full Meal Deal

    One unpainted Belfry vinly toy. Stickers, enamel pin, doubled sided print and header card are included in this pledge level. This is the official full toy complete with packaging.

    Want to add an x-ray resin to your order?

    Mini Belfry head, add $40 to your pledge
    Full figure Belfry x-ray, add $85 to your pledge.

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    X-Ray Belfry

    Full figure double cast x-ray Belfry. A choice of four color options will be available. Inner skeleton will glow in the dark.
    Each will be signed and numbered.

    Note: Scale will not match the vinyl figure, will likely be in the 6.5-7" height range. Does not include packaging or "goodies" packages.

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    Full Meal Deal - With Cheese

    One Painted Belfry vinly toy. Stickers, enamel pin, doubled sided print and header card are included in this pledge level. This is the official full toy complete with packaging.
    First color scheme TBD.

    Want to add an x-ray resin to your order?

    Mini Belfry head, add $40 to your pledge
    Full figure Belfry x-ray, add $85 to your pledge.

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    Guumon Belfry Custom

    One Belfry customized by Guumon! Delivery dates and design choices to be at the discretion of individual artist.

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    Mark Nagata Belfry Custom

    One Belfry customized by Mark Nagata! Delivery dates and design choices to be at the discretion of individual artist.

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    DaveMarkArt Belfry Custom

    One Belfry customized by DaveMarkArt! Delivery dates and design choices to be at the discretion of individual artist.

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    RicStroh Belfry Custom

    One Belfry customized by RicStroh! Delivery dates and design choices to be at the discretion of individual artist.

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    Jay222 Belfry Custom

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    NateTheMilkman Belfry Custom

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    Topheroy Belfry Custom

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    Klav9 Belfry Custom

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    X-Ray Resin - Master Edition

    This reward will feature a one of a kind x-ray option. The buyer will have design input for a one of a kind inner skeleton sculpt. Buyer will receive all prototypes and molds generated for the inner skeleton to produce this figure. Color choices will be at the discretion of the pledgee. Only two figures will be produced with this option, one artist proof that will stay with Motley Miscreations, and one final proof that will go to the purchaser of this pledge.
    Comes with 1 Full Meal Deal (unpainted) reward as well.

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