STILL GOING! Turkey Day Challenge and Deals EXTENDED THROUGH CYBER MONDAY! Plus: MST3K reruns all weekend.
Hello MST3K Family & Friends!
I hope you had a wonderful Turkey Day. Did you get enough to eat? I hope so. And then, if you’re like me, you ate just a little bit more, to send a message to your body that it was, indeed, Thanksgiving.
Anyway, this year, I’m thankful for all of you — and to everyone who spent some of their Turkey Day with me, watching our Turkey Day Marathon. I was able to talk with some of you on YouTube and Twitter, and the whole thing was a lot of fun. Then, we all went to sleep stuffed with pie AND cheesy movies!
I know you're full, so I just have a few important updates to share today.
- During our Turkey Day '15 Marathon, we passed $3MM to #BringBackMST3K!
- We're now the second most funded Film & Video project on Kickstarter! Yipes!
- Turkey Day Challenge AND Holiday Sales EXTENDED until 11:59pm on Monday!
- If we reach $3.3M before then, all backers at $85+ get listed in MST3K's credits!
- Want leftovers? Turkey Day '15 Marathon Reruns available all weekend long!
First, I'd like to share something I'm thankful for: during the final hour of our Turkey Day '15 Marathon, we passed the $3M mark.
We're not up to our second goal of $3.3M and six new episodes just yet, but a few hours ago, we passed another important milestone:
With more than $3.11M raised, we're now the SECOND HIGHEST FUNDED KICKSTARTER for any Film & Video project ever!
That means we've passed Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, which raised $3,105,473, and are second only to Veronica Mars, which raised $5,702,153. That's pretty amazing. Thanks to you, MST3K has joined the crowdfunding “big leagues”!
Plus, after we're done making the new Kickstarter episodes, I think it will do a lot to help us convince a television network or online platform to let us make even more new seasons of MST3K in the future.
And it gets better: thanks to you, our "Turkey Day Specials" and "Black Friday Sale" have already raised another $85,000 (and counting) to help #BringBackMST3K!
We're still working on how to get that added to the total here on Kickstarter, but here are two important things to know: (1) the money you spent on Add-On Rewards didn't count toward the Turkey Day Challenge, but (2) it does count toward our final goal of raising $5.5MM to make twelve new episodes of MST3K!
(There have been a lot of questions about how the Turkey Day Add-Ons work, so our team is posting some new FAQ about Add-Ons.)
And while we're talking about it, I almost forgot!
I know I said the Turkey Day Challenge would end at 11:59pm on Thursday but hey... it's that weird weekend between Thanksgiving and the work week, so I decided, "Let's do something crazy!" Crazy Joel, that's what they call me. So...
We're extending the TURKEY DAY CHALLENGE until the end of Cyber Monday: if we reach $3.3MM by 11:59pm PST on Monday, all backers who pledge $85 or more on Kickstarter* will get to include a name of their choice in the credits of a new MST3K!
Like I said last time, I'm really excited about the bonus reward I promised you if we can beat the Turkey Day Challenge, so I want to give you another chance to get it.
And in case you forgot, all reward packages at $85 and higher include digital downloads of all new episodes funded on Kickstarter (in HD and without DRM), so that you'll be able to see your name when it appears in the credits!
[*EDITOR'S NOTE: Remember, you'll only get the "Thank You Credit" bonus if you pledge for a reward package of $85+ here on Kickstarter. If you purchase the Black Friday Specials or Add-On Rewards at MST3K.com, your contribution will count toward our goal of raising $5.5MM, but it won't increase your pledge level or entitle you to additional rewards listed in the more expensive packages here on Kickstarter.]
Oh, and here's another important announcement I almost forgot!
We've also extended our TURKEY DAY / BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS through Cyber Monday, so you now have until 11:59pm PST Monday to grab classic MST3K episodes for 50-87% off!
In case you haven't looked, here are our three big holiday offers:
Download any CLASSIC EPISODE for $4.99/each!
50% OFF!!! Choose from all 87 episodes available in digital.
Download the CLASSIC COLLECTION of 87 EPISODES for $149.99!
87% OFF!!! That's less than $1.75 for each episode!
Get an AUTOGRAPHED TURKEY DAY COLLECTOR'S DVD SET for $99.99!
I'll sign the tin just for you, and shipping in the USA is free!
Oh, and remember, these TURKEY DAY SPECIALS aren't like the rewards you get here on Kickstarter. With these deals, you'll be charged right away and we'll make sure to send them to you by December 11, when our Kickstarter ends.
That means you've still got time to give the gift of MST3K for the holidays, so that you and your loved ones can have a very Swayze Christmas and help us make more new episodes for next year!
Okay, one more thing...
All weekend long, we're serving up leftovers... with reruns of the Turkey Day '15 Marathon!
I know that some of you couldn't join us on Turkey Day, because your new-age religion forbids it, but I don't want you to miss out on the fun. That's why, with the help of our friends at Shout! Factory TV, PlutoTV and Yahoo, I'm happy to say that you can keep enjoying the entire marathon, over and over, all weekend long!
- If you want to reheat THE WHOLE MEAL tune into our channel on PlutoTV.
- If you want to reheat JUST YOUR FAVORITES, watch on demand at Yahoo.
Of course, neither of those include the new introductions I shot for each episode at Kickstarter HQ... so if you want to see those, I posted all of the new videos on our YouTube Channel.
Also, in case you didn't see those segments, we had a few fun surprises!
With the help of my friends at Kickstarter, we shared new Fan Letters for the first time since MST3K ended. (We also posted a lot more of your wonderful letters and artwork on our new Tumblr.)
If you still want to share your stories and art, I love seeing them, and we'll keep sharing them... so email them to INFOCLUB@MST3K.COM.
We also had a special surprise guest: a young woman named Ashley Holtgraver, from the very cool electropop band Freezepop. When Ashley was just 8 years old, we read her letter on MST3K!
To help end this year's Turkey Day, a grown-up Ashley joined me to perform a new version of the MST3K theme song! Here, see for yourself:
Pretty great, huh?
Anyway, all of those turkeys we watched are still making me a little sleepy, so it's time for another Turkey Day Weekend tradition: a long afternoon nap.
While I do, I hope you'll remind your friends and family that if they join our Kickstarter now – or increase their pledge – we'll be able to make at least six new episodes of MST3K. Wouldn't that be something to be thankful for next year?
And remember: we've still got until 11:59pm Monday night, to beat the Turkey Day Challenge, so...
KEEP CIRCULATING THE URL!
Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving,
Tom Servo, liberator of leftovers. I know, I know: you're full and it's too much work to get off the sofa. Well, what if I told you that you can help us Bring Back MST3K without lifting a finger? Okay, maybe just your finger…. but it's easy, I promise.
Just post one (or all) of these messages to Twitter & Facebook right now:
- Hey, @MST3K's Turkey Day Challenge (help reach $3.3M & get your name in the credits) extended through Cyber Monday! http://mst3k.com/kickstarter/update10
- Have a VERY Swayze Xmas w/ @MST3K's #CyberMonday deal: get 87 CLASSIC EPS for just $150 AND help #BringBackMST3K! http://mst3k.com/kickstarter/addons
- Reheat the @MST3K Turkey Day '15 Marathon & enjoy some leftovers! Reruns & on-demand available all weekend long! http://mst3k.com/kickstarter/update10