3 DAYS LEFT. 77% Funded. Bonus Upgrades Unlocked, Challenge Extended, and rewards from MIMOBOT & RiffTrax!
- THREE DAYS LEFT: We're 77% funded and picking up speed!
Red Zone Challenge & Bonus Reward Update
• We've upgraded the POSTER and SIGNED POSTER rewards!
• The RED ZONE CHALLENGE is extended until tomorrow at 10am PST!
• PLUS: if we hit $4.4M, all backers get a download from RiffTrax!
- A Sneak Peek at our USB DRIVE REWARD(S)… from MIMOBOT!
- BOX SET UPGRADE: now includes #BringBackMST3K Documentary!
- DOUBLE FEATURE COUNTDOWN continues tonight at 4 & 7pm PST.
- Another BIG UPDATE coming this afternoon!
Listen up, team!
Now we've got just THREE DAYS UNTIL THE END OF OUR KICKSTARTER, and the crowd is getting excited. There's only one question on everyone's mind: can they go all the way? Can the Backers win the Superbowl?
Well, you know, it's gonna be close... but we're not done yet. We're almost into the Red Zone, and that's where things get really good. So, let's make these last three days count!
Also, I'm really encouraged this morning, because…
We're picking up speed! With 3 DAYS LEFT, our total from Kickstarter and our Add-On Reward Site has passed $4,235,000... so now we're 77% of the way to our final goal of 12 new episodes!
I know, I know: our counter here on Kickstarter isn't at $4.23MM yet. That's because we're also counting the $255,000 we've raised through our Add-On Reward Site. Here, this makes it easier to understand:
That purple part is the money you've contributed for Add-On Rewards… so it might not show up here on Kickstarter, but it still counts toward our goal of raising the full $5.5MM we need to make 12 episodes!
Now, that also means you've also unlocked three of the five Bonus Rewards in the Red Zone Challenge:
See? We're speeding up – now we're almost at the next goal, and today's just getting started!
And, since you've passed $4.18M, that means you've unlocked another BONUS REWARD:
We've upgraded the OFFICIAL POSTER REWARD to feature different art on each side. It's like getting TWO POSTERS IN ONE!
And remember, this isn't a cheap little rinky-dink poster. This will be a nice, full-sized theatrical poster. It'll measure about 27" by 39", and it'll look really nice in a frame. And now it'll have two designs, so if you get tired of looking at one side, you can just turn it over. (Or, I guess you can also get a second poster as an Add-On.)
But actually, if you're a careful reader, you might have noticed three new details that I put in the reward list. You know, just to keep you on your toes. Did you catch them all?
Here, we don't have a lot of time. I'll just tell you:
1. We're also upgrading the SIGNED POSTER REWARD: now you'll get both a signed poster and a second, unsigned poster, so you can see both sides.
This seemed pretty important: what if we sign your poster on one side, but you like the art better on the other side? Which side do you hang? That would be a real dilemma! We don't want that to happen.
So if you're getting EXPERIMENT 300 or higher, or got a signed poster as an Add-On Reward, you'll get two copies of our two-sided poster. And if you're not, it's not too late: you can still upgrade your pledge level or get the Signed Poster Add-On.
2. I'm extending my Red Zone Challenge until tomorrow at 10am PST!
Now that we're speeding up, I really think we still have a chance to take this thing all the way. So, I'm going to extend the Red Zone Challenge – and Bonus Rewards – as long as I can: until tomorrow morning at 10am PST!
That's when we'll have exactly 60 hours left, and I think we'll need it to go the last 20 yards -- or, you know -- raise the last $1.1MM we need for a touchdown. And by touchdown, I mean twelve new episodes.
And to help us reach the Red Zone, some old friends are stepping in to help us out.
3. If we reach $4.4MM by 10AM tomorrow, our friends at Rifftrax will throw in another bonus reward: a downloadable riffing short for all backers!
For those of you who don't know Rifftrax yet, I've got good news: after MST3K got canceled in 1999, three of our very talented alumni – Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett – didn't get discouraged.
Instead, they started a new riffing operation and since then, they've riffed a bunch of titles, including some more mainstream cheesy movies that MST3K never got a chance to focus on. So if you want more riffing in your life – and who doesn't? – you should check them out.
And if we reach $4.4MM by 10am tomorrow, it'll be easy to check them out, because Mike, Kevin and Bill will throw in another bonus – a Rifftrax downloadable short – to reward you!
And even better, this reward will be available to all Kickstarter backers, even those who pledge just $1!
So, yeah: if we can enter the Red Zone by tomorrow morning, just think how much free stuff you'll be getting. It's actually kind of crazy. If I think about it too much, I might get dizzy. And since there's a lot more to tell you, maybe we better just keep going.
A Sneak Peek at our COLLECTIBLE USB DRIVE(S)
Now, if you've looked at all of our Kickstarter rewards, maybe the idea of a "Collectible USB Drive" didn't sound that cool. There are a lot of boring USB drives out there… but hey, I'd never do that to you!
To tell you the truth, our COLLECTIBLE USB DRIVE is actually one of the the rewards I've been most excited to get, because we're working hard to make sure this one is really collectible!
If you've ever been to a Comic Con, maybe you've seen all of those cool little cartoon character USB drives that look like characters from different movies and TV shows. I asked around, and it turns out they're called MIMOBOTS. And you know, once I heard that, I knew what we had to do. So, I'm excited to tell you that...
Our COLLECTIBLE "MIMOBOT" USB DRIVE will come in two different designs, created exclusively for this Kickstarter by our friends at Mimoco:
That's right: if your rewards include the COLLECTIBLE USB DRIVE, you'll be able to have your own tiny robot friend! How cool is that?
Anyway, before you get too excited, I should tell you two things:
1. There's no way to pick which Mimobot you want... I know some of you will prefer one of these designs over the other, and while I actually would be curious to know whether you like Servo or Crow more, I don't think we can do it. It would cost us a lot more to offer the choice, and we need to use your pledges to make new episodes!
...but you can get BOTH DESIGNS if you get another as an Add-On Reward! This is one time I'm really glad we have Add-On Rewards, because I'm planning to get one of each. (It just doesn't seem right to separate the guys, you know?) If you want to be sure you'll get your favorite robot, you can upgrade and GET BOTH MIMOBOTS as an Add-On Reward for just $40 more.
We might not be able to fit 3 full HD episodes on your MIMOBOT…
You know, it's never cheap to look this good, so getting MIMOBOTS is costing us a little more than if we got boring USB drives. Right now, we think each MIMOBOT will hold 8 GB, which might not be enough to include the first three new episodes in full HD. So, we're changing things up a little, and we're going to put something else on the drive instead.
...but if you ask nicely, we'll also send you the first three episodes.
We promised that getting a COLLECTIBLE USB DRIVE would mean you didn't have to download the first three episodes. And you know, even though I bet most of you are OK downloading them, I don't want to break a promise. So, if you need us to, we'll figure out another way to get those episodes to you.
Of course, if we can't fit the new episodes on your MST3K MIMOBOT, I bet you're wondering what we are going to put on them instead.
Well, I've got a few ideas for fun things we can give you, but I want to leave that a surprise. Like an episode of MST3K, I think it'll be more fun if you don't know what to expect. So, you'll just have to wait and see!
Finally, since we're updating so many of our rewards with extra bells and whistles, there's one more fun "upgrade" I want to tell you about:
Our COLLECTOR'S BOX SET reward will also include a new documentary all about the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
(But actually, we might be making actual history too: if we get to a full 12 episodes, we'll be the first television show ever brought back to life for a full season through the magic of crowdfunding. And if we manage to beat Veronica Mars and become the most-funded Film & Video Kickstarter ever? Hat trick!)
Anyway, whatever happens, you've already changed the course of Mystery Science History. That's why I'm really happy to tell you that we're planning to make an entire behind-the-scenes documentary about this experience – our Kickstarter, the creative process of making the next season, and -- most important – about all of you!
Even better, we've hired Daniel Griffith and Ballyhoo Motion Pictures – long-time friends of MST3K, and the folks behind all of the great behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews in the MST3K DVD box sets – to direct it. Over the last few years, we've gotten so many compliments about those bonus materials, and you can really tell that Ballyhoo are true MSTies and great documentarians.
And you know, we can't tell the story of bringing back MST3K without all of you, so if your rewards include set visits or premiere tickets, you might meet Daniel and get interviewed for the documentary too. We're going to make sure he's around to capture as much as he can.
Of course, you'll also be getting regular updates from me, and the creative team, all the way through the process. Daniel will just be there to help us tell "the whole story" of what happened – and if you pledge for EXPERIMENT 200 or higher, or get THE COLLECTOR'S BOX SET as an Add-On Reward, you'll get the documentary to keep.
So, what do you think, sirs? If you want to help us make sure we get to a full twelve episodes, I hope you'll consider increasing your pledge level or treating yourself to an Add-On Reward.
Remember, we've upgraded almost all of our reward packages! So now, backers at..
- EXPERIMENTS 035+ get 6 CLASSIC EPISODES and a SOUNDTRACK ALBUM,
- EXPERIMENTS 050+ get a choice of 2 T-SHIRT DESIGNS and 2 STYLES,
- EXPERIMENTS 085+ get their NAMES IN THE CREDITS OF A NEW EPISODE,
- EXPERIMENTS 150+ get a 2-SIDED POSTER with 2 DIFFERENT DESIGNS, and
- EXPERIMENTS 300+ get 2 POSTERS: one signed and one unsigned.
Plus, if we reach $4.4MM before 10am PST tomorrow, you'll get even more: we'll be able to make NINE NEW EPISODES of MST3K, plus we'll throw in another FOUR CLASSIC EPISODES and a downloadable short film from our buddies at RiffTrax.
Oh, one last thing: I've got some more news to share with you, including the names of some more people who will be joining us when we get started on the new season. More on that later.
KEEP CIRCULATING THE URL.
Cheers and Thanks,
P.S. Don't forget! Tonight at 4pm or 7pm PST, join me for the second night of the MST3K Double Feature Countdown. I've got two more classic episodes – and more new fan mail – waiting for you.
A-HA! Crow T. Robot, reporting for duty. I bet you were expecting Servo, right? But I think he's said just about enough. It's my time now! And remember, soon I'll get to decide who lives and who dies. So, you probably wanna get on my good side. Don't worry, it's easy! All you have to do is help us get the word out.
(And did you hear? I'm gonna be a MIMOBOT!)
Just post these messages to Twitter & Facebook right now:
- 3 DAYS LEFT to #BringBackMST3K: check out the USB REWARD from @mimobot w/ exclusive new Crow AND Servo designs! http://mst3k.com/kickstarter/update17
- 3 DAYS LEFT to #BringBackMST3K & @Rifftrax are offering us ALL a free reward if we reach 9 EPS by 10AM tomorrow! http://mst3k.com/kickstarter/update17
- 3 DAYS LEFT to #BringBackMST3K & @JoelGHodgson's Double Feature Countdown continues LIVE at 4 & 7pm PST tonight. http://mst3k.com/thefinalcountdown