Hi I’m Rocom! Artist and toy collector. You can lurk me freely on Instagram (@rocom). I’ve worked as an illustrator and Art Director in the toy industry for nearly 10 years now. I love to collect action figures and soft vinyl. I've always wanted to make a vinyl toy that reflects all of the things I love to collect. After working on projects for brands like Star Wars and Spider-Man, I am ready to make my very first vinyl toy, Death Jaguar!
The Death Jaguar toy will be a 9” figure, designed in the spirit of classic Japanese kaiju toys. It will be made of soft vinyl, have a dual-face head sculpt, as well as fist replacement weapons including an axe, and a laser blaster. This toy embodies so many things that I grew up with and still love. I'm hoping it will remind people of Movie Monsters, Transformers, He-Man and so much more.
I hope you like this toy because I can’t make it without YOU!
Death Jaguar is a tribute to my favorite Japanese monster movies. Specifically, the amazing giant robots found in kaiju cinema. For anyone that has a love for soft vinyl, kaiju, and collecting; this toy is being made for you!
DEATH JAGUAR: ORIGINS
For this toy, the plan is to have 3 blank color options and 2 painted editions. There will be an Astro-Gray, Jet-Black, Aqua-Blue, Standard color-way, and Tribute color-way made. My friend and I have been working closely on the 3D sculpt based off of my turn-around sketches and the toy is looking awesome! The finished sculpt will then be used to create the molds for the toy. There will be head rotation, shoulder joints, waist rotation, leg rotation as well as 2 weapon replacements for the fists. Creating a vinyl toy with these variations and features is not going to be cheap, but, that's why we have this Kickstarter!
Making toys is an expensive process! Production costs include producing a wax master, unique tools, mold masters and all of the paint apps for the color version of the toy. Then there’s the shipment cost from the factory as well as printing and packaging the header cards and bags for each toy.
I've created a variety of rewards for pledges ranging from $1 all the way to $500. By pledging just $1 you will get a full 24 page coloring book PDF download and and an MP3 download of the song "Never Say Die" by Boombox Ninjas! There's also Kickstarter exclusive enamel pins, embroidered snapback hats, original artwork, resin mini-busts, and of course, the toy itself! If you believe in this project and want to help make this toy a reality, please pledge what you can, help spread the word and share this Kickstarter with your friends. I thought I could produce this toy on my own, but I can’t. I need your help! The only way for us to get this toy it to reach our funding goal. I really hope you like it and want one for your shelf! Thanks for your time, ALL HAIL DEATH JAGUAR!
UNLOCKED! Every reward with a toy included will also come with this exclusive enamel pin designed by Tom Whalen! Whalen is well known for his work on the Marvel enamel pins for Mondo as well as many of their movie posters. You can view some of his work at strongstuff.net
UNLOCKED! We're going to have a release party for all of our backers in downtown Santa Ana, CA. Anyone that backs the project will be invited to a special private screening of Godzilla VS Megalon to celebrate the release of the toy. This event is going to be insane!!!
UNLOCKED! Every reward with a toy will come with an extra head molded in clear vinyl! This means for every reward with a blank or painted figure purchased, there will be an extra clear head added to your shipment for FREE!
If we can make it to $12,500, every toy purchased will come with an extra set of swap-out weapons molded in Glow in the Dark vinyl! Make that axe or blaster look like glowing energy with this awesome add-on!
If we can make it to $15,000, there will be a new Panther Purple Blank Toy color option available for purchase!
If we can make it to $20,000, every toy purchased will include a small Doomsday Moleman mini-vinyl toy. This is modeled after the Doomsday Cult members featured in the Death Jaguar Origins story. This will be a 35mm tall finger puppet style toy molded in soft vinyl! This can be placed at the base of the 9" figure to show the gigantic scale of Death Jaguar! Blank toys will come with matching blank figures and painted toys with come with painted figures. It would be really fun for us to be able to make this one happen!
There's absolutely no way that I could do any of this on my own. There are so many friends that have volunteered their time and efforts in support of this project. From custom artwork to production advice, filming locations and more, the following people have been nothing, but the best of help. I give them my infinite thanks and gratitude. <3
Risks and challenges
The estimated delivery dates for these toys are based on the time it will take to produce and ship the pieces to California. Turnaround time for the factory is 4-5 months, but could be sooner. I don’t want to let anyone down on a delivery date, so I’ve set my shipping goals to September 2018, which isn’t really that far away. Delivery for hand-painted one-offs and micro-run rewards would be in October 2018. For anyone purchasing a reward with an enamel pin or original artwork, those will ship out as early as April of 2018. Once the toys are made and shipped, they ship over to the states by boat and that and add 30 days to our timeline. Please keep this in mind during production. I will, of course, update you all through out the course of this very fun process of getting the toy made.
With my experience in factory production and art direction, I have very few concerns with making this toy a reality. Patience is key for this project. Mold issues or shipping time could create delays, but, beyond that, once we are fully funded, this toy will happen. I will do my very best to make sure everyone gets their rewards on time! Thank you again for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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