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Death Jaguar is a tribute to my favorite monster movie robots. This is a limited run of 9" soft vinyl toys for your kaiju shelf!
Death Jaguar is a tribute to my favorite monster movie robots. This is a limited run of 9" soft vinyl toys for your kaiju shelf!
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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!  

Toy Prototype Rendering Illustration
Toy Prototype Rendering Illustration

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 Toy Turn-Arounds for 3D Sculpting
Death Jaguar Toy Turn-Arounds for 3D Sculpting
Concept sketch of the fist swap-out weapons.
Concept sketch of the fist swap-out weapons.
3D Renderings of Fist Swapout Weapons
3D Renderings of Fist Swapout Weapons

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

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Blank and Painted Edition Vinyl Toys
Blank and Painted Edition Vinyl Toys

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.

Hand Painted One-off Concept Renderings
Hand Painted One-off Concept Renderings
11"x17" Original Art by Matt Frank from IDW's Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Comic Book.
11"x17" Original Art by Matt Frank from IDW's Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Comic Book.
Hand-painted resin mini-bust sculpture by Shannon Van Pelt
Hand-painted resin mini-bust sculpture by Shannon Van Pelt

 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!

Doomsday Moleman Mini-Vinyl Toy Turnarounds
Doomsday Moleman Mini-Vinyl Toy Turnarounds

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

San Diego based sculptor. Works mainly with Monster Clay.
San Diego based sculptor. Works mainly with Monster Clay.
Kaiju artist and commercial illustrator for Godzilla comics on IDW.
Kaiju artist and commercial illustrator for Godzilla comics on IDW.
Southern CA based collectible enamel pin company focused on pop culture and the arts.
Southern CA based collectible enamel pin company focused on pop culture and the arts.
Collectible toy store based in Fountain Valley, CA
Collectible toy store based in Fountain Valley, CA
Professional toy maker and sofubi painter for Famous Monsters.
Professional toy maker and sofubi painter for Famous Monsters.
Professional fashion photographer, toy collector and sofubi painter.
Professional fashion photographer, toy collector and sofubi painter.
Established in 1997, To Die For Clothing is a Lifestyle Brand Built by Jason & Josh Welsher's Love for Art, Music and Skateboarding.
Established in 1997, To Die For Clothing is a Lifestyle Brand Built by Jason & Josh Welsher's Love for Art, Music and Skateboarding.

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.

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    Coloring Book and MP3 Digital Download

    $1 will get you more than just a thank you, it will get you a PDF download of the 24 page Death Jaguar Coloring Book! It doesn't stop there, you will also get an MP3 of the song "Never Say Die" by Boombox Ninjas. Its the perfect activity pairing for your next chill session or road trip!

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    Red Enamel Pin by YESTERDAYS

    $10 will get you the Kickstarter Exclusive Death Jaguar Enamel Pin made by YESTERDAYS! These are a limited edition run only available through Kickstarter. This is a 1" polished silver hard enamel pin of the red Death Jaguar logo, as seen on the front of the toy. This is a physical (non working) replica of the Com-Link from the origin story!

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    Death Jaguar Snapback Hat

    $25 will get you the limited edition Death Jaguar Snapback hat. This hat features Japanese text that reads "Death Jaguar" across the front. This reward will also ship with the Red Edition Enamel pin.

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    Death Jaguar Original Artwork

    $50 will get you original artwork of Death Jaguar done by me, Rocom. This will be done with ink on 100lb bristol board. This reward also comes with the Exclusive Blue Edition Enamel Pin made by YESTERDAYS.

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    Early Bird Astro-Gray Blank Vinyl Toy

    $60 gets you the toy at the Early Bird price! This is for an unpainted Astro-Gray Death Jaguar vinyl toy. The standard cost of this edition will be $75 once this tier sells out!

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    Early Bird Jet-Black Blank Vinyl Toy

    $60 gets you the toy at the Early Bird price! This is for an unpainted 9" Jet-Black Death Jaguar vinyl toy. The standard cost of this edition will be $75 once this tier sells out!

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    Early Bird Aqua-Blue Blank Vinyl Toy

    $60 gets you the toy at the Early Bird price! This is for an unpainted, blank, Aqua-Blue Death Jaguar vinyl toy. The standard cost of this edition will be $75 once this tier sells out!

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    Early Bird Painted Vinyl Toy

    $80 gets you a fully painted Death Jaguar vinyl toy in the standard colorway at the Early Bird price. The standard cost of this edition will be $100 once this tier sells out!

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    Early Bird Painted Tribute Vinyl Toy

    $100 gets you the ultimate Kaiju tribute toy at the Early Bird price! This is for a fully painted Death Jaguar vinyl toy in its Tribute colorway. The standard cost of this edition will be $125 once this tier sells out!

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    Standard Painted Vinyl Toy

    $100 gets you a fully painted Death Jaguar vinyl toy in the standard colorway!

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    "Skynet" Micro-Run Vinyl Toy

    $125 will get you a hand-painted Death Jaguar Vinyl Toy in the Skynet colorway. This toy is a micro-run of only 5 pieces. That means you and only 4 other collectors will own this version of the toy! This colorway is based on the T-800 endoskeleton and features a dirty silver finish with bright red eyes.

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    "Blazing Ghost" Micro-Run Vinyl Toy

    $150 will get you a hand-painted Death Jaguar Vinyl Toy in the Blazing Ghost colorway. This toy is a micro-run of only 5 pieces. That means you and only 4 other collectors will own this version of the toy! This version of the toy comes with all accessories and also a metal chain slung across the figure's chest.

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    Mini-Bust Statue by Shannon Van Pelt

    $150 will get you the limited edition Death Jaguar mini-bust! This is part of a very short run of mini-bust statues, hand-sculpted, cast in resin and hand-painted by Shannon Van Pelt. This reward will only be available to Kickstarter Backers as a limited edition item. Each statue will be signed and numbered on the bottom! Rare!

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    All 3 Blank Death Jaguar Vinyl Toys

    $175 gets you the all 3 blanks. That's 1 Jet-Black, 1 Astro-Gray, and 1 Aqua Blue, unpainted Death Jaguar vinyl toy.

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    Original Comic Art by Matt Frank

    $225 will get you an original page of 11x17 artwork from the Godzilla comics! This reward comes with 1 original page from Godzilla: Rulers of Earth by penciller Matt Frank as well as the Tribute painted edition of the toy. Each hand drawn, inked page, is from either issue 7 or 8 of the published comic book!

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    Eternian Warrior One-Off Vinyl Toy

    $250 will get you a custom, hand painted, 1-off of the Death Jaguar Vinyl toy. This version comes in a blue, purple, and yellow colorway and is equipped with a fabric hood. This is a 1 of 1 and will not be reproduced again.

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    "Cosmic Doom" One-Off Vinyl Toy

    $250 will get you a custom, hand painted, 1-off of the Death Jaguar Vinyl toy. This version comes in a silver and green colorway and is equipped with a fabric cape and hood. This is a one-off and will not be reproduced again.

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    "Doc Prime" One-Off Vinyl Toy

    $250 will get you a custom, hand painted, 1-off of the Death Jaguar Vinyl toy. This version comes in a blue, red, and silver colorway. This is a 1 of 1 and will not be reproduced again.

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    "Rocket-Man" One-Off Vinyl Toy

    $250 will get you a custom, hand painted, 1-off of the Death Jaguar Vinyl toy. This version comes in a bronze, khaki, and brown leather colorway, with a silver jet-pack. This is a 1 of 1 and will not be reproduced again. 'Til all are one!

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    Silver Package

    $300 gets you the Silver Package! This reward gets you 1 gray blank, 1 black blank, 1 blue blank, 1 Mini-Bust by Shannon Van Pelt, and original artwork of Death Jaguar by me, Rocom.

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    Gold Package

    $500 gets you the Gold Package! This reward includes 5 versions of the toy; 1 gray blank, 1 black blank, 1 blue blank, 1 Standard painted toy, and 1 Tribute painted toy. This also includes 1 Mini Bust by Shannon Van Pelt, and original artwork of Death Jaguar by Rocom!

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    Rap Feature Platinum Package

    $1000 will get me out of retirement and back on the mic to do a 16-bar verse for your song. Send me the track, I'll record an all new 16-bar verse for you to use on your next hit. STRAIGHT FIRE BARS FOR YOUR TRACK! This reward will also ship with all 5 editions of the toy!

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