About this project
What are Meowchi?
Meowchi are sweet mochi kittens that come in a range of flavors and variants. Created in 2012 by our artist, Ryan Zanfei, they have quickly become a staple character of our brand! The first standard 5 inch sized Meowchi plush was produced within that first year. Since then, we've created over 20 flavors and variants of these palm sized kittens!
What is Tasty Peach Studios?
We are a sweet, unique boutique that sells adorable, indie merchandise inspired by Japan! Every character and design is made by our artist with love and care. We started off in 2007 in our Etsy shop crafting hand made clay charms and jewelry. Since then we have grown to become one of the leading Indie brands on the convention circuit, providing high quality metal jewelry, accessories, plush, apparel, and so much more!
So why Kickstarter?
One of the biggest requests we have had for this character is bigger versions. But bigger plush means higher production costs and the need for extra storage space. Kickstarter will allow us to gauge interest for the larger plush and allow us to get homes quickly for these giant cuties! This also eliminates the need for more storage as they will be able to be shipped to your home right away, allowing us to sell them at this backer exclusive price!
When getting any plush made, there are always many steps from start to finish, including multiple revisions to the initial design. Like all plush, Giant Sakura and Unicorn started off as a concept design.
Sakura Meowchi went through 5 revisions before she was 100% perfect! The Sakura blossom pattern on her fur was drawn by us and then custom set to fabric just for her! She has two plush sakura blossoms by her ear for that extra touch of detail.
Unicorn Meowchi was by far the most revisions we have had on a Meowchi plush. At 7 revisions, he definitely was a bit tricky. The main fixes were getting his horn, mane, and tail just right!
Since these are perfected prototypes, there will be no further revisions or changes as these two are ready for to be made! If this project gets fully funded the plush will go right into production! Production and shipping time can take a while, so we are giving a generous timeline for any possible delays. March 2017 is when we are estimating fulfillment to begin. If all plush and backer rewards are finished early however, we will begin fulfillment immediately! We will make additional updates if products arrive early!
Add-On Shop Now Available!
Giant Unicorn & Sakura Meowchi Plush
Unicorn & Sakura Meowchi Plush measure roughly 12 inches tall by 15 inches long! They are by far the biggest plush we have ever created. To see a size comparison to a person, check out the video! With extra soft minky fabric, hypoallergenic filling, high quality plush details, and professionally embroidered features, these kittens are high quality!
Sakura Meowchi Designs - Shirt & Lanyard
A special apparel set debuting for this Kickstarter is the Sleepy Sakura Meowchi tee and matching lanyard! This sweet design is printed on a super soft American Apparel tee, and will be available in both womens sizes and unisex/mens sizes. There will be a size guide in the survey after the campaign ends that way you can pick the size you'd like! Each item sold separately or together as per tier reward descriptions.
Shirt Sizes: Womens Sm - 2XL & Unisex/Mens Sm - 2XL
Unicorn Meowchi Designs - Shirt & Lanyard
The second special apparel set debuting for this Kickstarter is the Unicorn Constellation Meowchi tee and matching lanyard! This bouncy design is printed on a super soft Gilden tee, and will be available in both womens sizes and unisex/mens sizes. There will be a size guide in the survey after the campaign ends that way you can pick the size you'd like! Each item sold separately or together as per tier reward descriptions.
Shirt Sizes: Womens Sm - 2XL & Unisex/Mens Sm - 2XL
As Giant Meowchi are much more expensive to produce than smaller plush, the initial goal of this project is to raise $10,000 to order the minimum quantities of both starting plush. This goal amount will also cover backer rewards as well as the Kickstarter/Stripe fees!
As goals are reached we'll be adding more cuties to the pile! For now, with exception to the $150 and $300 tiers, all rewards regarding plush are for only Unicorn or Sakura Meowchi. The higher tiers will be able to pick any of the unlocked plush as part of their tier reward!
Additional tiers will be added as each goal unlocks! This way you can add them to your pledge! As each Giant Meowchi is very big, we must ask for additional shipping costs as well.
Below are a few extra goals that if hit will unlock even more adorable goodies! We have quite a few planned, but the rest are a secret untill the current rewards are unlocked!
The Giant Meowchi Kickstarter will run for 30 days and will conclude mid October. If we meet our goal, both Unicorn & Sakura Meowchi (with the original backer rewards) will be put into production immediately! Plush will be ready to ship approximately 3-4 months after the end of the Kickstarter. The process takes approximately 2-3 months for production to complete and 1-1.5 months to ship all items to our warehouse. The approximate in hand dates are estimated for March 2017. As soon as the plush and reward items are in hand we will make multiple announcements here and on all social media and shipments will begin.
What about the Stretch Goals?
Any funds that are over our original goal amount will be used to fund our stretch goals. All funds beyond that will then be invested into additional Meowchi projects for the store.
❤ Thank you to Ty who edited our video!
❤ Thank you to Marth and Sarah for the extra beta-reading!
Official Site: www.tastypeachstudios.com
Risks and challenges
Tasty Peach Studios has been manufacturing, producing, shipping, and organizing large plush projects for the past 6 years now!
From manufacturer delays and lost shipments, to damaged shipping containers and stolen merchandise, we've experienced most every problem and obstacle one could actually encounter in the plush manufacturing process. Over the years, we've solved these problems and moved forward successfully to be the top indie plush brand on the convention circuit today.
Giant Meowchis are the only Kickstarter project that is currently ongoing, meaning it has our full attention. Additionally, there is no outside company involved with the review and approval of this project. All we need is approval from you, our fans.
We strive to be extremely transparent with our fan base and pride ourselves on proper, consistent, & open communication with them if any problems arise. If there are any issues with this project, they will be messaged promptly to all backers so that they are aware of them in detail with the steps we are taking to correct them.
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Yes, simply refer to this link and also see the "Backer Add On Shop" Updates under the "Updates" Tab.
Yes, any pledge/order/donation/amount given or paid over $90 (BEFORE shipping) will be included in receiving the free items through the stretch goals.
At the end of the Kickstarter project in 30 days
Refer to the "Shipping" section on the Kickstarter main page for this.
If you are buying a plush ( $45.00 and up tiers ) and you want to add an extra keychain or the button or -anything- but a second plush, your shipping on the add on is free for USA.
If you pledge a plush tier AND add an extra unlocked plush you -must- add the asked shipping amount. If you are on the $35.00 tier and lower you must add shipping for -all- extra items/add ons
Shipping is set this way because the plush all have to go in their own box. I can’t squish them into small packaging as they literally are 15 to 16 inches long and weigh almost 3lbs each.
I -literally- pay that much to ship the plush to you. This doesn’t include the supplies, the postage labels, the trips to the post office, or the time spent packing them. These plush are 16 inches long. The cut off to FORCE me to use express is a 12 inch long box in -ANY- direction. Any bigger box and it will be a loss on my end to ship them.
If you are over seas and wish to contribute for a plush, please understand I spent over a week looking into prices for the best kind. There is not even any filling for these, It’s literally a box stuffed with a giant cat.
These weigh around 3 lbs each, the boxes are larger so we have to use international express (no other option), and we have no warehouses/distributors over seas like larger companies may. This is still us, shipping packages from our warehouse in Indiana guys ;) The pricing we have put up is the best pricing out of UPS, USPS, and FedEx for International and Domestic shipping. There's quite literally nothing we can do about it, and debated even making the plush available for international customers.
Again, we have no control over it. We're using USPS International Express because International First Class is not available with this weight. This means you'll get the item super fast, with tracking, but it costs a lot. FedEx and UPS would have been even more. We researched it all, trust us.
Prototypes cost a lot! And Prototypes without the intention to produce a line of products cost even more! But this Meowchi will go through the same process that all of our other Meowchi go through and we'll do our best to bring your desired Meowchi to life. Don't have an original idea in mind, but want an original Giant Black Vampire Bat? Disapproval? Go for it!
There will be a size guide in the survey to help you pick the perfect size! For general sizing however we are offering the following.
Womens Fitted | Sm - 2XL
Unisex/Mens | Sm - 2XL
Sakura and Unicorn were unlocked from the start! Now you can see unlocked Meowchi around every 10K tier or so. If your tier allows you to select two of any unlocked Meowchi you can select any two Meowchi we have unlocked through stretch goals or the original two (Sakura and Unicorn).
Yes. Tread lightly.
Not at this time. We ask those that want them to trust the process, and our consistency. These plush were never guaranteed to be made, so we have not started prototypes yet. We wanted prototypes of Unicorn and Sakura in hand since they were the focus of the project.
Yes, we've added tiers for those.
You will be sent a survey at the end of the Kickstarter project (30 days) asking for your address, as well as other information like this.
The Backer Add-on shop is a way for you to add extra items to your pledge! As we unlock stretch goals you'll see we have a number of extra items for sale!
Example. If you spent $12.00 on the exclusive keychain tier but also wanted a lanyard and the unlocked exclusive button pack, you can look through the add-on shop for the prices and add them to your tier!
Add-On Instructions: To add an Add-on to your pledge, follow these steps:
1) Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' button. If you have not pledged yet, it will say, 'Back This Project'.
2) Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total of the Add-Ons you want to add. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged at.
3) After the Kickstarter Campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you what items you'd like to use your extra pledge money towards!
The survey at the end will ask you where you want your extra funds going to!
End of the project, and any questions we need answered to finalize your order. Address, item selection, shirt size, etc.
If it says it is, it is for sure. Example - The post cards and PVC key chain. If they do not say exclusive they may be released later (March 2017). Like the plush, shirts, etc.
Unknown at this time. If we get a huge warehouse eventually...then maybe! But right now these guys take up so much room it would make no sense to try to keep these in stock for the online store and conventions.
If you spend the required freebie amounts or more BEFORE SHIPPING you automatically will have those unlocked freebies added to your pledge!
Freebies 1 - Postcard ( $35.00 and up )
Freebies 2 - Artcards ( $35.00 and up )
Freebies 3 - Button pack ( $90.00 and up )
Freebies 4 - Unicorn/Sakura Sticker Pack ( $90.00 and up ) LOCKED!!
Yes, refer to the top FAQ in this section.
Yes, if you need to change your address for any reason after the survey you can contact us and simply change it.
There are no plans for this at this time, no. We'd like to keep the sizing exclusive because we don't feel it's beneficial for us to keep every design as every size (normal and giant). Designs will stay exclusive to their larger versions, but we may release variants of certain designs in the future as smaller versions (this has yet to be decided on though).
Yes, you will. You must also create an account to pledge, so you can check your pledge and edit accordingly there.
Remove it if you'd like, it's free now and included. If you want two of them, keep the paid for version in your pledge. You'll get a free one regardless if your total meets the requirement.
There are no plans for either at this time.
No, it cannot. You will need to add it in the add on shop by following the instructions for it. Refer to the top question in the FAQ section. The unlocked shirts are add-on only.
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