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!
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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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