About this project
Spero Studio was founded by Jason Bienvenu and Brandon Gary, inspired by the 4" scale toy lines of the mid 70's, 80's, & 90's Spero focuses on bringing back the fun and joy from these eras with high quality products featuring modern articulation and accessories!
Figure design and control art was done by Jason Bienvenu, and beautifully sculpted by Jose Fernandez and Fabiano Carlos Coelho.
ANIMAL WARRIORS OF THE KINGDOM™ Series One: will consist of Ape, Canine, and Feline warriors, including the series' main protagonist the albino ape Pale and his vile nemesis Baron Kah Lee. Each figure features 17 points of articulation as well as weapon accessories.
THE FIGURES: are 1:18 scale figures similar to G.I. Joe, Marvel Universe & H.A.C.K.S. The figures are sculpted and colored to be faithful to the comic book source material while remaining highly detailed and having great crossover potential for lines like those mentioned above!
PAINTED PROTOTYPES: Look for more images in the next few days!
ALL-IN BACKERS: $400
Backers will receive the first four waves of Series One: 25 Basic figures including several army builder duplicates, plus the 1 Deluxe Figures (or 2 additional Basic figures for a total of 27 figures), 1 weapon wrack, a t–shirt, and The Animal World of the Kingdom Vol 1 trade paperback in both digital and physical formats, 2 Stickers, 4 buttons, and a water bottle. As an added bonus, All-In Backers will also receive 1 Ancient Armor of Enu Pack, 1 Grand Army of Akkra Armor Pack, 1 Armor of Ullr Armor Pack, 1 Wold Torn Clan Gear Armor Pack, 1 Woodland Armory Weapons Pack, 1 Midnight Assassins Gear Weapons Pack, and 1 Critter of their choice. Plus, as a special thank you for being an All-In Backer, the exclusive Tiger figure will be available for you to select as part of your 25 figures in your Backerkit at no additional cost. Contributors will select their preferred figure(s) via the BackerKit once the campaign concludes. Any figures that are not unlocked can be substituted by any other figure that has already been unlocked. The Backer is guaranteed 25 figures. Backers can add more figures with Add-On in the Backerkit! ($20 per figure)
DOUBLE DOWN BACKERS: $800
A great option for collectors, local comic and toy shops, or even international backers who want to split shipping costs with a friend, or for independent comic and toy shops wanting to carry The Animal World of The Kingdom figures. Backers will receive the "ALL IN" option times 2! The Backer is guaranteed 50 basic figures that are unlocked of their choice, plus the 2 Deluxe Figures (if the deluxe figures are not unlocked, this pledge guarantees 4 more basic figures for a total of 54 basic figures), 2 weapon wracks, 2 t–shirts, and 2 of The Animal World of the Kingdom Vol 1 trade paperback in digital format and 2 in physical formats, 4 Stickers, 8 buttons, and 2 water bottles.As an added bonus, Double Down Backers will also receive 2 Ancient Armor of Enu Packs, 2 Grand Army of Akkra Armor Packs, 2 Armor of Ullr Armor Packs, 2 Wold Torn Clan Gear Armor Packs, 2 Woodland Armory Weapons Packs, 2 Midnight Assassins Gear Weapons Packs, and 2 Critters of their choice. Plus, as a special thank you for being a Double Down Backer, the exclusive Tiger figure will be available for you to select as part of your 50 figures in your Backerkit at no additional cost. Contributors will select their preferred figure(s) via the BackerKit once the campaign concludes. Any Figures that are not unlocked can be substituted by any other figure that has already been unlocked. Backers can add more figures with Add-On in the Backerkit! ($20 per figure)
SERIES ONE WAVE ONE
FIGURE INCLUDES: 1 Figure, accessories and removable armor! Mix and match your figures weapons and gear to create unique army builders.
PALE: ADVENTURE ARMOR : Albino Chimpanzee -The young albino ape king sports his trademark Mohawk and red armor. His ability to absorb his fallen enemies powers comes at a great cost as their ghosts become attached to him and slowly drive him mad! Create Wolf Pack Thug with alternate head accessory. Includes: 3 weapons
BARON KAH LEE: Chimpanzee - The tyrannical ruler over all of the Ape Kingdom. This devious villain rules with an iron paw and will stop at nothing to secure his place at the throne, including eliminating the rightful ruler. Pale, the young ape king! Create Kah Lee's Elite Guard with alternate head accessory. Includes: 3 weapons
ATREIU: Lion - This traveling hero roams from town to town fighting for honor and revenge. His people were among the first to be displaced and enslaved by the Baron’s reign. Create Puma Clan Warrior with alternate head accessory. Includes: 3 weapons
CHUNARIAN SOLDIERS: Chimpanzee -These heroic soldiers make up the backbone of the Chunarian army and guard the walls of the sanctuary jungle city of Chuh-Nar from enemies of every kind. Create the Captain of the Guard with alternate head accessory. Includes: 2 weapons
CAPTAIN BRUTUS & THE HORRID KNIGHTS: Mandrill - Feral Mandrill soldiers meant to overwhelm and decimate rival armies; what they lack in fighting skill they make up for with sheer numbers and unhinged savagery! Create the Horrid Knights with alternate head accessory. Includes: 2 Weapons
THE HORRID ASSASSINS: Chimpanzee - Only slightly less vile than the mandrills these chimps are deadly with a bow but can wield a blade when in a bind. These apes rain hate down on opposing armies as the city gates give way to the steady push of the Horrid! Includes 5 weapons
CREATE A FIGURE REWARD: TIGER - A name & bio will be added with the help of the backer and a survey will be sent out after the campaign which will allow the rest of the AWOK Tribe to vote on the 2nd head and 2 Weapons! This image is a concept only and will be rendered like the rest of the figures in a future update.
STRETCH GOAL FIGURES, WILL BE REVEAL TWICE PER WEEK THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN!
SERIES ONE WAVE TWO
TOXIOUS: Skunk - This skunk is his own one-animal army, his noxious stench can incapacitate almost anyone. If his foul odor doesn’t defeat you his formidable fighting skills will. Create a Horrid Assassin Variant with alternate head accessory. Includes 3 weapons
TOXIOUS ADD ON - $25 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD (INCLUDES SHIPPING)
GRIMLEY: WOLF - Wolves are known for hunting in packs and Grimley and his thugs are no exception. Cunning and skilled fighters; one would be wise to avoid any confrontation with him and his pack. Create a Chunari Pikemen with alternate head accessory. Includes 3 weapons
GRIMLEY ADD ON - $25 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD (INCLUDES SHIPPING)
SCRAPS: Raccoon - Part of Boone’s scavenger crew. Let's just say that a rough past makes for a ruthless mercenary. He's good in a fight and you want him on your side, but his loyalties lay with those who can offer the most so you better be willing to pay if you want the best. Create a Grey Wolf Thug with alternate head accessory. Includes 3 weapons
SCRAPS ADD ON - $25 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD (INCLUDES SHIPPING)
JUNIPER: FOX - Once a thief and a renowned smuggler, Juniper changed his fate becoming a skilled fighter and former Knight of the Foxhound Clan. He was trained and disciplined in the clan's combat arts and humble ways. To this day, his cunning, wits, agility, and stealth make him a formidable foe for any who would dare cross him. Bonus pack in head, Create Helmeted Pale with this bonus packin head!
JUNIPER ADD ON - $25 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD (INCLUDES SHIPPING)
GREYZER: PUMA - Ally and former Master of Atreiu. Once a prisoner in the dungeons of the evil ruler, Greyzer now accompanies Atreiu on his journeys to free animal kind from the clutches of Baron Kah Lee. Trained in the ancient ways of his tribe, Greyzer is educated in war and has seen many battles. He is also capable of harnessing the power of mystical forces from an unnatural realm. Create Berzerker Mandrill with this bonus pack in head!
GREYZER ADD ON - $25 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD (INCLUDES SHIPPING)
BOONE: LEMUR - The baddest "big game hunter" for hire. A scavenger and weapons maker, this lemur prides himself on hunting down the most dangerous fugitives throughout the land. He's never failed to catch his prey and those who know him best would say, "To Boone, Dead or Alive...means Dead." Create a "Horrid Berserker" with the alternate head!
BOONE ADD ON - $25 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD (INCLUDES SHIPPING)
ARCHERS: LEAF MONKEY - These bowmen are a fiercely loyal group of highly trained soldiers tasked with defending the sanctuary city of Chuh Nar, hidden deep in the jungles surrounding the ape kingdom. Create Captain Atticus with the alternate head accessory. Includes: 3 weapons
ARCHERS ADD ON - $25 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD (INCLUDES SHIPPING)
CRUELOR: PANTHER - This warlord is the closest thing to a rival that Baron Kah-Lee has. His armed forces have carved out a territory that the Horrid have not been able to break, but rest assured, the Baron has not forgotten about this troublesome feline and plans to deal with him soon enough! Create Cruelor's Army with the extra head pack-in! Includes 3 weapons.
CRUELOR ADD ON - $25 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD (INCLUDES SHIPPING)
SPECTRAL PALE: GHOST FORM - Throughout the Graphic Novel Pale takes on this Spectral form in order to hide, sneak past and even taught enemies! KS exclusive unlocks at $137,000 and Glows in the Dark!
SPECTRAL PALE ADD ON - $25 each or included in the ALL IN REWARD (INCLUDES SHIPPING)
The AWOK Critters™ are perfect for customization and are initially available in four distinct colors: Pale Gray, Saharan Tan, Red Wood Brown, and Midnight Blue with more shades to be unlocked through stretch goals! These figures will be bagged with a card artwork attached.
ADD THEM ON NOW! $14.00 each. One Critter of backers choice included in the "ALL-IN" reward!
NOTE: These ADD ON's are available for backers $20 and higher. Add them onto your current pledge and redeem the amount and colors you have added after the campaign in the backer kit.
ARMOR & WEAPON PACKS! $10.00 each. One of each included in "ALL IN" reward!
Every "ALL-IN" backer will have the following added to their "ALL-IN" Rewards at no extra cost and every "Double Down" Backer will receive 2 of each item below at no extra cost.
DELUXE FIGURES: Deluxe figures unlock at $167,000 but don't worry we have plenty of other Character stretch goals and mini stretch goals to get us there!
This is our first reveal for the Deluxe sized figures and boy, does he tower over the basic figures. Coming in at just over an inch taller than Pale, Thane serves as a reminder not to mess with the young ape king. Included are his trademark Battle Hammer, a shoulder guard, and armored plate belt. Look for more character reveals and other details on Deluxe Figures later in the campaign.
General Thaneder "Thane" Ruhdarous: Gorilla - Once one of Baron Kah Lee's most decorated and respected generals, now one of his greatest adversaries. Thane rebelled against the Baron to fight for the honorable forces of Chuh Nar. His strength and wisdom lead the Chunari army to several decisive victories against the Barons Horrid Forces. Fiercely loyal to his adoptive son, Pale, Thane and Mala Ruhdarous would do anything to protect Pale from the villainous Kah Lee. Includes one Mega Weapon.
THANE - $32 ADD ON (includes shipping) more details will be revealed throughout the campaign.
HORRID BERSERKER: RABID GORILLA - These monstrous beasts rip and tear their way through the battlefields with such a wild blood-lust and rage that even other Horrid units steer clear of them! Rabid Gorillas, fitted with thick iron armor and a heavy battle-axe, the Horrid Berserker is among the most dangerous and unpredictable elements on the battlefield.
HORRID BERSERKER ADD ON - $32 ADD ON (includes shipping) more details will be revealed throughout the campaign.
CHUNARI ULTRA: GORILLA - Battle harden beast that are a great equalize against the overwhelming forces of the Horrid! Practically a walking tank these soldiers not only raise moral of the other troops they often turn the tide and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat! (Will include One weapon, shown in a later update).
CHUNARI ULTRA ADD ON - $32 ADD ON (includes shipping) more details will be revealed throughout the campaign.
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FUNDING: The initial funding goal is $65,000 which includes six figures, our first stretch goal is set at $73,000 with additional stretch goals at $8,000 increments which will unlock additional characters and waves for Series one! Here is a pie chart to help illustrate where your funding will contribute to creating wave one of the figure line.
FIGURE ARTICULATION: The figures feature 17 points of articulation: double ball & socket neck, swivel + hinged ball-motion shoulders, swivel + hinged ball-motion elbows, ball & socket ball-motion wrist, ball & socket torso, ball & socket hips, double-hinged knees, and swivel + hinge ankles.
PLAYSET : We will have a limited run for early bird backer of the Chuh-Nar Diorama playset, featuring a role swing attack! Created by the very talented Joe Harris who has also created play sets for Eagle Force and Dime Novel Legends. Early work In progress samples.
WEAPONS RACK: You're gonna have a ton of weapons and what better way to show them off than a bad ass weapons rack?This beautiful weapons rack will be include in the ALL IN & DOUBLE DOWN levels.
NOTE: These are early stage Works In Progress. We will post updated images of both the play set and weapons wrack throughout the campaign.
GRAPHIC NOVEL: As we briefly mentioned before, this line is based on the Animal Warriors of the Kingdom, which features animals of every shape and size. Written and Illustrated by Jason & Natalie Bienvenu.
We decided to focus mostly on Apes for series one due to Pale and Kah Lee both being apes. However, series one will showcase other mammalian species from the story including Canines and Felines! This first story arc chronicles Pale's rise to the throne as he discovers his amazing new powers and deals with the consequences of wielding them.
T-SHIRT & SWAG
Show off your Animal Warriors of the Kingdom pride with T-shirts, stickers, buttons and reusable drinking bottle!
This toy line is for kids of all ages, but we wanted to really focus on adults that grew up in the 80's & 90's who are having children of their own and looking to share a hobby and discovery a new franchise together! It's about recapturing that joy and fun that we had as children and sharing it with our own.
STRETCH GOALS & ADD-ONs
As we meet stretch goals you will have the opportunity to "Add-On" additional figures. There is no "Add-On" button so you will simply add the amount needed for all your desired items and then select them in the Backerkit survey.
Once the campaign is over you’ll be able to select your "Add-On" rewards via the BackerKit survey up to the amount of funds you pledged. You’ll also be able to make additional "Add-On's" at this time as well; so if you missed out on certain figures you can get them at this time! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
HELP US REACH A BIGGER AUDIENCE!
ARMY BUILDER REWARDS: Select the 3,6, or 12 pack rewards and selected the desired pack for example: Select "Horrid Knights" in the 3 pack backer kit.
Thank you, Love Spero!
Risks and challenges
The images seen throughout the Kickstarter are pre-production prototypes or digital renders.
The projection for delivery is an 18 month window for Series one, as brand new tooling plates will be made for the production run; as well as quality control approval of samples and shipping your figures Stateside. We are very confident in our Disney® certified factory in China, who have produced such products as Boss Fights H.A.C.K.S. and Marauders Gun Runners, and are currently working on Chicken Fried's Toys! Dime Novel Legends.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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