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We are turning three Old Masters into charming action figures. We want to make art history more fun and accessible.
We made it! We are turning three Old Masters into charming action figures.
We made it! We are turning three Old Masters into charming action figures.
787 backers pledged CA$ 72,746 to help bring this project to life.

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Leonardo da Vinci, Vermeer & Rembrandt action figures

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THE OLD MASTERS EXPANSION

Some of you might recall our previous Vincent van Gogh and Frida Kahlo Kickstarter campaigns. Now, we are ready to expand our Art History Heroes collection with the addition of not 1, not 2... but 3 action figures. We call it The Old Masters Expansion. 

Say hello to our new (old) friends:

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Johannes Vermeer
  • Rembrandt
New (but old) friends: Leonardo, Vermeer & Rembrandt
New (but old) friends: Leonardo, Vermeer & Rembrandt

Our action figures share these elements:

  • They are 5'' tall
  • Made of high-quality PVC (plastic)
  • Includes one mini-easel and 4 to 5 masterpieces that can be cut out from a cardboard insert
  • Comes in a well-designed box that displays 10 educational and interesting facts
  • Manufactured in China with the collaboration of Symbiote Studios, our toy manufacturer established in the USA since 2007
More Art History Heroes!
More Art History Heroes!

With such a big expansion, we need your support!

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci

 

Special feature: glow-in-the-dark!
Special feature: glow-in-the-dark!

Distinctive features: 

  • Glow-in-the-dark hair, beard and eyebrows
  • Fun accessories: book and feather
  • Removable hat
Masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci
Masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci

Masterpieces included: Mona Lisa, Lady with an Ermine, Annunciation, Virgin on the Rocks, The Last Supper.


Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer
Johannes Vermeer

 

Special feature: pearl earrings!
Special feature: pearl earrings!

Distinctive features:


  • Includes a pair of pearl earrings (synthetic pearls, made out of shells, 8 MM size)
  • Signature pearl earring in his hand
  • Paintbrush and pallet
  • Removable hat
Masterpieces by Vermeer
Masterpieces by Vermeer

Masterpieces included: Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Astronomer, The Milkmaid, Art of Painting.


Rembrandt

Rembrandt
Rembrandt

 

Special feature: customisable facial expressions!
Special feature: customisable facial expressions!

Distinctive features:

  • Customisable facial expressions based on his famous self-portraits
  • Three sets of eyebrows and mouths (smiling, surprised, serious)
  • Signature cape
  • Stick
  • Removable beret
Masterpieces by Rembrandt
Masterpieces by Rembrandt

Masterpieces included: The Night Watch, Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Self-Portrait.


THE REWARDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOXES

Each figure is packed individually. We display 10 interesting facts about the artist on the back. You can also see the masterpieces included in the box. 

Each figure is packed individually
Each figure is packed individually

 

Leonardo's box
Leonardo's box

 

Vermeer's box
Vermeer's box

 

Rembrandt's box
Rembrandt's box

STRETCH GOALS

Now that we've reached our goal, we are happy to introduce stretch goals!

1.1 Base  

If we reach $60,000, we will include a little base with pin to all three action figures. This will help them keep their balance. We will also look into making another version of the base (without pin) for Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo available on our store ($) later on. Stay tuned.  

Little transparent base
Little transparent base

1.2 Vitruvian Man Parchment

If we reach $80,000, we will add a small parchment accessory for Leonardo with a tiny print of the Vitruvian Man on it.  

The Vitruvian Man on a parchment
The Vitruvian Man on a parchment

1.3 Feather  

If we reach $100,000, we will add a feather to Vermeer's hat. It will be a "real synthetic" feather and not a plastic feather. :)

An orange feather to match Vermeer's socks!
An orange feather to match Vermeer's socks!

WHAT’S NEXT?  

So far, we have created an action figure design, built a prototype, selected a production company, and identified a worldwide shipping partner. The following steps lie ahead:  

  • Mass production of the action figures 
  • Packaging 
  • Fulfillment and shipping

The last steps of this project are not cheap. This is why we need the support of the community to help us make it a reality.

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT?  

The money will be used to cover the following costs:  

Design and prototype (10%)  
Molds (10%)
Production (45%)
Fulfillment and shipping (20%)
Marketing and promotion (5%)
Kickstarter fee (10%)

*** Value Added Tax (VAT) not included. Pictures based on prototype. Final product may differ from images. 2D Design by Isabela Magno Seabra - www.isabelaseabra.com.br

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD. Small parts. This is not a toy. It is not designed nor intended for, children under the age of 12.

Risks and challenges

With this type of project, the following risks are important to consider:

- Equipment failure
- Delays in production
- Delays in shipping

In order to minimize these risks, we invested a great deal of time in identifying the best providers on the market.

We have partnered with Symbiote Studios, who has been in the toy manufacturing industry since 2007. Apart from being great to work with, they have offices in the US, and close to their factory in China to ensure high quality.

We’ve also partnered with ShipMonk for fulfillment and shipping worldwide. They specialize in backer rewards and fulfilling orders for crowdfunded campaigns on Kickstarter. They make complicated processes very smooth and easy.

Everything is in place. Now we just need your support to cover the costs of running the first batch of action figures.

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    Leonardo

    REWARD #1

    Around $23.50 USD / €20.50 / £18

    Get one Leonardo da Vinci action figure.

    Includes glow-in-the-dark hair, accessories (book, feather), detachable hat, and 5 masterpieces (Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Virgin on the Rocks, Annunciation, Lady with an Ermine).

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    Vermeer

    REWARD #2

    Around $23.50 USD / €20.50 / £18

    Get one Vermeer action figure.

    Includes a pair of synthetic 8 MM pearl earrings, accessories (paintbrush and pallet), removable hat and 4 masterpieces (Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Milkmaid, The Astronomer, Art of Painting).

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    Rembrandt

    REWARD #3

    Around $23.50 USD / €20.50 / £18

    Get one Rembrandt action figure.

    Includes 3 sets of eyebrows and mouths to customize his facial expressions based on his famous self-portraits, stick, removable beret and 4 masterpieces (The Night Watch, Self-Portrait, Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, The Return of the Prodigal Son).

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    Combo: Leonardo + Vermeer

    REWARD #4

    Around $47.50 USD / €41 / £36

    Get both Leonardo da Vinci and Vermeer action figures.

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    Combo: Vermeer + Rembrandt

    REWARD #5

    Around $47.50 USD / €41 / £36

    Get both Vermeer and Rembrandt action figures.

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    Combo: Leonardo + Rembrandt

    REWARD #6

    Around $47.50 USD / €41 / £36

    Get both Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt action figures.

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    Early-Bird Trio

    REWARD #7

    Around $66 USD / €58 / £50.50

    Get the 3 action figures from our Old Masters Expansion at a special early-bird rate:

    -1 Leonardo da Vinci
    -1 Vermeer
    -1 Rembrandt

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    Trio: Leonardo + Vermeer + Rembrandt

    REWARD #8

    Around $71 USD / €62 / £54

    Get the 3 action figures from the Old Masters Expansion:

    -1 Leonardo da Vinci
    -1 Vermeer
    -1 Rembrandt

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    2 sets of Old Masters action figures

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    Around $USD 134 / €113 / £103

    Get 6 action figures from the Old Masters Expansion:

    -2x Leonardo da Vinci
    -2x Vermeer
    -2x Rembrandt

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