A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
WHY AN ACTION FIGURE?
For the last 2 years, Today Is Art Day had a mission to make art and art history more fun and attractive to a wider audience. We have built an incredible community of more than 58,000 art enthusiasts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
The level of engagement we experience with this community is unexpected, and unprecedented.
We want to try something new, and offer our fans a new way to bring art into their daily life. With the Vincent Van Gogh action figure, we want to:
Make art history more fun
Develop a new kind of product for art history fans
Pay tribute to one of the greatest painters of all time
Help us spread the love of Art (and Van Gogh) by supporting this campaign!
WHAT WILL I GET?
The action figure is made of PVC and is 5 inches high. Both ears are removable (although Van Gogh cut his left ear).
Hopefully, this figure would be the first in a series of many others featuring art history heroes. In our wildest dreams, these figures would be available in all the major museum shops across the globe!
IT COMES IN A BOX!
The figure comes in a high-quality box that presents fun facts about the artist and some of his most recognizable masterpieces. It is possible to cut out the masterpieces and make a paper easel from the box.
Introducing a new stretch goal: the bandaged ear!
If the campaign hits $125 000 (WE DID IT!), we will include a bandaged ear add-on to all the action figures we will produce. That’s right. The action figure will have two removable ears plus a special bandaged ear on the side.
AS SEEN ON...
"Here's a great way to win over your crush: take a cue from Vincent Van Gogh and gift them a nice ear." -Mashable
"If you’re a fan of the legendary Vincent van Gogh, this awesome new action figure is perfect for you!" -BoredPanda.com
"An adorable figure!" -Ufunk.net
"Online art community Today Is Art Day decided to take historic liberties in the name of nerdy fun" -MentalFloss.com
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 are still ahead of us:
Mass production of the action figures
Fulfillment and shipping
The last steps in this project are not cheap. This is why we are looking for the support of the community to help us make this project a reality.
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT?
The money will be used to cover the following costs:
Design and prototype (10%)
Fulfillment and shipping (20%)
Marketing and promotion (10%)
Kickstarter fee (10%)
Value Added Tax (VAT) not included. Pictures based on prototype. Final product may differ from images.
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD.
Small parts. This is not a toy. It is not designed for, nor intended for, children under the age of 12.
Risks and challenges
In 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 very fun to work with, they have offices in the US, and close to their factory in China to ensure high quality standards.
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 everything that looks complicated, very smooth and easy.
Everything is now in place. We only need your support to cover the costs of running the first batch of action figures.