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FUN GUS - A Limited Edition Art Toy

Having designed toys for KidRobot, I wanted to make my own. Buff Monster, Jeremyville, and Frank Kozik helped bring it to life.

FUN GUS - A Limited Edition Art Toy

Having designed toys for KidRobot, I wanted to make my own. Buff Monster, Jeremyville, and Frank Kozik helped bring it to life.

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About

[NOTE: Please check out chart of incentives at bottom of the page!]

Hi, my name is Travis Cain and I am a vinyl toy addict. Whew! Glad I got that off my chest! As a toy designer, I have been lucky enough to design 2 series of my own toys for KidRobot, called the "BFFs".

bffs series 2
bffs series 2

I have also designed several Dunnys - including Ribeye and Cheeze, "POP" Dunny, and the uber-rare Wooden Dunnys from the 2009 artist series.

2009 Wooden Dunnys
2009 Wooden Dunnys

It's been a dream of mine to make my own collectible limited edition toys - and FUN GUS is my first attempt to do so.

I'd like to introduce you to FUN GUS. He is a FUN GUY (ha!) and a pretty cool mushroom - easy going, rockin' some sweet shell toes and just doing his own thing. I think Fun Gus will make a great platform toy for both DIY customizers and artist editions. I have been working on this little guy for a couple of years now, and it's really cool to see him finally taking shape. As you can see in the video, I've made several 3D prototypes and FUN GUS is ready for production.

3D models of FUN GUS
3D models of FUN GUS

Fun Gus is an 8" tall articulated toy. His head and arms are removable for easy customization. I plan on producing 7 different versions of FUN GUS. A blank white DIY customizable version, 3 killer Artist Editions in 2 color ways: Standard retail color way and a Kickstarter-exclusive color way - designed by some of the best artists working in the collectible vinyl art world today: Frank Kozik, Jeremyville, and Buff Monster! The Kickstarter-exclusive colorways are only available here and feature fluorescent colors and as a bonus, the Frank Kozik kickstarter exclusive uses Glow in the dark vinyl! I am so stoked that these amazing artists have created versions for this launch...if you are into vinyl, you already know these guys, if not, do a quick google search and you will see the extent of their awesomeness.

White DIY FUN GUS
White DIY FUN GUS
Buff Monster Standard Colorway - click for 360º rendering
Buff Monster Standard Colorway - click for 360º rendering
Frank Kozik Standard Colorway - click for 360º rendering
Frank Kozik Standard Colorway - click for 360º rendering
 
Jeremyville Standard colorway - click for 360º rendering
Jeremyville Standard colorway - click for 360º rendering

And here are the exclusive color waysthat will only be available on kickstarter! Please check out the incentives to see how you can get one.

Buff Monster Kickstarter exclusive colorway - click for 360º rendering
Buff Monster Kickstarter exclusive colorway - click for 360º rendering
Jeremyville Kickstarter Exclusive colorway - click for 360º rendering
Jeremyville Kickstarter Exclusive colorway - click for 360º rendering
Frank Kozik Kickstarter Exclusive colorway - click for 360º rendering
Frank Kozik Kickstarter Exclusive colorway - click for 360º rendering

To bring Fun Gus into the world, I will be working with a company that has produced many vinyl collectibles - FlyingLuLu Toys.  They have years of experience in producing the highest quality collectible toys and come highly recommended by those with experience in the industry.

The money raised will cover costs for production of the toys in China including: custom roto molds, spray masks, film and plate charges for 6 different colorways, box with vaccu-formed plastic insert and sticker that will go on the outside of each package. I've also included costs of shipping the toys from China to the US, and shipping incentives to backers. I have already paid for the costs of 3D CAD files, artwork and prototypes.

If I am able to raise more than the funded level, I have some cool things I could add on as stretch goals to make FUN GUS even more awesome - like cool accessories and other sneakers for him to wear! And possibly a secret Kozik FUN GUS design that I have yet to reveal...

Please check out the incentives to the right and in the graphic chart below and help me bring FUN GUS to life. Thank you!

Risks and challenges

As a first-timer producing a toy on my own, there could potentially be bumps in the road (difficulties producing the shape as designed, problems with artwork not coming out as spec'd.) However, I have been through the process several times with KidRobot, and know the steps in production pretty well. That combined with the extensive experience of FlyingLuLu Toys, I feel confident that Fun Gus will get produced as promised and on the schedule spelled out above. If any setbacks arise, I will of course advise my backers as soon as I am aware of them. Also, please note that due to variations in the production process, the final appearance of FUN GUS could vary from the renderings shown here.

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    You get my undying gratitude and I will you keep updated on whats going on with FUN GUS through out the process.

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    Joy in knowing you helped bring FUN GUS to life. Receive updates about the project and score a FUN GUS sticker to decorate your skateboard or violin case.

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    Score a blank DIY FUN GUS that you can make your own using paint, markers, felt, ketchup - whatever you think will be gnarly. Plus a cool FUN GUS sticker. Add $25 for each additional DIY FUN GUS you would like to order.

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    Choose this option to get the standard colorway of the Frank Kozik Space Gus Artist edition. Add $40 for each additional Frank Kozik Standard color way FUN GUS you would like to order.

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    Choose this option to get the standard colorway of the Jeremyville Fun Gus Artist edition. Add $40 for each additional Jeremyville Standard color way FUN GUS you would like to order.

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    Choose this option to get the standard colorway of the Buff Monster Artist edition. Add $40 for each additional Buff Monster Standard color way FUN GUS you would like to order.

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    Score one of the Kickstarter-exclusive color way Buff Monster FUN GUS! He's mean and he's green and he's only available here. Add $50 for each additional Buff Monster Kickstarter-exclusive color way FUN GUS you would like to order.

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    Score one of the Kickstarter-exclusive color way Jeremyville FUN GUS! All Fluorescent colors inspired by his "Shroom Vibrations" print. Only available here. Add $50 for each additional Jeremyville Kickstarter-exclusive color way FUN GUS you would like to order.

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    Score one of the Kickstarter-exclusive color way Frank Kozik FUN GUS in all it's glow-in-the-dark awesomeness! Add $50 for each additional Frank Kozik Kickstarter-exclusive color way FUN GUS you would like to order.

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    KOZIK complete set! Choose this option to get the standard and Kickstarter exclusive color ways of the Frank Kozik Space Gus Artist edition. Add $80 for each additional KOZIK complete set you would like to order.

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    BUFF MONSTER complete set! Choose this option to get the standard and Kickstarter exclusive color ways of the Buff Monster Artist edition. Add $80 for each additional Buff Monster complete set you would like to order.

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    JEREMYVILLE complete set! Choose this option to get the standard and Kickstarter exclusive color ways of the Jeremyville Artist edition. Add $80 for each additional Jeremyville complete set you would like to order.

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    NEW YORK COMIC CON SPECIAL! Get your FUN GUSes early and Save $25! You get all 3 standard colorway artist edition FUN GUS toys: Frank Kozik, Jeremyville, and Buff Monster versions.

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    SAVE $15 over buying them individually! You get all 3 standard colorway artist edition FUN GUS toys. Get the amazing Frank Kozik, Jeremyville, and Buff Monster versions. Plus a sweet FUN GUS sticker pak and tshirt.

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    SAVE $10 over buying them individually! You get all 3 Kickstarter exclusive colorway artist edition FUN GUS toys. Get the exclusive GID Frank Kozik, Fluorescent Jeremyville, and Green Buff Monster versions. Plus a sweet FUN GUS sticker pak and tshirt.

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    BEST DEAL - SAVE $40 over buying them individually! Get all 6 Artist edition FUN GUS toys - Standard color way of the Frank Kozik, Jeremyville, and Buff Monster FUN GUS and the Kickstarter Exclusive color way of the Frank Kozik, Jeremyville, and Buff Monster FUN GUS. Also get a DIY FUN GUS + Tshirt and sticker pak.

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    Only 3 of these available! Get the Jeremyville standard colorway and the Kickstarter exclusive Jeremyville colorway FUN GUSes - signed by Jeremyville himself + a signed and numbered "Shroom Vibrations" screenprint that inspired Jeremyville's FUN GUS design. Plus a blank white DIY FUN GUS, Tshirt and Sticker pak!

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    Truly one-of-a-kind! Get a hand-customized 8" DIY FUN GUS! These will be custom hand-embellished by me! Plus a unique stencil art painted piece to commemorate the launch. Also score a DIY FUN GUS of your own and a FUN GUS Tshirt and sticker pak.

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    Truly one-of-a-BUFF-kind! Get a hand-customized 12 inch tall FUN GUS! This will be custom 3D printed and and then hand-embellished by Buff Monster himself! Plus both the standard and kickstarter-exclusive color way Buff Monster FUN GUSes signed by the artist, and a FUN GUS Tshirt and sticker pak.

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