With Legends of Cthulhu, WARPO took you back to the late 1970s with the first retro action figures based on the world of H.P. Lovecraft. This time, WARPO is turning back the clock to 1986, the era of great monsters and gross-out toys, with Don't Cuddle the Krampus, the first retro collectible toy line based on the myth of Krampus.
Krampus is an ancient European legend and wicked counterpart to Saint Nicholas. His job is to punish naughty children by swatting them with rusty chains and switches and then stuffing them into his sack to be carried away to his evil lair.
Over the past decade, Krampus has been gaining popularity as evidenced by his appearances in TV shows and movies as well as the increasing number of Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) celebrations across the U.S.
Acting as a toy company in the 1980s looking for the next great monster property, we felt that Krampus was the perfect folk lore to receive the Warpo treatment! We've taken a unique approach to this mythic character positioning him as a scary, but also totally misunderstood monster. Our Krampus isn't out to blindly terrorize children, he has a job to do: Scare the naughty kids straight! It's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it! Thus... Don't Cuddle the Krampus was born!
Don’t Cuddle the Krampus is the first retro inspired toy line featuring an incredibly detailed Krampus toy and 3 Naughty Kid pillows.
Don't Cuddle the Krampus Details
- Sits at approx. 14" tall / stands at 18.5" tall and is 11" wide.
- Stuffed, premium plush with 2 soft faux-fur fabrics and corduroy belly
- Soft plastic molded face, horns and ears with detailed deco application
- Soft printed vinyl tongue, hooves, & claws, and fabric tail w/ faux-fur tip
- Includes vinyl belt/sash with plastic buckle, Naughty Kid bag with Krampus logo print, and soft plastic molded manacles with chains
- Measurements of approx. 7.5" tall x 5" wide x 1.5" deep
- Stuffed high resolution printed fabric
- 3 unique characters with classic 80's style!
WARPO is all about creating an immersive experience with the products we create. All the ancillary products an 80's toy company would have produced to support their toy brand.
This time we've really offered some killer rewards and an extensive world of add-ons for you to dive into.
This level will include a one of a kind, custom hand made Krampus mask made by multidisciplinary artist Erik Pertl. You can see more of Erik's work on his Facebook page - Erik Pertl Artworks.
The masks are made from an extremely hard / durable material and will be made at a size to fit a grown man's head. Mask's are mostly decorative but will be able to be worn.
... and wait, there's more! Check out Krampus' Holiday Bazaar for tons of totally rad add-ons to your pledges!!!
- $80,000 - Bonus Naughty Kid #1 - ADD ON FOR $15
- $90,000 - Bonus Naughty Kid #2 - ADD ON FOR $15
- $100,000 - Bonus Naughty Kid #3 - ADD ON FOR $15
- $160,000 - Totally 80's Colors Krampus - KS Exclusive (Pollybagged with no naughty kids) - ADD ON FOR $100
For "Don't Cuddle the Krampus" WARPO was looking to create a product that sat right along side similar gross out monster toys in 1986.
WARPO's philosophy is to work as hard as we can to make a truly authentic product for the era's we're looking to duplicate, and in turn we collaborate with veteran artists from those era's to create assets and give insight into how they did things back then.
When looking for a partner on Don't Cuddle the Krampus we were so incredibly lucky to team up with Jim Groman. In 1986 Jim was working with the American Greetings Entertainment and Toy Concept Division: ‘Those Characters from Cleveland’, where he had a hand in the development of brands like My Pet Monster, Madballs, Care Bears, Popples, Blurp Balls, Barnyard Commandoes, and Ring Raiders.
Jim was hired to design, illustrate and sculpt Krampus & the Naughty Kids and we worked extensively with him to find just the right look for our 80's incarnation of Krampus.
Jim is an incredible sculptor and also had the role of sculpting the face, ears, horns and accessories. Keeping this project with him all the way through enabled us to create a prototype that was as close to his illustrated vision as possible.
When it came to making our prototype, Jim brought in Donna Miranda, a plush veteran who has done countless patterns & forms for the industry... including the original My Pet Monster. Her duty was to create the fabric body and to make sure the structure was appropriate for the type of plush we were trying to create (ie. can he sit up properly, are his proportions correct, etc.)
As a team they did an amazing job to create the prototypes we are using for marketing the product and for sending to the factory overseas as an example for production.
Warpo is a collectible toy company that we founded at the end of 2013 – we have a combined experience of close to 20 years in the toy industry doing product development and design and have been hardcore toy collectors for even longer.
Last year WARPO successfully launched and delivered the Legends of Cthulhu retro action figure line to rave reviews. Since then WARPO has solidified distribution and retail supporters, signed licensing deals, launched another product (12” Cthulhu available now!), and saw our fan base grow like crazy.
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Our team has already invested a great deal of time & money to get the project to the stage we are at already. Essentially, we have all we need to start working with our contacts overseas to begin production on the Don't Cuddle the Krampus toy line.
It is our #1 goal to get Krampus shipping on time or earlier than proposed - and we're hoping that the resources and the enthusiasm of the Kickstarter community will give us the rocket fuel we need to bring these home as quickly as possible.
Don't Cuddle the Krampus is an ambitious project and our Krampus design is highly detailed with some killer accessories. The resources needed for tooling and minimum production runs are substantial… especially for a toy company of our size. That’s why we need your help to bring this Krampus toy to life!
This is an incredible toy line produced with great attention to detail and worked on by veteran artists that assisted in bringing you many of your favorite toys. We’re excited to finally bring Krampus from out of the shadows and onto toy shelves as he deserves to be!
Risks and challenges
With a multitude of products under our company's belt Warpo feels extremely positive moving into the production phase of Don't Cuddle the Krampus. These past 16 months since our last Kickstarter Warpo has solidified relationships with our Hong Kong contacts and our manufacturers. But with any project there will always be hurdles. We have done our best to set ourselves up with all the right contacts before the Kickstarter to ensure delivery of the line quickly after funding is successful. Multiple plush factories have seen our concept and have given us initial quotations on the project. Our contact in Hong Kong has close to 20 years of toy manufacturing experience and will be our main point of contact with the Chinese manufacturers, making trips into mainland China when necessary to work through project issues. Her guidance throughout the process will be invaluable when dealing with manufacturing, testing and expediting goods to the US. Stateside we have several key players lined up to facilitate fulfilling rewards to our backers quickly and efficiently, just as we did last year with Legends of Cthulhu.
As mentioned above, Warpo has already launched multiple product lines into the market that have received rave reviews. Our team has a combined experience of over 25 years designing and developing toys for retail. We have launched more product lines than we can count as employees for other companies and will go above and beyond for our own.
Throughout all of these projects we have learned there is always one common denominator... obstacles will arise. We have to keep in mind that we are making something that has never existed before.
Warpo is confident in our abilities to surpass these obstacles. For years we've Skyped throughout the night with our contacts overseas providing direction on prototype revisions, figuring out how we'll make the right compromise to fit within budget, and ensuring our products come out just right. It is this type of problem solving we do as designers and manufacturers everyday and our years of experience will be one of our greatest assets in producing the Don't Cuddle the Krampus toy line.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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