Kickstarter Monday: Vitruvian HACKS Packaging / Paint Masters and Gothitropolis Ravens Production and Shipping Update

It’s been a while since I checked in on the two largest action figure Kickstarters, and things are progressing well for both. Vitruvian HACKS hit every planned stretch goal and then some. Now the team at Boss Fight Studio is moving forward on the designs for the additional figures. On the Raven front, the Four Horsemen have had some delays, but are closing on on shipping to backers.

I backed both of these projects in a big way. Maybe I went overboard, because I definitely don’t have space for everything – but it’s good to see things moving along nicely for both.

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SDCC 2014: Four Horsemen Plan to Follow Gothitropolis Ravens with Mythic Legions Kickstarter

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It’s been a long road traveled for the Four Horsemen’s highly successful Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter project, and the finish line is in sight. I talked to Cornboy at Preview Night, and although it was tough going, working with three separate factories to get through the pantographing to tooling to painted prototypes, but the 4H are very happy that the quality of the factory samples is meeting their exacting standards.

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Boss Fight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. is the Most-Funded Action Figure Kickstarter, and They’re Not Done Yet

Last night, Boss Fight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter project surpassed $315K funding, achieving two big milestones. First, the project unlocked all the original stretch goals for the project, including a fully-articulated skeleton figure and a unique Spartan, Stonefist the Gorgon Hunter. And second, the project became the most-funded action figure project in Kickstarter history – no small feat, considering the biggest one to date had been last year’s Four Horsemen’s Gothitropolis Ravens campaign.

To keep up the momentum, Boss Fight added four more stretch goals, and then another three when those started to be unlocked. If all stretch targets are met, there will be three more skeleton color variants, three variant accessory packs, and a unique Amazon. Of course, that’s another $50K to cover to hit the $400K mark – but with that $500 All-In reward getting better and better, would you be surprised if they made it?

Funding for Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. closes at 7:52PM PDT tonight.

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Kickstarter Monday: Legends of Cthulhu and Vitruvian HACKS Ending This Week; Four Horsemen Show Ravens Paint Samples

Lots of excitement for action figure fans in this Kickstarter update. Two funding campaigns are closing this week – Warpo’s Legends of Cthulhu ends on Wednesday, July 9, and Boss Fight Studio’s Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.  ends Friday, July 11. Both are already funded and will proceed. Now it’s just a question of how many stretch goals each will unlock before the closing bell.

Meanwhile, the Four Horsemen provided four massive updates on their Gothitropolis Ravens project, which was funded back in August last year – 55 pics of paint samples from the factory.

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Four Horsemen Gothitropolis Raven Test Shots Look Amazing

While the Four Horsemen refer to these as the “first” test shots, the more accurate way to describe them would be as the first test shots after earlier looks at the Gothitropolis Ravens revealed problems with scale and detail that required retooling. I don’t recall if this was part of the earlier acknowledgement of the issues, but this latest update discusses a move to a new factory for the fix.

There are a couple of shots of the upcoming figures with the Scarabus, the previous figure from the Gothitropolis Fantastic Exclusive line – while it could be the perspective of the photos, it still looks like the Raven may be a little undersized. But what is undeniable is that the detail and articulation of the figures looks great. The Four Horsemen provided 32 pics in this update, so enjoy!

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Four Horsemen Announce Delay to Kickstarter Gothitropolis Ravens – But Looks to be Worth It

We’d heard from the Four Horsemen that there were some issues with the sizing of the Gothitropolis Ravens and were expecting some delays to come from that. They’ve just announced that they expect it to be about a 2 month delay. Originally targeted at March, this would mean May at the soonest.

I continue to be very bullish on this project – the 4H have always striven to deliver quality products, and when they’ve had missteps they’ve corrected them. While I’d love to have my ravens now, I’m happy to wait for them to get it right. They’ve shared a ton of pics – it looks like they’re making great progress.

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Four Horsemen Explain Size Issues with Kickstarter Gothitropolis Ravens

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The Four Horsemen have provided a couple of updates on the size issue they revealed when they shared pics of rough samples of their Kickstarter-funded Gothitropolis Ravens. Apparently, the cause was some lack of clarity on how the figures are intended to mimic actual bird anatomy. The Horsemen had provided height specifications for the figures based on how real birds stand – with legs bent. The factory produced the first samples with the legs fully extended – so when the legs were bent as intended, the size issue comes into play.

The good news is that the factory has already re-sized the figures. But the flip side is that some clean-up is required on the details on the new ones. The Ravens were originally estimated to be delivered in the March timeframe. There will almost certainly be some delay because of the size issue, but the Horsemen have not yet provided guidance on that. I’m happy to wait for a better quality product – I know they will deliver.

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Four Horsemen Share Rough Cut Pics of Gothitropolis Ravens

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The production process for the Four Horsemen’s Kickstarter-backed Gothitropolis Ravens project is underway. One of the first steps is for the production factory to “shrink” the 4H’s 2-up sculpts to their final size, via a process called pantographing. They’ve sent the first rough cuts after the pantographing for the 4H to review.

While the parts look great, the Four Horsemen have said that they were reduced in size a little too much. To fix this will likely delay the release date, originally targeted at March next year – but no word yet on how much. I’m sure most fans won’t fret too much – I’d rather get the figures done right versus rushing to get them out the door.

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Power-Con 2013 Pics by ActionFiguresRule

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Once again, I wasn’t able to go to Power-Con, which was held a couple weekends ago. Luckily for me, our buddy Richard, aka ActionFiguresRule, from the MATRIX Photo Booth and AFR Studio sent us over a hundred pics he snapped at the event.

There’s cosplay, internet and media personalities, Masters of the Universe Classics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Four Horsemen properties – Gothitropolis Ravens, Power Lords, and Outer Space Men. Richard even captured portions of the Power-Con auction and cosplay contest. Fun stuff!

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Four Horsemen Share Updates for Gothitropolis Ravens Add-Ons

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The Four Horsemen may be busy with Power Lords and Outer Space Men exclusives, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been neglecting their Gothitropolis Ravens Kickstarter project for the Fantastic Exclusive. They recently posted a few updates with the latest on items that were still works in progress when the Kickstarter project completed its funding drive.

The wings and bone wings / skull add-ons were part of the original set of stretch goals that were present when the project launched. The Flamingo was an add-on figure that got added to the mix late in the game, after the Screaming Eagle was unlocked. And the action figure stands were put in as a $3 add-on (yes, just three dollars) close to the end of the funding.

If you’re a backer, please take note – the fulfillment surveys for the project close out this Friday.

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