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Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series Action Figures

Created by David Silva

Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series Action Figures
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2,661 backers pledged $351,753.52 on Kickstarter

Beasts of the Mesozoic is a line of 1/6th scale scientifically accurate dinosaur action figures, with great detail and articulation.

Raised in Kickstarter
$351,753.52 / 2,661 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$194,580.09 / 3,288 backers

Learn About Our Project:

Dinosaurs. We all know of them, many love them, and they've affected all of us in different ways at different ages. Through museums, books, movies, and toys, these mysterious beasts of prehistory have been a part of our lives for nearly two centuries. Our fascination of what they were like has lead us to re-imagine them in countless ways throughout the years, influenced by new scientific discoveries that constantly shape our view of how these animals lived and appeared. Today, museums, books, and movies provide more than you'll ever need for your dinosaur interests. However, if you like dinosaur toys... well, lets' just say it's time for an upgrade, or an evolution if you will.

       Beasts of the Mesozoic- what is it?

Beasts of the Mesozoic is a line of scientifically accurate, highly detailed, and articulated dinosaur action figures. Being a serious toy collector myself, I've seen great advancements in the toy market the past several years with innovative companies raising the bar of what's possible with detail, articulation, and value. However, despite my love for dinosaurs and for toys, my dinosaur toy shelf is surprisingly small compared to the other collections I have. Why? Well they simply haven't changed much at all in the past several decades and honestly aren't that good compared to other action figures. It just doesn't seem like you get much for your money. I for one am ready for some good dinosaur toys worthy of my shelf space and my money, aren't you?

'Whoever wins we...win?'
'Whoever wins we...win?'

      So who are you and why do you think you can pull this off?

Me? I'm David Silva, professional dinosaur enthusiast. And I also sculpt and design toys for a living (see the video). Since I began working in the toy industry back in 2003, the idea of doing a line of realistic dinosaur action figures has come up on several occasions, but unfortunately in every instance the project was canceled somewhere along the way. So seeing as how I have the toy industry experience and I've also been sculpting dinosaur model kits as Creative Beast Studio since 2009, perhaps I have everything I need now to get the ball rolling (well, except for the money). I feel a responsibility at this point to try to bring great dinosaur action figures to the masses.

'Some of the creature toys I've had the pleasure of sculpting'
'Some of the creature toys I've had the pleasure of sculpting'

         Alright, what's being offered then?

This first series of Beasts of the Mesozoic will be the 1/6th scale Raptor Series consisting of mid-sized dromaeosaurs and related species. The campaign will begin with three species: Velociraptor, Atrociraptor, and Tsaagan with more to follow as the campaign progresses. (I will also be adding a Kickstarter exclusive figure the second week of the campaign). Each figure will have 26 points of articulation, realistic detail and movement based on the most recent scientific discoveries, and will also feature a base with posing rod as well as alternate running toes.

'Scale reference to other action figures'
'Scale reference to other action figures'

In addition, every package will have unique artwork by the amazingly talented Jonathan Kuo for each raptor and a collectible card on the back featuring the art and basic stats about each animal. And also available with this Kickstarter campaign is a signed, limited edition print by comic illustration legend, Mark Schultz, creator of Xenozoic Tales (a.k.a Cadillacs and Dinosaurs). I'm extremely grateful to have both of these fantastic artists helping me with this project.

    And how is this better than what I already have?

Aside from my extensive attention to detail and an near-obsessive respect for scientific accuracy, these figures have better articulation and movement than any dinosaurs toys you've owned or seen. (I even invented a few new joints just for this project.) So check out this construction video to see how it all works. Keep in mind though that this is just the resin prototype, so it's a little fragile and unlike the actual toy, doesn't hold together well. However, it gives a good idea of what you can expect with the final product in terms of movement. If all goes as planned, the toy will actually move better than this. (The final production figures will be mostly PVC with ABS ball joints and some flexible rubber parts such as the neck collar, primary wings,tongue and a bendable tail w/ wire.)

                       The Rewards?

Reward 1- $1 THANK YOU! I realize that not everyone has the money to buy action figures, but one dollar lets me know that you support this project (and are probably telling other people about it ..hint, hint). That's pretty darn cool!

Reward 2- $10 Set #1 of (6) 4x6 Beasts of the Mesozoic Post Card Set featuring the package art for the first five raptors by Jonathan Kuo! These cards will be high quality printed without text or graphics so you can just enjoy Jonathan's incredible skill at painting dinosaurs.

Post card set of 6
Post card set of 6

Post card Add-Ons

Post card pack #2 set of 6 cards featuring package art for raptors 6-12 by Jonathan Kuo- add-on price $10

Post card set of 6
Post card set of 6

Post card pack #3- set of 4 cards featuring package art for all four of the Fans Choice raptor figures by Sara Richard- add-on price $8

Post card set of 4 (art in progress)
Post card set of 4 (art in progress)

Estimated delivery for all post card sets: July 2016

                            The Raptors

By backing at least one of these Raptor action figure rewards, you'll be eligible to add-on the stretch goals.

Rewards 3 and 4- $35

Add-on price (for those pledging at $35 or higher)- $40 US or $43 INT

  • Velociraptor mongoliensis (swift thief) - The one we all know and love from the movies- or is it?  Though the real Velociraptor was very different from its movie star counterpart, it was no less fierce and dangerous. It used to inhabit an arid desert climate in a part of the world that is now Mongolia. Velociraptor can be distinguished from other dromaeosaurids by its long and low skull, an upturned snout. And let's not forget about that terrible toe claw!

This tier gets you one 1/6 scale Velociraptor mongoliensis action figure.

Shipping for US will be $10 and $25 for International backers.

Estimated delivery: May 2017

 

'Comes with everything you see here.'
'Comes with everything you see here.'

 

'Velociraptor package layout'
'Velociraptor package layout'

 

'Velociraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Velociraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

'video music: 'Constance' by Kevin MacLeod'

Rewards 5 and 6- $35

Add-on price (for those pledging at $35 or higher)- $40 US or $43 INT

  • Atrociraptor mashalli (savage plunderer)- Little is known of the mysterious Atrociraptor. Only fragments of the skull and teeth exist for this animal, but from just these fossils, we know that Atrociraptor had a very strong bite, with a skull deeper than most dromeaosaurs and larger teeth and biting muscles. Because of these adaptions, it's believed that this species relied much more heavily on its bite than its claws. This raptor lived in forested flood plains and swampy areas- it's remains were found in SW Canada.

This tier gets you one 1/6 scale Atrociraptor marshalli action figure.

Shipping for US will be $10 and $25 for International backers.

Estimated delivery: May 2017

 

 

'Atrociraptor package layout'
'Atrociraptor package layout'

 

'Atrociraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Atrociraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

Rewards 7 and 8- $35

Add-on price (for those pledging at $35 or higher)- $40 US or $43 INT

  • Tsaagan mangas (pronounced Sar-gan) (white monster)- Known from a skull and neck vertebrae, the Tsaagan was originally confused for a Velociraptor, but its skull shows differences in shape and form such as being more robust and smooth on top. Tsaagan is a more primitive cousin of later dromeaosaurs such as velociraptor and also lived in desert environments in Mongolia and northern China. Tsaagan was likely an efficient hunter with both its claws and its teeth.

This tier gets you one 1/6 scale Tsaagan mangas action figure.

Shipping for US will be $10 and $25 for International backers. Estimated delivery: May 2017

 

 

'Tsaagan package layout'
'Tsaagan package layout'

 

'Tsaagan package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Tsaagan package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

Kickstarter Exclusive add-on


  • Velociraptor osmolskae (swift thief)- The lesser known of the two Velociraptor species, it too used to inhabit the Mongolian deserts and is presumed to have had a very similar anatomical appearance to Velociraptor mongoliensis with its long and low skull, an upturned snout, and deadly toe claws.

This is an incentive add-on and is available to be added to your existing pledge level of at least $35 (those only pledging for the print level, please add shipping of $10 of US and $25 for International). After the campaign ends you'll be able to select rewards such as this, with the BackerKit survey.

The add on price is $30 US backers and $32 for International backers.

Estimated delivery: May 2017

 

 

'Velociraptor osmolskae package layout'
'Velociraptor osmolskae package layout'

 

'Velociraptor osmolskae package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Velociraptor osmolskae package art by Jonathan Kuo'

Reward 9- $40

Backers will receive an exclusive signed 11"x17" Beasts of the Mesozoic 'Raptors at Dawn' art print by Mark Schultz! Shipping is included for USA backers.

(This is a bonus incentive and DOES qualify for add-on privileges. If you'd like to back the print and Raptors action figures, please pledge for the print and then add-on the amount for the Raptors plus shipping accordingly. You will have a chance to specify your rewards in a BackerKit survey at the end of the campaign.)

Shipping is included within the US- $10 for International backers.

Estimated delivery: Sep 2016

'Raptors at Dawn' by Mark Schultz
'Raptors at Dawn' by Mark Schultz

                           Raptor Packs

 Reward 22 and 23- $100

'Raptor Pack' Backers will receive one each of Velociraptor mongoliensis, Atrociraptor marshalli, Tsaagan manga for a total of three figures.

Shipping for US will be $15 and $45 for International backers.

Estimated delivery: May 2017


                         Fan Voted Raptors

The fan voted raptors are variants based on the suggestions of the backers and voted on by the backers. These are add-on items and are available for $35 US or $37 INT. These can only be added to your existing pledge level of $35 or more.

Fan Vote Winner: Dromaeosaurus albertensis in American Kestrel colors

add-on: $35US/ $37INT

'Dromaeosaurus Fan's Choice action figure concept art'
'Dromaeosaurus Fan's Choice action figure concept art'

 

'Dromaeosaurus Fan's Choice package art by Sara Richard'
'Dromaeosaurus Fan's Choice package art by Sara Richard'

 

'Dromaeosaurus Fan's Choice package layout'
'Dromaeosaurus Fan's Choice package layout'

Fan Vote Runner-Up: Pyroraptor olympius in Varied Thrush colors

add-on: $35US/ $37INT

'concept art to be updated soon'
'concept art to be updated soon'

     Beasts of the Mesozoic 2017 Calendar

add-on: $35 for everyone (this item can be added to ANY pledge tier.)

The Beasts of the Mesozoic official 2017 calendar will feature the incredible package art by Jonathan Kuo. Art for all twelve raptors will represent each month of the year. This full color 11"x17" calendar will begin shipping in September 2016 to KS backers separate from your raptor action figure order.

Beasts of the Mesozoic 2017 wall calendar sample
Beasts of the Mesozoic 2017 wall calendar sample

                 Stretch goals

Stretch goals are add-ons and can to be added to your existing pledge level of at least $35 (those only pledging for the print level, please add on-time shipping of $10 for US and $25 for International). The add-on cost for each stretch goal raptor figure is $35 for US backers or $37 for international backers (no additional shipping is required when adding to a raptor figure pledge tier). After the campaign ends you'll be able to select these rewards with the BackerKit survey.

Stretch goal raptor list

#1- Saurornitholestes sullivani- $135,000.00- unlocked!!

#2- Balaur bondoc - $145,000.00- unlocked!!

#3- Adasaurus mongoliensis- $155,000.00- unlocked!!

#4- Dromaeosaurus albertensis - $165,000.00- unlocked!!

#5- Acheroraptor temertyorum - $175,000.00- unlocked!!

#6- Zhenyuanlong Suni- $185,000.00- unlocked!!

#7- Pyroraptor olympius- $195,000.00- unlocked!!

#8- Linheraptor exquisitus- $205,00.00- unlocked!!

#9- Saurornitholestes langstoni (roadrunner colors)- unlocked at $245,000- unlocked!!

#10- Zhenyuanlong suni (helmeted hornbill colors)- unlocked at $255,000- unlocked!!

#11- Wetlands Accessory Pack- featuring 6" Buitreraptor g.- unlocked at $265,000- unlocked!!

#12- Desert Accessory Pack- featuring 6" Mononykus o.- unlocked at $275,000- unlocked!!

#13- Forest Accessory Pack- featuring 6" Microraptor g.- unlocked at $285,000- unlocked!!

#14 Mountain accessory pack- featuring 6" Troodon f (juvenile).- unlocked at $295,000- unlocked!!

#15 Build your own Raptor 1 (Velociraptor body type)- unlocked at $305,000- unlocked!!

#16 Build your own Raptor 2 (Atrociraptor body type)- unlocked at $315,000-unlocked!!

#17 Raptor Nestling 3-pack sets (three different types)- unlocked at $335,000-unlocked!!

Stretch goal #1-   $135,000.00  UNLOCKED!!

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

  • Saurornitholestes sullivani (lizard-bird thief): Known for its keen sense of smell, light build, and long sharp claws, Saurornitholestes was both a hunter and a scavenger.
'Saurornitholestes action figure concept art'
'Saurornitholestes action figure concept art'

 

 

 

'Saurornitholestes package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Saurornitholestes package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

'Saurornitholestes package layout'
'Saurornitholestes package layout'

Stretch goal #2- $145,000 UNLOCKED!!

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

  • Balaur bondoc (stocky dragon)- Once thought to be a Dromaeosaurid, Balaur is now classified as a bird. Balaur is known for having two sickle-shaped claws on each foot, and its limbs were proportionally shorter and heavier than those of its relatives.
'Balaur bondoc action figure concept art'
'Balaur bondoc action figure concept art'

 

Balaur bondoc package art by Jonathan Kuo'
Balaur bondoc package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

'Balaur bondoc package layout'
'Balaur bondoc package layout'

Stretch goal #3- $155,000.00 UNLOCKED!!

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

Adasaurus mongoliensis (Ada's demon lizard): With its tall skull, short toe claws and robust build, some believe that Adasaurus is more closely related to birds than dinosaurs.

'Adasaurus action figure concept art'
'Adasaurus action figure concept art'

 

'Adasaurus package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Adasaurus package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

'Adasaurus package layout'
'Adasaurus package layout'

Stretch goal #4- $165,000.00 UNLOCKED!!

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

  • Dromaeosaurus albertensis(running lizard)- With a bite nearly three times as powerful as Velociraptor, Dromaeosaurus relied more on its jaws than on its sickle toe-claws to kill its prey.
'Dromaeosaurus action figure concept art'
'Dromaeosaurus action figure concept art'

 

'Dromaeosaurus package layout'
'Dromaeosaurus package layout'

 

'Dromaeosaurus package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Dromaeosaurus package art by Jonathan Kuo'

Stretch goal #5- $175,000.00 UNLOCKED!!

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

  • Acheroraptor temertyorum (underworld thief)- Known for its long-snouted skull and unique dagger-like ridged teeth, Acheroraptor is the youngest known member of the raptor family.
'Acheroraptor action figure concept art'
'Acheroraptor action figure concept art'

 

'Acheroraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Acheroraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

'Acheroraptor package layout'
'Acheroraptor package layout'

Stretch goal #6- $185,000.00 UNLOCKED!!

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

  • Zhenyuanlong Suni(Zhenyuan's Dragon)- Noteworthy for its long arm and tail feathers, Zhenyuanlong was a dinosaur that closely resembled a bird. Despite this, its short arms would not have allowed it to fly and it remains a mystery as to what it used its large feathers for.
'Zhenyuanlong action figure concept art'
'Zhenyuanlong action figure concept art'

 

'Zhenyuanlong package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Zhenyuanlong package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

'Zhenyuanlong package layout'
'Zhenyuanlong package layout'

 Stretch goal #7- $195,000.00 UNLOCKED!!

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

  • Pyroraptor olympius- (Fire Thief of Olympus)- The only Pyroraptor specimen consists of incomplete remains including distinctive foot claws, fossilized teeth, arm and back bones. It gets its name because its remains were discovered after a forest fire in southern France.
'Pyroraptor action figure concept art'
'Pyroraptor action figure concept art'

 

'Pyroraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Pyroraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

'Pyroraptor package layout'
'Pyroraptor package layout'

Stretch goal #8- $205,000.00 UNLOCKED!!

  • Linheraptor exquisitus-(Linhe robber)- Known from a single, nearly complete skeleton, Linheraptor was an agile hunter of the desert much like the closely related, Tsaagan, relying heavily on its sickle claw and speed to track down prey. Linheraptor is named after the district where its remains were discovered.

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

'Linheraptor action figure concept art'
'Linheraptor action figure concept art'

 

'Linheraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'
'Linheraptor package art by Jonathan Kuo'

 

'Linheraptor package layout'
'Linheraptor package layout'

 

#9- unlocked at $245,000- UNLOCKED!!

  • Fan Voted Variant- Saurornitholestes langstoni (roadrunner colors)

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

'Saurornitholestes langstoni action figure concept drawing'
'Saurornitholestes langstoni action figure concept drawing'

 
#10-  unlocked at $255,000- UNLOCKED!!

  • Fan variant Zhenyuanlong suni (helmeted hornbill colors)

(add-on cost: $35 US, or $37 international)

'Zhenyuanlong action figure concept drawing'
'Zhenyuanlong action figure concept drawing'

Accessory Pack Stretch Goals

The Accessory Packs are four environment-themed sets which include a unique base, diorama items, a jumping pose rod, and a small raptor figure. Each base can match up with the existing raptor bases to create a customizable display scene.

Accessory Packs parts map- all parts and what is shared
Accessory Packs parts map- all parts and what is shared


#11- $265,000- UNLOCKED!!

  • Wetlands Accessory Pack- featuring 6" Buitreraptor g.

(add-on cost: $30 US, or $35 international)

Wetlands Pack
Wetlands Pack

 

Buitreraptor- Wetlands
Buitreraptor- Wetlands

#12- unlocked at $275,000- UNLOCKED!!

  • Desert Accessory Pack- featuring 6" Mononykus o.
    (add-on cost: $30 US, or $35 international)
Desert Pack
Desert Pack

 

Mononykus- Desert
Mononykus- Desert

#13- unlocked at $285,000- UNLOCKED!!

  • Forest Accessory Pack- featuring 6" Microraptor g.
    (add-on cost: $30 US, or $35 international)
Forest Pack
Forest Pack

 

Forest Pack
Forest Pack

#14 -unlocked at $295,000- UNLOCKED!!

  • Mountain accessory pack- featuring 6" Troodon f (juvenile)

(add-on cost: $30 US, or $35 international)

Mountain Pack
Mountain Pack

 

juvenile Troodon- Mountains
juvenile Troodon- Mountains

Unpainted build-your own raptor sets:

Set one- Velociraptor body type

Set two- Atrociraptor body type

Each set will include:

1 main body (neck, arms, body, legs and feet) 1 base 1 posing rod 1 set of running toes

Interchangeable parts:

6 heads 3 jaws 3 feather neck collars body feather attachment 3 tails 1 back feather clip on 3 sets of different sized sickle toe claws 3 sets of different primary wings

#15 - unlocked at $305,000- UNLOCKED!!

  • Build your own Raptor 1 (Velociraptor body type)- images coming soon

(add-on cost: $40 US, or $45 international)

#16  -unlocked at $315,000- UNLOCKED!!

  • Build your own Raptor 2 (Atrociraptor body type)- images coming soon

(add-on cost: $40 US, or $45 international)

#17- unlocked at $335,000 (final stretch goal)- UNLOCKED!!

  • Raptor Nestling 3-pack sets

Three color themed packs each containing three differently posed figures

Raptor Nestlings
Raptor Nestlings

 

Raptor Nestlings concept drawing
Raptor Nestlings concept drawing

price per pack add-on will be $20US or $25 INT

All-In Reward tiers

  • 'Nothing but Raptors' all-in tier- Backers will receive ONE EACH of all 16 available raptor action figures- the main three raptors, the exclusive, all eight stretch goal raptors and the four Fans Choice raptors.  $540 US/ $598 INT
  • 'Dirty Dozen' all-in tier- Backers will receive ONE EACH of all 12 raptor action figures- the main three raptors, the exclusive, and all eight stretch goal raptors. Shipping is included with this tier. $415 US/ $465 INT
  • 'Mesozoic World' all-in tier- Backers will receive ONE EACH of all 16 available raptor action figures- (the main three raptors, the exclusive, all eight stretch goal raptors,and the four Fans Choice raptors.) as well as all four environment Accessory Packs. (20 items) $630 US/ $700 INT

Any special thanks?

Of course! I want to express my sincere gratitude to several people who helped make this project possible. My mold maker Jeremy Monz- thank you for helping me create these amazing figures and putting up with my crazy molding and casting demands.  Jonathan Kuo- I still can't believe I have you doing the package art for this line- it blows my mind how good your illustrations have turned out. Matt Holt, action figure painter extraordinaire- thanks for your help buddy. You really make my sculpts come alive.  Mark Schultz- thank you so much for taking the time create a wonderful incentive to help this campaign- you've been a true friend and inspiration. And Randy Falk- without your insight and guidance I'd be lost as to how to get these made. Thank you all very much.

               Okay, okay let's wrap this up- I want to look at the dinosaurs again

So this is your chance, OUR chance, to send a clear message to the toy industry that collector dinosaur toys need to improve. It's time to see that these extraordinary creatures are represented as well designed and detailed action figures. I urge you all to make your voice heard by supporting this campaign and backing this project or by simply spreading the word to friends, family, and anyone else that might be interested. The potential success of this project could lead to so much more - other dinosaurs, pterosaurs, prehistoric mammals, even modern animals, as higher end action figures. With your help, the sky is truly the limit and hopefully it will inspire other companies to follow suit. BUT IT ALL STARTS RIGHT HERE. So let's make this happen and set a new standard to be followed. Everything is in place, prototypes are completed, tooling parts have been sent to China for production ready to go, all we lack now is the proper funding. Don't miss out on this opportunity- be a part of the Dinosaur Toy Revolution!

'Imagine the possibilities'
'Imagine the possibilities'

 Still want to know more about Beasts of the Mesozoic?

Check out this video for an inside look at the project with my buddy, Ultimate Toy Collector.

 

 

Latest Updates from Our Project:

New Test Shot Video, an Early Look at Production Paint and Packaging plus Spectrum Highlights
about 9 hours ago – Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:46:05 PM

Today marks one year since this journey officially began. On April 27th, 2016, the Beasts of the Mesozoic Kickstarter campaign launched and nothing has been the same for me since (in a good way). And thanks to the help of all of the backers here, the dinosaur toy industry will never be the same either.

Remember this?
Remember this?

 

So with that being said, let's dive in and see where the project currently stands.

  

Test Shot Video Part 1 

While the past few weeks have been a bit hectic due to traveling, I did manage to shoot a quick video review of some of the Raptor test shots. It was a little tricky to film these figures since they are mostly in translucent white (you'll notice that the autofocus is having a tough time in a few spots) but luckily the details aren't the subject of this particular video as I mainly wanted to show the articulation and some of the play features.

Only after filming the video did I notice once again that the Dromaeosaurus' right arm popped off again same as it did in the previous test shot video from China. This is an odd coincidence as this is a different test shot. However I will say that while playing with all of these off-camera, I didn't find this to be an issue in general. Nonetheless, I have asked the tooling factory to tighten up all of the pinned joints such as elbows and lower legs.

 

Pre-Production

Pre-production is now underway which means the paint and packaging are being developed for each item. This stage requires a group of people developing systems and strategies that are both efficient and effective for achieving the desired look and level of quality based on my prototypes and instructions.

Paint

Paint samples are being created now for accessory packs, nestlings, and several of the standard raptors.

 

 

 

 

 

Packaging

These are the first packaging mock-ups for the figures that I've seen. Although the proportions are different than what I had originally envisioned, this more compact design for the raptors might be a better way to go. All of the proposed design elements such as the package art on the slip cover sleeve and environment background image are still planned to be included. It's important to note that these designs are in no way meant to be final and can easily be modified, so this will be a separate process unto itself. Once we have decided on the best packaging solution, they will create digital templates for me to use with my graphic design files and after it has all been properly formatted, I will send them the final hi-res images for the packaging.

Acheroraptor package mock-up
Acheroraptor package mock-up

 For the Accessory Packs, it was especially interesting to me to see what they would come up with since not only had I not worked that out previously, but the sets changed so much from concept to final version. I like what they've come up with so far.

Forest Accessory Pack package mock-up
Forest Accessory Pack package mock-up

China Trip

I will be leaving to visit the factories in China this Saturday and will spend a week with them to help with paint, packaging, and construction. Once I arrive, I'll be meeting up with my good friend and fellow NECA sculptor Trevor Zammit who has been a huge help in communicating with the factories on this project these past few months since I couldn't be out there and he'll be helping me coordinate with the workers during my visit as well to make sure production gets off on the right foot. Looking forward to seeing the process first-hand as well as avoiding potential issues before they happen.

While I'm away next week, my access to the internet will likely be very limited, so if you need to contact me, please expect a longer wait time for a response than usual. At the very least I will be able to respond when I return the following week. Also worth noting is that I likely won't have access to social media so if you notice a lack of updates next week, it's because I'm in China. I do however plan to return with plenty of news and photos.

  

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

My table at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2017
My table at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 2017

 One of the places I traveled to recently was to Kansas City, MO for the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event this past weekend. This was my first time having the BotM Raptor figures on display, and I would even encourage visitors to play with them. The response was very positive and I was able to reach lot of people that otherwise would not have known about the project. It was interesting how gentle most were with the raptor toys, holding them as if they were real creatures. It's a good sign when an unpainted toy has enough character to merit that type of response.

 

 

Also on display were my various model kit builds- always great for getting people to come over to the table if nothing else.

 The highlight of the show for me was when James Gurney stopped by. I've been a huge admirer of his work for many years now and him showing up at my table was pretty surreal. He seemed especially interested in the Raptor toys and was testing out one of them. It would be great to have him as a backer. There aren't too many famous people I'd care to have my picture taken with, but I couldn't pass this one up.

And here's me with my creations. It was a good show and I thank everyone who was able to make it out to stop by. (Thanks goes to my friend Pamela Lea Coggins for making me take this pic. )

 

Wrapping up...

Post Cards

If you paid for your post cards, you should have them by now. All printed materials have been sent out. If there are any issues, please let me know and I'll check on your order status for you. I do have some left over post cards. Contact me if you'd like to order directly. I plan to offer the remaining sets through my site later this year.

 Red Raptor Still Available

There are still some red Velociraptor osmolskae variants available- just a heads up if you've been considering adding it to your order. You can order direct from the pre-order store or contact me about it directly and I can add it to your existing  BackerKit order.

1/6 Velociraptor Model Kit Now Available

 

For those interested in model kits- I am now offering a 1/6  model kit version of the BOTM Velociraptor mongoliensis figure which is inspired by Jonathan Kuo's gorgeous package art. Please contact me directly if interested.

Shipping Delay Reminder

In the last update I had mentioned that production is going slower than anticipated and this will prevent us from shipping in May as initially planned. The current estimate is now for late Summer- early Fall. Please keep an eye on these Kickstarter updates as more information becomes available.

Unanswered Surveys and Declined Cards Update

Recently, BackerKit automatically added backers who's cards were declined from the Kickstarter to the current backer list bringing the current tally for unanswered surveys to 72. This means that if you were declined initially, you still have chance to pay for the items you pledged for during the campaign. I'm not sure why this happened, but hopefully this is good news for some of you. In addition, there are currently 8 declined cards from locked down backers. If you need information about your order, please message me.

That's all for now. As always, please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all of the latest news and updates on this project and anything else I may be up to. Also, please keep spreading the word about the Backerkit Preorder store - , tell your friends about Beasts of the Mesozoic, and help support the Dinosaur Toy Revolution!

Take care everyone- I'll talk to you all in a few weeks.

First Test Shots- Video Preview from China
29 days ago – Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 12:40:08 AM

Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series First Test Shots video

In the last update you all got a look at some of the Raptor test shot figures- the first ones to be injected in plastic as the tooling molds are tested and refined. Now, thanks to my good friend Stefan Folkins (you may remember him mentioned as the artist behind the diorama backgrounds I shot on a while back), we have an even better look at the new figures. Stefan has been kind enough to make a video for us to view some of the first test shot figures direct from the tooling factory.

Tuxedo Raptors?
Tuxedo Raptors?

A few things to note before watching the video. These figures are currently going through a process called 'debugging' which means that the articulation is being tested and refined, so these figures here are not necessarily representative of the final product, aside from the obvious lack of paint.

Some of the flaws I've noticed from this video are: no tongues, some loose parts (you'll know when you see them), collars are too low on necks, some of the tails may be upside down, and Adsaurus' back feathers need to be glued into place.

Now that that's out of the way, there are also some strong positives as well: wires in tails work well, small raptors also have tail wires (woo-hoo), jaw gape is much improved over prototypes, secondary feathers (forearms) will be interchangeable, jaw interchangeability is very simple, great range of motion on necks.

Without further ado, here is the video:

 

So that's a look at where the figures are so far. The others are being worked on as well, and all test shots are planned to be completed by next week. Once they are finished, they will be sent to me for review and I will give notes on improvements. The tooling molds are planned to ship to the production factory by April 22nd and from there the final versions of the figures will begin to take shape with paint and packaging. In fact, I am planning to visit the production factory myself in early May to oversee the beginning stages of production and make sure everything is on the right track. That being said, it's time to address the elephant in the room...

How can I possibly begin shipping product in May?

Well, unfortunately, the shipping dates will have to be delayed a few months, very sorry everyone. I sincerely apologize but I will not be able to hit my original estimated ship date of May 2017. I wanted to have more info before mentioning anything officially, but as the year continues to roll forward, I'm sure it's become obvious that this project is a bit behind. Between all the additional time I needed last year to sculpt the new pieces and now with all of parts and figures that the factory has to account for, it's no surprise that the production process is taking longer than expected.

Nothing to see here
Nothing to see here

 

On the plus side, the tooling factory is committed to doing the best job they can with these figures and I'd much prefer that they take the time they need to get everything right instead of trying to push everything through to meet a deadline. They've all been very communicative and helpful throughout and I have no doubt that these figures will turn out great- we'll just have to wait a little longer than expected. Once the production factory gets the tooling and finalizes the paint and packaging, I will be able to get an accurate timeline of what to expect. Shipping this Summer could still be a possibility however, but it's too early to know for sure. I will keep you all posted on the production schedule as more information becomes available.

Well that's all for now. Before I go though, I want to update you all on the BackerKit status. There are still 46 Kickstarter backers left who have not submitted their survey info (please check your spam folder if you think this may be you.) And there are 8 people with declined credit cards. Please be sure to fix these issues as soon as possible to guarantee your order. If you have any questions or if you wold like to add to your existing order, feel free to contact me via message or email me at dsilva20@creative-beast.com .

And please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all of the latest news and updates on this project and more. Also, don't forget tell your friends about the Backerkit Preorder store if you haven't already.

Until next time- later!

Action Figure Test Shots- first photos!
about 1 month ago – Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 09:50:29 PM

Test Shot Figures Update

Now that the tooling is finishing up for the Raptor series, the factory is now producing the first sets of functional, plastic action figures using the brand new molds. These are commonly referred to as 'first shots' or 'test shots'. Recently, I had requested a few photos of the completed test shot figures and I really like what I'm seeing so far.

Acheroraptor test shot parts
Acheroraptor test shot parts

 

Accessory Pack test shot parts
Accessory Pack test shot parts

The two photos above were my very first look at the Beasts of the Mesozoic Raptor series in plastic form. Since this my first time creating my own line of toys, it goes without saying that this was quite an exciting moment!

 

Balaur bondoc test shot
Balaur bondoc test shot

So now a test shot is being made for each figure and piece in the line and the process will take several weeks. They are scheduled to have concluded all test shots by March 24th.

Balaur on the Desert base
Balaur on the Desert base

Once completed, the test shots will be sent to me for approval. The purpose of these test shots are to debug articulation and construction. Once everything looks good, I'll give them the green light to send the tooling molds on to the production factory where the mass producing and figure painting can begin.

 

Now before anyone asks, the colors here do not represent the final product in any way. When creating test shots, they normally use whatever extra plastic they have on hand to inject the new molds with, which is why the colors are mismatched and random.

Velociraptor test shot with jumping rod
Velociraptor test shot with jumping rod

These first test shot figures will likely be requested by the production factory to produce early paint samples.

Velociraptor on the Wetlands base
Velociraptor on the Wetlands base

Something you may have noticed is that there are hardly any visible pins now, a change I am very happy about. Assuming the stability isn't comprised by the alteration, these will remain the way you see here.

fly!
fly!

 Some of the poses in the photos below seem to have a few mis-positioned feet and tails and in a few pics the toe claws are off, but that is subject to whomever poses the figures and does not represent the final look.

Ut oh- trouble?
Ut oh- trouble?

Here's an interesting pose. I think they're supposed to be fighting, but maybe they just really like each other.

 

 Very happy to see some shots of the Mircoraptor and Nestling figures as well. They're looking great so far!

Microraptor with a raptor nestling
Microraptor with a raptor nestling

 

Mountains base and standard base shown here
Mountains base and standard base shown here

 

 

 And then it's all brought together. Check out the modular functionality of how the bases can be fit together. Very cool for a multiple figure diorama display!

  

 At this point in the photos, you can also see the egg clutch and tiny hatchling.

 

party crashers
party crashers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, they finally got the tree up!
Hey, they finally got the tree up!

  That's all of the photos I was sent so far and these really have me looking forward to the rest of the line. I'll be adding these to my Creative Beast Studio Facebook page soon so you all can view higher res versions.

  

Velociraptor osmolskae quantity update

In other BotM news, I do want to say that there are still a few red variant Velociraptor osmolskae figures left  for pre-order as well as a very small quantity left now (less than 20) of the blue version for you Kickstarter backers. If you'd like to add to your existing order, please message me.

 

 

That's all for now. Before I go though, I just want to say that there are still 47 Kickstarter backers left who need to submit their survey info (please check your spam folder if you think this may be you.) And there are also 9 people with declined credit cards. Please be sure to fix these issues as soon as possible to guarantee your order. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

As usual, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all of the latest news and updates on this project and more. And please tell your friends about the Backerkit Preorder store if you haven't already.

Be good and until next time- take care everyone!

Velociraptor osmolskae red variant available now on BackerKit
about 2 months ago – Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 07:46:09 PM

The Final Raptor

For those following me on social media, you may have already heard... there's one more raptor left, and he's a bit late to the party. 

Since beginning this campaign last April, there have been many welcome surprises, and this one is no exception. In an effort to utilize the remaining Kickstarter Exclusive blue Velociraptor osmolskae stock, I contacted the production factory to see if it would be possible to make a running-change to the figure run, basically trading the blue for red and changing the eye color while still using the same paint masks and patterning. Thankfully, they are willing to accommodate the change and just like that, we have one more raptor to add to the flock! Now even those who discovered this project after the Kickstarter campaign can collect each of the twelve raptor species.

Here's a look at the new prototype for the Velociraptor osmolskae red variant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'PEW PEW'
'PEW PEW'

 

red variant package layout mock up
red variant package layout mock up

 

Since this is a variant, quantities are more limited than usual (less than 300 units) so I don't expect it to be available for too long. This can be ordered separately or added to your existing order.

The pre-order price is $35 (add $1 US or $3 INT for combined shipping). If you would like to add on to your existing order, please message me. Funds can be added with Paypal if preferred (a small fee may apply). I have been getting many messages about this figure already, so please allow about 24 hrs or so for me to get back to you. However in most cases it shouldn't take that long.

On a similar note, for those here with multiple orders, I can combine them for you, but this will be done by request only- it is not automatic. Also, there are still 50 unanswered surveys, so if you think you may be one of them, please check to make sure your order is completed. I can send you a link to your order if needed.

The Velociraptor osmolskae red variant is up on the BackerKit pre-order store now.

And in other news...

 

Post cards now shipping

Print orders have all been fulfilled and now the post cards-only orders are currently shipping. If you ordered any post cards without a print or a calendar, please be sure to check your address to make sure it's up to date. There are a lot of post card orders so I ask that you please be patient. These will be going out over the course of the next several weeks.

shipping post cards now
shipping post cards now

  

 And on a final note-

Figure production is going well right now as the parts continue to be tooled. This process will likely take a few more weeks due to the high parts count. Once they are completed, I will be receiving the first unpainted test shot samples from the factory which will be very exciting! I will keep you all posted on the progress, in the meantime keep an eye on my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts for regular updates.

Until next time!

Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series is now available at Big Bad Toy Store
3 months ago – Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 09:29:04 PM

I am very happy to announce that in addition to the BackerKit pre-order store, you can now pre-order the Beasts of the Mesozoic:Raptor Series figures at Big Bad Toy Store!

click here
click here

 

The full product listing can be found here.

I wanted to let everyone know about this because in addition to credit cards, BigBad also accepts Paypal and will not charge cards until the products are ready to ship. International shipping is also available. For those who already frequent the store, you could take advantage of their 'Pile of Loot' feature to save on shipping as well. The prices are a little bit more than on BackerKit, but I understand that it may be a more convenient option for some of you.

And a quick note on production- the factory workers are currently away for Chinese New Year, but they will return to work on Feb. 5th and tooling is expected to begin shortly there after. More updates on that as they become available.

Until then- take care everyone!