Beasts of the Mesozoic: Raptor Series Action Figures Is Live on #Kickstarter and FUNDED!
May 19, 2016

Don’t you just hate it when you find a cool Kickstarter for product/projects you love but you never know if it will fund or not?   Well I’m telling you this is an AWESOME Kickstarter project and you can back it without fear because it’s already funded!  We told you about this project back in March while David was still prepping it, but now it LIVE, it’s FUNDED and you have 8 days to get on board!

Plus there are even more and more stretch goals being unlocked as it rolls along!  Check out the actual Kickstarter page for information on those

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

 

About this project

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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 Exclusive set of (5) 4×6 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.

Estimated delivery: July 2016

'Post card set of five'
‘Post card set of five’

                            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

Reward 24 and 25- $200

‘Beta Raptor Pack’ Backers will receive two each of Velociraptor mongoliensis, Atrociraptor marshalli, Tsaagan mangas for a total of six figures.

Shipping for US will be $25 and $65 for International backers.

Estimated delivery: May 2017

Reward 26 and 27- $300

‘Alpha Raptor Pack’ Backers will receive three each of Velociraptor mongoliensis, Atrociraptor marshalli, Tsaagan manga for a total of nine figures.

Shipping for US will be $35 and $80 for International backers.

Estimated delivery: May 2017

Reward 28 and 29- $600

‘King Raptor Pack’ Backers will receive six each of Velociraptor mongoliensis, Atrociraptor marshalli, Tsaagan manga for a total of 18 figures!

Shipping for US will be $50 and $125 for International backers.

Estimated delivery: May 2017

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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