Things are certainly started in a whirlwind for the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Kickstarter campaign! Here we are, less than 36 hours into this thing, and it’s already brushing up against $50,000 worth of funding. Of course, with this flurry of activity comes some questions and comments about pledge levels, etc…
Boss Fight Studio has stayed right on top of things, and posted some updates to their Kickstarter Campaign.
- All In One FAQ – There were some questions about exactly what was included in the $500 “All in One” level, and they answer that with a very thorough FAQ. Check it out here.
- Army Builders Rejoice – There were some questions and comments about the formatting of the Army Builder items and a desire to have an easier and more cost effective way of purchasing them. Those issues have been addressed!
Also, Andrew from BFS spoke up about some questions and concerns that had emerged in other areas of the fandom, and wanted to reassure folks:
I’m Andrew from Boss Fight Studio, and I’m seeing A LOT of confusion about us and the Kickstarter setup, so I thought I’d pop on and try to answer some questions.
First, Boss Fight Studio has been around for just over a year – we were founded in last March. While all of us have worked for different combinations of freelance and in-house with Hasbro, we are a START-UP BUSINESS, and as such, do not have a great deal of operating capital. This is our FIRST original product line, and when you aim to produce a very premium product at a not particularly high volume, there are a lot of expenses associated with that – tooling, labor, shipping, packaging, etc. We’re not going to get rich off of this Kickstarter, in fact, even if this thing is fully funded to all of the stretch goals, that’s about what it will cost to run the entire production of our first series of figures. We can’t even pay our salaries out of that.
So yeah, we’re the little guys. We’re fans just like you who grew up with Joe and all the associated toy lines, who are trying to inject some of the creativity and originality that we loved as kids, and that inspired us to follow this career path back into the marketplace. It’s unlikely you will ever see our product at major retailers. This is BY COLLECTORS, FOR COLLECTORS. By helping fund this Kickstarter, you’re helping our creative dreams come true and help a new company get off the ground that wants to be there to serve YOU, the collector community.
In terms of questions about specific combinations of items in the Kickstarter, we tried to keep our offerings relatively streamlined to reduce confusion. We didn’t want to offer hundreds of different combinations of items, and we’re working to clarify what’s in every reward in both the body of the KS and in the FAQ attached to it.
Now as many folks are probably aware, I know the Boss Fight Crew and have known them for many years, and please trust me when I say they truly are fans and collectors just like the rest of us. They don’t have some huge, lucrative contract with other manufacturers that allows them to spend “fun money” on making their own toys. They want this to be their career. This is their dream, and they’ve worked long and hard to get to this point. The fact that they have already grown so close to achieving this dream makes me very proud and I’m very excited for their success, so please forgive me in advance if you see a bunch of these Kickstarter updates going forward. The design and execution of these toys is simply phenomenal and I’m confident that everyone will be pleased with the end result.