Factory Update from our new Project Manager
6 months ago
– Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 09:25:35 PM
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February Update: Project Management & Eagle Island Play Sets
7 months ago
– Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 05:28:34 PM
The factory is just getting back from Chinese New Year, so not much new to report on that front but I wanted to give you a quick update.
As you know I’ve been pretty transparent with our challenges in China via frequent Kickstarter updates, Facebook posts and online forums. Over the last month Craig and I have had folks from other toys companies reach out to try ask if they could help us get back on track. These folks are affiliated with other indie toy lines like H.A.C.K.S., Animal Warriors of the Kingdom, Dime Novel Legends, Glyos and Mythic Legions as well as some very experienced industry veterans. I mention them to not only shout them out and say how awesome they all are, BUT to let the fans know even though we are competitors we are ALL invested in each others success. “A rising tide lifts all boats” none of us wants each other to fail, the more success each of us has, the better the industry will be overall and the happier ALL of our customers will be. I can’t thank each to them enough for taking time to reach out to us and offer up their experience and guidance to help us navigate our challenges.
With that said we’ve been able to lock down some Project Management help and we’ll be announcing more soon. This will include "boots on the ground" factory management that will hold our factory accountable for their missed timelines and work toward realistic delivery dates with the quality we expect. We’ll be able to report more details in a few weeks once they are able to do a factory visit and proper assessment.
Eagle Island Play Sets
Work continues on the Eagle Island play sets. As you know these are custom pieces built by hand, each one crafted by Joe Harris from D&J Toys. Joe had to put these on pause for a bit because of illness, but we're happy to report he is healthy now and back on track. He shared some "work in progress" images with me yesterday I wanted to pass on.
We are trying to complete these as fast as possible so they can be shipped out with the figures when they arrive.
Other ”inside baseball” News
I have mentioned this on Facebook a few times, but we have been debating licensing out some of our digital library of action figure assets. We have amassed a large amount of digital assets across both our Eagle Force and Amazing Heroes lines. We’ve gotten a few requests over the last year to license out some of these assets for other lines. Since these assets are digital they can be used for lines at different scales. We have decided to do this to make up some of our "out of pocket" costs for overages on the Eagle Force campaign, like the a complete redo of our tooling and additional sculpting. We have worked out the legal paperwork, so you might start seeing some familiar but more generic assets like body parts and accessories from our library show up in other lines at a variety of scales. As an theoretical example you might see some of the accessories we did for our 4" Amazing Heroes Madman figure show up in the upcoming 12” Captain Action costume set for Madman. I mention this as I don’t want internet rumors to start and it turn into something that gets blown out of proportion. Happy to dig into that more in the comments below if anyone has any questions.
Eagle Force Facebook Page Update
For those that follow us on Facebook we are no longer updating our Eagle Force Returns Facebook page. If you want to follow our progress please follow us on the Fresh Monkey Fiction Facebook Page here.
That’s all for February’s update, but we'll be able to update more in a few weeks once our new Project Manager assess the factory.
Factory challenges update...
8 months ago
– Sat, Jan 26, 2019 at 02:30:16 PM
Sadly I don’t have much to report as it’s Chinese New Year and the factories in China go dark for most of late Jan - late Feb.
I breaks me to write these monthly updates, will little news of progress. The factory in China we chose to do business with has not held up their end nor been able to commit to a realistic schedule. They continue to make empty promises to us on delivery timelines for all of our current projects including Eagle Force, Larry Hama and Amazing Heroes. This is not only effecting our business but Spero toys as well, who produce the "Animal Warriors of the Kingdom" line. Although this factory was able to produce their initial wave, they has fallen behind with subsequent waves.
There is some light at the end of this tunnel, a few industry veterans who are currently working in China have generously offered to help us get our projects back on track after Chinese New Year. They and their team will be visiting the factory and help project manage our projects to completion. I am very confident with their help, we can turn a corner and get these figures in your hands with the quality you expect. We’ll of course keep you updated as the factory returns from Chinese New Year next month, as well be communicating with them daily.
Many of you have asked about future waves and other projects, please understand that those need to be on “pause" for now until we get these figures in your hands.
Thanks again sticking with us as we continue to work though these challenges. As always please feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions, as you know we are here and not going anywhere.
8 months ago
– Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 11:46:38 PM
Hey Everyone,Hope the new year is treating you well. Just wanted to share a quick update on the packaging. The factory is working on sizing up the backer cards for the figures, here are a couple of images.
I don't think we're going to hear much from them until later February as Chinese New Year starts soon.
Images of factory paint samples....
10 months ago
– Fri, Dec 07, 2018 at 10:07:35 PM
The factory has finally sent me images of the initial paint samples of some of the figures...needless to say they need A LOT of work. Below are a few images. Please be aware these are not production samples, these are 1st pass paint samples. These figures are painted by the factory to get final approval before we go into mass production. These are nowhere near final and have many issues that we'll need to resolve, such as the use of glossy paint, mis-matched paint, incomplete or incorrect colors, etc...
I was very hesitant to show any of these images, but this is part of the process and I wanted to Illustrate why these things take so long. Our current factory, although capable of producing figures, like Spero's Animal Warrior of the Kingdom line, seem to be more challenged on every level with Eagle Force.
I'll be spending the next month or so course correcting the factory to revise these samples. I'm still confident we can get these done to the quality our fans expect, but it will take time to get it right. I've heard feedback from a few of you who purchased the R.I.O.T. Commando test shot and are very happy with the quality of the construction of the figure. So once we nail down the paint I believe we'll have some great figures.