Valkyries

Valkyries Head Sculpts

The Marauder “Gun-Runners” released a new update for their Kickstarter backers, which included a look at the paint masters for the new female head sculpts for the Valkyries!

Hey 814 Valtaskers!

Since our last update, we have been working non-stop on the Vals project.  Lots of “surprise” tooling issues encountered and solved.  We hope to have items OFF the actual production tools to show you all soon.  We are still on target to hit the planned release date this summer.   In addition to the accessories shown in the MTF Valkyries Kickstarter project, there are several ADDITIONAL NEW accessories that are part of the release (we will reveal those items to you all FIRST).

The 9 different female headscuplts with hair turned out great.  Below are the paint masters sent to the factory for production.  Caucasian heads will be available in brown, blonde, black, light brown, red and white hair. Hispanic heads available in black and brown hair.  The female t-shirt torso will be available in 10 different colors (and 3 different skin tones).

Caucasian

African American

Hispanic

We will keep you posted as the pre-production samples arrive.  Thanks again for your support!

MJ

While these won’t be available until the summer, you can still check out other awesome Marauder Task Force figures and accessories at www.marauderinc.com!

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Eagle Force

Eagle Force Returns Trading Cards

The folks behind Eagle Force Returns, Zica Toys and Fresh Monkey Fiction, launched a new Kickstarter campaign: Eagle Force Returns trading cards!

But wait!  There’s more!  If you’re a Kickstarter backer, you get an exclusive look at the next Eagle Force Returns figure before everyone else!

New Eagle Force Returns reveal happening later this week. Backers of the Eagle Force Trading Cards Kickstarter will get a sneak peek before anyone else. Head on over now and support the campaign.

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Articulated Icons

Articulated Icons Update

The Fwoosh released a new update for their Articulated Icons figures!

Tooling is Underway! Also: Several Pre-Orders are About to Close

Greetings, Devoted Legionnaires!

It is an exciting time here in the Articulated Icons offices, so as promised, we are back with some updates. As you may know, the Lunar New Year festivities have been taking place over the past few weeks, but those have concluded, and work at the factory is up and running again. That brings some exciting news: tooling for all of our items is now underway! “Tooling” is the term for the process whereby the actual steel molds that will be used to create the figures are now being created.

This is one of the most complicated parts of the of the entire production cycle because each mold must be cut and created perfectly to ensure the level of detail and quality we are demanding for Articulated Icons. However, we are very confident in our factory as we have forged a great relationship with them, and their prior work shows they share our commitment to quality.

That said, we are expecting several rounds of testing approvals to make sure everything looks good, and each mold is engineered to maximize playability and stability. These reviews are absolutely crucial to ensure we are on the same page with the factory, and that changes can be made when needed. We are dealing with a lot of figures, and even more individual pieces (the more articulation, the more tiny joints are required), so we will be taking very detailed steps to ensure everything is able to come together properly. As the process moves along, we will be sure to keep you posted. Once physical tooling samples begin to be produced, we will share pictures and stories, we cannot wait to be able to do that, and we are very much on our way.

In somewhat related news, we wanted to share that our pre-orders are doing very well right now, and we are getting very close to closing pre-orders for several of our items. Shoken, Itami, Shibito, and Seijun are getting very close to selling out, so if you have been waiting on these guys, now is the time. Once these sell out, they will not be made available again, at least for this production run. We are currently not scheduled for any further runs at this time, so if you want them, come and get them!

Finally, we have had several inquiries about the need to update shipping addresses. We know this is very important, but do not fear: when we are close to actually shipping product (that is, within about two weeks) we will send out notifications to confirm or change your shipping address so that we have the right information. At the stage, you need not worry about updating your address, that will be handled when we are closer to ship time.

Thanks so much for patience and continued support, we really appreciate it. During the early stages of the tooling process there will likely be little to actually show, but we have several background stories and photo features of our characters that have not been shared yet, so expect some of those while we work through this very important step of production.

More soon, we promise!

Team AI

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Marauder

New Marauder Figures

The Marauder “Gun-Runners” are at it again!  They just announced the newest Marauder Task Force figures, and they’re offering a promotion for all Valtaskers!

New MTF male color combinations and 814 Valtaskers “Free” promo!

Hey “814 Valtaskers!”
To help make the time pass a little quicker as we’re waiting for the release of MTF Valkyries figures, we’re releasing some NEW color versions of our current MTF male figures. Different color combinations for the Red Command Ops, Gray Tech Ops, Blue Security Ops, Green Field Ops, and 2 versions of the all new white & black Ghost Ops.

Marauder

Here are just a few examples of how the new versions looked geared up with the modular accessories.

As an added “thank you” for your support…ALL 814 Valtaskers that order any of the 6 new color MTF figures (basic $11.99 body) can select the head style & color of their CHOICE for each of the NEW figures ordered! Balaclava, Goggles with breather, unmasked heads, heads with facial hair….YOU choose! Just put a note in the message section of the order with what you would like! This offer is valid only for the 814 Valtaskers backers, applies to only the 6 new figure color combinations and expires on March 6 at 11:59 pm EST.

Hope you check them!

Thanks again!

MJ & Team

www.marauderinc.com

If you’re a Valtasker, make sure you head over to the Marauder “Gun-Runners” storefront and take advantage of this awesome offer!  I know I will!

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Steady Cam Gunner

Steady Cam Gunner Prototype

The Marauder “Gun-Runners” are at it again!  Late last night they released images of the Steady Cam Gunner from the Marauder Task Force Valkyries Kickstarter campaign!

Update 2/16 – MTF Steady Cam Gunner Prototype

Hey “814 Valtaskers!”
Here are some images of the MTF Steady Cam Gunner prototype. We are very excited at how it turned out and hope you all like it, too! Shown are the weapon & mounting rig, Armor Mask, and new male legs, arms & hands. We hope to have samples off the actual production tools very soon (Valkyries in full jumpsuit, Valkyries with Tshirts, new male figures and accessories). As with all our projects, we really enjoy keeping our supporters involved during the development & production.

Since we ALL like surprises… we will have SEVERAL new COLOR versions of the male Marauder Task Force figures available on the website early next week. We will send an update announcement, with full descriptions & images, when the items are live on the site.

Thanks again for your support!

MJ & Team

Later on Marauder Ruben posted more images of the Steady Cam Gunner helmet!

I’ll just leave this here.

I for one can’t wait for the summer to come, so I can get my hands on these sweet new figures!

Marauder Task Force Valkyries discussion!

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Kunio

Uncle Kunio Laurel at BBTS

Big Bad Toy Store revealed a preorder page for their exclusive Laurel Worker Uncle Kunio Acid Rain World figure!

The Laurel Worker Uncle Kunio figure is the worker variant of the Laurel (Marine) mech from the Acid Rain World toy line!

The Laurel Worker Uncle Kunio figure is limited to 400 pieces, so make sure you preorder your Laurel Worker Uncle Kunio figure before they sell out!

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Zica

Zica Toys Update!

Zica Toys posted two updates recently, regarding the Adventure People Kickstarter, as well as the upcoming Eagle Force Returns Kickstarter!

First up we’ve got a look at Stryker, Jr!

Here is the 1st Eagle Force Returns concept image…Stryker Jr. He is the one of a few original characters that will be joining the Eagle Force Returns line up when we kick off the Kickstarter later this summer. We’ll be posting more concept images of other characters soon, but we posted this image because we wanted to highlight the fact that we’ll be sharing parts and accessories with ZICA Toys “The New Adventure People” Kickstarter which has just relaunched. If that Kickstarter funds, we’ll be able to offer cool figures like this right off the bat and not have to do them as stretch goals. We hope this image gives you an idea of the “bigger picture” for the toy lines that Fresh Monkey Fiction and ZICA Toys are co-developing. If you haven’t already please check out “The New Adventure People” Kickstarter at  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1728265268/the-new-adventure-people-0

Then we got a look at a new stretch goal for the Adventure People Kickstarter, the Strike Force Tooper!

$30,000 Stretch Goal!

If the funding goal reaches $30,000 our next army builder figure will be unlocked, the Strike Force Trooper! We’ll be offering it as a single figure for $20.00 (plus S&H), and in an army builder set of 7 figures for $100.00 (plus S&H). Assuming the stretch goal is met, the figure will be available for purchase via the Backerkit surveys that will be sent out after the Kickstarter ends.

So make sure to contribute to Zica Toys’ Adventure People Kickstarter if you want these awesome figures!

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