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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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Articulated Icons Update and Preorders

The folks at The Fwoosh sent an update for their Articulated Icons Kickstarter campaign!

Happy New Year, New Pictures and Pre-Orders Are Now Open!

Posted by Fwoosh LLC

Happy New Year, Devotees!

As promised in our last communication, we are back after the turn to 2016 with a brief update on production and an exciting announcement!

First and foremost, everything is now in China. What we mean is, the prototypes that were not completed prior to the launch of the Kickstarter campaign were finished early last month, and are now in the Far East with their Iconic brethren. The factory is doing their thing, and the technical side of production has commenced — that is good news! However, there is not really much to speak of past that at the moment. We do not have anything new to show in terms of production status as we are not that far along yet.
We DID take pictures of these new prototype prior to sending them off to the factory, so here is a look at the final paint masters for the Smokey Ninja, Solitaire, and the Temple Guardian:

Please sit tight and be patient with us, we PROMISE we will start showing things as soon as there is something to show, but for now, this will be it for awhile. This is what can be called, in very non-eloquent terms, “pre-pre-production.” Essentially, a lot of careful planning is taking place, but nothing in the order of production samples is being produced yet. The factory is making important preparations, but it might still be a while until we have something physically new to show you.

However, we will keep you up to date on our production cycle and timing as soon as we have a better estimate. Please remember the that Lunar New Year holidays will be beginning soon, so most production movement will stop for a few weeks.

For now, we DO have some good news, though! Are you ready?
Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series is now available for PRE-ORDER! What that means is if you missed out on our Kickstarter campaign, or if you have decided you want to bolster your ranks even more, now you can!

All of our figures (save for the KS-exclusive Smokey Grey Ninja), can now be ordered through our store page, located HERE.

If you are a backer or have been monitoring the Kickstarter campaign, you will notice that while this pre-order will be a part of our FIRST production run, these will be shipping AFTER all Kickstarter orders are fulfilled and shipped. Please note that this is NOT subject to change, so there will likely be a difference of a few of weeks between the end of the KS shipping and the start of the pre-order shipping. We will, of course, have better information about that as we get closer to fulfillment.

So, if you missed out on the Kickstarter, now is the time to order the Feudal Series! We will keep pre-orders open for as long as we can into the production cycle, but we advise that you do not delay in placing an order — we will not have a lot of lead time to announce when pre-orders will end, so it might be abrupt to stay with the production timeline. Don’t miss out again!

Here are a few specific details about the pre-order structure and process:

  • All pre-orders will be charged within 24 hours of the order being placed 
  • The base shipping fee for US is $10, everywhere else is $30. Individual figures shipping prices are listed with the figure and are added to the base shipping fee
  • Pre-orders will be closed for each figure as they are sold out for our initial run (we will be holding some stock for conventions, etc.)
  • If you are an existing Kickstarter backer and want to buy more, you can do so but it will be at the new pricing structure

So, we hope you had great holidays and are ready to build up your armies! We will be back with more regular updates now that we are in the new year, so look for more soon! Thanks for your continued support!

Team AI

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Articulated Icons Backer Kits Are Live!

The Fwoosh sent out the backer kits tonight!

Greetings!
We are happy to announce that all of the Backer Kits have been sent to Articulated Icons Kickstarted backers with a minimum pledge amount of $35.00. Please check the email inbox at the address you used for your Kickstarter profile. You should see an email from “The Fwoosh” asking for you to respond to the survey.
You are now able to modify your pledge, select your ninja color combinations, reallocate your pledge funds, and add additional items to your order. Don’t forget, the Kickstarter exclusive Smokey Grey Translucent Ninja is available for purchase via the Kit, as well as as the Fwoosh exclusive Blue Shinobi.
As a reminder, you will have until WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25th to complete the survey, so please start playing around with the features within the Kit, and if you have any questions, let us know.
This is your last step prior to the start of manufacturing production, so please make sure you take the time to ensure your Backer Kit is set up to your liking. As of now, this is the only way to add additional items to your order, and only the Fwoosh-exclusive Blue Shinobi is available outside of your Kit.
Thanks again for all of your support, now go build your Legions!
Team AI

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Articulated Icons Update!

The Fwoosh provided more info, regarding the backer kit!

The Backer Kit is Almost Here… and More!

Greetings!

We know it has been a couple of weeks since we last updated you, but there has been a lot happening, and we have some exciting news!

First and foremost – we have been working tirelessly on the Backer Kit set up, and even though we have a LOT of pieces, we are currently finalizing the kit so we can send it out to all of our Backers. The last quality checks are being performed to ensure we have accounted for as many scenarios as possible, but things are looking very good, and we think you will be pleased with the amount of customization that will be offered via the Kit.

To go along with that Backer Kit, once we have the final template is in place, we are going to create an instructional walk-through video to help explain all of the features of the Kit. This way, you can see an example of how to change your pledge level, how to change particular items within your level and/or dollar amount pledged, how to add additional items via the Kit, or all of the above. While the initial Kickstarter pledge format is not particularly specific in terms of the actual items offered, the Backer Kit is, so we want to be as proactive as possible with helping to explain the process. All of our offerings will be made available via the Kit (including the Fwoosh-Exclusive Blue Shinobi), so be ready of a lot of options. Of course, we will be answering questions and sending updates while the Kit is live, but the video should be a nice, and hopefully, helpful, feature.

Look for the Kit to be distributed very soon. Our current goal is to have it done and ready to go by 11/6/2015, but if that changes, we will let you know. Plan on the Kit being available to customize for about three weeks as this will give several days for you to finalize your order, but also keep us inline with our factory and production timelines. We hope this advance warning and time frame will be plenty of time for everyone to make the needed preparations.

Along with our work on the Backer Kit, the good guys at Gentle Giant Studios are hard at work on creating the prototypes for our final three stretch goals: Solitaire, The Temple Guard, and Kickstarter Exclusive Translucent Smoky Ninja. Be on the lookout because we might have some pictures to share of these pieces in the not too distant future!

So, we are working around the clock on keeping everything moving, but get ready, the Backer Kit is coming – start planning now!

Thanks everyone,

Team AI

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The Fwooshcast, Featuring Articulated Icons!

The latest episode of the Fwooshcast is online!

Adam (“Industrial”) and Scott (“Craarl”) sit in for Nic this week and we discuss what happens next, now that Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series has successfully funded. What will the packaging be like? How accommodating will the Backer Kit be? How can the bonus figures be had? What’s in mind for Feudal Series 2.0? When can we expect Scott to shave his beard? We cover all this and more.

We also touch on New York Comic Con, including the exciting reveals from Marvel Legends, the SH Figurarts Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Mezco’s One:12 Collective.

Keep the conversation going in the comments below and on the Fwooshcast Facebook Page.

Check in with Nic @TheFwoosh and Tony @CostumeContume on Twitter.

This episode will be also available for download on iTunes, and streaming on the Fwoosh YouTube Channel and Stitcher.

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Shinobi (One of Many)

The Fwoosh announced a new exclusive Articulated Icons figure, Shinobi (One of Many)!

There are stories of a mysterious, highly-skilled hero who always appears when needed. Whether saving a lone woman on a deserted side road from thieves or fighting off a band of outlaws, this mysterious individual has already created a legend for himself. Conflicting stories have put him at several places at once, leading many to wonder if the mystery savior is not one man but many. The Ninja seem almost supernatural in their methods, so who is to know for certain?

This Shinobi with a Fwoosh-exclusive BLUE costume will be available for pre-order soon. Additionally, this figure will also be available to all of our Kickstarter Backers in our forthcoming Backer Kit. That means you can order him with no additional shipping charges!

Keep it right here because, as you can see, there are likely more Shinobi coming soon, and in true ninja fashion, you never know where they might pop up…

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Articulated Icons Updates!

The Fwoosh released quite a few updates today!

First up, four more Articulated Icons figures were unlocked!  Itami (evil sensei)Shōken (heroic martial artist), Shibito (warrior monk), and Seijun (drunken master) were all unlocked today!

Next up, check out the latest dio story, Articulated Icons: Fumetsu’s Path!

Finally tune into the Repacked Podcast for an interview with the Articulated Icons crew!

There’s only 24 hours left!  Contribute to the Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series Kickarter campaign!

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100 Proof Kung Fu and a Hidden Character Revealed!

The Fwoosh posted a new story, featuring the Articulated Icons figures, Articulated Icons: 100 Proof Kung Fu!

The also revealed a hidden character in their lineup, Solitaire (Modern Ninja)!

Existing in a hazy void between urban legend and rumor, the spectral entity known only as Solitaire is gaining a fast reputation among the underworld. It is unknown whether he’s a special operative, a soldier of fortune or just a high-tech vigilante. Solitaire has never been caught by surveillance equipment, and no known pictures of him exist. A rare eyewitness described him as “a slice of night that moved.” Solitaire has no friends and leaves behind no enemies. In spite of the complete lack of tangible proof of Solitaire’s existence, a malignant fear of this unknown demon has embedded itself into the criminal element. They say that he’s impossible to kill; an undying ronin that shrugs off bullets like droplets of water. They say that he’s unbelievably fast; a deadly blur of ebony death. They say that he’s stronger than ten men, that he never misses, that he can see in the dark. They say he has a near omniscient ability to know exactly where a punch will land before it’s thrown. They say that it would take several lifetimes for someone to become as skilled as Solitaire. The appearance of this new and unknown warrior has resulted in an alliance between the various crime factions, and they vow to end the threat by any means necessary. Solitaire’s past and present collide as his endless fight continues, a modern ninja battling evil in the modern world.

Solitaire is a FREE ADDITION to the Devoted Legion pledge level as our thank you. He is available NOW for any of our backers at the add-on price of $40. As an extra thank you to the Devoted Legion, they can add-on additional Solitaire (modern ninja) if they desire extra(s) for the price of $30 per figure.

If you want your very own Solitaire figure, pledge your support for the Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series Kickstarter campaign now!  As of this writing there’s only 47 hours left!

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Arms, Wraps, and Hands Pack Unlocked!

The Fwoosh sent an update to backers of their Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series Kickstarter campaign!  The Arms, Wraps, and Hands pack is unlocked!  Now you can switch up your Articulated Icons ninja‘s arms and give him a sleeveless look!

We’ve unlocked out 1st stretch goal!

The arms/hands/wraps pack that will work with all of our figures will now be available as an add-on item for $10!

If you’re interested in this set, don’t forget that you can go in and manage your pledge now to add the additional funds to count towards this pack and help us move towards unlocking our next stretch goal!

Big thanks to all of our supporters, you guys are the best!!!!!

You can add the Arms, Wraps, and Hands pack to your pledge package for an additional $10, but you’ve only got 3 days left to become a backer of the Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series Kickstarter campaign!

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