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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!

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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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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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Turnaround Images of Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series!

The Fwoosh released turnaround images of their Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series figures!

Here are 4 point turnaround images of the hand painted prototypes for all 11 figures from The Feudal Series for your perusal!

Thanks again for supporting our campaign and extra thanks for all of you who are out there sharing this with all of your friends!

The Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series Kickstarter campaign ends in 5 days!  Contribute today if you want in on this!

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Articulated Icons: Forging the Myth and Three New Figures!

The Fwoosh posted another awesome diostory, Articulated Icons: Forging the Myth, and revealed three more stretch goal figures!

Seijun (drunken master)

Here’s Seijun (drunken master and my personal favorite; it has nothing to do with the drunken part, my alcoholism is totally under control. Stop judging me and check out the pics…)
A proud warrior who fought in countless battles, Seijun was savagely injured and left for dead when he and his fellow band of warriors were ambushed by a ninja clan. Seijun awoke long after the battle in a field overrun with the corpses of both friends and enemies, clutching the ninja leader’s mask in his hand. Unable to cope with the loss of his fellow warriors and no longer able to trust his skills, Seijun turned to the bottle. He soon found that he was a superior fighter when under the influence, and that he finally remembered the face of the ninja leader. As Seijun began hunting the ninja who had ruined his life, this warrior monk’s drunken style made him an unpredictable and unusual opponent to all who faced him.

Seijun (Samurai Outlaw)

Seijun (drunken master)’s story doesn’t end there. Meet Seijun (samurai outlaw)!
Seijun‘s days had become a meaningless blur of drinking and fighting as he searched for the leader of the ninja clan that had killed his brothers and ruined his life. If there had once been nobility in him, it was slowly being eaten away. His travels had taken him to Edo, where he never lacked for fight or drink. Fortune smiled on him one day as a trio of the Shogun’s elite samurai walked past him as he lay curled up after a night of hard drinking. His hazy mind flashed back to the battle that had changed his life and the face under the ninja leader’s mask — the face of the samurai before him! Seijun left behind the bottle for samurai armor, and he began a one-man campaign of revenge against the samurai and those who employed him. His campaign of vengeance quickly made him one of the most wanted men alive as assassins, mercenaries, and bounty hunters began hunting for him. Seijun found the skills necessary to stay alive.

Surai (samurai warlord)

Meet Surai (samurai warlord) *AKA the seemingly murdered Master of the Ninja Clan!
A hard man with a twisted code of honor, Surai caught the Shogun’s attention as he single-handedly fought off several shadowy attackers, saving the Shogun’s life. Impressed, the Shogun instantly elevated him to samurai status, and Surai became the Shogun’s favorite. He was given a permanent position as one of the Shogun’s elite bodyguards. The Shogun tasked Surai with eliminating the threat of the ninja, whose assassination attempts were growing ever bolder. Surai enjoyed the benefits of his newfound position. Never lacking for money, women, or power, Surai became the Shogun’s most trusted confidante, all the while pursuing his true goal of revenge against those who betrayed the seemingly murdered Master of the Ninja Clan!

So be sure to stop by the Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series Kickstarter campaign, and contribute if you want to see these awesome figures in plastic!  You know you want to!  There’s only 6 days left so contribute now!

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Shōken (Heroic Martial Artist) and Articulation Demonstration!

The Fwoosh revealed another one of their stretch goal figures, Shōken (Heroic Martial Artist)!

SURPRISE! Our 3rd reveal is Shōken (heroic martial artist)… check him out!

Shōken was a small, thin child who dreamed of life outside the village, a life informed by stories of skilled warriors and constant adventure. But his reality was vastly different than his dreams. The only son of a widower father who had lost a leg as a young man, Shōken’s only adventure was being bullied by the rougher, tougher kids in the village. However, fate intervened when their village was overtaken by a band of marauders. Shōken was ashamed and believed his father was a coward when he willingly handed over a portion of his meager profits to the leader of the band of thieves. Deeming his portion too small, the Warlord snapped the crippled man’s crutches and threw him to the ground, laughing at his misfortune. Shōken screamed for his father to fight back, receiving a vicious backhand from the leader that sent him sprawling to the ground. Angered at the threat to his son, Shōken’s father sprang to his one good foot and put down the larger men with blinding speed. With a heavy heart, Shōken’s father agreed to teach his son the skills he would need to survive in the world. Years passed in training, and the small, thin child became a warrior himself. When his father passed, Shōken left the village, quickly finding the adventure he had sought as a child.

Thanks again to our friends at A.C.B.A. for running the poll, it’s still live and we’re still kindausing the voting as the order of the reveals over the coming days.

And if you are just finding out about this now, head on over to our kickstarter campaign and take a look!

Big thanks to all of our supporters and everyone who is helping to spread the word on social media, every little bit helps get these made!

The good folks at the Fwoosh also posted a video, demonstrating the articulation you can expect from the Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series figures!

Shōken will be unlocked when they reach the $200,000 level, so be sure to contribute to the Articulated Icons: The Feudal Series Kickstarter campaign, if you want to see this awesome figure released in plastic!

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