The Turtly Race is a collaboration blind box Art Toys with 8 Awesome character designers from around the Globe, Ready Set Go!!!!
About this project
it all started end of 2012 in Taiwan after finishing a collaboration project with one of my fav Artist from Brasil, I had so much fun that I felt I should collaborate more with the Artists I love, the problem was, there was many of them and so it would have taken me ages to collaborate with each one separately. But then I thought why don’t I make a Project with all of them. At the time I guess it was like a crazy happy kind of idea, because of course I didn’t know if everyone would wanna be part of this. And to make this project even more interesting I decided to pick each one from a different country to make it truly an international project, so after asking and asking I finally managed to gather all my favorite Artists from around the world to make my dream collaboration.
✦ Hollow Threat ( Paul Shih ) from New-Zealand ➤ featuring Bevil
✦ El Grand Chamaco from Mexico ➤ featuring Picos
✦ TADO ( Mike & Katie ) from United Kingdom ➤ featuring Lam junior
✦ Devilrobots from Japan ➤ featuring Tofu-Oyako
✦ Kennyswork ( kenny wong ) from Hong Kong ➤ featuring Molly
✦ Charuca from Spain ➤ featuring Carmi
✦ Monster Little ( Ziqi Wu ) from Singapore ➤ featuring QiQi
✦ QuailStudio from France ➤ featuring Turtly & Cowly
my goal for this Kickstarter project is to fund the production of a high quality 4″ Blind box vinyl Art Toys series of 8 different characters. And bring colors, love and happiness to everyone.
the brief for this project was for each Artist to pick one of their most recognisable character and make it ride one of my character named “Turtly” , Everyone got to pick their own number and their Turtly could be customised to make it match their Characters. Then the artists sent me sketches of their toy ideas as seen below:
then I took each concept and adapted it to make them all feel part of one collection, so I sketched all of them again tying to keep each Character identity but within a common style.
once that was done I then traced each sketch in vector.
followed by sculpting each model digitally.
with the help of Shapeways I then 3D printed the prototypes
Rewards for this campaign are pretty straight forward, you will be able to get 1 to 8 characters, international shipping is included in the pledge. A̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶b̶a̶s̶e̶d̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶b̶l̶i̶n̶d̶ ̶b̶o̶x̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶w̶o̶n̶’̶t̶ ̶k̶n̶o̶w̶ ̶w̶h̶i̶c̶h̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶r̶a̶c̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶g̶e̶t̶.̶ ̶
Update: Kickstarter backers you will now exclusively be able to pick which character you like.
I have already found a manufacturer and I will be flying to Shenzen as soon as this project get funded that way I can follow the production and resolve manufacturing issues when/if they occur. ( once this project get funded photos updates will be uploaded during the production process )
If the factory is already busy on other toy projects or if problem arise during the production of the Turtly Race toys it could take up to 6 months until the end of the production. that’s why for this kickstarter I am planning to release them in 6 months time after this campaign has ended, but if everything goes well I am hoping to be able to release them within 4 months.
Risks and challenges
since I started working on this project, I faced many challenges already especially since I do the biggest task on my own. This was my first time making a video so this time again I had to learn new software like After Effect for the animation and Logic Pro for the music.
The next and biggest challenge will be to make sure everyone get their toys as soon as possible. As always I am dedicated to bring the best possible experience to my kickstarter backers.