Mr. Bill Murphy of Fresh Monkey Fiction has shared the February 2019 update against the Eagle Force Returns Kickstarter campaign! Sounds like things are on the up & up and moving in the right direction. Check out the full update without interruption below, including word on the Eagle Island Playset! –
February Update: Project Management & Eagle Island Play Sets
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.
I’m beyond thankful to Bill for constantly and consistently keeping us in the loop regarding this project.