There’s a new Kickstarter campaign from Whiskeyjack Toys, a new player in the 1:18 action figure space. Their first campaign introduces us to the Legends of the Hidden Force, where in a hidden mystical city beset by betrayers, conquerors, and terrors, 3 ninja factions vie for the fate of a power enhancing flower. Check it out –
This is it! Your entry into the mystical city of Horai. Our hero, Shinobi and two of his closest friends, Torashi and Kusa, defend the villagers from the brute force of Obake’s agents, Furi and Raiju – as well as his backbone ninja assassins, the Kyonshii. Take the set of 6 for $120, or pick any individual for $22 each
Shinobi (Lone Ninja), Rogue, Ex-Sabo Clan. $22 each – Shinobi is the one smart enough, brave enough, or curious enough to start pulling at the threads of Horai. Shinobi is a seeker of the truth, and dedicated to improving the lives of those around him. Includes: 2x Ninjato, Backpack, Handle.
Furi (Monkey Ghost), Henchman, Aka Clan. $22 each – The unpredictable and devious Furi is closer to being a pet of Obake’s than one of his retinue. Tread very lightly around Furi. Very lightly. Includes: Kusarigama.
Kusa (Grass). Tai Chi Ninja, Sabo Clan. $22 each – The calm and centered Kusa keeps Shinobi and the group from getting into too much trouble. His wisdom and clarity are often the shining light the group needs. Includes: Scythe.
Raiju (Lightning Dog Spirit), Kyonshii Trainer, Aka Clan. $22 each – Angry and full of rage, Raiju is desperate to prove himself to Obake, which could make him the most dangerous foe to our heroes. Includes: Throwing Dart.
Torashi (Tiger-like). Tiger Technique Ninja, Seichi Clan. $22 – The fierce and loyal confidant of Shinobi’s is a (Tiger) Force to be reckoned with. Includes: 2x Tekko-Kagi.
Kyonshii (Zombie Ghost). Zombie Horde, Aka Clan. $22 each – Obakes loyal forces, the Kyonshii are enforcers of Obakes policy and law in the city streets at night. Includes: 2x Kama.
Series 1 Adventure Pack: ‘Spycraft and Subterfuge’. Unlocked at $60,000
Disguise your favorite ninja as a villager of Horai; to blend into the surroundings; get closer to their targets; or confuse their opponents to make a clean getaway! $22 each
Series 1 Kickstarter Exclusive Army Builder 3 pack: The Kyonshii. Unlocked at $70,000
Three of the deadly ninja adepts that Obake has trained and patterned after the horrific Jiangshi that lie in wait outside the city gates. The Kyonshii are just as deadly and fearsome as their namesakes – without the supernatural element. $60 per 3 pack.
Series 2: Masters of the Hidden Force
The power brokers of Horai are represented here, with the Masters or all 3 clans – Aka, Sabo, and Seichi, as well as some of their trusted instruments of governance.
Master Obake, Unlocked at $80,000
Obake (The Haunted). Haunted Master, Aka Clan. $22 each – The dark and despotic leader of Aka clan, and the City of Horai’s Daimyo. Includes: 2x Ono.
Master Ne, Unlocked at $85,000
Master Ne (Rat). Wise Master, Seichi Clan. $22 each – The esteemed and venerated leader is an inspiration to all. Includes: Halberd, Soft Goods Tabard with Belt.
Sensei Hoji, Unlocked at $90,000
Sensei Hoji (Evil Fox Spirit). Trickster, Aka Clan. $22 each – The trickster cannot be trusted at any time, by anyone. Obake keeps him around purely for the chaos he creates. Includes: 2x Sai, Chain.
Sensei Tori, Unlocked at $95,000
Sensei Tori (Rooster), Ninja Teacher, Seichi Clan. $22 each – The overly protective teacher is fearless and relentless. Includes: Fighting Talon, Spiked Tonfa.
Master Shujin, Unlocked at $100,000
Shujin, (Master), Iron Master, Sabo Clan. $22 each – Master weaponsmith for Sabo clan, this reluctant leader would rather hone his metal crafts than be in the public eye. Includes: Blacksmith Hammer, Ninjato, Backpack, Soft Goods Apron with Belt.
The Hebi-Gi, Unlocked at $105,000
Hebi-Gi (Ceremonial Snakes). Ninja Troopers, Seichi Clan. $22 each – The devoted snake themed warriors of Seichi clan are quick, lithe, and deadly – like a Viper! Includes: Qiang, Vinyl Half-Skirt.
Masters of the Hidden Force – 6 Figure Set, Unlocked at $105,000
All of Series 2 at a reduced package price of $120 for the set. Obake! Master Ne! Sensei Tori! Hoji! Master Shujin! and a Hebi-Gi!
Series 2 Adventure Pack: ‘The Forge’. Unlocked at $115,000
Let loose Master Shujin, any of his students, or one of your favorites in the blacksmithing room to craft and hone the mighty weapons required to defend the mystical city of Horai. $22 each.
Series 2 Kickstarter Exclusive: The Forge expansion pack: ‘Inner Light’. Unlocked at $120,000
Shujin’s experimentation with adding the elixir to the quenching water he forges with has produced one of a kind, slightly magical weapons that he plans to award to exemplary pupils of his. $22 each
Series 2 Kickstarter Exclusive Army Builder 3 pack: The Hebi-Gi, Unlocked at $130,000
Bolster your ranks of these snake adorned defenders to protect Horai from the monsters that beset it. All for the special price of $60 per 3 pack.
Series 3: Secrets of the Hidden Force
The mysteries behind each of these individuals are game changers. As we slowly learn each of their unique secrets, nothing will ever be the same again!
Monomi, Unlocked at $140,000
Monomi (Observant Ninja). The Observant One, Sabo Clan. $22 each – One of Shinobi’s inner circle. This mute warrior is one of the strongest fighters in Horai. Includes: Nunchaku
Tatsu, Unlocked at $145,000
Tatsu (Dragon), Fallen Hebi-Gi, Aka Clan. $22 each – Obake’s favorite fighter, and Commander of the Kyonshii. Includes: Zhua-Spear, Vinyl Half-Skirt.
Komainu, Unlocked at $150,000
Komainu (Stone Dog Protector). Stone Protector, Sabo Clan. $22 each – A living stone Warrior with no recollection of how he came to be in this state. Includes: Morning Star.
Ten, Unlocked at $155,000
Ten (Shapeshifter) – disguised as Shinobi – Infiltrator, (Aka Clan). $22 each – Slowly slipping into and out of the forms of friends or enemies to wreak havoc. Includes: 2x Ninjato, Backpack, Handle.
Satori, Unlocked at $160,000
Satori (Telepathic Ape). Telepathic Wise Man, Seichi Clan. $22 each – Believes dressing up as the mythical magical ape strengthens his mental prowess. Includes: Bo Staff.
Jiangshi, Unlocked at $165,000
Jiangshi (Vampiric Zombies), Vampire Horde. $22 each – Mindless hordes of vicious ninja wandering the foggy forests surrounding the walled city of Horai. Includes: 2x Kama.
Secrets of the Hidden Force – 6 Figure Set, Unlocked at $165,000
All of Series 3 at a reduced package price of $120 for the set.
Series 3 Adventure Pack: ‘Clan Aka’s Surprise Attack!’ $175,000
Upgrade Clan Aka’s abilities with these extra weapons and implements of infiltration. Perfect when paired with the Kickstarter Exclusive Kyonshii 3 pack, but useful for any assembly of ninja you choose! $22 each.
Series 3 Kickstarter Exclusive: Clan Aka’s Suprise Attack expansion pack: ‘Nightshadow’. Unlocked at $180,000
Obake’s own elixir has been incorporated into this special batch of weapons, made for Obake’s agents.
Series 3 Kickstarter Exclusive Army Builder 3 pack: Jiangshi. Unlocked at $190,000
One of the key reasons Horai has stayed hidden for so long, beyond the perpetual misty fog cover, is the dense forest surrounding the city is teeming with these dark horrors – somewhere between a zombie and a vampire – just itching to eliminate anyone who dares enter their domain.
Series 4: Champions of the Hidden Force
Having returned from military service in the western war, The Champions are revered by many in Horai for their efforts to protect Japan and their way of life. Somewhat reclusive, Shinobi shares their disdain for the governance of Horai, and seeks to find a “better way.”
Daito, Unlocked at $200,000
Daito (Sword). Master Swordsman, Sabo Clan. $22 each – The calm and centered master swordsman, Daito is wise and philosophical beyond his years. Includes: Katana, Backpack, Sai.
Knock-Out, Unlocked at $205,000
Knock-Out. Cyborg, Sabo Clan. $22 each. Injured in the western war, his brethren never speak of how he came home boasting cybernetic enhancements. Includes: Mechanical Backpack, Energy Axe, Energy Mace, Energy Ninjato.
Omen, Unlocked at $210,000
Omen. Clairvoyant, Aka Clan. $22 each – Omen is the perfect ninja. Dedicated, honorable, persistent, deadly. His connection to the spirirt world gives him a slight edge too. Includes: Backpack, Tekk-Kagi, Ninjato, Bow, Arrow.
Kudan, Unlocked at $215,000
Kudan (Bull-Man). Enforcer, Aka Clan. $22 each – Angry, resilient, unstoppable. Cares deeply for his brethren, but rarely for anyone else. Kudan makes up in heart what he lacks in smart. Includes: Bull Club.
Badger, Unlocked at $220,000
Badger. Tactician, Seichi Clan. $22 each – Brilliant war time tactician and strategist. The Badger lead the Champions to many victories during the Western War. Includes: Crescent Spear, Conical Hat, Soft Goods Tabard with Belt.
The Jiyu, Unlocked at $225,000
Jiyu: The Free. $22 each – An assembly of ninja that have left the three clans, and Horai proper, to attempt to enrich the lives of the surrounding communities. They follow no master, so they get easily caught up in tangents and side missions. Includes: Katana, Backpack, Throwing Star, Bo Staff.
Champions of the Hidden Force – Unlocked at $225,000
All of Series 4 at a reduced package price of $120 for the set. The gray garbed legions of Jiyu, and the 5 legendary Ninjas that were once Commandos.
Series 4 Adventure Pack: Champion’s Training Day. Unlocked at $235,000
Develop and hone the ninja skills of your ideal combatant. Practice strikes against the training dummy, Marksmanship with the bow and arrows, or kata forms in the dojo.
Series 4 Kickstarter Exclusive Army Builder 3 pack: The Jiyu. Unlocked at $245,000
The (intentionally) master-less assembly of like minded ninja that have left Horai with the intent of helping those outside the walled city.
At $300,000: Comics
At $500,00: Animation
At $1,000,000: Film
Overall, it’s an ambitious project with a lot of possible offerings. It’s great to see more 1:18 figures coming to the market place, especially one as refreshing as this. Plus, the head nod to the G.I.Joe Ninja Commandos is a nice touch. 😉
Will you be going in on this line? I think you can count me in for at least one fig. You can get your pledge in here:
Best of luck to the project creators and to all that back the campaign!
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