over 1 year ago
– Tue, Nov 26, 2019 at 03:07:46 PM
The Plastic Army Women supporters have continued to show their awesome enthusiasm for the project, thanks so much for all your help. We've more than doubled the funding goal, hit stretch goals #3 AND #4 AND there's still 4 more weeks in the campaign! These stretch goals increase the figure count to 36 and the number of poses to 12 in every pack of Plastic Army Women and adds a Tan color option. If your reward includes single or multiple packs of the Plastic Army Women you'll be able to choose your pack colors after the campaign ends.
Stretch goal #5 will add Pink color variant. I know there are a lot of supporters that don't like the idea of pink plastic soldiers, but there's also many that do. I introduced the classic Tim Mee Army Men in Pink back in 2013 and they've been popular ever since. I want to give folks that love the pink army men the option of getting their army women in pink.
Speaking of stretch goals, you may notice that #5 is the last one. I am working on some more goals and rewards and the best way to offer add-ons (like the Plastic Army Women buttons). I need a little bit of time as you hit the first few rounds of stretch goals I'd planned a lot faster than I ever expected.
James Van Schaik (our sculptor for this project) had an idea for a special figure he wanted to create for the campaign. He was really excited about, and so was my focus group (everyone at the kitchen table), so I gave him the OK to proceed. I'm going to be a little mysterious about it, but I'm hoping it will be complete in time to offer a few resin castings of this figure as a new reward option. I don't know if it would make it into plastic production, but I am getting quotes just in case.
Speaking of sculpts, James sent me the first photos of the Bazooka Operator. I think she looks amazing. She needs some work on the arm placement for molding purposes, but I'm really pleased:
You may also notice that figure #12 is still undecided. There's several great candidates, so I think I might run a ranked choice poll to get some feedback from supporter. Here are some of the candidates (in no particular order):
- Advancing with Bayonet
- Light Machine Gunner
- Dog Handler with Dog
- Mortar Operator
I've also had requests for a soldier standing at attention and/or saluting, navy, air force (especially paratrooper and pilot), and more medical figures. I'm not adding those as potential candidates for figure #12 because the way this set has turned out I think the figure should be ground infantry in a combat action of some kind. Once I figure out the best way to conduct the poll I'll post as an update here and also send to Plastic Army Women Newsletter subscribers.
I've been asked if I'll be adding additional figures as stretch goals, and the answer is.... maybe. Adding more figures at this stage could be tricky for a couple of reasons, but I am looking into it.
I have a couple of ideas for some new rewards to offer including possibly some playsets:
- Bucket of Army Women
- Bucket of Army People
- WAC Training Camp Boxed Playset
- Green vs. Tan Battle Boxed Playset
That's all for now,
Jeff at BMC Toys