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Hey all! Been a long time, but I thought I'd pop back in here and share a project that I've been working on for about the last 5 years with my partners and Smalljoes.com.


We just had our first day of activity on a Kickstarter campaign for our GI Joe style articulated Dime Novel Legends action figure line by Chicken Fried Toys and it was a doozy! We rolled out the prototypes at Joe Con this last summer and they were well received.


Each character in our lineup is articulated similarly to a modern GI Joe figure, and has 16 points of movement. Boss Fight Studio of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. fame did the control art and early presentation art for us, and has been offering advice throughout development. We are partnering with the same factory that produced their figures as well as the excellent offerings from Marauder Task Force to insure quality in both materials and paint applications.


There are 14 regular figures in our first assortment, and 1 "All-IN!" Kickstarter exclusive with several of these characters being stretch goals and unlocks towards full funding. We have planned another 75 or so figures spread across an additional three waves as well as a stagecoach, horses, cannon, Gatling gun, and several other vehicles/diorama pieces.


There is a ton of information on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693604734243240/


You can also see details and pics of the toys on our Kickstarter campaign page as well: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chickenfriedtoys/chicken-fried-toys-dime-novel-legends-1-18th-actio


Please feel free to stop by and ask questions. We'd love your support, but always look forward to hearing from old friends and making new ones more than anything else! Here is a teaser image of one of the currently available characters. Can anyone tell me whose likeness it might be?



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If we are able to get these funded and off the ground, there should be a limited number available afterwards. Our print run is currently set at 2,000 of each character, so who can say for sure given the small numbers.

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I'll have full color reveals up late tonight on FB or first thing in the morning for the new KS Exclusive "KP" Trooper. You can always catch the latest info here:


And on the KS page here:

It will be updated here on TNI as well, but it may take a couple of days, as things are busy-busy-busy!



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Added a new Kickstarter Exclusive (open to any pledge) Garrison "KP" Trooper in both single and 3 packs, as well as a couple of small sets of gear to build them out extra! Take a look!






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I'm "All-In" for this Kickstarter! The figures look so great that they have inspired an interest in the Wild West that I never really had before.


The figures are also compatible with the Marauder Task Force figures, so there will definitely be some head swaps between the two in my collection to add some more variety!


Anyone who is a collector of 3.75" scale figures should get on board with this Kickstarter campaign - even if it's just one figure to help boost the funding. Chicken Fried Toys, Boss Fight, Marauder - they know what we want and are going out there and making it happen even as Hasbro and other companies are hit and miss with their new offerings.


Kick(start) some Chicken! Bah-GAWK!

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Latest updates from the KS page:

You've asked for it, and as a result of the gracious agreement by a majority of our "All-IN!" pledge backers, we are going to make the Badlands Vigilante available to non-"All-IN!" pledges. But wait! Like all good things, this is going to require getting a little dirty.

The Badlands Vigilante will be a "faux" unlock once two requirements are met. The first step towards this unlock is that we must reach 555 pledges or more (at the time of posting we needed to add an additional 224). For a new pledge to count towards the total for this unlock, it must be at $100 or above. If backers can get these two steps taken care of before the KS campaign is over, then all backers whose pledge level is at $100 or more, will be able to add-on the Badlands Vigilante for $25 each plus combined shipping with your other reward items.

  • 555 or more pledges total
  • All new pledges must $100 or higher to count towards the total
  • Eligible pledges levels are $100 or above before adding the Badlands Vigilante figure

In addition and by way of reward for agreeing to share, the "All-IN!" level packages and above will now have a Garrison KP Trooper added to their loot at no extra charge, and be eligible to purchase a second copy of the Badlands Vigilante for $25. This is option is limited to "All-IN!" packages and above for driving the funding of this project at the highest levels.

So, like, tweet, share, or telegraph our information everywhere. Tell your family, your friends, your co-workers, anyone with a passing interest in action figures or the American West. With our group of Regulators working together, this should be easy as we gallop towards full funding.

There does remain one "add-on" item that will be listed once the color renders are done. This final "add-on" will be included with the "All-IN!" package (and above), and will be available to purchase to all other backer levels. We will announce what it is after the color sheets for the Buck-A-Roos and Boot Hill Loot are completed later this week and start to be revealed.



First two composites are ready to show the colors on the Buck-A-Roos blank figure and have been added to the KS page. Colors were done by Catrina at Boss Fight Studio, and composites by trusty old buddy, David. Be sure to read the special notes on each guy, as there may be a surprise or two in there.



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Another update today showcasing the Buck-A-Roos blanks #3 and #4.



Meanwhile, back at the ranch we are about to hit the $100K milestone in pledges. Just around the corner from that is full initial funding and then unlocks. Share it around

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693604734243240/

Twitter- @chickenfriedtoy

Kickstarter- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chickenfriedtoys/chicken-fried-toys-dime-novel-legends-1-18th-actio

Instagram- chicken_fried_toys

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As we broke $100K today, here are a few words:


Guys, no pressure, but now is the time when we need backers to really step up and start pushing this KS and it's info to everyone else. We've gotten some major big steps out of the way, but just take a minute once a day from now to the end and post the KS link somewhere. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, a forum, a blog...anywhere.


We have to start looking outside the usual group of action figure fans and try reaching those people who just like the Old West in video games, literature, and on TV. To do that successfully is going to take a concerted effort on your part. We are pushing it everywhere too, but it's going to have to be all of us doing it, to make some headway with that crowd.


Seriously, just take one minute a day and put a link somewhere. Mention it to someone. That's all it's going to take, and I hope you think that the rewards will be worth the effort in a little over a year when these figures start rolling in. Thanks! -CFT



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Okay, here is the break we have all been waiting for. An anonymous donor who very much believes in our project has reached out, and has indicated that they would be willing to pledge match a set dollar amount to our campaign with only one caveat.


They are willing to pledge match up to $10,000 to the KS, BUT only at the "All-IN!" level or above. Their thought is to use the money they have to gain ground on our total as quickly as possible. We believe that this is a good plan, and have agreed.


So, beginning today, any new pledge at the "All-IN!" level or any pledge that upgrades from a lower pledge level will be matched for the dollar amount increase. That means a new pledge will be at the full amount ($450), and any upgrade to an "All-IN!" will be matched at the increase in that existing pledge amount ($115 + $335 = $450).


This is a serious chance for us to move up very quickly towards unlocks, which is what we are all looking for. Take a moment, do a little math, and jump in on this KS campaign if you are interested in the products. This is also a great chance to bring in friends/family/other collectors and have their pledges count the most. Don't let this chance pass you by!


Current totals:


352 Backers (up 21 on our Badlands Vigilante unlock)


Current pledge total: $101,124 (80% funded towards initial goal)


Days remaining: 22


"All-IN!" pledges: 135

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Here are some more updates for stretch goal items and color guide for the remaining Buck-A-Roo, and the first three Boot Hill Loot accessory sets. As you can see, some were designed to specifically match body parts from the Bucks. http://www.brokenarrowtoys.com/ChickenFriedToys/PresentationFinalBootHillLoot3A.jpg





We forged ahead really nicely this weekend and are just over $10k from initial funding and there is still about $5k remaining on the pledge matches from our anonymous donor. Be sure to like, share, and tweet with your friends, family and fellow collectors and let's see if we can't know out the initial funding goal in the next 24 hours!

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Last Stand at Kickstarter Creek!


As I noted yesterday (and many times before over the last several weeks) we've been eyeing a couple of solutions for providing a good value for the "All-IN!" backers, and it's taken some finagling. We value the commitment necessary to support our freshman outing of action figures, and have stated from the beginning that supporters at that level deserve rewards for bearing the larger portion of financial burden for all others involved.


To ensure a reasonable return for your pledge (beyond seeing the line made), we are going to add an additional 5 unique characters to your pledge level. These figures will be automatically added, and will become available to "All-IN!" backers (and above) along with the initial offerings and the added "Most Wanted" 5 pack of mug shots.

"All-IN!" reward level:

  • Marshal
  • Territories Lawman
  • Trail Boss
  • Saloon Bartender
  • Ranch Hand
  • KP Trooper
  • Sharpshooter
  • Fire Brigadier
  • Cowpuncher
  • Man in Black
  • Cardinal Red T-Shirt
  • Sticker
  • Boot Hill Loot Gear #1
  • Boot Hill Loot Accs #1
  • Buck-A-Roo #1
  • Most Wanted head 5 pk
  • Badlands Vigilante

As you may note, the KP Trooper is now automatically added instead of being reliant on the unlock of the Badlands Vigilante to the rest of the pledges. You will still have the option to add a second Badlands Vigilante if those unlock conditions are met (it appears they will be) before the end of the KS campaign. Also included is the first set of Boot Hill Loot (accs & gear) as well as the first Buck-A-Roo automatically.


We hope that this guarantee of items whether they are unlocked or not, will give you confidence to maintain your pledge and see this lineup come to market. Once again, thank you for your support at these high levels.


This is the last set of changes we'll be making to the KS campaign. As stated above, and previously, once the budget structure is set, it's very difficult to move things around, but we've managed to do it to reward the "All-IN!" backers. Once again, thank you for your support! -CFT



These changes will necessitate a change in the placement of the characters unlocks, but not alter their order in the levels at which characters will become available to the public at large. Check for those changes later today.

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Here are color pics of the "Most Wanted" portrait 5 pack:


This is the solid black stand that was going to be added to the Boot Hill Loot gear sets. Now it's up in the air.


This is a color mock up of a figure we were planning on making a website exclusive. It is also on hold. It IS NOT part of the KS despite what the canvas text might state.


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KS campaign is thankfully over. We finished at $165,700 with a total of 565 backers. The Badlands Vigilante was unlocked, as well as the first four stretch goals.

Anyone who has pledged at least $100 in the KS campaign can select the BV figure as an add one. A single copy. The "All-IN!" pledges can automatically add a single copy, and the "Two Step" pledges can add two copies.

More information on things discussed during the last 30 minutes of the KS in the Live! feed will be typed up tomorrow night, and posted in the FB group. Any further information will be posted there, or sent out directly to the KS participants via email.

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