Have you ever had a car shipped?
I have a car. It runs, but needs some small issues addressed before I commit to a long journey in it.
It is 600 miles from me.
I could potentially drive it/have it driven here, but we would be risking complications, imo.
I can't have the work done to it until after it needs to be not there.
Considering hiring a delivery service as my best option.
What should I look out for if I go that route?
Here are some more toys with the same body and head as my imitation space trek toys. (Actually just two toys, I redressed one of them.)
I'm still exploring what I can make and what is available off the shelf at this scale. I'll start working on OC soon.
Of course, those eyebrows are one of the scariest things I've ever seen, so I did another other one that I like a little better.
As many of you are aware, I make weird knockoff/bootleg adjacent toys myself.
I couldn't resist the opportunity to reimagine this guy as he would be made today, if the same situation was to arise.
I had a spare ST TMP uniform, I had the modern equivalent of factory second heads, and the closest body that is currently available.
Here are some of those results.
So I opened his bag and I undressed him.
Here are some pictures of what he looks like out of his packaging, and out of his clothes.
First thing to call out, that torso, those arms, those legs, and that head are all from different toys!
Second thing to call out, those legs are different lengths!
Third thing to call out, I have no idea who's head that is.
First things first:
This is a SPACE TREK toy, made with factory second Star Trek TMP parts, after mego's ST:TMP line tanked horribly.
It's a real shame, because these were some of the best toys Mego ever released, but here we are.
So a fly by night operation ended up with a bunch of Star Trek uniforms, and did what any normal person would do: dressed out the absolute cheapest dolls they could produce, ripped off some artwork, and released a new toy line.
It occurs to me that I could do two or three different pieces of art for the fronts of these with no additional manufacturing effort.
I guess I could be clearer with my words:
- I could print the cards myself and get an more authentic look. It would cost somewhere in the ballpark of 11 cents per card, plus the time to print them, cut them, etc, but I don't want to do that.
- Packs of trading cards from major manufacturers are routinely $6-8/each, so it's not outside the realm of reasonable for mine to be $5 or whatever.
I have 60 packs to package, so I better get on it.
Packaging is about ten cents a pack.
The proofs were nearly fifty cents each, though.
The next batch will be cheaper, but I'm not sure by how much. I need to work that out before I settle on a price point.
A few more pictures, showing some details and inspiration.
Her's a prototype Window Box for my mego style toys.
- Get someone else to cut them so the lines are straight.
- use a stiffer plastic for the window, because it will look better.
- either switch to a non-corrugated cardboard for cleaner lines, or wrap something around the cut after it's made to hide the tearing
- Print a sticker to cover the top portion of the box to "seal" it, and to display the character's name
- Decide what to do with the big blank sides
The sticker included. It's Nosferatu.
Here are some shots of the test packaging I'm doing for our public domain trading cards.
Please replace the sticker of Nosferatu on the front with something that screams 1988, and also says "contains five trading cards, 1 sticker, and no gum becuase the gum was always the worst part."
The finished run will also use fewer layers of a thicker paper, but I feel like this conveys the gist enough.
Look at the Nosferatu stickers I got to include in our trading card packages!
(coffee shop talk)
That $2000 in product costs was me stocking up with new toys from four major manufacturers, and that $350 was selling inventory that cost me, in sum, something like $25.
We'll more than double our money on that $2000, eventually.
I'll have to put together a spreadsheet and post it somewhere.)