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Nortock Diab
08-01-2017, 05:41 AM
I cannot say I am the biggest TMNT Action figures collector but this project really deserves to be more visible within our communauty.

The guy behind this project is basically making an attempt at an exhaustive TMNT action figures book.
That is impressive.

KICKSTARTER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES TMNT-ACTION FIGURE ENCYCLOPEDIA (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/139596288/tmnt-action-figure-encyclopedia?ref=user_menu)

From the look of it, the project seems to be rather well handled: pictures are good quality, figures list is extensive...

+ the guy already succesfully completed other Kickstarter campaigns.
That speaks for him.

And to put the lid on it, shipment outside of the US now is affordable :D.

Anyone else is backing this project?
What are your thoughts about it?

RaphaelinSTL
08-01-2017, 05:49 AM
Lots of discussion about this already over here.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=58408

Raptor86
08-01-2017, 05:50 AM
I am in! :D

Nortock Diab
08-01-2017, 06:05 AM
Lots of discussion about this already over here.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=58408

The topic you are referring to is about another book.
Even if the Kickstarter is addressed in the comments, I believe it deserves its own thread.

Does anyone know more about the guy behind this project?
He probably has an extensive action figure collection himself so I doubt he is a complete unknown in the fandom. Especially since he's been working on this project for 3 years.

Rewdog
08-01-2017, 06:06 AM
Will watch the film and read it properly when I get home from work, but looks like I will be in for this. Pretty amazing stuff, thanks for posting or I may have missed it.

Candy Kappa
08-01-2017, 06:14 AM
Looks nifty

I Crave Pizza No More
08-01-2017, 07:00 AM
Lots of discussion about this already over here.

http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=58408

Not the same book.

RaphaelinSTL
08-01-2017, 08:24 AM
Not the same book.

It's being covered in the thread though ... but yes, I guess it's getting its own now.

TheCanadiandrome
08-01-2017, 08:59 AM
I'm gonna seriously consider backing this at a later date

Panther10
08-01-2017, 09:10 AM
I'm gonna seriously consider backing this at a later date

This campaign launched just a little less than 24hrs ago. He'll have all the funding he needs in less than 5 days at this rate.

The Deadman
08-01-2017, 09:27 AM
I would buy this if it got funded and released.

Nortock Diab
08-01-2017, 10:34 AM
Usually these things are not released. It's a one-shot.
Yoy may still hope a second campaign for a reprint but if you are sure you want the book, you should pledge now :tgrin:.

TurtleWA
08-01-2017, 11:25 AM
Does the book only cover the toys and statues?

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:


edit: forgot Convention Exclusives and mail away/fan club stuff.

TatooineSandworm
08-01-2017, 02:23 PM
Does the book only cover the toys and statues?

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:


edit: forgot Convention Exclusives and mail away/fan club stuff.

Pledge for $1 and then ask the project creator directly. If you don't like the answer, cancel your $1 pledge.

Or ask him a question by sending an e-mail here: thetmntbook@gmail.com

TurtleWA
08-01-2017, 03:16 PM
The books mock-up for the Technodrome page has similar looking background to http://www.tmnttoys.com/90vehicles/technodrome/index.html
must be a common background in photography.

tmntman
08-01-2017, 04:32 PM
Does the book only cover the toys and statues?

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:


edit: forgot Convention Exclusives and mail away/fan club stuff.

It should be more or less limited to just the toys/statues, essentially the same range as what is on tmnttoys.com

Andrew NDB
08-01-2017, 04:40 PM
wtf? This book needs $58,000? For what?

oldmanwinters
08-01-2017, 04:42 PM
This book needs $58,000? For what?

Uh... shipping? Yeah, of course! For which... folks are charged an extra $15 for anyway? :tlol:

marcelangelo
08-01-2017, 04:54 PM
hahahaha, now that you mention it:)...hmm, never payed much attention to the financial goal:)
I guess telephone book sized hardcovers with lots of full color fotos in it cost a lot these days:)
...anyway, I backed this project and hope it gets made:)
love the idea of seeing all the toy art again:)aaaaaaaaah my childhood:)

Powder
08-01-2017, 05:18 PM
New drinking game, take a shot every time Marcelangelo uses a smiley face in a single post, then die of alchohol poisoning.

TurtleWA
08-01-2017, 05:24 PM
It should be more or less limited to just the toys/statues, essentially the same range as what is on tmnttoys.com

An all encompassing TMNT merchandise book would also be cool. I'm not sure I would pay for toy specific book when I have a great website like yours for free. But I understand the need to have both types of books as well as physical and virtual resources.

predaking000
08-01-2017, 11:41 PM
Was really happy to see the news on this. Hope it gets fully funded.

TurtleWA
08-02-2017, 11:22 AM
It should be more or less limited to just the toys/statues, essentially the same range as what is on tmnttoys.com

Just found out today that you are writing the foreword to this book if successfully funded. Considering you have some involvement it makes sense why some of the photos resemble the ones from your website. Hope it works out! :)

marcelangelo
08-02-2017, 11:33 AM
New drinking game, take a shot every time Marcelangelo uses a smiley face in a single post, then die of alchohol poisoning.

cheers man:)

***First of Two Latin Kings***
08-02-2017, 02:58 PM
I'm gonna seriously consider backing this at a later date

How? I thought you didn't have any money :tlol:

Powder
08-02-2017, 03:07 PM
You are not looking like the bigger man by ghosting his posts with that sort of antagonistic comment.

OA
08-02-2017, 03:17 PM
Looks pretty sweet. A book this big is bound to have a ton of errors, but seeing some of the picture captions on the KS page...Techno Drone Scout Drone

Anyways, wish them the best!

TheCanadiandrome
08-02-2017, 04:21 PM
You are not looking like the bigger man by ghosting his posts with that sort of antagonistic comment.

rofl of course not, but he's not going to care Powder, that's just how he is. meanwhile I just go about my own business and ignore his childishness

Nortock Diab
08-09-2017, 12:51 AM
Campaign seems to be going well reaching half the funding at its pace.

I wonder if never released figures will be addressed through prototypes, I think about the second half of the Warriors of the Forgotten Sewers line.

By the way, I received the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collectables Paperback (https://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Collectables/dp/1445665603) and even if this official book is pleasant it clearly does offer enough for the true fan : photos are not particularly well shot, it is rather incomplete...
We can clearly see that the choice was too release a low budget book targeting as many people as possible (from fans to casual readers)
While my wishes would have been a definitive encyclopedia that can be a reference for the years to come.

In other words, this Kickstarter project is a blessing :tgrin:.

marcelangelo
08-09-2017, 11:39 AM
Campaign seems to be going well reaching half the funding at its pace.

I wonder if never released figures will be addressed through prototypes, I think about the second half of the Warriors of the Forgotten Sewers line.

By the way, I received the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collectables Paperback (https://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Collectables/dp/1445665603) and even if this official book is pleasant it clearly does offer enough for the true fan : photos are not particularly well shot, it is rather incomplete...
We can clearly see that the choice was too release a low budget book targeting as many people as possible (from fans to casual readers)
While my wishes would have been a definitive encyclopedia that can be a reference for the years to come.

In other words, this Kickstarter project is a blessing :tgrin:.



I have backed this project and as a backer you get updates from time to time.the guy doing this sent an e mail a few days ago that said that playmates has contacted him upon seeing this kickstarter campaign and they were pretty excited about it and assured him they would support his book.

so, I guess it does look good for that tmnt toys encyclopedia...

I am looking forward to seeing all that wonderful packaging art work again.

funatic
08-09-2017, 12:31 PM
+ the guy already succesfully completed other Kickstarter campaigns. That speaks for him.

It looks like his other campaigns were for a similar giant hardcover showcasing every Air Jordan ever produced. The fact that they actually got printed is a great sign... though there are a lot of complaints in the comments sections on those campaigns which makes me a bit leery. I guess that's to be expected in a huge production like that though: people will share 99% problems, 1% praise.

A book this big is bound to have a ton of errors, but seeing some of the picture captions on the KS page...

Yeah the subtle syntax and grammar problems in the description, even in the video, raise some red flags. If he assured some extensive proofreading I'd be much more inclined to pledge.

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:

The page count would be staggering. I think that book's binding would be taller than the coffee table trembling beneath it. :tlol:

mikey0
08-09-2017, 05:40 PM
Looks pretty sweet. A book this big is bound to have a ton of errors

I already spotted one on his Kickstarter page. Krang's Android Body was released in early '92.

TurtleWA
08-09-2017, 05:58 PM
The page count would be staggering. I think that book's binding would be taller than the coffee table trembling beneath it. :tlol:

I'm not a Star Wars guy but this book looks amazing and similar to what I am talking about. It's 568 pages. I really think the table of contents is cool. I like how each title ends with the word "it." I don't understand Spanish but still watched the video. Perhaps if this TMNT book is successful the makers could produce a second volume of all merchandise.

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https://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-1-000-Collectibles/dp/0810972913

:tsmile:

easyemoney
08-14-2017, 05:34 PM
So the campaign is being cancelled and restarted with a few changes and lower goal.

Unsure if I want to re-pledge as I'm feeling a little buyer's remorse. Will probably keep an eye on the campaign though.

oldmanwinters
08-14-2017, 05:37 PM
So the campaign is being cancelled and restarted with a few changes and lower goal.

Unsure if I want to re-pledge as I'm feeling a little buyer's remorse. Will probably keep an eye on the campaign though.

Wow, it was really getting money in a hurry too. Already up to over $34k. But $58k always seemed unbelievably excessive for a book campaign.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/139596288/tmnt-action-figure-encyclopedia/posts/1963150

DonnieLaForge
08-14-2017, 11:44 PM
IMO this guy didn't need to relaunch the campaign. He was getting pretty close, and Kickstarter campaigns are known for having big 1st days and big last days. On the last day, it's featured by Kickstarter again and all kinds of people pitch in to push it over. So I was pretty sure he was going to make it.

I'm also worried that some people will not re-pledge for whatever reason. So now he might lose some of us.

But, still, seems pretty likely to happen the 2nd time too! I will be right back in as soon as it's live! I wonder if the photos/names of 'donors' in the book is still a thing or if it was cut as well to reduce page count....

RaphaelinSTL
08-15-2017, 09:44 AM
IMO this guy didn't need to relaunch the campaign. He was getting pretty close, and Kickstarter campaigns are known for having big 1st days and big last days. On the last day, it's featured by Kickstarter again and all kinds of people pitch in to push it over. So I was pretty sure he was going to make it.

I'm also worried that some people will not re-pledge for whatever reason. So now he might lose some of us.

But, still, seems pretty likely to happen the 2nd time too! I will be right back in as soon as it's live! I wonder if the photos/names of 'donors' in the book is still a thing or if it was cut as well to reduce page count....

Hopefully he'll still keep that ... just pledged and sent him an e-mail with my name and photo for the donor page. :tlol:

DonnieLaForge
08-15-2017, 11:15 AM
Here's the new link...
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/139596288/tmnt-action-figure-encyclopedia-hardcover-and-soft

It's only going to run for 11 days! Wow... Well, come on people, climb back aboard!

Hopefully he'll still keep that ... just pledged and sent him an e-mail with my name and photo for the donor page. :tlol:

It does say that is still part of the rewards.

tmntman
08-15-2017, 01:13 PM
IMO this guy didn't need to relaunch the campaign. He was getting pretty close, and Kickstarter campaigns are known for having big 1st days and big last days. On the last day, it's featured by Kickstarter again and all kinds of people pitch in to push it over. So I was pretty sure he was going to make it.

I'm also worried that some people will not re-pledge for whatever reason. So now he might lose some of us.

But, still, seems pretty likely to happen the 2nd time too! I will be right back in as soon as it's live! I wonder if the photos/names of 'donors' in the book is still a thing or if it was cut as well to reduce page count....

It's quite possible that the first campaign would have gone forward. But I the person putting this together has been working on this project for three years (though not exclusively) So seeing it not go through would have been VERY disappointing for him. When you add that to all the feedback that he received with helpful suggestions about what the fan base actually wanted (getting rid of the price guide, large format so photos could fit on a single page & the soft cover option) all of which allowed him to reduce the printing cost, it's not hard to see why he would make the changes to ensure that the project will go forward.

Casey
08-16-2017, 08:49 PM
https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/13/16140820/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-action-figure-toys-guide-encyclopedia-kickstarter

The Deadman
08-17-2017, 10:27 AM
According to the Kickstarter page, he only needs 2K to reach his goal.

TheCanadiandrome
08-18-2017, 02:31 PM
Wow, hopefully he does

EddieNES
08-18-2017, 05:07 PM
If I bought the 2 books for $65, think I could put both my kids for pics? Or still just 1 picture still?

TheMasterTurtle
08-19-2017, 09:26 AM
If I bought the 2 books for $65, think I could put both my kids for pics? Or still just 1 picture still?

I'd think 1. He's accepting questions via email so why not just email and ask to be certain?

oldmanwinters
08-28-2017, 09:49 PM
I didn't back a book, but seems like the project was a great success the second time around. Hope it ends up being a great volume.

inaheap
08-29-2017, 12:09 PM
I hope he ends up doing another run for those of us too stupid to back the first one.

RaphaelinSTL
08-29-2017, 02:57 PM
So pumped on this. This is gonna be something I'm never gonna wanna put down.

tmntman
08-29-2017, 03:42 PM
I hope he ends up doing another run for those of us too stupid to back the first one.

It looks like Kevin Eastman is going to be buying some in bulk to sell on his site. So that may be an option eventually. Of course, they would be signed copies so they would be more expensive.

Powder
08-29-2017, 03:44 PM
I don't think this will be anywhere near as comprehensive as it could/should be.

oldmanwinters
08-29-2017, 08:44 PM
I don't think this will be anywhere near as comprehensive as it could/should be.

Yeah, I was hoping this might have an official involvement with the Playmates Toys archival department. Now THAT would be a book I'd buy!

tmntman
08-29-2017, 11:09 PM
Yeah, I was hoping this might have an official involvement with the Playmates Toys archival department. Now THAT would be a book I'd buy!

From what I know, there is no archival department at Playmates Toys.

Ninjinister
08-30-2017, 12:36 AM
From what I know, there is no archival department at Playmates Toys.

I can add my experience in trying to get in touch with such a department as having been useless.

oldmanwinters
08-30-2017, 04:00 PM
From what I know, there is no archival department at Playmates Toys.

I can add my experience in trying to get in touch with such a department as having been useless.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkP_oMe-rWw#t=00m27s

inaheap
08-31-2017, 12:56 PM
I thought he said some where that Playmates was supporting him. I could be wrong.

tmntman
08-31-2017, 05:55 PM
I thought he said some where that Playmates was supporting him. I could be wrong.

After he launched the Kickstarter I contacted a rep at Playmates to make them aware of the project. They did send back a response in support of the project. But to my knowledge, they were not involved with the project previously.

TheCanadiandrome
09-06-2017, 04:12 PM
Missed my chance on this, but Grats to all who got involved

tmntman
09-20-2017, 04:33 PM
Does the book only cover the toys and statues?

I would love a book that covered everything and anything you could possibly find. Clothing, bootlegs, food tie-ins, prototypes, dollar store merchandise over the years, books, movies, games and so forth. Everything! :tcool:


edit: forgot Convention Exclusives and mail away/fan club stuff.

You might want to order this: Ninja Turtles Collectibles (https://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Collectables/dp/1445665603)

It's not comprehensive or even close to it. But it does dedicate most of the book to non-toy merchandise.

Panther10
12-06-2017, 06:14 PM
So this book should begin shipping soon. Anybody think that their copy of this book will be waiting for them under the Christmas tree? I know there have been a number of setbacks because of the new format and the hurricanes too managed to slow everything down. But I wonder if that managed to delay the release at all.

wpugh2424
12-06-2017, 06:46 PM
Are there any extra that anyone knows about
Would love to grab one

Roseangelo
12-07-2017, 04:34 PM
I would not expect this to land before Christmas. Nickelodeon has actually picked up this book to publish it officially. Backers will still get whatever they pledged for, but I assume there will be an extra delay in the publishing process.

oldmanwinters
12-07-2017, 04:36 PM
I would not expect this to land before Christmas. Nickelodeon has actually picked up this book to publish it officially. Backers will still get whatever they pledged for, but I assume there will be an extra delay in the publishing process.

Haha, sounds like I made a decent decision to pass on the fan-funding. :tcool:

Even at a retail price, I can't say for sure that I'm sold on this thing. I do hope folks like tOkKa, who clearly contributed lots of his own scans are gonna get compensated.

Ninjinister
12-07-2017, 05:04 PM
Nickelodeon has actually picked up this book to publish it officially.

Oh, word? That's the first I've heard of that!

I'm fine with a delay if it's official.

DonnieLaForge
12-07-2017, 06:04 PM
Hmm, it would be nice if we could get a proper backer update about this news...

Ninjinister
12-07-2017, 06:09 PM
Hmm, it would be nice if we could get a proper backer update about this news...

For some reason, even the most transparent of people have the toughest time updating their Kickstarter news feeds.

funatic
12-07-2017, 06:37 PM
That's interesting to hear it's being officially published. Gives me a little more hope for the proofing on the final product.

Powder
12-07-2017, 07:15 PM
Unless the proofing is being done by people from here (or of similar passion/knowledge) I wouldn't get my hopes too high. :tlol:

Roseangelo
12-07-2017, 07:31 PM
Even at a retail price, I can't say for sure that I'm sold on this thing. I do hope folks like tOkKa, who clearly contributed lots of his own scans are gonna get compensated.

Indications from Tokka point to yes, although I don't know specifics.

TheMasterTurtle
12-08-2017, 07:59 AM
Hmm, it would be nice if we could get a proper backer update about this news...

While I donít have the link, we were sent an update about all those things about a month ago

DonnieLaForge
12-08-2017, 12:13 PM
While I donít have the link, we were sent an update about all those things about a month ago

Yes, I have the update you speak of. It's very vague and doesn't mention Nickelodeon and basically says "can't talk about it now, maybe official release in future, not sure of dates, something something".

So not exactly the latest if what's been posted here is correct.

Rewdog
12-08-2017, 02:17 PM
We are due a decent update considering the book is due this month. If we don't get one soon, questions need to be asked. All for giving people space to crack on but fair is fair.

RaphaelinSTL
12-08-2017, 11:02 PM
I would not expect this to land before Christmas. Nickelodeon has actually picked up this book to publish it officially. Backers will still get whatever they pledged for, but I assume there will be an extra delay in the publishing process.

Hrmm. Besides what was vaguely mentioned in the last month email update, what confirmation is there that Nickelodeon picked this up?

TheMasterTurtle
12-09-2017, 07:20 AM
Yes, I have the update you speak of. It's very vague and doesn't mention Nickelodeon and basically says "can't talk about it now, maybe official release in future, not sure of dates, something something".

So not exactly the latest if what's been posted here is correct.

Hrmm. Besides what was vaguely mentioned in the last month email update, what confirmation is there that Nickelodeon picked this up?

Yeah while I dont doubt there might be some official involvement now, there hasnt been full disclosure of all the detail. Im sure part of it is an inability to share certain information however it does make one question how the involvement will change release times and I guess price? If I paid for the basic tier and there were going to be 500 books produced, now with the license holder involved I would think the book would have a larger number of books published, thus bringing the price down. Itll be a a little bothersome if I could get the same thing for $20 cheaper on Amazon with an official release.

RaphaelinSTL
12-09-2017, 08:31 AM
Yeah while I dont doubt there might be some official involvement now, there hasnt been full disclosure of all the detail. Im sure part of it is an inability to share certain information however it does make one question how the involvement will change release times and I guess price? If I paid for the basic tier and there were going to be 500 books produced, now with the license holder involved I would think the book would have a larger number of books published, thus bringing the price down. Itll be a a little bothersome if I could get the same thing for $20 cheaper on Amazon with an official release.

Yeah, I agree. At this point, until it actually comes from the official Kickstarter page I'm going to assume it's just rumors. His updates tend to always be once a month towards the beginning of the month, so I'm hoping he'll be sending something our way soon.

DonnieLaForge
12-09-2017, 09:02 AM
Well, if you buy it cheaper off Amazon your name & photo won't be in the back so at least there's that...unless Nick gives that section the axe in the official version which I could see them doing.

RaphaelinSTL
12-09-2017, 09:06 AM
Well, if you buy it cheaper off Amazon your name & photo won't be in the back so at least there's that...unless Nick gives that section the axe in the official version which I could see them doing.

Exactly ... that was another big selling point of the fan involvement for this thing for me too. Again, it's just very vague information until something official comes out so I'm going to assume it's business as usual until we hear otherwise.

MikeandRaph87
12-09-2017, 09:54 AM
I am interesting in this. What do you all think of this that bought it already? I was wondering if it was worth the purchase. If so I will get it off of Amazon.

Ninjinister
12-09-2017, 01:09 PM
S'not out yet mate. Nobody has one.

Powder
12-09-2017, 01:24 PM
People really should read the threads they post in.

MikeandRaph87
12-09-2017, 07:14 PM
If it is not out yet then why does it say its in stock? I looked it up after I discovered this thread earlier this week and it showed as in stock.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1445665603/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

wpugh2424
12-09-2017, 07:44 PM
I don't believe that Is the Kickstarter book

RaphaelinSTL
12-09-2017, 07:57 PM
I don't believe that Is the Kickstarter book

Itís not ... two totally different books.

Ninjinister
12-09-2017, 08:42 PM
If it is not out yet then why does it say its in stock? I looked it up after I discovered this thread earlier this week and it showed as in stock.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1445665603/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

That's not this book. The book being discussed here is a massive encyclopedia depicting over 3500 action figures, statuettes, and the like. The book you linked covers more than just toys, but doesn't go as in-depth.

MikeandRaph87
12-09-2017, 08:58 PM
I don't believe that Is the Kickstarter book

RaphaelinSTL cleared me up in PM. It is odd having something similar coming out the same quarter of the same year. That is what confused me when looking for the product advertised in the kickstarter. Also, to clarify I did not have time to read every single post which may have added to the mix up.

RaphaelinSTL
12-18-2017, 04:45 PM
New update went out today. Book is expected to see a release date of February now. He mentions Nickelodeon, but only that they're expecting a copy like us.

Everyone, I sincerely apologize for the radio silence on here this past month. This update should address everything. First, let me say that no one is more eager to receive the book than me. There is also Nickelodeon, along with you backers, waiting to receive a copy.

Originally, I planned on receiving the books in late December to ship out after Christmas going into January. However, I decided to adjust the book a relaunched the campaign. So everyone gets the same material and information in a sleeker refined book. The revision alone took 4-6 weeks. In addition to that, my area and home were severely affected by the hurricane as everyone knows. All of this pushed the book back 4-6 weeks. The problem is, printing in late November is the busiest time of the year. So, the printing queue was pushed back due to other orders from other businesses.

The book cover - As always, I had one mission with the book. It was to create one of the greatest action figure books ever made. So, I chose to have an embossed cover. Embossed meaning that you can feel the skin and grooves on the cover graphics. One side in particular features NECA movie Raph. I believed that this addition would take the book up another notch. The embossing process took longer than expected.

Blister Packaging - I also envisioned this book with a blister or foil packaging. The blister packaging process involves a molding process. This process is done by an entirely different company. They have to actually make a custom mold that will support the book weight and card back.

I could not update anyone with any new shipping dates because everything was ongoing in real time. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, trust me I'm working day and night to make this memorable. So please keep in mind that this will not be an ordinary book. Honestly, there may less than 50 additional copies available for purchase. The value and eBay resell prices maybe 4 to 6 times the price you have paid.

As for anyone with any doubts about the books, Iíve attached photos of book printing in the past. Iíve printed over 13,000 books and magazines independently. Every book, magazine, and project has sold out. This is by far the smallest print run that I've ever done. The shipping process for these will be a breeze. It is the holiday printing, packaging, logistics, and possible customs inspections that might cause delays.

Again, I know that everyone is upset, but please understand that the books will be worth the wait. The new timeline for the books to arrive will be in February. Once they arrive, I will fly out and ship the books accordingly. It really depends on how fast customs can clear the cargo. Customs can take as little as 1 week or up to 7 weeks for clearance. From there it is transported to a holding warehouse for pickup. From there, it is then picked up by me and my crew and then shipped from a rented space or warehouse. I will keep everyone updated on the entire process. I will also have a proper review and photos of the soon to arrive samples.

Raptor86
12-19-2017, 06:05 AM
It's a Kickstarter campaign, delays are expected. Especially after a hurricane...

Panther10
12-19-2017, 08:58 AM
Yeah. And to be honest we should be pretty grateful that despite these setbacks, the release date has only been pushed back by about 7-8 weeks. That delay could have been a lot more substantial.

Roseangelo
12-20-2017, 08:44 PM
If it is not out yet then why does it say its in stock? I looked it up after I discovered this thread earlier this week and it showed as in stock.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1445665603/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

That is not the book we are talking about. No idea what is in that.

RaphaelinSTL
02-19-2018, 10:55 AM
Alright ... now this is worrisome.

It's almost the end of February (the timeline of when the books were expected to be released) and we haven't gotten any updates since December.

I can be patient (Last year, I waited six months for a vinyl that was supposed to be delivered in two weeks) but at least some kind of updates would be nice. I know this is usually the norm for some kickstarters, but I'm hoping we hear something soon.

DonnieLaForge
02-19-2018, 11:19 AM
Been wondering about this myself the past few days.
We might already be past the point of getting money back out of Kickstarter...

RaphaelinSTL
02-19-2018, 11:34 AM
Been wondering about this myself the past few days.
We might already be past the point of getting money back out of Kickstarter...

I think so as well. I looked into his other Kickstarters and it seemed those were delayed a bit as well, but ultimately ... I just want the thing as opposed to a refund. =/

Hopefully we get some news within the next few days.

Roseangelo
02-19-2018, 08:52 PM
Been wondering about this myself the past few days.
We might already be past the point of getting money back out of Kickstarter...

You obviously don't understand how Kickstarter works. It's not a retail shop that offers refunds.

Ninjinister
02-19-2018, 09:02 PM
Bruh.

I've had Kickstarters go two years without an update and it finally came out eventually.

Spidergreg
02-19-2018, 10:14 PM
I'm late to the party but can i just buy the book?

DonnieLaForge
02-19-2018, 10:39 PM
You obviously don't understand how Kickstarter works. It's not a retail shop that offers refunds.

My wife runs her own Kickstarters, but I don't get involved. The campaign owner can certainly issue refunds. But I know how credit card disputes over goods promised and not received work, broski!

You may be interested to read about the 2015 Washington state ruling about crowdfunding theft.

There's nothing wrong with a delay. There's something MAJORLY WRONG with someone taking money from numerous people on a promise and then not finding the 5 minutes to write even a small update for a nearly two month period.

Panther10
02-19-2018, 10:47 PM
Is there anyway we can contact him directly via a direct email or phone number? Seems like we should at least have that right in the event that this delay keeps up.

tmntman
02-19-2018, 10:59 PM
I'm late to the party but can i just buy the book?

That is unknown. In theory and based on what was said in the Kickstarter, the plan was to print enough books for the backers and a minimum number of extras to cover any issues with copies lost in shipment, print errors etc... There would be a few extras, but you probably wouldn't get a chance to buy another.

utromx
02-20-2018, 10:40 AM
Is there anyway we can contact him directly via a direct email or phone number? Seems like we should at least have that right in the event that this delay keeps up.

thetmntbook@gmail.com That is the email I used when talking to him before the Kickstarter was finished.

mikezilla2
02-21-2018, 09:32 AM
So this is unobtainable ?

only Just Found out about this

tmntman
02-21-2018, 12:46 PM
So this is unobtainable ?

only Just Found out about this

That has yet to be determined. The plan for the Kick Starter campaign did not include inventory for a wider release. But I suspect that there will be a few people who change their minds about the book by the time it comes out and will be looking to sell a copy. And there was some talk from the person running the campaign that Kevin Eastman may have been buying copies in bulk to sign/sell at conventions as well as rumblings Nickelodeon getting involved, so perhaps it will see a more official release later.

Spidergreg
02-21-2018, 06:35 PM
The problem with these kinda book is........... it gets outdated.

http://www.tmnttoys.com/ to the rescue !!!

TheCanadiandrome
02-22-2018, 04:41 PM
well anyone who got this book good luck, I wish i'd have scooped it up

wpugh2424
02-22-2018, 06:24 PM
well anyone who got this book good luck, I wish i'd have scooped it up

Me too bruhman

RaphaelinSTL
02-23-2018, 04:06 PM
New update went out this afternoon ...

Hello everyone. I apologize for the late update. I will address each of your questions and concerns over the weekend directly. As far as he next update, that will come Monday or Tuesday of next week.

I'm not sure if any of you are familiar with Chinese New Year, but it's a massive holiday. It is unlike any national holiday of ours here in the states. China is a huge country by population and has complex travel roads /routes roads due to mountains.

Chinese New year for one is celebrated for weeks to a month (3-6 weeks) by most. The factories usually shut down a few weeks prior to the holiday to allow time for travel. Another thing is that it has no set date. Last year it was celebrated in January and this year it is February. I've attached photos and information about the holiday straight from Google. I've also posted an article that explains the holiday.

I will have an update for everyone Monday or Tuesday since we are on opposite time zones. I will also answer all questions and emails sent this weekend directly by Monday of next week. Trust, the book will be worth the wait.

https://i.warosu.org/data/tg/img/0392/98/1428838367439.jpg

Toitlefan
02-23-2018, 05:41 PM
I received that email also. Was the whole Chinese New Year thing supposed to be some kind of excuse why itís late? I didnít have a good feeling while reading that. It felt like a distraction although supposedly next week we should get a proper update.

DonnieLaForge
02-25-2018, 08:45 AM
It's why he has no new information, he must be using a Chinese factory for part of this. I have experience with this and can tell you it's true. If you have work in the pipeline with a Chinese factory, then for what feels like almost an entire month each year they do literally ALL shut down and there is nobody to answer any inquires whatsoever. Then one day they all magically come to life again as if nothing happened. I think that day is actually going to be tomorrow this year, or soon anyway. They've been shut down for most of February.

Still, that doesn't explain why there was no update in January. If I ran this project I'd be sending an update at LEAST once a month, even if there was no news to report, because the fact that I wasn't dead or running off to the Turks and Caicos with all my Kickstarter money would itself be an update.

RaphaelinSTL
03-02-2018, 08:33 AM
Welp ... a full week with no new information. Ugh.

oldmanwinters
03-02-2018, 08:40 AM
Welp ... a full week with no new information. Ugh.

I'm a backer of the TMNT Blood Brothers fan film. It often goes dark, information-wise. And it doesn't bother me at all.

Lordmylar06
03-09-2018, 10:12 AM
I got an email with a new update this morning:

"Instead of the traditional update, I wanted to email everyone directly. In my last update, I explained about the delay in the shipment, mainly due to the Chinese New Year holiday schedule, which itself is a month long holiday where everything is shut down. The books did not make the sail cut-off date as posted in the last update. This was due to a multitude of issues from shipment scheduling to a packaging issue. Originally I wanted to use a blister packaging, but in the end, it would have delayed the books even further. There was another delay with the molds and transporting them to the manufacturer. Therefore, I made the conscious decision and opted for a foil-like packaging that is often used with trading cards and blind box vinyl. It is still unique. It consists of a simple heat seal and looks amazing.

No one is more upset about the delays than I am. As upset as I am, it does not change the issue at hand. I did not want to give an update without concrete confirmation. I had to personally make sure that there were no further delays before updating you this time. So here it is.

I do have confirmation now that they will be shipped this week. Mailing the books by air is not feasible, the weight of the books and price would cost more than the amount raised. So now it is again a waiting game. However, I ensure you that there will not be any other shipment delays from overseas. Shipment to the US will be 6-7 weeks (roughly two months) after which they will be processed by customs.

The proper unveiling of the book is also finally upon us with the proper packaging. Again, it will be by one of the biggest YouTube vloggers. I will be doing a final review of the extras and the packaging in about three weeks, maybe sooner.

I think I have addressed everything here. However, my contact number is below for anyone who feels the need to reach out. The purpose of the number is for the same purpose of the personal email. I could have done a general update, but I am emailing directly. This is by far my most rigorous project to date. Mainly due to the pressure that I put on myself. There will be a many execs awaiting the book. So I created something that both your and Nickelodeon would be proud of. This book, especially this version will never be available again. I could not be happier with the final project and soon you will appreciate it as well.

Finally, I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding through this situation which will hopefully be resolved soon

Best Regards,"

I'm not including his number, but I did want to share the new information.

Panther10
03-09-2018, 11:04 AM
Christ, at this rate we wont see the book until June or July....

eastlos217
05-15-2018, 02:18 PM
well i hope you all get it soon. i missed out, but definitely want a copy of it too =/ as soon as someone gets it please post. curious on how it came out.

DonnieLaForge
06-12-2018, 12:41 PM
I don't know what to make of the current situation with this. Anybody?

RaphaelinSTL
06-12-2018, 01:18 PM
I don't know what to make of the current situation with this. Anybody?

Hell, the last I heard update nearly a month ago ... it's a little obnoxious that we're nearly a full year almost.

Backers, I apologize for the late update. It has been a long week. I did not make it home in time for a proper update with photos. There will be two important updates over the next week or two. This week, I will post an update on spreads and photos that outline the entire book. The following update will be photos of the physical book. I know that everyone is anxious and many may have concerns about the book, but trust it will be worth the wait.

There have hundreds of emails about obtaining a copy or extra copy of the book. There may be less than 40-50 books leftover. Many books have been promised to individuals that helped with the project. The other remaining copies will be made available to current backers and individuals who emailed shortly after the campaign. I want to thank all of you for your patience and understanding. Trust, the final book will be worth the wait. More photos of the spreads are coming this week.

^^^ This was on May 20th.

Who knows if they'll drop this summer, I'm not even holding my breath for this fall either.

tmntman
06-12-2018, 05:14 PM
I got an email from Jay last week saying that he should have books in hand in 9-10 days. So hopefully we will see progress shortly.

wpugh2424
06-12-2018, 08:28 PM
I really want one of these books ��

I Crave Pizza No More
06-13-2018, 11:28 AM
I don't mind the wait, but the poor/often misleading communication has been frustrating. Hopefully the book lives up to its potential.

DonnieLaForge
06-14-2018, 07:52 PM
Well, the book pics came out in an update today. Finally! Looking good to me...nice embossed slipcase with NECA 1990 Raph face on the front and shell on the back! Sad to see they are only the samples though...makes me think we could be waiting a lot longer.

I Crave Pizza No More
06-14-2018, 08:46 PM
Well, the book pics came out in an update today. Finally! Looking good to me...nice embossed slipcase with NECA 1990 Raph face on the front and shell on the back! Sad to see they are only the samples though...makes me think we could be waiting a lot longer.

If they're samples, then perhaps it means they're ready to do the mass printing. I have no idea how long that sort of thing happens, but I'm hopeful that we'll get these by the end of the summer.

tmntman
06-14-2018, 10:54 PM
If they're samples, then perhaps it means they're ready to do the mass printing. I have no idea how long that sort of thing happens, but I'm hopeful that we'll get these by the end of the summer.

My understanding is that the books have been printed. These were samples from that production run which would have been shipped out by a faster method to be used for promotion. (There would be no reason to produce 30 copies if it were only a test print.) So the rest should already be en route. Though it's hard to guess how long it might be before they actually arrive to be processed and shipped.

easyemoney
06-15-2018, 12:46 AM
pictures looked good to me, and I even saw my name on the backer page

Dragnskull
06-17-2018, 03:55 AM
for anyone interested I ordered 2 of these and have been considering selling one. Not 100% sure if I will or not, but if you missed out shoot me an offer and I'll take it into consideration

Nortock Diab
06-18-2018, 05:57 AM
A few pictures from the most recent update:

https://i12.servimg.com/u/f12/19/48/76/20/1ere10.jpg https://i12.servimg.com/u/f12/19/48/76/20/4eme10.jpg https://i12.servimg.com/u/f12/19/48/76/20/int10.jpg

NAG!!!
06-18-2018, 02:56 PM
:teek: upload more picture please!!!!!!

eastlos217
06-18-2018, 03:42 PM
i wish they showed carded variants too. idk how i feel about the loose pictures =/

Cyrian
06-20-2018, 10:00 AM
i wish they showed carded variants too. idk how i feel about the loose pictures =/

And it doesn't look like any accessories either. That was one of the more useful parts of some of the Transformers figure encyclopedias out there. =/

I Crave Pizza No More
06-20-2018, 10:08 AM
And it doesn't look like any accessories either. That was one of the more useful parts of some of the Transformers figure encyclopedias out there. =/

That's a good point, and a missed opportunity.

mikey see
06-20-2018, 10:08 AM
Is that the full extent of the listing for each figure? If so, that's pretty darn bare-bones. The photos aren't great either.

Maybe someone can convince Mark Bellomo to tackle a TMNT book.

TheCanadiandrome
06-20-2018, 03:47 PM
A few pictures from the most recent update:

https://i12.servimg.com/u/f12/19/48/76/20/1ere10.jpg https://i12.servimg.com/u/f12/19/48/76/20/4eme10.jpg https://i12.servimg.com/u/f12/19/48/76/20/int10.jpg

dayum! me like :o

DonnieLaForge
06-21-2018, 03:09 PM
And it doesn't look like any accessories either. That was one of the more useful parts of some of the Transformers figure encyclopedias out there. =/

Supposedly there was going to be a section full of packaging. If it's exhaustive, which who knows if it will be (or even if that section made the final cut), the card backs will show accessories. Although often times the actual accessory differed from what was pictured.

Panther10
07-23-2018, 11:22 PM
Never thought I'd be on the verge of owning this years SDCC TMNT exclusive before this encyclopedia arrived when it was first announced. And yet, here we are.....

RaphaelinSTL
07-24-2018, 02:25 PM
Yeah, this is getting god damn ridiculous.

I'm sure we won't get these till winter at the earliest.

wpugh2424
07-25-2018, 08:03 PM
I'm still looking for one of these
Hoping there will be some left over

cloud
07-26-2018, 02:37 PM
I'm still looking for one of these
Hoping there will be some left over

Me too. Missed out on the early chances.

Sabacooza
07-26-2018, 03:00 PM
Front and back covers look cool but the interior pages look boring. There's too much negative space and it looks incomplete. It's still cool that this is being done though.

Danakin
07-26-2018, 06:05 PM
I'm still looking for one of these
Hoping there will be some left over

If I ever get mine I'll most likely be turning around and selling it. This project got progressively worse with each update, not even counting the never ending delays. It's visually uninteresting and empty in design and, most likely, actual content. The vintage line looks to be represented by 1" thumbnail images of each toy. I mean really, dude?

eastlos217
07-27-2018, 10:07 AM
If I ever get mine I'll most likely be turning around and selling it. This project got progressively worse with each update, not even counting the never ending delays. It's visually uninteresting and empty in design and, most likely, actual content. The vintage line looks to be represented by 1" thumbnail images of each toy. I mean really, dude?

yea i agree. it sucks that its only one thumbnail image. it would be nice to see the cardback, and variations. especially for the price and long wait.

Danakin
07-28-2018, 05:24 PM
Personally, I feel that the vintage line should have been the focus of a book like this. Sure, the newer stuff is neat to have in it (and sure is easier to find photos of, which seems to have been his priority) but I could have done without in exchange for an exhaustive, all inclusive look at the vintage toy line.

DonnieLaForge
08-06-2018, 10:56 AM
Check every nook and cranny of your e-mail inboxes, folks. An update went out on an unofficial channel, via MailChimp, NOT from KickStarter, about this book. August 4th, subject: TMNT BOOK KICKSTARTER.

First of all it sounds like Nickelodeon's involvement was more of a "what the heck do you think you're doing, we need to discuss laws" situation than a "wow what a cool book lets throw our support behind it" situation as it was sort of made to sound originally.

The most important update is that now these are apparently being redirected on the water to a Miami port, and as such, the new "arrival date" is late November. I suspect by arrival he does not mean arrival to our homes, but arrival to Miami.

Also important: there is a link to a web form for backers to submit their address for shipping. I presume we all need to find the e-mail and follow the link and do this or we will not receive anything.

The author will be shipping them out one by one manually with the help of some friends and will use this information to link up what he has from the KS DB with the delivery info. Having known people who have run KickStarters it is correct that the sellers need to collect this information, and it is true that sometimes they use a 3rd party backerkit to do so, but this does not look like backerkit. Some people in the comments section of the KS are complaining that this looks shady. I think I understand why.. trying to keep the final part of this more under the radar per settling with Nick to avoid losing the books entirely would be my guess. But I believe it to be legit and will fill it out. But I won't link it here so that you will have to find your own e-mail and make your own decision and not have me to blame.

Anyway, what a ride, and now we are asked to wait 3-4 additional months.

I noticed the e-mail opens up with a picture of the 2019 calendar that is to be included with the book. The very first photo shows a giant typo in the month name "FEBURARY"... d'oh. I hope that is not a sign of typos galore in the book (spoiler alert, it probably is)...

I still think this will be pretty awesome, if we get it. I can even see my photo in the little THANK YOU page pic in the e-mail. Apparently the author had early access to Rise and other figures so there are some new things that made the cut.

Lordmylar06
08-06-2018, 02:44 PM
Check every nook and cranny of your e-mail inboxes, folks. An update went out on an unofficial channel, via MailChimp, NOT from KickStarter, about this book. August 4th, subject: TMNT BOOK KICKSTARTER.



I've received no such email.

I Crave Pizza No More
08-06-2018, 04:01 PM
I've received no such email.

I'll check again, but I didn't see it, either.

TheMasterTurtle
08-06-2018, 04:33 PM
I saw it this morning and it was stuck in my spam. Be sure to check there

Nortock Diab
08-07-2018, 04:05 AM
It was in my SPAM too.
I really don't know what to think at this point. I'm not particularly encline in filling this new form...

By the way, I can see my picture too in the "Thank you" double-page.