Indeed, I was saying to one of the volunteers at TFN that the prototype was the only thing in that cabinet that I had any interest at all. Sadly I am not in a position to put anything into the kickstarter for these due to being "employmently challenged" at present. But I'd agree, it is fantastic to see at least some of the design talent that is out there actually getting to do something that is actually legal. Good to hear that it has hit the 30% mark, hope they manage to go the whole way.
It is great to see this kind of thing, and having seen them present this at two cons it's easy to get caught up in the idea; the physical prototype is really nice looking too. I'm just not that into bikes.
It's an interesting discussion, the idea of collectable original IP these days. These chaps are right in that fiction is a big part of bringing the characters to life, but what does it take to make someone entrenched in established toy lines to adopt another?
Cost really I suppose. I'd love to buy into the Acid Rain stuff, it looks awesome, but it costs so much because it has such low production runs. Similarly, the Greek mythology figures we see at cons also look awesome. The name is on the tip of my tongue.
Nostalgia is part of it too, I think. I'd buy those new Thundercats figures in a heart beat if I could actually get hold of them.
Great to see original robot stuff but the name means a straight 'no' from me. It might sound daft for I can swear like a trooper but I don't want cuss-words as the name of a toy line. Not big, not clever and highly juvenile. Big thumbs down.
The "back story" is so awful as to be off putting. The entire line is effectively all variants of one base toy, albeit with various features. There is little depth to this in my opinion. A novelty perhaps - but nothing more.
Its on the website but heres a bit of it The Unrustable Bastards - Outlaw Motorcycle Gang
An outlaw biker gang, responsible for various organised crimes among the outer worlds of the Robo Dominion Saga Universe. The gang has been around for millennia, and their one-percenter attitude keeps them on the fringes of society. They reject the ideology of the Oligarchy, and the laws of the Central System which constantly puts them at odds with the Enforcers and Police whenever they get to close to the central systems, or when the Oligarchy push towards the outer rim.
Originally the gang was just trying to get away from the central system and the laws of the Oligarchy when they headed towards the outer rim, but eventually survival and boredom led them to evolving into an Outlaw Club, and they spread across the outer colonies like wildfire.
The bond a Bastard has with his bike goes beyond that of a mere possession, or even family, it becomes something deeper and intrinsic to his core.
It takes a lot to be a Bastard, and if you want to get patched in, you’re gonna have to prove you’ve got what it takes.
True, it ain't much. But in fairness it is the first time they have tried to build an IP properly. And if the line is reusing the same base design at least they are trying to create something of their own here, rather than building on IP they have stolen from other folks. Everyone has to start somewhere.
I think it's fantastic this has funded. Given the number of failed attempts in recent years to do this kind of thing, you have to hand it to the UB team that they did their homework, communicated with the target market properly and went about this in the right way. Kudos to them for finding a way to get crowdfunding to support a new initiative in collectable transforming toys.
Good luck to them, I was sort of tempted by the $35 figure (something PWTT or what ever the ex-hasbro guys were called could have done with was a better entry level option), but in the end unsuprisingly the design style that isnt to my taste on many 3Ps still isn't to my taste on non IP infringing robot toys (which I really am glad to see being tried).
Plus if I did find myself liking the little guy I'm suddenly looking at $100 a figure for the big guys which would make the whole thing way to expensive for me. Not to mention some of them being kickstarter exclusives so it would be a pain in the backside to get hold of later on.
Yeah, I was never within seeing distance of being able to back this (and if I had that kind of money it would already have been committed to Reaper Miniatures Kickstarters last year and this anyway), but I am really pleased it exists and that it seems to be doing ok.