Schleich-style Figurine Manufacturer

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fm1234
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13 Jun 11 09:41:03 pm
Any recommendations for a manufacturer who can make latex figurines such as are sold by Schleich, Papo, Safari etc? Ideally looking for someone who can handle fab, painting and packaging under one roof, but willing to split it up if I have to.


Frank


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irene_salehoo
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14 Jun 11 03:00:22 am
Hi Frank,

I've seen only one (off SaleHoo) that creates the end product -latex figurines Link hidden: Login to view

Others supply raw latex Link hidden: Login to view and Link hidden: Login to view

I will update this post when I get to see more. :)


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22 Jun 11 10:07:19 pm
Thanks Irene; unfortunately, Bullyland is another end-product brand like Schleich. I'm looking for someone that can actually manufacture my stuff. I have prototypes being created via Shapeways, but the cost going that route is astronomical, and the only finishing done has been by myself, which puts it in a perfect storm of incompetence and overpricedness (I am many wonderful things, but one of them is not "artistically inclined.) I went that route because I needed my prototypes ... which I now have ... but damned if I can find anyone who can make them into finished products for me.

Raw latex -- wouldn't know what to do with it, unfortunately. The molds and other aspects of creation are just out of my tech ability.

I appreciate you looking for me -- I guess I just need to set aside an evening to really dig into DHGate and other portal sites, see if I can find myself a manufacturer in there somewhere.


Frank


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24 Jul 11 05:54:51 pm
Just an update on this -- we have everything lined up now, aside from finish painters, and are working on that plus designing a full line. I've pitched a number of retailers who carry Schleich, Papo, Safari and/or Bullyland figures, and have had some commitments to carry and feature our products when they're available. I anticipate (and fervently hope) that we'll have our first retail products being put in front of consumers by the holiday season, which makes me estatic.

More germane to the spirit of this forum, I have been taking extremely detailed notes on the process, and plan to condense them into an ebook going into every stage, from what inspired me to come up with the product in the first place, to how I worked on determining potential consumer demand; trademark and copyright research (to make sure I wasn't getting into something that already existed, but of which I wasn't aware) building prototypes, canvassing manufacturers and cold calling retailers to get from idea to products on the shelves. I'm not selling anything -- this will be a free book, which I hope to have completed by spring of next year, assuming we get products on the shelves in time for Christmas.

I'm pretty excited about this -- I don't think it's going to make any money worth mentioning, but I do think that if successful it might well turn into a genuinely profitable business in the future. More noteworthy, if we can get products on the shelf by Christmas, this means that the entire timeline from idle thought to retail product will run about nine months. I had the idea in March, literally just a random "Wouldn't it be cool if...?" thought that I had while playing with my five-year-old. Assuming I don't do a lot of travel, particularly to China, I estimate that when all is said and done I'll have spent less than $5,000 on this proof-of-concept exercise, and made at least some of that back. This is not to go on about how awesome I am -- I hardly need any ego reinforcement -- but merely to try to drive home the point that possibilities are endless when you keep your eyes and mind open, and are willing to do a little work and take a little risk in furtherance of making things happen.

Did I mention I'm excited? :)


Frank


"Failure is not when you fall down. Failure is when you don't get back up."

--J.J. Luna
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25 Jul 11 01:36:20 am
Definitely awesome Frank (thumbs up) :) And you are not limited to the Christmas season, you can actually create items on the trend, like some Angry Birds for these days. :) Congratulations! Keep us updated!


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25 Jul 11 01:46:42 am
There are definitely opportunities like that, but my main focus has been on an extremely tight and focused niche that is absolutely unserved. I just want to get product available by the holiday season, as people do tend to load up on the Schleich/Papo/et al. stuff as last-minute gifts, and I'd like my stuff to be there alongside them.

Thanks for the cheer! I'm really suprised at how quickly it's come together.


Frank


"Failure is not when you fall down. Failure is when you don't get back up."

--J.J. Luna

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