Beasts of the Mesozoic: Ceratopsian Series Action Figures

Created by David Silva

Beasts of the Mesozoic: Ceratopsians- a line of scientifically accurate dinosaur action figures with elaborate detail and articulation

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Credit Cards to be Charged for BackerKit-funded Items Tomorrow, All Printed Rewards Shipped, and More Fine-Cut Figures!
7 months ago – Thu, Feb 06, 2020 at 05:03:25 PM

Credit Cards to be Charged Tomorrow for BackerKit-Funded Items

Wow, can you believe it's already February? And yes that means it's almost time for credit cards to be charged for the orders containing BackerKit-funded add-on items (Feb. 7th). 

If you've already paid with Paypal this will not effect you, but for those using a credit card that have added items funded in BackerKit (you can check the preorder store to see which figures this applies to), please be sure that your payment information is correct as this charge will be essential for funding the manufacturing of the figures.

Click the image to go to the BackerKit Preorder Store

The Ceratopsian figures will remain available to pre-order on BackerKit at the current pricing until they are in-stock, however preorders will be charged within 24 hrs as of tomorrow. Once in-stock, the items will be available at creative-beast.com at the regular retail price.

All Printed Rewards and Pins Shipped!

I'm happy to announce that as of today, all of the printed rewards and pins have shipped to backers!

In addition, all of those who ordered calendars should have them by now.  The final shipments are on their way so if you don't have your rewards yet, no need to worry as they should be arriving within a week or so. If you'd like to know the status of your shipment, please private message me. 

There are still a few calendars, post cards and prints left and these will be added to my creative-beast.com shop soon.

More Fine-Cut Posed Figure Photos

I'm still in the process of going over all of the fine-cut figures prepping them for tooling. Here's a look at some more exciting poses!

Chasmosaurus belli
Spiclypeus shipporum
Kosmoceratops richardsoni
Regaliceratops peterhewsi
Styracosaurus albertensis
Triceratops horridus (sub-adult)

 I've been adding these images to a new gallery on my web page. Click here to see more fine-cut photos! Keep an eye on my social media as I begin showing off the 'big boys' next week.

Triceratops Fine-Cut Review Video

I posted another fine-cut review video recently for the Triceratops horridus (sub-adult) figure. You'll want to check it out the poseabilty on this guy!

BotM Styracosaurus Skin Now Available for JWE PC Game

Kickstarter backer Nicolas Alt Sabin has created this amazing skin of the Beasts of the Mesozoic Styracosaurus for the Jurassic World Evolution PC game,  done on a great model by 'Blackfrog'. Click the image below for the download link!

Click the image to download the skin for JWE

 See this magnificent beast in-action here!


Next Update Preview- 'Package Art Process'

Nasutoceratops thumbnails by Raul Ramos

 Later this month I'll be posting a look at the process that went into the incredible package art created for the Beasts of the Mesozoic: Ceratopsian Series. You won't want to miss all of the fantastic art that went into creating these illustrations!

That will do it for now- until next time everyone!

David

New Fine-Cuts Photos, 1st Articulation Video, and Printed Items/Pins are Shipping Now!
8 months ago – Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 11:57:23 PM

Fine-Cut Update

All fine-cut figures for Wave 1 and part of Wave 2 (Body types 1, 2, 3, and misc.) are now in-hand and they're looking great! I'm still in the approval process with the factory and will be making some slight modifications to articulation, but I'm happy to say that everything is looking very promising overall!

 I'm still in the process of taking photos and videos of these figures before sending them back to China to be used for the tooling molds (stay tuned to my social media for all of the latest on that) but for now here's a sampling of what I have so far.

Protoceratops (vs. Velociraptor)
Psittacosaurus
Zuniceratops
Nasutoceratops
Diabloceratops
Monoclonius
Avaceratops
Einiosaurus

 And for an example of how the articulation will work with these figures, I made this short video with the Zuniceratops fine-cut. I plan to follow this up later with videos of the other body types as well.

 In addition to this set, I have confirmation that the fine-cuts for the Body 4 and Body 5 figure types will be arriving this week!


Printed Items Are On the Way!


Quick update for those expecting print/ pin rewards- About 1/3rd of the printed item rewards (including Pins) have shipped now, with the rest expected to be shipped by early February.

Print rewards and Monoclonius Enamel Pins are shipping this month!

That's all for now. I'll be sure to send out a reminder about the February 7th credit card charge for add-on items along with more fine-cut photos and videos in the next update.

Take care everyone- until next time!

David

First Look at Production Progress- Nasutoceratops Fine Cut, Final Tooling Parts Breakdown, and More!
9 months ago – Fri, Dec 13, 2019 at 12:58:14 AM

 First Fine-Cut Photos- Nasutoceratops

All of the parts for the Beasts of the Mesozoic: Ceratopsian Series are now with the tooling factory and fine cut figures are being worked on now.

Fine Cut?

A fine-cut is the very first stage of production in which the parts I created for the figures are duplicated and refined for detail and engineered for maximum range of motion at the articulation points. 

 For figure construction, I create a parts layout like the one below, for each figure. The parts are all designated with a letter/ number name so that they can be referenced throughout the process as needed.

 This particular fine-cut was without it's correct neck at the time of construction, so the next best neck was used for now, hence why it looks slightly longer than it's prototype. However this will be revised on the next version.

 The joints have all been added and the the horns are now removeable so that they can be injected in a softer plastic for the final version. The 'cheeks' will also need to be adjusted to fill the gap when the mouth is opened. Fine cuts usually require one or two rounds of revisions before being approved.

 Once a fine cut is approved, those parts will be used to create the metal tooling molds from which the final action figures will be made from.

As mentioned all of the Ceratopsian Series parts are with the tooling factory. Here's a look at every piece they have now, grouped according to those figures which share parts.

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You may notice that the Triceratops has two different sets of horns. The idea is that the two sets will be interchangeable allowing you to display the figure as a younger adult or an older adult. However, I want to be sure this interchangeability can be done without detracting from the aesthetics of the final design. Normally there would be a nice break from the keratin horn to the scaly skin texture, but with the Triceratops, the face is all keratin so I want to be sure that we can keep the seams as minimal as possible if the horns are to be interchangeable. If this can be achieved, then we will proceed with the two sets of horns.

 A Final Farewell to the Ceratopsian Prototypes

While it happened a little later than expected, it finally came time recently to part with the work I've done for the past two years. These 25 hand-painted prototypes have concluded their service as display models and will now go on to be immortalized as the paint masters to be followed for creating their action figure offspring. 

Xenoceratops- where the line began.
Goodbye Pachy
Farewell my friends, may you all be the seeds for something much greater.

 Once these are received at the factory they will serve as the basis for how each figure is to be painted. First a set of 5-10 hand-painted samples will be created for each prototype. Upon my approval, these samples will be used by the various workers to follow for the mass production of each ceratopsian action figure. 

Credit Card charges for Kickstarter Surveys

As I'd stated previously, balances for Kickstarter-funded items added to surveys were charged as of the Dec. 4th lockdown, and the surveys are now locked. However, I was only able to charge for surveys not containing BackerKit-funded items as there doesn't seem to be a way to separate the Kickstarter items and the BackerKit items  within the same order as I had planned. Because of this, all orders containing BackerKit-funded items will be charged for the balance on February 7th along with the regular pre-orders. In the meantime, you may still make Paypal payments toward your balance if you click the 'Edit address' button on your survey order, but otherwise credit cards will not be charged for those surveys until February. Also, if you have a locked survey and would like to add to it before Feb. 7th, please private message me with your info and I can do this for you manually.

Group Shot!

Before I sent the Ceratopsian tribe on their way, I was able to get a shot of all 25 of them together at last! I've been looking forward to this scene for a long time- look at what we've achieved together!

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That will do it for now. Be sure to follow my up-to-date progress on social media:  Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And here's the pre-order store link: https://beasts-of-the-mesozoic.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/

Take care everyone, and happy holidays!

David

ALL ITEMS UNLOCKED AND FUNDED! BackerKit Surveys Due Today!
10 months ago – Wed, Dec 04, 2019 at 08:01:00 PM

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE! 

WE DID IT! All 25 Ceratopsian action figures are now funded and unlocked! I can't express enough gratitude for the support you all have brought to this endeavor. Thank you all so much!!

So it goes without saying, the adult Triceratops and the Tororsaurus are now officially UNLOCKED!

Click the image to go to the gallery
Click the image to go to the gallery

Survey Update

The Kickstarter surveys on BackerKit are now at 89% complete as of this post. I know some people need a little more time to get their selections in or have payments to sort out and that's fine, but I urge everyone who hasn't finalized their survey to do so as soon as possible so I can take an accurate count of the items needed for production as well as being sure that I have everyone's mailing addresses. If you never received a survey in your email or if you're having trouble finalizing your survey, please message me and I'll help you as soon as possible. Remember, your order will not be cancelled regardless of your survey status at lock down, so if anyone is having issues, there's no need to worry about losing anything. Since it seems like people need a little more time, I'll hold off on locking down surveys until later tonight. 

In closing...

It looks like we only needed another month to get the funding we required for all of these horned beasties and wow what an achievement this is to fund dinosaur figures like these! It's a great victory, but there's still plenty of exciting work to be done and I can't wait to share everything with you from the production process, to the package design, the fine cuts, painted samples and everything else related to this journey. What a day this is. 

Again, thank you all so much and until next time!

David

BackerKit Surveys Lock Down Tomorrow, Plus a look at the Finished Pentaceratops!
10 months ago – Tue, Dec 03, 2019 at 10:05:34 PM

*Surveys Lock Down Tomorrow*

If you haven't done so already, please be sure to finalize and submit your surveys by tomorrow. We're currently at 85% so let's get that number as close to 100% as possible by this time tomorrow. Even if you're not adding anything on, I still need everyone to confirm their address and I need to take final counts for production as well. 

BackerKit charges will begin tomorrow, but for those who have orders containing both Kickstarter-funded items and BackerKit funded items, it may take me a few days to separate the items, so some orders may not charge until later in the week. Remember if you stayed within your Kickstarter pledge credit and/or you only added BackerKit items, no charge will be necessary at this time. If a charge does not go through for some reason, no need to worry as your order will still remain in the system, but any balance will need to be paid as soon as possible. And for those who still have not received a survey via email or need a direct link to your order, please message me as soon as possible so we can get it sorted out. 

Finished Pentaceratops Prototype! 

As promised, here is the final finished prototype, Pentaceratops. I was able to get this one painted just in time for the survey lock down!

Click the image to go to the Pentaceratops gallery

Click here to see the full gallery!

We're only a stone's throw away from unlocking that adult Triceratops and then it's only another $15K to get to the Torosaurus! To check the status or share with potential backers, here's the preorder store link: https://beasts-of-the-mesozoic.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Thanks everyone- talk to you soon!

David