sole owner and sculptor Rocco Tartamella
once again is attempting to obtain funding through KICKSTARTER
to produce a new Capcom
officially licensed line of 6" scale detailed and articulated Street Fighter
action figures. We first told you about these figures back in January
and then again at the New York Toy Fair
. Since then Rocco has had a bit of a bumpy ride trying to make these figures a reality. After Toy Fair, Rocco apparently ran into a legal dispute with his former Capo Toys business partners, claiming they tried to remove him from the company. He states that he prevailed in court and is now the sole owner of the small start-up toy company. He even points to the public record of the legal proceedings about it here
After winning control of the company, Rocco then tried to launch a Kickstarter Campaign
last month to raise $85,000 so he could begin production on Ryu
, the first figure in his Street Fighter
line. The campaign ran for about a month but was not successful. Rocco managed to obtain only a little over $8,000 in pledged donations out of the $85,000 needed to see the campaign successfully funded.
Rocco, not willing to give up on his dream, is back again with a NEW KICKSTARTER
campaign. This time, he is looking to collect $550,000 in 60 days to fund the production of all five figures in the first series, which includes Ryu, Guile, Chun-Li, Sagat, Blanka
which will see an exclusive alternate blue costume version only available through the Kickstarter.
In addition to offering all five figures in the campaign (opposed to just Ryu), Rocco made it so anyone worldwide can contribute and created donation packages containing multiples of the figures probably in hopes of enticing retailer contributions.
Despite the failure of Rocco's first Kickstarter campaign, I am sure he is motivated somewhat by the success of other recent action figure Kickstarters such as the one done by Boss Fight Studios
where they managed to collect over $400,000 for their 4" line of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S.
figures or the campaign the Four Horsemen
ran for their Gothitropolis Ravens figures
which managed to bring in over $300,000.
Of course, both of those companies are a little more known within the ranks of the action figure collector community and were funding independent toy lines which meant they had more freedom on what they could offer as far as incentives go. Although Street Fighter
is a globally known name, it is a licensed brand held by Capcom
which has been known to impose strict guidelines on what a company can and cannot do with their brand. Another possible problem Rocco could face is that Capo Toys
is not the first company to do a line of detailed articulated Street Fighter figures in the 6-9" scale. While what little we have seen of Rocco's sculpts do look impressive, many collectors may already own action figure versions of these same characters from such companies as NECA, Jazzwares
and Sota Toys
who arguably had the most success with Street Fighter
right up to the point that they went out of business several years ago. Also Capo isn't the only game in town when it comes to Street Fighter figures. Sota Toy's original founder Jerry Macaluso
under his new company Pop Culture Shock
is about to launch a new line of 12" articulated Street Fighter figures
which he debuted last month at San Diego Comic Con. Granted the figures are in a different scale, but they are still something that is likely to compete for that hard earned consumer dollar among Street Fighter
Shown below are prototypes for Capo Toys'
first series of figures which range from 6"-9" in scale. Some of the figures will include soft-goods clothing like Sagat's
trunks, something unique to this scale of Street Fighter figures. If you would like to donate to the new KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
to see these figures made, CLICK HERE
! The campaign launched yesterday (8/26) and will run for 60 days. At the time of the writing of this article they had already received $4,921 in pledges. We wish Rocco and Capo Toys the best of luck with it.
And let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you think Rocco will succeed this time, why or why not?