Capo Toys’ second Street Fighter Kickstarter going better than the first

Capo Toys, the would-be creator of a Street Fighter action figure line, has made a second attempt at crowdfunding their line after the original kickstarter campaign failed miserably (obtaining only US$8,079 of.its overly ambitious US$85,000 goal).

The new campaign offers up more of the line (instead of just Ryu) and is already at US$12,000+ in contributions although it still seems on track for failure given its ludicrous US$550,000 target. As for why the company needs funding in the first place, there was apparently a dispute among the partners where the group allegedly tried to cut out the company’s artist/co-founder, campaign creator Rocco Tartamel (who declined to return our emails).

To Tartamel’s credit, the packages are somewhat more enticing because you can select the specific characters you’re interested in rather than just buying a Ryu and hoping that your support will eventually help the others to appear. To Tartamel’s discredit, the goals for these campaigns seem almost completely out of touch with some other companies’ offerings. The Four Horsemen’s Gothitropolis Kickstarter, for instance, closed with over US$300,000 in pledges for the series *but* the company’s target was only US$65,000. Granted, the Gothitropolis stuff shared parts but, even comparing that to the original Ryu-only campaign, it came in twenty grand cheaper on the target. I’m assuming that at least part of the expense is tied into the fact that Tartamel doesn’t have the Horsemen’s existing infrastructure but something seems a bit off here.

I still wish Tartamel all the luck in the world and I’m strongly considering putting in a pledge for a Sagat, but I just can’t see this thing getting funded. It’s certainly not a bad line (it even features fabric clothing for added poseability!), it’s just that the targets don’t seem realistic.

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Capo Toys launches Street Fighter Kickstarter

Capo Toys has finally provided some release details for its Street Fighter line and… (wait for it…) it’s going through Kickstarter.

Ryu, the first figure in the line, now has an active Kickstarter campaign which, at the time of writing, is US$3,225 towards reaching its US$85,000 goal. There’s currently no word whether the entire line will be run through Kickstarter. The figures will feature over 19 points of articulation (mostly ball-joints) with a limited use of micro-fiber (including Ryu’s headband and belt, Sagat’s shorts, etc). While the wording is a little confusing, it appears that (at least) several versions of Ryu will be exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign including both solid-color artist proof editions.

Back when we first saw the prototypes back in January, I thought that the line looked really promising. I had never heard of Capo Toys, but I figured the company had to be pretty legit to land licensing from Capcom. As such, I’m more than a little surprised to see the company launch a Kickstarter. Here’s to hoping that it’ll get funded (there’s still plenty of time left and it’s a popular franchise) so we can see the later entries in the line.

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