Ranger Still Evolving!

After the price hike on our 1/6 scale wooden products, there has been a significant decline in sales, which was an expected and welcome change of events (see my last video update).

But sales didn’t’ stop completely. Especially for Ranger.  The slow-down has allowed me to devote more time on each of these armatures and focus my efforts on making subtle refinements. But also giving me the luxury of being far more picky with pieces that get approved for assembly.

Here are some images showing what these latest refinements look like. For the most part it’s cosmetic, such as getting a much cleaner and flush alignment between the magnets on the foot and toe with the base of the foot piece.  Design-wise the socked at the top of the torso changed substantially. I was really happy with the socket design I came up with for the A10-Ballerina so I borrowed it from her and gave it to Ranger as well.    Something that is also really helping is the different contact finish from glossy to matte.  This was something that showed up on the trim pieces because they were printed on a glossy surface and I’ve switched to matte.  It’s more difficult to do and more prone to failures, but it’s something I can afford to do now given the change in price.

So yeah, all in all very subtle stuff but I wanted to put this together to let you know I’ve always got my antennae up for potential ways in which the armature can improve. And any time I have a little bit of resource (be it time or financial) I tend to devote it to making improvements.  All of this then trickles out to all the sibling products over time so I’ve included some photos of those below as well.

Finally, perhaps the biggest change is that A9-Kid and A9-Teen come with articulated wooden hands instead of the plastic fists. The size of hand is still too big for those age groups but I’m sure I’ll work on shrinking them down in months ahead especially as I work and learn to make articulated hands for Rider.

OH! And all 1/6 scale purchases come with a life-time warranty (which is pretty freakin’ amazing if you think about it). Platforms come included as well.  And all those armatures priced at $300 and above come with a year subscription to our online content from which you can score monthly 50% off sales.   So in a way, if you were intending to buy lots of our products, our new approach to pricing may have just saved you a TON of money.

 

This is Ranger (xx). She’s looking more beautiful than ever!

This is the new quadruped design. The way the storefront will work is you’ll be able to select whichever head and neck combination you want.

This is the latest A9-Teen which now comes with articulated magnetic hands.

 

But of all the things I’ve helped bring into this world nothing will ever compare or come close to my children.  And as a “daddy” of two beautiful bottles of sunshine I know all too well the important role we (fathers) play in the life of children and how we help shape the next generation through our example. Even my own Dad whom is now a proud grandpa continues to be a father figure and supporting me in his own way. This weekend him and my Mom stopped by to take the kids for a few days so me and the misses could get some quiet time.

So to all the men out there that strive each day for the well-being of their children I say to you, Happy Father’s Day! Keep being awesome.

 

New products new prices

Hey all, just an FYI that we’ve got some new bipeds that will be unveiled tomorrow (a gorilla and a fictional monster).

Also, prices will be going up slightly for our 1/12 scale armatures and significantly for our 1/6 scale.

There is a 20%-OFF sale going on right now for our Patreon supporters (patreon.com/armaturenine). So even if you sign up for a month ($5) you’ll be able to save yourself lots of money if you intended on buying an armature this month. The sale ends on the 31st this month.

Goodbye Ranger?

Hey all, I just wanted to give you the heads up that we’re considering abandoning the 1/6 scale product line and moving forward only with our 1/12 scale items.

Over the years, as improvements have been made to Ranger, those improvements have trickled down to Rider and its sibling products.   And now, aside from fingers, Rider has all the same range of motion as Ranger does.   Also given how light it is, it beats Ranger in terms of stability and ease of use.  Plus requires no hex key and carries with it no additional screws or fasteners.  So in many ways, Rider is a far more user-friendly product.

So I wanted to let you know this might be happening.  Not sure exactly when or how we’ll make this transition. It’s possible Ranger will just be priced out into oblivion.  Or perhaps reserved as a special perk available only to subscribers. Haven’t decided yet.  In essence, we plan on limiting its production down to as close to zero as possible.

The fundamental reason for this is that the investment in producing the 1/6 scale pieces is still rendering a financial loss for us.

This will allow me to focus on the 1/12 scale products and possibly create articulated hands for it.

Anyway, this isn’t happened just yet. But thought I’d let you know ahead of time.  Just a couple days ago our 1/12 scale pieces became available independently so you can customize your own armature just like you could with the 1/6 scale and already features almost the same content available to Ranger.  Click this image to go to that creator page:

A9 Rider

It’s been an amazing journey.

Your thoughts are welcome of course via comment or message.

cheers,

Paul

PATREON & 20%-OFF SALE!

We have a 20%-OFF sale going on through the end of the month and $20 content on our brand new Patreon page.

That’s right, we are officially on https://www.patreon.com/armaturenine

With only a $5 per month commitment you’ll get access to monthly sales, monthly exclusive video tutorials and content.  Right now, our entire two hour animation series and Dede Rig are up there ($20 value).  So even if you just sign up for one month, you’ll immediately get your money’s worth.

As you all know, I love creating content. But the sad truth is that 95% of it doesn’t ever see the light of day. So I have this treasure-trove of images and video I’d like to finally devote the time into editing and publishing. With a platform like Patreon, if enough people jump on board, I could finally justify the time investment and produce something that properly rewards you for your patronage.

The other exciting thing is that if this grows to a sufficient size (200 patrons a month) I’m making a commitment to invest into a new injection mold each month.  And when the Bucket of Bones finally becomes a reality, all patrons will be able to purchase the first bucket 50%-OFF.

So to subscribe to all this awesome content for only $5/month go here:

https://www.patreon.com/armaturenine

If you are an artist or maker, think of this as an investment in your personal growth and education.

If you are a returning customer, think of this as an investment in your wallet 😀

best wishes

Paul

 

 

Message from customer

I got an email today from a really sweet customer. Here’s what she said:

First off I just want to say I’ve had my A9 for about a month now and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! I am totally tickled pink at all the customization I can do, as well as how stellar it is as a reference figure. I mean, I am totally in love with the thing. I fiddle and pose it daily…I can’t wait to own the bird wings and hand talons soon! I just got the eagle head today and it is super cool.

~hyrulemaster77

It’s messages like these that keep me going 🙂

And to make matters even more awesome, she then sent me this!