Sunday, August 23, 2015

Overlooked Crowd Funding: Turbo Kid

 Turbo Kid comes out in just five days! And if you've seen any of the previews or heard the synth soundtrack for it, chances are you are pretty excited for this kid version of Mad Max (so I've read). We definitely are!! But if the film is finished and ready to go, what's with this campaign, you may ask? Well it's a response to the film's overwhelming success at Sundance, where audiences ravished all the promotional merchandise and were still hungry for more. It also gives those of us who were not at Sundance a chance to get our own beanies and exclusives. 

This is one of those campaigns where time is of the utmost importance; in the five days that is has been active, the goal has been reached and several of the perks have sold out. Vinyl collectors were on top of this one, so the soundtrack LP is already gone. It doesn't help that there were only 25 of them, sure, but it still shows how quickly you should act if you want to get some of the perks that are still left! Let's look at the highlights:

  • $20 gets you a digital download of the movie without any bells or whistles. Well, actually that's not true, because you also get the extras that would normally come with the movie. So there are a couple of bells.
  • $30 can get you your own little gnome buddy stress ball. He stars in the movie as the ornament on Apple's weapon but he's still a cutie! 
Under $100: 
  • $50 will get you the DVD of the completed film, along with a making of booklet signed by the filmmakers. It may be a little more than you're used to paying for a DVD, but this release will not be available after the campaign is over. 
  • $60 can get you the VHS version of the movie to add to your 90's collection. It also comes with the digital download, so you don't need to worry about wearing down the tape from too much watching. This will probably look great on the VHS shelf. There are only 50 of these available, and right now 8 have been claimed.
  • $65 gets you the blu ray of the movie and the making of booklet, also signed by the filmmakers. (I'm not sure of the VHS comes with this desirable booklet, but that's some format discrimination if it doesn't...) There are only 50 of these, and about a third have already been claimed!
Breaking the Piggy Bank: 
  • Can't choose which version of the movie you want most? Well $500 gets them all! Along with all the other perks; a shirt, poster, beanie, you name it! I'm pretty sure it works out be actually cost you less than buying everything individually.
There are a lot of other great things you can if you head over to the Indiegogo campaign but like I said, these perks are figuratively flying off the shelves, so act fast. I would definitely suggest getting whatever you really wanted before the film comes to theatres on August 28th for obvious reasons. And, as with all campaigns, there was one perk that stood out to me. It's usually one that is too expensive for most people, but in this case it's a reference that is beyond a lot of people who will probably love this movie.

Honorable Mentions:
For $35 you can get the floppy disk edition of the completed film! This comes with a digital download, of course. Show your age with this perk!

This campaign has a lot of stretch goals that I have a lot of hope of happening, considering how fast they reached their minimum goal. These include, but are not limited to, action figures and a graphic novel. Below are the prototypes of the toys.

I'm hoping for a second pressing of the vinyl LP but not holding my breath. Especially with so much other cool stuff in the works. Maybe later though? We'll have to wait and see.
 You can find the campaign video below or at the campaign page here.

Don't forget to head out to the theatres on August 28th to see Turbo Kid!

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