January 6 - Price Increases, Size Adjustments, New Drop Time, Customs Returning
We're back in action for 2022, and we have a big heap of updates to share with you!
Price Increases - We gave a heads up in November about our base prices increasing with raised material costs and business costs. However, we have some good news with this! It took a bit of number crunching to see how we could maximize efficiency and invest in better equipment to lower some costs in the long run.
On average, most toy prices rose between $5-10. The best part about this - you may not notice the change. We were already adding that onto the old base prices with our previous pricing method when a toy had more than 2 colors. Our new base prices will include up to 4 colors on the toy. We feel this will make drop shopping much more straightforward, and it will reduce some labor for us when creating listings and bookkeeping. This change also applies to customs. More complicated pour methods will continue to have an additional cost added (ex: rainbows, inclusions, etc).
Prices have been lowered on current in stock inventory, if applicable. The price change will appear on new stock from here on.
Size Adjustments - When we first started, we thought that it would fit along our shop's theme to have "monster sized" toys that were typically sized a bit bigger than average. We also tend to sculpt our models at a specific size to ensure we can make all the details appear as we want (which is why Mirage started as Large!). With the increased prices and as we've listened to feedback, we feel it would be best to change how some of our models are sized.
Some of our Small sized models are comparable to other shop's Medium sizes, so this is mainly where the changes will be taking place. Some models previously labeled as Mini will become the new Small when released. Please note that we are still working on filling in missing model sizes, so there will be a few gaps. We aim to have our new smaller sizes ready by February before beginning to complete the missing larger sizes.
|Model's Previous Size||New Size|
|Emblazoned Artemis (Small)
|Emblazoned Cyrus (Small)
Current inventory has had their sizes updated to reflect the changes. We recommend checking measurements for any model before purchasing to make sure it is the right fit for you!
New Drop Time - Since last Summer, we have transitioned to Fuzz handling all of the drops. For a better work/life balance, we need to change our drop day and time. We compared our schedule with our most active engagement times on Twitter, and asked our followers in a poll to narrow down the options.
Wednesday Evenings between 6-8PM was the winning choice! The other options were not too far behind, so we may move times again if this option does not work out. Our final drop time will be announced soon once we make sure it does not coincide with another shop's drop.
Customs are returning - On Saturday 1/8 we will add limited slots for full customs. They will be adjusted to match the new price increases and sizing. Custom completion times have increased by 1 week for extra cushioning, though we will always strive to get them out as soon as possible.
However, an additional custom fee will be added onto the base price to account for the additional time it takes to organize customs into our workflow. We often pour them one at a time, and repour if we don't think we matched the request as best as possible. This can take a lot of time out of the day and occupy our limited molds, so this ensures that we can continue to offer customs for the foreseeable future!
Free Signature Customs will not have this custom fee added on, so you can enjoy them at the model's base price! We can pour these much more efficiently to keep costs low, and aim to have a new signature option to choose from every month.
That's all for now, thank you for your understanding and continued support! We believe these changes will help us grow and offer more for years to come!