Acheson Creations launches Kaiju Kaos: Super Robot StratoMaxx Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
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Sep 5th, 2013
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Acheson Creations was doing Kaiju before it was cool and has launched their Kaiju Kaos: Super Robot StratoMaxx Kickstarter campaign.

From the campaign:

When dreaming up Kaiju Kaos in late 2009, I had four core colossal characters in mind; three were kaiju and the fourth was the heroic Super Robot designed to combat the menacing monsters. As time passed, we’ve released numerous kaiju but the robot kept getting pushed to the back of pile… until now! The primary goal of this Kickstarter is to fund Super Robot StratoMaxx.

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  • Paconious

    I’m sorry, that looks really REALLY clunky and dull, and is definitely not $90 worth of model right there (regardless of how much resin it is).

    • “Clunky and dull” is being nice. It looks to me like an 8-year old built it out of cardboard tubes and ping pong balls. I don’t understand the appeal, myself. I like kaiju stuff, but this thing seems oddly designed to me.

  • Paconious

    I can see what they were going for (referencing old cartoons with giant robots like Gigantor or UFO Robot Grendizer), but this is the 1950s, give the model some action to its pose at least. Why would I spend $90 on that when you can get a Gundam model, which is infinitely more detailed, for half the price?

  • Major_Gilbear

    …It looks terrible, sorry.

    And the vehicle/arm attachments look like wooden beads/dowels and metal bolts/ballpoint pen springs, which is in fact what they are! Why would anyone buy this? It takes like $2 and 5mins to make something just like it!

    Most importantly: why the hell is this going to cost $3k to launch??!

  • Gallant

    I don’t think it looks bad. I definitely get what they’re going for. I’m not sure that it works in a 28mm gaming context. While I don’t think $90 is unreasonable for the model, I too am confused as to why it requires $3,000 to get off the ground.

  • jackgaudette

    Acheson makes some really good stuff…… Could this be a Hoax. Come on really.

  • It’s not a hoax! It is 16 different components requiring 16 molds (minimum) and the first Stretch Goal and first batch of Add-Ons have been added.

    Thanks for your love and support!
    – Bryan K Borgman (aka Stratos), StratoMaxx designer and Kickstarter manager

  • Like some have mentioned before – it’s obvious where the inspiration comes from and it’s quite a nice homage to the genre and style. I think you pulled off the look and design quite well, but I also think it’s a bit of an acquired taste perhaps.

    It’s not my personal cup of tea and I was always surprised at how many kit builders actually liked this style of Mecha kits on garage kit forums, but it sort of grows on you. It seems to me that a large part of the miniature crowd have not really been exposed to the garage kit side of the hobby or even “models” outside the gaming scene. I imagine you would get a very positive response from that crowd if you did some promoting on modeling sites as well.

  • Veritas

    I think it’s pretty telling that it’s two days in and no one has even pledged for the robot as of my writing this. The vehicles have gotten some nibbles, but no love for the centerpiece of the Kickstarter.

  • Grindar

    I don’t care where the inspiration comes from, our visual standards for kaiju stuff has improved since the 50s. Again, the model as it is currently shown looks like something a 4th grader made out of cardboard tubes and lumps of clay.

    To hit the top points:
    Greebles! Panel lines, rivets, whatever, the smooth surfaces are overly cartoony especially when combined with the structural elements I’ll talk about next

    Feet: They look like over-medium eggs. Maybe something more traditionally foot-like…not even necessarily human. Heck, cow hooves would still be an improvement.
    Legs: With greebles will probably be ok. Seeking it in a more dynamic pose than that locked-knee standing would improve it a lot.
    Arms: Elbows! What you have there just doesn’t make any logical sense.
    Body: One is break up the top of the shoulders. No cool looking mech ever has been flat there, even your mech you compared it too has those ridges that go up across the chest and over the shoulders to break up that straight line. Overall too flat across the front. Also a skinnier mid-torso area seems much more visibly appealing, again consult the model you set your master next to. Wings are fine I guess, better detail needed on the engines though.
    Head: I have no idea what the heck is going on here. Partly your photography, partly some idiot painted it black and then expected it to show up in pictures, and third what I can see doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the mini at all. Perhaps slanting some of the head to match the V of the wings would help, because of the way the wings guide the eye on a slant.

  • Hey guys! Thanks for all the enthusiasm! As a special treat, here’s a new promotional video I just whipped up for Super Robot StratoMaxx -> http://youtu.be/K0FTeCeTGtM

    Enjoy and keep on spreading the love! <3 🙂

    • Grindar

      Enthusiasm? Love? What posts are you reading? Video it all you want, the model still is a turd compared to what other things your company has done and the other things shown on this blog. I mean c’mon, your biggest handicap is that you’re working in WOOD for your prototype.The nature of the material is severely limiting your options, for instance the perfectly flat wings rather than trying to work them in an airfoil shape or angle them away slightly from the back.

      • Soulfinger

        Thanks for your enthusiastic support on how the model could be even better! As a special treat, I made a commemorative turd. Keep spreading the love!