Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures Partnership

Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures Partnership

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Three flaming skeletons with mouths open wide attacking a 4-armed, bipedal alien with grey skin and an angular face and dark pits for eyes. The alien's upper left arm is wielding some sort of yellow energy bolt. The silhouette of another adventurer looking on in horror can be seen in the foreground.

We have some really good news to share about the Starfinder Masterclass miniatures Kickstarter! Paizo is pleased to announce that Archon Studio will be taking over the license to produce Starfinder Masterclass miniatures, formerly produced by Ninja Division. As part of the agreement, Archon will fulfill backer rewards from the Starfinder Masterclass Kickstarter.

About Archon Studio: With their Unicast technology, Archon Studio has published several board games with miniatures, including League of Ancient Defenders, Vanguard of War, and Chronicle X. Recently, Archon Studio advanced its technology to hard plastic, which resulted in even more highly detailed miniatures.

Archon Studio also recently moved into the production of tabletop terrain with Rampart Wargaming. In August this year, its second tabletop terrain project, Dungeons & Lasers, is being launched on Kickstarter.

There are a few areas we want to highlight:

Archon Studio will be producing plastic miniatures instead of resin. They will also be starting over with Kickstarter fulfillment; this means that backers who have already received resin miniatures from Ninja Division will receive those minis again from Archon, this time in plastic.

Archon Studio plans to ship Kickstarter rewards in waves. Approximately every 6 months, the pledge rewards produced during the previous 6 months will be shipped to backers free of charge. Additionally, any time a Kickstarter backer purchases any Starfinder mini from Archon Studio—whether that’s a new mini or a duplicate of a Kickstarter mini—they will also ship any released Kickstarter miniatures due to that backer for no additional charge. Details of which minis are shipping when, and how to purchase other miniatures, will be posted on the Kickstarter page.

Archon Studio will be fulfilling backers in Europe, and Ninja Division will be shipping to the rest of the world. Paizo does not have specific answers to fulfillment questions: if you’re a backer with a question about your order, you’ll need to post the question to the Starfinder Masterclass Kickstarter page.

Thanks for all of your patience as we worked with Ninja Division and Archon to get this done. We’re looking forward to some epic minis!

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Steve Geddes wrote:

My first order went smoothly and I got the mini I paid for plus one of each of the other six released in wave one.

I've placed a second order for one mini and sent in my backer information again however I haven't received it yet.

The only complaint I have about Archon is that there's no acknowledgement that they've got your kickstarter info and will be acting accordingly. I think I would have preferred if they'd handled it via a NDKickstarter coupon or similar. Presumably this works best for their systems, but given the previous experiences with this project, sending money off and then waiting makes me a little more nervous than usual.

I worry too that I will not get everything I pledged for as well as the add-ons I added. So far, ok, but we will see in the end. I will say that I thought they released their 2nd set quicker than I imagined, so I am hopeful I get everything before I’m retired.

Scarab Sages

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps Subscriber
Jim Butler wrote:
Jinteki42 wrote:

So unfortunately Archon has confirmed that for the encounter packs, we will only see one miniature.

This is obviously disappointing as I was hoping a gang of Space Goblins infesting my gaming table would motivate my group to give Starfinder a second chance, not to mention getting what I backed.
I don't blame Archon and appreciate the fact that they are st least communicating with us regularly on Facebook.

I've reached out to Archon's CEO for a clarification on this. I'll let you know as soon as I hear something back.

-Jim

Hi Jim, I realise we are in the holiday period, but any news?

Paizo Employee VP of Marketing & Licensing

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technarken wrote:
A week later, any answers?

Nothing yet. I'm not sure what they're doing for the holidays, but I've followed up on that email again and will do so again next week after we've cleared the holiday madness.

-Jim

Scarab Sages

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Maps, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps Subscriber

Thanks again, Jim

Shadow Lodge

What about the encounter packs that had 4 different minis (like the outlaws and protectors) or two different types (like the formorians workers and warriors)... also the fleet packs?


So Archon Studios sent an email today asking for us to go to their website to take a survey. They are asking us, with a 100+ mini release, here's the test:

As you know, Archon Studio is manufacturing and releasing Starfinder RPG miniatures in hard plastic. We are producing models from Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures Kickstarter. We have over 100 miniatures to make, and we manufacture them in waves.

To deliver most demanded by the community models first, we have created a survey on our website. It's anonymous and allows you to choose multiply models. Just point us which minis YOU need released first.

Results of this survey will shape our release schedule.


Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Yes, Archon created a thread about this in these forums.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, PF Special Edition Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

So got the second wave in. Once again got the extra from the Kickstarter for free but had no idea if it was coming in the package since Archon never told me.


Dragnmoon wrote:
Unsure if Archon-Studio is making the Dragon.

I don't know if you know already (haven't read all the replies), but I noticed in Archon's survey of what they should put out first DOES have the dragon on the survey list.


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Subscriber

From an email from Dave at Archon

"At the minute yes, we are currently looking into the matter, this ismainly down to the way that the minis were tooled. As this mini was printed on the same tool as all of the other wave 2 mins, this would mean that extra wave 2 minis will need to be printed to facilitate all of the Skittermander minis."

This to me is really bad from a planning perspective as they knew in advance that to satisfy the kickstarter they would need multiple of some minis.

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, PF Special Edition Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Sabirwolf wrote:
Dragnmoon wrote:
Unsure if Archon-Studio is making the Dragon.
I don't know if you know already (haven't read all the replies), but I noticed in Archon's survey of what they should put out first DOES have the dragon on the survey list.

I noticed that as well.

Dataphiles

morpheusdreams wrote:

From an email from Dave at Archon

"At the minute yes, we are currently looking into the matter, this ismainly down to the way that the minis were tooled. As this mini was printed on the same tool as all of the other wave 2 mins, this would mean that extra wave 2 minis will need to be printed to facilitate all of the Skittermander minis."

This to me is really bad from a planning perspective as they knew in advance that to satisfy the kickstarter they would need multiple of some minis.

I have tried to tell Archon that a few times. When I posed the problem on Archon’s new thread, Michal said it was “Irrelevant “.


I got my first and second wave while buying Elzebo and Zo!

I like the miniatures and Archon has done well so far.
Thank you Archon-people and thanks to the Paizo team that made a solution.

I hope it will continue being nice.


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Has anyone received any package from ND so far ?


Ha! Good one.

Edit: Sorry. It occurred to me a second later that your comment might not be intended as snark.


Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
kadance wrote:

Ha! Good one.

Edit: Sorry. It occurred to me a second later that your comment might not be intended as snark.

well, i am one of those backers waiting for ND to send me the minis, no word from them since Archon took over.

So snark Yes and no, i bet ND isnt fulfilling his obligations...


ND isn't behind on this step yet. Archon is at present almost months behind their stated plans. Ninja Division is to ship minis come mid-April if we're being charitable.

I fully expect Ninja Division to fail because a man swollen with denial like Cadice will inevitably run aground of reality. When he fails again we'll see what Paizo does with this albatross.


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technarken wrote:

ND isn't behind on this step yet. Archon is at present almost months behind their stated plans. Ninja Division is to ship minis come mid-April if we're being charitable.

I fully expect Ninja Division to fail because a man swollen with denial like Cadice will inevitably run aground of reality. When he fails again we'll see what Paizo does with this albatross.

Good to know about the April deadline.

what to do ? wait and see or spend more to Archon Huge dilemna...


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber; Pathfinder Battles Case Subscriber

Feel like it's been a minute since the second set of figures were released. Interested to see what the next set will be.

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