Stickybones is a highly-articulated, precision-poseable animation puppet, allowing artists, animators, students, and creatives at heart to explore expressive, gravity-defying poses quickly and easily. Stickybones is the best tool for storytellers looking to bridge the gap between your ideas to the computer.
Super-flexible and extremely intuitive, Stickybones is made of engineering-grade polymers for ultimate strength combined with a sophisticated joint system, allowing you to tell your stories in a tactile, visually-engaging way.
Magnets in the feet and hands allow for dynamic, gravity-defying poses. The special patent pending ball and socket joints allow you to rotate each joint on any axis and are capable of tiny micro-movements allowing for seemingly infinite combinations.
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“I could definitely use Stickybones in my paintings—I paint a lot of dancers among other things and Stickybones is perfect for that because it gives me the perspective elements and structure I need to get a solid drawing. Then I can add all the other elements—the lighting, clothing and the general appearance of the character."
— Emanuele Pavarotti, Blue Sky Studios (pictured above)
“I am an avid sketcher. I love drawing in my sketchbook and just coming up with really unique poses. When I first saw Stickybones, I thought that this would be a really awesome way to explore posing.”
— Garrett Shikuma, Blue Sky Studios (pictured above)
“I can see Stickybones technology as a go to in the performing arts for many disciplines of dance—not only for describing complicated choreography with intricate detail, but also for preserving works created today and historically. Our current forms of notation lack detail and movement—but Stickybones could allow for full and fluid demonstration. Also, Stickybones has endless options as a choreographic tool. This could be utilized for years to come.” — Derrick Agnoletti, Leading Artist with The Joffrey Ballet
"As an art instructor, I have always wanted a better way to show my students how the human body moves. Using live models or wooden manikins left me wanting more. When Erik and Lauren introduced their Stickybones figure to my middle school 3-D action figure sculpture class, it was quickly evident that this was the moveable figure that my students would benefit from and the type of figure I had been looking for. I can envision many exciting advantages and possibilities that Stickybones can offer, not only to the fine arts but also to many other teaching disciplines."
— Sharon Wilkus, Art Instructor & Yearbook Adviser, Almaden Country School
Stickybones lowers the barrier of entry for anyone looking to explore stop motion animation. You can take Stickybones out of the package and start posing and animating immediately—no need to spend large amounts of time and money on building your own puppet from scratch.
How shipping will work...Once we lock down the packaging and final product weight,we'll be pricing multiple carriers to try to find the best shipping deals. Then we'll collect the shipping fees from you for the total items ordered, survey you for your color choice, confirm your current mailing address... and ship!! :) (International backers should expect import tax.)
Stickybones has been engineered to withstand anything your imagination throws its way. As animators, we understand the importance of having strong and precisely functioning joints to consistently hold our poses. From the outset, creating a solution that enables our joints to endure wide ranges of motion and repeated use has remained at the heart of our Stickybones design and functionality.
Because our joints have the great benefit and convenience of a pre-tensioned socket system, one of the physical characteristics we are carefully scrutinizing are qualities relating to the retention of surface volume for increased longevity and optimum joint performance, enabling Stickybones to maintain their stiffness and ability to hold your poses with repeated use.
Our primary objective is to make the most robust and highly functioning animation/artistic figure on the market while keeping the price accessible to everyone. Currently, the best way we can accomplish this is by having high-grade steel molds precisely tooled that will be used to then injection mold our parts with the highest quality engineering grade polymers. Through the combination of design for animation and poseability, world-class tooling, ultra-tight tolerance injection molding, and specially tuned materials, Stickybones is infused and methodically constructed to help you more rapidly animate and create the poses you really want to hit!
We’ve designed and built working prototypes—now the next step is to build the tooling and molds for manufacturing. We’ve chosen and are working hand-in-hand with a US-based manufacturer specializing in precision tooling and tight-tolerance injection molding. We’ve also chosen a US-based packaging company and are currently reviewing packaging options.
With the years of knowledge gathered working in the animation industry, we've worked hard to pour these nuggets of creative goodness into the development of Stickybones. As a result, Stickybones has become a versatile, precisely calibrated tool for artists and storytellers to create their own images.
Once on store-shelves, it is important to us that Stickybones remains affordable and within reach for students on a budget. The best way to achieve this is to use full-scale manufacturing to make the parts. However, the tooling necessary for full-scale manufacturing is a labor intensive and an extremely expensive process, requiring a huge upfront investment. Here is the best part... You can help get Stickybones manufactured and be one of the first people to get your very own Stickybones simply by contributing to our Indiegogo Campaign!
Q: How do I pre-order a Stickybones of my very own?
Answer: You can pre-order Stickybones by claiming one of the exclusive perks we’ve offered above. The perks are listed on the right-hand side of the campaign page, starting at the top. To claim one of the perks, all you have to do is click on one you would like and go through the payment confirmation. You will get a confirmation email from Indiegogo.
Q: What is the Indiegogo Limited Edition Color going to be?
Answer: A backer's vote has been taken and the winner is Spark Blue!
Q: Will the final product be 3D-Printed?
Answer: Nope. 3D printed materials currently lack the strength, durability, and a gamut of physical characteristics required for optimum joint performance and longevity. Our primary objective is to make the most robust and highly functioning animation/artistic figure on the market while keeping the price accessible to everyone, and currently, the best way we can accomplish this is with high-precision injection molding with strong, engineering-grade materials.
Q: SHIPPING: WHERE will you ship?
Answer: We plan to ship worldwide! However, please note: Every country has its own shipping regulations and rules. Once the final Stickybones is manufactured and packaged, if your country, (for some reason) says we cannot ship it there, then you will be issued a full refund.
Q: I do not live in the United States...what are some international shipping cost considerations?
A: Some extra shipping cost considerations for International Backers will be customs/duty taxes. (Some countries require a VAT.) Please make sure you're comfortable covering International shipping and the customs and duty taxes of your own country before contributing/pre-ordering, as some countries are notoriously high--which (of course) we have no control over.
Q: SHIPPING: How much will shipping cost?
Answer: We are working out final shipping costs right now. We have backers from 90 countries! Which is awesome! But as you can imagine, calculating shipping to all of them is quite an enormous chunk of work! Before we ship anything to you, we will get in touch with you to confirm your mailing address, get any color preferences and collect shipping fees.
Q: How do I get in touch with your team?
Answer: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How tall is Stickybones?
Answer: Stickybones is 8.5 inches (21.5 cm) tall. (1/9th Scale)
Q: Can I put clay, foam, or latex over Stickybones?
Answer: Stickybones is designed to be a simple, easy-to-use solution that doesn't require extra work. We have not tested adding any kind of bulk to this figure... But that being said, we encourage people to get experimental and try out anything they'd like!
Q: Is Stickybones meant to replace traditional stop motion armatures?
Answer: We're creating Stickybones to be a useful tool for all kinds of animators and artists—with the fantastic benefit of having the functionality of being able to create stop motion animation... it's not meant to replace traditional stop motion armatures. It's meant to be a fast, easy and affordable solution for someone who wants to jump right in and pose or animate!
Q: Do you plan to release other characters or a quadruped?
Answer: Yes, we are looking forward to using our patent pending joint system in alternate characters and animals! Also, because our limbs and joints are modular, we can release variations on individual body parts.
Q: How can I hit mid-air poses? Will you release an articulated arm/rig?
Answer: Yes, you can pre-order our super duper FLY_RIG!
Q: I’m just starting out in animation or looking to learn more about it. Is Stickybones for me?
Answer: Yes! We’re creating Stickybones to be an intuitive, easy-to-use tool to help both professionals and beginners alike push their art and animation further!
Q: Will you offer a surface or base that Stickybones can attach to?
Answer: Yes. Every Stickybones will come with a FREE compact Pose-Plate to display your sweet poses. If you want a larger surface on which to animate, we recommend you pre-order a Performance Stage!
Q: How long can Stickybones hold each pose?
Answer: Most poses should hold as long as you’d like them to!
Q: How do the joints work?
Answer: We have a patent pending joint system comprised of pre-tensioned, interlocking, snap-to-fit ball and socket parts you can pop apart and back together, when desired. This allows Stickybones to be more modular and enhances the ability to modify the appearance and swap parts with variations we may release in the future. This pre-tensioned ball and socket design also opens up the freedom of motion, maximizing the rotational range of our joints on the X,Y, Z axis.
Q: How are the joints able to hold extreme poses with repeated use?
Answer: Stickybones joints are robust in design and construction. They are made with a combination of high-performance and highly wear-resistant materials, enabling them to maintain their stiffness and ability to hold your poses with repeated use. As animators, we understand the importance of having stiff joints and precision functionality to consistently hold poses and create performances. From the outset, creating a solution that enables our joints to endure repeated use has remained at the heart of our Stickybones design and functionality.
Q: Does Stickybones require additional work before I can start using it?
Answer: No additional work required. Stickybones is made to be an "out-of-the-box" solution for those who want to get right to posing and animating as quickly as possible. We've designed Stickybones to have a high degree of skeletal functionality and mobility, while combining the benefit of having a simplified human form from the start.
Q: I’m having trouble claiming a perk. Who should I reach out to?
Answer: Email email@example.com
Q: I didn't get a confirmation email for a perk I contributed to, who should I reach out to?
Answer: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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