This week we’re going to be looking at some of the many, many
Kickstarter projects started by Bronies.
What is a Brony?
Most of you already know, but for those of you not keeping up on the latest trends in internet fandom, a “Brony” is, believe it or not, an adult, male fan of the 2010 reboot of “My Little Pony“.
Bronies are a surprisingly active fandom, generating insane amounts of fan art, music, fan-fiction, five-volume cross-over hardcovers, fan cross-over episodes, and all sorts of other things.
A team including John de Lancie (Star Trek’s Q) successfully Kickstarted a documentary about this phenomenon, raising an impressive $322,022. I haven’t seen it, but I’m told it’s pretty good. Of course, any time someone makes money on Kickstarter, at least three wannabes show up with the exact same idea.
So, here at KickFailure, we’re going to spend this week documenting the levels of Kickstarter craziness the Brony community has reached in the two short years it’s existed.
(Hint: It is a very high level of craziness.)
Pony ‘Stained Glass’ Collectble Coins
The pony coin collecting crazy started when artist Akili Amethyst sold these on Kickstarter.
That’s not a failure. That’s a success. Ponies aside, this is what Kickstarter is for : talented artists getting the money they need to share their art with the masses.
Sadly, Kickstarter has removed all of Akili’s coin projects for copyright reasons.
That didn’t stop the copy-cat projects, though! Nothing can stop copy-cat projects!
Coins of Harmony – Six Collectable Pony Coins I
Believe it or not, They actually wanted the same amount of money for this coin as Akili got for her coins!
I don’t even think it would work as a coin design, is her hair painted white or is it just extra-shiny somehow?
They “designed” six of these coins, one for each main character of the show.
This project failed.
Coins of Harmony – Six Collectible Pony Coins II
So they tried again!
To be honest, this new design is still pretty crumby. They just took the old design and added those gems in the background on the reverse.
But what do I know? This project has 12 days left and needs less than $200 more in pledges.