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Tuesday, August 14 2018 22:22

Cool Kickstarter: Blast-Off with the Space Base Playset from ReadySetz! (Made in America)

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It's not often that I get fully behind a Kickstarter project, but there's one going right now that I really believe in and they could use your help! One of our favorite toys of the past year came from a small company in California that most people have never heard of: ReadySetz. Their Urban Playset (reviewed here) quickly became a favorite with my girls for imaginative play, and for me as an environment for action figure and toy photography. For their next endeavor, they're going out-of-this-world with a much-requested Space Base Playset. I mentioned it recently in my Star Wars column over at The Pop Insider, and since then I've been brought on-board to photograph one of the handmade prototype playsets. As with the Urban Playset, the girls and I were blown away - so I can't wait to get our hands on an actual, fully-realized production model down the line. As of this writing, the clock is ticking and they're just shy of the halfway mark with just 10 days to go. Similar to when Hasbro crowdfunded their massive Jabba's Sail Barge earlier this year, the ReadySetz Space Base is seeing a slowdown in backers, so my fingers are crossed that we'll see an uptick here in the final days. By my math, they'll need to see another 250 pre-orders of the $65 large playset to meet their all-or-nothing funding goal. These sets are MADE IN THE USA and offer a durable, eco-friendly, easily-stored fold-flat design that's a perfect play space for all of your space-themed figures and vehicles! Will you back the base?

ReadySetz Space Base

With three levels of play and an all-new "convertible" layout (offering even more ways to play), the Space Base includes a Maintenance Room, Medical Bay, Upper Control Rooms, Catwalk, Oversized Landing Pad and plenty of places to explore. It works well with obvious offerings like Hasbro's Star Wars collection (even the vintage Kenner figures play great here), but think of the possibilities for NECA's Alien vs. Predator lines... Funko Pop! Vinyl, G.I. Joe, Marvel Legends, Mattel's Justice League, Just Play's new PJ Masks Super Moon collection - so many options!

Star Wars Rebels Funko 8-Bit Alien

From ReadySetz: "At last, Space Base is here! THIS EXCITING PLAYSET requires no assembly, folds and unfolds for play or storage in seconds, has photorealistic graphics and multiple levels of play!"

The Corps Toy Story that Time Forgot

"With vivid, detailed photorealistic graphics, multiple heights, and 3-D staging areas, it is hard to think of a higher quality backdrop for Toy Photographers and Stop Motion Animators except, maybe, real life. And it’s a great display for action figures, too!"

Kenner Star Wars Bounty Hunters

Back the Base! The ReadySetz Space Base will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, August 25 2018 1:26 PM CDT.

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

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