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Limited Run Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future II - SHIPPING NOW!

Discussion in 'Project Runs' started by DB537, Aug 15, 2018.

  1. aeseven7

    aeseven7 Active Member

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Preorder placed, thanks!
     
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  2. Spiderstella

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Pre order done and paid thanks for making this awesome prop possible;)
     
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  3. DB537

    DB537 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Thanks everyone! The interest list has been updated and sorted.

    For those who missed the earlier post, I'm now taking orders through Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/listing/642679409

    I'll be placing the order with the printing company for the matchbook covers on SAT SEPT 14. I expect those to arrive approx. Sept 19-20. I should also receive the flame-retardant chemical for the matches while I am waiting for the covers to come in from the printer, and will begin testing it.
     
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  4. DB537

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    I just finished refining the front artwork for the matchbook covers and made some final corrections to sizing/scale of the various design elements. I'll add another test photo with the final design soon. The flame-retardant chemical has been ordered. I have also removed the limits on the interest list, since I should have enough matches and covers available for now.
     
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  5. DB537

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    The matchbook covers have been ordered and I should have them in less than a week. I also just received an update that the flame-retardant chemical will be delivered here on Monday. If everything arrives on schedule as expected, there is a very good possibility that I'll be able to start shipping in less than a week.

    Below are some photos of more very rough test pieces with the finalized updated artwork. No inside text on the test matchbooks because I didn't have enough time or material to do any alignment tests with my printer. The scaling and position of everything has been rechecked and revised very carefully based on the auction photos of the real props. This is just some flimsy cardstock I had available for a quick test, and is nothing like the actual print quality or material quality that the finished product will have.

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  6. jhk1976

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Gah! I'm just now seeing this. Order placed!
     
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  7. DB537

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    I've done several tests with the flame retardant chemical, and it works perfectly. It takes almost 5 seconds of direct contact with an open flame before the matches will ignite at all, which is considerably longer than usual, even for regular paper. I will be using several heavier coats of the FR for the actual matches. US shipments will not require it, but I can add it to them if you prefer.

    Also, the matchbook covers were shipped from the printer on Monday, and I expect them to arrive no later than Wednesday the 19th.
     
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  8. DB537

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Just a quick update. Matchbook covers arrived from the printer today. I don't have any time for photos right now (maybe later tonight?).

    I put together the final test pieces, and I can say without any hesitation that this will be THE definitive replica of the matchbooks. The scaling, placement, and alignment of everything is perfect, and the print & material quality and finish are outstanding. I'm extremely happy with the results.

    I'll begin shipping these out on Saturday.
     
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  9. Spiderstella

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Sounds good! I can’t wait :)
     
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  10. DB537

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Some photos of the latest test pieces with the actual covers. More info tomorrow. 666a04b691121b3f6aeda40fff1da9de.jpg fe6709067035c9cf549252b7f1556334.jpg 9b62a1c4a19f27f24b61f5c1f9ac595c.jpg
     
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  11. DB537

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Interest list has been updated.

    I will start assembling the matchbooks and begin shipping them out on Saturday.

    The international orders won't start to go out until Monday because I want to be sure the flame retardant chemical has enough time to fully dry. No additional clear coat because everything I tested tends to neutralize the effect to some degree. US orders won't have the chemical added because it's not required for standard USPS shipping, and it will save a lot of time to leave it out if it's not absolutely necessary.
     
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  12. HanSewLow

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    I just placed my order of 4 sets on your etsy site.
     
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  13. ruscoe

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Order placed!
     
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  14. DB537

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Thanks! I have everything ready and I'm in the process of putting them all together right now.

    I'll be shipping the US orders tomorrow morning, and international orders will go out starting on Monday.
     
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  15. OncleCharlie

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    Re: Biff's Matchbooks from Back to the Future Part II

    Pre order paid ! Thanks ;)
     
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  16. DB537

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    All of the paid US orders have been shipped, and tracking numbers have been added to the first post. Tracking info should update later today.
    I had a couple of orders shipped with no RPF username. If you are one of those, you should still get a shipping notification through Etsy.

    I'll be finishing up the prep on the International orders and getting them ready to ship on Monday. I also have to drive my mother to a medical appointment early on Monday. If this takes any longer than 2-3 hours, it is possible that I won't have time to get them all ready to ship until Tuesday morning. I will update here when I know for sure.
     
  17. LTsmash1200

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    Mine came today, great accents to my collection. The package filler was a fantastic touch too!

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  18. DB537

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    All international orders with individual sets are shipping today and you should already have received shipping label notifications for those.
    I will be sending all of those out today, and the remaining multi-set orders will be shipped on Thursday.
     
  19. jhk1976

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    Mine arrived yesterday. These are great, and yeah, I didn’t realize what the newspaper packed around it was until I took a closer look. Nice touch!

    Now to figure out a way to display them. I’m thinking Scrabble tile racks?
     
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  20. DB537

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    The newspapers are actually some rejects from 2014. The photo printed too dark, but I still have a bunch of them and they are great to use for filler.

    Scrabble tile racks are the perfect size for these.

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  21. MattgomeryBurns

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    What a great idea. Are those just the standard size scrabble racks or have they been cut down? (we weren't a scrabble family :D)
     
  22. DB537

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    Regular size right out of the box. You can buy them separately from the rest of the game on eBay.

     
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  23. Onkelpsycho

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    I guess it's all good with international orders? Well, let's try it, I think if everything's safe, it shouldn't be a problem... Can you send me the payment details?
     
  24. DB537

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    You can send by PayPal to drbramblett@gmail.com, and the total is $40.29 which includes the shipping

    Sent from my SCH-I545PP using Tapatalk
     
  25. squeaks

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    sorry for the delay - just placed my order via etsy. thanks!
     
  26. DB537

    DB537 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Got it. Thanks!
     
  27. Davidsjferguson

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    Just sent payment for my set through Etsy!
     
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  28. DB537

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    Thanks! Your set will ship on Monday morning. I'm waiting for another order of shipping boxes for these to arrive.

    Spiderstella, Emma, and Squeaks' sets are all going out within the hour, and you should have already received your shipping notifications.
     
  29. MattgomeryBurns

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    Just wanted to give DB537 a shout out for his awesome communication throughout this run and quick turnaround on the matchbooks. His packaging and shipping were also top notch.
     
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  30. DB537

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    Still available and ready to ship now. :cool
     
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  31. Ojobenito

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    Mine arrived today. Absolutely great replicas. They are perfect. Thanks a lot for your time creating them.
     
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  32. ruscoe

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    Did anyone else in the UK get hit with a £12.71 customs charge?
     
  33. Jintosh

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    Ouch. :eek
     
  34. DB537

    DB537 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't think the other orders have been delivered yet, but I'd expect the same charge for at least some of those.

    That's somewhere around a $15 or $16 USD fee which I think is excessive for a ~$25 item.

    The U.S. doesn't even have customs charges on items valued under $800.
     
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  35. EmmaInCandyland

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    That’s the UK for you, on top of the regular custom charge, they force in a £8 of “handling fees” which is awful... I guess mine will be charged too...
     
  36. ruscoe

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    Yep, 20% (£4.71) VAT + £8 in charges.
     
  37. jhk1976

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    Yep, Scrabble tile rack for the win!

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  38. DB537

    DB537 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Still available. :)
     
  39. ruscoe

    ruscoe Active Member

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    I received mine and they look great. Good work on getting the disclaimer translated into multiple languages. Thanks a lot!
     
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  40. Davidsjferguson

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    Got my matchbooks this afternoon, thanks DB537 they are amazing!
     
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  41. EmmaInCandyland

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    Yup got the same charges :(, now awaiting on the matches!
     
  42. Davidsjferguson

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    Lucky you Emma my charges were £15.23!
     
  43. EmmaInCandyland

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    Maybe because you ordered more, so the price was higher! But yeah, this is absolutely ridiculous!!
     
  44. DB537

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    Less actually. He only ordered 1 set.

    It would seem that the customs fees are either randomly calculated or are inconsistently applied.
     
  45. EmmaInCandyland

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    They are thieves, seriously... They don't tax if the parcel is under $15 normally.
     
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  46. DB537

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    Still available! :cool
     
  47. Onkelpsycho

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    Arrived today... Without customs, without any charges. Just perfect... :)

    The matchbooks are totally awesome, I'm really happy with it... Thanks, Daniel. Great job...!!! :thumbsup
     
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  48. Spiderstella

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    Got mine and they are awesome thanks Daniel!

    and as for customs I think they are just making it up as they go along as I ordered 12 matchbooks and my fee was £12.22

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  49. EmmaInCandyland

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    Yeap finally managed to get redeliver mine!

    They look amazing! I just wished the colour was slightly lighter, but it's amazing quality! However didn't got the paper everybody was talking about! What was it!!!

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  50. DB537

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    Looks great!

    I had to pack the multi orders differently to avoid excessive postage.

    The single set orders had a reject prototype George McFly paper from the 2014 run that never happened because of problems with PayPal.
    I used them as the filler for the shipping boxes.
     
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