Urban legend, internet sensation and cult horror/video game character Slender Man is being turned into a plush toy.
Nevermore Toys is seeking $10,000 to produce the 32-inch soft plush doll on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. The product will be priced at $50. There are also limited edition prints available for an additional fee.
The firm previously launched a line of urban legend-inspired figures earlier this year, titled Legendary Monsters.
Slender Man (or Slenderman) is a mythical creature often depicted as a tall, thin figure wearing a black suit and a blank face. According to the legend, he can stretch or shorten his arms at will and has tentacle-like appendages protruding from his back.
On June 8th, 2009, a ‘paranormal pictures’ Photoshop contest was launched on the Something Awful Forums online. On June 10th, user Victor Surge posted two black and white photographs of unnamed children with a short description of a mysterious creature who stalked children. Slender Man was born.
Since then, Slender Man has become an internet sensation. It’s been turned into video games, apps and watched millions of times on YouTube. Even Morphsuits has a Slender Man costume available.
"Slender Man is a 32-inch plush created with the finest fabrics and materials," read a statement. "He is a soft, yet durable toy."
Nevermore Toys is headed by owner and design director R. Todd Broadwater, who has more than 13 years’ experience in the toy and game industry. He’s worked on toys like Batman, Star Wars and X-Men figures, and video games such as Fallout 3 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
Broadwater said: "The Slender Man 32-inch Plush is being made by Gann Industries and once all orders are taken, I am "hands off" again until the dolls are complete which will take another 90 days.
"When Slender Man returns, the only step left is to ship him to your door. No painting or packing is needed. This "stagger effect" of product development is where one product leaves and the previous one returns for final polish. This is how these product lines will be developed, maintained and shipped."