Time for a well overdue update. There's a lot to unpack here so I'll try to be as detailed as possible.
MiTo has been working with our manufacturing team to make his packaging designs into a reality. Our experience in this area historically has been extremely straightforward. With GMK we send designs over and they more or less look after the rest of it. For our own keycaps produced in China, sending designs plus a little bit of coordination gets us a finished product. We incorrectly thought the Godspeed packaging would be of similar complexity.
For what we're trying to do with the Godspeed Keycap packaging, we've run into setback after setback. In particular, the printing choices that we've made to get something as close as possible to MiTo's designs has proven problematic. Below is a photo of the designs on our standard "Craft cardboard" that we use for our standard keycaps:
These samples were done and ready to go about 6 weeks ago... But we wanted MiTo's vision to be fully realized, so getting it on a white background shouldn't be so bad right? Excuse the potato resolution, but here's what we got on round 2:
Looking good, and pretty much good to print. We were ready to approve and get going when we found this problem:
Over time the ink on the corners would show signs of cracking- so we worked with the packaging manufacturer on different inks/pigments to get us something that would be more durable and maintain its pristine look over time.
A couple of final approval rounds later, and we're finally done. Note that each of these rounds takes about a week (to produce, get it to the Drop employees in SF, and then conference call MiTo in Brazil and review with him, and then provide feedback). Also the cracking problem wasn't immediately apparent, it showed up many days after receiving the samples (we almost went to production before it revealed itself).
So here we are, now 2 months into the process, and we have a final approved product that is being manufactured as we speak. Once that's done, it'll be about a week to get it to Sig Plastics, another 30 days for the keycap collating, 7 days to our warehouse, and finally shipped out to you. Yes folks, sadly, that puts our revised timeline sometime around December.
Hope this post gives you a little insight into the nature of these delays, and we look forward to getting you a wonderfully packaged keycap set in the near future.