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Golden Star Monkey King Reborn Artisan Keycap

Golden Star Monkey King Reborn Artisan Keycap

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An (in)famous figure in Chinese folklore, the Monkey King has quite the resume. Highlights include rebelling against the gods, butting heads with the Buddha, and conquering demons on a quest through China Read More

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Hi everyone, It has come to our attention that there were certain concerns regarding the colors being washed-out and the quality of the sculpt in general. We would like to address these as below:
  • These are not painted. All of our caps are made of 100% hand-cast resin.
  • The lighting in the product pictures didn't help with representing the actual colors and the surface/finish of the caps. We sent the whole line-up to a professional studio and these are the results: https://imgur.com/gallery/kPiYwzj?fbclid=IwAR0m7xa1LctTQ5bx-InyI80BxzTJYr-HVOI_yEprVTQepU6zWUe45um-tx0 . No further edits were made to the photos. Also, please note that these are from the same batch of samples that we shipped to Drop a few months back for evaluation and their product photos.
We understand that this clarification is a bit late now that the Drop has ended. The timing was just a bit unfortunate for us as it was right after our big holiday and things got a bit slow. However, regardless of the sales number, we are happy to be back on Drop, and grateful of the support we have received from them (Spencer and Kevin in particular) in getting this going. Now, of course it's time for us to fulfill the orders and make sure our backers are happy with the results (which we're sure they will be ;)). It's been nice learning, and see you in the next drops.
roymt76
2
Feb 7, 2020
Absolutely no for this unfinish, un-smoothing surface make me grind.
sedaji
3
Feb 5, 2020
These look fantastic. I want all the colors but a bulk buy would put me on the streets real quick. Wish there was a deal for buying multiple caps.
Howdy artisan collectors, I've included some images of the keycap in a more "natural" setting that better depicts the caps in the real world rather in studio photography. The colors look great in person and like @DillonHightower said, the matte resin casting results in a nice color and texture.
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Pennywise359
257
Feb 5, 2020
Those pics look 10 times better than the pics from actual drop.
Yellowhalo
93
Feb 6, 2020
Nice shishi. The natural lighting really makes them pop. I love it. Definitely getting the enlightened monkey king.
smallbit
1313
Feb 5, 2020
Does the blue one have a toof? In one of the pictures it doesn't have a tooth but in the others it has a toof. Please clarify toof. edit: also this is an awesome drop. glws
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Not a render. Yes some colorways have a tooth painted in :)
smallbit
1313
Feb 5, 2020
awesome! thanks sir
esquimo
96
Feb 4, 2020
Nice one Golden Star, GLWS.
OK, What alot of people are not realizing is this. The price is fine. It is Actually on the low end for the spectrum from most makers these days. GSK normally have raffles that sell for $65 + shipping. They have tons of people lining up to pay that for their weekly raffles. This particular cap is put out there so you can have a chance to own something from GSK , rather than depend on your chances of winning a normal raffle, Which can be rather low, And you may go months without winning a single cap. The caps in this sale are matt resin casting. They are not shiny, but I can attest that they look wonderful in person. The fur looks more natural with the non gloss finish. It actually makes the color more vivid as well. (unfornutally these pictures posted on the drop are over exposed ) You guys should look here for more pictures of the matt finish caps, under normal lighting. https://www.instagram.com/goldenstar_keycap/ They look fantastic in person, there is no denying it. This is my own personal Comission that GSK did for me. I Paid 4x + more per cap than what you guys are talking about here. But the point is, that for a $46 dollar cap, that will be in a "Group Buy" Have your expectations set correctly... They are good caps and will be a great focal point of your keeb if you are just getting started collecting artisans.
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Kyren22
27
Feb 5, 2020
Sure does! The recent Dwarf Factory sold 1.4k and it cost LESS. Sorry the truth hurts bucko.
neruval
20
Feb 5, 2020
Wow you really dont get it do you. I would take one of these over those encapsulated keycaps anyday, mainly because I dont like those kinds of caps. It doesnt attract me. Same as this one might not attract you. And thats fine.. Bucko..
Kyren22
27
Feb 4, 2020
Yikes, this artisan looks rushed. Not worth the asking price at all. Don't understand how this has more backing than previous artisans to fail, that only looked better than these.
@Kyren22 Unfortunately our brand guidelines dictates that products have to fill the image "space' rather than be depicted as more true to size. This affects many artisans that definitely look better in real life than in pictures, where having it magnified is not great. I can attest that the samples on hand look great, and the images don't really do it justice.
Kyren22
27
Feb 5, 2020
I have $45-60 artisans, this ain't on par with a SINGLE one of them. It's a fact these aren't worth the asking price. How many have sold is a very accurate representation of such.
Cyphre
2662
Feb 4, 2020
I like the sculpt, but the colorways all seem too light, like a sort of faded spectrum rather than anything bold.
Cyphre
2662
Feb 6, 2020
It seems like some are close, but for example, the one with the orange face and red to black fur? Really close to GMK samurai, but just not quite. Other more basic options could at least be more easily fit into existing colorways, such as a deep black fur and some color of face/accents. Maybe something with a deep purple for that Laser/Future Funk flair.
neruval
20
Feb 6, 2020
I think at least three/four of them are for a set. I think the "Healed" one should match GMK Camping because the colorscheme looks really similar to the artisan collab they did for that set with other sculpts. Same goes for the "Nuked" one. This one should match GMK Kaiju (I think). And there is "Carbonized" which should clearly match any Carbon set. And lastly the "Troubled" version for the Troubled Minds sets. But I agree, wouldve loved to see some popular colorway options!
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Yellowhalo
93
Feb 4, 2020
I don't agree with everyone here. I don't see anything wrong with the sculpt and the coloring. I think it looks great. And the color is well done. You also have to keep in mind that drop's photos mutes and desaturates the actual color due to their studio lighting. GSK is pretty reputable and their raffles usually go around 60usd. The price for this keycap is decent for a large volume run. Sure I could argue that it would still be fair if it's priced at ard 35usd to 40usd, but if it comes with the usual GSK packaging, I'm not complaining. When it comes to pricing with artisans, it's hard to say the standard. It's entirely up to the artisan maker how they want to price their keycaps.
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Yellowhalo
93
Feb 7, 2020
As an enthusiast I disagree, I own artisans from $20 all the way to $100 and above. Please do keep in mind that this is a hobby where high end keycap sets go for at least $120, high end keyboards go for at least $400-500. I kid you not that there are makers, that I do respect and support, who sells resin blanks at $40+. The color combination is not bad, they are made to match with existing and upcoming GMK keysets. I love the matte resin on these compared to my $100 Keyforge Shishi. I don't see the 'worst finish and smoothing surface ever' you are talking about. You probably came to that conclusion because your perception of quality are limited to those makers. I respect hotkeysproject and dwarf factory, but you have to understand why their prices are low even though their quality is nothing to scoff at. As for Zomo, I personally don't classify their caps as artisans, but just novelties, but that's just me, if you do, that's totally fine. Zomo are cnc machined keycaps. Volume of production, size of studio, labor cost and other factors all come in play in determining the price. I can't imagine what would happen if more established makers decided to sell on drop only to get bashed by people who don't understand and value their work.
I feel that the mix of wanting low volume/exclusivity prevents popular, enthusiast makers from the desire of selling on our platform. The raffle method is successful for most of the ones that I've spoke to because it generates hype and gives them a control of how much they can create. There are however, many artisan that have quantity limits based on their ability and I've had some complaints and criticism of the drop ending too early. Even for wrist rests, keycap sets - etc. Bashing and criticism will always be a thing in the community but it's finally nice to hear someone voice out the right information with my agreement :)
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