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FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

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    FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Hi Everyone ! I have some exciting news and a couple of surprises to share.
    It's been about 2 months coming, but I've finally reached a point that I can
    get it all out A lot of you already know, and have known for 6 weeks.

    But you have to read the whole thing to see what's up I know I'm long
    winded, but bear with me

    Recently, I launched a MAJOR overhaul to my website. For many years
    it stagnated. Neglected. And quite honestly, it looked like something
    from the early 90's It's been on my "to do" list but I just never found
    the time. I decided some time ago that change was in order. After a
    number of failed attempts at farming out the work to other members,
    I bit the bullet and got the ball rolling. And while not all of the content
    is available just yet, it's live. The rest of the content is being added in
    segments over the course of the next few weeks as time permits. At this
    point it's mostly text copy thats's missing. So wherever there is "Greek",
    you're not seeing things. They're simply formatting placeholder blocks
    for what will be inserted at a later date. But there are quite a few very
    important factors that motivated tall the change.

    First and foremost, the more of our older membership that moves on,
    there remain few that can carry on the community history. That proves
    troublesome for someone like me, who has primarily relied on word of
    mouth to share my work with the community, for obvious reasons. Here
    in the States, most of you know that we're governed by a very different
    set of rules to live by than some of our European vendors in regard to
    copyright and intellectual property. But some of you may not understand
    why you may hear a name like mine, and can't dig much up on me.

    This is because traditionally, guys like me try to fly as far under the radar
    as possible. We don't have an eCommerce website, no shopping cart, no
    checkout. We simply cannot . It's not only disrespectful to the studios and
    license holders, it's illegal. So we rely on a stray thread here or there.
    Nothing to platform what we do. So eventually, people start to forget who
    pioneered the community, and most especially what this forum was founded
    on - and that is building a "Screen Accurate" replica.

    My new website is intended to establish an informative record of my parts
    and history with TheDentedHelmet.com, as well as a platform to show my
    works. From now on, if a new member is curious about "Fettpride", they'll
    only need to look in one place. No more scouring old forum threads. This
    has been a very long time coming. In a manner of speaking, I'm coming
    out of the closet. But don't expect anything more than that. I'm not
    de-cloaking to the world. My service to TDH is still exclusive. There will
    however, be some better ways to contact me very soon as well.

    But none of this is the exciting part for YOU ;-)

    What you MIGHT find exciting, is that this is the "Official" announcement
    for more budget minded items that I will be presenting to TDH exclusively.
    Since introducing the first quality screen accurate "Budget" helmet castings
    last year, I've been asked time and time again if there were any other
    "Budget" parts in mind for the future.

    In commemoration of nearly 10 years with TDH and the roll out of the new
    website I've decided a little celebration is in order. I see TDH making a
    change for the better recently. With the cleansing that is well under way
    (ROCK ON ART !) , it really is time to get back to basics. So I'm going to
    do my part in helping us get back to our roots.

    Over the last few years I've seen a decline in the interest in making screen
    accurate replicas, and more of a focus on durability and cost alternatives.
    I'm not the only one as it turns out. I've actually seen a stray thread here or
    there in regards to the same concern.

    What exactly is a cost effective alternative to what is actually screen accurate ?
    Fiberglass ? Metal ? Wrong. Actually, there is no alternative to screen accuracy,
    because screen accuracy is cheaper to begin with

    Screen Accuracy 101 - Fett Armor is vacuum formed. Period. And it's cheaper
    than any alternative, with the exception of trash can armor If you do a bit of
    research, you will find that the least expensive armor ever offered to date, has
    always been vacuum formed armor. And still is. My very own. The ONLY screen
    accurate armor in detail, materials, and fabrication. Nearly 10 years in development.
    Brought to you by the finest minds TDH has ever had to offer. This simply cannot be
    forgotten The history will be covered on my site

    Durability - Of course, durability is certainly a concern for those that troop in their
    gear on a regular basis. But there is a misconception about ABS / Styrene durability.
    In allmy years, I've received feedback from no more members than can be counted
    on onehand with a break or rip. If you're worried about your cat, dog, or toddler
    chewing onyour armor, or breaking your armor - c'mon guys You shouldn't
    be leaving your gear lay on the floor after you've poured your heart and sole into
    making it anyway And, paint doesn't just seemingly fall off styrene out of the
    clear blue after a few troops Durability is truly a balance between
    updated engineering in material grades, and common sense.

    That being said, if "screen accurate" wasn't already the most affordable, I'm putting
    my money where my mouth is (so to speak). I'll be spreading the screen accuracy
    bug again VERY soon with "BUDGET" options for both Armor AND Gauntlets alike !!
    That will be 3 first time ever screen accurate "budget" options for the community.


    Here's what's on the SHORT horizon …

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    1. Budget Armor : $225 + $15 shipping in the U.S. ($20 additional for over seas).
    ----------------------------------------------

    As most of you know, I've barely changed my prices over the last 8
    years, and have made every attempt to lock in the balance between
    consistency in both quality and value while staying true to the original
    screen used armor. You've always known what to expect. But I'm
    changing how we roll here at TDH, again. Same quality, little sacrifice.

    I generally use VERY thick material for my armor. Borderline too thick
    for screen accuracy. But that was the balance I was referring to. Plastic
    is a petroleum product, and isn't cheap. The thicker the material, the more
    cost per sheet. And with petrol prices on the rise it's a commodity.

    To make this budget offering possible, I'm going total screen accurate.
    The plastic used will be a little thinner than what I offer for the standard
    sets. But not so much so that it will sacrifice durability. Most of you know
    I'm just a stickler for overkill normally. And as always, the parts that are
    most susceptive to failure will be done in thicker material no matter what.
    But it's just enough of an adjustment to offer the most screen accurate armor
    at a very affordable price. As always, either version is available. I will
    NOT be discontinuing the standard version. It will still be
    offered at regular prices.

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    2. Budget Gauntlets : $155 shipped in the U.S. ($20 additional over seas)
    ---------------------------------------------------

    Back in the day when I first came aboard TDH, I offered vacuum formed
    gauntlets. Quite frankly, they were a pain in the arse. And, the fact is, they were
    more expensive to make than fiberglass. I switched to fiberglass due to demand. But
    we're trying to get back to our roots. And it is the only thing I've offered that colored
    outside the lines with with fiberglass. So the budget version will be vacuum formed
    with very like-kind accessories to the standard versions. As always, either version is
    available. I'm NOT discontinuing my standard version. They will still be offered at
    regular prices.

    Both versions of gauntlets have been "re-tooled" for 2010 and my 10th Anniversary
    with TDH ! So check out the pics on the site. What you see will be offered in both
    formed and glass alike.

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    3. DENTLESS Armor : $225 + $15 shipping in the U.S. ($20 additional for over seas).
    ---------------------------------------------------

    The very first screen accurate "Dentless" Fett Armor. Wether you prefer to make the
    dents yourself (which is actually the only true screen accurate representation) or just
    want to make a different version of Fett such as a Supertrooper, or Custom Mando.
    Another first to the community.



    ** A special note to members that may have purchased armor in the recent few
    weeks **

    I realize that this announcement may come a a bit of a shock. However, I have to
    draw the line somewhere when I change gears. It was only very recently that I was
    afforded the opportunity to offer such items to the community. I appreciate your
    understanding.


    All of this will be in effect immediately. I've finally secured a new reliable source to
    lock in these prices for accurate forming materials. The majority of production will
    take place in a few short weeks … AFTER Celebration 5 (which I will in fact be
    attending). But any new orders will be afforded these new options.

    I realize I've been VERY hard to reach, and I've been very slow on orders as well. Not
    my norm. But now perhaps it will all make sense. It's a daunting task when you're
    just one man. I know most of you truly get that. And I thank you so much for all of
    your patience. This is a very necessary change that needed to take place. In the end,
    it helps and betters the community.


    On a small side note, I hear that "FPARMOR" has been a little confusing over the
    years, since I've always gone by "Fettpride". "FP" of course, stands for "FettPride".

    However, from this point forth, you can make the correlation either way you like.

    www.fparmor.com

    www.fettpride.com




    Best Wishes,

    Chris
    Last edited by fettpride; Jul 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM.

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    welshwarrior123's Avatar
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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Way hey Chris nice one, was waiting for you to let this out. Awesome work brother
    Pm sent
    Welsh

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    The website is absolutely fantastic!,,,Really excited about the buget items as well. Been doin this a long time, following for years, glad to see you doing so well, good luck!

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    deadland's Avatar
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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Cats out of the bag now!!! Like I have said before Chris I love the new site and the options that you are providing to everyone here is fantastic.

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    I helped at SDCC '08 Jango 5204's Avatar
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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Is it just my computer, or are the descriptions in a different language?

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    Mullreel's Avatar
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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Not just yours, didn't recognize the language either



    Can't wait to waste time on the new websites

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Congrats FP!

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Someone didn't read everything

    FETTPRIDE said:
    At this point it's mostly text copy thats's missing. So wherever there is "Greek",
    you're not seeing things. They're simply formatting placeholder blocks
    for what will be inserted at a later date.


    Thanks for the props guys

    Chris

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Praesent vestibulum molestie lacus. Aenean nonummy hendrerit khvmauris. saf.!!! Or something

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    Nice post, nice armor, nice helmet, nice website and nice you! :P
    If I go Boba, I'll go with your stuff for sure!
    Thank you so much for your contribution to the prop community

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    Mojo-Fett's Avatar
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    Excited about the vac formed gaunts Chris!! needed some of these!

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    lawdawg 35's Avatar
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    Wow Chris, Truly amazing!! You have done right by yourself and this community!! Bravo!

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    You guys are great, thank you

    I updated the first big butt post to reflect different pricing. In YOUR favor.
    When I posted this morning, it had been typed up nearly two months ago
    and I never updated the pricing.

    Just a note about armor pricing ..

    Because of the size of the box needed to ship (that pesky backplate), the USPS
    is starting to ding us REALLY bad for anything over 17 inches wide. So I have to charge additional for that. But the gauntlets and helmets as always are shipping included in the U.S.

    Best,

    Chris

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    cool!!!

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    Community Founder Art Andrews's Avatar
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    Site looks great, Chris! Excellent relaunch. Thanks for all that you have done and continue to do to support this community!

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    WOW...your site rocks my man!! Great job!!

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    The placeholder text is called "Lorem Ipsum" and is mock-Latin text used by typesetters. It's gibberish.

    Nice site by the way. Looking forward to seeing the new product.

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    FPArmor stands for FettPride?????????

    I always thought it was "Farmer" and you just weren't a good spellur.

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    Awsome site!!! And thank you :-)

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    About time you rolled this out.
    maybe I should get my own website...

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    This is great Chris! Congrats!

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    Great news for everyone! Congrats Chris!

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Nice to see a update to your site. How come it in spanish?

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    I could translate it if Chris needed to, but I don't think so.

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    Re: FETTPRIDE : ANNOUNCEMENT - BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Hey buddy, this has been a long time coming for you, congrats on your hard work... site looks great... love the budget stuff.
    I think allot of new comers don't realize how far this hobby has come, and to have someone like FETTPRIDE that can simply provide us with all his goodies, its a wonderful thing....I think Trash Can armor is a thing from the past.

    Congrats again Chris..

    Cheers!!
    Last edited by Spideyfett; Aug 2, 2010 at 8:26 AM.

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