Namespace LLC is using Kickstarter to bring positive change and playful humor to the collectible toy market with their 1:18th scale Karen and Joe the Manager figures.
Bringing together global expertise in product design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution, the team’s Kickstarter campaign aims to transform the iconic and recognizable characters of the entitled Karen and overworked Joe the Manager into fun and inspiring collectible toys.
“We’re looking for fun even in uncertain times like these,” said Matt Jacquot, Sales Manager at Namespace, “and with these two characters, we want to encourage positive change and even foster a little more tolerance.”
The 3.75-inch action figures are based on the modern cultural phenomenon of the vocal, privileged Karen and her customer service counterpart, Joe the Manager. The funding campaign has begun today and will run for 30 days to secure the funding for production. Namespace has chosen this route to reduce customer risk and to introduce Karen and Joe to the largest possible audience.
With founding members from the US, UK, China, France, Spain and India, the team chose freelance Ukrainian designer and illustrator Denys Samboval to work on the project and help bring Karen and Joe to life.
“I take inspiration from every day,” Denys said, “and we’ve all seen Karen’s or Joe’s in the news or in our daily lives, so this project was easy to relate to.”
The company has already invested in the design and prototyping of the figures in preparing for the market, and the Kickstarter campaign for Karen and Joe the Manager action figures is available here: https://kickstarter.com/projects/namespacetoys/karen-and-joe-the-manager-action-figures
Do you know who I am?
With her degree in misinformation from Social Media University and her God-given right to bear a grudge, Karen’s here to fight the perceived wrongs of the privileged, and to demand unrealistic customer service for the entitled! She’s driving the biggest SUV because climate change is a hoax, sheeple, and no, she won’t wear a mask because other people’s health is other people’s problem. A Karen is the universal embodiment of #mefirst – always ready to call the manager, call the police, or just call for another round of morning margaritas because it’s always wine-o-clock somewhere!
I’m not even supposed to be here today
He’s overworked, underpaid, and desperate to avoid Karen’s attention – Joe the Manager is the action figure for anyone who’s ever heard the words ‘the customer is always right and quietly wanted to burn their workplace to the ground. HR has misspelled his name badge, he’s facing an onslaught of unreasonable demands, and his mask is as much to keep people safe as it is to cover how hard he’s biting his tongue, but Joe the Manager is always ready to at least try to help.