Last month we saw a very ambitious and exciting Kickstarter project, which aims to create replicas of every mask from Majora’s Mask. Founder of the project, Frida Paredes, wants to make 16 sets of the 31 different types of masks she’s recreating; which amounts to a whopping 500 masks over a two-to-three month period.

Despite the clearly huge scale of this task, there are some doubters that are criticising the project for being more expensive than it needs to be. Frida got in touch with us so that she could reassure Zelda fans of the intense amount of work and funding required to complete the project.

To give an idea of the level of quality that Frida will deliver, she says, “For an example of what the masks are going to look like, you want to look at the wearable Majora’s Mask that I have in my Etsy shop. Not the Keaton mask that I made 3 years ago.”

As for materials, they don’t come cheap. “All the masks will be made out of resin and/or neoprene (latex compound). Only masks like the postman’s hat will be made out of neoprene for functional purposes.”

“We are professional artists who are dedicated to creating high quality products”

“Smooth-on products are in general $100 per gallon,” she adds. “I can make about 3 masks with each gallon of material (fiberglass-filled resin which is light and strong) so I would need about 166 gallons of the fiberglass-filled resin. So far we are looking at 25k.”

Then there’s the equipment and workplace to consider. “Rent for my small art studio is $750 a month,” says Frida, who adds that there are is also “studio maintenance, things like gloves, paint, mold release, straps, cleaning supplies, mixing buckets, packing supplies, and international shipping” to take into consideration.

To create quality products, you need professional workers, which is another large factor. “There will be 3 people working full time on this project and 2 additional people working in the assembling, painting and packaging phase of the project. All of the people that will be working in this project are professional prop makers, sculptors or painters.

“These professionals are used to getting paid a minimum of $150 a day and I will not, and cannot, pay them less than that for their level of skill.” To put things in perspective, she continues, “Just considering labor, the budget is already exceeding 27K.”

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“I just wanted to share this information with you guys so that you can see that we are professional artists who are dedicated to creating high quality products that are not overpriced. Hope this helps clear up the doubts about the Kickstarter project that I so badly want to fund.”

It seems to me that Frida is making no compromises in her quest to make the definitive set or Majora’s Mask replicas, and that’s highly respectable. If you’re as convinced as I am, you have until October 18 before the Kickstarter closes to support this amazing project.

  • Shane Swor

    Licensing costs? I think the minimum Nintendo America would require is approximately $12,000 (3 year contract) minimum up front if they are anything like lower end licensees. Closer to $40,000 (2 year contract) if they are anything like LucasFilm (Disney) exists now; just for the replica mask license. License calculations average about 12% of each sale until you reach your minimum guarantee, and then you owe 12% on each additional sale (per unit) after. Exceeding the minimum of course is what gets the Licensee to ask for continued business.

    Just thinking that it would be a shame to reach a kickstarter goal only to get a C&D.

    But going about this the right way, and providing that minimum guarantee (license) only helps the individual as well as the licensing/replica world. I didn’t see this figure included in the over head costs. Did I miss something?