Why Is My Gummy Bear Nightlight Flashing?

Is your Gummy Bear Nightlight flashing? Then it most likely needs new batteries! Check out the video below to learn how to correctly switch out the batteries, so your Gummy Bear can shine on into the night. Hint: There’s a trick that involves a teeny bit of patience, but don’t worry. You got this! 💡

Here’s how to do it:

  • Simply open the battery case using a small coin.
  • Then remove the batteries and wait 30 seconds before replacing them.
  • Pop the cover back on and you’re good to go!
  • Still having trouble? Email one of our friendly customer service team members at hello@fctry.com

Why We Launch Our Action Figures As Pre-Orders

There’s something we’ve been meaning to talk to you about for a while now, and that something is pre-orders. We get a ton of questions about why we launch our action figures as pre-orders, and we totally get it. In the age of Amazon and same-day delivery, why would anyone pay for a product so far in advance? (Although, it is kind of fun to get a gift from your past self, right? 😉)

Okay, drum roll. Here it is: The main reason we pre-sell our action figures is because… we can’t read your mind. No, seriously – it’s basically impossible for us to predict how many of you are going to want a particular figure before we start selling them, and demand varies wildly. We’ve had some launches that only sold a few thousand action figures, and others that have sold more than 100,000. If we ordered 5,000 when we needed 100,000 we’d be in trouble. If we ordered 100,000 when we only needed 5,000, well, then we’d be out of business. As you can see, it’s a bit of a conundrum and as a small company (there are just 13 of us!) we can’t afford to place big bets on production orders… at least for now.  

For us, taking pre-orders eliminates all the guesswork. This way, we know exactly how many action figures we need to make. That’s great for us. But what about you?

Well, think of it as our way of holding your spot in line. Once we’ve received the first shipment of an action figure, we ship them out in the order they were pre-ordered (that’s a bit of a mouthful, but hopefully it makes sense). Basically, if you were the first to order your action figure, you’ll be the first to receive it. We also try our best to keep you updated on shipping timelines along the way so you’ll have a pretty good idea of when to schedule the welcome party.

Once we start to build up some sales history, we can better predict how many action figures we need to have on hand to stay in stock. However, we do sometimes stock out faster than expected and have to ask you to pre-order while we make more. This was often the case with RBG, who smashed not only the patriarchy, but our sales expectations for every shipment that came in last year. Some might say she’s a notoriously good seller.

We know there’s a huge amount of trust involved when it comes to pre-ordering a product, and as such, we take this very seriously. Not to brag or anything, but we’re now a Google Trusted Store. In fact, they trust us so much, they’ll guarantee your order up to $1000. 😍 See here.

One more thing! We will always refund pre-orders with no questions asked, right up until the day they ship. Promise! Just email the friendly team at hello@fctry.com with your order number. Or, if you want to edit your order, change your shipping address, double check that everything’s still on schedule, or even suggest your own idea for our next Real Life Action Figure, we’re always listening – and we’ve got real life people handling every case personally.

If you have any other questions about pre-orders, please drop ‘em in the comments below.


The FCTRY team

Kamala Harris Is (Almost) Ready For Action

If you backed our RBG Action Figure on Kickstarter, you probably know we have a Kamala Harris Action Figure on the way. It’s a long road from concept to final production, so we thought we’d give you a quick update on where she’s at, and say thank you for being so patient.

Sculptor-extraordinaire Mike Leavitt has scaled down the Senator in his trademark style, and since then she’s been through the wringer – scanned, prototyped, transformed from clay sculpture to posable action figure, and we’re now in the process of perfecting paint colors and box design before she’s ready for production. This means she won’t look exactly like the photo above – she’ll look even more realistic.

Just a heads up! You’re going to see an announcement about another action figure in the next couple of days, but not to worry. This won’t impact or delay the production of Kamala in any way (we promise).

For those of you who ordered Kamala by pledging $100+ during the RBG Kickstarter campaign, we’ll send out another email with an update on shipping. In the meantime, sit tight and we’ll ship the tiny senator out to you just as soon as production is complete.

To stay updated on all the latest action figure news, follow us on Instagram.

Vote For Your Favorite Photo of the RBG Action Figure

To mark the successful delivery of our first shipment of RBG Action Figures,* we ran an Instagram contest to find the best photo of our little Justice, tagged #NotoriousAF (get it?). We received more than 700 entries from RBG fans all over the world, so the FCTRY team got together to do the difficult task of choosing our top 10 photos.

In the spirit of democracy, we want YOU to vote for your favorite. The lucky winner will receive a full set of Real Life Action FiguresCheck out the top 10 photos below, and scroll to the bottom to vote for your favorite.

*For those of you who ordered your RBG after the first shipment, be on the lookout for her to arrive soon. Shipping begins next week!

@selgear’s RBG Mosh Pit 

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@robrobrobyeah’s Fearless Girl

@astronautof’s Baby RBG

@akittycalledruth’s Purrrfect Playmate

@tainaconcurls’ Justice Flakes

@pake50’s Beach Walk

@marciabee’s Out of Office

@blanketmichaeljackson’s Cheeto Smash

@gaelen’s Dissent Dogs

@ape_owl’s Supreme Stance

Decided on your favorite? Click the button below to vote! Voting closes Wednesday 11/21/18.

Bring On the Blue Wave

There’s an 85% chance the Democrats will take back the house after the mid-term elections on Tuesday, but that’s no reason to sit back and relax. We figured you might want to post something on social media before the mid-terms encouraging others to vote — you’re good like that — so we created these fun graphics to help you out. Scroll down to see Liz, Barack, and Bernie advocating for change (and yes, POTUS makes an appearance too).

Click the download links and get sharing!


Download Liz


Download Barry


Download Bernie


Download the Evil Cheeto

Meet RBG’s Notorious Posse

Paper Dolls for Discerning Dissenters, Featuring Marty Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, and Sandra Day O’Connor. Oh, and The Notorious B.I.G.

And, unlike Paul Manafort, they’re totally free.

Earlier this year, we launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of our Ruth Bader Ginsburg Action Figure based on the sculpture by artist Mike Leavitt. We were blown away by the response to the campaign. It smashed our previous record, raising a whopping $613,705 from more than 15,000 backers, each taking home an RBG (or two, or three) to call their own.

During the campaign, we promised to give everyone a set of free paper doll friends to keep RBG company, and today we’re making good on that promise.

RBG’s Paper Doll Posse is made up of iconic characters including the Justice’s late hubby Marty, sister-in-law and fellow Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, dearly-departed friend, foil and colleague Antonin Scalia, and the not-quite-as Notorious B.I.G. The squad is here to stand by your RBG, wherever she may be dissenting in your home or office. So what are you waiting for? Click the download link below and get printing.

Paper hater? Try these alternatives for your posse.

Sticker Paper: Dig out your ’90s sticker book or slap ’em on your laptop with printable sticker paper.

Magnet Sheets: Up your fridge magnet game by printing them on magnetic paper.

Fabric Paper: Take the doll in paper dolls a step further by printing your posse on fabric paper. Print two of each, sew them together and stuff them with cotton wool for a more huggable crew.

Mod Podge: Use this clear sealant to adorn your favorite coffee mug or frame with your choice of posse members. Simply print them on regular paper and slather with the Podge.

Don’t forget to show us what your posse is up to by posting your snaps to Instagram and tagging us @fctry. For more RBG news, check out how money raised from our Kickstarter campaign is helping girls all over the world.

How Your Kickstarter Pledge Is Helping Girls All Over The World

Good news, dissenters! While all your RBG Action Figures are being boxed up and shipped out, we’re beyond excited to announce that FCTRY has donated more than $15,000 USD to our charity of choice, She’s The First.

As you know, we came up against a few roadblocks when choosing a cause to donate a portion of our proceeds to, but with your help we eventually found a deserving recipient in STF. We promised to donate $1 USD per backer and that’s exactly what we did, which means STF received a whopping $15,654.00 USD. How awesome is that?!

The money raised will support She’s the First in fighting for gender equality through education. As the name suggests, STF supports young women who will be the first in their families to graduate from high school. The nonprofit organization also offers scholarships, mentoring programs, and life skills training to students around the world, helping to foster the next generation of global leaders.

FCTRY paid a visit to this year’s STF summit in New York City, where we saw that just like RBG herself, STF scholars go on to become leaders for their peers, their communities, and future generations to come. We touched base with co-founders Tammy and Christen, and heard from graduated STF scholars like Janani Loganathan, who is doing incredible work to benefit her local community back in India — proving that education equals endless opportunity.

At the summit, we also heard more about the three key areas STF focuses their work on: Education for Girls through funding and after-school programs. Mentorship with trained female mentors who have experience in the hurdles these young women are likely to face, and Global Leadership Training through its own leadership curriculum for STF scholars.

Having more female leaders in the world is something we can totally get behind, and we’re pretty sure the notorious RBG would agree. We’ll have another update for you soon on how our donation to STF is benefiting girls around the world, but in the meantime go forth and smash that patriarchy!

Again, thank you so, so much for continuing to support our projects. We hope you’ll love your RBG Action Figure just as much as we do.