CALLSIGN: LONGBOW™ Backerkit Pre-Order Store


Retro 3-3/4" O-Ring Action Figures embattled in the 80s Cold War!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

New Year, New Update
2 months ago – Wed, Jan 25, 2023 at 06:11:55 PM


The New Year is upon us, and we've hit the ground running at Grindstone Toys!  Here's your update on what's going on:

Order Changes

We received BackerKit survey responses from almost everyone, (thank you) so we locked orders and charged credit cards.  Orders were locked to ensure that we have correct counts for our Crowdfunding Exclusives, like the ADAPT Trooper and Exclusive Cover Comic.  These items, reserved for early Backers, have now been removed from the pre-order store.

But what happens if you want to add items to your order and it's locked? Does that mean you have to put in a new order and pay for separate shipping?

You can always contact us or BackerKit support and we'll be happy to unlock your order for you to add items.  

Pre-Order Store Reopens

If you know anyone interested in CALLSIGN: LONGBOW™ who missed out on the Kickstarter, please send them over to: 

See us at RetroMania in Longmont

Troy will be at the RetroMania show this weekend at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado.  If you are in the area on Saturday or Sunday, please stop by, say hello, and check out some of our pre-production items!

ADAPT Tactical Figure

Unfortunately, we did not generate the funding required during the BackerKit to unlock the ADAPT Trooper (Tactical) figure.  This means the figure will not be produced at this time, and the design will go into the "vault" for later consideration.

Art Update

What would an update be without another piece of fantastic packaging by Doug Hart? To start the New Year we have the formidable ALEXY “VOLK” REZNIKOV, leader of the КОМАНДА ОХОТА.  Scarred by his encounter with LONGBOW™, VOLK will stop at nothing to find our heroes and exact his revenge!

ALEXY “VOLK” REZNIKOV art by Doug Hart.
ALEXY “VOLK” REZNIKOV art by Doug Hart.

 Thank you again to all of our backers for making this project a reality!


2022 Year-End Sit-Rep
3 months ago – Tue, Dec 20, 2022 at 01:04:07 PM

Hello CALLSIGN: LONGBOW™ Backers! 

As 2022 comes to a close, it's that time to take a moment to look back at everything the year held, and look forward to what's to come. This year was a huge year for GRINDSTONE TOYS. With your support, we successfully launched the CALLSIGN: LONGBOW™ Action Figures campaign on Kickstarter.  Between the Kickstarter and BackerKit, you funded 11 all-new retro-style o-ring figures!  

But you already know all that. You want to know what's happening now!

BackerKit Update

We'd like to thank everyone for filling out their BackerKit surveys. This is an important step for us. We still have a small number of surveys that have not been completed or are missing information. We are reaching out to those backers who still have not completed their survey or had issues with their payment.  If you don't remember filling out your survey, please check your messages on Kickstarter. If you need to change your address or double-check your survey responses, you can sign in using your email at

We'd also like to welcome the 110 people new backers who were able to join in on LONGBOW™ during the BackerKit!

The BackerKit Pre-Order Store will be reopening in early 2023 for anyone else who missed out.  

Art Update

Legendary illustrator Doug Hart is still hard at work on the LONGBOW™ packaging art.  The next character we have to share with you is the GRU SPETSNAZ! Pulled straight from the biggest action movies and news events of the 1980s, he is the enemy army builder you've been waiting for.

GRU SPETSNAZ art by Doug Hart.
GRU SPETSNAZ art by Doug Hart.

Sculpting Update

Work continues on sculpting. The super-talented Mark O'Byrne from SKELETRON™ has been working on "GHOST".  We showed some early 3D renders of this figure during the campaign, but Mark has been hard at work cleaning up the sculpt and refining some of the details. These renders are a more finalized design and are representative of the final figure and accessories. These shots show how the blade, mines, and shield will store on the figure's backpack.  The shield (designed by our own John Kukovich) then fits over the top of all of it when stored on the figure's back.

"GHOST" Action Figure sculp with accessory storage.
"GHOST" Action Figure sculpt with accessory storage.

The Future of LONGBOW™

We've received a lot of questions about what will come next for LONGBOW™. Work on the next wave of products (and characters) has already begun, but we aren't quite ready to share any details yet. What we can say is that future product releases are planned to be smaller waves, to be released on a more regular schedule. We look forward to sharing more with you in the future!  

2022 has been an amazing year for us, and it's all because of your support. We are hard at work to make sure 2033 and beyond are even better. 

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Last Day to Complete BackerKit Surveys!
4 months ago – Tue, Nov 15, 2022 at 08:09:15 PM

It's go time! You have until 12 pm Eastern time (9 pm Pacific) to complete your mission and fill out your BackerKit survey.  

Any remaining balances will be charged to credit cards on November 16th

If you need to access your survey, please head to and use the same email you used on Kickstarter. 

If you have any trouble, please contact us or BackerKit support. 

Thank you again for all of your support and for making this project a reality!


One Week Left to Complete BackerKit Surveys!
5 months ago – Tue, Nov 08, 2022 at 07:53:18 PM

Hello CALLSIGN: LONGBOW™ Backers! 

We are down to just one week left to complete your BackerKit surveys! They must be completed when the pre-order store closes on  November 15th!

We will be sending out reminder emails to anyone who has not completed their surveys over the next couple of days. 

You can look up or double-check your survey at

If you have any other questions or issues with accessing your survey, please let us know.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see us at Assembly Required! It was a great show and it was awesome to get to talk with everyone! 


2 Weeks Left to Complete Your BackerKit Survey!
5 months ago – Tue, Nov 01, 2022 at 05:41:29 PM



We only have two weeks left (14 days) before the BackerKit Pre-Order Store closes and Survey responses are locked in.  Your survey responses are very important, That's how we will know what figures you want, and confirm your shipping address. These orders will lock on November 15th

Later today we will send out a reminder email to anyone who has not completed their survey.

If you have any other questions or issues with accessing your survey, please let us know.


The Grindstone team will be in attendance at ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, on November 4th & 5th. The show will be held at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. This is the 11th AR show and the largest one yet. Come meet fellow collectors and shop the show floor!

For those of you that make it to the show, we have a little surprise. We'll be giving away a free character print to the first 10 people who stop by our booth wearing LONGBOW™ shirts (during the official show floor hours). If you need to get some shirts or other gear, you can order them at:


While we have your attention, we'd like to take this opportunity to share some brand-new art with you. We've been working with legend Doug Hart to create retro-style packaging art for each character.  He recently completed this fun homage piece for the STEEL WEB SHOCK-TROOPER!

Doug is currently hard at work on more CALLSIGN: LONGBOW™ character art!

Steel Web Shock-Trooper art

We can't wait to see you in Des Moines this week! For everyone, we hope to see you somewhere in the near future! 

Thank you again for all of your support and for making these figures a reality!