We've invented a completely modular plush toy... that's also a puppet... and a hat... and ridiculously fun.
~ Criz & Jazz
Our dream is to create toys that become an inspiring part of an imaginative childhood. The Hugalopes are an adorable stuffed toy with interchangeable parts. It's also a puppet and can be worn as a hat. We've been designing it for more than a year and we're delighted to offer it for sale here.
We thought it would be an easy weekend project to make a toy we could sell at farmer's markets, street faires and summer festivals. It turned out to be a much harder problem than we imagined and we fell down a rabbit hole of experimentation, prototyping, design and tinkering. Without realizing quite how, we became accidental inventors and entrepreneurs.
Two of the coolest parts of the Hugalope - the hat and the puppet features - weren't even in the original designs. They were happy discoveries of the invention process. Serendipity has been a very good friend!
We showed our earliest prototypes at the Bay Area Maker Faire and the response was overwhelming. The best part was seeing people come up with designs that totally surprised us. That's when we knew we were on to something.
Some Maker Faire Moments:
Since then, we've been perfecting the design. We filed a patent and incorporated as Molecular Toys & Games Inc. and we've been bootstrapping this dream with lots of hard work and a little ingenuity. Now we're ready to introduce the first Hugalopes to the world and we hope you'll make them a part of your family.
A Hugalope of Your Own
Here's an explanation of what we're including in the basic kit you'll receive when you pledge:
And here's a little movie showing how the attachment system works a bit more clearly:
For the higher reward tiers, please note that we are continuing to refine the bonus character designs so that they will be fully awesome when we send them to you. Of course all of the bonus characters include the starter kit too.
You make the difference
We've bootstrapped our way to this point and it's been an incredible journey but we really need your support to take this dream to the next level. Your pledges will pay for the manufacture of the first run but they'll do so much more than that. We'll be able to launch the Hugalopes at the International Toy Fair in NYC.
And the more we raise, the more amazing the Hugalopes will become. More funding means more designs sooner. It means the giant egg becomes a reality. And it means we can really put time and energy into building a community around this toy. We love designing parts but we love the idea of you designing parts and sharing them with each other even more.
We would really love to have the resources to turn the puppet show into a high quality production that is insanely funny, clever and entertaining.
It's going to take a lot of hard work to make the Hugalopes everything they could be. We're ready to get started and your support will make that possible.
Some of our early prototypes assembled into different designs to illustrate just a few of the countless possibilities (they're all built from the same basic body)
~ Criz & Jazz
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Dec 15, 2011 - Jan 28, 2012
Pledge $20 or more
~ WE LOVE YOU TOO! ~ This is our basic reward. You're invited to our product launch party which will include a tour of our personal studios as well as TechShop San Francisco where we do a lot of our design work. We'll recognize you on our website and burn your name into our Kickstarter Wall of Fame with a laser! This will hang at our Toy Fair booth then be installed permanently in our studio.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $50 or more
~ YOU'RE ADOPTING A HUGALOPE! ~ Everything in the Basic Reward + 1 Starter Kit ... After you pledge, you'll get to select the colors and style/size options of various parts to build the perfect Hugalope for you. You'll find a special video description of what's included in the Starter Kit on this page. (Please add $50 for each additional Hugalope you'd like to adopt. Canadian orders please add $10 shipping & handling. International orders please add $20 S&H.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $250 or more
~ SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC ~ The basic rewards + 5 Hugalopes (Starter Kits) + 2 Bonus Kits: Squee the Bird & Molly the Octopus. (Please add $50 for each additional Hugalope you'd like to adopt. Canadian orders please add $25 shipping & handling. International orders please add $50 S&H.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $500 or more
~ EXPIALIDOCIUS ~ The basic rewards + 10 Hugalopes (starter kits) + 4 Bonus kits: Squee the Bird, Molly the Octopus, Elky the Jester & Mwaha the Dragon (Please add $50 for each additional Hugalope you'd like to adopt. Canadian orders please add $35 shipping & handling. International orders please add $70 S&H.)Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
~ ARE YOU CRAZY? ~ Everything from the $500 reward + visit our studio for a weekend of fun. We'll take you on a tour of the SF Bay Area and give you a taste of startup life. See how Hugalopes are made and then sit down with us to design a Hugalope that's uniquely your own. You'll also enjoy a performance just for you by our friends at the Vespertine Circus. Travel isn't included, but we'll cook for you and you can sleep in our guest room!Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $1,500 or more
~ BECAUSE YOU ASKED FOR IT ~ Everything from the $1000 reward, plus a Heartbeat Hackalope kit by Richard Whitney. Light up the Playa or the Rollerderby in style.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $3,500 or more
~ YES, YOU ARE CRAZY ~ Everything from the $1500 reward + Hugalopes for life. You'll receive an advance copy of every new design we come up with for regular sale. Forever.Estimated delivery: May 2012