Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 15, 2013.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

Heirloom wood toy cars, inspired by mid-century American design and car culture.

Funding has ended on Kickstater, but if you missed out, you can now pre-order our products directly on candylabtoys.com 

To stay in touch and track our progress, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest. This way you'll stay in the loop on new product launches, fun play sessions, beta tests, surveys and product development news. 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR BACKERS! 

The moral boost, thank you's and excitement you've sent our way made this an unbelievable month for us and energized us tremendously.  Now we can focus on growing our little start-up and bringing more cool toys to life.  We are lucky to have a 1000+ strong community of like-minded people and we will continue to rely on you for feedback on current and future models.  And watch out for our upcoming "Longest Ramp Jump Competition" (working title).

Countless Thanks from all of us!

______________________________________________________

We are Candylab: Vlad and Florin, childhood friends and founders of a  toy startup where we revive the glamorous 50’s and 60’s American modernist vibe and carve it into awesome contemporary wood toy designs. 

As artists, designers and parents we draw on many influences.  Not least of which is our deep love of classic American Cars and the craftsmanship spirit of mid-century modernist furniture designers.   Coupled with the realization that we’re slowly drowning in forgettable toys that break and disassemble – ending in piles of plastic bits -  this determined us to create a line of heirloom wood toys that are elegant, indestructible, and simple, giving kids a chance to create their own stories around the objects they play with.  

That’s how MO-TO came about.  Two years of experimentation, development, testing and relentless encouragement from friends, family and perfect strangers at the playground have resulted in a multitude of designs that we are totally excited about.  We selected four to preview with you and publicly launch at the Gift and Toy Fair in NYC on August 18th.

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

MO-TO cars are at heart a series of refined wood blocks on wheels.  Elegant proportions reminiscent of iconic 1960’s automobiles, minute and complex carving details, perfectly smooth rubber tires and lively graphics- this all adds up to a stunning toy.  The dense beechwood gives it unexpected heft, making for highly realistic play scenarios based on real world physics – evident in ramp jumps and landings.  The water-based paints and clear urethane are safe and environmentally conscious – while the high gloss finish, cool graphics  and candy-like colors spark imaginative play scenarios. 

They are virtually indestructible, with no loose parts to worry about.  Dropping them at the playground or fishing them out from the bottom of a toy chest would only bring about the occasional romantic battle scar.

THE APPAREL

4 Distinct tee designs - by yours truly and Sasha Iacob- for our backers to choose from.  Available in ladies or men's style - and running the usual sizes variation. 

LAUNCH MODELS

The GT-10

In a bright orange, race striped livery, it riffs on the pure soul of a classic sports car if there ever was one. They don’t come much more American Muscle than that. 

Carbon 77

Muted, discreet gray with a hairline bright red stripe.  The wolf in sheep’s clothing, lucky number 77 will be the star on the imaginary quarter mile circuit.

Doc Ryder

Named after legendary –and imaginary- wood toy race car driver, this two-tone racer will fight tooth and nail at every hairpin turn. The imaginary huge engine requires a large hood air intake. 

The Plum 50 - New addition!

A head turning beauty, draped in a striking color, she will stand out at the track.  Same racing bones as its other brethren, but oh-so-smartly dressed.   This model will stay exclusive to our backers for a while, as we currently do not plan mass production for it.

All racers: 

Material: German Beech Wood, water based paint and clear urethane coat. White ABS plastic rims, with rubber tires. 

Dimensions: 7.2"L x 2.8"W x 1.95"H (18.3cm L x 7.3cm W x 5cm H)  Weight: 13oz / 368g

Police Cruiser

Boxy and assertive, shiny Black-and-White paint scheme, gold star  and with two cherries on top.  Making sure racing stays at the track.  

Material: German Beech Wood, water based paint and clear urethane coat.  White ABS plastic rims, with rubber tires. 

Dimensions: 7.0"L x 2.8"W x 2.35"H (17.8cm L x 7.3cm W x 6cm H) Weight: 12.5oz / 354g

The Rare Bird

A classic fastback silhouette, with an impressive roofline and standout tail end.  Real metallic water based automotive paint in a period-accurate shade.  Mustard yellow stripes. 

Hand made at our shop in Yucca Valley, CA. 

Material: German Beech Wood, automotive water based paint and clear coat.  White ABS plastic rims, with rubber tires.  Dimensions: 7.23"L x 2.8"W x 2.0"H (18.4cm L x 7.3cm W x 5.2cm H)  Weight: 13oz / 368g

The STINGER

Race striped rear end in true 60's early pioneer hoonage style - not to mention a color even Curiosity can spot from its crater on Mars.  

Material: German Beech Wood, automotive water based paint and clear coat. White ABS plastic rims, with rubber tires. Dimensions: 7.23"L x 2.8"W x 2.0"H (18.4cm L x 7.3cm W x 5.2cm H) Weight: 12.7oz / 360g

CURRENT STATUS

We have developed countless prototypes, test units and various design iterations.  We are 100% confident about the design and its manufacturability. 

We received final production samples from our factory, financed and developed the necessary wood jigs, plastic and rubber molds and we are ready to release production.

On the commercial side, we are negotiating a distribution agreement with a national wholesaler focusing on design toys, and are publicly launching our brand and products at the NY Gift and Toy Fair – NY NOW!-  on August 18th.  Early response from retailers has been overwhelming and everyone is anxiously awaiting the first batch for the holiday season!

WHY KICKSTARTER

This is where we need  you. By backing the project, you are essentially pre-ordering from our first collection, and enabling us to raise the capital to meet minimum production volume requirements and achieve retail presence.

That is no small feat, but we’re also testing our toy startup with the savviest early adopter community in the world, and your support will validate our efforts.

This type of brand requires an involved community to grow.  With your support we anticipate beginning to ship to our backers as soon as mid October. 

We are very excited to go into production and make the leap from concept to store shelves - and can't wait to share this wonderful experience with you!

Help us spread the word and share it with your friends.

A big  THANK YOU – and see you at the playground!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We have significant product development experience between us: Vlad is an accomplished architect and product designer and Florin has more than 15 years of experience in prototyping and production development. And to further minimize any potential risks, we have financed all tooling required for mass production and tweaked multiple iterations of production samples. We expect no surprises there – and our distribution partner is invaluable in resolving the logistics of getting merchandise to our US warehouse.

The small production, collector batches will in fact be manufactured at our shop in Yucca Valley, CA, minimizing supply chain risks.

We are ready for production and ready to deliver our toys at the highest level of quality and craftsmanship.

FAQ

  • The costs indicated on the reward description for international are estimates only - there will be variations from one location to another.

    You can get a precise estimate here, we use USPS: http://postcalc.usps.com/
    Please use the info below to plug in:

    - Single rewards are packaged in a box that is approximately 9"L X 4.25"W X 3"H, 16.5 oz
    - The car chase pak will come in at 9"L X 12" X 3"H, 2.6 lbs
    - The big picture measures 18"L X 9"W X 6"H, 3.5 lbs
    - The treasure chest: 18"L X 18"W X 6"H, 5 lbs

    Last updated:
1,219
Backers
$102,924
pledged of $20,000 goal
0
seconds to go
  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    53 backers

    the FOLDIE _____________________________ We'll mail you a unique set of printed folding paper cars, true to scale. Cut and glue your own full scale GTO, Police Cruiser, and Firechief.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $5 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    12 backers

    THE APPAREL _____________________________ Choose one of two distinct tee designs. Tees available in S, M, L, XL sizes.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $16 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    100 backers All gone!

    CLASSIC RACER - EARLY BIRD _____________________________ This is the MO-TO sports coupe, a great value for early adopters. A bright orange, race-striped wood toy car we like to call the GT-10. All models are fitted with rubber tires for impeccably smooth rolling. Showing off the Kickstarter stamp to stand apart from retail units.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $16 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $30 or more
    You selected

    214 backers

    CLASSIC RACER _____________________________ This is the MO-TO sports coupe. Choose between a bright orange, race-striped GT-10 livery or the Carbon 77 version. Each will show the Kickstarter stamp to stand apart from retail units.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $16 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    49 backers

    THE DOC RYDER ____________________________ This is the racer that legendary - and imaginary- toy race car driver Doc Ryder employed to defeat his opponents at the track over and over again. The huge hood scoop keeps the large imaginary engine well cooled.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $16 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    114 backers

    THE LAW AND ORDER _____________________________ You get the vintage black and white Police Cruiser. Featuring gold paint star, ruby red rooflights and personalized with the Kickstarter stamp to burnish your visionary backer credentials.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $16 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    8 backers

    THE STINGER ______________________________ Race striped rear end in true 60's early pioneer hoonage style - not to mention a color even Curiosity can spot from its crater on Mars.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $16 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    65 backers

    THE PLUM 50 ____________________________ Same racing bones as its other brethren, but oh-so-smartly dressed. Draped in a striking color, she will stand out at the track. It will be exclusive to our backers for a while, as there are no current retail plans for it.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $16 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $75 or more
    You selected

    100 backers All gone!

    THE RARE BIRD _____________________________ The only 100 copies to be ever made, in a period accurate metallic paint scheme. Each is hand made in our California shop, carefully painted and gingerly shipped to you. The swept back roofline and exquisite taillights reminiscent of famous late 60's tourers. Placed first in production for rapid reward fulfillment and discreetly labeled with a serial number, 1 through 100. Collectors rejoice.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $20 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $95 or more
    You selected

    83 backers

    THE CAR CHASE PAK ______________________________ Stage your own vehicular toy mayhem: two unique racers - Doc Ryder and Carbon 77- paired with the Police Cruiser. San Francisco hills not included.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $35 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $120 or more
    You selected

    325 backers

    THE BIG PICTURE ______________________________ All the toys we're launching, nicely packaged in a collector's keepsake box with a custom engraving. Our three racers (Doc Ryder, Carbon77 and the GT-10) plus the Police Cruiser.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $40 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $200 or more
    You selected

    50 backers

    THE TREASURE CHEST TROPHY ______________________________ Now that's a collector's value! All the racers (GT-10, Carbon 77, Doc Ryder) and the Police Cruiser. Then add all our phenomenal apparel (two tees and a tote) and the foldies. Everything will be placed in a custom keepsake wood box. And we're topping this off with a beautiful Kickstarter trophy cup for our most generous backers!

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $60 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $2,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    THE PERSONAL TOUCH _____________________________ The Police Cruiser, GT-10, Carbon 77, Plum50, Stinger and the very first Towie prototype. This is a truly unique piece, and has sentimental value to us. All will come custom engraved with a message of your choice and personally delivered by yours truly over dinner for backer and a guest - on me, at one of the many nice Brooklyn restaurants. Looking forward to a lovely conversation about growing a toy start-up.

    Estimated delivery:
Funding period

- (34 days)