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CA$ 1,944
pledged of CA$ 15,000pledged of CA$ 15,000 goal
46
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 15 2016

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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About

The Wapuu Plush Toy

This project is to create the world's first Wapuu plush toy. The plush Wapuu is based on an open source drawing that has become the unofficial mascot of WordPress (see below for more history). The Wapuu plush will be 7" high and will be manufactured by Gann Memorials Custom Plush Toys who have a reputation for creating high quality plush toys.

From elePHPants to Wapuus

Have you seen the plush elePHPants?

plush elePHPants
plush elePHPants

They are hugely popular in the PHP community. They are super cute, great for kids and adults alike and add a great fun element to the PHP community. Many of the PHP conferences have started giving them away or selling them.

Last year I ran a Kickstarter campaign and raised over $35,000 to produce the world's first PHP Woolly Mammoth. It was a huge hit. When they shipped out, pictures were all over twitter from excited new mammoth owners. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the process, so I started looking for ways I could do it again.

Being a developer and proud supporter of the PHP community (I run a conference and a meetup group), WordPress has always been near and dear to my cause and when I saw the drawings of the Wapuu (the unofficial WordPress mascot), I was hooked.

Original Wapuu Drawing
Original Wapuu Drawing

I was amazed to find that this adorable creature was not available as a plush. I would love to add this to my collection of elePHPants, and moreover start a new collection of custom Wapuus.

So many possibilities

The thing I love most about the Wapuu and this project is that there have already been hundreds of people who have modified the Wapuu and made new variations on the open source drawing. Here are some of them:

Check out the Wapuu fan club to see more of the customizations. Once you've done that, you may want to read Wapuu's origin story. It's quite interesting.

Well, I'm sure you'll love this Wapuu plush as much as me and I need your help to make it a reality. Please back my project and I guarantee you'll get joy from your plush Wapuu for years to come.

Risks and challenges

Producing plush toys requires a few things: creativity, attention to detail, patience and lots of money upfront. The factories that produce most of these items are in China and there are large minimum orders. I have done the calculations and have tried to keep the Kickstarter goal at a minimum.

From the time the initial order is placed, it will take a couple of months to get the product produced, then they get shipped from China to me in Canada. From there, I package up all the orders and ship them out. I have done it before and have figured out the best ways to get these items to backers quickly and efficiently.

Communication and customer service is very important to me and if you look at my past Kickstarter project you will see that I answered every inquiry very quickly and I am pretty sure that none of my backers was unhappy.

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    Pledge CA$ 18 or more About $13

    I WANT TO BE EARLY

    Get one 7" Plush Wapuu. Limited Quantity

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    I WANT TWO

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    Pledge CA$ 110 or more About $82

    I WANT MORE WAPUUS

    Get five 7" Plush Wapuus

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $745

    I WANT TO RIDE WITH THE WAPUUS

    With this option, we will include your advertising materials in each box we ship out. Great for companies who want to support the project and have an exclusive way to get their message out to Wordpress community members.

    You'll also get 1 plush Wapuu as a keepsake.

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