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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on February 17, 2014.
About this project
I set out on a quest to make the perfect baby doll...the perfect American doll! I wanted to make dolls that are not only gorgeous but represent the girls of our nation with a little more realism to them. There are so many dolls on the market but I find them lacking in personality and generic looking. Additionally, our little girls need to see more positive images and engage in activities that will allow little girls to remain little girls for a longer period of time. Doesn't that sound exciting?! Aren't you tired of seeing our girls twerking and growing up before their time? I don't know about you but I am! My goal is to make millions of little girls happy every time they look into the eyes of these perfect little dolls. To get to this point, I am seeking to raise $250,000. Funds will be allocated for molds and casts which allow for the reproduction of the sculptures. The pictures that you have seen are the sculptures which are made of clay. Molds and casts are essential so that the dolls can be reproduced in a plastic form. Funds will also be used for better wigs, makeup, packaging, marketing, a small purchase order, and shipping costs.
Look at these darling little faces. We need you and the girls of America need these dolls!
Production and fulfillment of rewards:
Backers who pledged $5-$24 will receive a thank you and social media shout-out via Facebook or Twitter!
Anticipation Date: April 2014
Backers who pledged $35- $249 will receive their reward of a tote, t-shirt, or hoodie (depending on the amount pledged).
Anticipation Date: May 2014
The design and printing of these rewards will be completed in 2 weeks. Upon completion of this project, I will require 1-3 weeks to ship out the rewards. This will depend on the number of backers that will be receiving a reward at this level. If there are a lot of backers at this level (which I hope there will be) I may require 1-3 weeks for shipping since I will be handling this task primarily by myself.
Backers who pledged $250 or more will receive one doll of your choice for their support.
Anticipation Date: July 2014
The production of the dolls is a multistep process that will involve several different parties. Steps 1-3 are the prototyping process.
The first step is the molding and casting process. This is a two-three week process. The process of molding and casting is what will enable to dolls to go from clay sculptures to being reproduced in plastic form. A mold will be made of each doll’s face as well as the body parts. After the mold of each doll is made, a liquid material will be poured into the mold and then allowed to solidify.The solidified part is called the cast. These cast parts are now plastic faces and body parts that will enable the dolls’ casted parts to be assembled together.
The second step is the make-up and painting process. This is a 1-2 week process, depending on the artist’s workload at the time the project is received. Each doll will require approximately 15 hours each for completion. During this process, the artist will develop, mix, and spray the skin colors and paint the faces. The body parts will be sprayed a portion at a time and then allowed to dry before continuing to the other sides.
The third step is the hair wigging/rooting and clothing production. This is an approximately 2 week process. These two steps can occur simultaneously since they will be handled by two separate entities. After the painting process is complete, one copy of the body will be sent to the doll clothing designer to begin design and produce the clothing for each doll. It is important to send a copy of the doll to ensure that the outfits are appropriately fitted for each doll. While the clothing is being designed, work will begin on the wigging/rooting of the doll’s hair. This process may take up to 2 weeks, depending on if any modifications need to be made.
After steps 1-3 have been completed, the fourth step is the manufacturing process. This process will take 2 months. The prototypes that were developed in steps 1-3 will be sent to a plant for mass production. During the first month, the plant will develop the molds required to produce the dolls in higher quantities. During this process, one mold can produce 5,000+ doll units whereas the molds used during the prototyping process can produce only a few dolls. During the second month, vinyl mass production will begin. Vinyl will be the material of choice used to mass produce the dolls. This process will also include the production of the doll hair, makeup, clothing, accessories, and packaging. Before the packaging is complete, pictures of each doll will be taken. These images will be placed on the package and will also be used to produce doll member profiles to be given to Kickstarter backers.
Backers who pledged $25- $34 will receive their choice of one member profile which includes a picture of doll and doll facts.
Anticipation Date: July 2014
Doll Member profiles will be available at the completion of the prototyping and mass production of the doll project.
Risks and challenges
A potential risk that this project could face is a delay in production. These delays could be a result of shipping issues or delays with the actual manufacturing. To prevent delays in manufacturing, I plan to communicate with the manager of the facility that handles the manufacturing and get weekly status updates to ensure that the product is finished by the quoted production time. To prevent issues with shipping, I will insure that the purchase order will be insured as well as secure all necessary tracking information in order to be aware of the location of the shipment at all times.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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