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A LITTLE ABOUT US:

At Monkey Fish...we love toys!  The environment we strive to create is that of discovery and wonder.  We have a 'hands-on' policy at our store...meaning toys are meant to be played with.  How else are you supposed to get excited about a toy?  Speaking of getting excited, we want to talk to you about the FIGISPIN PRO, but first a little history...

We started MFT as many start-ups do, in a garage (Mike's garage, to be exact, then we graduated to his basement!) selling small collectibles online.  We became great at catering to those niche products that people had a hard time finding.  With Mike being a LEGO enthusiast and collector, we eventually wanted to cater to our customers on a more personal level...So we started a small retail store in Exton, PA back in 2009 to do exactly that...bring adults and kids into a comfortable and inspiring place.  We now have our flagship location in West Chester, PA, in addition to our seasonal store in Exton, PA, to cater to our awesome customers - oh, did we mention how much we love our customers?  Simply put, they are who makes us Monkey Fish Toys!

Warp forward to January 2017 - Fidget Spinners were really catching on.  So many people asked us if we had them so we investigated, and started purchasing the product to sell.  We were amazed at the reaction customers had with the spinners and found we fell in love with them, too!  But we didn't like was the low quality of the product that we were forced to buy because of demand, and went on an exhaustive search for the best Spinners out there. 

We found several cool spinners with interesting features, but what captivated us most was people wanting to customize the Spinners and make it their own.  They say necessity is the mother of invention, well customization became a necessity.  After a couple of after work brainstorming sessions with David Fowlkes, one of our amazing customers and premier FOMF ("Friend of Monkey Fish"), we determined we could build a product in this hand spinning world that met all of the requirements we demanded:

A quality product at an affordable price that allows customization and a feature set that has not been seen in this industry.  Welcome the FIGISPIN PRO!

Let's talk a bit about what makes the FIGISPIN PRO so unique:

Rust and Black
Rust and Black

THE SPINNER FRAME:

We knew we needed to develop a system for customizing that allowed for ease of use while expanding the palette for the creative mind.  We started with the frame.  We developed over 10 prototypes frames before we settled in on our production part.  Machining the frame from 6061-T6 aluminum gives us a high-tensile strength and great mechanical properties.  Dropping the spinner would not damage the components and maintain it's shape.  We finished the frame with an anodized color as we wanted a finish that would not only be visibly appealing, but also maintain it's color over time - and, frankly, it just looks super-high-end cool!.

Ceramic-Hybrid Main with weighted External 608's
Ceramic-Hybrid Main with weighted External 608's

 THE BEARINGS:

We are utilizing 2 type of bearings - Standard 608ZZ or 608RS for the 3 arms for radially positioned weight and for tricks that involve holding the external bearings, and Ceramic Hybrid Center Bearing for long lasting spins (3min average) and for durability.

White, Yellow, Blue, Red, Green & Orange
White, Yellow, Blue, Red, Green & Orange

THE BEARING BANDS:

This is an innovation that we are proud of.  After quite a bit of R&D, we knew in order to make replacing bearing easy that we had to come up with a system that would allow for that.  How many of you have tried to take the bearings out of your $10 spinner only to find you can never get them back in properly?

Our Silicon Bearing Bands serves 2 purposes.

1. Easy Bearing installation and balance adjustment

2. Shock protection for the bearings (especially if you opt for the all ceramic type of bearing)

Aesthetically having a color pop in that area is visually arresting, but this is about function before form...our form just happen to be hot!  The bands also allow you to position your bearings off axis for a completely different look:

TRANSFORM 1
TRANSFORM 1

 

TRANSFORM 2
TRANSFORM 2

 

TRANSFORM 3
TRANSFORM 3

 

White and Limted Edition KS
White and Limted Edition KS

THUMB HOLDERS:

The cool thing about the FIGISPIN PRO is that we've thought through a lot and feel we've developed some really cool functionality.  To get right to it, we wanted to develop a better thumb holder.  Most spinners are held between their index and thumb fingers.  We studied that and determined the developing the Silicone based holder would do a few key things:

1.  Provide a comfortable and stable base for tricking with your spinner - the material provides a semi-tacky feel so balancing on the largest (and smallest) of fingers is not an issue.  You will feel a sense of control that is hard to mimic with plastic and metal holders.

2.  Easy installation and removal - With our air-tight seal between the inner race of the bearing and the opposite bearing, you have plenty of holding power for spinning, but loose enough to pull with the ease of putting them on.

3.  SBS - Spinner Braking System - Your car has ABS, we have SBS!  Our holders have been engineered with the maximum amount of functionality that you can get with a small flexible product.  Our holders, when held normally, allow you to spin like a dream, but now, with SBS braking added, you can stop the FIGISPIN PRO between your fingers instantly. 'Why do I need that" you may ask?  Well, the braking performance allows for quick stops, but in the coming months we're developing some really exciting extended aspects that we can't talk about right now, but trust us, your FIGISPIN PRO will be elevated to the next level...stay tuned!

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4. Vertical 'No Hands' Spinning - The holder also allows you to spin laying on a table, but if you have a smooth clean surface like glass, you can spin vertically - yes, we said it!  Vertically!

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THE LAUNCH SPIN CLUB:

If you are one of our first fifty backers, you will get your spinner an entire month ahead of everyone else.  Those packages are:

THE LAUNCH SPIN CLUB - BLACK (KS EDITION) & RUST

BLACK - KS EDITION
BLACK - KS EDITION

 

Frame, Bearings, Bearing Bands & Thumb Holders
Frame, Bearings, Bearing Bands & Thumb Holders

 

RUST
RUST

 

Frame, Bearings, Bearing Bands & Thumb Holders
Frame, Bearings, Bearing Bands & Thumb Holders

STRETCH GOALS:  FIRST STRETCH GOAL!!!

 

We want our Kickstarter Campaign to be different.  This is where our Kickstarter Community can get involved.  Want a new color?  Like a special laser-etching, is there a particular bearing technology you'd like included?  We want all of these ideas.  During our campaign we're going give our backers a chance to vote for what you asked for (after we insure we can execute and afford the suggestion).  If we hit our stretch goals, then everyone wins!  Our first update will take place the first week of the campaign so be on the look out.  We can't wait to hear what you guys think and force us to make ;).

TIMELINE:

We want to make your backing of FIGISPIN PRO as stress free as possible.  As stated before, anyone who is one of the first 50 backers will receive their FIGISPIN PRO right after the campaign.  We might be a little proactive, but we feel that is how we gain the trust of the backers.  The rest of the rewards will roll out like so:

JUNE 23rd - Final packaging is decided

JUNE 26th - Packaging is ordered (boxes, bags and instructions)

JULY 5th - Packaging arrives and products are assembled and labeled for shipment

JULY 10th - Kickstarter ends at Noon EST

JULY 11-18th - The first 50 backer's FIGISPIN PRO ships

JULY 11th - Remaining Production Orders are placed

AUGUST 21st - Second shipment product arrives in our facility.

AUGUST 22-24th - The parts are inspected for quality, inventoried, and prepped for shipment.

AUGUST 25-28th - Products are assembled and labeled for shipment

AUGUST 29th - Remaining Kickstarter Orders are shipped

We want to thank you for participation and can't wait to ship your FIGISPIN PRO!

Kindest...Dave, Mike, Cassie, Tim and the entire TEAM at Monkey Fish Toys!

Figispin Pros looking for new homes
Figispin Pros looking for new homes

 

Risks and challenges

As backers of well over 50 Kickstarter projects, we know the elation of receiving something that you have backed for the first time after a long wait. But we also know the pain of never receiving that product, and in those instances never receiving refunds. That is the nature of the business, but we we also feel that when someone backs you, any an all efforts to ensure that they are not left hanging should be paramount

We thought we would set a different standard and make the first leg of the journey with our backers. We wanted to ship the first 50 backers the product as fast as humanly possible. We hope our backers will love our product so we decided to make most of the components needed for that product as the sincerest thank you for just supporting entrepreneurialship.

The first 50 FIGISPIN PRO's will ship the week of the successful Kickstarter.

As with any business, there are unforeseen things that can happen. We have addressed many of the potentials issues and we are on solid footing with our Manufacturing and Engineering partners. Could we find a manufacturing mistake, of course. Could product get lost in the mail, yes it could. Just know we are taking many precautions to insure a timely delivery to all of our backers.

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    THANKS FROM ALL THE TOYS IN THE WORLD: Have your name included in the product packaging and on our Website!

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    EXTRA BANDS

    Customize some more! You get ONE set of Bearing Bands in your color choice: RED, BLUE, ORANGE, GREEN, YELLOW, WHITE (all bands will be the same color)

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    LAUNCH SPIN CLUB - BLACK (KS EDITION)

    Special pricing for the FIGISPIN PRO. Limited Edition!!! Retails for $44.99. Be one of the first to receive a FIGISPIN PRO to ship the day after our Kickstarter ends. FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US. International shipping for an additional $15

    Includes:
    • 6061-T6 Spinner Frame in Anodized Black
    • Hybrid Ceramic Bearing
    • 608RS Bearing
    • Bearing Bands - 4 White bearing Bands
    • Thumb Holders Set in Neon Green
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    LAUNCH SPIN CLUB - RUST

    Special pricing for the FIGISPIN PRO. The unit will retail for $44.99. Be one of the first to receive a FIGISPIN PRO to ship the day after our Kickstarter ends. FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US. International shipping for an additional $15

    Includes:
    • 6061-T6 Spinner Frame in Anodized Black or Rust
    • 608RS Bearing
    • Hybrid Ceramic Bearing
    • Bearing Bands - 4 White bearing Bands
    • Thumb Holders Set in Neon Green
    • Additional Bearing Band Set (red, orange, yellow or green)
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    ORIGINAL SPIN CLUB - BLACK

    Special pricing for the 2ND PRODUCTION RUN OF THE FIGISPIN PRO. The unit will retail for $44.99. FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US. International shipping for an additional $15

    Includes:
    • 6061-T6 Spinner Frame in Anodized Black
    • 608RS Bearing
    • Hybrid Ceramic Bearing
    • Bearing Bands - 4 White bearing Bands
    • Thumb Holders Set in White
    • Additional Bearing Band Set (red, orange, yellow or green)
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    ORIGINAL SPIN CLUB - RUST

    Special pricing for the 2ND PRODUCTION RUN OF THE FIGISPIN PRO. The unit will retail for $44.99. FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US. International shipping for an additional $15

    Includes:
    • 6061-T6 Spinner Frame in Anodized Black or Rust
    • 608RS Bearing
    • Hybrid Ceramic Bearing
    • Bearing Bands - 4 White bearing Bands
    • Additional Bearing Band Set (red, orange, yellow or green)
    • Thumb Holders Set in White
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    DELUXE CUSTOMIZATION SPIN CLUB

    Special pricing for the 2ND PRODUCTION RUN OF THE FIGISPIN PRO. The unit will retail for $79.99. FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US. International shipping for an additional $15

    Includes:
    • 6061-T6 Spinner Frame in Anodized Black or Rust
    • 608RS Bearing
    • Hybrid Ceramic Bearing
    • Bearing Bands - 4 White bearing Bands
    • Additional Bearing Band Set (red, orange, yellow or green)
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    RETAILER SPIN CLUB!

    Special pricing for Retailers! Get 12 Full Sets (6 x each body color, plus a supply of each band! FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the US. International shipping for an additional $15

    Includes:
    • 6061-T6 Spinner Frame in Anodized Black
    • 6061-T6 Spinner Frame in Anodized Black or Rust
    • 36× 608RS Bearing
    • 12× Hybrid Ceramic Bearing
    • 12× Thumb Holders Set in Neon Green
    • 12× Bearing Bands - 4 White bearing Bands
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