Regal Games is a small business that makes retro games. We are excited about the opportunity to bring back the Whirl-O®, a classic tin toy. Donations will be used to pay for tooling also known as the new devices created to manufacture the Whirl-O®. To thank you for your donations, we will send out Whirl-O®s for you to play, teach, gift, or sell.
What is a Whirl-O®?
The Whirl-O® is a magnetic tin top launcher. To get started, roll the top along the two parallel disks also known as the rails. This is called the “Simple Spin” or “Takin’ it for a Whirl”. We added a color morphing feature to our new design. Did you see red and blue make purple in the video?
The Simple Spin is just the beginning. Once you have mastered the Simple Spin it is time to launch your top. Get it going fast and smooth, and then use the hubcap to give it a good thump on a table. With some practice, you can time it so you’ll know where the top will land. The faster your Simple Spin, and the better you stick the landing, the longer the top will stay spinning.
The launcher is made entirely of metal, so you can pick up your spinning top by the shoulder, or the hubcap, or any other part of the toy. This is where it gets interesting. Once you have learned to launch and pick up the top, you can perform all sorts of tricks. Drop it in your hands back and forth until it falls back to the table for a trick we call “The Waterfall”. Or order the "Ice Cream Scoop" and pick a spinning top back up so it keeps whirling along the rails, or make up your own tricks and share them by clicking on the "ask a question" button below. We might add them to our website!
The Whirl-O® is a great way for students to explore concepts like magnets, the wheel and axle, and the role our eyes play in our perception of light. Below is a link to a set of lesson plans written for elementary students. Although written for younger students these concepts are revisited at the middle and high school levels. We would love to share adaptations teachers may make to them. Please share by clicking the ask a question button below. Also feel free to donate to the school of your choosing.
Where will my money go?
This Kickstarter is to cover tooling costs by gathering donations. We have priced donations to meet our requirements. Below is a breakdown of how we will spend your money.
Regal Games Background
Regal Games is known for making bingo cards and similar games with the finger-tip sliding windows. You may have played with our most popular game, Travel Bingo.
Regal Games has been in business for over 70 Years. Our mission is to make non-electronic toys and games that encourage interactions with the people and world around us. We love what we do, and we have fun doing it.
Risks and challenges
Regal Games has released many games over the years, but the Whirl-O® is our first toy. The Whirl-O® requires lithography, metal stamping and has more moving parts than any item in our line. We know this will be difficult, but with years of experience manufacturing games, hours of research, and a strong supplier network we are ready for this challenge.
Many production issues have already been ironed out. The working prototype improved upon the stability and look of the toy. We have made sure the toy is safe and will meet all CPSIA regulations. We lent our prototypes to parents and children to make sure there were no surprises.
The last step is to fund a first production run. This is where you come in. We ask that you donate and help spread the word. Together we will bring this great toy to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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