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The classic tin top launcher mesmerizes children and adults alike.
The classic tin top launcher mesmerizes children and adults alike.
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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.

Three Color Morphing Designs
Three Color Morphing Designs

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! 

Educational Opportunity

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.

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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.  

The Original Travel Bingo
The Original 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.

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    The One Dollar Donation

    We will send you a heartfelt thank you email, and you will have less clutter than other donors. Additionally you will receive updates as we add to this page.

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    The Solo Package

    Want a Whirl-O® but don't have any friends? Pledge $8 and we'll send a single solitary Whirl-O®, and a heartfelt thank you email.

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    The Consumer 2-Pack

    Receive two Whirl-O®s before any of your friends and neighbors can find them in stores. Why a 2-pack? Because two is better than one.

    WARNING! The Whirl-O® may be used as a device of procrastination.

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    The Consumer Pro 2-Pack

    Receive the Whirl-O® 2-pack and the “I’m going pro with the Whirl-O®" t-shirt. Because telling people over and over how great this thing is takes away from your Whirl-O® time. Get the shirt, and they won’t have to ask.

    Note: Please tell us what size you are or we will pick for you randomly.

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    The Overworked Teacher Pack

    Making your own lesson plans sure is hard. Why not let Steve’s Mom do it for you? She taught elementary school for 35 years and has been spending her retirement teaching teachers how to teach instead of relaxing on a beach.

    Receive 32 Whirl-O®s for your classroom and some pre-written lesson plans geared towards the new Next Generation Science Standards for elementary students.

    Please let us know if you want this donated to a school of your or our choosing.

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    I Want That In My Store Retailer Pack

    Do you purchase for a retail store? Do you like large margins on items that you know will sell? Then donate $250 or more to this Kickstarter, and we’ll send you 72 Whirl-O®s.

    Buyer of the year trophy not included.

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    Give the Teacher a Break Pack

    Steve, a Professional Whirl-O® master, will teach a Whirl-O® lesson plan in your classroom. Steve will bring enough Whirl-O®s for the entire classroom and maybe his mom if you are local.

    Keeping Steve quiet is a whole reward in and of itself.

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    The Super Ridiculous Retail Bundle

    Michael Roberts, the owner of Regal Games LLC, will come to your store with as many Whirl-O®’s as can safely be stored in the overhead compartment (or exactly 288), and teach every person that walks in how to go pro with the Whirl-O®.

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Funding period

- (30 days)