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What the heck are these Giant Cardboard Robot Arms?

Giant Cardboard Robot Arms are exactly what they sound like. Giant arms, made of cardboard, that make you look like a robot. We make easy-to-assemble kits, so that anyone can have their very own pair! We’ve been making arms that are great for grown-ups, and we now want to offer kid-sized kits – which lots of people have been asking for. The kits include cut pieces of cardboard, cardboard tubes for the elbows and forearms, all the hook & loop fasteners you’ll need to put them together, and instructions on how to assemble them. They even fold down for easy storage!

Before the turn of the millennium, I started building the giant cardboard robot suit for various costume parties and events. Each appearance I’ve made in the suit has been a HUGE hit. The arms are by far the most intricate part of the suit design, and people love to pick them up and play with them. There’s just something amazingly empowering about wielding an arm that is as big as you.

If you’re local to the San Francisco Bay Area, you may have even seen me in my full suit fighting Batman at a post-Burning Man Decompression party, or giving out super high high-fives at the Exploratorium.

You never know when you'll need to defend yourself against a rogue batman.
You never know when you'll need to defend yourself against a rogue batman.

 

High Fives at the old Exploratorium
High Fives at the old Exploratorium

After the Internet caught wind of my adventures, I teamed up with a friend to help bring the full size arms to the world via an online shop. The creations people have made with the giant arms have been fantastic! The giant arms have been popping up at costume conventions, Day of the Dead events, parades, graduation ceremonies, and they’ve made for contest-winning Halloween costumes for lots of people who’ve bought them.

In addition to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, our arms have also been featured at various events and museums including the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, The Edventure Children's Museum in Lexington, South Carolina, the Museum of Life + Science in Durham, North Carolina, The Festival of Curiosity in Dublin, Ireland, and the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo.

 

We've decided that our next big thing should be something both a bit smaller and even more ambitious - Kid Sized Giant Cardboard Robot Arms! This year at the San Mateo Maker Faire, we got to test out some of our prototypes for smaller arms and they were a hit. Take a look for yourself!

 

 

Since our initial run, we've optimized our design and already solved many of the issues that a first run of any product will encounter. What this means for you is that the production of these arms will be much less risky than some potential other first time Kickstarter projects. Don't take our word for it though, check out our Etsy shop reviews.

This is what 5 tons of cardboard looks like. Now you know too.
This is what 5 tons of cardboard looks like. Now you know too.

That’s cool, but what EXACTLY comes in this kit?

Here are some details on what will come with the kid sized arm kit:

  • Cut out cardboard pieces
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Rubber bands
  • Hook & loop fastener dots
  • Assembly instructions (not shown)
You will need to provide your own glue. I use wood glue, but any normal craft glue should work.
 

Rewards:

Here’s the breakdown of what you'll be getting for each of the pledge levels:

Here are some more specifics on each reward:

The One Dolla' Like

You'll just be getting our gratitude with this one, but believe us, we absolutely appreciate it! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

Stick it to 'em

In addition to receiving a digital copy of the plans mentioned above, we'll mail you an 8.5" x 11" sheet of Giant Cardboard Robots stickers (contains 6 stickers) that look like this:

3" diameter sticker
3" diameter sticker

Planning World Domination

The plans will come digitally via a pdf. They include dimensions, cut lines, fold lines, recommendations for hook & loop fasteners, glue, and cardboard sources.

Kid Sized Arms

These are the arms that come with the following pledge levels:

  • The Early Box Gets the Arms
  • 2nd Wave
  • Arming Our Youth
  • Why Have Two Arms When You Can Have FOUR!?
  • Parent Kid Combo*
  • Nuclear Family Pack*
  • Building an Army
  • The Full Kid Size Suit

( * indicates that the adult size arms also come with this pledge ) 

We've created a monster! A very happy monster!
We've created a monster! A very happy monster!

The kid size arms are 41.5" long (when built), weigh approximately 2lbs each, and they ship in a 20" x 15" x 3" box. After assembly they can be easily taken apart and folded back down for easy storage. 

All of the cardboard pieces are cut out, and hook & loop fastener dots are included along with instructions for construction, and assembly. Plans are also included if you are so inclined to cut out additional pairs of arms. 

You will need to provide your own glue but any craft glue should work fine. We use Titebond Wood Glue.

Adult Sized Arms 

These are the arms that come with the following pledge levels: 

  • Arming Our Adults
  • Parent Kid Combo*
  • Pirate Hook (for the adult size arms only)
  • Nuclear Family Pack*
  • The Full Adult Size Suit 

( * indicates that the kid size arms also come with this pledge ) 

The adult size arms are 5' 6" long (about 3 feet longer from where your hands will grab), 9" x 9" in width and weigh approximately 3lbs each. They ship in a 30" x 18" x 6" box. After assembly they can be easily taken apart and folded back down for easy storage.

All of the cardboard pieces are cut out, and hook & loop fastener dots are included along with instructions for construction, and assembly. Plans are also included if you are so inclined to cut out additional pairs of arms. 

You will need to provide your own glue but any craft glue should work fine. We use Titebond Wood Glue.

The Revolution will be Corrugated

This pledge will get you a T-shirt (please specify size) with the Giant Cardboard Robots logo on the front and on the back, our motto: THE REVOLUTION WILL BE CORRUGATED. In addition to the shirt, we'll also include a sheet of stickers, and send you a digital copy of the plans.

Note: This pledge level does NOT include any arms (other than the ones that you insert into the shirt).

Pirate Hook

One iteration of my Giant Cardboard Robot suit was a Giant Cardboard Robot Pirate, and you can inherit the hook from that costume. The hook fits on to the adult sized giant cardboard robot arms, and I’ll include a pair with this pledge level.

For that Giant Cardboard Robot Pirate look
For that Giant Cardboard Robot Pirate look

Cardboard Top Hat

This sporting topper stands on its own, but you can have it stand on your head if you pledge at this level. The 14" tall top hat is built for my own head which is a size medium. It comes fully assembled, and does not fold down.

Goggles not included
Goggles not included

Note: This pledge level does NOT include any arms. 

Giant Cardboard Jack-o-Lantern Head

This beastly head is built off of a construction helmet that can be adjusted to fit your own noggin. When wearing it, you put it on as a hat so you face will be visible if you look up. It’s a formidable 28" across in diameter and 18" tall and it doesn’t fold down, so keep an eye out for an enormous box when this one is delivered.

Now YOU can be the Pumpkin King!
Now YOU can be the Pumpkin King!

Note: This pledge level does NOT include any arms. 

Full Kid Size Suit

We’ll need to coordinate a bit for this one. I’ll contact you with the dimensions I need and I’ll create a full suit which will include the following pieces: 

  • 1 kid sized arm kit (contains 2 arms)
  • Torso with side pieces
  • Cardboard briefs
  • 2 cardboard feet
  • 2 milk crate stilt/platforms 
Child not included.
Child not included.

Instructions on how to put everything together as well as how to put it on are included. 

Full Adult Size Suit

We’ll need to coordinate a bit for this one. I’ll contact you with the dimensions I need and I’ll create a full suit which will include the following pieces: 

  • 1 adult sized arm kit
  • Torso with side pieces
  • Cardboard briefs
  • 2 cardboard feet
  • Instructions for how to build the stilts 
Man-child not included.
Man-child not included.

Instructions on how to put everything together as well as how to put it on will be included. The stilts I use for my own suit are built from 2x4s are aren’t really feasible for shipping through the mail. They are fairly simple to build though, and much easier to use than standard stilts. Detailed instructions on stilt assembly are included.

 

Risks and challenges

We’ve got the costs figured out for materials, construction, storage, shipping, and packing. What could go wrong? Hopefully not a whole lot. We’ve learned a lot through shipping the adult arms and are ready for contingencies. The area that I foresee our biggest potential problem is that if our kickstarter becomes successful beyond our wildest dreams, shipping these boxes out to everyone could take longer than we're expecting. If we far exceed our minimum funding level, there may be delays for some as we work to keep pace with high demand. In the event that this happens, we will definitely be keeping everyone in the loop as we work towards getting everyone their rewards as quickly as we can.

A big part of why we make these kits is for the giant smiles the arms bring. We are committed to making sure everyone gets what they have been promised at their pledge level as quickly as possible.

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    The One Dolla' Like

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    Stick it to 'em

    We've got stickers! Now you can have one too. In addition to our deepest thanks and Kickstarter Backer Updates, we will send you a sheet of stickers with the Giant Cardboard Robot logo.

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    Planning World Domination

    So you want the true DIY kit. We'll send you a digital copy of the plans as well as instructions on how to assemble the arms as well as how to pack them down once assembled. All you have to do is provide everything else (cardboard, glue, hook & loop fasteners, and labor).

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    Planning FULL-SIZE World Domination

    NEW PLEDGE LEVEL! (Sept 9)

    We are happy to announce that now the big kids at heart can get the original FULL-SIZE Plans. At this level, we will digitally send you PDFs that include the measurements for the FULL-SIZE plans, guide for hook & loop placement, gluing guide, and instructions for assembly. All you have to do is provide everything else (cardboard, glue, hook & loop fasteners, and labor).

    NOTE: The other "Planning World Domination" pledge level is for the Kid-Sized plans.

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    All Your Plans Are Belong To Us

    NEW PLEDGE LEVEL! (Sept 9)

    At this level, you will receive BOTH of the "Planning World Domination" rewards (Kid-Size plans and Full-Size plans). Both plans will be sent digitally and include measurements for cutting out the cardboard, hook & loop dot placement, gluing instructions, as well as instructions on how to assemble the arms. All you have to do is provide everything else (cardboard, glue, hook & loop fasteners, and labor).

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    A Helping Hand

    All you need is one arm? We can work with you on that. At this pledge level, you will receive all the parts necessary to build a single kid sized giant cardboard robot arm. The kits come with all the cardboard cut out, hook & loop fasteners, cardboard tubes elastic bands, a digital copy of the plans, and a physical copy of the construction and assembly directions.

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    The Early Box Gets the Arms

    Because we expect the packing and shipping of these arms to take up the most time, we want reward our early backers with early deliveries. As soon as we get our arms back from the print shop, you will be the first to get them. They will come with all of the cardboard cut out, hook & loop fasteners, cardboard tubes, elastic bands, a digital copy of the plans, a physical copy of the construction and assembly instructions, and a digital copy of the plans.

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    2nd Wave

    If we exceed our pledge goal, it's unlikely that we'll be able to get every set of arms out the door as soon as their ready, so we're creating this limited set of a second wave arms to go out shortly after the early box set. They will come with all of the cardboard cut out, hook & loop fasteners, cardboard tubes, elastic bands, a digital copy of the plans, a physical copy of the construction and assembly instructions, and a digital copy of the plans.

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    Kid Sized Giant Cardboard Robot Arms

    After we ship the early box set and the 2nd wave, then we'll ship the rest. We're just a two man operation, but we'll pack and ship these arms as fast as we can. They will come with all of the cardboard cut out, hook & loop fasteners, cardboard tubes, elastic bands, a digital copy of the plans, a physical copy of the construction and assembly instructions, and a digital copy of the plans.

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    For the "Big Kids" (a.k.a. Adults)

    These are the same adult size arms that are available on the etsy site, but since you're getting them here, you get them for a bit cheaper! Thank you for supporting our Kickstarter!

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    Why have 2 Arms When You Can Have 4!?

    Want to buddy up with a friend and go in on these together? Then we can save you a bit of money and ship two pairs of the kid size arms in the same box! They will come with all of the cardboard cut out, hook & loop fasteners, cardboard tubes, elastic bands, a digital copy of the plans, the sticker, a physical copy of the construction and assembly instructions, and a digital copy of the plans.

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    The Revolution Will Be Corrugated

    Help spread the word of our arms on your chest! This pledge includes a T-shirt with our logo on the front, and the words "THE REVOLUTION WILL BE CORRUGATED" on the back, as well as a copy of the plans, and a sticker sheet. Arms are not included with this pledge.

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    Parent-Kid Combo

    Why should the kids get to have all the fun. Each of you can build your own pair and have matching outfits. Pledge at this level and get one pair of adult size arms, and one pair of kid size arms.

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    Pirate Hook

    You will inherit my Pirate Hook Attachment that fits onto one hand of the adult sized giant cardboard robot arms. Also included: A pair of the adult size giant cardboard robot arms and a sheet of Giant Cardboard Robot stickers.

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    Nuclear Family Pack

    Two pairs for adults, and two pairs for kids. Radioactivity not required.

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    Cardboard Top Hat

    You will inherit my Cardboard Top Hat. It fits as medium size (approximately 22" circumference), and is extra tall for that extra corrugated classy look. Also are included are a sheet of Giant Cardboard Robot Stickers.

    To include arms, specify which size and include an additional $60 with your pledge for the kids sized arms, or $80 for the adult sized arms.

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    Giant Cardboard Pumpkin Head

    Built around an adult construction helmet, it can fit a variety of sizes. It weighs in at 3 lbs and is 28" x 28" and 18" tall. Also are included are a sheet of Giant Cardboard Robot Stickers.

    To include arms, specify which size and include an additional $60 with your pledge for the kids sized arms, or $80 for the adult sized arms.

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    Building an Army

    Want to arm a whole class of kids? Pledge at this level and receive 10 kits for the kids sized Giant Cardboard Robot Arms, stickers for everyone and a Giant Cardboard Robots shirt for the parental unit in charge of wrangling all the little robots.

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    The Full Kid Size Suit

    I will custom build a kid size suit fit to you personally. I'll contact you with the dimensions I'll need and will start building your suit ASAP. In addition to a kid's size kit (and everything that comes with it), this will also include, two raised feet pieces, a torso, and of course the cardboard briefs. Also are included are a sheet of Giant Cardboard Robot Stickers.

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    The Full Adult Size Suit

    I will custom build an adult size suit fit to you personally. I'll contact you with the dimensions I'll need. Then I will start building your suit ASAP. The full contents will include a kit for the adult sized giant cardboard robot arms, parts for the torso, two feet sections, cardboard briefs, and instructions on how to build the stilts (shipping the stilts is not feasible). Also are included are a sheet of Giant Cardboard Robot Stickers.

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