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Fun. Educational. Engaging. They make noise once constructed!
Discover what a single sheet of paper can be!
Fun. Educational. Engaging. They make noise once constructed! Discover what a single sheet of paper can be!
202 backers pledged $14,100 to help bring this project to life.

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With the overwhelming success and support of Dinosaur Snappets Kickstarter Campaign, we have added two NEW STRETCH GOALS!!!

Stretch goal #1: $11,500
Everyone who has pledged $30 or more gets a FREE CMYK T-Rex! This is a new LIMITED EDITION color scheme and the precursor to Snappets variation explorations!

Stretch goal #2: $12,500
Everyone who has pledged $30 or more gets one FREE CMYK T-Rex AND one CMYK Triceratops! Again, these are new LIMITED EDITION color schemes and the precursors to Snappets variation explorations!

Stretch goal #3: $14,000
Everyone who has pledged $30 or more gets one MONSTER ANGLER-FISH SNAPPET! If we reach $14,000, I can have this new die fabricated. The die for the Monster Angler Fish Snappet will be 3 times more expensive to produce due to the complexity of its lines! That is why the stretch is so far, but, LET'S go for the gusto!!!

Create. Play. Grow. Snappets are beautifully designed hand puppets. You build them from a single sheet of paper AND they make noise!

Tyrannosaurus Snappet
Tyrannosaurus Snappet

Snappets are fun and inspire! - Playing with a Snappet is so much fun! I recently shared them with the first graders at Los Feliz elementary School. EVERY single student was completely engaged! It encouraged them to ask questions about all aspects of the toy: They wanted to know about dinosaurs. They wanted to know about how I invented the toy. They wanted to know about how it was possible to even think of the idea! It was amazing to see that they realized they have the potential to create themselves.

Snappets develop focus and concentration - Playing with a Snappet begins with the user constructing a 2-dimensional sheet of paper into a 3-dimensional puppet. This requires the user to follow instructions. It also develops a sense of space through the understanding of 2-d to 3-d. 

Stimulate Creativity - Once constructed, Snappets are movable puppets that “talk.” They make a “SNAP!” noise when the user closes its mouth. Each Snappet comes with starter facts relative to that creature provoking further research. The students I shared them with wanted to know how to pronounce each dinosaurs name, what did it mean and how big it was. When children build Snappets they develop an understanding of how objects are designed and constructed. Playing with Snappets is a gateway to other interest as well such as science, theater and design.

Snappets first full line of puppets, Dinosaur Snappets, provide parents with an affordable and stimulating play option to offer their children. 

Students from Los Feliz Elementary School in Los Angeles LOVED Snappets! They engaged with the toys immediately. Read more about my trip to their school below in the section "Who are Snappets for?"
Students from Los Feliz Elementary School in Los Angeles LOVED Snappets! They engaged with the toys immediately. Read more about my trip to their school below in the section "Who are Snappets for?"

I have developed a full line of Dinosaur Snappets. There are 8 designs in the Dinosaur Snappet series: Ankylosaurus, Archaeopteryx, Elasmosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor.

All 8 full-color Dinosaur Snappets.
All 8 full-color Dinosaur Snappets.
All 8 full-color Dinosaur Snappets flats.
All 8 full-color Dinosaur Snappets flats.
All 8 colorable Dinosaur Snappets.
All 8 colorable Dinosaur Snappets.
All 8 colorable Dinosaur Snappets.
All 8 colorable Dinosaur Snappets.
Snappets begin as a 2-dimensional flat sheet and are crafted by the user to become a 3-dimensional puppet. Pictured above is the Ankylosaurus Snappet from the Dinosaur Snappet series.
Snappets begin as a 2-dimensional flat sheet and are crafted by the user to become a 3-dimensional puppet. Pictured above is the Ankylosaurus Snappet from the Dinosaur Snappet series.

Below is a step-by-step instruction video of how to build a Snappet in 8 easy steps and edited with help from Amanda Zemke and John Brytus:

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Snappets are for EVERYONE!
Although Snappets were originally thought to be just for children, the last two years of development have shown me that everyone enjoys Snappets.

It was amazing to see the sincere interest, wonder and excitement the toys created with the students (ages 6 and 7).
It was amazing to see the sincere interest, wonder and excitement the toys created with the students (ages 6 and 7).

Recently, I was invited to share Dinosaur Snappets with Loz Feliz Elementary School in Los Angeles. I was given the opportunity to help teach three 1st Grade classes. The children were AWESOME! We had so much fun learning about dinosaurs, the difference between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional objects and creativity! The children provided me with feedback as well as a super-fun day of making toys! The following are my favorite quotes from the day:
     "Snappets are better than video games!"
     "We love Snappets!"
     "Snappets are beautiful!"
     "Can you come back and teach class again!"

Options for parents and educators to provide their children with tools that are hands-on, engaging, and educational are limited. Solution: Snappets! Snappets develop fine motor skills, critical thinking and creativity.

For future applications, similar to the model of Legos and Playmobil, Snappets have the flexibility to be paired with other companies for licensing. 

For example, Snappets could take the form of Godzilla as promotional swag for Warner Brother’s upcoming film release.  Or imagine the NBA’s Toronto Raptors basketball team giving away customized Raptor Snappets before a game. The toys would function as noise-makers for the home team to snap when the opposing team is shooting foul shots. Kids would love them and opposing teams would hate them! Snappets could be applied to any mascot. 

Raptor Snappet, a possible commercial pairing for Snappets and the NBA's Toronto Raptors (this design is one of eight Dinosaur Snappets).
Raptor Snappet, a possible commercial pairing for Snappets and the NBA's Toronto Raptors (this design is one of eight Dinosaur Snappets).

I also plan on pairing with artists and designers to develop specific lines of artistic Snappets. I love the idea of giving creatives the Snappet template and letting their imagination run wild!

This is a prototype Monster Snappet, which I envision being a precursor to an "artist" series of Snappets.
This is a prototype Monster Snappet, which I envision being a precursor to an "artist" series of Snappets.

Backers, remember, you can always donate MORE than the rewards asking price. For example, on "PLEDGE $10" you can put in "$20" and so on.

The design for the toy “Snappets” began at the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning program. Professor Joseph Bottoni taught the seminal “Paper Toy” class in the Graphic Design program. In 1999, I took that class and began the development of the paper toy which I now call a “Snappet.” 

The positive feedback from the University faculty and student body was terrific. I knew that when ready, this toy had the potential to be very successful. Years had passed, but the idea to develop and market this design has always been in the back of my mind. 

Fast forward to 2011. I was holiday shopping at a Los Angeles design boutique. I came upon a very clever and well designed paper toy: a Japanese designer had put together an origami version of a farm animal set. It was presented as a small 6”x6” portfolio with each page containing an animal to be created from a single sheet of paper! “Fantastic!,” I told my girlfriend, “but I have one that I already designed that moves AND makes noise!” She said, “Show me.” I went home, found the design, printed out and constructed the toy, then showed her: “You HAVE to make these!,” she insisted.

Over the past couple of years I have revisited the original design and have refined it to its current incarnation: the template for a new and improved “Snappet” is born. 

After making an extensive list of possible creatures my new Snappets might take, I decided Dinosaurs would be the most marketable and exciting set of characters. I also realized that with this list, I would eventually like to create many more lines of Snappets moving forward (Zoo Snappets, Monster Snappets, Farm Snappets, etc).

My Kickstarter goal is to fabricate the initial line of Dinosaur Snappets to start the growth of my company.  This will allow me to refine the fabrication process and develop distribution of Snappets. Also, this will provide me with finished units to share with distributors, licensing partners and other potential clients. 

I need your help to realize this vision. I need the capital to produce enough Dinosaur Snappets to make my first production run. This includes making the dies, printing, die-cutting, packaging and shipping. 

Below lists the people who have helped me up to this point of the Snappets journey:

Pulgita - You are the best!
Mike Reino - Thank you for your constant support of me and this project, the Snappets name!
• Dan Lipton and Carl Ha - Your blunt and critical advice was crucial!
Rick Bracey - Without your experienced advice Snappets design would not have improved to its current incarnation.
• Bridgette Rosenberg and Loz Feliz Elementary School - Fun and productive day sharing Snappets with the students! Friends that follow through are unique and valued.
Carlos and Marta @ ER Copies in Echo Park - For the BEST prints and terrific service. 
• Stibbe - Advice, advice, advice... Thank you.
John Brytus and Amanda Zemke - Un-hesitant help is rare to find.
Jeff and Phil - Your insights helped me clarify what Snappets potential is and how to communicate this.
• Ginny, Gordon, Melissa, Michael, Pat and Wayne - Our pow-wow put the finishing touches on this thing.
Joseph Bottoni - Without your seminal class this project may not have come to exist.
Kathleen and Vincent Opaskar - Because you are my parents... Thank you.
• Everyone else that has had a part in this thing... Let's do this!

Kickstarter has become a strong community. I like that. A healthy community depends on people helping each other. I can't give much to these projects, but I can at least help them reach a wider audience:

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Risks and challenges

I have a clear fabrication system mapped out. I have compared quality, pricing and personality of several printers, die-cutters and packaging houses. I believe I have lined up the best production group to enable Snappets to become a success and that is why I am moving forward with Kickstarter.

The last issue is to be able to pack & ship the product efficiently, which is my biggest unknown. I have done the proper research but it's the first time I am doing this so I am anticipating making any necessary adjustments.

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    One full-color Dinosaur Snappet personally selected by me! Welcome to the world of Snappets! Your friends and family will be impressed with your sculptural savvy.

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    Two full-color Dinosaur Snappets personally selected by me! (Two different designs will be chosen - no repeats!) Now it's on! One for each hand or you and a partner have a dino-tea-party-battle.

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    Four Dinosaur Snappets personally selected by me! (Four different designs will be chosen - no repeats!) Things are going to get real pre-historic!

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    All eight Dinosaur Snappets: Ankylosaurus, Archaeopteryx, Elasmosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor... Jurrasic park all over again!

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    Eight different Dinosaur Snappets: Four full-color Dinosaur Snappets and four matching Dinosaur Snappets that can be colored in by the user before assembly! (The matching Snappets will be personally chosen by me and will be four different designs - no repeats!) Get the crayons out Picasso-saurus!

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    Twelve different Dinosaur Snappets: All eight Full-Color Dinosaur Snappets and four Dinosaur Snappets that can be colored in by the user before assembly! (The four colorable Snappets will be personally chosen by me and will be four different designs - no repeats!) It's a crowded house but the dream has only just begun...

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    Sixteen full-color Dinosaur Snappets: All eight designs x2!: Ankylosaurus, Archaeopteryx, Elasmosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor... Double trouble!

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    Sixteen different Dinosaur Snappets: All eight full-color Dinosaur Snappets and their matching colorable counterparts. Party time with sixteen wonderful terrible lizards.

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    24 full-color Dinosaur Snappets: All eight designs x3!: Ankylosaurus, Archaeopteryx, Elasmosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor... Triple play!

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    Sixteen different Dinosaur Snappets: All eight full-color Dinosaur Snappets and their matching colorable counterparts. PLUS one uncut full-color sheet personally chosen and signed by me. Reservations for sixteen please... plus one (to frame!).

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    32 full-color Dinosaur Snappets: All eight Snappets designs x4!: Ankylosaurus, Archaeopteryx, Elasmosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor... This isn't college but I'll meet you at the quad!

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    32 total Dinosaur Snappets: 16 full-color and 16 colorable Snappets. Sometimes ya color... sometimes ya don't!

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    48 full-color Dinosaur Snappets: All eight Snappets designs x6!: Ankylosaurus, Archaeopteryx, Elasmosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor... Sextuplets let's text up!

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    48 total Dinosaur Snappets: 24 full-color and 24 colorable Snappets. You know that part in that dinosaur park movie where they realize the velociraptors are multiplying...

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    64 total Dinosaur Snappets: 32 full-color and 32 colorable Snappets. You're gonna need a lot of crayons!

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    Dinosaur Snappets as artwork #1: One FRAMED uncut full-color Dinosaur Snappet sheet of your choice signed by me. The frame will be made of white maple wood and beautifully hand-crafted by a local artisan friend. The artwork will be framed in the "floating" style without matting. Final frame size will be 17"x 23". PLUS receive the cut full-color and colorable versions (not framed). Artsy-fartsy paleontoligists can have a gallery soiree.

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    96 total Dinosaur Snappets: 48 full-color and 48 colorable Snappets. Make this a super donation of Dinosaur Snappets to a school, museum or library class! Or, throw a huge prehistoric bash! Perfect for birthdays!

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    Dinosaur Snappets as artwork #2: One uncut full-color Dinosaur Snappet sheet AND matching colorable Dinosaur Snappet sheet of your choice signed by me and FRAMED together. The frame will be made of white maple wood and beautifully hand-crafted by a local artisan friend. The artwork will be framed in the "floating" style without matting. Final frame size will be 32"x 23". PLUS receive the cut full-color and colorable versions (not framed). Glam-rock-a-saurus!

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    Donate ME PLUS DINOSAUR SNAPPETS to a school, museum or library class! Or, throw a prehistoric bash! Perfect for birthdays! Once travel fees and schedule considerations are made, I WILL COME AND PERSONALLY INSTRUCT THE CLASS/PARTY MYSELF! I have referrals from Los Feliz Elementary School in Los Angeles. Plus receive 96 full-color Snappets for your class/party. Travel fees will be covered by customer, no travel fees in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.) PS - I will travel anywhere in the world.

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    Donate ME PLUS DINOSAUR SNAPPETS to a school, museum or library class! Or, throw a prehistoric bash! Perfect for birthdays! Once travel fees and schedule considerations are made, I WILL COME AND PERSONALLY INSTRUCT THE CLASS/PARTY MYSELF! I have referrals from Los Feliz Elementary School in Los Angeles.
    Plus receive 48 full-color and 48 colorable Snappets for a total of 96 that will be provided per class/party. Travel fees will be covered by customer, no travel fees in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.)
    PS - I will travel anywhere in the world.

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    Your own personalized Snappet! Now it's not just a puppet, but a portrait as well: You will work with me directly to create a custom Snappet! That's right. We will discuss what kind of creature/person you want to see fabricated as a paper toy puppet. One uncut sheet will be signed and framed. The frame will be made of white maple wood and beautifully hand-crafted by a local artisan friend. The artwork will be framed in the "floating" style without matting. Final frame size will be 17"x 23". PLUS receive 10 hand-cut full-color versions (not framed). Remember, Snappets have the ability to take the form of just about ANY creature. The possibilities are endless... It is official: You will be the COOLEST person in town!

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