About this project
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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