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Tiny skeleton models of your favorite dinosaurs, flying monsters, and mythical creatures you assemble!
Tiny skeleton models of your favorite dinosaurs, flying monsters, and mythical creatures you assemble!
Tiny skeleton models of your favorite dinosaurs, flying monsters, and mythical creatures you assemble!
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Brontosaurus Quetzalcoatlus and Fiji Mermaid Skeleton Kits

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We're excited to share with you the newest Tinysaur models! We built a Brontosaurus, a Quetzalcoatlus, and a Fiji Mermaid. Now we need your help to produce the designs. They need to be laser cut & packaged. We've designed some printed packaging that's ready for press, bought some UPC codes, and a ton of staples (well, about 3 pounds to be honest).

Each kit also needs product illustrations so we can print instruction inserts. (that's where we make the sketches in the $11 reward tier) Without illustrations, you are left like a paleontologist guessing which is the shin bone. Never mind what it's connected to.

Then, once we have the packaging, laser cut parts, and printed instructions, we can start asembling your rewards. While that is happening, we also produce 3D instructions to supplement the tiny printed instructions.

Tiny Quetzalcoatlus
Tiny Quetzalcoatlus

The Quetzalcoatlus is probably the largest Tinysaur yet. The actual creature stood taller than a giraffe and some paleontologists believe it could fly 10,000 miles nonstop. It could scoop you up in it's enormous beak and fly you to a remote island.

Tiny Thunder Lizard
Tiny Thunder Lizard

You might be thinking "...scientists have said that Brontosaurus isn't real." The once-stately brontosaurus had been removed from the cladogram because of a mistake by O.C. Marsh during the Dinosaur Wars in 1879. Debunked as another apatosaurus, which was also discovered by Marsh two years earlier, the brontosaurus went from being one of the best known dinosaurs to one of paleontology's best known blunders. However, in 2015, after a closer examination of Marsh's apatosaurus and brontosaurus fossils, scientists found significant enough differences to restore the bronto's good name. There are now three species in the brontosaurus genus.

Tiny Fiji Mermaid
Tiny Fiji Mermaid

I grew up near a museum of Dutch immigrants in Delaware called the Zwaanendael Museum. In it there were maritime exhibits, and a history of agriculture, community, and architecture the Dutch settlers brought to Lewes Delaware in the 1500s, along with this one captivating taxidermied creature: The Fiji Mermaid. Sailors had a lot of time on their hands on a journey so they sculpted these fantastical creatures. Only a few still exist.

They're tiny!

Brontosaurus on a house key
Brontosaurus on a house key

So, how big are these skeletons? The Quetzalcoatlus is about two inches tall, the Brontosaurus is about one and seven eighths inches tall, and the Fiji Mermaid is about two and an eighth long. They really are tiny.

Rewards

$1 tier: Back us for a dollar and we'll give you a digital download of our latest work-in-progress prototype. We've never done anything like this before, so we're trying it out for a buck. You provide the paper, glue, and scissors. The new prototype is big enough for scissors, so you won't need a laser and a magnifier.

$8 tier: The individual bare bones Tinysaurs! Choose one. Each comes with laser cut bones and instructions.

pencil sketch of a Quetzalcoatlus
pencil sketch of a Quetzalcoatlus

$11 tier: Tinysaur pencil or pen sketches, we've got a lot of them. One is yours for 11 bucks. We'll send you a random page from our sketchbook.

$18-$21 tier: All three new Tinysaur bare bones kits. You'll receive one of each: a Brontosaurus, a Quetzalcoatlus, and a Fiji Mermaid. Each comes with laser cut bones and instructions.

$24 tier: An All-in-one kit of the Tinysaur of your choice. The kit has everything you need to build the enclosed Tinysaur. You get laser cut bones with instructions, a glass display dome with wooden base, a magnifier, steel tweezers, and glue.

$45 tier: We do the building. If you're not a crafter, and don't have a nephew or niece who can build it for you, we'll assemble the Tinysaur of your choice in a glass display dome.

$60-$69 tier: All three new Tinysaur All-in-one kits. You'll receive one of each: a Brontosaurus, a Quetzalcoatlus, and a Fiji Mermaid. Each kit has everything you need to build the enclosed Tinysaur. You get laser cut bones with instructions, a glass display dome with wooden base, a magnifier, steel tweezers, and glue.

$120 tier: All three assembled Tinysaurs in glass display domes.

Tiny Museum exterior
Tiny Museum exterior

 

Tiny Museum interior
Tiny Museum interior

 $195 tier: Tiny Museum. We've made 21 tiny skeleton models over the years. You get all the bare bones kits and a tiny wooden museum to house the collection. This tier includes Brontosaurus, Canine, Chimpanzee, Dimetrodon, Fiji Mermaid, Plesiosaur, Pterodactyl, Quetzalcoatlus, Saber Tooth, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, T-Rex, True Rex, Woolly, Butterfly, Human, Mermaid, Angel, Minotaur, Medusa, Cyclops bare bones kits. We also include a pair of tweezers, glue, a magnifier, and tiny museum visitors. The domes from the All-in-one kits are not included.

$462 tier: Got a lot of nieces, nephews, and cousins who would enjoy tiny skeleton kits this coming holiday season? We send you one of each Tinysaur All-in-one kit in the collection. There are 21 different kits. This tier includes Brontosaurus, Canine, Chimpanzee, Dimetrodon, Fiji Mermaid, Plesiosaur, Pterodactyl, Quetzalcoatlus, Saber Tooth, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, T-Rex, True Rex, Woolly, Butterfly, Human, Mermaid, Angel, Minotaur, Medusa, Cyclops All-in-one kits. Each kit has everything you need to build the enclosed Tinysaur. You get laser cut bones with instructions, a glass display dome with wooden base, a magnifier, steel tweezers, and glue.

$882 tier: We build all of the Tinysaur kits and put them in their glass display domes for you. This tier includes Brontosaurus, Canine, Chimpanzee, Dimetrodon, Fiji Mermaid, Plesiosaur, Pterodactyl, Quetzalcoatlus, Saber Tooth, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, T-Rex, True Rex, Woolly, Butterfly, Human, Mermaid, Angel, Minotaur, Medusa, Cyclops assembled Tinysaurs in their own individual glass display dome.

STRETCH GOALS

With two weeks left, and in honor of our previous campaigns here on Kickstarter, we've created two stretch goals.

After looking over the numbers to produce these extra rewards at no additional cost to you and without disrupting delivery of the current rewards, we discovered the sweet spots for each stretch were $11,000 and $15,750.

Share our campaign to help us reach the new stretch goal, and we'll give everyone at the $8 and up reward level a Tiny Human bare bones kit from our first Kickstarter with your chosen reward if we make it to $11,000.

Then, if we also achieve our second stretch goal, of $15,750, we'll throw in a Swords & Shields kit from our second Kickstarter to go with the Tiny Human and your chosen reward!

Let's crank this to 11

$11,000 stretch goal
$11,000 stretch goal

 

Risks and challenges

We want you to have your Tinysaurs yesterday, because that's how fast we would want them. We believe our reward delivery dates are accurate. We've got experience producing these models at the highest quality, but occasionally the kits surprise us. There are lots of hiccups in production. The laser breaks, or the glue filler fails, or wood shipments get backordered, or any number of other tasks we juggle can cause a delay. That's the challenge of producing a new crowdfunding project. We have two successful campaigns here on Kickstarter, which helped us hone our production process, and believe we can meet any challenge that comes our way.

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    Secret Prototype Digital Download

    Your contribution of a dollar or more to this tier gets you the inside project development story and a printable PDF of our latest work in progress. Get your scissors and glue out! RAWR!

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    Quetzalcoatlus Bare Bones

    One Quetzalcoatlus bare bones kit with laser cut bones and instructions.

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    Brontosaurus Bare Bones

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    Fiji Mermaid Bare Bones

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    Pencil or Pen Sketch of Tinysaurs

    Graphite or ink sketch of a Tinysaur from a variety our ideation sessions. You might receive a sketch of a Quetzalcoatlus, a Mermaid, a Stegosaurus, a T-rex, a T-rex fighting a Stegosaurus, a Brontosaurus, or another Tinysaur.

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    All 3 Bare Bones Early Backer Special

    Get all three bare bones kits. You get one Brontosaurus, one Quetzalcoatlus, and one Fiji Mermaid laser cut bones with instructions. A $27 value.

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    All 3 Bare Bones

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    Quetzalcoatlus All-in-one kit

    Quetzalcoatlus all-in-one kit with laser cut pieces, printed instructions, tweezers, glue, a magnifier, and glass display case with wood base. ($27 value)

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    Brontosaurus All-in-one kit

    Brontosaurus all-in-one kit with laser cut pieces, printed instructions, tweezers, glue, a magnifier, and glass display case with wood base. ($27 value)

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    Fiji Mermaid All-in-one kit

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    Assembled Fiji Mermaid

    Don't want to build one? We'll make one for you ready to display. You'll get an assembled Fiji Mermaid in a glass display dome.

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    Assembled Quetzalcoatlus

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    Assembled Brontosaurus

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    All 3 All-in-One Kits Earlybird Special

    Get all three all-in-one kits. You get one Brontosaurus, one Quetzalcoatlus, and one Fiji Mermaid with a glass display dome, tweezers, glue, and a magnifier in a package suitable for gifting. An $81 value.

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    All 3 All-in-One Kits

    Get all three all-in-one kits. You get one Brontosaurus kit, one Quetzalcoatlus kit, and one Fiji Mermaid kit with a glass display dome, tweezers, glue, and a magnifier in a package suitable for gifting. An $81 value.

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    All 3 Assembled Tinysaurs

    Sometimes you just want to enjoy tiny sculptures without having to assemble them. We collect miniatures too, so we understand. This reward contains an assembled Brontosaurus in a glass dome, an assembled Quetzalcoatlus in a glass dome, and an assembled Fiji Mermaid in a glass dome ready to display.

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    Tiny Museum

    All 21 tinysaur Bare Bones kits with a laser cut wooden miniature museum display case and tiny museum visitors. A $249 value.

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    All the All-in-One Tinysaur kits

    You'll get one of each All-in-One Tinysaur kit that we make. Each kit comes with a glass display dome, tweezers, glue, a magnifier and a bare bones Tinysaur. A $567 value

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    All the Assembled Tinysaurs in Domes

    We build the entire Tinysaur catalog for you, each in their own display dome. A $945 value

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