About this project
What is Her Highness Builds Robots?
Her Highness Builds Robots is a coloring book featuring modern princesses for the modern girl.
Why are we doing this?
At some point in her life, almost every girl wants to be a princess. And that's great! Within the last few years, there have been a handful of a "new breed" of princesses who are as ambitious as they are kind and sincere. But these few recent examples are competing against the thousands of years of princesses who are valued only for their beauty, their docility and their ability to find a wealthy, royal husband.
We want more realistic princesses and we want them now.
Princesses who have science experiments to design. Who open art galleries. Go skydiving. Build robots. Princesses who were a little bit more like....all of the ambitious and smart and talented and courageous little girls you know!
This coloring book aims to blend the fun fantasy of castles, horses, and ball gowns with the diverse aspirations of real girls. We do this by depicting seven unique princesses of different races, body types, personalities and interests.
What is in the coloring book?
Our coloring book consists of 40 images, 20 sets of two-page vignettes. The first page of each scene hints at a princess stereotype, and the second page adds a new, modern and empowering twist to the princess's life. Each of our 7 princesses is featured in 2-3 scenes.
Here is our first princess, Princess Priya!
Princess Priya loves to play board games with her prince and is passionate about science. She received a PhD. in Chemical Engineering with a focus on improving food processing techniques.
Our second princess, Princess Rafa!
Princess Rafa is an avid artist who also loves to ride horses. In her spare time, she writes and directs plays in addition to sharing her artwork with others.
Our third princess, Princess Jae!
Princess Jae loves to debate policy, wear clothes made in America, and watch Meet the Press. When she’s not in her courtroom, Princess Jae writes a blog about girls and the Constitution. Her biggest dream is to become President Jae!
Wow, those drawings are awesome! Who is doing them?
Since we cannot draw to save our lives, we were fortunate to find the incredible artist Tyler Feder to draw our princesses. Tyler, a talented artist who runs a successful Etsy shop, has done an amazing job of bringing our princesses from idea to page.
Cool! How do I get a coloring book?
Thanks for asking, just back our project! Check out our rewards along the right side of the page for a full list, but to make a long story short... The first 50 backers to pledge $12 will receive a coloring book after that you will need to pledge $15.
Additional rewards include:
- Equalitoys stickers for every backer at the $5+ (see design below*)
- Her Highness Builds Robots t-shirts for every pledge of $50+ (design in the works)
- Custom messages for your coloring book recipient for every pledge of $100+
- Custom drawings of your recipient as a princess/prince for every pledge of $250+
When will I receive my book?
We anticipate that books, stickers, t-shirts, and Kickstarter exclusive pictures will ship in February, 2015. Any custom pictures created for you will ship separately at a later date (we'll keep you informed!)
Why do we need your support?
In order to reach our goal of bringing diverse and complex princesses into the world, we need your help. This $2,500 will pay for our artist, printing, mailing, rewards, and other fulfillment costs.
If you would like to see more modern princesses who can play chess, write plays, and build robots, we hope you'll become a backer today!
*Equalitoys stickers approximately 3" x 3."
T-shirt design coming soon!
At $5500 we’ll send everyone who has backed us a link to our Holiday-themed Her Highness Builds Robot coloring page! This page can be downloaded and printed right from your home computer.
At $6500 we will add another two page-spread for one of our current princesses to the printed coloring book
International backers welcome too!!!!
Risks and challenges
Since our creative team operates in three of the four US time zones, we may have to lose sleep to complete all elements of this book. We do have our printer all set to go and our artist is busily preparing our images. Depending on how many rewards we need to deliver, we might have to enlist a larger team for fulfillment (currently the team consists of just Beth and Laura). However, we plan to deliver the books in February 2015. (Please note that the special pictures of the backers' princesses/princes may take longer to deliver.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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