WoodyMac - Magnetic Building Blocks (Canceled)
Wooden, magnetic, architectural toy - a building block set for boys, girls and fun loving adults. Family-friendly activity for everyone
We can't even begin to express our gratitude for your incredible support and enthusiasm for this project. It's been exciting to witness the growing momentum and overwhelming success, and as the counter has been ticking down, we've been hard at work lining up contracts and logistics with for production. As of several days ago, we've gotten everything set and ready to go, only awaiting our Kickstarter funding.
As we've recently discovered, new legislation was passed shortly after the launch of this Kickstarter project, tightly regulating the use of magnets. We've carefully tested the safety, durability, and quality of our WoodyMac set and are confident it will pass the new certification requirements enacted by this new legislation. But here's the glitch: Since we will need to certify WoodyMac under the new safety requirements, we've come to the conclusion that we will not be able to complete that process in time to make our delivery dates--especially since we're distributing to over 15 different countries, all with their own safety testing requirements. It was an agonizing decision, and until these last few days, we were still hoping we might be able to figure out a way to accomplish both things: get the safety certification AND kick off production at the close of the Kickstarter project.
It is of the utmost importance to us that we do our due diligence, both by the regulation and especially by all of you who've put your faith in us. Much as we hate the idea of taking this Kickstarter down, we don't believe it's right for us to take the funding you've pledged until this new ruffle has been smoothed out--until we can deliver our vetted and certified product, and deliver it when we've promised.
So it is with some sadness that we must announce that we're closing down the WoodyMac Kickstarter. We thank you for all your enthusiastic backing! We hope we can count on your support and enthusiasm once we've completed the certification and relaunch this project. WoodyMac is too good to stay down for long! We'll keep all you informed step-by-step during this process, updating you through Kickstarter and our website.
We're combining an innovative magnetic building set with an interactive application, that will allow users to share their fun online and will enable parents to participate and encourage from anywhere at any time. This mobile networking platform will, in future, enable older players to create designs, order custom parts, share blueprints, and even sell or exchange custom parts they've built on their 3D printers - a virtual design studio to create your very own architecture, structures you can feel, touch, play with.
The versatility of the WoodyMac set makes it an exciting new product for both boys and girls, whether building a castle, dreaming up a dollhouse, or designing unique furniture—and adults will love it too! WoodyMac helps architects and designers come up with new ideas and new inspiration - it's true!
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The photographs are examples of building projects that we put together to give you an idea of the kinds of things you could do with your building set. We’ve carefully and strategically selected the parts in each set (and add-on) to provide as wide a variety of building opportunities without unnecessary or unusable parts. Everything is designed to work together. The add-on sets for the starter kit make even more and even bigger structures and building opportunities possible.
Please remember that the photos show only a tiny fraction of the actual building possibilities. These models were built spontaneously and then photographed. While you’ll certainly be able to recreate them all (as per the included instructions), don’t forget that the best part will be creating your own masterpieces!
Please note that the our building sets are a particularly challenging product to present on Kickstarter. While we could offer a variety of sets, ranging from the simplest and most affordable to very complex and expensive ones, the way the Kickstarter platform is structured makes this approach potentially little confusing to our backers and challenging for us to manage. We appreciate your understanding, and we welcome your feedback.
Feel free to offer suggestions! We’re listening. We’re interactive product designers—we’re always looking for input on how we can improve our offerings, better engage and delight kids, and help get everyone a little more connected through hands-on learning and creativity.
20 $ - WoodyMac Collapsible Photo Frame
$100 - WoodyMac Starter Kit: KICKSTARTER SPECIAL
The pictures below are examples of buildings constructed with the WoodyMac Starter Kit.
$195 - WoodyMac Starter Kit + extra parts: KICKSTARTER SPECIAL
The pictures below are examples of buildings constructed with the WoodyMac Starter Kit + extra parts in this package.
$ 500 - 4 WoodyMac Starter Kits + extra parts + Medieval Castle parts + fencing parts: KICKSTARTER SPECIAL
The picture below shows examples of buildings built using the 4 WoodyMac Starter Kits + extra parts + Medieval Castle parts + fencing.
During the Kickstarter we will update our project page here with new building ideas from our designer, including instructions for how to build them and which WoodyMac set you’ll need to recreate each one.
Show your kids that Dad’s the best—build it with them! Have Mom pitch in too—providing that special touch by customizing your creations inside and out. A fun activity for the whole family, unplugged from a tablet or PC! Reunite your family with WoodyMac!
WoodyMac helps children learn spatial thinking and reasoning, an essential skill that develops from the early learning stages by combining visual cues with real 2D and 3D objects at a time when the human brain is learning to understand space not through sight but also through touch and object manipulation in real time and physical space. Spatial reasoning is key to the further development of skills and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—key fields that are facing a serious shortage as interaction with screens and computer monitors slowly replaces interaction with tangible objects.
Try one of our sample designs or unleash your creativity, toss out the instructions, and just start building! There's no limit but your imagination to what you can assemble with WoodyMac blocks! With so many blocks and such a wide variety of shapes and sizes, this set offers you boundless architectural possibilities.
Its simple, innovative design allows for quick assembly of a variety of structures and forms, helping you bring your ideas to life or build one of our fun sample designs. Each construction is solid and stable, held together by powerful internal magnets. This means that whatever structure you build won’t collapse.
After you build one house, you don’t have to tear it down—just extend your “city” by adding other of our WoodyMac designs or WoodyMac structures of your own, using our spare parts.
There are many unique components: roof railings, awnings, sliding doors, panels with opening doors, and painted and unpainted parts. You never will run out of the parts you need, be it more blocks or other spare parts. Our standard parts will be always available, and we’ll be adding new components all the time. It’s our motto – enabling your creativity by always providing you with new, compatible parts, designed to fit all our previous components.
Each dimension of WoodyMac has been thoughtfully planned, intuitively developed, meticulously designed, and carefully manufactured, down to the last detail, to ensure delivery of a high-quality, optimal building set ready for you to put together anything you can imagine—from the simplest to the most complex designs.
WoodyMac blocks can also be equipped with variant walls and ceilings, as well as additional elements like triangular roofs, garage doors, fences, and much more. With the option to use colorful self-printed wallpapers, textures, paint, or pre-printed sticky covers, everyone can personalize their WoodyMac creation into whatever they like, whether it’s a military fortress, doll house, geometric puzzle, or something else entirely.
Risks and challenges
We have a clearly thought-out plan for how to proceed after the completion of this project. We already have preliminary agreements with suppliers and manufacturers, which means that as once we’ve gotten our “kickstart,” we can get started on your WoodyMac sets. Using a high-precision milling machine and laser pattern-cutting technology, we will be able to provide you with the best quality, for the most fun. We’ve been working for over a year developing WoodyMac, and we feel confident we’ve covered all the potential risks and wrinkles in our planning. We hope you’ll get to enjoy the results of all our hard work!
Our team is constantly engaged in developing environmentally conscientious toys. This project is an expansion of what we have, until now, only been able to do on a small scale—with enough Kickstarter backers, we’ll be able to cross the boundaries of a small local shop, and offer WoodyMac to the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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