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Versa Bricks™ allow you to connect your Lego® brick creations to HOT WHEELS® tracks and K'NEX® building systems.
Versa Bricks™ allow you to connect your Lego® brick creations to HOT WHEELS® tracks and K'NEX® building systems.
228 backers pledged $17,894 to help bring this project to life.

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Versa Bricks: Connecting LEGO®, HOT WHEELS®, K'NEX®, Trains

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What are Versa Bricks™?

Versa Bricks™ are toy construction bricks that allow you to connect LEGO® type bricks to Hot Wheels® tracks, K'NEX® building systems and HO scale train tracks.  There are currently six fully designed and tested bricks.  They work great and really allow you to "free your mind" and come up with all kinds of fun creations, expand your creativity and get more fun time out of your toys!  We need your Kickstarter support so we can build plastic injection molds for the six new bricks.  Then we can bring Versa Bricks™ to the masses!

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Here's a look at all six bricks!!!

 

Where did the Versa Brick™ idea come from?

The Versa Brick™ idea came to me way back in 1973 when I was a kid playing with my LEGO® and Hot Wheels® tracks.  Once you build everything you can per the instructions, you start to get creative!  Make the tracks go through the LEGO® buildings and trying to use LEGO® to support ramps, the ideas are endless!  But the problems are too!  Nothing seemed to hold up.  I always thought there should be a way these toys could be used together, I could picture it in my mind, I could sketch it, but just couldn't make the parts!

Later in life I now have my own kids and they face the same challenges with these toys that I did.  Then I remembered my ideas from back in '73.  But today I have an engineering degree, 3D solid modeling software, 3D printers and most of all Kickstarter!

Finally Versa Bricks™ can become reality!

What have we done so far?

  • Created 3D solid models for six new brick designs
  • Made prototypes from ABS material using 3D printer 
  • Tested for fit and function
  • Applied for patents, Versa Bricks™ are now Patent Pending
  • Determined tooling and productions costs
  • Created a project plan & timeline
Early concept sketch.
Early concept sketch.
 
Wire frame model generated by SolidWorks®
Wire frame model generated by SolidWorks®
 
Virtual fit & function using SolidWorks®
Virtual fit & function using SolidWorks®
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Virtual fit & function using SolidWorks®, Versa Bricks™ shown in red.

First batch of 3D printed prototypes!
First batch of 3D printed prototypes!

What are the rewards?

Here is a quick look at Brick #7 which will be made if we reach the stretch goal!

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Share: Even if you don’t back Versa Bricks, please share the project. You can follow us on Twitter @versabrick. 

Why do we need Kickstarter?

The next step is to invest in plastic injection mold tooling which will allow us to mass produce Versa Bricks™ at a competitive price. We need your support and in return you can get your very own Versa Bricks™ and the "warm and fuzzy feeling" that comes from supporting a great project.  Kickstarter will allow us to fund the plastic injection mold tooling for all the Versa Bricks™, fill the orders and give us the means to move forward!

What's the Project's Timeline?

NOTE:  LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies, who do not officially endorse or support this project.

NOTE:  HOT WHEELS® is a registered trademark of Mattel, Inc., who does not officially endorse or support this project.

NOTE:  K'NEX® is a registered trademark of K'NEX Brands, LLC, who does not officially endorse or support this project.

Risks and challenges

We've done our homework to get to this point of the project. Some of the major tasks completed to date include:

- 3D solid models for the six new bricks
- made prototypes using a high end 3D printer
- tested by real kids
- tweaked the designs as needed
- established quality requirements
- applied for patent protection
- qualified sources for tooling and production parts
- established an overall project plan and time line

Through all this, the biggest challenge will be getting the tooling just right!

I have extensive experience in tool design and manufacturing. I know that bricks seem simple to make but they are actually very precise components that must be manufactured to very tight tolerances in order for them to easily snap together, hold and be able to taken apart by little hands.

With this in mind there is a risk of manufacturing delay if the first samples made from the production tooling do not meet the strict quality requirements. It is not uncommon for minor tooling changes to be needed in order to get the first production parts just right.

We have the talent and experience to overcome these types of challenges.

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    For 1 buck you get a great big THANK YOU and the WARM FUZZY FEELING that comes from knowing you supported a great new product! This will go a long way to help kids (and adults) "free their minds" and expand their creativity.

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    Pledge $9 or more About $9

    For 9 buckaronies you get TWO SETS of Versa Bricks™ from the first production run. This will consist of 12 bricks, two of each design! All will be the classic red in color. But wait there's more!! You also get the WARM FUZZY FEELING!!! NOTE: Shipping costs outside the USA are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    For 10 clams you will receive a Versa Bricks™ Key Chain Set. This will consist of 2 Key Chains and a 2 x 10 Mounting Brick. And while supplies last, you also get the WARM FUZZY FEELING!!! NOTE: Shipping costs outside the USA are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    For 15 smackers you will be blessed with FOUR SETS of Versa Bricks™ from the first production run. This will consist of 24 bricks, four of each design! All will be the classic red in color. And while supplies last, you also get the WARM FUZZY FEELING!!! NOTE: Shipping costs outside the USA are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    For 20 skins you will be receive the Desktop Boredom Buster Kit from Versa Bricks. And while supplies last, you also get the WARM FUZZY FEELING!!! NOTE: Shipping costs outside the USA are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    For a mere 25 simoleons you be bestowed with SEVEN SETS of Versa Bricks™. That's seven of each of the new six designs in the classic red color! 42 Versa Bricks™ in total. And yes, you also get the WARM FUZZY FEELING for free! NOTE: Shipping costs outside the USA are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    For a piddley 30 greenbacks you be endowed with 10 SETS of Versa Bricks™.That's 60 bricks in total, in classic red and the new mystery color. MIX & MATCH! You get to pick them, just tell us how many of each design and color! And of course, you also get the WARM FUZZY FEELING for free as a bonus! NOTE: Shipping costs outside the USA are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    For 50 big ones you be presented with a Master Set of Versa Bricks™, in classic red and the new mystery color to be unlocked once we meet our funding goal! That's 120 bricks in any combination you want. MIX & MATCH! You get to pick which design and color! And as a mega bonus, you also get the WARM FUZZY FEELING for free! NOTE: Shipping costs outside the USA are estimated - the exact cost of shipping will be based on your location. We may need to ask you for more, or we'll refund you if it's less.

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    Pledge US$ 125 or more About US$ 125

    For a generous 125 dead presidents we will throw a GREAT BIG PARTY!! We will rent a big hall in beautiful Whitehouse, Ohio and have a giant build party with a ton of Versa Bricks™, Legos®, Hot Wheels® and K'NEX®. We will build a giant creation. We will supply the snacks and drinks. There will be a roving photographer capturing all the excitement and creativity. You can bring 1 guest with you! In addition you will take home with you a Master Set of Versa Bricks™ as described in the $50 reward level. Everyone will have a WARM FUZZY FEELING! The date will be announced after the project is successfully funded. You must provide your own transportation to and from the party.

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