2nd Production Samples Approved, Production Underway!
Happy Spring everyone!
I have good news to report. The second batch of production samples were received and reviewed. All the corrections to the tooling have been made and we have given the factory the okay to start running production parts so that we can ship the rewards to all the backers in the near future. The plan is to have all the parts in hand the week of April 13th and to start shipping by the end of that week. We will be using USPS First Class Mail so delivery within the USA should take about a week or less. For backers who are outside of the USA it may take a little longer to arrive. The plan is tentative at this time but we will be working hard to stick to it. In the end we will be about a month behind the original plan. I hope everyone understands the delays as we wanted to make sure we got all the bugs worked out.
We also had to perform "toy testing" to ensure Versa Bricks meet all the required Consumer Protection Safety Counsel standards (USA standards). We also tested to the Canada and EU standards. It took some time and money to get this done but we felt obligated to do it.
We are pleased to say that Versa Bricks passed the following tests and meet the standards!
- CPSIA / ASTM F963-11 Physical and Mechanical Hazzards
- ASTM F963-11 / 16CFR 1500.44 Flammability of Solids
- CPSIA total lead content in substrates
- CPSIA / ASTM F963-11 Soluble Heavy Metals in substrates
- CPSIA Phthalates
- CPSIA Tracking Labels for Children
- Canada Consumer Product Safety Act and Toy Regulations
- EN71-1:2014 Mechanical and Physical Properties
- EN71-2: 2011 +A1:2014 Flammability
- EN71-3: 2013 Migrations of 19 elements - substrates
- Europe REACH Annex XVII Cadmium Content
- Eurroope REACH Annex XVII Phthalates
Other good news is we received the official notice from the US Patent and Trademark office that our Versa Brick patents were awarded on 2/28/15!
For the $125 backers we are working on the party plans. Right now the tentative date is 5/9/15 in Waterville, OH. Will be sending out more detail in the next few weeks as we get all the plans in place.
If you get a chance please check out our new online store at www.versa-bricks.com We are now accepting pre-orders and are committed that the Kickstarter backers will be the first to have their bricks shipped out. Please share the site with anyone who might be interested. On the site are links to the Versa Bricks social media sites. Please check it out and like us on Facebook. We are trying to get to 100 likes!