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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
While working for the Detroit Red Wings in 1999, I was sent a sample of the San Francisco Willie Mays Bobblehead from the factory who created it. The Giants were closing Candlestick Park and wanted to commemorate the moment with a giveaway that celebrated their history. The response was fantastic and it inspired the factory to try and sell them to other teams. As the promo guy for the Red Wings, that company sold me the idea of creating Bobbleheads of our players. I loved the idea that we could create this magical, whimsical caricature for a relatively affordable price. I had a feeling that the factory would make millions. Since then, they have sold over 50 Million bobble heads!
After leaving the Red Wings and starting my own promotions company, I began to learn even more about sourcing and creating products. Then one day in 2008, I noticed that more and more people started fist-bumping each other as a new means of shaking hands. Athletes were doing it, entertainers, politicians, etc. Whenmy doctor gave me a fist bump and told me that over 24 million germs are passed by handshakes--and that fist bumping is more sanitary I began to wonder if there was way to create an interactive toy collectible that replicates the charm of a fist bump between a fan and a player. I talked to my factory overseas and came up with the first prototype of the Bump'n Buddy. The first one we created was Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It didn't include the audio and I wasn't happy with the overall design.
Bumping a fist wasn't enough. I wanted my toy to leave an indelible impression on fans. So, my next challenge was to create the Bump'n Buddy with audio. I teamed up with the Miami Marlins to create the Jose Fernandez Bump'n Buddy sample. This prototype include five 10 second audio clips that are activated with each fist bump you give it. I wasn't satisfied with this version's design either. I wanted it to look more like a bobblehead with the oversized head--not a figurine.
After a long delay--and after beginning to think that this idea may never come to fruition--I had a new factory and designer take a stab at it. The next version I received was the concept of a fictional ex-ballplayer named Joe Bumpy. This version had the five audio clips and was designed exactly how I envisioned! The rest is history... as they say!
MOVE OVER BOBBLEHEAD!
Meet JOSEPH "JOE BUMPY" BUMPARINO!
THE 1ST EDITION BUMP N' BUDDY
Joseph Bumparino "Joe Bumpy" is the fist…er, first character of the Bump'n Buddy series. Joe was a minor league baseball player deep in the Detroit Tiger’s farm system who had lofty aspirations of making it to the bigs. He was known for "fist bumping" his teammates after home runs, after they made great plays in the field or when they struck out the side to win the game. Joe made the Quadruple A all-star team in 1970. To this day, he dons that replica "all star" uniform as a not-so-kind reminder of what could have been. Despite his slow demise into obscurity following his professional baseball mediocrity, Joe Bumpy was a funny man with a great sense of humor. Like a real Yogi Bera in minor league form! Hence, Joe Bumpy is the first ever and maybe he'll be the next Honus Wagner for all you baseball collectors out there!
Here are the five audio clips Joe will say:
Audio Clip # 1 “Hi, This is Joe Bumpy, Give Me A Fist Bump!”
Audio Clip # 2 “You just got bumped up to FIST class”
Audio Clip # 3 “Hey, This thing isn't going to Bump itself, knuckle up!”
Audio Clip # 4 “Life's a party and I'm bringin' the punch”
Audio Clip # 5 “Thanks to YOU and KICKSTARTER we can officially Bump It Up!”
THE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUMP'N BUDDY:
The goal of this Kickstarter Campaign is to ultimately Bump Out the bobblehead for the main go-to gameday giveaway (that’s just a start, by the way). We have the 3-D capabilities to create an amazing Bump’n Buddy depiction for virtually any professional athlete in any sporting event. For example we can create the Bump’n Buddy of any professional athlete. We obtain the likeness from the team, record 5 audio clips and produce the molds. Then the team gives away 20,000 at the game! The possibilities are seriously endless! We’ve already presented Bump’n Buddy to several MLB teams who showed great interest and loved the possibilities of fun that Bump’n Buddy has to offer their fans. While our initial target for promotional Bump’n Buddy giveaways is MLB, we will be presenting to all major and minor league sports teams and other industries. We want to see Bump’n Buddy in every professional sports arena across the country. This means we’re targeting the NFL, NBA, NHL, Minor Leagues, PGA, MLS, NASCAR, WWE, UFC, etc. We’re not limiting exposure to sports, we want to pursue retail and/or licensing opportunities for animated characters and entertainers with Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, etc. Any organization that has created a bobblehead is our target….that’s a lot of Bump’n Buddys!
OUR STRETCH GOAL- Let's do this!:
If we HIT the $50,000 mark, we are going to create a BRAND NEW Bump'n Buddy of an NEW exciting character (ie. a real famous person) and then each $50,000 increment we will create a new character and you can choose to receive one or multiple Bump'n Buddy's! We need to hit that first $50,000 to unveil our FIRST new character! Heck, you can even help us create the next one. We would love to hear your ideas on WHO should be the next Bump'n Buddy! We'll create a poll so our Followers can vote on who they want to be the NEXT and NEWEST character in the Bump'n Buddy lineup!
LEGAL STUFF: TRADEMARK & PATENTS
Bump'n Buddy is a fully patented and trademarked with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, with 4 Design Patents and 1 Utility Patent. The patents protect the design of the fist bump and other props like a boxing glove, hockey glove, hand slam or high five, etc. The patents also protect the audio activation via the fist bump or designated prop. Our goal is to expand the product line in all ways as our patents cover and will allow us to venture into a number of other ideas and extensions of the Bump'n Buddy lineup!
A PERSONAL FIST BUMP TO YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION!
The funds raised by your generous contributions will be used to pay for production costs associated with creating the Inaugural Bump’n Buddy, “Joe Bumparino” AKA “Joe Bumpy”. This includes covering costs for molds, designs and many other costs associated with a project such as this. Also, with your help, we'd like to get licensing for celebrities that would make cool Bump'n Buddy's. Have any suggestions?
Thank you for taking the time to review and consider our new promotional product, Bump’n Buddy. We’re really excited at the possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead and want you to be part of the Bump’n Buddy evolution and revolution! Let's make the world a friendlier place by introducing the FIRST EVER INTERACTIVE fist bumping toy to the global stage together!
Here’s a fist bump to you!!
- The Bump'n Buddy Team
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing: Bump'n Buddy will be manufactured in China. We have developed this product for many years and are fortunate to have a great working relationship with a top-notch factory. Our sourced factory currently has production capabilities of 4 million units per year.
Additionally, we have identified several experienced fulfillment partners to assist with our project. Assuming we meet our Kickstarter goal, we will make our final selection based on the volume of orders and our global shipping requirements.
Production and Shipping Disclaimer: Please be advised that at all times we are working to the best of our abilities to ensure production and shipping are always on time, however, production and shipping delays are always possible and do occur from time to time on a project like this. Please know we will always communicate with you should a delay be caused and will try and get the situation remedied as quickly as possible.
Child Safety Warning: Each individual Bump'n Buddy unit contains small parts that are not intended as a toy for children under the age of 3 and small children as such parts may pose a choking hazard. Each Bump'n Buddy unit shall conform with standard toy safety labeling under The Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety.
* Six (6) Limited Edition "Joe Bumpy" Bump'n Buddys with Unique Gold Base, each in a special commemorative retail box.
+ An autographed "Thank You" card signed by the Bump'n Buddy Creator.
* Ten (10) "Joe Bumpy" Bump'n Buddys with Unique Gold Base, each in special commemorative retail box.
+ An autographed "Thank You" card signed by the Bump'n Buddy Creator
+ One (1) Original Clay Molding of "Joe Bumpy" Bump'n Buddy
We'll create a custom poly-resin Bump'n Buddy with interactive fist bump of YOU! We'll work with you to create your look-a-like Bump'n Buddy with interactive fist-bump (sorry, fist bump audio not available for individual customized version). This will look awesome sitting on your desk and be the envy of all your colleagues and friends!
* Two (2) Game Day TICKETS to the FIRST EVER Bump'n Buddy Game Day Giveaway. (Future Bump'n Buddy Giveaway Professional Sporting Event and Game Day Giveaway City To Be Determined);
+ Two (2) Domestic AIRFARE Round-Trip Tickets (USA Only) To Attend Future Professional Sporting Bump'n Buddy Giveaway Event In City To Be Determined;
+ Two-Night HOTEL Stay To Attend Future Professional Sporting Bump'n Buddy Giveaway Event In City To Be Determined;
+ Ten (10) Game Day Giveaway Bump'n Buddys for the professional sporting event you'll attend;
+ Ten (10) Limited Edition "Joe Bumpy" Bump'n Buddys with Unique Gold Base
We'll work with you to create a custom poly-resin Bump'n Buddy with interactive fist bump of YOU, with five (5) of your favorite personalized audio phrases to Bump It Out to for years to come! PLUS, you'll also receive Ten (10) samples of your customized, interactive audio Bump'n Buddy!
Be the envy of all your friends with this awesome reward!