About this project
Please Note: See our FAQ section to find out how to order multiple Genetipetz.
Genetipetz are unique and fun stuffed animals that combine features from multiple animals into new creatures. For example, let's take the cool stripes of a zebra and the wings of a ladybug, and then mix those with the body of an elephant - what do you get? A Zebugraphant!
Imagine what would happen if we lived in a world where we could combine the things that make us different and become cuter and better by drawing upon our differences. Genetipetz allow us to use our imaginations to create a whole new world of animal friends that couldn't exist in the wild, but we hope to make them a reality for children around the world.
Kid Picked - Doctor Created
The Zebugraphant has the stripes of a zebra, wings of a ladybug and body of an elephant!
Mooraffe has the spots and udders of a cow on the body of a giraffe!
The Snurtlegator is a three-way combination of a snake's head, a turtle's body and an alligator's tail!
Do you wonder how Dr. Genetipetz decided on which animals to create? Well, it was decided by kidz of course! We set up community voting and Dr. Genetipetz mixed up the DNA of the most popular animal combinations.
We hope to reach our funding goal so that we can continue to bring you more designs and different combinations of your favorite animals. Be sure to check out our website and vote on your favorite animals to be added to the Genetipetz family!
WHERE DOES MY PLEDGE MONEY GO?
All of the funds collected on Kickstarter will go towards the production of Genetipetz stuffed animals. We need your help to produce and manufacture Genetipetz so this creative idea can become a reality.
Wouldn’t you have wanted to be a part of some of the biggest toy trends in history, such as when the first Cabbage Patch kid was created or when the first Build-A-Bear workshop opened?
Here’s your chance to help us bring the next BIG thing to the world for creative kidz!
EVERY KIDZ BEST FRIEND!
See these cute, snuggly Genetipetz in their natural habitat - the arms of a child.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY GENETIPETZ?
We are working hard with manufacturers to get Genetipetz to you in time for the holidays. There is a possibility that we will produce a limited run of 100 Genetipetz in time for the holidays, but we guarantee that you will have your cuddly friend in your arms by February 2013.
If you choose our HOLIDAY REWARD you will receive a stocking-stuffer/mini pet carrier package, with the Genetipetz of your choosing to arrive in February.
Meet Dr. Genetipetz!
Dr. Genetipetz has been in his lab for months mixing up the DNA of different animals with the help of some of his younger friends. After lots of hard work, he has been able to create and perfect the Mooraffe, Zebugraphant and Snurtlegator. Some other creations that Dr. Genetipetz is currently working on include the Skoink, Purrabbibat, Leopoctocrab and many others, but it's up to the fanz to vote for their favorite Genetipetz to see them come to life!
Pledge $5 or more : THANK YOU – Receive a personalized Genetipetz postcard from Dr. Genetipetz to show his appreciation for supporting our project.
Pledge $20 or more : KICKSTARTER KREATURE – You will receive a desk toy “Kickstarter Kreature” in the shape of a K. The Kickstarter Kreature is a combination of genetic material from a lizard, a bat and 100% Kickstarter creativity! This reward will ONLY be available here on Kickstarter for our awesome backers and is a great gift for the creative kidz you love. Pledge now to have the Kreature home for the holidays!
Pledge $50 or more: EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – Choose one of our cuddly and soft stuffed animals to be your new best friend. You will receive one (1) of the original Genetipetz of your choice (Zebugraphant, Snurtlegator or Mooraffe).
Pledge $60 or more: YOUR VERY OWN PAL - Take home the Zebugraphant, a cuddly combination of a zebra, ladybug, and elephant. Ships directly from the lab to your front door in its own pet carrier.
Pledge $60 or more: YOUR VERY OWN PAL - Take home the Snurtlegator, a super-soft mix of a snake, turtle, and alligator. Ships directly from the lab to your front door in its own pet carrier.
Pledge $60 or more: YOUR VERY OWN PAL - Take home the Mooraffe, a huggable cross between a cow and a giraffe. Ships directly from the lab to your front door in its own pet carrier.
Pledge $70 or more: HOLIDAY STOCKING-STUFFER REWARD – You will receive one (1) stocking-stuffer/mini pet carrier package – guaranteed shipment by Dec 15th to any US address. The recipient of the gift will have the opportunity to go online and select any one (1) Genetipetz of their choice. Once Genetipetz are available, they will be shipped via priority mail in its very own pet carrier (estimated to be no later than February 28, 2013).
Pledge $500 or more: GENETICIST FOR A DAY – Be a part of science history! You get to design your very own 2 or 3-animal combination of any animals you can imagine and receive a framed, hand-drawn and signed Limited Edition Genetipetz Design of your very own creation. After funding, your new Genetipetz design will be submitted to community voting where the winner will have their Genetipetz added to the Genetipetz family, and you will receive your choice of the winner, or one (1) of the original Genetipetz (Zebugraphant, Snurtlegator or Mooraffe).
Pledge $1,000 or more: KEYS TO THE LAB – Your one-of-a-kind furry friend. Work directly with Dr. Genetipetz to imagine, create, and hatch your completely unique cuddly friend. The Doctor will hand-draw your creation before mixing up the DNA of your favorite animals in the lab. You will receive one (1) custom 2 or 3-animal combination of your choice (any animals) – 24-30" in scale.
Pledge $2,000 or more: HONORARY DOCTOR - Own one of the three original prototypes for the first three Genetipetz designs ever created (Mooraffe, Zebugraphant, or Snurtlegator)! You will receive one (1) of the three original prototype stuffed animals (your choice on a first-back / first-select basis). These petz were handmade by Dr. Genetipetz (aka, Chris - and Yes he did sew these himself!) ) and used in all of the start-up work for the business. These animals star in the KickStarter video and are truly one-of-a-kind! You will also receive a hand-drawn, framed and signed illustration of the original design for these special Genetipetz. Show your support for our budding business and own part of toy making history!
Pledge $3,000 or more: GENETIPETZ HERO - Become the TRUEST Fan of Genetipetz! You will receive ALL three first production-made Genetipetz - these will be numbered like an art print as "001/250". You will receive 10 gene-T-petz T-shirts of any size you desire. Work directly with Dr. Genetipetz to imagine, create, and hatch two (2) completely unique cuddly friends. The Doctor will hand-draw your creations before mixing up the DNA of your favorite animals in the lab. You will then receive two (2) custom 2 or 3-animal combinations of your choice (any animals) – 24-30" in scale. And to top it all off, you and your family or friends (up to 6) get to star in our next Genetipetz promotional video. You can choose to voice a character in the video, or be seen in the Laboratory using the movie magic of green screen - which we will bring to you and shoot on location with you! This is a unique chance to be our funding HERO!
Add-on Reward - Pledge an additional $25: gene-T-ipetz – You will receive a high-quality T-Shirt with the Genetipetz logo on the front and your choice of either a Genetipetz animal or Dr. Genetipetz on the back. Shirts will be available in a wide array of sizes including kids and ladies styles too (shipping is included!).
We will take great care of your Genetipetz and ship them to you in these cool, ventilated pet carriers!
THE FAMILY BEHIND GENETIPETZ
Chris and Carolyn Meade and their two sons, Jackson and Cavan, are the original creators of the Genetipetz brand. The Meade's goal is to teach their sons how to start a business from the bottom up with an entrepreneurial state of mind. Jackson and Cavan have put a lot of hard work into this family project and really want to show other kids the creative side of science along with the strength and power of diversity. They have the right work-ethic to do whatever it takes to bring these cute Genetipetz to children around the world.
GENETIPETZ, the pet you always wanted.
Risks and challenges
The concept and design phases of Genetipetz are 100% complete, so we are ready to move to the next phase - manufacturing, which is the reason the project requires funding.
The only risks we face are the time constraints of sourcing materials for manufacturing which could, in turn, delay our desired shipping dates. To battle this challenge, we have set safe estimated shipping dates, and we have also been developing strong relationships with our material distributor and manufacturing company to make sure that we all try our hardest to get Genetipetz to supporters by February at the very latest, if not by the holidays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Amazon will process all pledge payments once the project funding period has closed AND only if we achieve our goal of $20,000. Your credit card is only authorized for the total pledge at this time. We expect to wrap up our campaign on November 28th at 7pm EST.
We are working with a US-based toy manufacuturer located in Phoenix, AZ. All stuffed animal products are hand assembled in Phoenix and safety and quality tested before being shipped to you. Some materials that go into Genetipetz are manufactured from international partners. However, all materials must pass our rigorous quality control process before becoming a part of our petz. We know every fiber of these animals and only use the best and safest products to bring Genetipetz to life.
We understand, this is not an insignificant investment, but we want you to know that you are getting a high quality, very soft and arms-filling stuffed animal for your money, made right here in the US. Our pricing on Kickstarter is inclusive of shipping and sales tax. All Genetipetz come in a very sturdy pet carrier that your little ones are going to find are a big part of the play experience (we recently observed family friends using it as an airplane and a train car for their petz!). You are also getting the very first Genetipetz ever produced. We consider these first-run toys to be highly collectable items that, when Genetipetz takes off, you are going to be proud to say you own (and folks on ebay will probably clammer for). Beyond these things, also know that you are helping us launch our dream and are backing a worthy idea that needs a little help to get off the ground. We cannot possibly make the case of value for everyone at this stage of the business start-up, but know that we will celebrate all of our early backers who believed in our little business venture!
If you would like to order more than one Genetipetz, the process is simple. All you need to do is multiply your pledge by the number of Genetipetz you want. At the end of our campaign, you will receive a survey where you will be able to tell us which Genetipetz you would like.
For example, if you would like THREE Genetipetz, simply multiply $50 x 3 = $150 total pledge (considering the EARLY BIRD SPECIAL is still available).
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