The "Lucky Raptor Foot" Dinosaur Keychain
The "Lucky Raptor Foot" Dinosaur Keychain
A prehistoric, yet modern, take on the Lucky Rabbit Foot. This soft PVC collectible is the perfect item for the Dinosaur buff.
A prehistoric, yet modern, take on the Lucky Rabbit Foot. This soft PVC collectible is the perfect item for the Dinosaur buff. Read more
About this project
The Lucky Raptor Foot keychain is an eye-catching memento for the science buff, dinosaur enthusiast, quirky collector, or budding young scientist. I feel this take on the classic "Lucky Rabbit Foot" will be a sure success amongst the general public, and has already tested very well with random "man on the street" questionaires. My mission is not just about the almighty dollar however. With this keychain I hope to open the eyes of the public (especially kids) about what raptors are really like, as opposed to what is presented in popular media. Dinosaurs as a whole are generally misrepresented in movies, TV, cartoons, etc, so that is why I have included concise information on the back of the product's packaging that gives some modern information about raptors. It reads as follows:
"Raptors (or Dromaeosaurs) are famous for their retractable claws on the second toe of each foot, which are thought to be used as slashing weapons. They came in sizes like the 8 ft. tall Utahraptor, to smaller forms like the turkey-sized Velociraptor. Raptors weren't scaly, but were in fact covered with feathers, with some sporting wings and the ability to glide! Though there were many species, raptors would eventually become extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period around 66 million years ago, leaving only their closest relatives as the last dinosaurs: the birds!"
I wish I could include more information, but I can only fit so much on the package! So ask yourself, besides everything you "learned" from Jurassic Park and other sources, did you know that raptors had feathers? Did you know that the villainous Velociraptor of movie-fame was actually the size of a turkey? Did you know that some smaller raptors had wings so large that they could actually glide from tree to tree? Well, if you knew even one of these facts, then you're well ahead of the average joe. The fact is that prehistory is generally only mentioned briefly in our grade-school education system (and stops there), and is usually taught by people whom have adopted outdated information from years passed. Beyond that, Hollywood generally picks up where our teachers have left off when it comes to the general public's perception on dinosaurs and prehistory. I hope that with the Lucky Raptor Foot, I can take my first step to educating kids and grown-ups alike about what dinosaurs are REALLY like by using good information and a fun, quirky product (with future products hopefully to come that will achieve the same goal). So how exactly did the Lucky Raptor Foot come about? Well, one day I was reading what was then paleontologist Dr. Mark Norrell's latest book entitled "Unearthing The Dragon," which retold Dr. Norell's own experiences in China working with other paleontologists on dinosaur fossils that were so well preserved that you could see feather and skin impressions along the exterior of their bodies. In addition to paleontology and new discoveries, Dr. Norrell also gives us a bit of an anthropology lesson into Chinese customs, food, mannerisms, etc, that might otherwise be foreign to us (his wife is also Chinese). One page in particular shows a picture of a bowl full of chicken feet.... for dinner. Chickens, like all birds, still possess feet that are near identical to their ancient cousins. While reading I took notice of my car keys on the table, which had a lucky rabbit foot attached. It was then that the idea was born to make the Lucky Raptor Foot. I got out some clay, sculpted the foot, fired it in a kiln, painted it, and brought the prototype down to a keychain manufacturer to see what the cost would be to put this project into production. Here's where you fine folks come in.
How it's made, and where it's going:
I'm looking to develop the keychain out of a soft PVC material. This medium will keep the shape of the raptor foot, while also making it soft enough should someone want to put it in their pocket. The foot itself will be 2" long, 1" wide, and .77" deep, and outfitted with a 1" long carabiner. Should someone be so fashionable as to want to wear their new dinosaur foot, a 20" long leather cord with a lobster claw clasp is also included. The artwork is done by myself, and colored by an artist friend of mine. Anyone who says that "raptors with feathers aren't scary," clearly has not seen this illustration! It's kind of like saying "lions with fur aren't intimidating," but I digress. I want to give scientific institutions the first crack at carrying these keychains in their gift shops (museums, zoos, science centers, etc), with the big chains to follow afterwards. I'm hoping to coincide the first sales of the Lucky Raptor Foot keychain in big box stores with the release of the fourth Jurassic Park film (Jurassic World) to be in theaters sometime in 2015. Not only would this be very profitable, but it will also help combat the fantasy of movies with the facts of science, as the director of the fourth installment of the franchise has already stated that there will be no feathers added to their raptors, despite the proven evidence. A big shame if you ask me, as kids and adults alike will continue to have the myth of the naked, featherless raptor established in their heads.
What I've done so far:
So far I have the prototype for the keychain, as well as the web domain, prototype artwork (final look pending), the educational information, and the logo. The main chunk of the money received will go to the initial lot of keychains made, as well as the master mold. Other costs will go to secure additional copyrights, mailing supplies, etc. A factory has been secured and the initial delivery of the first batch will be made right here in my home.
So what's in it for the fine folks who help make my project come to life?
1.) Satisfaction in knowing you helped someone achieve a huge dream and goal.
2.) Knowing that you're helping support education.
3.) Cool stuff you can call your own!! In addition to the Lucky Raptor Foot keychain, you'll also get the opportunity to pledge for REAL fossils, most of which I've personally excavated (a few by fellow diggers as well on the same excavations). What better way to celebrate the arrival of your new Lucky Raptor Foot keychain than to receive a real prehistoric fossil with it!
All Fossil are guaranteed Authentic!
I have been collecting and selling fossils for over a decade now, and absolutely guarantee 110% that all of the fossils offered as rewards for pledges are authentic. As stated previously, all fossils will come with a certificate of authenticity.
Risks and challenges
My main risks lie in whether or not costs to create the keychain will continually rise with the factory that I've secured for the job. Of course if you fine folks help make the initial batch a reality, I should have enough money to overcome those rising costs with the next batch. As far as fulfilling the orders, I can only ask that you please be patient with the time I've allotted for each reward to be fulfilled. The majority of the rewards rely on the completion of the master mold and the initial batch of keychains, which can take up to 8 months. Believe me, my determination to make this project work is all that you'll need to feel secure that your rewards will be sent to you as timely as possible.
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