Put simply, ChocolateConstruction is the wonderfully-wild combination of a building toy and a confectionery tool. Put a bit more extravagantly, ChocolateConstruction allows YOU to become a Chocolate Paleontologist - or "Chocologist" - by helping you create perfect, notched, interlocking, chocolate pieces which when built together, form an absolutely amazing 6-inch tall CHOCOLATE T-REX!
Physically, ChocolateConstruction is a patent-pending, durable yet stylized silicone mold featuring nine cavities for the various bones which will make up your chocolate T-Rex. You'll find a ferocious skull with shocking sharp teeth, a long, curving spine, various sizes of ribs, and many more!
Shown below, each piece is "notched" with a rectangular slot. When these notches are connected to their matching slots, your vicious and delicious T-Rex will be born!
For ease of construction, beside each notch in the mold is a raised number which corresponds to a second notch with the same number. And so building your T-Rex is as simple as matching the numbers - which makes it dangerously easy to give rise to a whole herd of chocolaty beasts! And because the mold is made of food-safe silicone, you're free to devour as many T-Rex as you'd like!
ChocolateConstruction is the new pinnacle of the food-building arts - and it's available now! Chocologists the world over, rejoice!
Or shudder in delicious terror...
As most should be aware, our friend the Tyrannosaurus rex makes everything better! So 'why a T-rex?' really is a question that should never, ever be asked in life. As per the golden rule, if you can fit a T-Rex into what you're doing, you fit it in - end of story. And chocolate is no exception!
But seriously, which king of beasts is more recognizable, more daunting, and more deserving of adoration than the T-Rex? Lion's come close, but they're simply too fluffy and cute for this chocolaty construction project.
So for this first edition of ChocolateConstruction, we had to choose the crowd favorite. Anyone who's built wooden 3D models has most likely come across the T-Rex model, so we knew it would have a far reach in the building community - and due to its flair and style, a large reach in the chocolate community as well!
Paleontologists take ages carefully excavating (what used to be) bones from the rock - chipping and brushing away tiny fragments little by little.
But we don't have ages - we want a chocolate dinosaur right now. And so we've expedited the process!
Thanks to ChocolateConstruction, the wonderful and exciting process has been shortened to mere minutes - producing a perfect dino exactly when you want it!
To bring forth the regal and towering cocoa beast, Chocologists need only remember five simple steps:
And then of course the optional - but often inevitable - sixth step:
Take a spin with our 3D model of ChocolateConstruction! Click and drag, scroll with the mouse wheel, and click on the numbered annotations to check it all out!
Looking to study Chocology a bit more in-depth? Hungry for a few more photos? Feast your eyes!
What's all this "+1 Vote!" stuff? Well that's another aspect that makes ChocolateConstruction so great! While the T-Rex is phenomenal and absolutely ground-breaking, he's only the start! We have a huge amount of new designs on our minds for the future. And we've decided to bring the community together to help decide which we produce next.
So all backers who pledge at the $40 level or higher will also receive "One Vote". Some time after this campaign ends and all backers have received their molds and eaten their fill of the chocolate T-Rex, we'll begin working on the next set of designs. We'll choose 3-5 of our favorites and finally bring them to you! Through an online voting system, backers will then be able to cast their votes to choose the next design we produce! Will the choice be between a Triceratops, Rocket ship, and Bulldozer? Will it be between a super-cute Corgi, a devious Devil, and a sky-scraping Sky Scraper? Who knows! But one thing's certain... If you have a 'vote', you will decide!
When designing both the dinosaur mold and this campaign, we took a serious look at how we wanted to handle Stretch Goals. We've all seen so many wonderful-looking projects in the past get bogged down and ultimately ruined by heaps and heaps of stretch goals. While exciting in idea, these stretch goals add to the complexity of the project and tend to detract from the product's core concept. And in the worst situations we saw, the product was ultimately ruined by trying to cram too many extras into the "base" model.
And so ChocolateConstruction won't be going down that path! We chose to perfect the original product and raise it to the height of quality that we wanted for our fellow Chocologists - instead of trying to make it better through stretch goals later on.
And so we're offering JUST ONE STRETCH GOAL!
Available colors will be determined as we near each goal - taking into account what you backers say you want. So leave a comment and tell us what color you'd like to see next!
1) Get Chocolate Dinosaurs Out There!
An obvious point - but important nonetheless! Backing this campaign brings the mold to life - which then of course gives rise to the cocoa-y herd! We could all use more crazy 'eats' in our lives!
2) Influence Future Creations!
By backing this campaign, YOU have the power to not only make this a reality, but also help choose what types of dinos or other designs we make next! Through the pledge levels, backers have the ability to vote on future models. Want to build a chocolate skyscraper? Or a chocolate tank? Or perhaps just more dinosaurs like a chocolate Triceratops? By backing this campaign, the choice becomes yours!
ChocolateConstruction is available through this campaign for 25% off of the future MSRP! So get in now while the gettin's good and start building your prehistoric dessert before anyone else - and for a cheaper price!
We wish we could tell you some great, epic origin story for ChocolateConstruction. But we don't have some tale of wandering through the wilderness on a soul-searching quest for the next great invention of our time...
In realty, ChocolateConstruction came about from the simple love of something new to tinker with, something new to build, and something new to eat! Because that's what we are - builders, model-makers, tinkerers, and food lovers. That's not to say we were sick of the offerings in the building-toy market - quite the opposite, as we've grown up with K'NEX, LEGO, and the flimsy-but-fun balsa wood models. And we still buy and build those today. But after years of the same, we HUNGERED for more...
And so we set out to create something eye-catchingly new, yet relatable. And of course something crazily-fun, yet super accessible - with an incredibly wide appeal to spawn a huge audience of fans and an absolutely wonderful community around what's fun and exciting.
So we combined our interests and what we loved. And who doesn't love to build? Who doesn't love dinosaurs? And who doesn't love to eat chocolate!?
The idea thought and the journey begun, we set to work designing the first dinosaur for our first mold.
It was a long and messy process as we worked through various designs, tweaking and re-tweaking, leaving in our wake piles upon piles of broken bones (chocolate bones, that is).
And after an incredible amount of trial and error, doodles, sketches, and build attempts, we perfected the design, had a steel production mold made, and we were off!
We had to test and choose multiple types of mold materials, different kinds of finishes for the mold, etc. We also worked at length to secure a strong and defensible patent to protect our idea and enable us to supply the world with the highest quality building molds for years to come!
And finally, when all else was perfected, and with our inventive (and messy) journey coming to a close, all that was left to do was to choose the final color of the mold.
ChocolateConstruction is ready. And we know you are too!
There's so little left to do! And we really do mean that.
We've chosen our manufacturer. We've already paid for and built the steel molds which will produce our silicone molds. Our packaging is fully designed and waiting to be printed. Our shipping platform and shipping supplies are already in place and sourced.
All that's left to do is send the full payment to begin the production run.
Because all of the prep work is already complete, our production and fulfillment can happen very quickly - immediately after the successful funding of this campaign! And this means that backers will receive their ChocolateConstruction molds before the holidays - give the gift of delicious dinosaurs!
To get a bit more specific, a timeline of the quick turnaround with detailed dates is below:
As for our budget, you'll see a detailed pie chart below showing the various costs associated with this project and with bringing ChocolateConstruction to you!
Well, a bunch of different parts of the world, to be specific. We've done the grueling work and so we now have a patent-pending status for a: "Reusable silicone chocolate mold used to produce interlocking building pieces to construct edible models". Meaning, because we developed and invented this product, we're the only ones who can legally make chocolate molds used to build these crazy edible models. And because of this protection, we'll be running unopposed, which will allow us to focus on designing new models and bring you Chocologists new and ever-wilder molds very quickly. We're starting out (somewhat) small right now, just to share with the world who we are, but we're ready to go big! We're talking bulldozers, spaceships, tanks, elephants, dragons, trees, planets, and many, many more - and of course, more dinosaurs! And all out of chocolate!
So stay tuned!
We are WilderWares - a small group of inventors, and of course, chocolate and dinosaur lovers!
We were raised on Legos, K'NEX, and balsa wood models. We've also always been bakers, chocolatiers, and fans of good (and fun!) food. And so when we had exhausted all building sets and conventional uses for chocolate, we had to create something new - but from something that was already quite familiar. The resulting marriage of the notched balsa wood model and chocolate molds became exactly what we had been looking for!
We created ChocolateConstruction to offer other like-minded people the best of both worlds. And to bring those best parts to the world, we've come to Kickstarter - and to you!
So thanks for joining us, and we're incredibly happy and excited to have you along for the ride!
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Risks and challenges
The best way to deal with the risks of a bringing a crowdfunded product to life is with experience. Because this is our fifth project on Kickstarter, we have that experience. You can view two of our previous campaigns below:
But while we have experience and tried and true methods that work well, we of course won't say there are no challenges, as there always can be - we're just even more ready to tackle them this time, should they arise. And so we've included those potential challenges below:
1. There are always a great number of challenges that may arise when designing and manufacturing a large quantity of a new product. These can be faults with layouts, mold errors, and miscommunications with manufacturers. To combat these, and to prevent mix-ups later in the process, we've planned out every detail of the mold. We've tested the steel molds extensively and we've agreed on incredibly-high quality standards. We've also kept in contact with our manufacturers to ensure we have open communication throughout the entire process.
2. Shipping - both costs and logistics - can often be the bane of supplying a physical product to backers. The last thing we want is for our backers to wait longer than they must, or for molds to become lost in the mail. Once again, great planning is the best defense against these risks. We've consulted with many individuals across shipping platforms to find the best way to get the molds into the hands of our backers. We'll be shipping through USPS First Class Mail for the majority of our shipments, which will keep both shipping time and risk of loss as low as possible, while keeping the price per mold very reasonable for backers.
3. We'll also be keeping lines of communication with our backers open to keep everyone up to date on our progress, as well as to deal with any other issues on a case-by-case basis and on a personal level.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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