Tux, the Linux penguin is adorable and cuddly. He embodies all that is good with computing. Everyone needs a Stuffed Tux!
Tux, the Linux penguin is adorable and cuddly. He embodies all that is good with computing. Everyone needs a Stuffed Tux! Read more
About this project
The ultimate goal is to produce a line of plush toys that depict Tux, the Linux penguin mascot. To many, this little guy represents all that is wholesome and pure in technology. Many cheap knockoff penguin toys have been tried, but currently, the market seems to offer no such toy. Tux is cute and cuddly; and an inspiration to Linux lovers everywhere! In order to make it a cost effective venture, I have to order over a thousand of them.
As soon as the project is launched, I'll begin narrowing own the suppliers I've been contacting.
We'll then go through a rigorous prototype and quality control phase where I'll make sure the design, cuteness, and materials all meet the high standards necessary to make this a success!
This is a labor of love, not a labor of profit. My ultimate passion is to make this Stuffed Tux become a reality!
Risks and challenges
Quality control is crucial. Tux must be made of soft, lasting material. He must also be affordable, staying true to the open source mindset. The likeness of Tux.
Stuffed Tux MUST resemble the original Linux Tux drawing, originally drawn by Larry Ewing in 1996. I will carefully balance the legacy look of Tux with the cuteness of a huggable stuffed toy.
Occasionally, sites will carry a stuffed Tux toy, but the quality and appearance isn't quite what makes me think of cute, cuddly Tux.
I'm currently working on a stuffed Tux project in hopes I can build an attractive Tux in at least two sizes (12" tall and 24" tall). I'd like to master a 36" Tux as well, but that's a lot of fabric to waste in an experiment, so the smaller sizes will come first. The goal and scope for this product is a line of approx 12" plush toys that really look like Tux, The Linux Penguin.
This little guy brings hope and peace to a world of otherwise monopolized operating systems. I have passion for this because everyone deserves a Stuffed Tux!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The final result will be a large quantity of Stuffed Tux plush toys, approximately 12" in height.
The picture shows a tattered toy. Is this like a gamble where we hope for a clean one but might get one that's old and beat up?
Nope. That "well worn" Stuffed Tux is the original toy that was given to my newborn daughter. He was placed in the photo beside his twin brother to show how much he has been loved in the past 7 years.
I don't know if I'm officially supposed to say, per Kickstarter's rules... but I can honestly say I don't intend to "take the money and run." My intention is to roll anything gained by this project into the next one and then make a 24" Stuffed Tux. At some point, I'd like to expand it to a giant 36" Tux, but let's get the 12" version funded first before I start dreaming. With all things considered, margins will be very tight.
I like your project! But unfortunately I live in the UK and therefore cannot consider backing! I was wondering why you don't have an international option.. Or at least an option to add overseas postage fees to my pledge like so many other projects do...
You see, Linux and Tux are as American as apple pie. Uh, wait -- that's not true at all! It would be ignorant for me to consider Linux or Tux as exclusively "American," as Linux likely has more presence on an international scale than in the USA. As someone who has traveled and lived overseas, please accept my apologies and know my heart intends for this project to reach a global scale.
The initial plan was to keep this US-based because international shipping from the US is unpredictable and, well, scary. But so many people are taking risks on Stuffed Tux, there's no reason to put fears in the way. I've added a couple of packages that include international shipping. I really tried to be reasonable without putting too much risk into the already-limited margins.
Thanks so much for the communication! Please continue to let me know what is right and what is wrong... and thanks so much for your support of this project! I can't tell you how much it means to me!
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