"A simply designed block made out of a flexible plastic with long prongs gives builders new possibilities for creating. While not entirely dispositive of future success, my 7-year old grabbed the sample and immediately built a tower and asked when we could get more blocks." - Fortune
Since we got funded, our manufacturing costs have significantly dropped. We want Pinblock to be as affordable as possible so we are reducing our suggested retail prices.
Since we can't change the pledge amount at this point and we also can't change the reward, we decided to give everyone 50% extra Pinblocks for FREE! Expect a bigger package in the mail, so leave some extra room.
This is the new rewards table:
Name - Original Rewards + 50% Bonus -> your additional options
Many of you have asked, so here it is. More tutorials to come and feel free to give us a suggestion as well!
Also, check out the first design for our new "utilities" aspect of Pinblock. It's a phone stand!
We’re two best friends who had a single childhood passion – building epic things. We loved the idea but the tools with which we had to work had limitations.
When we grew up, even though severed by time, Shijun came up with an idea to not just reconnect and rebuild one of our old childhood constructions but to create blocks of our own that would be simple enough to overcome common limitations and complex enough to be able to build anything we wanted.
From early childhood we dreamed of building various things that were simply impossible with the tools that we were using. Without even knowing it, we had another dream of stripping the rest of the world of the same limitations that aggravated us.
Pinblock is our greatest project yet, and if we're successful not only will everyone be able to build anything they can envision, we want everyone to try recalling their childhood dreams and consider bringing them into life as an adult. Nothing is impossible.
Twist and turn? What the heck does that mean? Watch...
Pinblock can take whatever you throw at it.
Instead of building with conventional pre-packaged pieces that were meant for only one or two models...
...we found a whole new world of possibility for Pinblock.
Three worlds, to be precise.
- Expand your horizons
- Create with a tool that none of your friends have ever seen before
- Get away from bright lights of your monitors, and build something real that you can share.
If you're given a tool and told,
- Here you go, you can build anything with it, now go ahead and build something.
What would you build? (feel free to tell us on Facebook)
We were lost! We looked at the first prototype set that we developed and couldn't come up with ideas. Build a cube? A little plane? A big plane? A bird?
As we kept building, our ideas grew in scale. The euphoric rush made us forget about any boundaries.
-Hey Vlad, what about an Empire State Building? Want to give a shot?
Have you ever build something you can WEAR with a conventional construction toy? Exactly ;)
Because Pinblock can flex, twist and turn, you can easily create gadgets and wearables. Take it a step further and build yourself an entire suit with a gear set to satisfy your inner Jedi, robot or futuristic rebel.
This is what you have to do do:
1) Construct a wearable foundation on yourself that wraps around a certain body part.
2) Take the foundation off and reinforce it.
3) Start adding various designs and contraptions over the foundation!
4) Wear, show to friends, take selfies, vlog or go to Comic Con; you're set!
Once you get your first Pinblock set, don't think; start building. If you let go, your brain will open up to countless possibilities. You will step outside after a few hours of building things and the world will look different. That statue, that building, that mug, Can I Make It With Pinblock?!
It's up to you. I know we can build it :)
What You Get
Many people have approached us at the Toy Fair inquiring about a smaller package. At this point we don't have one but it would definitely be more appealing to wider range of people and make it easier to introduce this new building block to everyone around the US. Because of that we decided to add a new retail box that would fit 500 pieces.
To make that happen we need to design a new package and order an extra version from the manufacturers therefore we would need extra support.
New Stretch Goal to bring a Retail 500 Piece box to the market is set to $12,000. We have 5 days, let's see if we can do it!
The first 100 sets are already made (With our sample mold)! Right after the Kickstarter is done, we will ship out your rewards to you, so get on the boat quick! For the rest of the pledgers, dreamers and early adapters, you will get them by April or your money back guaranteed.
* If you want us to show you some Pinlove on your Facebook wall please make sure to make your page public and tell us what your Facebook name is.
Fusion Jet and Silver Falcon Full boxes include:
1) 900 Pinblock Pieces 2) Plastic storage box 3)Physical instruction manual.
Freestyle Full box includes: 1)1000 Pinblock Pieces 2) Plastic storage box
Freestyle Color Theme are as below, please choose which theme you want if you choose $50 pledge.
+GIFT With every pledge over $100 you will receive a custom, black, metal and limited edition ShiJun's personal business card. Only you will have one!
We will put your picture on www.Pinblock.com if you choose so in the survey that we will send out shortly.
The Pinblock instruction manual has 52 pages to build the Silver Falcon model. Pinblock is not meant to be played alone; therefore, even at such early stages of this toy, we want to build a loving community to make the experience even more fun.
With every pledge, including the $1, you will get digital pages of the instruction manual.
**You are challenged to collaborate with other backers using any means necessary to be the first to put together the whole manual (I think our Facebook page would be a good start link here)
If you win this challenge, you are probably our biggest fan so we want to treat you with a secret prize.
**You will not receive additional pages if you make 56 separate $1 pledges. You do get 20 different pages for the $200 pledge.
UNLIKE MOST PROJECTS WE ALREADY HAVE THE PRODUCT MADE, WE JUST NEED HELP TO SCALE IT AND TO BRING IT TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.
It will only be available directly from us for this month through Kickstarter.
You will be able to find us at the Toy Fair where we will get a chance to meet with great leaders of today's toy industry and possibly end up on the shelves of your favorite toy stores.
This is a sneak preview for you of the brochure we will distribute at the toy fair. It will be held in NYC, but since it's not really opened to the general public, here are some more sneak previews, Just be hush-hush about it... ;)
People at toy fair kept asking us for a tutorial for the watch so here is a sneak preview of the tutorial.
Part of the reason we need the extra funding is because we were set behind by a charity run that we couldn't resist. We manufacture a significant amount of Pinblock pieces, but Shijun got in contact with Checkmate Cancer, a non-profit organization that helps children fight cancer. Shijun realized it's more important to share the joy of building with these kids rather than build a larger inventory.
Even if Pinblock doesn't make it, our dream already has helped build other people's dreams and that's our ultimate goal. Check out the blog about this event (here)
Yes, our timeline is very short. We realized that we really needed help at the very last stages of bringing Pinblock to life. Unlike many other projects, you will get the product in a few months. We expect you to tweet us or post on our Facebook wall and tell/show us that you got your Pinblock product and what you think about it...or else.....we know where you live! >:)
What do we need the money for? For something like this...
This is something very similar to what we are in desperate need of right now. We spent all our funds on the initial mold which allowed us to make a very small amount of Pinblock pieces. A bigger mold, when Kickstarter ends, will allow Pinblock to be mass produced.
1) This means that Pinblock will be available for you in more locations, and...
2) the price will be reduced even further, successfully making Pinblock more affordable than any other construction toy on the market!
Thank you so much, Kickstarter, for this opportunity, and thank you even more to whoever is still reading up to this spot. Wow, you're a trooper! *high five*
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is production, because this is our first project but we have experience regarding to product manufacturing. From designing new molds to manufacturing packaging and printing instruction manuals, many processes are involved and they may cause delay, but it is very unlikely since Jun is an expert in dealing with production. If delays do occur in production, we will try to resolve this by using our sample mold, because it is in place already. It will cost more but this solution will get the rewards out quickly to all the backers. Another challenge we face is logistics. Since this project is open to everyone around the world, some backers may receive their rewards before others. We will try our best to deliver the rewards on time to everyone. All physical rewards with more than 200 pieces will be shipped through parcel service with a tracking number to make sure all the backers can track the rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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