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Paintballs that you throw like water balloons
Paintballs that you throw like water balloons
Paintballs that you throw like water balloons
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After the Kickstarter, Goblies will be available on Goblies.com.

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What are Goblies? 

One of the kid testers, Kaitlyn, said it best:

Paintballs + Water Balloons = Goblies

Goblies are painless like water balloons and create a colorful splatter like paintballs. It's the best of both worlds. 

Painless like water balloons

Goblies easily break on impact. 

Dries to a Powder - Not Sticky 

Goblies are like paintballs, but they are not made with paint. Goblies are filled with colorful wet powder. It doesn't make you sticky. 

Goblies are Made from Food Ingredients 

The casing is made from food ingredients that can be found in pizza and ice cream! The dyes are cosmetic based. All the ingredients are non-toxic.

Biodegradable

Unlike water balloons, Goblies are not made from latex. The shell is a squishy gel like membrane made with food ingredients. Since it is a food, it is inherently biodegradable. It is as natural as a leaf or banana.

Colors

All Goblies kits and refill packs come with the three primary colors: Red, Blue and Yellow. You can mix the colors to create new colors.

You can also make dark colors like army green or light colors like pink. If you exclude the dye, you can make white Goblies. 

The Kit 

Goblies will be sold in a kit that allows you to make 100 Goblies. The kit consists of food based ingredients, cosmetic dyes and reusable molds

Making Goblies is as easy as making pancakes. In addition to the kit, you will need a large container like a stockpot, bowls, spoons, measuring cups and spoons, distilled water and a freezer. 

Fun to Make! 

Goblies are fun to make! First you get to create your own unique color. Then you get to see the squishy balls come to life! 

Science 

The Goblies kit can be used to teach kids about chemistry. The kit will include information about the science behind Goblies. 

Fun Ways to Play

Goblies are for anyone that wants to have a little bit of messy fun. You can have a Goblies battle and throw them outside with your friends or use them for a cool photo shoot. One of the kid testers, Zach, suggested that you can use the red ones for a zoombie themed halloween party. 

The Story 

Photo Credit: Ryan Hulvat
Photo Credit: Ryan Hulvat

Hi Kickstarter 

That's me, Briana Gardell, in my Goblies splatted dress at my graduation from Lehigh University in May 2015. I invented Goblies while I was in the Technical Entrepreneurship Masters of Engineering program. 

It took 26 iterations to get to the first "working" prototype. I can't even begin to count the total number of prototypes. 

In November 2014, I entered the Eureka Venture Competition Series at Lehigh University and ended up winning the grand prize! This further validated the idea and provided the resources to move forward. Mezzimatic LLC is the name of my company. 

After creating a working prototype, I focused on making it a commercially feasible product. I redesigned the kit to make it cost efficient and  easy to use. 

Check out this video of prototyping the molds:

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I used feedback from kids, parents, my professors and my classmates to improve the product. 

Manufacturing 

All my suppliers and manufacturers are based in the United States and I've been working with them for months. The final molds for the kit have been tested and a small batch is in production. Production for materials packaging is in place. All I need is your support and I can press go on material packaging production. 

I'm super excited to share the final product with you!

If you would like to follow the journey of Goblies, follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. For live updates, follow me on Snapchat (brianagardell). 

 

Media Kit Available Here

For press & business inquiries email: briana@goblies.com

Patent Pending

The product will be distributed by Briana Gardell's company, Mezzimatic LLC.

Risks and challenges

I can see the finish line. Since the Goblies Kit is a summer time product, I wanted to make sure that my backers and the believers of my product got the chance to play with the product this summer. I hopefully correctly guessed that a summer delivery date was the best bonus I could give my backers. Armed with a lot of positive feedback, I took a leap of faith and ordered the first production run of the molds. The next component to the product is the ingredients. Each kit requires more than a handful of ingredients. In order to package the ingredients in a cost effective way, I need a large minimum order. I'm ready to press go on this production as soon as I have your support.

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    Thank you! A Goblie will be thrown at the founder in your honor.

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    Starter Kit

    1 Kit that makes 100 Goblies. The kit includes the ingredients and reusable molds.

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    All Out Battle Royale Pack

    5 Kits: Each kit makes 100 Goblies. Includes ingredients and reusable molds.

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    Goblies Science Program Sponsor

    I’m creating a free educational program that allows students to make Goblies in school. Making Goblies is a fun way to teach students about chemistry. For $300 you or your business will be listed as the official sponsor of the program for the first 2 years. All students that participate will receive a brochure with science information and a list of all the sponsors.

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    Goblies Delivery for Parties or Events

    I’ll personally deliver 1,000 Goblies for your party or event! You pick the colors. For this reward you also have access to exclusive Mud Goblies. Mud Goblies have the same characteristics as regular Goblies, but instead of the dye they are made with natural clay! I’m located in Bethlehem, PA. Email me (briana@goblies.com) to see if your location works for this price (3 hours away from me or anywhere in NJ).

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    Name the Goblies Ingredients

    You will get the first kit. The current ingredients are labeled as their scientific names. You can name the 3 food based ingredients, 3 dyes and 3 of the resulting solutions from the process! A picture of the official name selectors (it can be more than one child or a whole family) and the names will be placed in the instructions and on the website. I need to approve the names.

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