A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
We’re bringing to life a set of well-designed and innovative dinosaur toys unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Beneath a cute surface, our dinosaurs open up to reveal a set of bones that can be taken apart and explored.
Featuring dinosaurs you’ll recognize, such as the mighty Triceratops or ferocious T-rex, these models are a great gift for both kids and adults.
Halftoys were inspired by the desire to create a unique dinosaur toy that would look beautiful inside and out. Developed over the course of three years by a team of designers, we're now ready to share the entire line of dinosaurs to the world!
In addition to dinosaurs, we'll be releasing new animals soon such as lions, monkeys, and zebras, as well as fantastical creatures such as unicorns and minotaurs. These cute and charming toys serve to inspire the imagination of kids around the world.
A key element to these toys is the design. Building bones inside of a shell is not easy and it was after multiple designs (and re-designs) that we found one that fit well and reliably.
Thanks to the tireless work of the designers we’re partnering with, we’re confident that we have toys that will continue to look amazing and work for years.
We wanted to craft a toy that would last a long time and chose to use the same material Legos are made of: ABS plastic. This durable material will last through hours of playtime and is very stable and safe.
Speaking of safety, we’ve worked with toy industry consultants, toy testing labs, and even directly with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure our toys are safe.
We are happy to say that our testing results by SGS (one of the largest testing services in the world) found the toys to be in full compliance with toy safety standard ASTM F963. Our toys are made of 100% ABS plastic with non-toxic dyes and are both BPA- and phthalate-free.
The combined Halftoys and LearnPlay team has a combined 5 years of experience in toy development and manufacturing. Although the building new toy products is hardly easy and we've experienced a fair amount of technical issues, we're confident we can deliver these toys before Christmas this year.
Our dinosaur model sets are expected to retail for $15 each, but you can get them here for less. For all backers over $5, you'll also receive the Supporter level rewards. Here is a mock-up of what the packaging will look like and the different models you can pick from:
Risks and challenges
- Production-related delays. There could be problems with suppliers, workers, and/or specialized processes. However, our manufacturer is experienced and we are not expecting any issues.
- Shipping delays. The products will be shipped via sea freight and may take longer than expected. To minimize this customs-related risk, we will work with an experienced customs broker to handle all of the paperwork.
- Reward fulfillment delays. We may have delays if we receive more pledges than expected. We will be working with a 3rd-party fulfillment company to make sure pledge rewards are sent quickly!
Not a risk
- Safety testing. SGS performed toy safety testing successfully on our prototypes and the final versions are expected to pass.
- Intellectual property. These toys have been patented and unlike fidget spinners, you won't be seeing them everywhere.
In the case that we are delayed for any reason, we will be sure to immediately update our backers and provide realistic delivery times as soon as possible.