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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 19 2017 5:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 19, 2017

It's All About The BEAR!

Bishop the Bear was created to honor and celebrate the WASP of WWII and to captivate kids' imaginations, encouraging them to fly!

It's All About The BEAR!

Bishop the Bear was created to honor and celebrate the WASP of WWII and to captivate kids' imaginations, encouraging them to fly!

pledged of $19,750pledged of $19,750 goal
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 19 2017 5:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 19, 2017

What is a prototype?

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.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.


Who is Bishop?

Bishop is a buttery-soft, stuffed bear, who wears a helmet that looks like old basketball leather, an army green backpack/parachute with a pair of WASP wings embroidered on the center strap, and leather goggles. At twelve inches this bear is not only huggable, it's also super empowering and inspirational!  When you meet Bishop, you'll learn about the WASP of WWII.


Why this Bear?

As many of you know, I've been sharing the WASP WWII history for almost 20 years, through songs, videos, an afghan, trading cards, interactive displays, kiosks, the first WASP app, an illustrated WASP history book, and interactive web pages. Anything outside the box that will captivate, engage and educate kids is what excites and propels me. Enter Bishop, my next ‘big idea’ to challenge young kids to follow their dreams, work hard, persist, and keep on learning. Through Bishop, who was named after a real WWII WASP, we can reach the next generation--raising awareness and sharing the inspirational WASP history in a completely new way. 

Who are the WASP? 

 The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII were the first women in history to fly America’s military aircraft. Never heard of them? Then meet Bishop or follow our links. Already know who the WASP are? Then you are gonna LOVE this bear!

What are we asking?

Help us manufacture an inspirational little bear named Bishop.

When you donate a minimum of $26, you will receive one Bishop the Bear of your very own, or to give as a gift. With each bear comes the responsibility to be “Bishop’s Person.” You will receive a certificate of rights and responsibilities, including your promise to take Bishop on at least one adventure or teach him your own idea of a life lesson and share it with us. Teach the bear something you learned that might help a child fly a little higher in whatever they might choose to do. SHARE your tips, pointers, pitfalls, stumbles, small steps forward and giant leaps. Then, take a picture and send it to us, so we can post it on Bishop's webpage.  

Input will come from people: flyers or not, famous or not, pilots or not—with inspirational stories, lessons and tips for kids. And, if Bishop is a gift for a child,encourage them to share their own stories!

Bishop will inspire you or your child to share something amazing and that lesson and photo will become part of “Bishop’s Wall of Inspiration.”  In a plane, in a car on a train near or get the idea. Almost like Flat Stanley only even more fun;)   Take Bishop wherever you are and let's all share in a remarkable journey!  

Cost Break-Down

Right now, Bishop is one-of-a-kind. This is our prototype bear. I partnered with the Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company, for manufacturing and they are waiting to take their next step: creating 1,000 Bishops.  All we need is your support.

Estimated costs for the production of 1,000 Bears includes Plush Bear, Hang Tag, Testing - ASTM Standards, Sewn in Label, Project Manager, and Shipping to one location.  Bishop's 'history tag' from the factory will have a short WASP history attached and a QR code for more on the WASP.


What's Next?

    Bishop’s website will include “Bishop’s Wall of Inspiration.” This is where your wisdom and pictures of Bishop can be posted and shared.  What better way to engage kids than show them where Bishop is traveling, who the bear is traveling with, and what Bishop is learning!  Here is my own posting and a photo with Bishop:

 "Bishop and I are creating a little video for a project we believe in very much. We have 'mustard seed' faith because if you have faith, even that little bit of faith, with God's help, anything is possible! Keep learning, keep working, keep trying and someday, you just may be flying!"


    “BISHOP FLIES WITH THE WASP OF WWII” is ready for a publisher!  It is a delightful story of how Bishop learns about flying, using the magic of an old WWII Army Footlocker where artifacts from the WASP help Bishop travel back in time. Our little bear learns lessons about life and flying from the WASP and, eventually, takes a  first ride in a restored WWII PT 17. I am shopping the book right now--but, finding a publisher takes time!  Meantime, here are three sample pages:





He found himself on the top step of the Observation Deck at Avenger Field, 1944!
He found himself on the top step of the Observation Deck at Avenger Field, 1944!

We'll keep you posted on these projects.  

Meantime, first and foremost, I want to share this adorable little bear with YOU! 

My mission has always been, above all else, to educate and inspire the next generation with the stories and values of the trailblazing WASP. Expanding that mission to include a special way to reach kids is exciting!  

I can't wait for you to meet BISHOP! Yes, indeed,

             "It's ALL ABOUT THE BEAR,
            'bout the Bear named Bishop!"

For information about me and some of my other outside-the-box projects,  click my photo at the top of the page.  For more on the origins of Bishop, check out our FAQ!!!

Thank you so much!

                   Designer/Creator of Bishop the Bear

#WASP #educational #adventure #flying #history #WWII


Risks and challenges

The prototype has been completed. Once the funding is raised, manufacture will be done by The Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company/Custom Plush in Santa Clarita, California at their factory in China. Their work has been on time, and the prototype is very well made.

As far as challenges, if we don't raise the goal, we don't produce the bears. But, you are also not charged. To me, that is the only fair way to do this.

Shipping is our biggest challenge. I took my Bishop in a box to UPS, Fed Ex, and USPS. Cheapest, most reasonable rate is the USPS $7.67 to most locations in the US. Our budget estimate is for shipping 650 bears because I wanted to keep our first run costs under $20,000. I will use to get the cost down a little further, but can't budget that without knowing where the bears are going.

Costs are high, for sure. Retail cost for Bishop with be around $20 but if purchased online, shipping will be added. Added into the budget is the %5 fee for Kickstarter. Their services are well worth it.

I believe we can get this done. Soon, Bishops will be flying high into the hands of the next generation of kids who may not want to be a pilot, but they will be inspired to 'Fly High' in everything they do by Bishop and by YOU!

So, if you would, please consider supporting us! THANKS!

Our goal is to ship by March.
FYI March is Women's History Month!

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Funding period

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