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Chums, Terror of the Deep, is a vinyl toy that will hold your (tablet) pen, and many other things, up high and in style.

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Overview

As both digital artists and vinyl toy enthusiasts, we set out nearly one year ago to design and prototype a vinyl toy that would actually do something. But what utility could a vinyl toy offer? We decided on a little friend for our desks that could hold our tablet pens. The result of one year of creativity, fun, a bit of frustration and a lot of trial and error is complete.

Meet Chums, Terror of the Deep.

Part character design and part industrial design, Chums is made of physics, vinyl and an insatiable desire to hold that pen up high. Chums was the subject of intensive (and humane) testing in the modeling phase in order to ensure stability and a perfect fit for a tablet pen. If you’re worried that someone may come by and abscond with your pen, Chums comes with 22 menacing teeth to deter any would-be thieves.

The Goal

Our goal in raising this money is to take our prototype and work with a factory to produce 2000 painted and packaged Chums.  Specifically, the money will go toward four things: Casting the production mold, making many Chums, painting many Chums and packaging many Chums. We don't plan to make a large profit on this first run.  We simply want to take our creation and give him to the world at a reasonable price.  Any money that we do make will be reinvested in making more and more little friends for people to enjoy. Now that you know how we intend to use your pledge, you can find the specifics about this fascinating species in the next sections. 

Taxonomy

Chums, Vinylidae Carcharodon Esthias, also known as “Terror of the Deep” is a small Vinyliforme shark found in offices, studios, shared work spaces and deep ocean waters. It is the only known member of the Vinylidae family of fishes.

Chums is known primarily for its diminutive size and charming appearance, with a typical individual measuring 10cm (3.93 in) in height and bearing an expression that has been described by creative biologists as “exuberant” and “adorable.”

Behavior

Due to its extreme rarity, little detail is known of the behavior of Chums, but limited research indicates a strong tendency to hold upright (sometimes for days or weeks at a time) tablet pens, ink pens, pencils, miniature flashlights, flowers, cigars and a variety of other generally cylindrical “prey.”

Editions

*Limited Edition -Run of 200 Chums with special paint job.

*Special Edition - Unique Chums with one of a kind paint job from a local artist.

View the prototyping process: HERE! 

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    53 backers Limited (947 left of 1000)

    You are pre-ordering the single Chums vinyl toy in its original packaging (Retail $30-35). You will be among the first to own the designer toy! Shipping to US included. (For shipments to Canada, please add $10 to your pledge; and for international shipments, please add $15)

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    4 backers Limited (996 left of 1000)

    You are pre-ordering the single Chums vinyl toy in its original packaging. You will also receive a signed limited edition print of the Chums concept art. Shipping to US included. (For shipments to Canada, please add $10 to your pledge; and for international shipments, please add $15)

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    5 backers Limited (195 left of 200)

    You are pre-ordering 2 Chums vinyl toy in their original packaging, including 1 standard edition Chums and 1 limited edition Chums. You will also receive a signed limited edition print of the Chums concept art. Shipping to US included. (For shipments to Canada, please add $10 to your pledge; and for international shipments, please add $20)

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    You are pre-ordering 3 Chums vinyl toys, including 1 standard edition Chums, 1 limited edition Chums, and 1 special edition Chums with a custom (one of a kind) paint job from a local artist. You will also receive a signed limited edition print of the Chums concept art. Shipping to US included. (For shipments to Canada, please add $10 to your pledge; and for international shipments, please add $20)

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    Retailers Standard Pack - Pre-order a box of 60 Chums vinyl toys ($16.66 each), each packaged for resale in designed packaging. This is also great for budding entrepreneurs who want to sell Chums themselves. Includes shipping within the USA. (add $10 to your pledge for shipping to Canada, $20 for international shipping)

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    Retailers Deluxe Pack - Pre-order a box of 333 Chums vinyl toys ($15 each), each packaged for resale in designed packaging. This is also great for budding entrepreneurs who want to sell Chums themselves. Includes shipping within the USA. (add $10 to your pledge for shipping to Canada, $20 for international shipping)

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