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$961
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
27
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 18 2018 4:13 AM UTC +00:00

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.

About

   The original REEL THING was patented and manufactured in 1988. It worked well and sold well, but eventually the injection molds reached the end of their life and production was discontinued. We have developed the Next Generation REEL THING, taking advantage of improvements in materials and injection molding technology. It shoots farther, floats if dropped in the water and has a Glow in the Dark cork. The cork is launched by a 7 pound coiled, stainless steel spring that is resistant to corrosion. Plastic parts are molded from high density styrene plastic that is easily repaired with super glue if needed. It has a small tackle box in the handle, containing a small assortment of hooks and sinkers.  The purpose of this Kickstarter is to provide funding to create new molds and packaging for the Next Generation REEL THING.

   Compact and durable, the REEL THING is priced so everyone in the family can have their own. It fits easily in a pocket, glove box, backpack or survival kit. It eliminates bulky fishing rods making it easy to manage while kayaking or canoeing.

   For those interested in reselling the REEL THING, quantity discounts will be available. The sales possibilities are endless, online, mail order, sporting good stores, bait shops or gun shows for example. 

REEL THING First Generation
REEL THING First Generation

   

REEL THING First Generation
REEL THING First Generation

 

Risks and challenges

The REEL THING will be 100% Made in USA. We have local molding shops, parts suppliers, print shops and assembly facilities available to streamline the manufacturing, assembly and shipping phases of the project. There will be no delays caused by waiting on deliveries from China.

Risks and Challenges associated with:
The Injection Molding Process
Minimal risks and challenges. Our design/production team
has over 50 years combined experience with the injection
molding process. We have access to 3 parts sources within
200 miles of our location in central Texas.
Parts Procurement
Minimal risks and challenges. All metal and plastic parts have
at least 3 sources, located within Texas.
Packaging and Labeling
All product and packaging labeling will be produced in our
in-house print shop. Local print shops are available as a
backup.
Product Safety Requirements
Warnings / Labels - The REEL THING and its packaging will
contain appropriate warning labels and instructions for safe
use.

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    REEL THING - Dart Tail and Cork (3 Pack)

    The REEL THING ships with a spare "Dart", but you can order a 3 pack, just in case your line breaks and you lose one.

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    REEL THING - Basic

    One Basic REEL THING. Includes 2 Corks, Hooks, Sinkers and a Stringer. Ready to add your favorite fishing reel (instructions included). No Risk Guarantee -- Send it back for a refund if you're not happy with it.

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    REEL THING - Deluxe

    One REEL THING complete with fishing reel as shown in photos and video. Includes 2 Corks, Hooks, Sinkers and a Stringer. Ready for your favorite lure or bait.

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    REEL THING - Basic (Buddy Pack)

    Two REEL THINGS, one for you and a friend. Each unit includes 2 Corks, Hooks, Sinkers and a Stringer. Customize with your favorite fishing reels.

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    REEL THING - Deluxe (Buddy Pack)

    Two REEL THINGS for you and a friend, complete with fishing reel as shown in photos and video. Each unit includes 2 Corks, Hooks, Sinkers and a Stringer. Just add your favorite lure or bait.

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    REEL THING - Basic (Family Pack)

    Four REEL THINGS for family fun. Each unit includes 2 Corks, Hooks, Sinkers and a Stringer. Ready to add your favorite fishing reels, lure or bait. No Risk Guarantee -- Send it back for a refund if you're not happy with it.

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    REEL THING - Deluxe (Family Pack)

    Four Deluxe REEL THINGS including fishing reel as shown in photos and video. Each unit includes 2 Corks, Hooks, Sinkers and a Stringer. Ready for your favorite lure or bait. No Risk Guarantee -- Send it back for a refund if you're not happy with it.

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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    REEL THING - Deluxe (Re-Seller Pack)

    25 REEL THINGS complete with fishing reels as pictured in photos and video. Each unit includes 2 Corks, Hooks, Sinkers and a Stringer. Ready to resell at your favorite venue. No Risk Guarantee -- Send them back for a refund if you're not happy with them.

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    Pledge $1,200 or more About $1,200

    REEL THING - Deluxe (Dealer Pack)

    100 REEL THINGS ready for resale. Each unit includes 2 Corks, Hooks, Sinkers and a Stringer. Maximize your profit with our best deal. No Risk Guarantee -- Send them back for a refund if you're not happy with them.

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Funding period

- (60 days)