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It's time for the Orange ElePHPant to join its multicolored herd.  PHP programmers, unite behind our mascot!
It's time for the Orange ElePHPant to join its multicolored herd. PHP programmers, unite behind our mascot!
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Over 80% of the internet is powered by the programming language PHP, and behind PHP is a strong community of developers who bond together helping each other out.

Many years ago, the mascot of the PHP community was created by Vincent Pontier, the ElePHPant! Since that time, the elePHPant has been turned into a plush toy sporting blue fur that people fell in love with.

Blue elePHPants on parade
Blue elePHPants on parade

Recently, the elePHPant has been receiving a revival of interest and the blue-furred variety has been joined by multicolored brethren. Each one produced by a different company. The elePHPant has been crafted in blue, red, pink, and green (Plus, there are rumors of yellow, black, and purple floating around).

Multicolored elePHPants
Multicolored elePHPants

I'm one of the owners of php[architect], the longest running PHP magazine in the world (11 years now), and we want to produce an elePHPant for the community to enjoy - this time sporting fur in our signature php[architect] orange.

The elePHPant looks good in orange
The elePHPant looks good in orange

But we need you to make this happen! Producing a run of plushies is rather expensive, and you need to order quite a large number at once. It also takes a while for them to be placed into a production queue and finished. We estimate that it will take 12 weeks from the day we are able to create the order, at the earliest, to when we may receive our shipment. (IT'S SO FLUFFY, I'M GONNA DIE!)

We need your support to make this happen and are counting on you! We also want to make sure that we will be ordering enough of these to satisfy all of our fans. If we run out, we'd have to wait another 12 weeks to receive another order.

For Kickstarter backers, we are also offering a unique opportunity. Anyone who has seen the elePHPant in the past knows that they come in 2 sizes. The standard 'small' which measures around 6" x 5 x 8" and a very rare 'large' elePHPant which measures approximately 14" x 12" x 20". Kickstarter backers can choose to pledge towards a large elePHPant and get one of their very own! These will not be made available outside of the Kickstarter because they are very expensive to produce, so we will not be ordering any extra.

Risks and challenges

There are a number of challenges that we will face, though we are very confident that the order will be completed. It's more a question of timelines at this point.

The elePHPant design is already well-prototyped by the production facility which has made tens of thousand of these in the past, and we've already gotten permission from the elePHPant creator to develop this orange batch.

The main challenge here is simply one of timing. There are two separate issues that come into play here:

First of all, these are going to be produced at a facility in China, and the Chinese New Year celebration happens starting on January 31st and can cause 3 weeks worth of delay. Depending upon the timing of production decisions here, we are hoping to minimize this delay as much as possible, but we might get caught right in the middle of it.

Secondly, we are hoping (though the production house says that the timeline will be tight) to have these available in time for our big annual conference php[tek] in Chicago in May. If the production order is not in our hands within a week before the conference, then it's unlikely that we will get a chance to ship these elePHPants out before the conference itself. Which may cause a few weeks of additional delays for backers. Therefore, we've listed the expected arrival time for these plushies to be June, just to be safe on both counts.

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FAQ

  • Yes, the elePHPant will be sporting a php[architect] tattoo on his flip side, just like most of the custom elePHPants end up doing.

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  • If you are interested in doing something custom, feel free to go ahead and simply add up the various levels that you want (including international shipping if needed) and pledge at that new level. If you do this, please reach out to us so that we can make sure that everything is correct. When the project ends we'll ask you in the survey if your over-pledge had been for anything specific.

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  • Unfortunately the way the toy production process works, we need to make a single order of a single color of elePHPant. This order/batch is going to be orange. We can't mix the order up. Getting a second color would be a completely separate order, and a separate process. Given the GREAT response to this kickstarter, maybe we'll look at doing something else in the future. But for now this is a single color order.

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    CALF -
    We appreciate any help that you can give us at bringing the orange elePHPant to life. All supporters will receive a code for one free digital issue of php[architect] magazine (A $6 value)

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    STAMPEDE -
    For the first 25 backers only, get one (1) of the small orange elePHPants for the cheapest you'll see.

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    PACHYDERM -
    You've just secured yourself one (1) small orange elePHPant, shipped to your door.

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    FAMILY -
    We realize that for some people one just won't be enough. Kids (or pets) will acquire one, they'll need one at work, etc. So this level gives you three (3) small elePHPants in a single pack.

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    MASTADON -
    Put yourself in line to receive one (1) large orange elePHPant. These large elePHPants are only going to be available via this kickstarter! They will not be for sale afterwards.

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    JUMBO - Are you interested in both the large and small elePHPants? Why choose! Get one (1) of each at this pledge level!

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    HERD -
    This reward level is specifically designed for User Groups who want to go in and buy their own herd to share and save shipping costs. You will receive ten (10) of the small elePHPants.

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    ZOO -
    For the user group that wants it all. You get the same ten (10) elePHPants as the HERD level, but also get one (1) large elePHPant. Great for marking your table at meetups!

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