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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 3 2016 5:44 AM UTC +00:00
$6,724
pledged of $36,000pledged of $36,000 goal
155
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 3 2016 5:44 AM UTC +00:00

About

Minimals’ mission is to bring high quality toys to both children and adults. We believe that puzzles for children can be not only beautiful but also interesting. That is why, for the past six years, we've been developing these collector’s items to challenge not only your spatial reasoning ability but also your creativity. For us, adults are never too old to play and children are never too young to create! 

Concept

The name "Minimals" is derived from the contraction of "Mini-Animals" and the word "Minimalism". Fundamentally, they're set out to expose the essence of toys by eliminating all non-essential forms, features, and concepts.

The Minimals’ experience allows everybody to build not only the classic characters but also new combinations. It’s an affordable line of modifiable animal puzzles to collect, play, match and mix. A designer collection of toys perfect for children’s rooms and adult’s desks.

interchangeable animal puzzle prototypes
interchangeable animal puzzle prototypes

The modular system

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Goal

The goal is to use this Kickstarter fundraiser to manufacture the first two characters, Herr Bytes and Frau Gramm. These toys will be approximately 5.1 inches tall and have around 28 separate pieces that fit together in various combinations.

Rewards

MINIMALS DESIGN LOVER A high-res render of Herr Bytes to print out or use however you want.

TINY TAG FIGURINE This tiny Tag measures 2.7 inches, is made in ceramic, and is a limited edition non-detachable figurine

HERR BYTES and FRAU GRAMM A 5.1’’ tall animal puzzle made of high quality ABS plastic.

ADOPT AN IDOL 

Now you can chose your favorite Minimal and order a 12’’ tall, non-detachable, hand-made sculpture made of fiberglass and painted in acrylic

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History

The story of Minimals began in 2008 when Sebastian, our designer, was forced to improvise some simple characters in adhesive paper to be sold as cheap illustrations in a flea market inside Mauerpark, which is in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district. These simple illustrations, with dialogues in German, were made to pay his rent while he was studying art at the Universitat der Kunst (UDK). Despite the pressure of creating something very salable, the idea was to make a personal interpretation of kitsch infant characters such as Pokemon, Hello Kitty, and Mickey Mouse.

Ancient Herr Bytes
Ancient Herr Bytes
Our first exhibition. Perú, 2011
Our first exhibition. Perú, 2011

Awards and press

Milestones

We already have a contract with one of the leading distributors of toys in the US (based in NYC) this ensures we have distribution in major world markets. We also visited the factory in China, where the toys are manufactured, to ensure we’re achieving the highest quality materials. 

However, this is just the beginning. Minimals is a micro-universe in expansion, we want to create a whole world of new Minimals characters. With your help, we believe we can. 

Risks and challenges

Dear potential supporter, please keep in mind this is a fluid process. Important announcements will be made throughout the campaign via our regular updates. To streamline this process, we are highlighting below the most important announcements, such as shipping discounts and add-ons that become available.

Our leading purpose is to deliver a high quality product. With that, we know there may be delays in the manufacturing process and perhaps in the creation of the molds. We may take time in searching for better solutions as we are always trying to assure the end result does not have any failures in design or manufacture.

Thank you, Minimalist!!.

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    HALLO MINIMALS!
    Herr Bytes, the crocodile, will arrive at your place and thank you personally for your collaboration towards making him real (well, he will be in a video).

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    MINIMALS DESIGN LOVER
    As a thanks for your support, the Minimals team will send you a high-res render of Herr Bytes to print out or use however you want.

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    TINY TAG FIGURINE
    Things are getting serious now. Now you can get your own Tag, the chick. This tiny Tag measures 2.7 inches, is made in ceramic, and is a limited edition non-detachable figurine from the first exhibition of Minimals.

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    VERY EARLY BYTES
    Be one of the first ones to have Herr Bytes in your hands. Get him while you can!

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    EARLY GRAMM
    Our dear Frau Gramm also wants to spring into action and she will go clucking to you fresh from the factory. You don’t want to miss this chick!

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    HERR BYTES
    Our most emblematic Minimal. Raised on the streets with a green heart (literally) and a love for skateboarding, Herr Bytes, the hip hopper crocodile, will stylishly glide into your home.

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    FRAU GRAMM
    The stunning hen, will arrive strutting her hips all the way from the old continent to flip our dear crocodile upside down. She is the maximum expression of feminine power and no one will resist her.

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    FRAU GRAMM & HERR BYTES ROMANCE!
    Let’s give these couple of lovers the opportunity to arrive at your house together. If you don’t want Herr Byes and Frau Gramm to have a long distance relationship this is your opportunity to keep the romance going.

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    MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
    Herr Bytes and Frau Gramm have wonderful news for you, it´s a Tag!!. Now you can have the whole family in your home: Herr Bytes, Frau Gramm and the little Tag figurine.

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    DOUBLE FAMILY PACK
    For those enthusiastic minimalists who want to give them as gifts, we have a double Married with Children reward. This new pack includes 2 Herr Bytes, 2 Frau Gramms, and nothing short of 6 Tiny Tag Figurines to make even more children happy.

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    MINIMALS PROTOTYPES
    After receiving so many requests for the complete collection of 5.1’’ modular toys, we have decided to offer the 3D printed prototypes of Minimals! These characters will be unique pieces and will include all the puzzle features of the mass manufactured ones, including the color combinations painted with acrylic. Now, it's time to make your choice. Pick me! Pick me!

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    FRAU GRAMM IS MY IDOL
    Just imagine a space in your office or house adorned by one of these tremendous beauties. This is a 12’’ tall, non-detachable, hand-made sculpture of Frau Gramm made of fiberglass and painted in acrylic.

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    HERR SEKUNDE IS MY IDOL
    This grumpy toad only wants love... and power, ALL THE POWER!! so everyone can admire him and fall at the feet of his 12’’ tall, non-detachable, hand-made sculpture made of fiberglass and painted in acrylic. Mwuajajajajajaja!!!.

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    HERR STUNDE IS MY IDOL
    This proud gorilla will strut his stuff and park his big fat 12" tall, non-detachable, handmade sculptured butt right on your coffee table. Made of fiberglass and painted in acrylic, this cocky beast will give presence to any room in your home or office.

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    HERR JAHR IS MY IDOL
    This innocent, clumsy & fully gown rhinoceros, who still thinks he’s the baby of the collection, has his own 12’’ sculpture on Kickstarter. Now, you can adopt him and give him a nice home. This handmade fiberglass sculpture will never forgive you if you lose his Dummy so please be carefull.

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    FRAU METER IS MY IDOL
    The top-model giraffe, has arrived with her own lean and tall sculpture to decorate your walk-in closet. This is a 12’’ tall, non-detachable, hand-made sculpture made of fiberglass and painted in acrylic. She usually stay in 5 starts hotels so you can´t just leave her anywhere.

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    TOY & IDOL
    If you wanna become the ultimate Minimal character collector and get a 12’’ IDOL and a 5.1’’ modular TOY, we made this special reward for you. Now you can choose between a TOY & IDOL of Herr Bytes and a TOY & IDOL of Frau Gramm.

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    HERR BYTES IS MY IDOL
    For the real Minimals’ fans we have created a 12’’ tall, non-detachable, hand-made sculpture of Herr Bytes made of fiberglass and painted in acrylic. This work of art will be the star of any infant’s room, designer’s office, or gallery.

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    MINIMALS MEGA PACK!
    For the true collectors, we have created a special variety pack. Here you can get: 1 Tag figurine, a high-res render of Herr Bytes, 1 Herr Bytes, 1 Frau Gramm, 1 Herr Bytes sculpture, 1 Frau Gramm sculpture, and a greeting video from Herr Bytes himself with your name on it.

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    MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
    Herr Bytes and Frau Gramm have wonderful news for you, it´s a Tag!!. Now you can have the whole family in your home: Herr Bytes, Frau Gramm and the little Tag figurine.

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Funding period

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