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ModiBot is a design-your-own-toy system of more than 400 different interlocking parts, personalized by 3d printing & your imagination

Make your ModiBot!- Select a plastic figure kit & personalize it with your favorite set of 3d printed accessories

Kids love mixing and matching parts to create their own designs.
Kids love mixing and matching parts to create their own designs.

We want to change the way you purchase and play with your toys!

Our idea is simple- 

  • Strip an action figure down to a minimal skeleton, leaving a basic frame and joints for great poseability and physical expressiveness. 
  • Add a bunch of different connectors that let users attach a wide variety of parts in fun, unexpected ways.
  • Create an ever-expanding library of interesting, unconventional parts, many of which you'd never find in a mass retail store.
  • Use 3d printing to design and deliver those products, providing users more choice and promoting a more sustainable business model.

Mix vigorously, and...

What you've got is an inspiring tool set that encourages people to create their own fun, hyper-personalized characters and playthings.

What you've got is the future of toys.

Meet Mo

Mo Citrus Green figure with Viking Raider accessory kit
Mo Citrus Green figure with Viking Raider accessory kit

Nearly everyone in the world has drawn stick figures. They're simple, charming and completely relatable, even though all their human details are completely stripped away. They're nothing but the mere suggestion of a person.

When you draw bits of clothing on them or add muscles, they begin to take on specific identity traits. Adding a skirt, it becomes a girl (or Scotsman), adding a sword transforms it into a warrior.

Mo is a 3 dimensional stick figure, a blank canvas that you can 'paint' with your own imagination. By adding just a few descriptive parts, he becomes anything that you want him to be. By adding lots of parts, he takes on more personality and, like a painting, he looks and feels more specific and 'real'.

Mo is at your service and ready to take part in your adventures, celebrations, hobbies, creative projects, and dreams.

Design-your-own

ModiBot Part Matrix- new parts being added everyday
ModiBot Part Matrix- new parts being added everyday

We've worked in the product world for a long time and, more-and-more, the toys we buy are designed for our hyper-efficient retail system. They're designed toward what is easiest to produce and sell, not necessarily what is the most fun or interesting for the user. It reduces risk for the maker and retailer, but it favors sameness and predictability.

Inspired by the digital disruption of the media industries and the promise of 3d printing as a source of manufacturing, we began building a new way to make and deliver maximum variety in toy products. 

We designed the ModiBot play system to-

  • be intuitively easy to build using a 'linear' connection method
  • promote 'free-building', discovery and creativity
  • be upgradable, which extends the life of the toy and tailors it to the needs of the user
  • make it notoriously simple to replace broken or damaged parts
  • be fun to personalize for any opportunity or occasion
  • create tool for users to tell their own stories and travel to worlds that only they can see in their heads

Tough, durable body parts

Molding a 'stick figure' with lots of connectors is not easy. During the manufacturing process, we found that maintaining our design required that we move to a extremely durable, high-impact plastic called polycarbonate. The choice really enabled us to make some very high tolerance joints which enabled much better accessory fit and more poseability. 

We knew we wanted him to be a great chassis for our parts, the unexpected benefit was that he became a great tool for story telling through stop-motion animation.

Personalizing products on-demand via 3d printing

A fully 3d printed figure with a variety of printed accessories
A fully 3d printed figure with a variety of printed accessories

Personalization is nothing new in the toy industry. We've all been personalizing and accessorizing our playthings for more than 70 years using press-fit, add-on parts. Its a perennial favorite with kids and the back bone of most of their favorite video games and apps

What has been limited in the past is your overall amount of options. Our ultimate goal is to provide unlimited options for personalizing your products. If you are the only person in the world that wants a witches hat, we want to offer you the ability to have the accessory that completes your creation.

We've already built, prototyped and uploaded more than 450 different parts that can currently be purchased and printed on-demand from our BotShop at Shapeways.com. Unlike traditional products on a shelf, those parts are sitting as digital files like an eBook, waiting to be purchased and turned into real 3 dimensional products via an amazing process called 3d printing (or additive manufacturing). 

If you haven't seen how 3d printing works, check out the video below. Its nothing short of amazing that a pile of dust and a laser can 'grow' into usable products.

Designed for the future

Since last year, we've added approximately 20-40 parts (and many full kits) each month. As we can make this more of our day-to-day business, the more parts we'll be able to release. We're in the process of rebuilding all of our current part library for compatibility with the new molded figure. Our goal is to publish an additional 400 new parts by the end of the year.

That's just the start. As 3d printers become more commonplace, we're investigating ways for people to design, order and print their favorite parts at home, shop or at a print bureau down the street. We're in the initial stages of testing the process for materials, methodology, and pricing. The 3d print community have been huge advocates of this approach, so we're excited to see how it evolves.

Welcome to the future of toys. Welcome to the Modiverse.

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Reach Goals

3d Viewer for $15K Bonus Accessories


ModiBot in the news

To date, we've been lucky to land some really great coverage for ModiBot. Hit the links below to see some of the highlights:

3D printing goes from sci fi fantasy to reality  - Yahoo Finance 

Print-to-Order Service Helps 3-D Designer Revive Forgotten Figurines - Wired.com

3D Printed Toys: A Profile on Toy Designer Wayne Losey and ModiBot - On3DPrinting.com

Shipping for Non-U.S. Backers:

Some other campaigns and backers are recommending www.comgateway.com as a way to avoid large international shipping fees. We have not used them personally, but they are highly rated on the web. Please follow the link to learn details, but basically they give you a US address to mail to and therefore receive free shipping for our campaign, but then offer highly reduced rates to ship the item(s)  to international destinations.

Meet The Team

Tucker Johnson

Growing up outside of Pittsburgh to a family of artists, Tucker planted the seeds for his cultural curiosity with weekends spent at the Carnegie museum. He cultivated those interests through college by spending every academic credit on eastern religion and culture courses. After working in advanced concepts for General Motors, design at Hasbro, and as a consultant to major media and toy companies, he sees Go Go Dynamo as the fruition of all his past experience.

Wayne Losey

Wayne grew up loving stories of heroes, monsters and worlds undreamed-off. He started illustrating comics at the age of 18, where he enjoyed appearing at comic conventions across the country, promoting his work and talking to people about their passions. After a successful career at Hasbro Toys and founding Dynamo Development Labs with Tucker, he's looking forward to putting out some fun products of his own and continuing that creative discussion.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We've been designing and directing the manufacture of toys for more than 20 years. To help us with the parts of the process we don't know, we've hired a professional sourcing agent. Consequently, as far as Kickstarter product campaigns go, our risks are fairly low.

Manufacturing- We've already started the manufacturing process on the Mo figure and Venture accessory set. The figure images shown are production pilot parts produced from the steel molds in China, not prototypes. The figure colors shown are the approved molded colors, not painted.

3D printing- All 3d printed accessory sets listed in our initial reward levels have been built, print-tested and are ready to manufacture as of campaign launch. The 3d printed accessory colors shown are options currently available from our printing partners at Shapeways.com.

Packaging- There is almost no risk of delay due to packaging. Items will be delivered using a minimalist approach to reduce waste, but still protect your parts during shipment.

Reach goals- For any accessory-based reach goals, we currently have hand-drawn renderings of any additional 3d printed kit concepts. As we acheive certain reach goals, we will begin 3d modeling those items,b be finished by campaign end. These will be debugged in the 3d printing process and delivered on the same delivery date as the existing core items. This prototyping process usually takes about 40 days in total.

Fulfillment/shipping- This is likely our largest blind spot and area of risk for hitting our schedule, we've done the research on mailing and packaging to protect our items during shipment. Depending on how big things get, this could be an issue getting much larger quantities of product from China via boat vs. our current plan to airship parts.

Our goal is to ship earlier than our listed date of October, if possible. But, we've decided to pad the schedule a bit to account for The Unexpected.

FAQ

  • We didn't realize that there would be so much interest from the international community. We stand corrected. We've done the research and it costs basically $25 to ship any of our items across the world. We've updated the pledge levels to include one international option for direct purchase- INTERNATIONAL MO OF MYSTERY: 'Choose-a-hero' 2-pack. If you are interested in purchasing any other pledge level package, please add $25 to your pledge. So, if you get the 'Venture Mo' level for $20, you need to pledge and extra $25 for shipping, which would be $45 pledge total. If you do not add the additional $25 shipping fee, we can not send your products to you. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.

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    MODIBOT MO: BASIC FIGURE STARTER KIT- Bring your desk to life with Mo, a build-your-own, upgradeable action figure chassis. Choose from several colors listed in the 'Pledge Levels' section to the left.

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    MODIBOT MO: VENTURE FIGURE KIT- Answer the Call of the Wild with this high adventure version of Mo. Comes with traditionally-molded body and accessories- 22 parts in all. Choose from several body colors and 2 accessory colors listed in the 'Pledge Levels' section to the left.

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    MODIBOT MO: 'CHOOSE-A-HERO' SET- Outfit your Mo figure from a variety of 3d printed accessory sets, including Pirate, Spartan, Cyborg, Ninja, Viking and Scuba Diver. Each 3d printed accessory kit is available in red, blue, pink, purple, or white (due to manufacturing restrictions, all accessories in each kit must be printed in the same color). *STAY TUNED*- More kit options could be unlocked during the course of the campaign. Kits options and available colors can be seen in the 'Pledge Levels' section to the left.

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    MOLI MODIFIER FEMALE FIGURE UPGRADE FOR CHOOSE-A-HERO FIGURE SETS- This set comes with an extra set of 3d printed female hip and torso parts! Choose from the same theme options as the Choose-a-hero levels. Choose a Mo figure and an upgraded set of 3d printed accessories. See the 'pledge levels' area to the left for options.

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    MODIBOT MO FIGURE with CHRIS KIRKMAN: KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ACCESSORY SET - Are you a huge Bravest Warriors Fan?!? Get your color choice of a ModiBot Mo figure and Chris Kirkman accessory kit, featuring a 3D printed head (great likeness) and his signature gauntlets with highly-poseable ball-jointed fingers.

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    MODIBOT MO: 'CHOOSE-A-HERO' 2-PACK - Start with 2 Mo figures and choose two different 3d printed accessory sets, including Pirate, Spartan, Cyborg, Ninja (Ronin) and Scuba Diver -OR- the Venture figure set. Each 3d printed accessory kit is available in red, blue, pink, purple or white (due to manufacturing restrictions, all accessories in each kit must be printed in the same color). *STAY TUNED*- More kit options could be unlocked during the course of the campaign. Kits options and available colors can be seen in the 'Pledge Levels' section on the left.

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    MODIBOT MO: 5 COLOR CUSTOMIZER KIT- Mix and match parts from these 5 different figure kits to create your own Mo mash-ups. Color options include, white, orange, light green, blue and red, as shown in the 'Pledge Levels' section on the left.

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    INTERNATIONAL MO OF MYSTERY: 'CHOOSE-A-HERO' 2-PACK - (FOR OUR FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD) Start with 2 Mo figures and choose two different 3d printed accessory sets, including Pirate, Spartan, Cyborg, Ninja (Ronin) and Scuba Diver -OR- the Venture figure set. Each 3d printed accessory kit is available in red, blue, pink, purple or white (due to manufacturing restrictions, all accessories in each kit must be printed in the same color). *STAY TUNED*- More kit options could be unlocked during the course of the campaign. Kits options and available colors can be seen in the 'Pledge Levels' section on the left. PLEDGE INCLUDES: $25 Dollars for International Priority Mail

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    MODIBOT MO: 70+ PART 'FREEBUILDER' FIGURE SET- Mix and match parts to design and build a variety of body configurations, set includes your choice of 2 colored Mo figures, 1 Choose-a-hero, 3d printed, or Venture accessory set, and a 3d printed, Figure Modifier Kit- featuring 35 alternate body parts and upgrades.

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    **EARLY BIRD SPECIAL** A FISTFUL OF MO's: 'CHOOSE-A-HERO' FIVE MAN ACTION TEAM - Assemble your own action/adventure roster. Choose up to 5 different Mo figures and 5 different Venture or 3d printed accessory kits.

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    A FISTFUL OF MO's: 'CHOOSE-A-HERO' FIVE MAN ACTION TEAM - Assemble your own action/adventure roster. Choose up to 5 different Mo figures and 5 different Venture or 3d printed accessory kits.

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    MODIBOT MO: 10 CHARACTER 'CHOOSE-A-HERO' MEGA PACK- Your choice of 10 ModiBot Mo figures and 10 Venture or 'Choose-a-Hero' accessory kits.

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    MODIBOT MASTER BUILDER DISCOVERY SET- Design and build your own characters, creatures, and heroes from over 500 interchangeable parts- Includes 10 ModiBot Mo figure kits, two Choose-a-hero accessory kits, 2 Figure Modifier kits, one CreatureLab Set, one CharacterLab set, the Arms & Armory weapon kit, and master connector set. For more details, see the 'Pledge levels' area to the left or Update #2 in the 'Updates' Tab above.

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    MODIBOT 'DESIGNER-FOR-A-DAY' BOOTCAMP- Come join the fun as we brainstorm ideas, doodle, noodle, and set the design concepts for 7 new figures. In addition to your venture into toy design, you get a hand-made Mo 'Mechanic' shirt, and a great swag package of basic Mo figures (10), 3 accessory kits, the 35 piece Figure Modifier Kit and some surprise items at the event. Participants will receive insider email updates showing a behind-the-scenes look at the entire process, have ready access to the ModiBot team for questions, ideas and suggestions and take part in key design milestones, remotely, via Skype or Google+ HangOut. At projects end you will receive 7 new accessory kits to outfit your Mo basic figure collection. ***By signing-up, backer agrees to pay for their own travel and lodging to come to Dynamo Base in Providence, RI*** Target window for the event is mid-October-Early November.

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