WHAT THE HECK IS AN INKLING?
Inklings™ came from the idea that a tiny spark in a child’s imagination can create something wonderful and unique. Inklings focuses on offbeat imaginary characters brought to life by the children in the books, or what we call "infant novels."
Because kids aren't held back by what things are "supposed" to be, they are free to imagine and create without limitations and free to love without prejudice.
Inklings are genderless and the children who imagine them are diverse. We believe in a world where creativity, kindness and acceptance are virtues that should be admired. We want to help bring that idea to this new generation.
Our goal is to create many unique Inklings and write additional stories for each to teach those key values. We at Inklings think that girl toys and boy toys are old news and that's why we designed Inklings with every child in mind.
OLLIE THE ODDBALL ODDBIRD TOY
Our first Inkling, Ollie the Oddball Oddbird comes to life as a soft cuddly plush toy. One of a kind, Ollie is not your average bear. Designed in vibrant colors specifically for your littles ones. Ollie has a cozy body ready for snuggling, soft burlap textured wings with crinkle detail for touch and a rattle for sound. Ribbed striped legs, big feet and a fluffy yellow tail for easy grab and go. An instant best friend ready for life's adventures.
Evie & Ollie the Oddball Oddbird Infant Novel
Evie & Ollie the Oddball Oddbird is the first installment in the Inklings series. A fun and unique infant novel, perfect for the baby in your life with a superior intellect. No, not really, we just think calling them "infant novels" is really funny.
The Gist of the Story: Evie is bored and doesn’t want to sleep. Being in her crib, she doesn’t have many options for entertainment until her imagination kicks in and brings Ollie to life. With a rhythmic style and Pop art illustrations, the story of Evie and Ollie comes to life showing that as long you have your imagination, you’re never really alone.
THE HUMANS BEHIND INKLINGS
We’re Aimee, Alexis and Chris and we’re the creators of Inklings.
We each bring something unique to the table and that, coupled with our friendship is what makes our creative partnership work.
Chris has been working in the toy industry for over a decade and the idea for Inklings came from some sketches he had drawn of funky and unusual animals.
At the time, Chris and Aimee had just had their baby girl Evie, and we talked about how we couldn’t find her a rad stuffed animal. Being the cool aunt, Alexis searched up and down to get Evie the most unique and awesome gifts. It was easy to find clothing and accessories, but toys all looked exactly the same. The stuffed animals we grew up with looked like our parents stuffed animals who looked like our grandparents stuffed animals and so on. It’s just boring. Being children of the 80s we like our toys with a strange and wild side so we decided to bring something new and creative to life.
Chris’ designs reminded us of what a baby’s imaginary friend might look like. So we came up with the idea to pair the toys with books that explain how each baby imagined their very own Inkling into existence and created a lifelong best friend.
SO WHY KICKSTARTER?
Well, we toyed around (get it…) with the idea of funding our 1st toy and book production runs ourselves. We know the development and production process and we believe in what we are doing so much that we are willing to door to door sell every last book if we have to. (which is still on the table). But then Lex said, “I thought about it, and I think we should do a Kickstarter,” And of course she was right.
The Kickstarter community is the best place to get honest, unbiased feedback. The truth, and nothing but the truth. Well hopefully with a little sugar thrown in. So based on this run, we know if we are on to something here, if we should tweak or do a major overhaul. And that kind of information is priceless. So thank you. Oh yeah, and you know, the funding and all…
HOW YOUR PLEDGE BRINGS OLLIE TO LIFE
So what are we going to do with all your $$$?
- After the campaign wraps up, we revise our designs and request final Pre-Production samples.
- Then the big leap: PRODUCTION.
- Factor in ship time and we should receive the toys and books in September, sending you your Rewards from our first production run in October.
Meanwhile, our 2nd Inklings duo Wobby and Billy gear up for their solo.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD...?
After Ollie & Evie get off the ground and into the hands of our target audience (babies) we will introduce our next Inkling, Wobby the Wild Eared Wala and tell the story of how Billy imagined Wobby into existence during his family’s road trip in their VW Bus.
And then? Well who knows? Inklings could be the childhood memory of this next generation. That would be pretty awesome.
THREE CHEERS TO THAT!
BONUS STRETCH GOAL!!!!
WOW! WOW! WOW! You GUYS are AMAZING!!!!
We are so overwhelmed with the support of our awesome Backers! So much so that we are adding a BONUS STRETCH GOAL! If we double our $$$ and get to $40,000 we will release both Ollie & Wobby at THE SAME TIME this Fall! And anyone who pledged/pledges BIG BALLER Level and up gets a bonus Wobby soft toy & Billy & Wobby the Wild Earred Wala Infant Novel thrown in as a THANK YOU! Because we couldn't do it without you all! Let's Make it Happen!!!!
LET’S TALK REWARDS
$1 – Thanks!
Thank you email for your support & positive vibes
$5- Grab some Crayons & Wine
Inklings 7 page E-Coloring Book PDF. The crayons & wine are on you.
$15 – Crayons, Wine & Wallspace
Ollie the Oddball Oddbird 5 x 7" Print + Inklings 7 page E-Coloring Book PDF. Make some space in the nursery… or your bathroom. We don’t judge.
$25 – Now we’re talkin'
Evie & Ollie the Oddball Oddbird Infant Novel & Inkling "Ollie" Soft Toy. Kinda the whole reason we are here right now…
$50 – Big Baller
Evie & Ollie the Oddball Oddbird Infant Novel + Inkling "Ollie" Soft Toy + Ollie print. You went the extra mile!
$100- Fancy Pants
2 Infant Novels + 2 Toys + Ollie print. Guessing you might have twins?
2 Signed Infant Novels + 2 Ollie toys + Inklings Onesie + Ollie Print + E-Coloring book. It's a Jolly Holiday with Ollie...
$500- We Sincerely Thank you for your Donation.
For the lucky few, you will have your name etched in literary history. Your name will be printed in our 1st production run. Also, of course, you will receive 2 Signed Infant Novels + 2 Ollie toys + Inklings Onesie + Ollie Print. Hopefully your name is short.
$1,500- You can totally name our next kid
Inklings, we meant next Inkling. With your generous pledge, you have the right to name a character in one of our upcoming series. Also, to mark this momentous occasion, a personalized photo shoot of Ollie to your choosing (You want him on a bed of lettuce? We can do that) + 2 Signed Infant Novels + 2 Ollie toys + Inklings Onesie + Ollie Print. You better Work!
If you have any questions about the rewards or have an even weirder suggestion, please reach out to us. We will be more than happy to oblige.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME, FEEDBACK AND SUPPORT! WE CAN'T WAIT TO BRING INKLINGS TO LIFE!
~AIM, LEX & CHRIS
Risks and challenges
With our combined experience in product development and production, we are well aware of the production challenges that can arise and have planned accordingly.
For example: it is always a good idea to slightly cushion the timeline in case of delays, whether those delays come in the form of material issues, production line back ups or a wrong # on a shipping document. These things can happen. And we know that. Nothing is perfect, especially when humans are involved. So it’s always good to be prepared, keep a calm head and a positive attitude.
With Chris’ extensive background in toy design, comes a strong friendship with our production facility. The kind of friendship that meets up for dinner a few times a year. That’s why Ollie looks so great. Years of working together = great product.
The other tool we will use to mitigate our risks is client service. We know what its like to be excited for something, only to be let down. We believe everyone deserves clear and genuine communication and plan to be open and honest with you, our backers, as we navigate any challenges that we face along this awesome journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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