How it began
Thank you for viewing my project. My name is Tripp Phillips. As an aspiring inventor I started building with LEGO® blocks as far back as I can remember. Building blocks allowed me to be creative and make all kinds of silly contraptions (like inspector gadget). The only problem was my stuff always fell apart. The coolest of spaceships, moon landers, you name it, I built it. They looked really great, but I couldn’t play with them; wings would fall off, wheels rolled away, it simply drove me nuts. Super Glue or Krazy Glue® wasn’t an option as it ruined my bricks forever and bricks aren’t cheap. This was the problem of every kid in the world (and adult kids too.) I was determined to figure out a solution to overcome this problem and stop those messy breakups. My invention, Le-Glue® is the answer.
The world of building with bricks (LEGO®, Mega Bloks® or others) will never be the same. Competitive brick builders can build and tear down if need be. Your kids can let their imagination soar like never before. The uses are endless as its not limited to just bricks. Model makers, inventors, anyone trying to be experimental without losing money; heck, even just a quick fix to hold something in place, after all it is a temporary glue.
The Light Bulb Moment
As a class assignment I was asked to come up with an idea that solves a problem for both kids and adults. With that, Le-Glue® was born and everyone loved it. My teacher entered Le-Glue® into the ‘International Torrance Legacy Creativity Awards’ competition (a young Einstein kind of thing). Le-Glue® won the inventions – toys and games category (See winners list.) We knew we had something the whole world needed to see. Kickstarter backers you can make that happen by backing our project today.
The Evil Kragle
Everyone who has ever used LEGO® knows gluing them is just the about the worst thing you can do. The evil Kragle as it has become so widely known is a ‘no no’ in the world of brick building. It simply ruined the bricks. Le-Glue is a temporary but very strong adhesive for building blocks like LEGO®, Mega Bloks®, Nano blocks or any other kind of bricks.
The best thing I learned from my dad is that science solves problems.
My father is a laboratory scientist; he specializes in testing advanced adhesive solutions. I have been a lab rat following my dad around since I could walk. When I talked to him about my idea of a way to temporarily glue my LEGO together without ruining them he smiled and said, son “that's one heck of an idea, lets do it.” He has invented quite a few things himself being a scientist and all.
Kid safety was a priority
I worked with my dad and a team of glue experts in the lab to create the perfect formula. Being that the initial purpose was for helping kids, it had to be safe and non-toxic; this was priority one. Kids do silly things like eat stuff, so we had to make sure it was made with natural food grade materials. We did add a bad taste to make sure kids don't want to eat it, just to be extra safe. LeGlue® is protected by CleanGuard® antimicrobial agents to prevent mold or fungal growth in both dry and wet state; because kids can have the dirtiest of hands and carry all kinds of germs. Le-Glue® is solvent free. It has no known hazardous chemical ingredients per EPA, CPSC, and OSHA requirements. Le-Glue® complies with ASTM D-4236.
Le-Glue is Proudly 'Made in the USA'
10x the strength of bricks alone
Sticking them together wasn't the true challenge as any old permanent glue can do that. Le-Glue is unique because it holds strong but dissolves easily in warm water. It simply washes off and your blocks are like new again. This was the optimal solution, one that has been sought out for more than 50 years. Le-Glue® is scientifically proven to hold your bricks together 10 times stronger than simply clicking bricks together. We have done drop tests from 24 inches, using identical builds; one used Le-Glue® and the other without it. The regular build shattered into pieces everywhere, a full days work gone in a flash. The one we made with Le-Glue® stayed intact. We were amazed at our own results. We tested it over and over, building things and trying to break them apart. We even tested them in the lab using a fancy ‘tensile strength tester’ that breaks things (his lab is like CSI meets Myth-Busters.) The results were conclusive, we have officially solved the temporary glue problem for LEGO®, Mega-Bloks or any other brand of building blocks.
As you can see in the image above, clicking bricks together has minimal holding strength as evidenced by the tiny bump on the strength curve above. If you look at the picture below you can see the massive spike in the strength curve. The results are pretty astonishing. Le-Glue® holds bricks together so you can play with them; not just look at them.
Le-Glue sets your creativity free
There is only one way to temporarily hold bricks together without damaging them. Le-Glue® is the answer.
Thank you Kickstarter backers
Risks and challenges
We are set up to produce inventory very quickly. We have 400 units on hand currently ready for orders. Due to our ability to manufacture in small batches, we can get started mass producing without massive expense. We do face the chance of a larger organization copying my idea. A full Patent is very important to the success of our venture. The provisional patent has been filed but we face the high costs of filing for the utility patent. Kickstarter can make this all possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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