Animoodles Collection 2: Magnetic Plush for Creative Kids
Make thousands of magnetic plush combos with 6 new Storytale Forest Animoodles. Created by former artists from Apple, Disney and Pixar.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, November 10 2018 7:59 AM UTC +00:00.
We're back with 6 new magnetic plush characters!
In our world, magnets are a vehicle for connection and imagination. Magic awaits inside every plushy Animoodles part.
Why are we launching Animoodles Collection 2 on Kickstarter? We received amazing support from the Kickstarter community when we launched Animoodles Collection 1. Those who supported us are still some of our most passionate and vocal fans today, and we want the Kickstarter community to be able to get our new Animoodles collection before anyone else 🐼🦊.
— Marissa Louie & Dan Holland, Creators of Animoodles
These new characters love to make creative combos:
Santa, can you hear me? Our production schedule estimates that we will begin shipping Animoodles Collection 2 to our backers in the US starting between the 4th week of November and the 2nd week of December, so Animoodles will arrive in time for Christmas 2018.
For more information about our production and shipping schedule, see the Rewards for You section below.
(Already familiar with Animoodles? Skip down a section!)
What do you get when former artists from Apple, Disney, and Pixar try to reinvent the classic stuffed animal? ANIMOODLES.
Stuffed animals are a classic favorite, but we wanted to make them even more awesome and relevant for modern kids.
Animoodles are cuddly and customizable plush that have hidden magnets inside! Their heads, torsos, arms, and legs can be taken off and snapped back together in endless combinations. Rotate and remix their parts to make creations that get more imaginative as you collect more Animoodles. They are endless fun for kids (and grown ups) ages 3 to 103.
Pose, sit, stand, or stick 'em to magnetic metal surfaces:
Stuffed animals are our favorite toy of all time. But regular stuffed animals can't compete with mobile screens. So we set out to make the new classic stuffed animal for modern kids.
Animoodles enable kids to see themselves as little makers, and to understand the value of our differences -- how our unique parts can come together to make something amazing!
Animoodles teach children the value of collaboration with others: Animoodles can be even more fun when you share their parts with friends and siblings.
The Animoodles story began last year, when we launched our very first collection of Animoodles here on Kickstarter. We couldn’t have done it without our 939 backers.
Animoodles have appeared in some major publications, and we've even earned some awards along the way.
Back our campaign and get some cool rewards! Choose one Animoodle, or get the full set.
We have a limited number of Collection 2 Animoodles available to ship in the US before Christmas, and will ship all remaining Animoodles by April 2019.
Choose any one Animoodle from our 6 Storytale Forest characters:
Want to unlock mix and match functionality with more than one Animoodle? Choose any two Animoodles from our 6 Storytale Forest characters:
Want to unlock a little more mix and match functionality? Get 3 Animoodles! Choose any 3 of our Storytale Forest Animoodles.
Looking to give the ultimate Christmas gift, or for the best value? With the complete set of 6, you'll get them all at the best price. And you'll unlock thousands of combinations!
Want to gift more than one set of 6? Just multiply your backer amount pledged (including shipping) by the number of sets you want. So two sets of 6 at the early bird price = ($110 + $20 for shipping) * 2 = $260.
Want to add on extra Animoodles items to your order? No problem! You'll be able to do that after our Kickstarter campaign ends, through BackerKit.
If our campaign raises $50,000 or more, we will be able to gift a cool soft accessory to all our backers who order the Set of 6 Animoodles! This is a unique, plushy accessory that we custom designed and that is compatible with all Animoodles.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CHRISTMAS 2018 DELIVERY:
If everything goes according to plan, we will begin shipping Collection 2 to our backers in the US between the 4th week of November and the 2nd week of December. We believe we will be able to receive Collection 2 in our warehouse by the end of November.
In our previous Kickstarter campaign for Animoodles Collection 1: Wild Jungle, Iris Unicorn tumbled into the Wild Jungle, and was rescued by Randy Orangutan, Hazel Sloth, Miguel Frog, Brady Lion, and Sophie Elephant. They left the Wild Jungle in order to try to find Iris Unicorn's magical home on the Isle of Mythos.
The Wild Jungle Animoodles were nervous to take the first step outside of everything they ever knew in the Wild Jungle, but they did it! They found a tunnel in the side of a mountain, which led them to...
In Storytale Forest, Iris Unicorn from Collection 1 first meets Odin Dragon, who is the gatekeeper and protector of Storytale Forest. She explained to Odin Dragon how the Wild Jungle Animoodles are trying to bring Iris Unicorn home, and Odin Dragon decided to let them all in to Storytale Forest!
In Storytale Forest, we meet 6 brand new Animoodles that are compatible with all Animoodles!
Introducing the characters of Animoodles Collection 2: Storytale Forest!
Odin Dragon is a colorful and fiery dragon who hatched out of a dragon egg that landed in Storytale Forest one day. After meeting Iris Unicorn, he believes he may be from the Isle of Mythos, like Iris. He serves as the gatekeeper and storytime director of Storytale Forest.
Jada Panda is an artist who uses a bamboo paintbrush to paint the stories in her head. She especially loves to use green colored matcha as paint. She displays her artwork in her Bamboo Gallery.
Sammy Fox is a red fox who uses body language to communicate. He was born without the ability to speak, but he makes up for it by being a great actor!
Hannah Owl loves to write stories. The amber gem on her chest gives her magical storytelling powers. The Animoodles love to gather around the campfire to hear her latest stories. She has refined taste and likes to munch on kimchee (pickled cabbage) while she writes with a feather pen.
Rosie Deer is a wildcrafter who loves to forage for leaves, flowers, and all sorts of natural treasures of Storytale Forest. She likes to use what she finds to decorate her cave, and bring joy to her friends.
Sweetie Bee is a royal princess honeybee who is sweet and loving. She is allergic to some kinds of flowers, and lets out a little "Ah-CHOO!" if she gets too close. The Wild Forest Animoodles love to visit her and enjoy a cup of flower tea! She is the well-loved leader of Storytale Forest.
Sabrina (age 10) and Cassie (age 12) of Glow Girls Kid Voiceover (appearances on Disney, Nick Jr.) made their own stop motion video to show you the Animoodles' most recent Friday night campfire:
Animoodles are easy to use magnetic plush whose parts are detachable and reusable for years to come. Their parts all share the same hidden magic inside--11 neodymium rare earth magnets! These are some seriously strong magnets: they are much stronger than common refrigerator magnets.
Every Animoodles joint has a magnetic pull force of over 5 lbs., which is not too strong for a 3 year old to pull apart, yet strong enough to hold Animoodles together without easily falling apart! The strength of the magnets inside Animoodles is what causes the satisfying snap you hear every time you put two Animoodles parts together. It's how you know the magnets work!
This means Rosie Deer can sit and stand upright (like a human) or walk on all fours (like a deer).
Hidden safely inside double-sewn patent-pending enclosures are 6 magnetic connection joints within each Animoodle at the legs, arms, head, and upper back. Each Animoodle has a total of 11 magnets inside.
All parts can be rotated 360 degrees, so you can pose Animoodles any way you want. You can make Hannah Owl wave or Sammy Fox bring his paw to his mouth.
All Animoodles parts are fully interchangeable, so you can make your own creations. The more Animoodles you have, the more creative possibilities you can make. You can even combine all their heads to make a Fun Wheel!
There's an extra magnet on every Animoodle's back, so you can switch them from sitting to standing position! Odin Dragon demonstrates:
But, are Animoodles soft? Definitely! Even though Animoodles have magnets inside, their magnetic joints are well hidden inside soft plush fur, fluff, and filling. Some kids love to hug them to sleep!
All Collection 2 Storytale Forest Animoodles are compatible with each other and with the Collection 1 Wild Jungle Animoodles.
Check out some of the combos you could make if you already have Collection 1!
What's different about Collection 2?
We’ve made improvements to the magnet housing to slightly increase the magnetism of the Storytale Forest Animoodles (Collection 2) vs. Wild Jungle Animoodles (Collection 1).
You can stick any Animoodles to each other and to magnetic metal surfaces without worrying about the parts falling apart too easily! They’re not too strong, and not too weak...they’re just right.
This time around, we've found even softer fur to use on the furry bodies of Hannah Owl, Jada Panda, Sammy Fox, and Rosie Deer, compared to what we used in previous characters. It's the same fur as what's used in the most premium stuffed animals you'll find in high end boutiques and toy stores around the world.
It's buttery soft, and we think you'll LOVE it.
Note: Odin Dragon and Sweetie Bee have shorter fur (called minky fur) compared to Hannah Owl, Jada Panda, Sammy Fox, and Rosie Deer because of the types of animals they are; their minky fur is just as soft as in our previous collection.
We've made a mindful change to the Animoodles packaging. Instead of using a cardboard box, we are including a beautifully designed collectors booklet with each Animoodle. The booklet tells the story of Storytale Forest and includes bios of the Animoodles who live there. This new packaging uses less materials, which means it's more eco-friendly.
We're both lifelong makers who want to inspire creativity and storytelling through stuffed animals. Dan Holland has designed some of the most beloved children's characters as a character artist at a top animation studio, and Marissa Louie has designed websites and apps as a former art director and designer for Apple and Yahoo.
It has been truly rewarding for us to encourage creativity in kids with an easy-to-use and fun toy like Animoodles.
We put together a handy dandy timeline to show the various milestones we have planned!
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You can make thousands of combos with the complete set of Animoodles Collection 2! Here are just some ideas of what you can make, and the fun you can have.
Thanks for reading all the way to the end of the page! Please be sure to back our campaign to bring these 6 new Animoodles to life, and get Animoodles in return!
Risks and challenges
We are very hands on with manufacturing, and take multiple trips to our factories and vendors before and during our manufacturing runs. We also work closely with Jeff Lewis and Mike Chen, the manufacturing experts on our team who have over 50 years of manufacturing experience.
We've partnered with a factory that has exclusively produced plush toys for over 20 years, and we have iterated with them on dozens of prototypes. We are also working with experienced fulfillment partners Backerkit and Whiplash to make sure Animoodles travel to your homes quickly and reliably.
We'll do everything in our power to deliver Animoodles Collection 2 on schedule. That said, we are operating under a very tight schedule, and have very little room for schedule slippage with production, ocean freight, customs clearance and fulfillment in order to deliver our new Animoodles before Christmas. We promise to communicate with you transparently and quickly should anything unexpected happen that leads us to believe we may deliver our products late.
Additional Terms & Conditions
We will do our best to mail Animoodles to their future homes in December 2018, assuming our campaign is fully funded. If after one year we're unable to confirm your address by November 9, 2019, the money pledged will become a donation to Animoodles, with a portion of proceeds donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
Thanks for taking this journey with us. We're in it together, and we'll be here for you always. Check out our FAQ for any questions, or email us at: team [at] theanimoodles.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter