WHOA! WE'VE HIT OUR 2ND STRETCH GOAL!
Uh, so we've reached our 2ND Stretch Goal. When we started this thing we weren't sure if we'd even make our goal of 20K, let alone be funded 265%.
This is unreal. We don't know what to say other than that you guys are amazing! And to sum it up, anyone who pledged "Heroic" ($100) and up will receive the following on top of their initial rewards:
- 16GB Limited Edition Destroyed PapaBehr (Stretch Goal #1)
- Neo-Samurai Armour Set and Katana (Stretch Goal #2)
Thank you so much for supporting us and believing in this project. We've got a ton of work ahead of us. It's definitely scary, but in a good way :)
We don't know what the likelihood of meeting our 3rd Stretch Goal is, but we'll be working on Keane regardless!
- Dave + Tuy
WE'VE HIT OUR 1ST STRETCH GOAL!
Thank you so much everyone for helping us reach the 1st Stretch Goal!! You guys are amazing. Anyone who has pledged the "Heroic" mode ($100) and up will now receive the LIMITED EDITION DESTROYED PAPABEHR! This is our second toy and we've had a blast working on it! We're currently working on the sketch of the 2nd Stretch Goal - THE NEO-SAMURAI ARMOUR SET!
- David + Tuy
UPDATE: We are 100% funded!!
Thank you so much to everyone that has pledged so far! You guys are amazing. Now it's time to move forward and hit some of those STRETCH GOALS!
- David + Tuy
PapaBehr is a desktop figurine skilled in the art of keeping your most precious files safe and protecting your workstation from harmful intruders. Sure, his miniature size conveys innocence. But his turbulent past combined with his interchangeable magnetic armor and weapons makes for a dangerous warrior. When he's not accompanying your long hours in front the computer, he can be found sharing data between trustworthy personnel through the 8GB or 16GB flash drive (depending on model) stored in his detachable head.
The prototype was made in Emeryville, California by two guys that love toys. It took more than 200 hours to design, build, and finish. We enjoyed every minute of it.
In the year 2108, an airborne virus, known as ADM-12, plagues the human race, causing sudden dementia and severe psychosis amongst its hosts.
While renowned neurologists repeatedly failed for years in finding a cure, Robotics & Neuromech scientist Dr. Akira Behr developed an artificial brain capable of bypassing the disease’s destructive path.
However, days before the first human trials, he was captured and betrayed by the very organization that hired him to solve the global crisis; but not before he discreetly transferred his mind into the artificial brain of his daughter’s stuffed bear.
Twenty years has since passed and his precious creation is now being used for world domination. As the end is nearing, a young man named Keane stumbles upon the forgotten toy and awakens Dr. Behr. Together, they search for his daughter and fight to stop the organization that double-crossed him.
It took well over 200 hours to design PapaBehr in CAD based off of our initial sketches and over 150 hours to grow the prototype in the 3D printer. And then another 40 hours or so to dry, paint, and finish it. We're incredibly proud of the work we've done so wanted to share with you some of the pictures of our journey! Images of us pulling out our hair in frustration are not included.
Recommended Pledge: $100 or The "HEROIC" Mode (All Stretch Goal rewards will be for this pledge mode and higher)
How Stretch Goals work: When we reach each pledge benchmark listed below, anyone who has pledged the "Heroic" mode or higher will receive the respective reward!
The team consists of a designer (David-Thao Nguyen), a CAD artist (Gentry Tuy Buckner) and a finisher (Michael Octavius Ryan). Their professions require them to slave infront of the computer all day long, so they wanted to create a toy that would keep them company. Their love for toys, sci-fi, animation, and gaming, inspired the creation of PapaBehr.
We'd also like to thank Brian Caruso, Vincent Smuda, Jeff Kwok, Kim Yee, Casey Yam, Jason Lam, Hai Le and the many others that helped on and supported this project! And a big thanks to the Reddit community for the encouragement and for suggesting Kickstarter to us!
Since our jobs require us to spend hours sitting at our desks, we wanted to come up with the perfect desktop companion that could accompany us and complement our workspace. But we didn’t want PapaBehr to just be eye candy, we wanted him to have some function along with its form. So, along with being a badass office warrior, he’s also a USB stick.
The USB was also incorporated to reference PapaBehr’s data storing capabilities from the story. In the plot, PapaBehr cannibalizes enemy robot weapons and data to become a more formidable killing machine.
Because magnets are cool. And because we wanted to make the armour and sword detachable without the use conventional clips to snap it on. The magnets also allows us to make interchangeable armour and weapon sets. But seriously, magnets are awesome.
Will the magnets harm the USB drive?
Nope! A magnetic field such as from a magnet will not harm a USB drive. The data on the USB drive is held in the form of an electric charge which would only be affected by a very, very strong field (more than a magnet can produce).
"There's nothing magnetic in flash memory, so [a magnet] won't do anything," says Bill Frank, executive director of the CompactFlash Association. "A magnet powerful enough to disturb the electrons in flash would be powerful enough to suck the iron out of your blood cells," says Frank.
Why only the 8GB and 16GB sizes? Why not bigger?
Eventually we want to offer larger capacities, but for now we just want to test the market and see how it goes. If all goes well, we want to start planning to make bigger toys that involve actual hard drives!
What are we going to do with the funding?
The funds will be used for production and distribution costs! We're currently in talks with a few manufacturers. The molds are pretty pricey and so are USBs. So with your help, we can get these bad boys in production!
Why does he look so angry? Why can't he be smiling and be super cute?
For some reason this is a question that's frequently being asked (mainly by females). The reason he looks so unhappy is because he use to be a human man before having to transfer his mind into a toy bear to avoid death from the organization that hired him to save the world. So he's pretty mad about that. He's also pretty angry because he has awoken 20 years later to a world that's been destroyed by a weapon that he pretty much invented. And on top of that, his daughter was taken from him and he has no idea where she is or if she's alive. So to sum up: man turned toy bear in fear of death, betrayed by company, in a coma for 20 years, world is now destroyed because of his invention, and daughter is missing.
...But maybe we'll try to make a happy version later.
Will PapaBehr's USB fit into my computer?
Yes! We are currently working a solution to make sure that PapaBehr's USB will fit into all computer sizes. At first we were focusing more form over function, but we want to accomodate everyone. We'll keep everyone updated on the solution!
UPDATE: So far, we're playing with this possible solution.
Does "WHOA BEAST!" mode ($500 pledge) include accessories and shipping on future toys?
For this pledge, you will receive every toy (including accessories like weapon and armour sets)! This will also include docking stations etc.
Shipping is not included on these future toys, only on the toys released in the Kickstarter. As much as we'd love to ship these out to you guys for free, it definitely adds up - especially the international shipping!
Does the pledge price include US domestic Shipping?
It has come to our attention that we’ve made a mistake by not adding the US domestic shipping cost to the pledge price. We thought that this could be handled at the end of the campaign with the survey, but apparently we had to include it in the initial pledge price. We apologize for this mistake! This is our first time creating a Kickstarter so we made a rookie boo-boo. For those of you that require US domestic shipping, can you please add the following shipping costs to your respective pledge:
“Trainee” mode ($10 Pledge): Add $3.00
“Easy” mode ($15 Pledge): Add $5.00
“Novice” mode ($25 Pledge): Add $5.00
“Starter” mode ($30 Pledge): Add $5.00
“Normal” mode ($35 Pledge): Add $5.00
“Intermediate” mode ($40 Pledge): Add $5.00
“Advanced” mode ($45 Pledge): Add $5.00
“Heroic” mode ($100 Pledge): Add $10.00
“Hardcore” mode ($150 Pledge): Add $10.00
“Insane” mode ($250 Pledge): FREE
“WHOA! BEAST” mode ($500 Pledge): FREE
“Legendary” mode ($1000 Pledge): FREE
We’re really, really sorry for this oversight and inconvenience. We hope this mistake doesn't cause any of you to drop out. We hope you guys understand.
Would it be possible to get two painted PapaBehrs instead of one 'DIY PapaBehr' for the 'Heroic' mode pledges and up?
Yes, absolutely. At the end of the campaign we're sending out a survey, so we can make that adjustment then. Just add $5.00 and make a note that you want two painted PapaBehrs!
Risks and challenges
A big challenge for us will definitely come with working with the manufacturer to ensure the highest of quality in every toy. We're a very detail-orientated bunch, so quality in the mold, painting, and assembling is a big thing to us. PapaBehr is a pretty intricate toy for it's size and it has a lot of detachable parts. We want to make sure that it comes out correctly. We've already spent a lot of time readjusting the CAD for mold production. The USB aspect of this toy is a risk as well. We'll have to test every USB to make sure that they work and are of the correct capacity. Another challenge will be to meet the deadlines. Production is new to us and we want to make sure that we're releasing an awesome figurine that meets our high standards. We are going to work closely with the manufacturer to make sure that everything is running smoothly and that high quality toys are being made. We'll keep everyone updated on the process so that we're all on the same page! We hope to get PapaBehr to you guys as soon as possible!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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