About this project
Introducing Enduro - Enduro was born out of our love for beautifully crafted, high quality toy cars and trucks. Enduro vehicles have true-to-life, "hands on" driving mechanics and superb build quality. They are built tough from 100% sustainable materials and designed to last for generations - just like the great classic toy vehicles of the past, but even better. (We back this up with a Lifetime Guarantee)
Enduro was built for kids, aiming to provide them with toy vehicles that they could take anywhere to explore the world through open-ended play. Surprisingly what we've found is that adults love these vehicles as well, as both collectibles and desk toys!
Stretch Goal Reached!!
We reached 70k in funding (BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!). Every backer now has the option to receive "Blackout" versions of either the truck, racer, or both, instead of the original unpainted metal versions - in any of their pledges. These cars will be painted in metallic black, and have small detail variations - such as dark stained wood, dark leather seats, and dark painted racing stripes. These cars are a perfect collector set, bold and stylish with a more "grown up" look. You can either pledge for a new set, or request that any of your purchased vehicles be sent as "blackout" editions in our backer survey.
We have also released a "Signature" set which will be hand signed by Brian Gulassa, the designer of Enduro and Chief Design Officer at ThoughtFull Toys. This is truly a one-of-a-kind set. You can pledge for this set directly at $90, or make any of your vehicles a "signature blackout" version by adding $15 to your pledge per signed vehicle.
These vehicles drive like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Enduro’s patented steering and suspension system uses precision mechanics and super low-friction bearings, allowing these weighty vehicles to glide effortlessly, and handle turns like an exotic sports car.
Real Steering – Rack steering with tie rods provides dependable and accurate maneuvering for these vehicles. Simply place your finger into the comfortable leather seat of the racer and control it by pushing in the direction you’d like to go. The truck can also be controlled any way you'd like - super smooth bearings and bushings allow even a single finger to control this hefty beast!
The Racer features spring actuated suspension for super tight turning.
The Truck uses heavy duty leaf spring suspension to absorb bumps, along with a rubber center structure to absorb vibration and impact.
Superb Quality – The second you pick up one of these vehicles, you recognize the quality and craftsmanship of the design. Feeling the textures of the smooth metal bodies, warm wooden paneling and soft leather seats will instantly put a smile on your face – this is heirloom quality.
Outstanding Durability - These toys are extremely durable. Both vehicles are almost completely covered in impact-resistant natural rubber and strong metal alloys. Built to Endure all types of play. Enduro vehicles come with a lifetime guarantee – if you’re vehicle ever breaks, get into contact with us and we'll fix it for free.
(Note: Pictures shown of the truck are plastic bodied prototypes, the manufactured trucks will have strong metal bodies)
Made from 100% Sustainable Materials - The Enduro truck and racer are made from 100% sustainable materials, meaning that they could be made forever without harming people, animals, or the planet.
These toy vehicles are built with craftsmanship and care that is rare to find in today's toys. We use natural woods, reclaimed metals, leather remnants, and recycled plastics - because we care about our planet, and the lives of future generations.
Aluminum: The racer has an aluminum molded body, polished, brushed, and then top coated with die-cast metal.
Wood: The truck uses natural hardwood paneling at the sides of the body and the bed.
Zamak: The truck body is made from diecast Zamak, an alloy mixture of zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and copper.
Natural Rubber: The bumpers and tires of the vehicles are made from natural rubber. This rubber is harvested from the natural seepage of sap from living rubber trees, meaning they are not harmed in the process.
Leather Remnants: Leftover scraps from commercial leather products are used on seat of the racer, which would have otherwise gone to waste due to their small size.
Recycled Plastic: A minimal amount of recycled plastic from post-consumer products is used on the windshields and lights of the vehicles.
Metal Alloys: Steel, brass, and other alloys are used for the suspensions, wheels, and mechanics of both vehicles.
Get Some Good Car Karma! - We will be donating 1 Modarri car to Toys for Tots for every 10 Enduro vehicles pledged for. On top of that, many of our rewards have a direct match donation to Toys for Tots in the backer's name! Together we can brighten up the days of those less fortunate than us, and you'll get some awesome rewards too!
We thank you for all your support!
Just want some cool stickers? This is your pledge level.
Do you simply desire to own the most agile, nimble, finger racer in the world? Level 2 pledge has got you covered.
Maybe you're just looking for the highest quality, most durable, fully functioning, heavy duty pickup truck toy available. This is it.
This highly recommended truck and racer package will give you the full Enduro toy experience. Go offroading and carry loads with the heavy duty pickup truck, manuever the tightest race tracks out there with the racer. We only promise you the best hands-on toy driving experience ever - oh, and the lifetime guarantee.
Plus, you'll be directly providing a less fortunate child with a Modarri car of their very own - they will be so thankful!
Are you newcomer to ThoughtFull Toys amazing creations? Might as well save yourself the time of eventually buying Modarri cars, and get this whole bundle with a super high quality Delux carrying case - all for an awesome price.
Over 250,000 possible custom car builds from the Delux 3-pack alone. Just be careful not to have too much fun! This will change your whole concept of what toy vehicles can offer.
Plus, you'll be directly providing a less fortunate child with a Modarri car of their very own - they will be so thankful and happy!
Someone doesn't want to share their prized possessions? Maybe they just want two of each? Level 6 is your spot. This amazing package offers a great value, as it is bundled with a Modarri Delux 3-pack and a Delux carrying case. Again, over 250,000 possible car designs from the Delux 3-pack alone.
The best part - Today, you're going to be a child's hero. You will be directly providing a less fortunate child with a Modarri 3-pack. This 3-pack will offer them hundreds of hours of play and probably become their favorite toy set of all time. You are giving children an incredible play experience, we sincerely thank you.
RACER IDEATION SKETCHES
TRUCK IDEATION SKETCHES
ThoughtFull Toys is a small toy company based in Santa Cruz, California. Started in early 2013 by David Silverglate, we are dedicated to creating and selling beautiful, functional, durable toys.
Modarri Design & Drive Building Sets - In 2014, we launched our first product line on Kickstarter: Modarri. Thanks to the generosity and support of the kickstarter community, Modarri became a success worldwide. Enduro will be our second line of toy cars, with a focus more on durability and an incredible driving experience.
David Silverglate has invented, patented and licensed numerous toys including the Oball, Woosh Ring, SkyBlaster, and Hoopla. After working 25 years in design, engineering, toy inventing & licensing, patent & trademark preparation, and other related businesses, David decided to start his own company, Rhino Toys, in January of 2001.
Although he could have drifted off into retirement, David wasn't done playing and wasn't done inventing. In 2013 he assembled the team that is now ThoughtFull Toys and started creating innovative products with a focus on open-ended play. David likes cool cars and wanted to create toys that he would enjoy, which birthed the idea of Modarri, which has now become a worldwide success.
Throughout his 25-years as a product designer, Brian has demonstrated great skill in designing toys that reflect art, fine craftsmanship, excellent detail and above all, playability; the magic ingredient that fires the imagination and keeps kids (and adults up) past bedtime.
Brian has designed over 200 toys including entire toy lines that have been successfully marketed and sold. He has designed for and consulted with over 50 toy companies, including Mattel, Cranium, Fisher Price and Sega. In addition to toy design, Brian has been an Adjunct Professor for the Industrial Design Department at California College of the Arts in San Francisco for over 20 years.
“This has been an incredible opportunity to design exactly the kind of toys I wanted as a kid”
Trevor is an operations specialist with 20 years of experience in managing lean profitable companies. He has worked with companies in multiple fields including Toys, Amusement Rides, Bikes, Tools, Health Care, and Education.
Trevor was operations manager for Rhino Toys when David sold the company, he continued to work with David and the new owners as the project engineer for 2 years. Trevor joined ThoughtFull Toys upon its creation in early 2013 as Chief Operations Officer.
Your support is truly inspiring. Thank you for putting your trust in us and believing in our product as much as we do. It really means a lot to us.
The ThoughtFull Toys Team
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Risks and challenges
There are a few risks and challenges with creating this new line of high quality and durable cars.
One challenge is finding the right partners to source our materials from, we will not cut corners on the quality of our materials - but we need to be able to sell our vehicles at an affordable price.
Another challenge is having the vehicles manufactured properly, as they need to be super durable. We are looking at sourcing and possibly manufacturing these vehicles in the United States, if we can find the right manufacturer with the right price.
Additionally, we have yet to produce the full metal body truck - we know exactly how it will be made, but we haven't actually made the real version yet, just our plastic prototype. It may take a couple of revisions to ensure that there isn't too much weight, vibration, or a reduced amount of control/handling when driving.
Overall, we are very confident that we can launch this new line of cars successfully (with the help of you!) and achieve the standards that we have set out to achieve. Our team has a lot of experience making toys, and these toy vehicles are not so different from the fundamentals of Modarri.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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