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Bring pure joy to family and friends with the biggest bubbles you've ever seen . . . some get as big as 40 feet long!
Bring pure joy to family and friends with the biggest bubbles you've ever seen . . . some get as big as 40 feet long!
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No matter what age you are, with our simple, patent-pending Wonki Wands™ and our special secret-recipe Wonki Bubble Potion™, you and your family will have the most bubble fun you’ve ever had. And the best part is . . . you’ll be outside! Our wonderful Wonki Bubble Potion is non-toxic and kid-safe, and our Wonki Wands have been safety tested and certified by a CPSC-approved testing lab. Wonki Wands are so easy to use for almost anyone at any age (we recommend age 6 and up). We’ve been getting ready for this Kickstarter for 8 months. We make Wonki Wands right here in Utah; and have sourcing, manufacturing, packaging and fulfillment all ready to go. With your help, we can bring this awesome experience to the world.

Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/WonkiWands! or @WonkiWands on Twitter!

When We Say "Big Bubbles," We Mean It!

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What are Wonki Wands?

The patent-pending design is really simple. Two acrylic tubes filled with glitter, because Dee loves the "sparklies." At one end a lobster claw swivel with two strings attached, one shorter string and one longer string with a washer to weigh it down a little bit. Add a bottle of our secret Wonki Bubble Potion and you have the full kit. And they come in several fun colors:

  • Deep Purple
  • Spring Green
  • Bright Pink
  • White Sparkle
  • Bright Blue
  • Copper and Black
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Why Did We Make Wonki Wands?

It all starts with love. Dee is a lover of all things bubble. She was born to bubble.   In the spring of 2013, she came across a home-made bubble wand at a local fair and immediately purchased it, imagining the sort of joy big bubbles must contain. With high expectations, she purchased a recommended bubble juice, chose a lovely day to bring forth bubble magic, only to have her hopes dashed as the wand failed in a myriad of ways.

Dee was determined.  “My quest for giant bubbles will be satisfied!” she cried . . . or something to that effect.  So she asked her handy husband to help bring her vision to reality. And Roger, being the best husband ever,  and figuring that it never hurts to do a good deed once or twice a year, decided to give it a try.

After some trial and error, Roger came up with a modified wand design and Dee came up with an amazing recipe for our Bubble Potion.  After a few trips to the park and a very crazy and exciting day at the Provo, Utah Independence Day parade, Dee and Roger soon realized that Wonki Wands have incredible appeal to people of all ages. And that is how Wonki Wands were born.  It's now up to you to find out . . . if you were born to bubble!

Just in Case You've Forgotten How Big . . .

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What Is Complete Right Now?

We have put everything we have into getting Wonki Wands to this point. Where exactly are we? Well, here's what we've accomplished so far:

  • Provisional patent filed on improved Wonki Wands concept
  • Wonki Wand prototypes and color options complete
  • Safety tested by CPSC-accredited testing lab
  • All wand parts sourced and ready to order for first production run
  • Wonkiwands.com web site up and running--ecommerce function is disabled until after completion of Kickstarter campaign
  • Wonki Wand tooling in process at local manufacturing plant
  • Fulfillment center online and ready to ship as soon as production begins
  • Wonki Bubble Potion formula complete
  • Wonki Bubble Potion bottles and label art complete and ready to order for first production run
  • Kickstarter campaign created and submitted

What is Next?

With your support, we can complete the next steps and take this wonderful experience to the world:

  • Finalize tooling and start production by April 15 (tax day!)
  • Finish paying for Wonki Wand tooling
  • Develop concentrate formula to save customers money on shipping costs--customers just add water
  • Pay for and finalize tooling for Bubble Potion bottling line by April 15.
  • First shipments to U.S. Kickstarter supporters by May 1, which is the perfect time of year for bubble magic!

What Happens After That?

  • Launch social media, YouTube, and Google CPC marketing campaigns
  • Exhibit at selected outdoor events, parades, and country and state fairs across the country
  • Develop retail packaging
  • Launch at independent and medium-sized toy and hobby retailers

Testimonials

My family and I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful group of your family while at the park and got invited to play with your amazing bubbles!!! Our daughters and us had the most fun we have ever had with bubbles!! We will for sure be ordering from you!!! and a big wonderful thank you from our family here in Craig, Colorado to yours for a great time, wonderful laughs and the most amazing bubble memories yet to come!!!
Alyssa Re, Craig, Colorado
Little guy, huge bubbles in Craig, Colorado!
Little guy, huge bubbles in Craig, Colorado!
 
I just wanted to let you guys know how much fun my kids have with your bubble wands! When they take them outside to make bubbles, every kid in the neighborhood comes over to watch. The bubble solution is so fabulous and it makes the biggest and longest lasting bubbles we have ever seen!! Thank you for keeping my kids occupied during the boring summer months--even the boring winter months! :D I'm a Wonki Wand fan forever!
Andrea H., Spanish Fork, Utah
Bubble magic all year round in Spanish Fork, Utah!
Bubble magic all year round in Spanish Fork, Utah!
 
We had so much fun with your gigantic bubbles! My kids, from my two-year-old little girl up to my thirteen-year-old son are still talking about them. That was one of the funnest days I can remember with my kids. As soon as we can, we're taking our Wonki Wands back to the park. Thank you Wonki Wands!
Paulette Carter, Springville, Utah
See the look on that little face? That's pure joy in Springville, Utah.
See the look on that little face? That's pure joy in Springville, Utah.
Took my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter to the park late yesterday and taught her how to use the Wonki Wands. She loved it although she enjoyed chasing the huge bubbles I made just as much. Recommended!            
Paul Butterfield, Spanish Fork, Utah
 

The Places We've Been

Twice now, Wonki Wands have visited a class called "Thin Film Interference" at the physics lab at the local university. Our huge bubbles are their demonstration of choice. First they experiment with them....and then they play. 

Wonki Wands have found their way into the hearts of several Jr. High and High School special needs kids. Dee has visited several of the local schools, with enough wands and bubble potion to go around, and she comes home soaking wet and with the biggest smile you have ever seen.

Dee, with her Wonki Wands in hand, has also experienced some very special moments with senior citizens. The seniors who are able make bubbles for those in wheelchairs, and they all have such a great time that they get sad when we leave. So, we just keep going back! :)

Wonki Wands had the VERY distinct privilege of walking with us, the length of the Provo, Utah, Freedom Festival Parade, which is one of the largest parades in the state with over 300,000 people in attendance. People were amazed...intrigued...happy....the gasps from adults, and screams of delight from the children where overwhelming. We had such a crowd of kids following along that we kept getting reprimanded by the parade security. It was worth it.  

Wonki Wands have brought joy to family reunions, boy scout camps, local fairs, birthday parties and weddings.   Where will YOU take your Wonki Wands?

It doesn't matter where you go with your Wonki Wands. It just matters that you GO!
It doesn't matter where you go with your Wonki Wands. It just matters that you GO!

Meet the Team

Dorothy, or “Dee” to her friends, is the heart and soul of Wonki Wands, the vision and the love. She knows what she wants, and she wants giant bubbles for the whole world. The rest of us just try to keep up with her.

Roger calls himself Dee’s “lesser half,” or the handy husband. But he’s really a talented designer with a variety of experience, from medical device design to heavy industry project management—he’s even got a degree in wooden boatbuilding and repair. And now, Roger is cultivating a budding fondness for toy design.

Becca is a full-time mom with some serious creative, artistic talent. She's a master seamstress and an accomplished artist. Becca is the person on the team who speaks for all of the moms out there and their kids who are going to love Wonki Wands. Together, Dee and Becca keep the guys from forgetting why we're really doing this.

Ted, Becca's lesser half, is the token corporate guy. His cold MBA consumer-product-marketing heart literally melted the first time he saw their children playing with Wonki Wands, and he’s never been the same. Check out our intro video again, and you’ll see their rugrats going crazy for Wonki Wands.

And a special thanks to Blue Sage Digital, our website and design guru. Thanks Dave!

The Design

We started with a home-made bubble wand that consisted of 2 wood dowels wrapped in duct tape. Strings were attached to eye screws in one end of the dowels, and a steel washer acted as a string weight.

Our experience with this setup was memorable, but not pleasant. The string was a loose twist that unraveled, tangled, and knotted easily. The string, we found out later, also didn’t produce bubbles very well. The eye screws and washers, being steel, rusted within a few days. The duct tape was uncomfortable and messy. The wood dowels split from swelling. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect had to do with the string being fixed to the wand ends; the string didn’t naturally untwist or untangle, and one had to pay close attention to prevent the string from getting twisted while moving the wands about during use. The string couldn’t be easily replaced as it was tied to the dowel ends. Lastly, the wands did not come with bubble juice.

First Wand Tube Design
First Wand Tube Design

It seemed obvious to include a swivel for the string, so we did, in brass to eliminate the unsightly rusting. We added a brass snap that allows for string replacement; it takes but a moment to put on strings of different sizes. The wooden dowel had to go, so we chose plastic rod, a vast improvement. We shifted to using tube to improve appearance.

Second Wand Tube Design
Second Wand Tube Design
Third Wand Tube Design
Third Wand Tube Design

Dee found a string that is durable and performs admirably. We chose a stainless steel washer for the string weight, eliminating the rust problem. The biggest challenge was coming up with a bubble juice, but by trial and error, Dee developed a unique blend that is amazing.

A future wand?  We're thinking about it!
A future wand? We're thinking about it!

This became our first finished product, and from here we came up with some simple packaging, so we could sell it at local events as well as to friends and family.They were a huge hit wherever we took them.

Patent Drawing Figure 2-5
Patent Drawing Figure 2-5

We have applied for a provisional patent on our Wonki Wands, incorporating many of the improvements and features described above.

Bubble Potion Mixing/Bottling System
Bubble Potion Mixing/Bottling System

And then there is our bottling line. This is why we're asking for your help. We can mix and bottle our Bubble Potion by hand, but this is a very slow process and the Bubble Potion isn't always consistent between batches. A mixing / bottling line would increase our production capacity and ensure batch consistency.

What Else Do You Need to Know?

There a few technical terms common in the gigantic Wonki Wands bubble world that you ought to know. Please see the photo-glossary below:

Risks and challenges

Every challenge is really an opportunity, right?!

First of all, we don't know what we don't know. We are working very hard to cover every detail. The three of us have put every thing we have into getting Wonki Wands to this point. We have a provisional patent filed. We've had the product certified by a CPSC-accredited safety testing lab. We have been developing prototypes in our garage for a few months now. We are working with a local manufacturing and fulfillment partner to help us tool up to manufacture our wands to help us meet increased demand.

The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds for an efficient bottling system for our Wonki Bubble Potion.

For the first three months after Kickstarter, we intend to focus our marketing efforts on social media, Google and YouTube CPC campaigns, and exposure at trade expos and large state fairs. Wonki Wands must be seen to be understood, whether via video or live demonstration. During this early phase we’ll be selling exclusively online at www.wonkiwands.com.

We expect that exposure online and at fairs and expos will eventually lead to sales through toy distributors and smaller retail outlets, spreading to larger retailers as Wonki Wands catches fire.

Ted has extensive experience in direct-response TV commercials, so once we have proven the viability of the product, we plan to develop a direct-response ad and begin buying airtime in markets well-suited for Wonki Wands. We will limit advertising to match our production capacity, although we are confident that with the partners we currently have, we will be able to build and ship 10,000 units per month by the Spring of 2014.

We hope to have a foothold in retail outlets in markets we run our infomercials in so customers have a choice of access and feel more comfortable about the product. We don’t expect a massive, once-in-a-lifetime home run, but we think the long-term sales volume will be steady and sure. And we will be selling our soon-to-be-famous Wonki Bubble Potion for the whole of the bubble market.

All of this may seem very ambitious, and we know there are challenges ahead. But we believe in Wonki Wands, and we know you don't achieve anything great if you can't first visualize it.

And once we get where we think we're going, we're not stopping there. We have a few other ideas that we’ll be adding to our lineup once Wonki Wands is firmly established in the marketplace. The joy doesn’t end with bubbles!

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    COME BUBBLE WITH US! We'll put you up for two nights at a 4-star hotel in Park City, Utah. Minutes from the 2002 Winter Olympics site and within walking distance of the most interesting shops and restaurants in Utah. We'll hang out with you and bubble the afternoon away. We'll provide Bubble Potion, Wonki Wands, the whole enchilada, for a full day out, so you won't have to travel with your own. PLUS we'll send you home with WonkiWands and Bubble Potion. We'll also take you out to dinner. All you have to do is get here.

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