Sorry we haven’t been very vocal lately, but there just hasn’t been much to report, things are still progressing slowly.
We’ll all for now.
Well we've hit the 5% mark, but I have a feeling it will be a long uphill battle to succeed. This is partly due to a lack of ability to get the word out. We've had a lot of problems with folks who said they would help, and then changing their minds or simply not following through.
Our second issue has been a lot of negative “press” which is to be excepted, but we can’t really counter it, it’s not like we have a press agent.
We will have Google adds up for the next few days but the money for that will run out soon.
The truth is our $3000.00 budget for getting this up and running is exhausted, so we’ll be in a wait and see mode for the next 40 days of the Kickstarter.
Here’s to hope.
We received a few questions about what exactly the money will be spent on, and how much profit we're going to make. First, let me say that we aren't going to make much profit if any, we're not here to do that. We're here to raise funds for the equipment and supplies to begin what will become a large and varied product line.
Secondly, here is how the money will be spent (rounded up to the nearest 1000 or 100 to cover most shipping charges).
$10,000.00 will go towards the vacuum forming machine itself, plus delivery.
$3,300.00 will go towards the actual plastic to form the Blokx.
$2,000.00 is set aside for the 3D printer to create the "originals".
$500.00 will go to silicon rubber for making "negative masters".
$600.00 will be for aluminum filled resin to make the production masters.
$2,600.00 is going towards tools, workbenches, electrical upgrades to support the vacuum machine, and other supplies.
$4,000.00 for postage, and boxes, etc for shipping.
$2,000.00 for licenses, tax forms, lawyers, and other government fees.
That leaves just $5,000.00 most of which will go to Kickstarter and Amazon.
So you can see that well over half the money is going directly to making the Blokx, and the rest is going to support that. We hope that helps everyone understand how the money will be spent.
Thanks to all our backers so far.
We just added a new reward to satisfy some recent requests to add a Basik Blok to the Outpost set so when constructed in a 3x3 arrangement it no longer has a void in the center.
"The Outpost 2.0" (by popular demand) you will receive 9 pieces including: 4 Straight Wall Blokx and 4 Corner Wall Blokx; this set also includes one Basik Blok to fill the center void. Shipping to the 48 Continental US included, all others please add $5
If you'd like to see other rewards, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.
Be sure to check out the Kickstarter Project.
-The BATTLE BLOKX Team-
These are our big four, our larges rewards, for our higher backer levels.
The 32 pcs. “The Fort”
The 84 pcs. “The Citadel”
The 104 pcs. “The Fortress”
The 208 pcs. “The Super Fortress”
All these configurations are just suggestions, you can build and re-build your structures however you want.
Yesterday we shared via Google+ that Kickstarter had without much warning changed the way their system worked, and now our project would have to go through an additional review process. So, while at 1pm local time we could have launched, by 2pm Kickstarter had taken that option away.
Now, we are still hoping we will have approval later today so we can still launch on Leap Day, but right now we have no way to know when we will be allowed to launch.
Now while we are somewhat frustrated, and feel that KS could have done this differently, we’re still thankful that they are providing this service, and it has been such a great opportunity for so many projects that may have never seen the light of day otherwise.
-The BATTLE BLOKX Team-