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-
We’re launching tomorrow, so we’ve been finalizing our reward pricing, and we’ve created a new backer reward for our Kickstarter.
Our new $500 Backer Reward, limit of FIVE available.
Design your own custom BATTLE BLOK. Not only will you receive the complete $185 set, you will be able to create your own custom BLOK. The custom BLOK will be designed by you, and we will work with you to create the molds and masters. Then once it’s complete we will send you 20 copies of your design. Your design will also go on sale on our future online store with a designed by credit in your name.
Why this reward is so expensive: $185 covers your initial set of BATTLE BLOKX, $300 goes to creating and casting the masters, then molding the copies of the custom BLOKX you designed, then $15 will go to shipping you your 20 copies.
There are of course limitations to what can be formed through the BATTLE BLOKX molding process, and you need to keep those in mind when thinking about becoming a backer at this level. BLOKX cannot have any overhangs, deep undercuts, or thick texture, the BLOK must be able to mold and unmold without any vertical restriction. Finally your design will have to fit within a 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch x 2 inch box.
Remember this is not a profit sharing offer or any other kind of future dividends offer, aside from your BLOKX all you will receive is a designer credit, on our future web store.
Shipping to the 48 Continental US included, all others please add $20, your initial set of BLOKX will ship with the other backer rewards, but you custom BLOKX won't ship till after you design them, and we make them of course.
Don’t forget there are only FIVE of these reward’s available, so you better be quick if your interested.
Every new business has it’s hiccups, and this is one of ours. We picked up a device for creating vacuum formed hobby items like soap and candles, it turns out that the vacuum provided by the shop vac, just isn’t capable of providing sufficient vacuum pressure to form the 90 degree angles need to make the BATTLE BLOKX.
We were able to get one relatively good model, but most we not great.
As you can see there is significant “webbing” and low definition.
The prototypes we only going to be used to demonstrate our BLOKX in our Kickstarter video, we don’t need them for any technical reason, as the capabilities of the professional machine are far beyond that of the hobby devices, which make great Jell-O molds by the way.
So, where do we go from here? Well, we keep moving forward, were going to start working on our Kickstarter video, and revising our Kickstarter project, once it’s complete we’ll launch.
Well I’ll have a lot of 3D rendering to do, so all for now.
Here are a few pictures of the new clay master for the prototypes that we’ll be molding in the coming weeks.
These are just for testing, but as you can see we tried to stay as close to the renders as possible even with these handmade examples. The final product will have masters printed on a 3D printer, and will match the 3D computer models exactly.
There’s a lot of work ahead in the coming weeks, as we prep for the Kickstarter launch, we’ll do our best to keep you all informed of the constant design changes and tweaks.
The figures are for demonstrating scale only and are copyright of FFG and Dust Studio.
Today we placed orders for the equipment to prototype the Battle Blokx, and filed our papers for incorporation in West Virginia. This means that here in a few days not only will be officially a real company, but we will begin building the first playable Blok prototypes.
We’re very excited here and we hope that some of you are too, if all goes well we should hit our goal of launching the Kickstarter in March.
We planed on launching the Kickstarter on March 1, but due to events beyond our control we will be delayed about three to four weeks. We still hope to launch before April.
In the mean time we will be taking this time to continue working on the 3D renders and developing new Blok ideas. We have already decided that the Basik Blok should be shortened so that you folks will have more control over how tall a structure is. While this means you will need more Blokx to build a tower it also means a set will contain more Blokx; as the new ones should be easier to form and require less plastic.
Here’s a look…
And this is what a stack of four will look like.
We’ll have more news as February continues.
First the good news we got some more renders completed bring the current BATTLE BLOKX line to six BLOK styles.
The new HIGH WALL BLOK…
And the new DRAGON”S TEETH BLOK…
Keep in mind these are preliminary designs and are subject to change, but we are going to do our best to make the real BLOKX as close to the concepts as possible.
You can see how they can be used in what will become our 64 piece set (click for a larger image)…
And now the bad news, if you head over to our Google+ page (link to the right) you will see our car was just hit by a drunk driver while parked in front of our facility. We our a small business and this is a very unexpected expense that could delay our launch. However, the worst case at the moment is that it will only delay us a month, but we won’t know for sure for a few days. We will keep you all informed as to our progress, and if any delay does occur; right now our goal is still the first week of March.
If you don’t know what Kickstarter is you should go and check it out. (Click the logo above.)
Now begins a lot of hard work for us, we have a lot of things already planned, but a lot of the fine details still need worked out, and of course video production is going to take some time. Over the next few weeks we will be preparing to launch on Kickstarter, with an expected launch window in the first week of March.
We will keep you all up to date here, and later on our Kickstarter project page.
All for now…
Here is your first look at 14 pieces from what will be the 16 pc set.
So you can have an idea of how large BATTLE BLOKX structures will be the above “fort” measures 28” long, 7” wide, and 6 1/2” tall.
Below we have a closer look at each of the for Blok types used above; each BLOK has a footprint of 3 1/2” x 3 1/2”.
The Basic Blok
The Corner Wall Blok
The Wall Blok
The Tower Top Blok
Each Blok has a hollow space in the bottom that will interlock with the Basic Blok’s top. Please also keep in mind that these are just preliminary designs and the actual BLOKX may be a little different.
Again we hope to begin prototype development early February, and hope to launch a Kickstarter project in March.