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Pebblebrook
08-24-2012, 02:59 PM
Hi, all. New to this forum. My name's Jeff Cook and my company has just launched our first project through Kickstarter:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zeta-launcher/zeta-launcher

I am the inventor of the mechanism behind the toy and founder of the company, and this toy is really odd and very cool. Even if you don't have kids, you definitely will want to at least check it out...no one who has seen this thing function has ever NOT been really floored, businessmen, scientists and just about everyone in between. I think you'll agree. It's been a lot of work since February making this a reality, and now we are live on Kickstarter and we are really looking forward to seeing how it amounts.

Also, if you are on Facebook, you might want to check out our page, as much of our communication and updates are through there as well:

http://www.Facebook.com/PebblebrookToys.com

We also have two websites in the making:

http://www.PebblebrookToys.com

And

http://www.ZetaTrax.com

Thanks,

Jeff

admin
08-24-2012, 04:00 PM
Hey Jeff, welcome to the forum. Neat idea, and something which will save money in the long run for parents who hate buying batteries for toys liek this. May also be educational as children learn about the power of magnets, something that I belive a lot of future tech will be based on in the coming 2 decades. Have you ever marketed any other toys in the past?

Pebblebrook
08-24-2012, 05:02 PM
Thanks for the welcome, admin!

I have not personally marketed [hardware] toys before, but video games yes. For our bio, as well as some of each of our experience, feel free to visit our about page:

http://www.pebblebrooktoys.com/pebblebrook%20toys%20about.htm

Just so happens that the technology in our toy is the stuff video games are made of...all sci-fi and the like. A couple guys on our team are really well connected with the larger retailers, the Wal-Marts and the sort, and we plan to take those routes after a successful Kickstarter project.

I totally agree with the zero-battery aspect you mention. Anything that is interactive without an external energy source is really rare and really neat, especially for a toy. And a toy that keeps kids as mezmerized and engaged for as long as the Zeta Launcher does without batteries is another huge plus I think. With the launching mechanism alone, it probably wouldn't be much more engaging than a launcher with springs. However, it is the capture-lock aspect of the toy is what most people are doubly fascinated with. Can't do that with springs. We love it.

Hoping for a great success at Kickstarter, as we have so many other toys we can make with this technology...and planning on doing it. Kickstarter will make all that happen easier.

In any case, thanks and always happy to discuss these things!

J

Pebblebrook
08-27-2012, 11:32 AM
Also, I would like to mention that that our team member who is well experienced in toy-marketing is Paul. He's great at everything from concept to roll-out, doing it for years. While the rest of us are very experienced in marketing other products, his experience fills any would-be gaps in the toy/hobby inductry specifically. He has been able to keep everything balanced in this area. We have tried to keep the core team small enough to be versatile, just filling each spot with just one expert in that area. There have been numerous others who have wanted to join us along the line and I hope we will be able to bring them on board as well, but there has needed to be some balanced in not having too many of one particular skillset (just enough artists, just enough marketers, etc.) We are not exactly on a shoestring budget, but do want to stay streamlined for as long a possible until money directly from sales begin to come in. I think Kickstarter is a great way to help in maintaining this balance also.

Pebblebrook
08-28-2012, 02:10 PM
I'm really digging the graphics for this stage, the axis rock and the moon city look so cool in the back ground.

Are you sure you are posting in the correct thread? What stage?

Our kickstarter link is:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zeta-launcher/zeta-launcher

Thanks.

admin
08-29-2012, 09:54 AM
I removed his post. Well, having connections with large retail chains is certainly a plus. Goodluck. Seems your project is doing well. It's nice to see something totally different on Kickstarter every now and then :)

Pebblebrook
08-29-2012, 10:44 AM
I removed his post. Well, having connections with large retail chains is certainly a plus. Goodluck. Seems your project is doing well. It's nice to see something totally different on Kickstarter every now and then :)

No problem about the mispost, just wanted to make sure he was able to get it where he really wanted it to be.

Our project is doing well, and we are really excited that we have been able to get as many backers as we have so early on. We still have a long way to go though and our momentum could be a little better if we are to make our goal. While it is difficult to fully know where it will go within just the first five days, it appears that if it stays on track with where it is, we may only make it aboout halfway. That said, I do believe our best hope in this is by word of mouth, and we can still get to where we need to be to get all of our backers their rewards, their Zeta Launchers. We are counting a lot on our existing backers to also tell even just 2-3 of their friends and family who might be interested in getting one to also back us. We can promote ourselves all day long, but in the end, it is word of mouth that speaks the most effectively. Our product is totally different like you say, and the more one watches the video and looks even closer at what might really be going on with it, the more it draws one in. This is why word of mouth and sharing the video link is so important.

Thanks,

Jeff