Giving children more reasons to be excited about dinosaurs, KitRex announced its very own crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter earlier this month to raise $8,000. The product is a flat-packed, paper dinosaur that consumers can construct by folding and tabbing together specially cut pieces of high-quality bristol board.
According to the creator Lisa Glover, KitRex ideas began during a homework assignment. “I was asked to research a manufacturing process and demonstrate it in a unique way. I decided to research Industrial Origami, and over the course of 50 hours I designed, cut, and built a wearable 15-ft long velociraptor out of cardboard. I took him to a costume ball, and when I tromped into the room, literally everyone stopped to stare. He was the star of the evening, and everyone wanted one. I knew I had to do something.”
She continued, “When I made my giant velociraptor, I had no idea that other people would want one too. But most people don’t have room for a 15ft long monster clambering around in their kitchen, so I thought I would try for something smaller. Armed with that knowledge and my passion for folding paper, I began developing something I call the KitRex – the miniature version of the giant dinosaur.”
The funding will go towards Miss Glover’s purchase of a custom-made steel die to cut the complex shapes out of Bristol board to make the kits. In order to pay for the steel die, she needed at least 450 pre-orders from Kickstarter.
The KitRex kicked off earlier this month with the idea of only receiving $8,000, but luckily it received a grand total of $110,829 with 2,900 backers. Since its exciting success, Miss Glover stated production has already begin for the new orders.
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