Originally discovered on the Isle of Innse in the early part of the 19th century, Winklebeans were thought to be extinct until a small tribe recently appeared in southern California. According to what information is available, they are curious little monsters who love to explore their surrounding and are quite at home everywhere from Urban lofts to Suburban tree houses. Although they play well with others (Vinyl characters being of particular interest), they are best enjoyed when paired with their own kind. The reason being that they have a fondness for swapping elements (arms, tail, hair) in an effort to out “design” each other. Winklebeans ever present smiles, changeability, and sturdiness of build make them ideal playmates for both children and adults alike.
That's the gist of this new toy property I've started. Right now, I manufacture, create the packaging and lable each one by hand and sell at small independant toy stores. I'm at the point where I need to expand, but am limited by my one man shop. I'd also like to keep manufacturing in the USA if possible.
Still need to get detail drawings done up of each Winklebean. It's harder than I thought to find someone willing to do the drawings for toys. Any help from the class?
So I think I've figured out where to get the materials for my project. It's mostly from retail vendors like Amazon and some wood suppliers but I can get it cheap so that the cost of each piece is less than 1/3 what it is now. Right now they sell in Art Galleries and Craft Stores for around $50 each (handmade art toys). What do ya'll think is a resonable retail price?