If there's one thing we can say about this experience, is that we've learned a LOT. One of the biggest lessons we've learned is that product development takes much longer than we expected. Admittedly, we're getting farther and farther behind schedule but that doesn't mean we're not moving. Every day, we get closer and closer to the reality of distributing the PrismPals and every day, we get more excited.
As of now, we have officially approved the fabric choice, stitching patterns for the seams and facial features, stuffing amount, and general level of quality. Our latest prototype of Pyri (see below) is nearly perfect and, while we still have some touching up to do on the printed pattern, we now have the confidence in our manufacturer's design that we've been waiting for.
We are still a few weeks away from mass production. Every time we make a revision, it takes the factory a week or two to create a new prototype and then ship it to us from China for physical inspection. Having said that, most of the shipments from the factory were for the purpose of evaluating and perfecting how the toys feel. Now that we're satisfied with the tactile experience, we no longer need to be sent every prototype, eliminating a large chunk of development time. We believe we can now do all of our evaluations from factory pictures until the final iterations.
In other news, we have begun to conceptualize the look and experience of our web store and are progressing every day with the Hey! Prismland booklet series. As always, all questions can be directed here on Kickstarter, our Twitter or Facebook accounts, or our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading!
-The Prismland Team