You can usually gauge a project on Kickstarter from the first day:
Judging from all the hype and coverage we have seen from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and countless industry specialists and well known blogs, Tek Recon are 4% into their 31 day campaign to generate $50,000. So if they keep running on about $1550 a day, they will be on target.
"That's a lot of cash for someone who looks all set MLD?"Well folks, yes and no.
Yes, the team over at Tek Recon have been developing the technology, design and concept to reality for the last 2 years.
No, as a young innovative company, they don't have all the cash they need to but with help of avid blaster fans looking for something new, looking for the next big thing in the blaster world - they are asking for your help to that final push. How will they make use of these funds? Let them tell you how;
|Tek Recon page at Kickstarter|
"We’ll use your Kickstarter funds towards:
1. Product: Development and creation of moulds for each blaster, ammo, flags and eyewear. We already have 3D designs and prototypes created, and are now moving towards finalizing the moulds to bring the product to market. Ultimately refining the product to blast farther and faster than any other blaster.
2. App: Setup and Development of online gaming components (Website, App, and Server to connect the two). We’ve already started app development and have beta tested and confirmed all features, but have more back-end work to finish. Basically finalizing the app for a better gaming experience.
3. Promotion: Marketing and creating public awareness. We are entering a category dominated by giants who have tremendous brand awareness and marketing dollars to dominate the media. Tek Recon is highly innovative and provides an entirely new play experience unlike anything else, but we need help in promoting these new features. Help us establishing and promoting the first ever real life online gaming community.
Please join us to help launch this revolutionary new way to play!"
Which all sounds very cool, straight forward and sensible use of the funds. But what is it that sets them aside from the competition? You can check out my recent interview with Tek4Kids, makers of the Tek Recon here!
Here is some info on how they came up with the blasters:
"We aspire to make products that will make you say “Wow.” We gave our design team free reign to come up with incredible product designs with a futuristic look. The metallic shade of green and orange on both the HammerHead and Havok make each blaster look like a million bucks (for the price of a toy). The design truly stands out compared to other blasters by the form factor design and the hot paint job. We decided to go from good to great by designing authentic features such as a real working trigger, pump action blasting and realistic recoil. Custom calibration is included, meaning you can decide between rapid and long shot (alters the distance and strength required to stretch the ammo within the chamber)." (MLD: HAD to underline this, it's a game changer!)
The London and New York Toy Fair showed us what is to come for 2013 Summer and Xmas. The Electronic Age could not be in any stronger swing than ever before - and brands are aware of this all too well. It's a tight battle for Toys and Electronics for the #1 sales spot. So how have Tek Recon embraced this into their blasters? Lets hear it from them:
HOW DO WE BRING VIDEO GAMES TO LIFE? THE APP!
We could have launched Tek Recon long ago as is, but we decided to take it to the next level by integrating enhanced smart device features. We didn’t just want to create a better blaster, but wanted a better blaster WITH a revolutionary new type of gameplay. That’s where we came up with the app. As huge fans of several first person shooting games we wanted the ability to play socially with our friends with all the amazing features video games provide all the while playing with the real world blasters. Imagine playing a Halo styled game with your friends in real life!? Amazing! So we made a list of all the best video game features and then set out on a way to bring them into build those features into the Tek Recon iOS and Android powered app and the online Tek Recon Command.
Here are just a few of its features:
- Create your own Profile by selecting a Username and Avatar.
- Armory to control and create game loadouts, including your blaster, scope, sound effect, and in-game powerups.
- Familiar multiplayer game modes including Isolation (every man for himself), Team Supremacy (team battle), and Capture the Flag (with flags you scan when captured).
- Radar which reveals teammates, as well as opponents.
- In game features such as live chat, on screen ammo counter, simple swipe vision modes (Classic, Night Vision, Heat Seeker, X Ray), quick tap zoom + many more.
|Capture the Flag Scanner|
So the last word from Tek Recon? -
"In summary, Tek Recon on its own is an incredible, feature packed product that can deliver a meaningful play experience that far exceeds that of current blasters on the market. When combined with our iOS and Android app, Tek Recon WILL create the ultimate gaming experience where any physical area with connectivity becomes your digital play environment!"
Now what does being a Kickstarter backer get you?
To be a Backer, simply donate $1 or more at this link. It gives you access to all these Rewards - ranging from EXCLUSIVE items, as well as your opportunity for an all expense paid trip to present Tek Recon at E3 in LA or the opportunity for your son or daughter to appear in our TV Commercial. Who wouldn't want to pick up these Rewards??
If you and a bunch of friends are interested - there is no reason to pay under one person and all pitch in - esp. if you are eyeing the Tek Recon ENVOY package ($375)!
They will be shipped in August 2013. Lets give a rundown of what can be expected:
HAMMERHEAD Get a blaster and start battling with this set which includes 1 HammerHead Blaster in Metallic Green, with 15pcs NRG Rounds, smartphone mount, and a free download of the Tek Recon app for real life online gaming!
HAVOK Begin blasting with our premier item! Includes 1 Havok Blaster in Metallic Green, with 36pcs NRG Rounds, smartphone mount, and a free download of the Tek Recon app for real life online gaming! As an added bonus, we'll reserve your username within the app!
BATTLE PACK Get right into the game with everything you need to play real life capture the flag! Comes with 2 HammerHead Blasters (1 in Metallic Green, 1 in Metallic Orange), 30pcs NRG Rounds, 1 Scannable Tek Recon Flag, and 2 wicked exploding targets! Plus a free download of the Tek Recon app for real life online gaming!
COMMAND PACK Included due to popular demand. Receive 1 HammerHead and 1 Havok Blaster to complete your set! Comes with 1 of each blaster, 47 NRG rounds, 2 smartphone mounts and a free download of the Tek Recon app for real life online gaming! To make this an even sweeter deal, we'll include a BONUS 50 NRG Rounds!
FREE SHIPPING TO US AND CANADA ONLY!
Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
Add $30 to ship outside the US
Pledge $70 or more
SQUAD LEADER Double the battle pack and Invite your friends and start using that wicked in-game radar at a discounted price! Comes with 4 HammerHead Blasters (2 in Metallic Green, 2 in Metallic Orange), 60pcs NRG Rounds, 2 Scannable Tek Recon Flags, and 4 exploding targets! Plus a free download of the Tek Recon app for real life online gaming! As an added bonus, we'll reserve your username within the app!
Pledge $100 or more
RARE: LIMITED EDITION We’ve created an awesome and very LIMITED edition Havok Blaster. Receive this limited edition blaster, smartphone mount, and 36pcs NRG Rounds and rest assured you’ve arrived at the next level of gaming! We'll also personalize this blaster with any name you'd like!
Pledge $200 or more
SUPER RARE: BLACK CHROME HAMMERHEAD! Receive 1 LIMITED edition chrome HammerHead Blaster. Receive this limited edition blaster, smartphone mount, and 15pcs NRG Rounds and share this page with your friends because you want this ASAP! We'll also personalize this blaster with any name you'd like!
ULTRA RARE: BLACK CHROME HAVOK! Receive 1 LIMITED edition chrome Havok Blaster. Receive this limited edition blaster, smartphone mount, and 36pcs NRG Rounds and begin starring in your own Chuck Norris themed jokes! We'll also personalize this blaster with any name you'd like!
Pledge $375 or more
TEK RECON ENVOY! Outfit 2 teams for a huge battle and receive 10 Battle Packs which includes a total of 20 HammerHead Blasters, 300 NRG Rounds, and 20 exploding targets at a massive discount. This pack is perfect to get together for a huge battle party, or to make some money reselling them, we don’t care!
Pledge $1,000 or more
CUSTOM HAVOK Work with our graphics designers to create your very own CUSTOMIZED paint job! Receive the custom painted blaster, smartphone mount, and 36pcs NRG Rounds and rest assured your Havok is legit ONE OF A KIND! We'll also personalize this blaster with any name you'd like!
Pledge $1,500 or more
FIRST EXCLUSIVE BATTLE: Be a part of history and receive an invite to our exclusive Tek Recon Launch Day. This includes the first official Tek Recon team battle, launch party, and create the future of Tek Recon at a roundtable brainstorming sessions with the Tek Recon design team. We'll also provide your own HammerHead and Havok blaster packs, as well as a FREE smart device for the big battle (US/Canada Only).
Pledge $3,500 or more
ATTEND E3! Flight and Hotel included to attend E3 in LA June 11-13, 2013 to help present Tek Recon at its premier launch event! As well as a MASSIVE Tek Recon prize pack, to ship Aug 2013. (US/Canada Only)
Pledge $5,000 or more
MOVIE STAR Receive 1 Flight and Hotel room for anyone under 18 to fly to our film set so you can appear in the next Tek Recon commercial! Oh, and you’ll get a ton of free product. The perfect gift for the blaster fanatic or aspiring actor in your family (US/Canada Only - Anyone under 14 requires chaperone). MASSIVE Tek Recon starter pack to ship Aug 2013. Commercial set to film Jan 2014.
So folks - what we thinking? For a bit more indepth look at Tek Recon, check out my interview with them.