We’re not quite sure whose idea it was, but Tang claims he thought about it first. So, with support from the whole gang, we are launching the Forge of Honor Birthday Club.
If you love opening up real mail (who doesn’t?), sign up to get a very special birthday card delivered via snail-mail from the Targimals.
The Birthday Club is taking sign ups now, but mailing won’t start until September 2014. If you have a birthday in August and don’t mind belated greetings, sign up anyway and let us know you still want a card.
Getting on our list is easy. Just sign up for our Fan Club!
If you’re already a member of our Fan Club, you can update your subscription to include family birthdays. You need to do two things: Find the last email newsletter and scroll all the way down until you see “Update subscription preferences.” Click that and you’ll be whisked to your custom portal in our Fan Club where you can update your information.
Looking forward to wishing you a happy birthday!
Early Forge of Honor fans are spreading the word about the Targimals and we’re seeing a rise in the number of heroes in training. Reports tell us Targimals are popping up around the world from California to New York and Australia to Germany, from babies to tweens, aunties and grandparents! We are thrilled that children (and their grown-ups and non-parents) are discovering what great fun it is to have a Targimal around the house — and how important it is to play with your kids!
Check out our special “Targimal Spottings” page to see where the next ones are landing and what our fans are saying about Forge of Honor. If you spotted a Targimal, submit your photo on the Targimal Spottings page to get it posted in our gallery (thank you for everyone who already submitted their photos — we love all of them!!). We thank you in advance for helping us keep track of these furry warriors and for spreading the word about their arrival on our planet!
The idea for our unique product tags for the toys sprung from a promise to our Kickstarter supporters. At the lowest pledge level, supporters would receive a public thank you on our site and a door hanger that says “Monsters Beware: Room guarded by Forge of Honor.” Apropo, oui?
In the process of developing the product tags, someone had the bright idea to make these door-hanger tags. Two in One! There are separate door-hanger tags for Targimals, Bordor Blades and Bordor Shields. That means if you buy a set, you’ll get three different ones!
We’ve added punch-out perforations around the “handle” so the hole can easily be punched out and hung on a door knob. (Kids: Don’t get over-excited when the toys finally arrive and rip the tag unnecessarily.”)
And, of course, with any project that creator Dale Taylor works on, quality and details are important. (If you know Dale, you’ll understand how important honor and integrity are in every aspect of his life — but especially when it comes to products others will enjoy too.) The thick cardstock is stronger than your average toy tag. Nevertheless, you can still rip it. It’s essentially very-strong paper.
Humor is also important to Dale. Once you get your hands on the tags, you’ll read why. Some snippets of his amusing prose (this is all Dale, by the way):
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Recommended for fun-loving children and adults, scared of monsters or not.
Care: Gently brush away any dead monster bits.
Product may not protect against some antibiotic-resistant zombie subpopulations.
To honor our supporters, we also added a note of appreciation at the bottom:
We are honored by your patronage, sense of humor, and belief in the value of play. The world needs more people like you.
Now here’s something Super Cool
We added triple protection for your bedroom if you happen to get a complete set. Can you figure it out from this photo (pictured are the different tags for the Bordor Shield, Bordor Blade and Targimal):
How about now?
The Targimals began appearing in Colorado when a little girl had trouble going to sleep at night. She cried for help and they heard her call. And those of other children.
Details are important to Forge of Honor creator Dale Taylor — even creating brochures to sell the toys!
Today, these fully trained, pint-sized warriors are back! Targimals have pledged to help our children grow in courage, honor and adventure. Their story (once creator Dale Taylor has time to write it all down) is fantastically detailed! Likewise, so are the plush tools the Targimals are bringing to the world as they make their way into the joyful hands of children whose parents also believed in imagination.
Check out the details in the Bordor Blade — from embroidery and fonts to the shape of the pommel.
Each Blade is unique to represent the Targimal and their elements. Water creatures (Sugarloaf and Aventail) have wavy blades. Poing, an Earth creature, has a sword that looks like it’s been carved from very hard rocks. Tang’s blade looks like a red flame. The Blades are also stitched quilted — for extra strength against scary — and packed with plush for a stiff though bendable blade.
Fonts, shapes & embroidery are unique
The “Forge of Honor” lettering is even unique to each creature. Notice the “F” for the water creatures looks like a happy dolphin. The handle tip, or pommel, also mimics the symbol bestowed on each Targimal to fully represent each natural element:
Quillon, part falcon, soars in the sky, like an Air creature.
Ricasso, a flying squirrel, adds Air symbols like wings.
Tang, part Gila Monster, is a Fire creature with a fiery font.
Sugarloaf, part dolphin, shows off a seaworthy look.
Aventail is part otter and a Water creature.
Poing, a clunky Earth creature, has stocky lettering.
Design with purpose — details are important to us
The Bordor Shields continue to offer the details from the unique embroidery and fonts to the quilted fronts and backs. On the back of the shield, the “pillow” is in the same color as the main color in the front. And it’s got quite a bit of stuffing inside too to make sure it’s soft enough to sleep on because even heroes need rest.
Each Bordor Shield carries the Targimal’s key element into the patterns and embroidery. Even so, creatures of the same element still have a unique look when it comes to the extra design underneath the Forge of Honor logo. Take a closer look:
Water-inspired embroidery for Aventail comes from the waves.
Poing’s strength as an earth creature is reflected in blocky designs.
Air-creature Quillon gets inspiration from wings, a key part of air creatures.
Sugarloaf may be part unicorn and Pegasus, but her Water creature may be stronger.
Tang’s Gila Monster side comes out like a fighting Fire dragon.
Ricasso the flying squirrel is lifted into the Air by the wind.
We can’t wait until families get their hands on these training toys. Oh wait, did I just give something away?
A funny thing happened during our Kickstarter campaign. Of course we were overjoyed by the number of new friends and fans we made who came to love the Targimals and Forge of Honor. And for fun, we upped the ante and offered color twists on some of the Targimals if we hit certain funding goals.
In the end, the color-swapped Targimals triumphed, but none more so than Sugarloaf’s double — a pink and purple Unicorn/Pegasus/Dolphin. She was so popular among pre-orders that we decided to add her permanently to the Targimal family.
And she got a real name: Patterrann.
Her name was inspired by Dale’s daughter (who also loves unicorns, flying horses and dolphins, plus the colors “pink, purple and shiny”). She often added extra syllables to certain words, like yogurt (“yo-gur-rhet”) and modern (“mod-err-inn”) and pattern (“patt-err-ann”). And you know how much Dale loves his daughter, not to mention that the now 6-year-old also had a small hand in designing the toys (a later story). So Patterrann it was.
If you want to read more about the story of the real Patterrann, visit the special Targimal pages at targimals.com.
With a good portion of the U.S. shivering in an Arctic freeze, we here at Forge of Honor thought this is a good time to unveil the new Targimals.com site.
It’s a place for children to learn more about the Targimals and the story. Plus, we’re adding new activity pages each week. Crossword puzzles, DIY bookmarks, coloring pages — all for free. And created with love by the Forge of Honor helpers.
And don’t keep it to yourself. Tell your friends! Tell the neighbor kid who’s sitting indoors bored out of their playroom.
We’d also love to hear from you about what sort of activities you would like to see. Just send us an email or fill out the form below. If we use your idea, we’ll give you credit and a special mention in the Forge of Honor fan club.
Thanks for visiting Forge of Honor!
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