After several months of development and preparation, we are proud to unveil our new toy store where Forge of Honor fans and friends can buy Targimals, Bordor Blades, Bordor Shields and other goodies.
We’ve processed hundreds of pre-orders already (thank you again Kickstarters!) to make sure the shopping experience makes sense and works. We start shipping the toys to customers in May! And we’ve loaded the store with complete sets of Bordor Blades, Bordor Shields and the Targimals. In fact, there may be a new face you don’t recognize.
Can’t wait? Here’s the link:
Some of what you’ll see in the store:
Seven Targimals are available! (Pictured from left to right: Sugarloaf, Ricasso, Patterrann, Quillon, Poing, Tang and Aventail.) Read up on these pint-sized warriors: “Meet the Targimals”
Each Bordor Blade is unique with its own markings, blade shape and pommel. Read more: “Design Details Make Forge of Honor Toys Unique”
Bordor Shields come in six colors to match their Targimals. But you can mix and match and create your own unique, powerful set. Shields have extra padding on the back and turn into pillows, when necessary.
Visit the store and let us know what you think.
Do you have a favorite local toy store?
We would love to get our toys into stores where you love to shop. Help us spread the word to your neighborhood toy store. Tell them about us or send us their snail-mail address and we’ll send them a special Forge of Honor introductory kit.
Or are you an independent retailer? We’ve got a wholesale site too! We want to work with independent toy stores, hobby shops and gift retailers who want something unique for their stores. Register online at our wholesale store to get access to wholesale prices: wholesale.forgeofhonor.com.
Or send us your mailing address via an email and we’ll ship you a special introductory kit.
Thanks for supporting a family-owned, completely independent, totally innovative and heroic toymaker!
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:
Poing, a clunky Earth creature, has stocky lettering.
Ricasso, a flying squirrel, adds Air symbols like wings.
Aventail is part otter and a Water creature.
Quillon, part falcon, soars in the sky, like an Air creature.
Sugarloaf, part dolphin, shows off a seaworthy look.
Tang, part Gila Monster, is a Fire creature with a fiery font.
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?
Silk-screen Forge of Honor print in “Speedball Gold”
At some point in our crowdfunding campaign to help us decide whether to pursue making Forge of Honor toys, creator Dale Taylor was overwhelmed by the support of friends, family and strangers. Oh so many strangers! He was moved to add a very special bonus at every support level: A limited-edition, hand-pulled, silk-screened print of Forge of Honor.
Now that we’re nearing toy delivery day, it was time to head to our local favorite DIY shop Ink Lounge here in Denver and do the work.
Have you ever silk-screened? It’s quite a process. If you happen to have a fantastic facility in your town like Ink Lounge, they provide all the equipment and you just rent open studio time and bring supplies (or buy them from owner). It took all day, but we are now done! All of our Kickstarter supporters will get this limited, signed print with its exclusive Kickstarter touch. We did a second non-Kickstarter edition that we will offer publicly to everyone else — until they sell out! Once gone, that’s it!
While each print is “the same,” it’s really not, depending on how hard Dale pressed on the ink squeegee. Or how much “Speedball Gold” ink was on the screen. Little nuances like that add what we like to call charm!
Here are some photos from our day silk screening:
Ink Lounge kindly printed Dale’s drawing onto a transparency so it could be “burned” into the screen.
After the image was burned on the screen, Dale washes off the emulsion with the power washer.
Hard to do stuff like this at home and why bother when there are handy places like Ink Lounge?
After the image was burned on the screen, time to tape up the sides so ink won’t leak through.
First piece of paper (Dale with his little lollipop assistant)
Let the ink roll!
60 prints later (or enough to cut up and gift to 450ish Kickstarter supporters.
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.
Get a Christmas Card and Targimal Certificate
For our fans and Kickstarter supporters, Forge of Honor is offering a special holiday freebie: A Christmas card from the Targimals for your kids — or whoever you bought Forge of Honor toys for.
The card will be signed by all the Targimals, plus creator Dale Taylor and the Lady Melissa, who is here to hand-hold all of our supporters to the finish line.
We can also include the special Certificate of Approval indicating that your home is ready for the Targimals and the Targimals will arrive after training ends. You’ll need to request this in the form below.
But of course, we need to hear from you and we’ll need your mailing address. The sooner you get this to us, the faster we can send it out so you’ll have something to put under the Christmas tree. We will ship out as many as we can to make it by Christmas. Unfortunately, we can’t promise a Christmas deadline for our international friends, but we’ll do our best.
And even MORE GOODIES:
Free Activity Book
We’ve also updated our activity pages over at Targimals.com to include EVERY SINGLE ACTIVITY PAGE in a special FREE download. Just visit the Activities page and look to the right column.
And don’t forget about our Targimal Photobombing offer. Send us a picture of your family and our artist will add a few Targimals to the scene so you can share it with your family.
If you were unable to pre-order the toys on Kickstarter, send us a note anyway and we’ll see what we can do. Our online store is still being set up but we may be able to help you pre-order anyway.
Just fill out the form below. Thanks!