I'd like to thank all of you who have written to me about the Ball of Whacks. I appreciate your very nice comments. I'm glad you're having fun using it to stimulate your creativity!
I thought I'd take a few moments and let you know how the product is doing. As readers of this blog know, I spent about a year-and-a-half developing it (designing it, prototyping it, engineering it, going to China to manufacture it, etc.)
Finally in late September, 2006 my first run arrived in the United States. I got good word of mouth on the Blogosphere starting in October and that pushed sales. Plus, my partner Stuart Kaplan was able to get it into a number of stores including FAO Schwarz and many museum and other retail stores. It also did well in the online arena, for example ThinkGeek.com and our own e-commerce store CreativeWhack.com (you can see a fun 1 minute BOW video there).
We sold out the initial run in early December (sigh! just before Christmas). Toward the end of October, I doubled my second order from my Chinese manufacturer. And these are just arriving now.
The Ball of Whacks is really a product for 2007. Our first big marketing show is "Toy Fair" in New York the second week of February. We hope to generate a lot of interest and . . . sales! (Wish us luck!)
I've thanked many of the bloggers who wrote about it (here and here). But one person I haven't acknowledged yet in this blog is Glenn Reynolds who gave it several mentions (here and here) in his Instapundit blog. Thanks for the "Instalanche, Glenn!"