Initial quotes are based on imagery and information given to us about your toy. These quotes tend to be very close to the final cost, however due to the nature of the manufacturing process, a confirmed quote must be given once the sample prototype is finished and approved by you. The confirmed quote will be guaranteed for a set period of time, usually at least 30 days. Shipping costs also tend to fluctuate with changes in the global shipping market, so final shipping costs are also quoted for a set period of time.
We charge a small fee to create a sample prototype toy for your approval. Sample fees vary according to the size, type of toy, and number of sample designs you are having made. For plush toys this is most often between $280 and $375. Prototypes for plastic, vinyl, or resin figures typically cost $500 or more. If you decide to place an order for manufacturing, this sample fee is applied toward the costs of your order, less the sample shipping costs.
We can reduce the cost of each individual sample prototype design if you are having us sample more than one toy design at a time. The degree of reduction will depend on the toy and the number of different designs in question. Please fill out the quote form for the first toy and list the others in the message section of the form. Include imagery, if you have it, of each toy.
Initially, photos of the prototype from multiple angles are e-mailed to you for comments. We will modify the prototypes until they look right in photos and then the physical sample is sent to you for final approval prior to beginning production. The sample fee includes all necessary revisions and shipping costs.
Assuming we begin with a design drawing to reference, we can typically get the initial prototype sample constructed within 7-10 working days. Rush sampling and production is available depending on design and production capacity.
We use several different factories in China. The factory we choose will be according to the specific nature of what type of toy, quantities of eventual production, your required time line, and budget.
Typical production times at the factories we use are 30-45 days after design approval. Manufacturing times can also vary according to quantities and complexity of the toy, as well as the workload at the factory. We will give you the most accurate estimate once the sample is completed to your approval and you are ready to begin production. Once production is completed, delivery times via ocean are approximately 30-40 days, while air freight times can vary from 2-10 days depending on the freight carrier. All told, including a few weeks for an average sample to be produced and approved, we recommend allotting about 12 weeks for standard ocean delivery and about 8-9 weeks for delivery by air freight. During certain times of the year, usually in late spring and early summer, the factories can be very busy fulfilling the next season’s holiday orders. This may add a bit of time to sample construction and production runs.
Yes. Due to factors like overtime labor and air shipping, costs may be higher.
We can include all duties, customs clearance, and transportation from the factory to your front door in our quote. We will need your postal code on your quote request to provide this shipping estimate. Once manufacturing is complete and the exact weight and volume of your order are known, all shipping costs will be finalized. If you prefer to handle shipping through your own carrier, we can also quote you a price without all of the above.
We take the safety of the toys we make for you very seriously and our factories guarantee that all toys will meet or exceed all current international safety standards to the age range you specify. We provide safety testing to the latest ASTM 963 toy standards -- or whichever testing standard you require for your country. Testing is done by US certified independent labs as either a separate line item, or included in the quotation. Which way we quote depends on the factory that will be doing the manufacturing. You will receive a detailed certification document showing all test results.
Yes! We can add modules to toys to provide almost any sound or movement you could want. Minimums for these components may be higher than our standard toy minimums.
Yes! We can guide you in design decisions for toys for younger children and put the toys through the appropriate tests for certification.
Unfortunately, in most cases it is not feasible to manufacture below our stated minimum quantities. Exceptions are sometimes made in the cases of very large oversized plush, wearable mascot characters, and other unique projects. If you are looking for a sample to show to potential backers or buyers, you can have a prototype constructed for that purpose. For plastic and vinyl figures, the prototype will be created out of Polyurethane (PU), rather the final material.