I’m reminded that it has been quite a while since I last posted anything here, and that people might be forgetting about me… but an Elephpant never forgets. I’m still in a fever-pitch of excitement, as I have been ever since I first saw those photographs of the real me. But Elephpants are also patient: when Mark was originally talking about a kickstarter to help fund me into reality, he was expecting it to happen around October. Then the first photographs of me were sent from the factory in China, and he was hopeful that the timescales could be brought forward; but things do seem to have been moving slowly over the Summer, so it’s likely that it will be in October. However, whether it’s in September or October, it is certain that it will be going ahead before very long. All the costings are looking good so far
In the meanwhile, I’ve been keeping myself occupied playing Pokemon Go, and watching the Olympic games. “Citius, Altius, Fortius”, “Faster, Higher, Stronger”… you humans can really achieve quite incredible feats of skill, agility, power and endurance.
Mark has worked out most of the numbers, but still needs a couple more figures before he can finalise the kickstarter costs and “levels”. He’s factored in the kickstarter costs and the shipping costs and import tarrifs, and the prices won’t be much higher than other Elephpant kickstarters; there’s even figures for the large size version of me. And especially if I’m oversubscribed, there will be more profit for PHP Diversity scholarships and “OSMI“. So when the kickstarter does open, please let as many people know as possible to help spread the interest, and ensure that I meet my targets.
He’s also said that he wants to actually see the prototype me – for real, not just in photographs – before “taking the plunge” and opening the kickstarter. I really want to see me as well; but just as a reminder, here’s another photograph of me.