Project Luna : Marginally Legal Plushes

Moon Plush

These people are trying to raise $5,000 to manufacture plush toys in the shape of an adorable pony named Luna.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, but you’d be wrong! This isn’t a My Little Pony project at all!

See? This is a plush toy about a cat who turned into a pony! Completely innocent! It’s certainly a legally distinct, completely original character, right?

Why, I’ll bet the creators of this Kickstarter would be shocked to learn that Hasbro’s “Friendship is Magic“, by shear chance, has a very similar character, also named Luna!


Woa! What a coincidence!

(Incidentally, While Hasbro’s Princess Luna accessorizes with a black tiara, this Luna accessorizes with a … DJ headset? … Made of carbon-fiber? … For some reason?)




LATE BREAKING UPDATE : After I wrote this post, the creator of this Kickstarter responded to the obvious accusations that this was blatant intellectual property theft.
Click Here to Read it.
I didn’t highlight any parts of it, because the whole thing is just so hilarious and adorably child-like. It’s funny enough that they’re intentionally refusing to understand the concept of “derivative works”, which is generally understood to prohibit character rip-offs like this, but what I find really funny is the way they’re intentionally misspelling “Copyright” and “Trademark”. No doubt that is supposed to make some sort of point that can only be understood by the anti-copyright evangelists at ChillingEffects,com (The site they linked to “explain” copyright.).


LATER BREAKING UPDATE : Uh oh! One of the backers has cracked the code!


Click here for an update to this project.

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Project Disaster : i+Case

This project was for a stylish new bumper case for the iPhone 4. The i+Case consists of a solid aluminum band that covers the edges of your iPhone 4, both making it look cool, and protecting it from those devastating side-impact drops.

So what’s the problem? Why has this cool and popular product wound up on this site? Well, unfortunately the team behind i+Case, forgot about one of the iPhone4’s unusual design features.

The more famous of Apple’s founding Steves explains the iPhone 4’s unique antenna.

If you’ve ever been to a science museum you’ve probably seen the demonstration where they lock a pretty girl in a cage and fire lightning bolts at her. I don’t know what this proves, but wrapping an antenna in a piece of aluminum has basically the same effect.

That’s right, this stylish aluminum case blocks radio signals!

Only a few days after shipping, in mid December, users started reporting problems :

Shortly after, the creators of the i+Case posted an update explaining all the hard work they had done to try to make the case function properly. Ultimately, though, they were forced to admit that none of their hard work had actually fixed the problem.

By January, the European customers started to complain that they hadn’t received theirs yet, while American customers were asking how to return theirs!

The i+Case team made an announcement :

And that’s that. As far as I can tell they’re not offering any option for refunds for their dissatisfied customers, and let me tell you, they have a lot of dissatisfied customers.

A small sample of the comments about the i+Case

On the bright side, this Kickstarter project did successfully kick-start a business! So if you want one of these marvelous cases. (For example, as a paperweight, or an oversized key-fob.) You can buy one from their online store!

Check out the lovely disclamer they want you to agree to before you even view their website!

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Creepy Dolls, Stupid Cards

Once Upon a Time… The Creepy Doll Deck

Artistic playing card projects usually do quite well on Kickstarter. They’re almost a can’t-lose proposition!
So what went wrong here? Why did this project only get a sad 1% of the needed funds?

Each doll comes with it's own "Once Upon A Time" story on the back of the card.

"PLAYING CARDS DO NOT WORK THAT WAY" -- Futurama's Morbo

I don’t want to state the obvious here, but just to spell it out : The whole point of playing cards is that they all have the same pattern on the back. These cards all have different patterns on the back! They’re the world’s most obvious marked cards!


Except … I can’t think of any games that these cards could possibly be useful for! 52 Pickup?

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Dog poop book!

This man needs $5,000 to create a coffee table book about dogs pooping.

I’m not sure what else needs to be said about that.


Oh, so you’re not taking the photos yourself, you’re just going to “collect” them.

Ok, where are you collecting them from?

(I think he means the book.)

Of course! That’s why it’s “Crowdsourced”. I get it! You want us to take the photos that you are going to sell.

Ok, I guess I could donate a picture to your business venture. How do I do that?

You know what? I just remembered, I don’t have a dog.

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Adult fetuses on Mars!

“FETUS:” The untold MARS story

This man wants $11,700 to write a book. Well, let’s take a look at some examples of his writing!
 

I’m glad society got that sorted!

I really hope he forgot a comma between “Government” and “Abortion”.

Well, anyone can make a few typos, right?  Let’s listen to what he had to say on the video!

“With the heavy gravity and extreme cold of Mars, humans just couldn’t sustain the conditions!”

Bah!  First, that is not how you use the word “sustain”. Second, Mars does not have heavy gravity.

“A beautiful young genetic scientist falls in love with a perfect adult well endowed male fetus.”

So, the scientist was young, but the fetus was an adult with a big dick?

Buddy, let me clue you in here. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN ADULT FETUS! When a fetus grows up, it ain’t a fetus anymore. It’s a person. That’s pretty much the whole point of fetuses. That’s what they’re for.

EWwwwwwww!

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