Where To Buy 'Shark Tank's You Kick Ass So You Can Literally Be Your Own Superhero
If watching Avengers: Age of Ultron last weekend renewed your secret desire to become a superhero, you're going to want to rush out and buy You Kick Ass from Friday night's episode of Shark Tank . This product may sound like something inspired by the 2010 movie Kick-Ass, but it's not. However, this company is still pretty super.
You Kick Ass creates custom-made figurines using 3-D printing to make consumers the superheroes. That being said, the entrepreneurs behind You Kick Ass better enter the Tank with figurines modeled after the Sharks. I, for one, am dying to see what Mr. Wonderful looks like as a mini superhero out of... curiosity. Yeah, that's it. Plus, it would totally stroke their egos because the Sharks will just eat that up.
Well, You Kick Ass definitely has a head-turning product on its hands that is sure to entertain the Sharks, if nothing else. Of course, the entrepreneurs behind You Kick Ass would probably rather snag a deal with a Shark or two than just amuse them, but that will all depend on whether or not their pitch is as mighty as their product. Here are six reasons why it stands a good chance of smelling victory.
1. You Kick Ass Will Help You Kick Ass
Everyone has fantasized about being a superhero at least once in their life. Technology may not be advanced enough to give you super-human strength, the power of invisibility, or the ability to read minds just yet, but You Kick Ass is the next best thing. This company will create a custom-made superhero figure for you that actually has your face on it. The superhero version of yourself even comes with a super name and backstory to match. This eight-inch piece of plastic might not be able to save the world, but it's sure to put a smile on your face, and that's sometimes all you need.
2. Those Brave Enough To Surf The Web Can Get These Figures Now
You Kick Ass figurines are currently sold through the company's official online store. Right now, there are 24 different bodies to choose from that come in sizes for men, women, boys, and girls. Each figure is currently only available for pre-order and costs $59.99, which is a lot more expensive than a little plastic one you can get of Superman at a toy store, but can you really put a price on pretend heroism?
3. Your Hero Will Have Epic Origins
I know all about the wonders of 3-D printing these days, but I am still amazed at seeing the results IRL. Though it may look like a complicated process to get your face on one of these figures, it's actually as simple as online shopping ever is. Just head over to the company's official online store, choose the base you'd like for your figure, and then comes the fun part where you can really customize your superhero by choosing a super power, a name, and tweaking other details of your appearance. Finally, you upload a photo of whoever you want the figure to look like, and kablam! Your order will arrive in about five weeks in a box that includes a little comic about how your hero came to be on the back, because every superhero, no matter how small, needs an equally awesome origin story.
4. Kickstarter Helped Save The Day
Before You Kick Ass appeared on Shark Tank, the company got a boost from a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, raising more than $46,000. Though the campaign ended in July 2014, the backers still haven't received their figures yet, but they should be delivered by June 1. It sounds like You Kick Ass could really use some help from the Sharks in the manufacturing and distribution departments.
5. One Of The Founders Is Actually A Hero
Keri Andrews, Alesia Glidewell, and Douglas Jordan, the super group behind You Kick Ass, are all awesome in their own right. However, Glidewell is kind of a badass because it was one of her past jobs that inspired You Kick Ass in the first place. Glidewell was the face and body model for Chell, the fierce hero in both of the Portal games. She sure does look like her, doesn't she? Seeing herself as an action figure gave Glidewell the idea that other people would probably want to see themselves as action figures too, and she was so right about that.
6. The You Kick Ass Archnemesis Is Going To Be Tough To Beat
Though it may sound like You Kick Ass had an ingenious idea here, the company wasn't the first to create personalized action figures like this. 3DPlusMe, a company that makes a 3-D printing personalization platform, has partnered with Hasbro and Marvel to provide essentially the same service as You Kick Ass called Super Awesome Me. This is going to be very difficult for You Kick Ass to compete with because these are big companies, and the product is already out there in retailers like FAO Schwarz, Toys"R"Us, and Sam's Club. Plus, what kid could resist looking like Captain America?
And you know how Mr. Wonderful feels about products that may not be proprietary...