Can I skip ordering a prototype?

December 7, 2023


In short, yes.
But there are some things you should know!

When you order a deal toy, there is a lot of design work that goes into it. Your designs will be presented to you as 3D renderings in a PDF, and you will choose one from there to go to production. We always recommend starting your order with a prototype unit first before proceeding to the full order, but occasionally, time doesn’t permit one.

If you find yourself in this situation and are considering skipping a prototype and going straight to full order for your project, here are some things that you need to know before doing so!

Prototypes are your safeguard.

  • If you skip this step and choose to produce your full order units right out the gate, there are no edits that can be made after that.
  • Seeing the piece in person allows you to accurately judge the piece and determine if it’s a true fit for you and your team. Any changes you want to be made after the prototype (text, color, material) can be made and applied to the full-order units with ease! But, please note that additional fees may apply when making significant changes post-prototype production.
  • We do our best to make sure that the 3D renderings of your design are exact, but it is extremely beneficial to see the physical piece in person before you place a large order that will be sent out to multiple high-profile clients.

Double check everything!

  • Before you approve your final artwork, sit down, and have a good look at it. We will do the same, but it’s always best to have two sets of eyes review the PDF before it gets sent to production. If something gets missed, you approve the final mockup, and the full order units are produced with a typo or the wrong logo is used, you will be responsible for ordering new pieces.
  • Make sure that the design PDF shows the correct material used for your deal toy – if you want crystal but the PDF says acrylic, make sure you alert your Account Manager so they can correct that and provide correct updated pricing if need be.

Reference other deal toys you have in the office for size.

  • If you have deal toys in your office, take a look at those and measure them. One of the most common issues with skipping a prototype is overestimating how big a piece will be, receiving the full order and realizing the pieces are much smaller than what you were looking for.
  • There are specific measurements on the second page of every design PDF you receive from us, so make sure you take a look at those!

All in all...

At the end of the day, if you need to skip ordering a prototype in order to meet a deadline or stay in budget, it’s not the end of the world! We will do our absolute best to make sure that nothing is missing and that you’re 100% happy with the final rendering before production.

Reach out to your Account Manager today to get your new project started!

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