Startups Building Toys for Your Wish List
Great things happen when entrepreneurs focus on fun. There's nothing better than a classic toy that's gotten reimagined by a master designer and built by people who really put everything they have into what they make. The three examples here may be a little too nice--or dangerous--for Junior, but you're never too old for a little fun. Or adrenaline.
You know Ping-Pong is having a moment when you can buy a bamboo table that aspires to the level of sculpture--for the price of a small automobile. But the Theseus table ($15,875) from Los Angeles-based Eleven Ravens is not just a high-end piece of Pong-themed art. It's a cause: The company donates part of the proceeds to the Sport and Art Educational Foundation's effort to battle Alzheimer's disease, a condition that playing Ping-Pong may help treat. Eleven Ravens has developed a scratch- and damage-resistant melanin-resin surface so you can chop and slice with abandon. The company builds the tables to order (it makes pool tables, too). Options include the elegant table seen here, another that looks like a martini (complete with a lemon twist), and several others. To get yours, you will need to put 30 percent down and have at least 11 feet by 12 feet of space. Wait time: nine to 14 weeks. And no, it doesn't rock--your beer's safe.
--Michael James Jackson, co-founder, Eleven Ravens
--Marc Fenigstein, CEO, BRD Motorcycles
--Rob Hertig, co-founder, U-Turn Audio