- The Washington Times - Friday, May 5, 2017

A comedian and a venture capitalist are looking to KickStarter to crowdfund a novelty piggy bank that looks and sounds like President Donald Trump.

Dubbed the BigglyBank, creator Samson Crouppen explains how he and his friend Josh Corson “were sitting around his fireplace over Christmas break one night discussing our next project we wanted to put out into the world” when it came to them.

“We wanted a fun, cool, entertaining product that people would enjoy. Something that everyone could instantly connect to. We wanted to create the gag gift of all gag gifts!” said Mr. Crouppen, a stand-up comic and producer from Los Angeles.

When a coin is deposited into the bank through its opening in the mouth of the Trump figure, a switch triggers a playing mechanism to spout a quip inspired by Mr. Trump, such as “That’s gonna help build the wall!” or “Fake coins!”

According to his Kickstarter page, Mr. Crouppen hopes to start the manufacturing process in May.

“The mold will be made in China. It takes a month to get it ordered and 3-D printed,” he said. “Once that is made, they can start manufacturing the BigglyBank. So exciting!”

The BigglyBanks themselves are slated to ship in June or July “if all goes well,” Mr. Crouppen said.

It remains to be seen if the Kickstarter gets off the ground, much less if the product proves a “big league” success.

As of publication of this story, a little less than $3,500 out of the $15,000 goal has been reached, with 11 days to go until the funding deadline.


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