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Category Archives: Building Toys

DIY Jr.

For aspiring handy types, there’s a new line of constructable kids furniture that’s designed to provide plenty of gratification in exchange for relatively little effort. These new kits, by imadethat, come with wood pieces, sandpaper, simple tools and plenty of paint. The components are sturdy, and the finished product will be a source of pride for many years to come. ... Read More »

Friendly Foam

Bloco is another of our Toy Fair finds that has just arrived in the store. These striking foam construction sets are beautifully designed, fun to build, and kids can also play with their creations, thanks to a unique plastic joint component. The high-density foam pieces can be interlocked flat or stacked to create whimsical 3D characters. Right now, there are ... Read More »

Building a fast car

Lego has just released their new Ferrari sets, featuring several models of the famous luxury cars. The completed product is beautiful and amazingly realistic by Lego standards. Car lovers, young or old, will drool over the 1:17 scale model of the new 430 Spider (pictured), which was just launched at the Geneva car show in March of 2005. The Lego ... Read More »

Mechanically inclined?

This is probably one of the most unique toy concepts I’ve come across in a while. Each Automoblox car comes apart into pieces, and if you have more than one car, you can rebuild the pieces to make new cars. The parts are big and chunky enough to be handled by a preschooler, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to ... Read More »

Goobi Goobi Goo

OK, yes. Magnetic construction toys are everywhere. There are so many different brands, each with its own unique angle that it’s gotten to be a hard category to shop. When I first saw the Goobi line, I was really skeptical. I dismissed it as another “me too” product. But the smart saleswoman had brought samples and after a half hour ... Read More »

Just add light

The first time we went to Toy Fair, in February of 2004, we were pretty new to the industry. The ink had barely dried on our lease, and our store wasn’t slated to open for another 4 months. We were walking around the Javitz center in a daze, completely overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds. So many toys, so ... Read More »