With giant stuffed plush toys, sometimes having stuffed animals that are much smaller in size becomes insignificant. That’s not to say smaller soft toys are no longer just as loved as they once were, but when giant plush toys come onto the scene, they inadvertently make everything else pale in comparison.If it weren’t for the export of toys around the world, who knows what would have ever happened to the very first stuffed animal as we know it today – the teddy bear. Before the mass manufacturing of toys was ever established in the United States and Britain, the birth place of the teddy bear – Germany – was producing a trade catalogue called Hieronymus Bestelmeier. It was first published in 1792 and went on to continue being published for 60 years after that. It was this very catalogue which helped develop toy exports to the U.S. and Britain.In 1803, Bestelmeier’s black and white catalog was chock full of illustrations of mechanical toys, balancing clowns, toy rifles and pistols, joke toys, miniature houses, garden layouts with fences, watering cans, gazebos, small cooking stoves with pots and pans, trees and plants in tubs, to name just a few. To represent them abroad, from the mid-1850′s, Nuremberg companies had agents, some of whom went on to exhibit in 1851, at London’s Great Exhibition. It was the first international trade fair of its kind and it was key in recognizing that the future of the toy industry was going to be based in machine-based mass produced items as opposed to craft productions which produced single, one of a kind toys. The exhibition included toy and doll manufacturers as well as manufacturers of different machines that were used to process specific items – rubber and plastic, for example.In affluent middle classes found in Britain, German toys found a market that grew quickly thanks to the wealthy people found there. As consumer demand grew, so did specialist toy shops which began wholesale purchasing and relied heavily on the quick availability of toys. In order to replenish retailers shelves, industrial, large-scale mass productions were essential in combination with specialist importers of toys.In the United States, things were rapidly changing there as well. Metal toys, coming out of modern production methods were on the road to being quickly introduced. At the Francis, Field, and Francis factory located in Philadelphia, from 1838, tin toys were being produced there. The first clockwork toys in the U.S. were produced in 1856 by George Brown and Company. This was a period in time when it was dubbed the “Golden Age of American tin toy production,” that went on to last right until the end of the century.Out of the world-wide manufacturing and selling of toys, eventually came the giant stuffed plush animal. The licensed character merchandising of stuffed animals began in 1902 with Peter Rabbit; Beatrix Potter, the creator of the Peter Rabbit book series, gave permission to her publisher Frederick Warne, to market the rights of the soft toy. While it would still be a number of years before giant stuffed plush would be introduced to the toy market, the stage had been set – both with the 1902 creation of the teddy bear, and with the soft toy version of Peter Rabbit.Copyright Shelley Vassall, 2010.
Because the Toy Story 3 movie was a huge success, just like movies 1 and 2, this has made it popular with another generation of children who all want become Buzz or Woody. Due to all the games and toys available you will not have a quiet time in the day of a Toy Story loving kid.One of the latest toys is the Toy Story 3 TriCounty Landfill Junkyard, this is from the movie and means your child and become part of the action of TS 3. That’s right, the very place where Buzz found himself in trouble and relied on some of his friends to help him escape. It has three areas of playing fun with a scoop that will pick up the characters and dump them in the sorter from which they are spat out onto a movable conveyor belt and much, much more, it is fair to say that this is going to be one of the hot Christmas toys along with the launch of the Toy Story 3 film on DVD earlier this year.The toy is recommended from ages three and above is so interactive it is bound to give hours of fun and enjoyment. Amazingly the Landfill Junkyard Playset comes complete with your very own Buzz Lightyear, and also Lotso and the 3 small green aliens.Because of the fantastic moving parts of the Landfill Junkyard Playset the hours of enjoyment and pleasure that any child can have are truly limitless. You can spin the sorter and turn the figure to open the furnace, a multi-level conveyor belt, and a crane. Re-enacting your favorite part of the movie or even coming up with your own scenes is easily possible when you include the action figures from the movie.This toy is fun for all. From ages 3 and above you know that your child is having great interactive play with their favorite characters which gives them stimulating playtime. You can find this product online at Amazon and available on the high street in most large department stores and toy retailers. Don’t hang about to pick up the brand new TriCounty Landfill Junkyard Playset as it is sure to be a hot Christmas toy and therefore could become extremely difficult to find.There are many other playsets and toys available as well as the Landfill Junkyard Playset. You can find TriCounty Landfill Junkyard Sanitation Garbage truck and even TriCounty Landfill Junkyard Evil Dr Porkchops Spaceship to add to the play set for even more hours of fun. All your much loved characters from the other Toy Story Movies are available as well as the latest toys and maybe, left to their own imagination your child may just come up with the story for Toy Story 4 right under your nose.This product weighs 6.8 pounds with dimensions 20.7 inches x 16 inches x 6.5 inches. Therefore you know that it will be strong and durable for your child. When all your children play and enjoy a toy together it is great and because this toy is quite large your children won’t have any problems doing this.This Landfill Junkyard Playset has even made it into Toys R Us “Fabulous 15″ category, which are the hottest and newest toys for that 2010 holiday season.
Babies see toys as their best friends, mostly since they help them develop their senses, learn new things and relax, all at the same time. Choosing the right toys for our babies can be difficult, but not impossible. There are hundreds of stores which have all kinds of baby toys, from newborn baby toys to learning toys. The problem is to know how to choose the right toys for our babies. The most important aspect of all is to choose toys which do not break too easy: a broken toy is a threat for any toddler as its parts can harm him. There are many parents who do not know if they should choose learning toys or fun toys for their children.Toys are essential for any child, as they help him improve his skills and senses. If you are going to choose fun baby toys, you should think that most babies do not use toys which stop teaching them something, mainly because they become boring. The best choice is to look for learning toys: they can be fun and useful at the same time. Learning toys are great because they provide a certain education to babies. The most important aspect is to purchase toys which are age appropriate: look for toys which are not too “easy” or too “difficult” for you baby.Educational toys are the best choice as they are funny, they are colorful and they improve your child’s skills. There are dozens of educational toys on the market which can build your baby’s education. You just have to know which are the best ones for your child and for his education. Educational toys have various advantages and some of the most important are: they will develop your child’s self confidence; they will develop your child’s imagination; they will improve your child senses. The main advantage that they have is that they need parental involvement, meaning that you will get to spend a lot of time with your baby.We all want to protect our babies from anything that could harm them. You can protect your baby by purchasing the right toys for him: most toys are made out of plastic, not the best choice, because it contains various pesticides and chemicals which can affect his health. This is why, the best you can do is to purchase organic baby toys: they are made of organic natural materials which do not harm you baby at all and they improve his imagination and his skills as well because they are colorful and interesting at the same time.