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Build-A-Ma-Jigs: Racetruck

B Toys Racetruck looks at a Building Set from B Toys.

Imaginations are off and running with the “Build-A-Ma-Jigs Racetruck” created by B Toys. Is it a dump truck, race car (flames are included), racetruck, or tow truck? The possibilities are limitless. If your child loves building, creating or racing, then this toy will surely please. There are 33 sturdy and colorful pieces to build with, and a completed Racetruck measures approximately 14″ long, 7½” wide and 7½” high.


Posted in Building, Learning, Vehicles

Stack & Pull Train: A Real Treat for Little Ones

Stack & Pull Train looks at an impressive wood train distributed by The Manhattan Toy Company.

The “Stack & Pull Train” is advertised as an activity toy, but it honestly far exceeds that simple description. It features 3 wooden cars, each attachable to each other, and 18 painted accessory pieces (also made of wood) used to fill the cars with various shapes sure to make little children smile. All of the pieces are interchangeable, colorful and meet the highest safety standards. There is even a cord attached to the front of one of the cars that can be used to pull the train.


Posted in Baby and Toddler, Building, Vehicles

Modular Toys: Grand Prix Mega Racetrack

Modular Toys looks at a new building set from Modular Toys.

Here is a great new construction toy that lets kids design and build their own racetracks and highway systems from the ground up. It is the 96 piece “Grand Prix Mega Racetrack,” from Modular Toys. The set allows the construction to be stacked vertically without limits, featuring bridges, ramps, and interchanges. There is even a unique snap together method of attaching the various pieces and an extractor tool included for easy disassembly.


Posted in Building

Motorworks: Vehicles with Endless Possibilities looks at a line of customizable cars and trucks from The Manhattan Toy Company.

Motorworks 1“Motorworks” is a great new line of toy vehicles, each one featuring a real beech wood body, coupled with a plastic chassis, four rubber tires with rims, and some great trim packages. But, the great thing about “Motorworks,” is that the vehicles can easily be taken apart, and reassembled, even using interchangeable parts from other vehicles or available accessory packages. Honestly, there is an endless number of different vehicle combinations that can be created.


Posted in Building, Vehicles

Red Toolbox: Real Kids’ Tools and Dump Truck Kit

REd box tool kit uses an introductory set of tools geared for kids to build a Dump Truck.

I remember when we first saw the Red Toolbox line of building sets from Reeves International at Toy Fair, and my immediate reaction was “someone finally got it.”  As a parent of three, including two young boys, I’ve always tried to involve my kids in “around-the-house” projects so they can understand how things work, and more importantly, begin to realize the basic concepts around how to fix them.


Posted in Building Update – New Site and Content Migration

cropped-cropped-Toys1.gifThis site has been up and running for more than four years, and we have been asked by a few people why we have never updated the design. The short answer is that the site worked, and we’ve learned before that if something works online, don’t mess with it. But the time has finally come for a refresher, a new design and layout that provides a host of benefits for readers.

First of all this new site will load much faster. The previous site was code heavy and a bit of a patch work Frankenstein job that accumulated a lot of excess size over the years. This new site is optimized to run much faster.


Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Card Games, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Girls, Information, Learning, Nostalgic, Novelty, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Uncategorized, Vehicles

A Toys Bulletin Quick Look: PlayTape – Build Your Own Roads reviews a new product from InRoad Toys, LLC.

InRoad Toys has designed a paper tape, called “PlayTape” that can be used to build roads for small toy cars that works on almost any surface.  The tape comes in a roll, and currently is available in 3 colors, asphalt black, orange and purple.  You simply unroll the tape, which is 2” wide, and stick it on wood, metal, tile, walls, glass or even carpeting.  You can easily tear it to the desired length, and it is ready to go.


Posted in Building

Building Set Review: The Trebuchette – Snap it Together & Launch the Balls reviews a wooden building set from E&M Labs.

Before we get started with this review, we should make sure everyone knows what exactly is a “Trebuchette?”  The word is actually taken from the French word “trebuchet,” which was a type of catapult used in the Middle Ages.  It employed a unique counterweight system that allowed the “trebuchet” to hurl projectiles held in a sling and sometimes weighing over 300 pounds at an enemy.

E&M Labs has created a line of “Siege Toys,” including “The Trebuchette” that recreates some of these famous weapons from long ago.  “The Trebuchette” is a step up from a typical Lego building set, and it, along with all of the “Siege Toys,” can be built without any tools or glue of any kind.  They simply snap together.


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