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Child's Play(HKTDC Toys & Games , Vol 02,2008)

Baby Toys

Classic toys for babies and toddlers are updated and given battery-operated functions by Hong Kong's toy makers determined to keep 21st-century youngsters entertained and educated at the same time

Story Time

Children can re-enact their favourite bedtime stories using these non-phthalate PVC figures from Top Best (HK) Ltd. Tales about billy goats and naughty wolves can come to life with these Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf series figurines, which are sold in Europe, Australia and Japan. Other items available include a toy duck bathroom set and a whale savings bank.

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Babies' Playground

Made of soft, colourful stuffed fabric, this playmat from Xerlon Trading Co Ltd is the perfect playground for younger babies that haven't yet learned to crawl into mischief. The overhanging toys attached to the arch of the playmat offer babies a chance to develop their hand-eye coordination and tracking skills.

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Melody Makers

Flick the switch and the fun begins with these battery-operated toys from Star HK Electronic Ltd. Animal Snackers Feeding Bowls make meal times a hoot as funny animal sounds are activated each time the spoon leaves the bowl. The Knick Knack Knobs rattle combines lights, melodies and tactile features into one child-sized toy aimed at stimulating sensory abilities, while the goofy Tug a Dino push toy entertains toddlers learning to walk with lights, music and sound effects.

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Made for Sorting

There are parts to lift and push galore on this cute-looking Sort 'n Go School Bus from Talentoy Fty Ltd, which combines play with education. This toy vehicle helps toddlers aged 18 months and up learn to sort shapes and colours, as well as assist in refining their motor skills. To keep babies amused at meal times, there is the Funky Monkey high chair suction toy, with "click, click" action, beads and mirror.

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Cuddle Me

Babies of all ages will love to chew on these soft and cuddly teddy bear toys-cum-rattles from Infantoy Co. The beany-style playthings are made of 100% polyester with a velvet-like feel, and conform to CE safety standards. Apart from giving babies a feeling of security, mothers will also appreciate the fact that the toys are washable.

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B is for ...

.. ball and book! Locomotive Ltd caters to babies and toddlers with this brightly coloured waterproof book that teaches young children the names of different water-dwelling animals - from frogs to crabs - while they have fun in the bath. Meanwhile, active toddlers won't damage the furniture playing football indoors with this multicoloured terrycloth rattle-cum-ball.

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Stacks of Fun

This Nature's Own Jungle series of stacking toys from Blue Box Int'l Ltd offers even more fun for tower-building toddlers aged 12 months and up. The Busy Giraffe's stacking rings double as rattles and teethers, while the stacking column rotates and plays lively tunes when pressed. The Stacks of Animals can emit animal sounds and children can link the parts to make a pull-along toy.

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Build 'n' Play

Castles, rockets and trains - these are just some of the possibilities that young children can build and arrange with the 14 soft blocks that make up the My Building Blocks set from Toy Wonder Co Ltd. For newborns, there is the wind-up My Musical Flower toy that attaches to cribs or baby carriers and comes with four hanging toys and a safety mirror for babies to see themselves.

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TEXT BY HELEN WONG

Fast Fact

Blue Box Int'l Ltd
Rm 1203
East Ocean Centre
98 Granville Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-3510-0100
Fax: 852-2724-3896
Email:
bbi@blueboxtoys.com
Web: www.blueboxtoys.com

Year Established: 1952
Major Product Categories: preschool toys
Brands & Certificates: Blue-Box; ISO 9000
Minimum Order: 6,000 pieces
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 60 days
Factory Size & Location: -
Workforce: -

   

Infantoy Co
Rm 13, 10/F
Thriving Ind Centre
26-28 Sha Tsui Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2690-0952
Fax: 852-2487-9189
Email:
info@infantoy.com
Web: www.infantoy.com

Year Established: 2005
Major Product Categories: baby toys, infant bedding items
Brands & Certificates: Infantoy; ISO 9002, ICTI, TESCO factory audit
Minimum Order: 500 pieces
Monthly Production: 100,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: 10,000 square metres; Dongguan
Workforce: 600

   

Locomotive Ltd
Rms 1-2, 19/F, Blk B
M.P. Ind Centre
18 Ka Yip St
Chai Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2951-9100
Fax: 852-2342-0816
Email:
info@locomotive.com.hk
Web: www.locomotive.com.hk

Year Established: 1999
Major Product Categories: toys
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 3,000 pieces
Monthly Production: 3 million pieces
Delivery Time: 45 days
Factory Size & Location: Guangdong
Workforce: 200

   

Star HK Electronic Ltd
Suite 1621
Ocean Centre
Harbour City
5 Canton Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2314-1108
Fax: 852-2314-8922
Email:
starhk@star-electronics.com
Web: www.star-electronics.com

Year Established: 2000
Major Product Categories: infant and preschool toys
Brands & Certificates: Early Star; ISO 9001, ICTI, 2005 HK Toy Design (Silver Award)
Minimum Order: 5,000 pieces
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 90 days
Factory Size & Location: 20,000 square metres; Shenzhen
Workforce: 2,000

   

Talentoy Fty Ltd
Rm 1201A
East Ocean Centre
98 Granville Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-3510-0011
Fax: 852-2311-6511
Email:
re@talentoy.com
Web: www.talentoy.com

Year Established: 1992
Major Product Categories: infant/bath toys
Brands & Certificates: Baby Baby; ISO 9000
Minimum Order: 6,000 pieces
Monthly Production: -
Delivery Time: 60 days
Factory Size & Location: -
Workforce: -

   

Top Best (HK) Ltd
Rm 2203N
Nan Fung Centre
264-298 Castle Peak Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2415-9898
Fax: 852-2415-7298
Email:
sales@topbestltd.com
Web: www.topbestltd.com

Year Established: 1998
Major Product Categories: roto moulding soft toys and figures, injection solid animal figures and OEM products
Brands & Certificates: Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf; ISO 9001, CCC Certified
Minimum Order: 5,000-10,000 pieces
Monthly Production: 850,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 90 days
Factory Size & Location: 70,000 square metres, Shenzhen
Workforce: -

   

Toy Wonder Co Ltd
Rm 704
Oriental Centre
67-71 Chatham Rd South
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2321-8890
Fax: 852-2959-2339
Email:
sales@toywonder.com.hk
Web: www.toywonder.com.hk

Year Established: 2000
Major Product Categories: infant soft toys, educational toy
Brands & Certificates: -
Minimum Order: 1,200 pieces
Monthly Production: 6,000 pieces per model for TW-33356, TW-33343,
TW-33318
Delivery Time: 80 days
Factory Size & Location: 2,500 square metres; Dongguan
Workforce: 120

   

Xerlon Trading Co Ltd
19/F
Mongkok Commercial Centre
16 Argyle St
Mong Kok, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2393-8269
Fax: 852-2391-9080
Email:
xerlon@kinwaygroup.com
Web: www.kinwaygroup.com

Year Established: 1978
Major Product Categories: baby products including toys, babycare items, accessories
Brands & Certificates: Chariot
Minimum Order: 1,000 pieces per style
Monthly Production: 200,000 pieces
Delivery Time: 45-60 days
Factory Size & Location: -
Workforce: -