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Design Gallery Showcase (HKTDC Toys & Games ,1997)


July 1997

Design Gallery Showcase

WE'RE HAVING A BALL
Ball Games

BUBBLING OVER WITH JOY
Bubble

TRULY SCRUMPTIONS
Candy Toys

MELODY MAKERS
Kiddie Audio

MELODIC MEMORIES
Musical Boxes

ALFRESCO FUN
Playhouses/Tents

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Puzzles

ROUGH AND TOUGH
Robots

SAVING FOR A RAINY DAY
Saving Boxes

FUN ON THE RUN
Travelling Games

MAKING A MARK
Stamps & Stickers



Design Gallery Showcase

On Display

HONG Kong's toy industry has a long and successful history, with licensed products and ODM now accounting for an estimated 70% of sales. The quality of toys made in the territory is internationally recognised, and clients include Hasbro, Tyco and Ertl from the US, and Bandai and Tomy in Japan.

The remainder of the industry is largely taken up by proprietary product manufacturers marketing under their own brand names, such as Playmates, VTech and Universal Matchbox.

Manufacturers have invested heavily in mainland China. Total exports last year amounted to HK$81bn, with 95% originating in China. Hong Kong's role is shifting towards quality control, management, marketing, product design, trial production and production planning.

The TDC's Design Gallery Showcased some products from Hong Kong companies recently.

Bright Ideas

BRIGHT Star Toy Fty Ltd produces a wide range of children's play items including playsets for baking and cosmetics, garages with movable parts, and trucks and jeeps.

The Fix-It-Up Garage, made of plastic, is finished in blue, white, red and yellow, and has enough tool accessories to keep a child of three years and up fascinated for hours.

Included in the package are two cars, a crane, a drill and other tools. The garage comes in box packaging measuring 40x53.5x6.5 centimetres and sells for about US$6 FOB Hong Kong.

Marketing manager Raymond Chan says the main markets for the playsets are the US and Europe. "One of our main selling points is we own our own factory in Shenzhen [mainland China] and have done for 10 years ... So we can control the quality much better," Chan says.

He says one of the firm's main resources is buyers' ideas. Bright Star's R&D team revises the toys every season, concentrating on the best-selling items for the year. The company uses the brand name Bright Star and is happy to use other brands or logos. Buyers include Toys"R"Us and Wal-Mart.

Model 8006 consists of a pink sewing machine, sewing kit with tape measure, cotton reels, travel hair-dryer and iron. Some items are battery-operated and the set is packaged in a box measuring 30.5x45.8x7 centimetres. It sells for US$3.50.

Cosmetic kits, for five-year-olds and up, include The Real Cosmetic Set, which consists of eye shadow in various colours and a pink lipstick. The items are advertised as safe and non-toxic and include a choke hazard warning, so are not recommended for pre-school children. The make-up is mounted on a display card measuring 17.5x13 centimetres.

Chan says the minimum order size for sample orders is 20 cartons per design. Usually sales are by container of different models. Materials are sourced from Japan, Taiwan and the US.

Written by Annemarie Evans

Save as You Learn

EVERLAST Ind Co Ltd produces a huge range of wind-up savings banks to encourage children to have fun while learning the responsibility of saving money. Made of hard plastic, the banks - which include feet, houses, buggies and oranges - all have movable functions to entertain.

The Whimsy Shoe Saving Bank is a plastic shoe available in three colour schemes - black/brown, green/black and brown/black. The user winds up the foot, inserts the coin and red lacquered toe nails poke out on pink toes at the front. The coin slot is designed to accommodate HK$1 coins, but will accept different currencies. It sells for US$12 FOB Hong Kong per dozen.

Another best-seller is the Basketball Saving Bank, available in blue, red and marble green. It sells for US$12.70 per dozen. Available in marble blue, purple, green and white, the Toilet Saving Bank is a wind-up toilet with a hand that comes out and retrieves a coin placed on the plastic disc where it says "press". The toilet model sells for US $14.60 per dozen.

The Birthday Cake Saving Bank features plastic fruit with plastic cream on the top. The red and white cake includes birthday music and is battery operated.

The Coffin Bank features a skeletal arm that grabs a coin placed on the coffin, while the Horror Bank features a skeleton's head, arms and torso. Both sell for US$10.80 per dozen. For fast-food addicts there is a Burger Bank priced at US$14.70 per dozen.

Plastic is sourced from Japan and Taiwan, and production is carried out on the Mainland. Manager Jane Lee says 40,000 pieces are produced per month for export to South America, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

The firm recently took part in the Nuremberg toy fair and is trying to break into the European market. Lee feels the company's major selling point is that it only concentrates on wind-up toys and is, therefore, a specialist in this field. The models are suitable for children aged three and up.

Written by Annemarie Evans

Off to a Good Start

WITH computers becoming a fundamental part of work and recreation, it is increasingly important to introduce children to modern technology at a young age. Hanzawa (HK) Ltd provides a wide range of educational toys in its StartRight series, including mechanical toys, electronic games and inflatables.

The Kid's Notebook, model 10170, has a keyboard "like a real computer", a 90x35-millimetre full dot matrix LCD display, animated pictures and 16 activities to challenge the mind of the young end-user. It also features 10 pre-recorded melodies and an IC voice chip. The notebook measures 255x220x200 millimetres, uses four AA batteries and sells for US$23.03 FOB Hong Kong.

Manager William Li says the 10170 is one of the company's best-sellers. "It is unique in software and play value. We are not one of the big brands so we can be flexible in terms of quantity. Our prices are also attractive."

The software for the laptop was designed by Hanzawa's own research team.

My First Mouse features 20 double-sided colourful cards and 120 questions for counting exercises, puzzles, sequences, and colour, size and shape recognition. If the answer to a question is yes, the mouse nods. Available in four languages - English, French, Spanish and Portuguese - it features eight pre-recorded dual-tone melodies and an IC voice chip and uses four AA batteries. It measures 285x135x190 millimetres and sells for US$12.89.

Hanzawa launches 5-10 new items per year, and produces about 5,000 items per design a month, depending on the season. Markets are Europe, the US, Japan and Southeast Asia.

Written by Annemarie Evans

In Pole Position

RADIO-CONTROLLED cars are fun for all the family and come in many different forms, from racing cars to trucks. Ka Wah Mfy Ltd produces a wide range of radio-controlled vehicles under the brand names Digitcon and Hobby-Tech, at prices ranging from US$4 to US$39.

The firm's best-selling model under the Digitcon brand name is the Thunder Storm. Finished in red, black or yellow, it has turbo speed and is capable of six metres per second. Special features include a high and low speed selector, recharging jack, air-filled rubber tyres, four-wheel suspension and a rear differential. It operates on a frequency of 27MHz, though 40 and 49MHz are available on request. The Thunder Storm sells for between US$18.50 and US$19.50, depending on packaging.

The Firestorm, under the Hobby-Tech brand, is a new addition to the range and includes super high-speed twin motors, a fast and slow speed selector, a rear differential, rear suspension and air-filled rubber tyres. It weighs 7.8 kilograms and has two heterodyne digitally proportional speed and steering controls. It sells for US$30 FOB Hong Kong.

Plastic resin is sourced from Japan and Australia. The chips and transistors are sourced from South Korea, and crystals come from Japan.

General manager Benjamin Lai says: "There are many other makers of radio-controlled toys, especially Japanese companies, but we are very strong in the market. For our American market we have to pass the ASTM certification. For our European [market], the EMC, HD271 and EN71, plus FCC and BZT for the post office and telecom regulations in Germany."

Buyers' brand names on the products and packaging are accepted for a minimum order of 5,000.

Written by Annemarie Evans

Designed to Win

LET-WIN Plastic Products Fty Ltd makes children's school stationery under its own brand name Zig-Zag. It aims to extend product use from functional stationery to interesting toys. Innovation is the name of the game, according to assistant general manager TH Shea. "We try developing brightly coloured concept-based products, such as pencil boxes in the form of shoes or canned sodas, which the kids see and touch everyday," Shea says.

The company lays great emphasis on designs and patterns. In order to adopt designs that catch the eye of its customers in the export market, Let-Win imports almost 60% of the designs and patterns from a German-based designer. It develops the rest in-house.

The company's two product lines are pencil boxes and school bags, aimed at 3-12-year-olds. The pencil boxes come as simple pouches, single deckers or double deckers. Complete sets including felt pens and erasers are also available. Highlights of this product range are pencil boxes shaped like mobile phones, sports shoes, balls and digital watches. Shea comments, "We want the kids not to put these away after school, but to look at them also as toys which can be taken, for example, to a friend's place."

The bags, made of nylon or polyester, have PVC backing for strength and water resistance. The company makes school bags, rucksacks and smaller items like money bags and lunch bags. Adaptation according to customer needs is evident, such as school bags with a more sober appearance for teenagers.

Let-Win does not adopt international quality standards but has on-line quality control. All products do, however, meet the EN-71 safety standard required in Europe. To ensure quality, the company imports most of its raw materials. Printed material is sourced in Taiwan, felt pens from Italy and erasers from South Korea.

"We also do OEM projects. This business contributes nearly 40% to our revenues," says Shea. The company is highly export-oriented. Besides catering mainly to Europe, it covers parts of South America and the Middle East and Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. It is now developing markets in eastern Europe and in Russia. The delivery period is usually 45-60 days and the minimum order size is between 1,000 and 5,000 items, depending on the product.

Written by Aradhna Dayal

On a Sound Footing

S.E.M. Ind, a division of Sabnani Engineering and Mfg Ind Ltd, is a specialist manufacturer of audio products. The company stresses production of high-quality exclusive items at reasonable prices.

With complete in-house design, engineering and manufacturing facilities, S.E.M. offers an elaborate range of audio products. They are produced at its four factories in China, which include two assembly plants and two plastic injection factories. The company also has strong in-house R&D facilities and has created in-house screen-printing/spray-painting and mould-servicing facilities.

"Our market is mainly in the US and European countries such as France and Germany. We are now looking at new markets like Russia," comments director M. Sabnani. The various audio product ranges include Metallic Audio, Transparent Audio, Portable and Component Audio, Youth Audio and Personal Audio.

The Youth Audio range consists of personal audio products in several bright colours. Its Silver Shadow series of products is characterised by a high-gloss pastel finish and a silver shadow design. The personal cassette player in this series is an auto-stop cassette system with a three-key metal deck, and comes either as a stereo amplifier version or a mono amplifier.

Other products in the range include FM personal radios with analogue tuning, portable micro systems with CD-input jack and an optional karaoke function and a twin speaker AC/DC radio with a high-sensitivity receiver.

The Transparent Audio range features innovative products with transparent cabinets in various colours. All models in this range are produced from a high-acidity material that requires special moulds and injection techniques to produce the casing.

Most of the company's business is conducted on an OEM basis. In some cases, products are exclusively designed for a single client.

The Portable and Component Audio range consists of sophisticated products such as a portable radio-recorder featuring a high-tech design with a cloth speaker panel and full-function, six-key metal deck.

Other products include a stereo radio-recorder with three-band preset electronic equaliser (jazz, rock or classical), stereo twin-deck radio-recorder with high-speed dubbing, a micro hi-fi system and compact disc portable hi-fi systems.

Delivery takes about 60 days and the minimum order is 5,000.

Written by Aradhna Dayal

Fun-Filled and Friendly

STARLITE Consumer Products Ltd produces theme-based ranges of stationery, accessories and soft toys. According to marketing executive Rebecca Lo, the company enjoys a strategic advantage, being a subsidiary of Starlite Holdings, which is in the printing business.

The company has a regional licence from Warner Brothers Consumer Products to design, manufacture and distribute its Looney Tunes range of paper-based products. Starlite now also has a licence for designing, producing and marketing a range of items featuring Felix the Cat, the classic US cartoon character.

Last year the firm created its own character Rabbi The Bunny and launched not only stationery products, but also a range of accessories under this brand name. Rabbi The Bunny has a loving and friendly image, and this collection is positioned at the premium end of the market with medium- to high-ticket prices.

The company has developed two product lines within the Rabbi The Bunny collection. The first is aimed at kids and includes stationery products such as greeting cards, photo frames and musical bunny paper weights. The accessories in this line include mirror sets, key-chains and hair-bands.

"We lay a lot of emphasis on graphics, as well as quality of the products," Lo says. This product line also includes short-sleeved cotton T-shirts featuring puff-painted Rabbi The Bunny and friends. Rabbi Plush, the handmade soft toy range completes the Rabbi The Bunny line.

Rabbi Plush meets all safety requirements. Last Christmas, the company developed a Two Faces X'mas Bunny version of Rabbi Plush. According to Lo, this proved to be the hottest item from the collection displayed at the Design Gallery Showcase in January.

The Rabbi Select product line, aimed at stylish young adults, includes stone-washed crinkle nylon, waterproof bags and watches. These have back lights and come in collections called Flames and Evolution. The company will launch a new Back to School collection of stationery later this year, in its Rabbi The Bunny range.

Starlite has local distributors to cover most of its Asian markets, including Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea. It is now exploring the European and US markets and expanding its distribution network. Delivery takes about 40-45 days and, for most products, the minimum order is 1,000 units.

Written by Aradhna Dayal

On a Harmonious Note

SUPERB Sound Audio Products Ltd manufactures electronic musical keyboards and musical toy products. The company is a subsidiary of CI Development Ltd, and has its own brand, Superb Sound.

The company's products are in the medium price range, because there is fierce competition from premium brands, such as Casio and Yamaha, in the high-end, value-added market segment. "We offer the quality [of leading brand names], but keep the prices lower and this is our competitive strength," says marketing executive Chelsia Wong.

Superb Sound exercises cost control through efficient inventory management and thus is able to keep product prices low. Electronic components are mainly imported from Taiwan and Japan.

The firm offers an innovative and comprehensive series of electronic keyboards. The range starts with Mini Instruments for kids, in the shapes of elephants, xylophones and guitars, which facilitate music-learning through special colour coding. The Mini Size Keyboards are for beginners and use Adaptive Differential Pulse Code Modulation technology for better sound effect. "Some keyboards such as EK-1800 have as many as 15 demonstration songs, so they can also be used as music boxes," says Wong.

The middle-sized keyboards are user friendly and are targeted at kids who are already familiar with music. Versatile features stimulate musical creativity. The full-sized keyboards are for professional music buffs. They come in a basic range, as well as the GM-Series. GM-Series professional keyboards are desktop-type electronic keyboards offering CD sound quality, using Pulse Code Modulation technology and Wave Table Synthesis. Their sounds are virtually indistinguishable from the actual instruments.

"While the company mainly sells its standard products with its standard design, it can, on customers' requests, change the logo or the silk-screen or even the colours for the keyboards it produces," says Wong. The company does not have any fixed minimum order. Average delivery period ranges from four to eight weeks depending on the models, quantity and season.

Major markets include Europe Ä France, Germany and the UK Ä where the company also participates in exhibitions. The Asian market for Superb Sound includes Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia. "The current strategy is to focus on and penetrate further in these markets in order to increase sales volumes," says Wong.

Written by Aradhna Dayal

In Top Gear

VIGOR Toys Ltd is a specialist manufacturer of plastic gear boxes for the toy industry. The company began supplying locally produced, high-quality gear boxes to the expanding Hong Kong toy industry 15 years ago. In doing so, it replaced expensive and poorly serviced imported gear boxes and grew into the largest player in the region. Director Henry Chan claims that Vigor Toys has now secured 70% of the global market.

Little product differentiation exists throughout the market. Commenting on this, Chan says, "Gear boxes are not high-tech products but ones that adopt very simple mechanisms. The important thing thus, is to maintain a good quality and keep the costs lower." Product pricing is a key area in this high-volume, low-margin product category and the company is very conscious of keeping prices competitive.

"The idea is to keep production going in big volumes so as to keep costs lower," says Chan. The firm ensures quality control through each process of manufacturing and also places emphasis on providing efficient delivery and other services.

Vigor Toys offers a very short delivery time of about one week. "We maintain a fairly high stock of stainless steel spring [the main component for a gear box] which we import from Japan. This helps us make faster deliveries of orders," explains Chan. The company also has 24-hour injection moulding facilities in Hong Kong and mainland China and three major assembly plants. This allows maximum efficiency and flexibility in operations and enables Vigor Toys to handle huge project-oriented assembly activities at short notice.

The minimum order size accepted by the company is 20,000 units. The Hong Kong market is crucial for the company and comprises the largest client base. Export markets encompass Thailand, China, South Korea, Japan, India and Taiwan, and include some high-profile brand names. Vigor Toys is also the OEM parts supplier for many of its customers. "We mainly supply our products to those customers who are engaged in the production of items in the premium category," says Chan.

Written by Aradhna Dayal

Toying with Technology

WELBACK Enterprises Ltd considers state-of-the-art technology to be a key focus area. A veteran in the electronics field, the company primarily manufactures electronic LCD hand-held games and compact electronic consumer products.

The company is a subsidiary of Welback Holdings Ltd, and gains from the existing mould-making facilities within the group. It has ISO 9001 certification and stresses innovation. Assistant sales manager Maggie Tang comments, "Quality and innovation are the differentiating factors for our products. Apart from manufacturing standard products, we also have tailor-made products for our customers.

"The customers can have their own design and we propose the engineering part. Or we can provide just the mould and software and assemble the products for the customers."

The firm offers electronic toys, portable educational toys, puzzle games, novelty games and sport and action games. Sport and action games include Invader, Jet Fighter and Empire of Witch, as well as tennis, soccer, basketball and car racing games. Novelty games such as Golf Master offer automatic scoring and sound effects. A new addition is an LCD sports game called Just for Girls, featuring a stylish case design and heart-shaped mirror.

"The company also supplies OEM parts for major American toy brands," says Tang. OEM comprises a large part of Welback's business.

The company is developing a series of electronic consumer goods such as a digital voice recorder and a voice databank. Referring to these, Tang comments, "All our products here employ advanced digital techniques for voice recording and play-back for higher efficiency and flexibility, so these are different from traditional voice recorders. We feel that the digital technology is the trend of the future and also holds the potential for messages to be played on a personal computer."

The electronic search feature in the digital voice recorder allows instant play-back of any recorded message. According to Tang, it is in the middle- to high-price range and is targeted at executives and reporters.

Major markets for Welback include Europe, the US and Japan, and smaller markets are Australia and South America. The company is further extending its coverage of the European and the North American markets. Minimum orders vary from 1,000 to 3,000 units, depending on the product. Following order confirmation, delivery takes 2-3 months.

Written by Aradhna Dayal


WE'RE HAVING A BALL
Ball Games

Hong Kong manufacturers offer the ultimate in anything that bounces.

Those boots were made... A basketball standBouncing beauties... Enwell Development Ltd caters for pre-schoolers with this imaginative range of soft balls, which are guaranteed to encourage in  ball play with out running the game with a bump from a harder ball. The dream team... Sze & Wong (Int'l) Co

Written by Emma Boyde


BUBBLING OVER WITH JOY
Bubble

There is nothing like playing with bubbles to bring out happy faces.

I'd like to be under the sea... Min Hwa Plastic Mfrs Ltd's own-brand Sea Creatures Bubble Pope sets include one with a hermit crab and one with a seahorse.  The firm has ISO 9000  certification. Bear with me... Chattow Ltd offers a Magic Bear bubble set and an Animal Rainbow set (bottom right), where a wheel is turned to churn out bubbles.  Products sell under the Kidstar brand to markets in the US, Europe and Japan. Little squirts... From GT Plus Ltd comes a Bubble Gun Squirter in bright yellow that operates on two AA batteries.

Written by Annie Knibb



TRULY SCRUMPTIONS

Candy Toys

Yum Yum! Decorative and fun dispensers for candies, gumballs and chocolates make them look almost too good to eat.

Toot sweet... Candy toys from The Plasticsam Ltd, including the Cute Animals Whistle (bottom right), sell under the Kidstar brand name. On the road... These candy containers, including a guitar that plays music, come from Tat Lee Confectionery and Novelty Co Ltd. Weird and wonderful... Mike & Jack (HK) Ltd's selection of candy dispensers and containers includes the musical Sweet Talker imitation mobile phone and Motor Mouth (right), which spins the lollipop at the press of a button.

Written by Annie Knibb



MELODY MAKERS
Kiddie Audio

Put on your dancing shoes and get down to the latest sounds

Inner workings... If understanding helps comprehension, then S.E.M. Ind is shedding light on technology with its range of transparent audio equipment (left) for young people.  A choice of personal stereo or portable radio cassettes is available in the see- Musical fun... Goldmen Electronic Co Ltd's programmable electronic keyboard makes music that ranges from the sophisticated to the bizarre - ideal for encouraging confidence through play.  Players can select rhythms and different instruments, or just have a Compact cuties... Children's CD players from Kwong Fei Expectation Electronic Co Ltd have bright plastic casings.  Each comes with five mini-discs featuring Christmas carols, children's songs, love songs, disco and rap.  The discs feature a clever transpar

Written by Emma Boyde



MELODIC Memories
Musical Boxes

Open up, turn the key and start to dream...

All shapes and sizes... Man Po Plastics Mfy Ltd's antique cars vie with windmills and even sewing machines for a nostagic interpretation of the music box.  The movements are clockworks so no need to worry about replacing batteries.  Solid perfection...An old-fashioned wooden typewriter is covered with miniature teddies.  When the clockwork key is wound, the teddies get to work on the tying and they do it in time to music.  Other music boxes from Yuway Ltd are also the stuff of fairy t Plucking at heart strings...Perfect as a Valentine's Day gift, these music jewellery boxes from Nice Gift Ind Co Ltd appeal to the romantic in us all.  Go straight for the love-heart shaped one or choose from a selection of rectangular boxes with decorativ

Written by Emma Boyde



ALFRESCO FUN

Playhouses/Tents

Bright and cheerful, these models offer hours of entertainment for the would-be junior camper, either indoors or out.

Nice and snug... KBK and Winplus Mfg Ltd presents a children's collapsible tent, made from 190T nylon taffeta sourced from Taiwan and South Korea. Good neighbours... A children's nylon igloo tent (right) from Max Zapf (HK) Ltd uses a tube construction, and is suitable for children over three years of age. Camping site... Maxwell Ind Ltd offers a series

Written by Emma Boyde



PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Puzzles

Learning is never more entertaining than when kids are putting puzzles together. Made of EVA, cardboard, wood or plastic, these puzzles guarantee hours of fun.

Wide choice... Wah Fung Ind Co supplies puzzles made from cardboard, wood or plastic featuring the ever-popular wooden animal with interchangeable head, torso and legs in a convenient pack-away wooden box.  The company also offers floor puzzles and sliding Teddy's surprise... Techeasy Enterprises Ltd offers an endearing children's teddy character in a number of different situations, including riding a motorbike, driving a train, playing in a band and bob-sleighing.  The puzzles are available in nine, 24,50 a Hard to beat... Toytech Ind Ltd specialises in EVA puzzles, offering a range of alphabet and numerical models and a choice of chunky transport, animal, and sea animal puzzles, as well as the popular jigsaw floormats.

Written by Emma Boyde



ROUGH AND TOUGH
Robots

Don't mess around with these robot toys. They shoot and rotate, walk and talk, and change forms before your very eyes.

Crime busters...Transformer robot specialist Century Toys and Gift Ind Ltd makes a range of fascinating characters that can be transformed with a few clicks into a police car or aircraft. Take me to your leader...The battery-operated Action Robot Invader and Sentinel Robot gear up for battle.  Kamco Ind Ltd has been specialising in battery-operated robots and train sets since its inception in 1979. Super protection...The Super Commander from Wai Dick Toys Co Ltd uses three AA batteries, walks, has a rotating body and eyes that light up, carries a gun and shield and can shout "Fire".  The firms main market is Europe.

Written by Emma Boyde



SAVING FOR A RAINY DAY
Saving Boxes

Get your piggy bank - as well as whale bank, toilet bank or cooking pot bank - and start putting it away!

Secure savvings...Meekwong Toys Mfg Co Ltd thought of sibling rivalry when it produced its padlocked metal savings box.  Now big sister can make sure younger brother does not feel tempted to buy extra sweets with her hard-won savings.  Other non-lockable d Flushing out the competition...Jumbo City (HK) Ltds novelty toilet savings bank, the Coin Commode, looks like it will be hard to beat, Kids wont fail to be impressed by the concept - just put the coin in the toilet bowl and press the handle to "flush".  Hong Kong collectibles...The I Love Hong Kong red post boxes from Wing Hang (3Y) Ind Ltd are an essential collectors item.  Not only do they show the British royal crown and the E II R insignia, which have now been replaced with non-colonial symbols, they

Written by Emma Boyde



FUN ON THE RUN
Travelling Games

Whiling away the hours on long trips has never been so easy! Electronic and board games put an end to boredom on the move.

Compendium of games...Among Polimide Plastic Mfy Ltds products are a plastic magnetic compendium of eight games (right) and a plastic magnetic battleships games (left).  Delivery time is 39-60 days. Stack 'em up...Electronic brick games from Tritroni Enterprises Co Ltd include the 1998-In-One Mobile Brick Game that resembles a mobile phone (top right).  Markets includde Japan and South Korea, and minimum order size is 1,000 pieces per model. Meet the challenge...These plastic and paper magnetic puzzles and tames, including tangrams (top) and Chinese checkers, come from Y&W Ind Ltd.  Products comply with EN71 certification requirements.

Written by Emma Boyde



MAKING A MARK
Stamps and Stickers

Cheery stamp and sticker designs offer myriad ways to make a personal statement.

Moving in the right direction...From Stampworld Mfg Co come a police officer roller stamp key-ring, plus assorted self-inking fancy stampers, which are produced mainly to customers designs. Festive festoons...Top Apex Enterprises Ltd produces a wide range of stampers, such as Easter stampers with Easter confetti, and a Halloween set consistingg of three stampers and a pumpkin-shaped ink pad. Pressing matters...Deskmate brand stampers from Keep Keen Ltd are pre-inked.  Delivery time is three weeks for a minimum order of 30,000 pieces.

Written by Annie Knibb

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