14 Jan 2004
Figurines(HKTDC Toys & Games , Vol 01,2004)
Make believe is a favourite game for children across all cultures, as they learn about their world through role-playing. Figurines can help make the pretend games more lifelike. With a firm eye for realism, Hong Kong's toy makers show they have unusual skill at producing figurines that resemble the genuine article.
This Bravo Company Recon Unit moveable figure and freewheeling camouflage jeep is made with realistic detail. The action figure has all the gear of a real soldier including hairnet, goggles, weapons and accessories, totalling more than 25 pieces. Manufacturer Ever Sparkle Industrial Co Ltd has also authentically scaled this toy to fit all 111/2 -inch to 12-inch military figures.
Even though they are long gone from this earth, dinosaurs still fascinate children of all ages. Tung Sing Toys Mfy Ltd makes the classic dinosaur figure, in all the beloved varieties, using rubbery PVC. These relics of a bygone era find ready buyers in the US. Other animals, not yet extinct, are also available.
Girls especially seem to love horses and they can pretend to hit the trails with these horse figurines from Wai Sang Industrial Co. Made of hard plastic or flocked with hair manes, these horses come saddled up for action. There is even a family of horses - a mare and two foals - to play with.
This 27-piece farm animal set comes in a handy carrying bucket and will keep children aged three and up occupied for hours. The entire farmyard is represented and the set comes complete with a 19x25-inch play mat. Made by Tak Shing Mfy (HK) Ltd, also available are a zoo set and an ocean world set.
Lost In Time...
Dinosaur obsessed children will be transported to a lost age with these realistic reptiles from Golden Fortune (Worldwide) Ltd. Made with museum quality detail, these dinosaurs are also capable of articulated action. They can bend their tails, rotate their heads and move their legs. Oh, and watch out, they can bite too.
These Super Muscle Wrestlers from Everite Transworld Ltd are made of specially formulated gel plastic, which makes them soft and stretchy. Twist together two or more wrestlers and watch them wrestle anywhere from table to floor - even the wall. Patents in the UK, the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong cover this item. Four styles are available.
Children can pretend to find Nemo and his friends with these wind-up swimming fish that really swim in the water. Goldfish, angelfish and mahi mahi are just a few of the kinds of fish Sky Play Co Ltd has turned into bath toys. The realistic-looking fish are made of ABS and PVC.
A Bug's World...
Creepy crawlies of all types are given life by M.T.C. (Hong Kong) Ltd. Children can stage epic battles of survival with these 31/2 -inch and 41/2 -inch true-to-life insects. Made of hard PVC from the Chinese mainland, these bugs find ready markets in North America, Europe and Asia. Wild animals, farm animals and sea creatures are also available.
WRITTEN BY HELEN WONG
Ever Sparkle Industrial Co Ltd
Rms 504-5, Tower I
South Seas Centre
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Golden Fortune (Worldwide) Ltd
Rm 319, Tower A
New Mandarin Plaza
14 Science Museum Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Tak Shing Mfy (HK) Ltd
Guard Force Centre
3 Hok Yuen St East
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Wai Sang Industrial Co
Fuk Wo Fty Bldg
5 Sheung Hei St
San Po Kong, Kowloon
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