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Travelling Toys(HKTDC Toys & Games , Vol 02,2006)

Portable Players

Holidays are much anticipated but children view the journey as long and tiresome. The oft-repeated refrain - "are we there yet?" - is given short shrift by Hong Kong's toy makers who have come up with ingenious games and devices to keep travel boredom at bay.

 

In the Pocket

Pocket games are a natural choice for taking on holiday and this pocket travel series from Wing Tat Hang Kee Co Ltd will banish the tedium of long journeys. Games include classic titles such as ludo, Chinese checkers, checkers, solitaire, nim, tic-tac-toe and chess. With this choice, there is no excuse for the kids to say "We're bored!"

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Game Masters

Uni-King Toys Ltd offers sophisticated hand-held games for the electronic gambler. Models such as the popular Texas Hold'em and a 3-in-1 casino version offer touch-screen LCD interfaces, realistic casino sounds and score-keeping. For non-gamblers, there is the blast off pinball game that recreates the authentic sounds, flashing lights and bumps and bounces of a real arcade pinball machine.

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High Rollers

Electronic games are the new toys of choice in the 21st century and Antek Technology Co Ltd has made LCD hand-held games its business. This ISO 9000-certified company offers electronic casino games, including blackjack, poker, a lottery and a slot machine, that are sure to keep high rollers happy. The games come with sound, automatic scoring and a key ring.

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Mini Gamers

Master Leader Int'l Ltd places its bets with a 2-in-1, poker and black jack electronic game that pits players against an IC chip, eliminating the need for a deck of cards or a dealer. If cards are not your thing, the hand-held games' play list includes a 3x3 grid sudoku challenge and a mini soccer game. The firm has a C-TPAT certificate and supplies items to the US, Europe and Japan.

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Treasure Hunters

Kids love scavenger hunts and Topway Industrial Co Ltd has a travel version to make road trips more fun. Players take five cards and try to spot roadside objects such as a school bus or a licence plate with a specific letter. There are also "hear it", "feel it" and "smell it" cards that encourage kids to use senses other than sight. Apart from offering a wide range of toys, playing cards and games, Topway is a Wal-Mart and WHS-approved manufacturer.

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Brain-teasers

With the sudoku craze sweeping the world, Chung Tin Toys & Gifts Co Ltd has come up with an electronic version of the numerical brain-teaser. Offering 4x4, 6x6 and 9x9 grids, with three player levels, this hand-held game will have the family challenged for hours. Other popular travel toys include an interlocking puzzle that looks like a UFO.

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Sketch Kings

Magnetic drawing boards from Grand Source Industrial Ltd are a sure-fire way to keep kids from whingeing in the back of the car. Toddlers can etch with the magnetic pen, while a sliding eraser bar means the board can be used over and over again. Grand Source cleverly fits its Happy Cat series of colour boards with foldable stands so they can double as photo frames.

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WRITTEN BY HELEN WONG

Contact Details:

Antek Technology Co Ltd
Rm C, 2/F
Wah Lik Ind Centre
459-469 Castle Peak Rd
Tsuen Wan, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2687-6184
Fax: 852-3119-1862
Email:
info@antekhk.com
Web: www.antekhk.com

Chung Tin Toys & Gifts Co Ltd
Rm 1410
Wayson Commercial Bldg
28 Connaught Rd West
Sheung Wan
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2580-3533
Fax: 852-2580-3617
Email:
cttoys@hkstar.com
Web: www.cttoys.com.hk

Grand Source Industrial Ltd
Flat 329
World Trade Square
21 On Lok Mun St
Fan Ling, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2691-3434
Fax: 852-2688-2617
Email:
sales@gstoy8.corp.com.hk

Master Leader Int'l Ltd
Flat B, 12/F
Yeung Yiu Chung(6) Ind Bldg
19 Cheung Shun St
Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-3102-2252
Fax: 852-3102-1300
Email:
info@masterleader.com.hk
Web: www.masterleader.com.hk

Topway Industrial Co Ltd
19/F, Blk F, Phase 2
Kingsway Ind Bldg
173-175 Wo Yi Hop Rd
Kwai Chung, New Territories
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2427-1887
Fax: 852-2480-3138
Email:
fanny@hktopway.com
Web: www.hktopway.com

Uni-King Toys Ltd
Rm 1114
44-46 Hung To Rd
Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2480-0633
Fax: 852-2429-4088
Email:
info@uniking.com.hk

Wing Tat Hang Kee Co Ltd
Rm 805, Tower B
New Mandarin Plaza
14 Science Museum Rd
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: 852-2727-6770
Fax: 852-2357-4119
Email:
wingtat@wingtathk.com