Automoblox Are Back

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Many of our dear customers have been on the request list since 2007, waiting for a new shipment of Automoblox to arrive.  Good news!  They are finally back in stock. 

For 2008, we have:

S9 Sedan (Blue)

C9 Sports Car (Red)

C9 Sports Car (Pink)

T9 Pick-Up (Green)

Limited Edition C9R Race Car (Red/Black)

 

We also have the all new Automoblox Minis:

S9 Green Sedan

T9 Blue Pickup

C9 Yellow Sportscar,

Or a set of 3 minis: C9 Red Sports Car, S9 Blue Sedan, and T9 Green Pickup.

 

Check out www.automoblox.com for more info on this innovative product.

 

 

 

Hello Kitty

Friday, July 18th, 2008

A new Sanrio shipment arrived this week.  Hello Kitty and all of her wonderful friends are filling our shelves with joy and cuteness.  Who’s new to the club?

 - Hello Kitty Plaid: A hot pink and bright blue punky schoolgirl with a little bit of attitude and a messenger bag.

 - Hello Kitty Pop: Much like H.K. Plaid, but with more street style – think modern graphic design and graffiti.  This kitty will match perfectly with your iPod.

 - Pandapple Pattern: If you thought you couldn’t get enough of Pandapple’s adorable face, you’re in luck.  New pandapple merchandise has his cuteness stamped all over in a sea of calming blue on blue.

 - Badtz-Maru Fun: Still love Sanrio but don’t like to be too flashy? This design will appeal to a more subtle audience.   Black on black shows off Badtz-Maru’s bad boy image.

Bag Art Buys Candy and Toys

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

If you’ve ever bought something at Terra Toys, you have probably noticed that our paper bags for purchases are almost all decorated.  Employees occasionally decorate these bags, but more than 95% of bags are decorated by kids.  We pay two to ten cents per bag depending on completion and creativity.  100 bags can earn ten bucks! 

Do you know any budding artists?  If so, stop by the store to pick up a pile of blank bags and a list of helpful hints and guidelines.

 

Bag Art

 

Bag Art Guidelines

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Children of any age may decorate our plain paper bags to be used by Terra Toys.  The plain white or brown paper bags may be picked up at Terra Toys (sizes subject to availability) for a 2 cent deposit per bag, which will be refunded when bags are returned.  Children may decorate the bags at home or at school: teachers may want to use bag-decorating as an activity to correlate with other classroom projects (for instance, if you’re studying nutrition, draw pictures of food!).  Terra Toys pays between 2 and 10 cents per decorated bag, prices depending both on bag size and quality of work.

Some guidelines for bag art:

 - Suggested media includes crayon, watercolour, poster paint, markers, colored pencil, collage, rubbings, stampings, stencils, etc.
 - Please do not use messy materials such as chalk, pastels, charcoal, etc., which may rub  off on hands and clothing.
 - Please do not use processes which make bags unusable, such as cutting designs into the bags or using stiff glue.
 - Make the bags bright and colorful.  Often Terra Toys customers like to use their decorated bags in place of wrapping paper.  If your bags are bright and colorful you’ll help people recycle.
 - Art may be representational or abstract; please no messages, political or religious slogans, etc.

Terra Toys reserves the right to turn down artwork which does not meet our standards.  We may also choose to pay less than the maximum price for artwork which is less than dazzling, or we may request that the artist “finish” the piece.
   
We realize that children of varying ages and artistic abilities are not going to produce the same quality  work; however any child or group of children, with materials and processes appropriate for their ages and skills, can produce beautiful designs.  Bag art for Terra Toys can be a good way to introduce children to the idea of working for money, and to let them learn for themselves that sometimes work is fun.  Give those junior Picassos an audience!

Hello World!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Welcome to Terra Toys’ blog.  Here we share information about:

 -  in-store events

 -  our favorite toys, both classic and new

 -  how to play our best games – standard rules, as well as rules we’ve made up

and anything else we think may interest the inquisitive, fun-loving citizens of the universe.

(If you can’t play with it, why bother?)