Terra Toys Top Ten Toys List 2014

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

It’s Official! The Terra Toys Top Ten Toys for 2014 is here!

Like most of our toys, these top ten winners will be available to touch and play with for the whole rest of the year, but if you want more action, join us for live demonstrations and refreshments on Friday November 21st, 12pm to 4pm.

 

 

1. C-1 Spider Launcher – An air-powered dart launcher you wear as a glove! Just squeeze your hand into a fist to send the foam darts flying. And you can keep your extra ammo in the wristband quiver! Perfect for a superhero-in-training! Ages 5+.

 

2. Tegu Magnetic Blocks – Made in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, these little building toys combine the classic look of traditional wooden blocks with the flexibility and fun of magnets! They are totally unique and come in gorgeous color schemes for ages 1+.

 

3. Loop de Loom – Weave your very own scarves, cuffs, purses, pillowcases — the possibilities are endless with this new kind of loom! Weaving is as easy as threading yarn through the spinning pegs. You can even interlock multiple sets for longer projects! Simple and fun for ages 8+. 

 

4. Folkmanis Black Cat Puppet – One of the most exceptionally lifelike and user-friendly puppets we’ve come across! These little kitty puppets are soft, lovable, and easy to use. Puurrrfect for ages 3+.

 

5. Dino Construction Vehicle Trio – Super sturdy hybrid dinosaur-machines! Choose from a Steam Roller, Skid Loader, and a Bulldozer. The perfect toy for someone who loves trucks and dinosaur figures. Ages 3+.

 

6. Animo Tractor Play Set – An adorable wooden play set from the French company Janod. Complete with farm animals, a tractor and a pull cart, this imaginative little scene is great for ages 18 months+.

 

7. Zither Heaven Rock-it Stick – Part guitar, part dulcimer, this maple wood instrument sounds great no matter what your level of musical experience, thanks to clever D-A-D tuning. Made in the USA. Ages 6+.

 

 

8. Lottie Dolls – These award-winning dolls come in a huge range of styles and interests! Whether you love butterflies or pirates, ponies or robots, snow queens or karate – Lottie loves it all too. Best of all, the Lottie Dolls have a childlike frame, with no high heels and no makeup. They’re regular kids just like you! Ages 3+.

9. Snap Circuits Green – Learn about alternate energy with this innovative take on the Snap Circuits science kits! Simply snap the pieces together to learn all about electricity, energy and circuitry. Build an FM radio, a solar-powered clock, a hybrid car, and many more! Ages 8+.

 

 

10. Nanoblocks – Build 8-bit inspired models of animals, instruments, or famous landmarks with these TEENY TINY Lego-like bricks! The small pieces allow for intricate detail and endless possibilities. Perfect for architects and gamers alike! Ages 8.+

What is the Terra Toys Top Ten!???

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Its starting to get cold in Austin and all we can think about here at Terra Toys is Christmas!!!

And of course Christmas at the Terra Toys means the unveiling of the Top Ten Toys of the Year!

But before we reveal our Top Ten of the year, we want to tell you all about where the Top Ten list came from and why we continue to do it every year! 

The first Top Ten Toys for Christmas was in 2009, when a fellow staff member made a list of her favorites to help her remember during the busy season! All the other staff members liked the idea and made different lists, each with their very own favorites of the year. Now, it has become a list of all the employees favorites, compiled into the most frequently listed toys!

The Top Ten Toys are the toys that we are going to highlight  and demonstrate during the Christmas season.  The list helps customers know our favorite toys without having to ask, and they can see what it looks like and be able to touch and demo each toy!

This year we are going to host an amazing Top Ten Release Party!

We’ll be celebrating all day long on Friday November 21st!

With music, bubbles, refreshments and best of all, TOYS! That’s right, each of this year’s Top Ten Toys will be off of the shelf, out of the box, ready for YOU to try out and play with.

The entire list with descriptions will be revealed on November 18th on our website!

Trick-or-Treat Party at Terra Toys!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

 

How do you go Trick-or-Treating in a toy store? First, you build some awesome little cardboard houses! Then you place them all around the toys within the store. And finally, you invite all your favorite puppet friends to come out and give away candy!

This Friday we will be hosting a Halloween party from 2 to 7 at Terra Toys. Kids of all ages can come in costume and gather up candy from our puppet pals in every corner of the store! PLUS we’ll be serving sparkling apple cider to wash it all down! Yummm!

If you have a really spectacular costume this year, make sure you stick around for our Costume Contests at 3, 4, 5, 6, AND 7 o’clock! That’s FIVE contests and FIVE chances to win awesome goodie bags filled with treats and toys!

And even if you don’t have a costume this year, you can come over and try out our spooky Halloween Mystery Feels! Stick your hand in a covered box — IF YOU DARE! — and try to guess what CREEPY thing you’re touching. No peeking, though! If you can guess all the Mystery Feels, you could win a goodie bag!

Just like all Terra Toys events, this Halloween Party is totally free and open to the public! There are a lot of chances to take home candy and toys on your Halloween afternoon. All you have to do is stop in at Terra Toys any time between 2 and 7 this Friday and play with us!

Top Ten Trick-or-Treat Goodies!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

It’s only a few weeks left before Halloween!

At Terra Toys, we’ve got all sorts of great ideas for small and inexpensive candy and toys to hand out to your neighborhood Trick-or-Treaters. 

Not only do we have some truly awesome candy, we’ve also thought up some cool candy-alternatives for the less sugar-inclined.

So without further ado, here are our Top Ten Goodies for this year’s Halloween escapades!

 

Top Five Trick-or-Treat Candy Alternatives

1. Monster Bouncy Balls - You don’t have to be bouncing off the walls from eating too much sugar — as long as you have one of these adorable silly monster balls to bounce around for you!

2. Bendable Skeletons - You can make these funny bones do all sorts of things that you can’t do with your own skeleton!

3. Finger Bubbles - Who doesn’t want to find a spooky disembodied finger in their trick-or-treat bag — especially one filled with BUBBLES!

4. Halloween Stickers - An oldie but a goodie. With witches, ghosts, and haunted houses, we have stickers to suit every Halloween need! Great for stationary :)

5. Creepy Crawlies Galore - Spiders, lizards, insects — oh my! All sorts of strange critters await to put the TRICK in this year’s trick-or-treat adventures!

 

 

Top Five Trick-or-Treat Candies!

1. Gooey Ghouls - Delicious chocolate and gooey caramel all wrapped up in ghoulish monster faces make these Gooey Ghouls our favorite Halloween treats!

2. Strawberry Delights - Who ever had a Halloween where they didn’t find one of these jelly-filled strawberries at the bottom of the bag? A classic, yes, but very delicious!!!

3. Dracula Drool – An oozing tube of sour liquid that is sure to make your lips pucker and your mouth turn red — helping you to perfect your scary vampire face!

4. Chocolate Eyeballs by Madeleine Chocolates- They’re watching you! That is, of course, until you unwrap them and gobble them up!

5. Gummy Pet Tarantula by Jelly Belly-  If you can’t have a real spider to keep you company this Halloween, at least you can have this yummy gummy friend! Each one is a different flavor!

….And another favorite this year… Spooooky Ring Pops!!!  Sweet, sugary decorated rings that last and look good!! So tiny yet so much detail! 

All About Diwali

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

If you’ve driven by Terra Toys lately, you may have noticed the sign announcing our Diwali Sparklers!

Lots of people have come in asking about the sign and what it means, so we wanted to share some of our knowledge with you.

Diwali is a Hindu festival that begins on October 23 this year. Sparklers are popular during Diwali because it is a festival of lights. It’s all about celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. In India, all the streets and buildings are covered in lights for Diwali — so much so that the country is actually more noticeable to astronauts in space during the festival!

This year we are going to have a Diwali celebration at Terra Toys! On Thursday, October 23, from 7 pm to 8 pm, we will light up a bunch of our favorite sparklers and demonstrate our favorite light-up toys. So keep the date and come on by to play with us!

And whether you are celebrating a holiday, walking down the aisle, or you just need to brighten up your week, don’t forget that you can come to Terra Toys anytime year-round to ask for a free fireworks demonstration!

~Halloween Time at Terra Toys~

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

 Welcome to our favorite time of year, everybody!!

All our spooky toys and costumes are here for Halloween at Terra Toys! From dancing skeletons to spiders with party hats, everyone is eagerly awaiting the candy season.

Look at that adorable witchy kitten! She’s just one of twelve Halloween pop-up cards that we have to choose from. Whether cute or scary, they are perfect for adding to a Halloween gift or sending to some far-away friends!

These amazing Halloween paper lanterns are beautiful and elegant, making our store look extra spooky and fancy at the same time! The lightbulb inside makes the scary pictures on the paper seem to glow. Definitely a must-have for any trick-or-treat house.

Of course, we haven’t forgotten the best part of Halloween: the candy! Just when you thought Cadbury Creme Eggs were only for Easter, we found these delicious Cadbury SCREME Eggs! Filled with green, gooey goodness, these morsels will put all your other Halloween candy to shame. 

And if you are a true lover of Halloween, you’ll want to pick up some of these creepy Ouija Mystifying Mints. Each time you pull them out, you’ll find yourself adding to the scary holiday spirit that’s in the air.

And remember, ANY time year-round that you come into Terra Toys in costume, you get a free toy out of our treasure chest! So come test out your Halloween costumes on us. Plus if you come in costume on October 30th and 31st, you get an extra special goodie bag, filled with toys and candy surprises!

This is just the beginning of a SPOOK-TASTIC Halloween at Terra Toys! Stay tuned for more prizes and fun coming up this October!

Dragonsnaps Children’s Clothing Fall Season

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Dragonsnaps just received some beautiful clothing for the fall season!

Founded in 1984, Dragonsnaps is the clothing department located inside Terra Toys.

(Fun Fact: Back when Terra Toys was located on S. Congress Ave, Dragonsnaps had its own store three doors down from Terra Toys. Since we moved in 2004, we consolidated both stores together!)

Dragonsnaps focuses on unique, made-in-the-USA ONLY children’s clothes for sizes 0 to 10. Dragonsnaps also carries a variety of hats, belts, and hair accessories.

Forget zombies and vampires — this year our favorite fantastical creature is the unicorn!

These unique shirts are just a few that feature the graceful creature this fall. First up, a simple neutral tee by Lucky Fish, easy to pair with any bottoms. If that doesn’t suit you, there’s a SUPER soft, loose-fitting shirt by SooperGirl, complete with bright pastels to surround our lovely unicorn. And for when it gets cold, a thick rainbow hoodie by Imagine Greenwear, with a unicorn flying amongst the stars! No matter what you need, we have the perfect outfits to start your Unicorn Wardrobe!

And check out these cool shirts, hand screen-printed in New York City!

A crazy cool, realistic-looking bat, or a fun, flying bat symbol! Those bats are great for Halloween and for any kid who wants to show off their love of Austin! Did you know that Austin is home to the largest urban bat colony in the WORLD?!?!?

These vintage-inspired dresses come to us from the company Fiveloaves Twofish. Hand-sewn in LA by an expert seamstress diva – she even designs and hand-makes her own wardrobe! Check out the amazing hand-stitched detail on these dresses.

Simply gorgeous. Needless to say, if you’re looking to add some fun, unique, high-quality pieces to your child’s wardrobe, Dragonsnaps is here to help! Come find us inside Terra Toys!

Back to School!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

School has started up again, but there’s still time for toys! As Mr. Rogers says, "Play is the work of childhood." :)

Check out all these art supplies! With silly crayons, adorable erasers, and crazy pens, we have everything you need to make going back to school fun and exciting. These unique school supplies will definitely make you stand out from the crowd.

We even have an awesome selection of fun backpacks, lunch boxes, pencil cases, and more. If you have something to carry, we have something for you to put it in.

Don’t forget to grab some learning toys while you’re here! This Monkey Multiplier is so cute and easy to use — just slide his legs to the numbers you want to multiply and his hands will show you the answer.

Or if you need to brush up on your geography, we have globes of all different styles and sizes. Our geography toys include puzzles, wall maps, flashcards, and the cool trivia game, GeoBingo.

Whether you’re just starting your ABCs or think of yourself as a student of life, there is learning fun for everyone at Terra Toys!

SHARK WEEK AT TERRA TOYS

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

DUN DUN… DUN DUN… DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN DUN!

That’s the sound of all the sharks here at Terra Toys getting pumped for our SHARK WEEK, August 10th – 17th!

Terra Toys loves all things Shark, so in honor of Discovery’s Shark week, we invite you to come play with us!

We’ll have daily shark trivia, activities, and give away shark prizes all week long! You can see what it’s like to excavate a shark tooth, play with shark plush or plastic animals, and eat delicious gummy sharks. Plus for every shark purchase, you’ll receive a free Shark Week Bingo Board to play while you watch your favorite shark week shows at home!

Come have a BITING good time with us for SHARK WEEK! Every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. August 10th-17th!

Candy time at Terra Toys

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

We got another HUGE shipment of Candy! Special kinds from Europe and all over!

One of the things many people are often surprised about when they visit Terra Toys is the huge selection of candy we have! At random times we often do Candy Sample Time! Today we tried Happy Hippos and the famous…Crunchie Bar!

We tend to stray away from the average candy bar that you can find in any old vending machine. Instead, we strive to find candy that is high-quality, unique, or just crazy fun!

These Happy Hippos from the company Kinder, in Germany. They have two kinds of filling: one is Hazelnut cream the other Chocolate Cream. SO luscious and creamy with a crunchy white chocolate crisp on the outside of the wafer. You have got to try one of these!

Kinder Happy Hippos are the unanimous staff favorite! A perfect combination of creamy filling and crispy cookie, all wrapped up in the adorable smiling face of a hippo.

And we just can’t get enough of these new Cadbury Crunchie bars — they’re a lace honeycomb crunch dipped in chocolate!

People who have moved to the States from Europe will sometimes tell us that they used to eat these Kinder and Cadbury chocolates all the time when they lived abroad. They say that Terra Toys is the only place they’ve seen this candy since they moved! We are thrilled to hear about these awesome trips down memory lane.

Is your mouth watering yet? Ready to try it for yourself? There’s all this and more at Terra Toys right now!