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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Christmas Window in Looe

Has it really been almost twelve months since I dug out the boxes marked 'Christmas Decorations' which have been sitting quietly on the top shelf of the store waiting patiently to be opened again.

As always I test the lights before putting them on the tree as I have been caught before when I have finished the window only to find when I switch the lights on they decide not to work although when I had put them away they worked fine. This year there was no problem and they all worked perfectly.

I find there is something really enjoyable in stripping the window and dressing it for Christmas and watching the children's faces as they smile happily and point at all the things they notice like the teddy bear wearing his Christmas Hat in the pedal car, to the Nesting Santa.

We have a wonderful range of Christmas toys in our shops and on our website and I am certain if you are looking for something special or a little different than either pop into the shops or buy online where we will all be happy to help you.

There are several events happening in Looe over the next few weeks and when I have the dates I will post them all in time for you to enjoy them.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Santa's Grotto Toys

We have been supplying traditional and classic toys direct to Santa for 10 years now, with our energetic Christmas elves tirelessly gift wrapping and sending them out every year so that all the girls and boys out there have an exciting Christmas morning.

 Are you planning on having a Santa's grotto this year?
Since Father Christmas started recruiting and training apprentice Santa's to help with the Christmas rush by opening up their own Santa's grotto's, there has been an increase in demand for a selection of traditional toys to give to all of his visitors. As the apprentice Santa's are on a trainee wage, then all the Santa's grotto toys have to be sourced at a competitive price, which is where we come in.

We can gift wrap the Santa's grotto toys for you
Santa's Grotto Toys
We can advise on the best range of Santa's grotto toys for your event, working to a price point of your choice, and can even gift wrap each individual present for you, with the gift wrap colour coded for suitability for boys or girls, and age.

Pallets of Santa's Grotto Toys
Whether you need a pallet of last years toys at a great price, or a small selection of carefully chosen Christmas presents or 'secret Santa' stocking fillers for your event this Christmas, then please give us a call on 08452 696 452 and we will advise on the best festive solution for you.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Totnes Christmas Late Night Shopping

This year the Totnes Christmas late night shopping will be held on the 6th, 13th & 20th December - 5pm to 10pm

A series of three festive Tuesday evenings with entertainment, shopping and food.

Don't forget to pop up to Toyday to check out our great value stocking fillers and gifts for all the family!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Christmas last posting dates 2011

It looks like it's going to be another busy Christmas this year, and so it is time to post our last posting dates for 2011.

UK Standard Delivery: 19 December 2011

UK Next Day Delivery: 22 December 2011 – before 12pm

UK Christmas Eve Delivery: 23 December 2011 – before 12pm, surcharge applies.

Standard European Delivery: 12 December 2011

Standard Worldwide Delivery: 9 December 2011

Extended returns period
For added peace of mind this year, we have extended our returns period over Christmas, so anything purchased during November and December this year will be eligible for return throughout January 2012. All that we ask is that the return is in new condition and in its original packaging.

Subject to our standard return T&C's. Your statutory rights are not affected.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Racing Rubber Ducks

With one of Toyday shops based in Looe we are no stranger to Rubber Duck races as each summer The Lions Club of Looe holds its own annual rubber duck race when around 5000 rubber ducks are dropped from the Bridge into the harbour amid huge cheers as the tide is going out.

Through the summer people 'purchase' a numbered duck and on the day of the race the harbour is packed with every one hoping the duck they sponsored is the first past the finishing post although as with any race there is a lot of jostling, the ducks that is, as they float down the harbour.

It is a hugely enjoyable event and raises an amazing amount of money for charity and we are finding that this kind of event is becoming more and more popular and we are getting requests if we can supply large quantities of rubber ducks which of course we can.

One criteria for a successful duck race as you can imagine is the fact that the ducks are suitable and although they all float in a bath its when they are dropped from a height or the water is perhaps a little choppy that they have problems.

So the idea of this blog was to test a few of the popular ducks for racing and see how they stand up to the elements.

Giant Rubber Duck

  • Floats upright in water.
  • Unlikely to topple over with a base of around 11 inches.
  • Still very stable when dropped from a height.
  • Standing 10 inches tall its easily visible from a distance.
  • RRP of £17.99.
  • 10/10 for a Duck Race

Large Duck in a Hat

  • Floats upright in water.
  • Quite stable with a base of around 7 inches.
  • Still quite stable when dropped from a height.
  • Stands around 7 inches so easily seen from a distance.
  • RRP £14.99. ( each )
  • 9/10 for a Duck Race

Classic Bath Duck

  • Floats upright when placed in water.
  • Topples over quite easily.
  • Does not always land upright if dropped.
  • Quite visible as stands 3 inches high and 4 inches long
  • RRP £1.75
  • 7/10 for a Duck Race

Creature Rubber Duck

  • Floats upright when placed in water.
  • Topples over quite easy.
  • Unlikely to land upright if dropped.
  • They are quite visible as coloured and also quirky.
  • RRP £1.99 ( each )
  • 6/10 for a Duck Race

Tube of 6 Rubber Ducks
  • Floats upright when placed in water.
  • Very stable for its small size.
  • Mostly lands upright when dropped.
  • Comes in bright colours so is quite visible.
  • RRP £4.99 ( per tube of 6 )
  • 9/10 for a Duck Race.

Pluck a Duck

  • Floats upright when placed in water.
  • Fairly stable in water.
  • Tends to fall on its side when dropped.
  • Comes in bright colours so easily visible.
  • RRP £13.00 ( per pack of 3 )
  • 7/10 for a Duck Race. (10/10 for a hook-a-duck game)

I hope this helps in any plans that you may have for a future duck race and if you witnessed or heard about the O2 Duck Race and the Spinningfields charity event held in April we supplied the giant ducks for these events. Family ducks were sponsored for £1 and corporates ducks £150, and many ducks being painted to add extra amusement. Happy Duck Racing.

Friday, 11 November 2011

The Toy Sourcers

Do you have a list of toys that your business or client needs but can't find on our website (or on google!)?
If so, you need our toy sourcing service. Whether you need 20,000 rubber ducks for your cooperate or charity event, or dice, counters and cards for your exciting new game, or perhaps your client requires a selection of toys aimed at a particular age range or price point. Whatever your toy requirements, we are happy to assist.

Working directly with the major toy manufacturers and importers, we can source almost any toys, and will provide a bespoke quote for you along with high resolution product images, availability & lead times. There is no charge for this service; it all comes as part of our great old fashioned customer service!

Simply contact the toysourcers@toyday.co.uk and tell us what you need, and let us do all the hard work for you, whilst you go off and enjoy that game of golf, sorry, I mean concentrate on your next presentation.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Which is better - LEGO or a better value lower priced compatiable set?

Well, the official Toyday poll results are in, and surprisingly, only a third of our readers thought that LEGO® was better, compared to 66% of you that believed the lower priced compatiable sets to be better value.

We have been attempting to get an account with LEGO®, for at least 5 years, and my bi-annual call to their sales team always go the same way, that they won't be opening any new accounts until next year! So naturally we were excited to hear when the LEGO® patent had expired, and that many of LEGO®'s competitors sets were emerging. After purchasing many of the different brands, we found the best of the compatiable sets to be Cobi and the MY range to be the most similar to LEGO®, and with a good tight grip, and also representing the best value for money. This is why we now sell both of those ranges in our shops and online.

Now, it wouldn't be fair for me to state my particular preference until I have compared like for like, so last week I went out and purchased some original LEGO®, which I shall be building the models from, and see for myself how it really does compare.

I have purchased the LEGO® Atlantis Brickmaster set which will be compared directly with our own MY Space Explorer Building Bricks set which both retail for a penny under £15. I will be back soon to let you know which I believe to be better.

Don't forget to vote in our new poll at the top right of the screen "How Much Of Your Christmas Shopping Do You Buy Online?"

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