Brookside Toy & Science in Kansas City, Missouri
“Puzzles are selling really well. Still! We carry a huge variety of Ravensburger – always have, because of their beautiful images and high quality. Kids are loving the animals, dragons and fantasy themes, so the 35-piece Dinosaur Playground (1) has been popular, along with the 24-piece Mermaid Adventures (2).
“We carry 500 and 1,000-piece puzzles from a local vendor, Kansas City Puzzle Co. People here like their images of local landmarks including Bond Bridge (3) and Birdie (4), the sculpture on the lawn of the Nelson Atkins Museum. The puzzles are made from 100-percent recycled materials. The inks are soy-based and the packaging is biodegradable plastic.
“My money’s on marble runs for the fourth quarter, and I’m pretty much stocked. I have sets for toddlers to kids age 14 and older. I love everything about them, especially their engineering aspect. The runs and races by Quercetti, like the Migoga (5), are beautiful; made in Italy.”
Wonder Works Toy Stores in Charleston, South Carolina
“For the fall and fourth quarter, Top Trenz has OMG Pop Fidgety game boards (6) and puzzles (7). This trend is NOT going away.
“The YCOO Program A Bot X (8) from ID Toys is our BIGGEST robot yet! It’s a great entry point for kids who are interested in programming.”
“The Good Banana Rainbow Snuggly Blanket (9) is not your average blanket. It’s as soft as a child’s favorite stuffed animal.”