Here we are showing the Blue & Yellow Macaw from the wild animals, all are pretty impressive but some of the immediately most impressive and popular are the revamped Hippopotamus with huge wide jaws, the aggressive Grizzly, and the sleek Black Panther. With the horses Schleich are adding plaited manes to a few more models, see the fell pony and shire but the ones that take the biscuit are the appaloosas – to the uninitiated it looks like icing sugar on the hind quarters – to the initiated a fanatsic model horse.
Each year Orchard Toys release new products in the spring and then summer/autumn.
Where’s my cupcake actually came out in June so we can already see it is one of our most popular games – just looking at the box with the picture of scrummy pink cupcakes you can see how attractive a game it is for children around the age of 3 or more. Using this everyday product helps children identify with and enjoy the process of playing and learning to count – normal Orchard Toys brilliant approach to educational toys and play.
New to us in 2012 are these bright colourful wiggler finger puppets.
Quite different from standard finger puppets where a child’s imagination takes over these are just a bundle of fun.
We have great trouble remembering that these are wigglers and not wrigglers!
To make them work you place them along your arm with three fingers tucked into the head pocket – if you then cross your arms you can put two fingers into the back pockets – wiggling and wriggling takes over and children just giggle & giggle.
Since April we have seen huge changes here & in the process Cuisenaire Rods come to the fore.
After a few years of using a company to hold our stock and send out our orders we decided to improve every aspect of what we do and therefore decided to bring all our stock directly under our own control.
We knew we would see cost and efficiency benefits and that we would be able to better ensure everything was processed exactly as we wished.
What we did not expect were the quite dramatic benefits of sitting close by everything.
We always have a special offers page where we select different items to offer extra value on.
Sometimes these are end of lines, sometimes slightly damaged stock, sometimes just things we enjoy selling.
This spring we have chosen 9 items to reduce to illustrate some of our best products – 3 Orchard Toys – 3 Schleich models and 2 electronics items, and, of course, a train.
On the Orchard items we have selected some great items – Find the Rhyme puzzle, Noah’s Ark Puzzle and Nursery Rhymes 4 in a box puzzles now at £3.99, £3.99, £2.99 giving savings of £4.50 and more.