There are famous toys, and then there are legendary toys. Some toys stand the test of time, becoming popular with generations of children, while others are just fondly remembered. Then there are toys that literally “changed the game” and had a profound effect not just on the children who played with the toys, but America as a whole. Erector sets are one of those legendary toys.
First introduced exactly 100 years ago, Erector sets quickly became the most popular construction toy in the United States. Each Erector set contained metal beams with regular rows of holes for assembly with nuts and bolts. They also contained wheels, gears, pulleys and – most importantly – small electric motors. For a young country full of even younger inventors, engineers and mechanics, Erector sets were just the type of open-ended, “do it yourself” toy that helped instill and nurture some of the ingenuity and creativity that helped build modern America during the 20th century.
Kazoo Toys is proud to carry Erector sets, with models in a variety of sizes and prices. Whether you fondly remember your own childhood Erector sets and you want to recreate that magic and wonderment for your own child or grandchild, or you and your child are discovering Erector sets for the first time, know that you aren’t just buying a toy – you are buying a piece of American history!
There are very few toy brands as iconic and timeless as Radio Flyer. Since 1917, Radio Flyer’s “Little Red Wagons” have been a treasured part of many childhoods. To a small child, a red wagon could be many things. It could be a passenger cart, ready to carry treasured cargo along a neighborhood sidewalk or park path, expertly pulled and guided by a trusted parent. It could also be a transport truck, ready to carry toys, interesting rocks or even a frog or two from across the yard. For many children, a Radio Flyer wagon was their first vehicle, and by extension their first taste of the freedom, adventure and convenience that a vehicle provides.
Over the decades, Radio Flyer released other popular products, including a classic tricycle, the popular “Inchworm” toy and a sturdy wooden sled. Special products were introduced, such as a blue wagon made for The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s and an Evel Knieval-inspired “muscle car” wagon produced in the 1970s. The “Quad Shock Wagon”, Radio Flyer’s first all-terrain wagon, was released in the 1990s to compliment the growing popularity of that decade’s sport utility vehicles. 2007′s “Ultimate Family Wagon” even won a Chicago Innovation Award. Radio Flyer products have been featured in many movies and television shows, including a 1992 feature film that adopted the iconic name.
Today, Kazoo Toys has a great selection of Radio Flyer products available, from the classics to newly-designed products that your child will sure to love, just as children over decades past loved their own Radio Flyer wagons! You, your parents or even your grandparents will cherish the memory of pulling your little one along a sidewalk or path in a Radio Flyer wagon; many will remember a time when someone pulled them along in exactly the same way.