Terra Toys, an Austin original since 1978, is a locally owned, independent toy store that carries classic toys from around the world. Born on S.Congress in 1978, with the current location at 2438 W. Anderson Lane, Terra Toys is an Austin favorite that offers toys that promote classic and creative play. Make-believe, discovery, and interactive toys are stacked to the ceilings, with rare and unusual kinds you can’t find anywhere else.
Each year, the employees at Terra Toys make Christmas lists showing their top favorite toys for the year, that span all ages and interests. All the lists get compiled into the Terra Top Ten. This year’s list will be highlighted in the store for the rest of the year with out of the box demonstrations of each toy.
Like most of their toys, these top ten winners will be available to touch and play with not just through the holidays but through the whole rest of the year, but if you want more interactive demonstrations, join them in-store for live demonstrations and refreshments on Friday November 21st, 12pm to 4pm.
Terra Toys Top Ten 2014
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. Ultra Range Walkie-Talkies – Hear your friends crystal-clear from a range of two miles away! These walkie-talkies have a sleek and inconspicuous design so you’ll never blow your cover. For spies and secret agents. Ages 6+.
8. 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+.
9. 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+.
10. 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+.
Exciting News: Terra Toys is currently in the works to expand into a coffee shop and Toy Art Gallery. They plan to be open in early January 2015. To stay up-to-date on the progress of the expansion, get news about upcoming promotions, reviews and free events, visit www.terratoys.com/news.
Would you like to win a gift certificate to help out with toy buying this holiday season? We are giving away three gift certificates to three lucky winners: $40, $35 and $25!
What do you have to do to win? Leave a comment below or complete the form by 8 p.m. on Monday, November 24, 2014. Three winners will be chosen randomly and contacted via email with 24 hours to respond. If no response is received within the given 24 hour period, a new winner will be chosen. Only one entry per household, please. Must be at least 18 years of age. The prize is non-transferable and holds no cash value.