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REVIEW: Topobots

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Background

The Topobots are the latest series of wood toys from Geared For Imagination’s Topozoo line. While we’ve seen various animals and dinosaurs in the past, this series is made up of four special robots: Herobot, Piratebot, Rockbot, and Vampbot.

As can probably be surmised from their names, each wooden 3-D toy puzzle combines a popular character (especially amongst kids) with a robot. Every Topobot is made up of four interconnecting pieces, each one painted in a single color.

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The Facts



Topobots
Series: Topozoo
Manufacturer: Geared For Imagination
Material: Recycled Wood
Dimensions: Around 12"tall
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Herobot, Piratebot, Rockbot, Vampbot
Pricing: $9.99 each

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Packaging

The packaging is fairly simple. Every Topobot come packaged on a recycled cardboard backing, and the toy is held in place by clear plastic. All that means is that you can recycle the recycled packaging.

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Our Opinion

I have a three-year-old son. Little boys of that age appear to be obsessed with a few specific things: cars, construction equipment, nature (bugs and animals), and robots. Not surprisingly, the moment I opened the package from Geared For Imagination, he wanted to bust open one of the Topobots.

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Each figure is made up of four pieces. There are two body pieces and two legs. The body pieces work in conjunction with each other to give depth and changes in color (since each piece is painted one solid color) using the cut holes. Also, there are some pieces (Piratebot’s eye and Vampbot’s heart) where it appears a router – I’m sure they have something much more advanced – has been used to give you a view of the base wood.

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REVIEW: Topozoo Owl

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Background

Topozoo is the first collection designed and produced by Geared For Imagination. The eco-friendly line of 3-D puzzles feature interlocking pieces of recycled wood and felt made from recycled bottles. The Topozoo series is released in single character sets or three figure playsets.

We were sent the Topozoo Owl, which “includes a handsome owl puzzle ready for woodland adventures”.

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The Facts



Topozoo Owl
Series: Topozoo
Manufacturer: Geared For Imagination
Material: Recycled Wood and Felt
Dimensions: 10” tall x 8.5” wide
Points of Articulation: Zero
Pricing: $14.99

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Packaging

The Topozoo Owl is packaged in a flat cardboard box. It has a front opening that allows you to see the product inside. The writing on the package is in green, which makes it a little difficult to read. But since this is more likely to be a child's play toy, I'm guessing not many people will be keeping the box.

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Our Opinion

I feel that the Topozoo Owl might be the best representative of Geared For Imagination's Topozoo line. Unlike some of the sets, it features both wood pieces and several felt layers. It actually includes six pieces in total, which are then layered on top of one another.

The Topozoo line is entirely interchangeable. That's what makes the three figure playsets appealing. For example, there's a dinosaur set. Each dinosaur is one solid color. But you can swap out parts to create crazy, new dinos.

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REVIEW: Deglingos – Kitschos The Fox

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Background

Deglingos (deh-GLING-goes): common noun. Animalos molto funnios and muy crazios. A uniques species of contagiously quirky animals, the Deglingos speak their own language which consists of finishing many words with 'os'. Made from over 50 different fabrics and designed in France.

Thanks to the US distributor of the Deglingos line, Geared For Imagination, we're able to get a closer look at one of the newest character – Kitschos The Fox.

You've heard “sly as a fox”? No! Kitschy as a fox! No lie, all classic coolos for me – like James Bondos. A little bit megalomaniac and 100% seventies suavos – I am Kitschos the Fox!

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The Facts



Kitschos The Fox
Series: Original Deglingos
Manufacturer: Globe Trotoys
Distributor: Geared For Imagination
Artists: Laurent Manceron and Stephanie Dick
Material: Plush (Line uses of 50 types of fabric)
Dimensions: About 9” tall
Points of Articulation: 2 (Arms are stringed so they can be turned)
Pricing: $29.99

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Tag

Each Deglingos plush comes with a small, booklet-like swing tag. The book features photos and mini biographies (in English and French) of all of the characters in the series.

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Our Opinion

The Deglingos plush line is fairly unique in the world of designer plush toys. Each animal character is a patchwork of various materials. It's not surprising that the eyes don't match or the inside of the ears are different fabrics. Since the Deglingos are also targeted towards children, they have various textures to those fabrics (such as a burlap bottom).

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REVIEW: Croakos The Frog

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Background

The term Deglingos is defined as “animalos molto funnios and muy crazios”. They're the animals that speak their own language consisting of finishing words with 'os'. The latest addition to the line goes by the name of Croakos The Frog.

My name is Croakos but my friends call me “Big Mouthos”. I speak so loud that I often cause a real commotionos! I'm a real chatterboxos – but don't you find it charming.

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The Facts



Croakos The Frog
Series: The Deglingos - Original
Distributor: Geared For Imagination
Artists: Laurent Manceron and Stephanie Dick
Material: Plush (Line uses over 50 different kinds of fabric)
Dimensions: 10” tall
Points of Articulation: 2 (arms via string)

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Tag

The Deglingos tag is becoming more of a Deglingos booklet. With all of the new characters, they've been adding new pages. It's great if you're not familiar with the line, as the tag has photos, background info, and a bio on each character.

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Our Opinion

Deglingos are always a mishmash of colors and fabrics. (They claim to feature over 50 kinds of fabric and string) It's like someone went crazy in a pile of scrap fabrics and came out with a completed plush toy. But all of the Deglingos I have seen appear to have a corduroy body.

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REVIEW: Crazy Cuddly Wolf Playset

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Background

T'es Fou Louloup (Crazy Cuddly Wolf) is from a pair of French designers - Anne Lelong & Ferdinand Lecomte – who have been making children's toys since 1994. In the United States, the line from Ebulobo, is distributed by Geared For Imagination. And while the Louloup line is rather expansive, we decided to choose the Crazy Cuddly Wolf Playset to review.

A crazy cuddly wolf too greedy, Louloup has an all blue tongue, as he eats everything. In his belly there is a pan, a mobile phone, a chicken bell, a pig squeaker and a little red riding hood.

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The Facts



Crazy Cuddly Wolf Playset
Series: Crazy Cuddly Wolf
Manufacturer: Geared For Imagination
Artists: Anne Lelong & Ferdinand Lecomte
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 14.5” long
Accessories: Five activity toys hidden in body (Little Red Riding Hood, Chicken, Pig, Pot, Phone)

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Tag

The tag is very simple. It has a short background story about the character, although most of the language printed on it is French. It's something you wouldn't mind tossing away.

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Our Opinion

The Crazy Cuddly Wolf Playset is probably targeted towards children more than collectors. And while my 8 month old son doesn't give good verbal feedback as of yet, I'll have to play the dual role of collector and child. If you know me...it's not that difficult of a transition.

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REVIEW: Ducky Deglingos

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Background

Released by Geared for Imagination in May 2010, the Ducky Deglingos are a line of designer bath toys. Featuring four popular Deglingos characters, they are meant to be at home on an executive desk or a kids' bathtub. We’re going to take a look at two of those designs: BigBos the Wolf and Ratos the Rat.

BigBos the Wolf
He's the boss of the bath! BigBos features his trademark pinstripe suit and debonair spotted necktie. Comes packaged in a stylish clear box.

Ratos the Rat
This tough rat features a heart tattoo and strapping suspenders. Comes packaged in a stylish clear box.

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The Facts



Ducky Deglingos
Series: Deglingos
Manufacturer: Geared for Imagination
Artist: Laurent Manceron and Stephanie Dick
Material: Plastic (BPA and pthalate free)
Dimensions: 5” long
Points of Articulation: Zero
Designs: Ratos the Rat; BigBos the Wolf; Nonos the Dog; Ronronos the Cat

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Packaging

The Ducky Deglingos are packaged in a rather simple clear plastic box. They vary slightly, since each box has the character’s name imprinted on it. It’s the type of packaging that you wouldn’t be upset to throw away.

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Our Opinion

Over the past five years or so, designer “rubber ducks” have become the rage. There are sports stars, film icons, comic book characters, etc. who have been turned into this childhood bath time staple. And since the Deglingos characters have been imagined in plush, baby rattles, baby toys, children’s shoes, and even a board game…it makes complete sense that we’d see them in “rubber duck” form.

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