While Hasbro may be the most well known New England-based toy company, toy store owners across the country may instead think of the Schylling brand. Rowley-MA based Schylling Toys specializes in classic, timeless toys with modern appeal. You won’t see any fly-by-night tech gadgets coming out of their catalogue.
That’s precisely what makes this company so cool. Through the 30 plus years they have been in business, Schylling has been putting out a line of playthings with appeal to both kids and adults. Here are just a few off the more interesting items coming off the Schylling production line.
Sock Monkey Mania
Who doesn’t love a kitschy sock monkey toy? For those of us who aren’t talented enough to create our own, or too thrifty to splurge on an Etsy creation, Schylling has its own model. In addition, you can also celebrate your child’s love for all things Sock Monkey with a yo-yo, playground ball, alarm clock, jack in the boxes or tin tea set, all featuring the stuffed simian.
Retro Tin Collector Toys
Adult Schylling fans know them as much for their extensive collection of retro tin toys as for their classic playthings. For collectors of offbeat and collectible toys, this company is a great go-to. Visitors to their the site will find original tin toy creations like the irreverent wind-up Duck On Bike, the amusement park-themed Rocket Ride Carousel, a mini car Rocket Racer, a Cowboy with a tin lasso, or the ray gun-toting Tin Wind Up Spaceman.
Attack of the Robots!
Speaking of retro, it is impossible not to call out their collection of robots. Parents can get their geek on, while inspiring future sci-fi lovers. My personal favorite is the Planet Robot model (with sparking eyes!), and for those too young to go the tin-toy route just yet, a very cool robot-inspired kickball.
I’m With the Band
For the young musician in your house, Schylling has a wide selection of authentic, but down-aged, musical instruments. Items like their wooden accordion, mini baby grand piano, 6 string acoustic guitar and cowboy guitar are more than just toys, but, instead, functioning instruments to introduce kids into the world of music.
For those who have accepted the fact that your child has somehow been programmed to love all things pink and princessy, Schylling has options. Further, for those who prefer their princess toys license-free, Schylling can fulfill that as well: dresses, accessories, and mini-castle included!
The Magic Lives On
When I was a kid, everyone on the block had a magic kit. Whether it was a card tricks, ball tricks or magic wands, we were all trying to be little Houdinis. How refreshing that Schylling is keeping the classic magic kit alive with over a dozen products in their Fantasma line, including the deluxe Lengths of Magic kit that includes an instructional DVD.