The Perfect Costume

Halloween is just around the corner.  Perhaps you haven’t yet started looking for a Halloween costume, but you need to get crankin’. If you have small children, you are probably overwhelmed by the variety of Halloween costumes.  Should you go for the latest costume? Like Angry Birds or Captain America? Or go for something more classic? Like a pirate or a princess?  Parents, will you dress up for Halloween?  This is an opportunity to spend some quality time with your child, why not make it fun and dress up too?  Ty’s Toy Box has a vast selection of costumes, allowing your child to participate in the shows that they so often enjoy.  Yo Gabba Gabba is truly a unique TV show, why not go out on a limb and wow all of your friends? Ty’s Toy Box has Yo Gabba Gabba costumes in both child and adult size, and 6 different characters from which to choose.  Will you be Plex or Muno? Toodee or Brobee? Foofa or DJ Lance Rock?  The possibilities are endless.

Not only are the possibilities endless, but your dollar will stretch a little further on Ty’s Toy Box’s website.  You can expect prices to be anywhere from $5-$10 cheaper than the average costumes if you order from our website.

So what if you’re not ready to make the commitment to wearing a Yo Gabba Gabba costume, you might ask? No worries. We have plenty of other costumes to choose from, including Ben 10, Strawberry Shortcake, Super Why, Dinosaur Train, and Olivia the Pig. Mothers and daughters, you can dress alike as Strawberry Shortcake and Lemon Meringue.  For boys we have Ben 10 Alien Force, with a variety of costumes from which to choose.  Don’t let this holiday overwhelm you.  Treat your kids, impress your friends, and trick-or-treat in style!


Licensed Merchandise from Ty’s Toy Box

Years ago, Ty’s Toy Box was an idea that sprang out of a need to find character products for the founders daughter that did not exist in the United States.  As we roll into the holiday season, we are reminded of our humble beginnings.  If you are looking for something special for your little on this holiday and they have a favorite character – like Thomas and Friends, Yo Gabba Gabba, Olivia or Super Why – we are working hard to locate and stock products for these characters that we represent on our site.  If you are having trouble finding what you seek, we would appreciate if you would contact customer service – either using our live chat, toll free number or email – and let us know what you seek.  If we do not have it now, we will look for it and see what can be done to locate the hard to find items.

Many of our items are specialty items that we create using print on demand technologies.  These items include hats, t-shirts, sweathshirts and any of the personalized items we offer on our site.  Even if you do not personalize the item, it is still printed on demand and will take a few more days to produce before we can ship you the item.  Please be aware that, as we enter the busy season, we are doing our best to print your items on the same day we receive the order.  If there is any question about our being able to deliver on your deadline, again, contact customer service and they can assist you with your purchase.  As we have more than one warehouse location, it is also possible that your order may be received in more than one shipment from us so if you get the book or dvd you ordered but have not seen the t-shirt yet, don’t panic, it is also on its way!

Thanks for your interest, your business – we appreciate your product and experience feedback!

All hail Olivia the Pig!

I have a little crush on Olivia. I can’t help it; she’s simply adorable, and she gives me an excuse to call my children piglets. (What? Oh, like you’ve never done that.)

I love everything about her, and although my children have outgrown her, a bit, I still love her official website and playing with all it has to offer. Did you know that Olivia creator Ian Falconer comes from a background in art (that explains the sparse but so demonstrative illustrations, yes?) and came up with Olivia based on his niece? It’s true, and I learned it on the website.

And now there’s a slew of new merchandise in the Olivia the Pig Store here at Ty’s Toy Box, just in time for the holidays.

I cannot imagine what spirited little one wouldn’t want a personalized Olivia t-shirt. And they come in adult sizes, too, which means that even I can proudly declare that wearing a tiara makes every day magnificent. Hee.

If you can’t find something there you have to have, well, I fear you just may not have a soul.

Chorion and Olivia are spreading out

Olivia would be coming to Nick Jr. in CGI form. At the time, there wasn’t much information to go on, but I was thrilled to hear that the project was underway.

Now, it appears that Chorion is moving forward, and they’ve made plans for a Fall debut on the U.K.’s Five network:

The UK deal further consolidates Chorion’s relationship with Five which already airs the producer’s hit kids shows THE MR MEN SHOW and MAKE WAY FOR NODDY. OLIVIA will broadcast as part of Five’s Milkshake! block. The 52 x 11 minute series for a pre-school audience is currently in production with delivery scheduled for fall 2008.

Based on the award-winning books written and illustrated by Ian Falconer, OLIVIA is a 3D CG series animated by the Academy Award-nominated company Brown Bag Films. Chorion’s Diana Manson is executive producing along with Pat Resnick who is also the head writer. Resnick is an acclaimed screen and television writer with credits including 9 TO 5, QUINTET, MAXIE, STRAIGHT TALK and the Golden Globe-nominated HELL ON HEELS — THE BATTLE OF MARY KAY.

This is exciting news for Olivia fans all over the world, but the best part of this article comes next:

Five’s Director of Children’s Programs Nick Wilson said, “Olivia is a great character! And I am very fond of her — she’s also 6 and three quarters which is one of the great ages! She’ll be Pig of the Year and a great addition to Milkshake.”

I’m all for enthusiasm, but if I didn’t know better, I’d think Wilson himself was only about 6 and three quarters years old. Heh.

Also, since when do they hold Pig of the Year? I mean, I hope Olivia wins, and all, but I wasn’t aware it was a contest. Based upon what I recently found in the bottom of my daughter’s closet, I think she might be in the running for Pig of the Year….

Another popular pig hitting the screen

Let’s face it; there’s plenty of great pigs out there for our kids’ viewing pleasure. Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web. Piggley Winks. Pig and Arnold from Kipper. The three little pigs in the Shrek movies. Pigs are just good on-screen subjects.

And anyone who’s ever read any of the Olivia books by Ian Falconer will likely be thrilled to learn that the precocious piglet will soon be coming to Nickelodeon thanks to a deal with Chorion:

The new CGI series (52×11 and one 44 minute special) will be animated by Academy Award-nominated Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films. Nick Jr. will present 26 half-hour episodes in the U.S. and sales for the international territories will be made at MIP this month.

“Olivia is one of our most exciting properties and we are thrilled that our enthusiasm for the brand is shared wholeheartedly by our partners at Nickelodeon,” said Nicholas James, ceo of Chorion. “We are committed to delivering the very best quality entertainment to audiences globally, and we could not have better partners in that endeavor.”

CGI Olivia? Be still my heart. (Is it too much to hope that she has an English accent? For some reason I want her to sound British.)

And yes, I see that they’ll be airing in the Nick Jr. block—perhaps a bit too young for my brood—but we’re longtime Olivia fans here at my house; we may just have to tape it and check it out, anyway. As research. For all of you. Because I care.