Caillou Holds the Character Card

With most of the holidays behind us, it is a good time to reflect on friends, family, and more.  If you have good friends, most likely your friends have great character.  Many people are drawn to those with great character.

Caillou was a character that was created in 1990 by French author Christine L’Heureux and illustrator Hélène Desputeaux.  Christine wanted to encourage children to develop their own unique characteristics while growing in peace with others and the world around them.  She also wanted to depart from the normal practice of using animals in children’s books, and instead used a more identifiable component- humans themselves.  Her reasoning was that children could better relate to the stories that she was telling with a human, instead of an animal. Was she right? How does your little one relate to Caillou?  Feel free to leave your comments below.

Caillou encourages your children to explore the world around them, to use their imagination, and to have adventures.  There’s nothing like using your imagination to solve a problem as opposed to playing hours of shoot ‘em up video games.  Which way would you rather have your child spend his or her time?  Click here to check out fun games and how to build with Caillou.

Last but not least, for cool Caillou stuff, check out the items on our website. All of the clothing can be personalized. It’s pretty much just awesome.

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!

Sesame Street still going strong, going green!

sesame-street-40-yearsIt’s hard to believe that Sesame Street turned 40 this past year, but it’s true. For forty years, kids across the country have been learning how to count, spell, and remember what they were supposed to buy at the grocery store. (A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter. I’m nearly as old as Sesame Street and I still remember!)

Of course, our furry pals on that famous street have been concerned about the environment for a long time, but even moreso now that things like global warming are on everyone’s minds. (Check out TreeHugger’s round-up of Sesame Street’s environmental videos for some fun.) But don’t worry—a recent National Geographic article stressed that issues are always presented in a “let’s take care of our planet” kind of way, not in a “hey kids, we’re destroying the earth!” manner. Heh.

As parents, we can feel like we’re doing some small part along with Sesame Street now by checking out the personalized Sesame Street shirts now available at Ty’s Toy Box—they’re all printed on organic cotton! Your kids get all of the friendly characters they love, and you get the all-natural fabric you want. Everyone wins!

Of course, there’s plenty of other goodies in the Sesame Street Store, just in case you need a giant Grover, or something. I don’t judge. (In fact, I kind of want one of those for my room. I suspect my husband will not agree, however.)

Congratulations on 40 awesome years, Sesame Street! Here’s to the next 40!

The Veggie Tales gang has arrived at Ty’s!

Veggie TalesBroccoli… celery… gotta be…

… Veggie Tales!

Sorry, did I get that song stuck in your head? It is pretty catchy.

I’ve been a huge fan of Veggie Tales ever since Big Idea began—perhaps it’s something about talking, singing produce… or maybe it’s the great ideals behind the stories… but mostly I think it’s the Silly Songs. If you’re unfamiliar with Veggie Tales, perhaps you’ll enjoy one of our favorites:


Anyway, I kind of have a thing for Veggie Tales, is my point. And now Ty’s does, too—check out the new Veggie Tales Store here at Ty’s Toy Box! Not only do we have a wide assortment of Veggie goodness, for a limited time you can use coupon code Veggie10 to take 10% off your $25+ order of Veggie Tales merchandise. I think Larry the Cucumber would approve.

Welcome to Ty’s, Veggie Tales! Now, about that water buffalo….