WOW NEWS

Christmas is Coming!

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Give your pre-schooler the perfect countdown to Christmas with our brand new, exciting and educational Advent Calendars. Specially designed, for pre-school years, they are suitable for children aged 1 – 5.

Each day in the lead up to Christmas reveals a cute toy which can be matched with the numbers on the fold down play scene to make your very own Christmas world. Both boys and girls will love collecting new toys as Christmas approaches with a limited edition push-along car included as well as exclusive figures.

These awesome Advent Calendars contains 24 toys including 1 push-along car and a fun-filled activity sheet is also included.

WOW Toys Advent calendar range comes in three themes; Wonderland, Town and Farmyard!

Begin your Reward Chart Journey!

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WOW Toys introduces the first ever 2in1 toy reward chart solution for parents and pre-school children. Designed to encourage positive behaviour and help children achieve their goals. This easy to use chart keeps children motivated and builds up anticipation with 3 exciting WOW Toy treats to collect along their good behaviour journey.

Perfect for setting tasks such as brushing your teeth, tidying your toys, eating your greens or even potty training. Use the Magnetic star tracker to check your child’s progress as it makes its way up the star path and the surprise toy treats are revealed at stars 1, 5 and 10!

Once the final star has been reached, your child can play and enjoy their reward toy set that is fully compatible with the WOW core range.

WOW Toys Reward Charts come in three ranges; Racers, Fairies and Dinos.

The Countdown Calendar range is now available

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Introducing WOW’s toy-filled Countdown Calendars that have been created especially for children who are looking forward to a special forthcoming day or event in their young lives. There is nothing more exciting as the build-up of anticipation and excitement as their day gets closer and with four Countdown Calendar themes to choose from, children can now countdown the really fun way to their Birthday, going on Holiday, starting Pre-School or any Special Day they are looking forward to.

Kids Fest was a huge success for all involved

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We headed on down to the amazing Kids Fest, a 3 day event at Marsh Farm, Chelmsford, with the mission of spreading the WOW word and letting little ones from 1-5 play with our cute and durable toys. With big acts such as Mr Maker, Postman Pat and Rastamouse it was a festival to remember; though for lots of children, it was WOW Corner that was the stand out attraction.

We’ve hit 15,000 Facebook followers!

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WOW! We’ve hit 15,000 Facebook followers. That’s the equiavlent of the population of Cook Islands, New Zealand; or if you’re thinking a little closer to home, Centre Court, Wimbledon! We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our lovely Facebook followers for supporting us and loving our toys. Whether you’re in Tunbridge Wells or Timbuktu, we’d like to say a big thank you.

If you’d like to follow us for competitions, product launches, WOW Facts and more, just click here.

We had great fun at the 3 Foot Festival!

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What a weekend it was at the 3 Foot Festival; recently nominated for the best festival in Essex (and we can see why)! There’s something for everyone, and this year WOW Corner added to the large bill or amazing attractions at the festival. The only festival dedicated to the 0 – 5 age group, there’s always lots of fun to be had by pre-schoolers who love to play, dance, paint, run, shout and pretty much all things toddlers love to do! The 3 Foot Festival is just getting bigger and better for all ages so if you’re in and around the Chelmsford area next summer, check it out!

WOW Eggs… the perfect Easter Gift!

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It’s Easter time and that means one thing… chocolate!!! Actually, if you’re a big WOW Fan it means something more special… Chirpy Chick and Dinky Dino! These two cute hatching figures are the new must-have toy for pre-schoolers. Each with a chirpy centre when pressed, these eggs will be sure to keep little ones entertained for hours on end over the Easter season. And best of all… no chocolate required!

New multi-packs arrive at WOW

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After the huge success of our first three multi-packs, Farm Friends, Girl’s Day Out and Bathtime Buddies, we just had to launch three more!

Introducing… Emergency Rescue, Girl’s Adventure and Dino Adventure, the three new multi-packs which are perfect for little ones from 18 months to 5 years.

Each with a mixture of push-along and motorised vehicles, these multi-packs will keep little ones entertained for hours on end. Perfect for gifting, these sets work out cheaper than buying the toys separately and they also contain at least one unique vehicle inside that can’t be sold separately!

WOW team up with the RSPCA to make awesome range

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The RSPCA has a place in all of our hearts. We just couldn’t turn down the chance to collaborate with the nation’s favourite animal rescue charity so we created a whole new range of vehicles and figures!

Rapid Response Rick, Pet Patrol Peggy and My Pocket Friends RSPCA make up this exciting new range for 18 month – 5 year old pre-schoolers. Perfect for boys and girls who love animals, these sets are proving hugely popular here in the UK. Take a look in your local toy store or online to get your hands on one of these fantastic toys.

Introducing… mini WOW!

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Learn, Discover, Collect and Share with mini WOW! These lightweight vehicles are perfect for on-the-go and stay at home play. Comprising of six vehicles from three different categories, both boys and girls of 1 year+ will explore their imaginations whilst playing with these robust little cars.

Jojo the ambulance, Blaze the fire truck, Ace and Izzy the race cars, Jax the dump truck and Clay the cement mixer make up this cute new range. Get your hands on them today!

1st WOW summer event

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The first of WOW’s 2013 summer events takes us to Alexandra Palace for Mums Show Live which run from 16th – 19th of May. Mums Show Live is a great event full of great brands, experts and celebrity parents offering advice and great products for children. We’re attending with our friends at Little Bird and will be hosting our WOW play area in The Tree House. We’ll be taking down lots of toys and activity tables for the little ones and comfy seating for the parents to take the weight of their feet! We hope it’s going to be a weekend full of fun and we look forward to hopefully seeing a few of you there!

Exciting WOW Times

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Introducing WOW’s first ever licencing deal: RSPCA My Pocket Pets. That’s right, here at WOW we’ve teamed up with the England and Wales animal charity RSPCA, to make a range of super cute collectable animal figures. Each pack contains one animal figure, a great activity sheet and also aims to teach toddlers the importance of animal welfare. There are six animals to collect including Pippi the pooch, Socks the cat, Clarissa the cow, Patch the pig, Wiggles the Dalmatian and Jenny the horse. We hope that this is just the start of many more WOW and RSPCA toys for little ones all over the UK.

Little Trip to Germany

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Off to Germany WOW went, to attend the world’s biggest international toy fair, the Spielwarenmesse! Toy makers, distributors and retailers from all over the world came to Nuremberg for a week to find some new toy wonders. The show filled all 12 halls of the exhibition centre with everything from balloons and costumes to soft toys and model railways At WOW we were meeting our international distributors who help us spread the word of WOW all over the world!

WOW @ Toy Fair 2013

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Back to work fresh and relaxed from the Christmas break WOW’s first big venture of 2013 was attending the annual Toy Fair at Kensington Olympia just down the road from our office. Toy Fair is a UK trade show where toy companies from all over the world come to show their latest and greatest toys. At WOW, we had a stand showing our latest and greatest including our brand new licencing deal, 3 in 1 packs and some new Christmas products!

Toy Fair was so much fun with lots happening from robotic dinosaurs to star studded guests including boy bands and premier league footballers! The show lasted 3 days and it was fair to say (no pun intended) we were truly tired by the end of it. Lots of meetings with new buyers and shops will hopefully mean that you start to see WOW in some brand new exciting places!

Huge WOW Competition

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Win WOW Playmat and £300 worth of toys! We have one amazing WOW prize to offer you folks…! We’re running a text to win competition where one very lucky winner will get one of WOW’s new playmats! But what good’s a playmat if you don’t have any toys? Not only will the winner receive the playmat but they’ll also get £300 worth of WOW Toys! To enter this wonderful prize you need to simply text TOYS to 84383 followed by your name and email address.

Terms and Conditions: Competition open to UK residents aged 18+ at time of entering. SMS entrants must provide full name and email to enter. Entrants will be charged £1.00 plus applicable standard network charge. Postal entry available by sending full name, email, address and phone number to WOW Toys, Ground Palace Wharf, Rainville Road, London W6 9HN. The winner will be randomly selected on Friday 26th April 2013. Any personal data provided may be used for promotion purposes.

Crawley Toy Fayre

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WOW took a trip the Crawley Toy Fayre which was held in the County Mall shopping centre during half term (29th – 2nd October). We took along all our fab events kit including marquee, activity tables and lots and lots of WOW Toys! We ran our play area alongside Toy Barnhaus, who stock WOW Toys at their store in the shopping centre. We had a fab time at the Fayre and it was great to meet so many WOW fans. Going by the amount Toy Barnhaus sold on the day, I’m sure there will be a few lucky little ones receiving some shiny new WOW toys this Christmas! Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from the event.

If you stock WOW Toys and think a WOW play event would be great in your shopping centre, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at marketing@wowtoys.com

The WOW Playmat

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The WOW Playmat is the latest addition to the WOW range and is available in store now! The playmat is a great addition to anyone with a collection of WOW Toys and features colourful and interactive WOW themes that little ones will love.

The playmat has been designed to assist and encourage children to let their imaginations run free with images of shops, a play school, country fields, a playground and a construction site.

Practical, functional and educational, the WOW playmat is ideal for children’s bedrooms, indoor play areas, schools and nurseries.

WOW play area at Milton Keynes Baby Expo

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The annual Baby Expo took place at theCentre:mk, Milton Keynes on 29th- 30th September and we provided our fab WOW Play Zone for the event. We took along our play tables and plenty of WOW Toys for the children to play with.

There were lots of other pre-school companies at the event and we met some celebs from the baby world such as Annabel Karmel and Humphrey the Elephant!  We had a great time over the weekend meeting lots of WOW fans and hopefully making a few new ones!

WOW at Ickle Pickles summer fair

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WOW went along to Tooting Bec Common on Sunday 2nd September for the Ickle Pickles Summer Party, which helps raise money for St Georges Healthcare NHS trust. We went along armed with our play tables and toys to help provide a day of fun and games for all the family.

On the day we ran a fab competition in conjunction with Eddie Catz play centre, with one lucky winner receiving a family trip to an Eddie Catz and a free WOW Toy.

All in all, the event was a huge success! We had lots of fun and we hope that everyone who came along did as well! Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from the event.

WOW head to Lollibop

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Lollibop festival took place in Regents Park from 17th–19th August and WOW Toys were there for the second year in a row! Lollibop is the biggest UK festival just for kids and provided an action packed day of live shows and fun activities!

We took our brand new, bright red WOW marquee along, as well as lots of play tables and WOW Toys for the kids to enjoy! The weekend was a scorcher but luckily we had the WOW marquee to keep everyone out of the sun. The event was a roaring success and it really was great to meet so many WOW fans! We just can’t wait for next year now..!

Check out our Facebook page for more photos of the event!

Pocket Friends hit the shelves

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Meet the latest edition to the WOW range, the super cute, collectable WOW Pocket Friends! Each Pocket Friends pack comes contains an adorable WOW figure and a fun activity sheet, with a WOW picture for you to colour in! There are 6 boy’s and 6 girl’s characters; make sure you collect them all!

Pocket Friends is exclusive to the UK and is available in independent toy shops, Next and Road Chef.

Known as: Pocket Friends
In a nutshell: Cute Collectables
Likes: Surprises, day trips and play dates
Dislikes: Cold mornings and weak tea
Likes to hang with: All the Pocket Friends crew

Team GB aren’t the only ones in finals!

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As Team GB do a great job at the Olympics and make lots of finals, one of WOW’s toys has also been entered into a different kind of final, a final for toys! Our fab Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred has been nominated at the SheKnows 2012 Parenting Awards for the category of Developmental Toys for 5yrs and under! Here at WOW we are incredibly excited about this news and very thankful for the fact we have been nominated. With voting set to start in October we have everything crossed for Fred!

WOW celebrates the final day of the torches’ UK tour!

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The Olympic torch traveled down the Thames on the final day of its UK tour and the WOW team were there to greet it as it went past. Stood out in the rain in true British style, with make shift umbrellas (consisting of carrier bags amongst other things) we watched and cheered on the Olympic torch leading a number of small boats down the river heading towards the torches’ final destination, the Olympic Stadium. It was a great sight to see with people coming together and lining the river to cheer on something which helps bring the world together.

We’re pleased to announce the exciting arrival of five new toys :)

The five latest additions to the WOW Toys range are coming to a shop near you soon! That’s Flora, Sammy, Percy, Rosie and Tilly! One of our biggest and most exciting launches for many years has seen both our boy’s and girl’s ranges increase.

We have always seen the potential for creating exciting, cute vehicles for girls and we have continued to do that with Tilly’s Take-off and Rosie’s Royal Ride; the latter fitting nicely into the patriotic feel of the nation which is currently gripping everyone from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Flora’s Fairy Garden is another of our releases which fits into the girl’s range; this time we have aimed to create the perfect role play set for young girls. Flora’s Fairy Garden is equipped with her very own functioning daisy lift and garden swing, and her pretty design and magical pond with stepping stones is sure to grip the imagination of girls across the globe.

Next up is Sammy Sea Patrol; a super cool dude who thinks safety first when he’s on the beaches. His qualified life guard drivers, Summer and Cody, sit in his viewing deck to look for any trouble at sea, and his motorised life ring helps stranded swimmers to safety.

Finally, we have Pet Rescue Percy, or Perce as he is now known in WOW Town. He loves to hang with Alfie and Harry when he’s not saving his animal friends in town with his rotating feeder and speedy motorised engine.

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Hi, I’m Flora but my friends call me Flo! Come and join me in my magical, secret garden and meet my fairy friends. Tip-toe across the lily pads and stepping stones and say hello to Francis the Frog… kisses are optional!

I love to while away lazy afternoons on my garden swing and then it’s up the daisy lift to a special afternoon tea (and fairy cakes of course!) on the secret balcony with Florence the fairy.

Known as: Flo
In a nutshell: Magical and mischievous
Likes: Fairy dust and woodland creatures
Dislikes: Trolls and poisonous toadstools
Likes to hang with: Pippa and Rosie

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Pet Rescue Percy here ready to help out all animals, big and small! I’ve rescued every animal you can think of from a tiny dormouse to a giant hippopotamus and I’m here to show you the wonders of animal rescue! I’ve got my pets, Socks the cat and Bonny the dog here with me and they can tell you what a great job I do.

I’m a motorised rescue vehicle with a rotating pet feeder with clicking sounds. My qualified vet, Rolf, is always on hand to help and we work together to make sure every animal is attended to in quick time. Come and join me to see the wonders of the veterinary world!

Known as: Perce
In a nutshell: A charming chap
Likes: Budgies and goldfish
Dislikes: Emptying the cat litter and overgrown claws
Likes to hang with: Harry and Alfie

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The trumpets sound as my prince and I glide past the crowds in my elegant carriage. We’re on our way to the royal ball at the castle; I’ve been preparing for the big night for so long! On route we’re stopping for a picnic, a slice of chocolate cake and sandwiches (crusts off of course!)

My pony, Lady, also has her jewellery on to make her look as elegant as possible for the big night!

Known as: Rosie Posy
In a nutshell: Down to earth and dainty
Likes: Stately balls and charming princes
Dislikes: Kissing frogs
Likes to hang with: Pippa and Flora

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Hey dudes Sammy Sea Patrol here, catching some gnarly waves. I’m out on the beach chilling in he sun whilst my lifeguard friends, Cody and Summer are on the lookout to save lives. They sit up in my rotating watch tower to make sure everyone stays safe in the big waves!

My groovy button operated pull-cord life ring means that I can easily save lives when there are problems on the beach. Everyone knows they’re safe when Sammy is patrolling the shores! I also love to teach all the little guys out there the dangers of the sea and how to be safe out there! Don’t go out too far kids and remember to slap on the sun cream!

Known as: Sam
In a nutshell: A cool, smooth dude
Likes: Surfing and making waves
Dislikes: Sunset and little bugs
Likes to hang with: Casey and Carl

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Tilly here, soaring over the WOW fields, looking for the perfect spot to land without affecting my cool paint job! I fly over land and sea with my pilot, Amelia, and cat, Poppet, enjoying our time in the air and taking in the magical views of WOW Town and further afield. Oh look, there’s Bernie and Harvey tending to the crops and Police Chase Charlie chasing a baddie!

My motorised engine rotates my propellers to get me ready to fly and my secret rotating cargo hold is full of all kinds of delights! Join Poppet, Amelia and I for the journey of a lifetime!

Known as: Tilly Billy
In a nutshell: A born flier
Likes: Wild daises and sunshine
Dislikes: Blimps and cloudy days
Likes to hang with: Johnny and Harry

All in all, we are very excited about this launch and we can’t wait to see children playing with the new toys soon.

WOW takes Trinity Hospice’s Annual Garden Party fundraising event by storm

WOW_News_template_Trinity_Hospice_1Clapham-based hospice, Trinity, recently got in touch to see if we’d like to make the short trip down the road to help fundraise and entertain the children at their annual garden party. We were more than happy to go down for this fantastic cause so we packed our goodies and went on down to make this event better than ever!

Luckily for us the weather was scorching and people came to the hospice in their hundreds to enjoy the live music, hog roast and fun stalls dotted around the beautiful gardens. We pitched our tables and toys in the middle of the lawn so children and parents alike could get involved in the WOW magic. Needless to say, as the doors opened our area was soon one of the most popular spots and it was full of satisfied visitors throughout the day.

We had a classic ‘guess the WOW figures in the fish bowl’ competition where the 6 closest guesses got to take home their very own WOW Toys play table worth £64.99!

WOW_News_template_Trinity_2All in all, it was a lovely day down in Clapham and we had lots of fun showing local Londoners the wonders of WOW.

Click here to see Trinity Hospice’s website where you can see all the wonderful work they do to raise money for this fantastic cause.

Meet Ritter Felsenstarks Drachenabenteuer, Basti Bagger and Moritz Mondmobil!

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Meet Ritter Felsenstarks Drachenabenteuer, Basti Bagger and Moritz Mandmobil, more commonly know as George’s Dragon Tale, Dexter the Digger and Lunar Lenny!

The whole WOW range will be heading over to Amazon Germany in the Summer and we thought it a great idea to get the whole range translated so they fit in with their new toy friends over in mainland Europe.

Wolfestone Translation recently carried out the work and they even went through and translated all of the toy profiles to match! We were extremely happy with the work they carried out and we hope toys such as Karlas Königliche Kutschenfahrt and Gustav Geländewagen will fit in well with their new German friends.

We were very impressed with Wolfestone’s services and we have built a strong relationship which we hope to build upon in future years.

We were also pleased to see that we’re not the only company who carry out charity work with local charities. “Team Wolfestone” have signed up for the Cardiff half marathon and are committed to fundraising for Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Thanks again for the translation work and good luck in your funsraising efforts!

Toy Tower stands tall after WOW’s charity donation

WOW_News_template_Shooting_StarsAfter successfully completing the Madrid Marathon in a modest time of 4 hours, 16 minutes, Matt went down to Shooting Stars CHASE in Hampton to donate the £330 worth of toys as promised by WOW. Matt received donations from friends, family, colleagues and even anonymous donations after posting on WOW’s social media sites.

The hospice welcomed the new toys with open arms, especially as this month is ‘vehicle month’! They said the children would love the toys and parents would certainly welcome the ‘no batteries’ message and WOW’s durable quality.

We will continue to work closely with Shooting Stars CHASE as a company and individuals in future months.

WOW employee is all set to run the 2012 Madrid Marathon!

WOW_News_template_Madrid_MarathonOne of WOW’s awesome team is going to be running the 2012 Madrid Marathon! After a failed attempt at registering for the London Marathon, Matt has decided to brave the scorching temperatures and fly out to Madrid to complete his first ever 26 miles. And best of all, WOW is helping his sponsorship campaign by donating toys of whatever value Matt is able to raise for children’s charity, Shooting Star CHASE.

WOW work with Shooting Star CHASE throughout the year and this is a classic example of how WOW love to help this great cause. Matt’s target is £200, but with some help from friends, family, colleagues and our loyal online fanbase we aim to smash this and raise as much money, and toys as possible for Shooting Star CHASE. With only a month to go until the big day, it’s non-stop running from now on! We’ve even started a weekly running club in the office to raise up the momentum and get Matt around the 26 Madrid miles!

Click here to check out Matt’s online sponsorship page – if you’re feeling generous why not chip in a little bit for this fab cause, and remember, WOW will match whatever you donate in toys too :)

WOW sets example to the business world with ‘fun-filled’ HQ!

WOW_News_template_NadBuddyLots has been said lately in the business world about the workplace and the importance of the culture and feel of the office. Many companies have tried revolutionising the way in which we work by creating quirky offices so that we feel comfortable in our surroundings. WOW is an example of one of these quirky companies which truly values its staff and does what it can to promote a comforting and peaceful work space to maximise job satisfaction and productivity.

Chris Maxwell from ‘Director’ magazine recently came into WOW HQ to interview WOW MD, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse to see why he feels it’s so important to make the most of the office space. The photo above, by Gary Moyes, shows where Nad works on a day to day basis (although Buddy the dog is normally in his bed or running around the office, not sitting up on the desk). With toys scattered around the office, music playing, a Cockapoo entertaining staff and most importantly, a large open plan space promoting interaction and communication between each department, WOW truly is a unique place to work, enjoyed by all staff.

Click here to read the full interview.

And for more business news why not pick up a copy of Director mag? :)

Dudley and Ernie spotted in Nurofen commercial!

We know that our toys like to explore the world and it’s for this reason that we now sell in 50+ countries worldwide, but we were still shocked when we saw Dudley Dump Truck and Ernie Fire Engine pop up in Nurofen’s Russian commercial! After the recent appearance in the hugely successful Smurfs Movie, WOW truly is making a name for itself in the international television and film industry. With all of these appearances, people will be asking for the little ones’ autographs soon!

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Click here to see the full commercial which is live on our YouTube channel :)

Nuremburg here we come!

The Nuremburg Spielwarenmesse trade show is the biggest toy trade fair in the world with about 2,700 exhibitors from 60 countries showcasing their toys over 6 long days. It’ll be the 15th year that WOW will be attending the show and this year we are more eager than ever to showcase our new and existing toys to world!

We’ll be braving the arctic temperatures to meet and greet people from all over the world who are interested in WOW. It seems like such a long time since last year’s fair and we can’t wait to go back to Germany to experience this amazing toy fair in action again!

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WOW makes its way around the January trade shows!

January looks like a busy month for all at WOW with trade shows hitting the UK and further afield. The first of which is the annual Toyfair, held in the Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith. It may be just a short way down the road for us here at WOW HQ, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t had to work tirelessly to make sure everything is in place and ready for the three day event. We’ve packed up all of our cool new toys, the existing intrepid collection and a whole lot of WOW love for the occasion!

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The whole toy world will be at Olympia and we are definitely not going to disappoint with our awesome new products and timeless features of the existing range. Nad will be leading the team over on stand G15 amongst all of the major brands, but we intend to stand out with our quirky character and great reputation emitting a real sense of positivity and uniqueness around the WOW area.

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The team will be heading to Nuremburg for the biggest toy trade show on the planet late January for a weeks’ worth of showcasing what we think are the best toys in the world! We’ll then be off to Birmingham and New York for upcoming fairs. It’s busy, busy, busy here at WOW HQ, or should we say anywhere but WOW HQ at the moment!

WOW team visit The London Aquarium for some toy inspiration!

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Product development is an essential aspect of any toy company and it’s no different for WOW. But before we can start designing and developing the toys, we need to get ideas! This is where The London Aquarium comes into it. The design team went down to get some inspiration from the sea life at The London Aquarium for future product ranges. We often venture out of the office to get in the right state of mind to come up with ideas for new toys and this day at the aquarium was particularly useful.

With the vast array of sea life of all different shapes and sizes showing off all of their wonderful colours, the designers were in their element sketching and thinking of new ideas for our growing collection. A great day all in all out of the office, but now it’s down to business as we make our ideas come to life in the coming months :)

Our four newest toys have touched down in WOW Town and will be online or in a store near you soon!

The much anticipated Cupcake Chloe, Farm Buddy Benny, Ryan’s Road Trip and Whiz-Around Amy have all now joined WOW Town and will be available soon. Both the boys and girls’ toys ranges have increased with the new arrivals which cover the farm, holiday and adventure and town ranges.

These exciting new arrivals will be sure to appeal to little tots the world over with their cute designs, fab features and no batteries promise, which we feel is what parents really do want! Cute, durable and no nasty batteries!

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Known as: Kookie Chloe
In a nutshell: A tough cookie with a melt-in-the-middle heart
Likes: Buttercream icing and glacé cherries
Dislikes: Washing up and diets
Likes to hang with: Mario and Amy

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Known as: Benny Boy
In a nutshell: A bouncy, bonny lad
Likes: Mud and sheep
Dislikes: Barbed wire and cold snaps
Likes to hang with: Harvey and Bernie

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Known as: Rye
In a nutshell: A happy camper
Likes: Camp songs and marshmallows
Dislikes: Mosquitoes and flying ants
Likes to hang with: Max and Casey

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Known as: Whizney
In a nutshell: Fast, not furious
Likes: Road Trips and kittens
Dislikes: Road rage and dangerous drivers
Likes to hang with: Chloe and Max

November 2011

Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred cruises his way to gain top educational award

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TheSchoolRun is the website for parents who want to know the latest information on how to help their children with their primary school education and make sure they stay healthy, have fun and get the best possible start in life”.

An interesting feature of The School Run is their list of the top 100 educational toys out their on the market. We here at WOW feel that toys should help little ones along with their education as well as being interesting and exciting with fun features. We are proud to say that each toy in the WOW collection has educational values which aid child development from 1.5 – 5 years.

We were delighted to see that Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred has been included in this prestigious list! Fred uses his arm to scoop the rubbish and your little ones can place the bins into the correct compartments and tip them into the hold. When all the rubbish has been sorted, just life the side hatch and the bins will fall out for this recycling process to happen all over again.

Children can learn the benefits of recycling from a young age which will ultimately help clean up our society in years to come! Fred is also part of one of The School Run’s Christmas competitions! Click here to hop on over to The School Run’s page and enter this amazing competition with £341 worth of goods up for grabs :)

November 2011

WOW Corner continues to impress the whole family at The Brighton Baby Expo!

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It was an early start for some of the WOW team as we set up and drove down to Brighton for the annual Brighton Baby Expo held in the new AMEX Arena.

The star of BBC’s Mister Maker arts and crafts programme was in town to give his expert opinion on all things from toys to teddy bears and he couldn’t get enough of our cute little toys. Seen here with WOW  MD, Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, he explained how he was very impressed with the British designs and the exciting features!

Mums, dads, grandmas, grandads and tots came down in their thousands to explore the exciting products on show at this fab event. We set up in a large corner displaying a huge selection of our range on our giant play mat! The little ones soon saw the bright colours and fun features of the WOW collection and flocked to play with the likes of Ronnie Rocket and Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred whilst mums and dads were given all the information about our fantabulous brand!

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Those that had heard of us before were able to let other interested parents know the benefits of our growing company, and although we weren’t selling directly on the day, we were able to recommend the best retailers, both local and national, for new WOW fans to visit.

All in all, we very much enjoyed our day down in Brighton and are very much looking forward to next year’s event! We just love to go and show off our toys at events like this, so if you’re ever at a baby and toddler show such as this one, you may just see us there!

Finally, we would like to say a big thank you to the event organisers and all the lovely people we met on the day! We hope you all have a very happy Christmas!

November 2011

Loved By Parents ask playful twins to review some of our collection!

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Loved By Parents ‘is a parenting website dedicated to all things that are lovedbyparents’. With product reviews, fascinating forums and exciting features, Loved By parents has become a very influential website in the baby and toddler product industry!

We sent over some of our collection to two twin toddlers to test! Needless to say, WOW soon became favourites in their collection and they haven’t put them down since!

Here are some of their WOW quotes:

‘I was impressed with how durable they were’.

‘As for the cost, they are reasonably priced, in fact excellent value for money’.

‘They are easy on their little hands and I am thrilled we have found a brand that thinks of toddlers when designing a range’.

Click here to read the full review

Thank you so much for the review and all the best for the future!

November 2011

WOW play area now open in the Eddie Catz play centre, Putney!

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After lots of planning and hard work, our very first play area has now opened in the Eddie Catz centre, Putney!

With a selection of our fab toys inside, this bright and colourful children’s play area has soon become a hit with tots and a huge talking point in the local community!

Come on down and see the wonders of WOW Toys in action for yourself in this one of a kind, play area! :)

October 2011

Baby Expo Brighton hits town again for some WOW fun!

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Brighton; famous for its seaside charm, bustling nightlife and unique shopping lanes. But, on the 13th November 2011 the main attraction in this lovely city will be this year’s Baby Expo held in the brand new AMEX Arena!

With 100s of exhibitions showing off the latest in the baby and early year’s markets, there will be something for everyone in this huge new arena. And only a stone’s throw away from London!

The WOW team will be down as we have been in recent years showing the great British public our sturdy and cute toys!

18 month – 5 year old tots won’t believe their luck as they pop on down to the WOW section with a giant play mat and huge selection of toys spread out for all to enjoy! Parents can relax whilst the kids get stuck in to play time and we’ll be on hand to give all information needed about all things WOW.

We will be in the Mayo Wynne Baxter Parent’s Pit Stop  – West Hall, all day so be sure to come on down and pay us a visit!

Click here for more information about the Baby Expo Brighton! :)

October 2011

Eddie Catz and WOW Toys’ play centre opening soon!

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WOW Toys and Eddie Catz are working together to bring fun and enjoyment to children in the Putney area! We have created our very first children’s play which includes a large selection of our fab toys for children to enjoy!

‘Eddie Catz is more than just a play centre!’ Established in Putney in 2005, Eddie Catz has since opened two more centres in Newbury and Wimbledon and there are ideas for more in the future! Eddie Catz’s aim is to provide ‘a place where children can have an enriching experience by playing and learning in a safe and clean environment whilst a parent can have some respite in the form of a grown-up space to chill out, read the newspaper, surf the net, have a meal or join a class with their child’, and we here at WOW Toys are helping Eddie Catz create this experience for children and parents alike. Our new play centre, due to open in October 2011, has been created to bring the best experience possible for Eddie Catz kids! With toys galore and safe and comfortable cushioning, the new play area is not only full of fun, but is designed to make that play experience safe for all tots!

Opening by October half term, be sure to come on down and enjoy WOW Toys and Eddie Catz with your little ones! :)

Click here to find more information about Eddie Catz!

September 2011

Teddy Bear’s Picnic – We battled through the rain to bring a fun-filled event for all!

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Maggies, the cancer charity held a fab Teddy Bear’s Picnic in Bishop’s Park, London! We were very happy to go along and join in the fun with our toys and play tables. The day was going swimmingly well, until, you guessed, it rained! Not only did it rain, it poured!

However, WOW spirits were high, as they usually are, and we battled through the elements to show just how dedicated we are to bring fun and enjoyment to tots all over!

The day included a bouncy castle, a soft play area, Fulham football shooting goal and a cupcake decoration area amongst lots of other cool things! The WOW tables were played with throughout the day and parents were encouraged to know all the toys were designed around the corner and were so sturdy and reliable!

All in all, a great success over at Bishop’s Park helping ‘Maggie’s’! :)

August 2011

Lollibop festival – WOW Toys stands out in festival full of fun!

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“The big bash for little people” certainly wasn’t a disappointment for little ones or their parents on what turned out to be a lovely sunny weekend in Regent’s Park, (with the exception of a classic English downpour on the final day of course)!

We here at WOW pitched our WOW tent up alongside Bob The Builder in the little tot’s section and we were ready with our fab toys, balloons, stickers, bean bags, play tables and even free handouts of our popular best buddies!

Come 10.00 a.m on Friday the gates opened and families flocked into the arena to see the likes of Rastamouse and The ZingZillas! WOW were poised in the little tot’s section with our toys at hand ready to continue the Lollibop fun for the rest of the day and the coming weekend!

Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandads came to the tent with their little ones not quite knowing what to expect, but after a few minutes playing with the toys realised the quality and cuteness of our collection! The tent was consistently full to the brim with happy children keeping entertained with the likes of Harvey Harvester and Harry Copter amongst others!

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Once playtime started it was difficult to keep the kids away and many loved the WOW tent so much they didn’t want to leave!

At one point we feared that mums and dads were only seeing the WOW tent and that all of the other fun things at Lollibop were not being seen and enjoyed by their little ones!

All in all, a great success for all that came to Lollibop and the WOW Toys’ tent!

A big thank you to everyone who came and a special congratulations to our comeptition winner, Emma Brennan, who won tickets courtesy of our July competition! :)

To visit the Lollibop website, click here.

June 2011

We have some new additions to the WOW Toys family, let us introduce you to Mario’s Pizzeria, Fire Buggy Bertie and George’s Dragon Tale…

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STATS
Known as: Mario’s Pizzeria
In a nutshell: Positively a poseur
Likes: Pizza and black pepper
Dislikes: Burnt pizzas and pineapple
Likes to hang with: Archie

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STATS
Known as:
Bert
In a nutshell: Smiley yet sensible
Likes: Dalmatians and noodle soup
Dislikes: Cats up trees and open flames in wooded areas
Likes to hang with: Ernie, Robin, Lenny and Ralph

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STATS
Known as:
Sir George
In a nutshell: A courageous and gallant hero
Likes: Jousting and showing off
Dislikes: Damsels in distress
Likes to hang with: Smokey the Dragon and Archie

January 2011

Our new toys have arrived! Meet our new friends Pete, Lenny, Jess and Jake, Robbie, Riley and Casey… WOW_News_Pete

STATS
Known as: Pete
In a nutshell: Dashing and daring
Likes: Airports and clouds
Dislikes: Litter bugs and jay walkers
Likes to hang with: Johnny, Charlie and the Police Patrol Riders

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STATS
Known as:
Lunar
In a nutshell: A quirky charmer
Likes: Apollo 13 the movie and moon craters
Dislikes: Black holes and meteor showers
Likes to hang with: Bertie, Ralph and Ronnie

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STATS
Known as:
Jess and Jake
In a nutshell: Playful partners in crime
Likes: Playtime and being out and about
Dislikes: Bedtime and going home from the playground
Likes to hang with: Sidney and Misty

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STATS
Known as:
Red
In a nutshell: Fast and fearless
Likes: Racing against The Turbo Twins
Dislikes: Tortoises, snails and slugs
Likes to hang with: The Turbo Twins, Frankie and Daisy

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Known as:
Riley
In a nutshell: A rocking-rolling rascal
Likes: Chicken pie and rock music
Dislikes: Uneven pavements
Likes to hang with: Dexter, Luke, and Toby

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Known as:
Casey
In a nutshell: A real cool dude
Likes: Surfing holidays, chilling and BBQ’s
Dislikes: Stressed out dudes
Likes to hang with: All cool dudes

29th July 2010

Princess Pippa and her fairytale pumpkin carriage have arrived!

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Pippa’s Princess Carriage is the second amazing new edition to the WOW range.

Every little princess deserves to go to the ball. Now little girls everywhere can join Princess Pippa on her enchanted journey.

Princess Pippa is getting ready for the ball as she rotates in her magic mirror to admire the beautiful dress her Fairy Godmother has conjured up. Snowdrop, her magical horse, clip-clops along to ensure the Princess doesn’t miss a moment of her big night.

Click here to see Pippa


29th July 2010

Ronnie Rocket blasts off to a shop near you!

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Hold on to your hats – Ronnie Rocket has arrived!

This cool vibrating rocket is one of two new editions to the WOW collection.

Young boys will love this toy as they join Ronnie and his crew during takeoff. Simply pull Ronnie’s cord and watch as he vibrates, with Major Tom and Ziggy preparing for the launch. The countdown can be viewed from Ronnie’s special screen – 5,4,3,2,1…BLAST OFF!

Click here to see Ronnie


15th June 2010

A WOW Play-day in Brighton

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This year the doors to the Brighton Baby Expo will open on Sunday 27th June at 10.00am. This exciting Summer event for young families will be held at Brighton Racecourse and Conference Centre, Brighton, BN2 9XF. The event will be attracting visitors from Sussex but also from the surrounding counties such as Berkshire, Oxford, and Gloucestershire, all over London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northern Ireland, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Northampton, Bedfordshire and Cheshire.

WOW will be unrolling a giant play mat and a whole array of WOW toys for some playtime fun! All our toys are compatible with each other so toddlers can to play to their hearts content while parents can take a break. We will be located in the ‘Toy area’ in a bright pavilion close to all the outside activities.

Come and see us!

Visit www.brightonbabyexpo.co.uk for full information and to pre-register for free entry


29th January 2010

Alfie’s Animal Adventure arrives

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Another new toy that has just arrived in the shops is Alfie’s Animal Adventure. Great for both role and imaginative play, Alfie is a safari animal feeding truck with a removable safari driver and two passengers who he often gives a ride to; a cute orang-utan and giraffe. He has a strong friction motor that can cover long distances and a feeding station that twists around to change from water to food. Looking after safari animals has never been so much fun! Click here to see Alfie.


29th January 2010

Stanley sweeps up!

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Our new toy, Stanley Street Sweeper, has just arrived in toy shops all over the UK this week. Toddlers will just love his rubbery ‘moustache’ which is in fact big rotating brushes specially designed to keep the streets super-clean. When little hands push Stanley along, his brushes will automatically rotate. He also has a cute spinning rubbish sorter on top. This is a great toy to join WOW’s award winning recycle truck Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred. Click here to see Stanley Street Sweeper.


23rd November 2009

WOW Donates to charities this Christmas

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This Christmas WOW has donated a whopping £38,144 worth of toys to a number of worthy charities in the UK. Those receiving a donation include Cash for kids, Refuge, Children of Courage and In Kind Direct. WOW has also donated to a number of children’s hospices and local children’s services throughout the UK.

In Kind Direct whose President is The Prince of Wales said, “66 charities working at home and abroad have benefited from the latest WOW donation. And since the relationship began in 2007, over 100 charities have received WOW toys through In Kind Direct.”


30 October 2009

The WOW giant play mat is a toddler heaven!

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WOW unrolled its giant play mat at the Southern Baby Event and Family Day held at Fontwell Racecourse on Sunday 25 October 2009. The day was great fun for the whole family and a day to be remembered by all. Around 2,000 families turned up; a record-breaking day for Fontwell Park who had never had to open another car park for a non horse race event! The queues were endless at the registration area to pick up a free WOW special edition car. The WOW play mat was a firm favourite and was never empty with an enormous amount of visitors on the day.

Here at WOW we’ve entered into the world of online advertising for the first time! We’re currently running several WOW adverts that will be appearing on lots of different websites all over the internet and we’d love to hear from you if you spot them! Email us at marketing@wowtoys.com letting us know the website your saw the advert on, a screen shot as well would be amazing!