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Construction Toys Stack Up
By Kevin Skaggs
April 1, 2003


Whether it’s the realistic details of toy dump trucks or the interlocking pieces of life-sized building blocks, today's construction toys keep little workers busy measuring, stacking and moving.

Fisher-Price's Construction Playset

Kids from one year to 5 years old will enjoy the noises of the dump truck and the "ding ding" of the gas pump at Fisher-Price's Happy Crane Construction Site ($19.99) as well as the Construction Playset ($10.99), where kids can attach trucks together, load them up and move them out.

Mercedes Benz Cement Mixer

Kids from 3 to 7 will appreciate the realistic detailing and the movable parts of Bruder Toys America's award-winning toys, including the 22.5 inches-long Mercedes Benz Cement Mixer ($46.99) and the 24 inches-long Mercedes Benz Green Garbage Truck ($59.99). Children ages 3 and up will also stay active with the rubber tires and moving parts of Bruder's Orange Road Service Vehicle ($59.99).

Mercedes Benz Green Garbage Truck

"Our toys are unique in their detailing and their functions," said Beate Caso, President of Bruder's U.S. Division. "First of all, they're realistic, and they work like the trucks themselves, and aren't just fantasy trucks. For example, with the cement mixer, you can really fill in sand in the mixer, working the same way as a real cement mixer. And with our orange road service vehicle, it has blinking arrows in the back that you can switch on. The philosophy of Bruder is to not have a toy that you can just push, but have it be something you can really play with and do things with." (Cont.)


Writer's Bio: Kevin Skaggs is a San Francisco-based writer whose work has appeared in Wired and Harvard Review.


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