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About the Toys

Noble Toy Company designs and builds heirloom-quality wooden toys. We carve and engrave educational and entertaining toys and games with patterns and textures from child-safe wood. Noble Toy Co. is in the business of handing down childhood memories. When you give a child a toy, you give them a tool to help them make sense of their world. Some of a child’s earliest memories will be about the toys they played with. That’s why we build toys that can last generations. 

About Noble Toy Co. 

After watching most of my young son’s toys break, wear down, fall apart and wind up in the garbage, I set out to make toys that were not only beautiful and entertaining, but also durable enough to be handed down to the next generation. 

A visit to my parent’s house proved to be the light-bulb moment, when my mother handed my son a box of old wooden toys and airplanes that I played with as a child. These toys had been boxed up for almost 30 years and, except for a little dust, they were still as good as the day my parents gave them to me. 

Imagine my feeling as my 2½ year old son pulled me by the hand over to the toys to play with him. I was shocked at how some of the memories came flooding back, not in a wave of tear-inducing emotion, but smiles of joy and playful wonder I had not enjoyed for some time. 

Upon returning home, I gathered a team to help me design and build beautiful and fun educational toys that would survive the intensity that only a happy child can dish out. 

We determined to make classic toys and games work in wood in order to capture a sense of Americana. We agreed not to stamp our toys with inks or colors, so we chose engraving as a method so the toys would retain a sense of timelessness. And most importantly, we insisted that if we could not source and make these toys in America, then we would not make them at all. 

Manufacturing and Assembly 

Noble makes its toys in America, supporting manufacturing jobs in small towns in northeast Ohio and western Vermont by Lake Champlain, distribution jobs in northern Illinois, and product design/prototype fabrication and web development in Chicago. 

All of our toys are made from wood that’s safe for children, namely maple and non-toxic birch plywood. There is no color to fade and no paints or inks to rub off. All of the images on Noble’s toys are engraved into the wood, using lasers primarily but other methods of engraving are used as well. Not only does the laser method make for beautiful artwork, it reduces waste that comes with most other production methods. 

Noble’s Social Agenda 

Noble is committed to investing a significant percentage of profits into visual arts education in under resourced schools, and to providing hands-on learning opportunities to deserving students pursuing the industrial arts. 

When you buy a toy from Noble Toy Co. you not only get a great toy, puzzle or game, but you help us support job stability today while preparing innovators and stewards of culture for tomorrow. The toys we make will not only touch the lives of children and parents today, but their children and their children. 

What Your Support Will Do 

Your support of Noble will help us with: 

- Prototype refinement

- Initial production run in time for the holidays, including manufacturing, assembly and packaging 

- Mandatory 3rd party safety testing 

- Online presence (website, video production, photography) 

The Toys 

The Six-Sided Puzzle

There is a Season: Turn, Turn, Turn… This twist on a tried and true game features four engraved seasons with one engraved gingham pattern. Engraved on such a beautiful block of maple that we just had to leave a side blank. Nine solid hardwood maple blocks. 1.75” in length, 1.75” in width, 1.75” in height. Suggested for children three and older.

Jigsaw puzzles

Your choice between two jigsaw puzzles: one’s a prize pig just back from the fair, and the other’s a duck that’s off doing duck stuff. Twenty birch plywood pieces (each.) Completed puzzles are each 10” x 8” x 0.25”. Suggested for children three years old and up.

Limited Edition: Trottin' Ol' Joe Jigsaw Puzzle

We’re only making 500 of these fellows. Engraved on ¼” birch plywood. Twenty birch plywood pieces in a frame. Completed puzzle is 10” x 8” x 0.25”. Suggested for children three years old and up.

Farm Critter Memory Game 

A spin on an old classic. Help the critters find their match. Handsomely engraved with barnyard friends on durable birch plywood. Twelve birch plywood tiles. Each tile is 2.5” x 2.5” x 0.25”. Suggested for children two years old and up.

Limited Edition: Animal Farm Memory Game 

Only 500 of these will be produced. Nowhere near as Orwellian as it sounds, this memory game set makes for brain-building fun with more barnyard friends. Sharks with lasers on their heads engraved these on birch plywood. Twelve birch plywood tiles. Each tile is 2.5” x 2.5” x 0.25”. Suggested for children two and older.

Limited Edition: Spinning Top 

This handsome fellow was co-designed by our good friends at Strand Design, who also make some pretty sweet desks, lamps, storage furniture, custom tables and some really elegant vinyl bags – all from reclaimed material. Each top is elegantly turned from solid hardwood maple and accompanied by a guide with a braided string. *Some refinement to the top design is being carried out. Aesthetically, there will be little, if any, change to the tops from what you see here. We’re making these to spin longer and faster than they currently do. Only 500 will be made. 5.0” in height, 2.5” in diameter. Suggested for children three years old and up.

Risks and challenges

We have this pretty well in the bag, and we've worked hard to minimize any hiccups. But there are some things that come along with the nature of what we do that could slow things up. We have yet to run into these, but we're mindful of the following things:

- Material shortages
- Labor shortages
- Bad weather
- Cost of fuel (think 'distribution')
- Nor'easters (seriously!)
- Wood gnomes and fairies

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    $1 will earn you my undying gratitude. Every dollar counts in startup world, so make George Washington proud! Backers get a personalized email with notes of gratitude. Plus - a mention on our Supporters page on Noble-Toys.com.

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    High five! If every dollar counts, then that means that every 5 dollars counts even more… or something. Bust out a 5-note for Noble and I’ll send you a hand-written thank you note and a Noble sticker you can place wherever you place sticky logos. All that AND a mention on the Noble-Toys.com Supporters page.

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    Jigsaw puzzles abound! Honest Abe smiles 5 times and you get your choice between two jigsaw puzzles: 1) a prize pig just back from the fair, or 2) a duck that’s off doing duck stuff. You will also receive an email thank you from me, plus a thank you mention via Twitter. Plus - a mention on our Supporters page on Noble-Toys.com.

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    Trottin’ Ol’ Joe: Limited Edition Jigsaw Puzzle. We’re only making 500 of these fellows. $45 buys you a limited edition jigsaw of a horse and when they’re gone, they’re gone for good. You also receive a handwritten thank you note with sticker, a thank you Tweet, a Facebook mention, and a mention on our Noble-Toys.com Supporters page. Be warned: my handwriting is atrocious.

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    Bundle up! Two toys are better than one, folks. You could pay $50 for both these jigsaw puzzles, but why do that when you can pay a little less? So save yourself a Jefferson. Not only will I admire your smarts, but I’ll send you a handwritten thank you, give you a shout-out on both Facebook and Twitter, and a virtual nod via the Noble-Toys.com Supporters page. *Sorry, but the limited edition horse puzzle is not available in this bundle.

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    The Farm Critter Memory Game. Remember the memory game we played with cards as kids? Same thing here, only they’re etched in a safe and durable birch plywood. This is the first of two 12-piece memory games based on farm animals. You'll get a handwritten thank you note and Noble sticker from me, a thank you via Twitter, and a Facebook mention. Plus - a mention on our Supporters page on Noble-Toys.com.

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    Another bundle of toys! Get a jigsaw puzzle of your choice (either pig or duck, so choose wisely) AND the non-limited edition memory game. You’ll save yourself one Abe Lincoln, much to the delight of Mrs. Lincoln. My gratitude will materialize in a nearly-legible thank you note, plus some online props via Facebook, Twitter and our Supporters page.

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    The limited edition Animal Farm memory game. Nowhere near as Orwellian as it sounds, this is the second 12-piece set of farm animals engraved on birch - and we’re only making 500. As before, I will send you a very sticky Noble sticker and a very sincere note using my best penmanship (which still looks horrid.) Plus, you’ll get a high-five via Twitter, Facebook and your name will be put up in lights on our Supporters page.

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    It's the limited edition spinning top! This bad boy is carved from solid hardwood maple. Only 500 will be made of this model before we take it out of rotation (no pun intended.) A handwritten thank you will be sent to you, plus the all-important shout-out via Twitter, Facebook and the Supporters page on Noble-Toys.com

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    Bundles = better buys. Get a pig puzzle and a duck puzzle, plus the non-limited edition memory game. Plus all the aforementioned goodness of handwritten thank you notes and social media glory.

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    This 9-block puzzle is laser engraved into hardwood maple. Not only will you get the accolades from Noble via all the social media avenues and handwritten goodness, but your name (if it’s cool enough) could go on the list of potential candidates for whom I'll name my second child who arrives late February.

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    Design from a distance. If you've ever thought it would be fun to design a toy, then here's your chance. Work with us from your remote cabin in the woods (or wherever you are) on a toy design project for release late spring 2013. Your involvement will run the length of the project, and will range from research and concept development to testing and refinement prior to the release. Plus, we'll send you two of the final toys you helped design: one for a keepsake, the other for your favorite child. And, as always, your name in Noble's social media shout outs.

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    The Toy Design Workshop. Join us in Chicago for a 2-day intensive workshop on toy design and prototype development. The Noble community will work with you to help shape your wooden toy idea into a marketable product that will be enjoyed by families for generations. We’ll fly you in, pick you up, put you up in a hotel and take you to some of the best dining and culture the city has to offer. You’ll leave with working prototypes in hand and a song in your heart, cause we’re good like that. We’ll document the experience with video and pictures and then share your awesomeness with the web. When the product launches, your name and the story of what we’ve done together will be printed on a card and placed inside the box alongside your toy. The date is TBD, but let’s aim for summer 2013. Sound like a plan?

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