Founded in 1982 by Francis Goldwyn, grandson of motion picture studio owner Sam Goldwyn, Manhattan Toy pioneered the use of non-traditional fabrics in toy design and introduced delightful new body styles in soft toys. Although Goldwyn is no longer involved in the ownership of Manhattan Toy, they remain true to his vision of marching to the beat of a different toy drum.
Their collections of Groovy Girls, Winkel, Whoozit, and Skwish have been a source of entertainment for toddlers for years. Manhattan Toy added a new collection called MiO in 2016. Industry experts have been gushing that MiO is the “it” toy for holiday giving. Parents’ Choice just awarded MiO Playing, Eating, Sleeping, and Working + 2 People™ a rare Gold Award. That’s after MiO received accolades from three other prestigious reviewers. As Claire Green of Parents’ Choice boasted, “the MiO deluxe playset has all the hallmarks of an heirloom toy: timeless design, appeal, and play value.” It gets better! MiO is also one of the Best Toys for 2016 in Parents Magazine.
It’s not newfound knowledge, nor has it ever been a secret – children love pretend play! They love to create, bring things to “life”, and populate their whimsical world with toy cars, people, and buildings. This fosters creativity, boundless imagination, and skills that will be beneficial throughout their lives, such as decision-making, problem-solving, and pattern recognition.
The MiO Playing, Eating, Sleeping, and Working + 2 People ($100) is no exception since it does it all. The set is housed in a storage box with built in handle cut-outs and fitted cover that doubles as a large room and grassy patio. There are 41 pieces altogether, featuring fun and vibrant colors and patterns, including 2 MiO beanbag people, 4 reversible tree/garden blocks, a loft, hopscotch plank, and much more for imaginations to run wild!
Each piece is beautifully crafted, detailed, and made of high quality natural wood that can easily withstand the test of time. One shouldn’t expect any less from this company since this company has been making toys for over 30 years!