Children’s Toy Sets

What is cuter than a little girl's toy tea set? Toy tea sets are beautiful and they become collector's items that are passed down as heirlooms (that is if someone does not manage to lose a cup or a pot along the way.) The teapots are really small and typically hold two to five ounces of liquid and the tea cups often just hold an ounce or two of liquid. Most of these little China tea pot sets also come with cute little creamers and sugar containers and sometimes little spoons of either china or silver to match.

One of the most popular motifs for toy teapots is bunnies. There are toy china tea sets made with bunny, mice and duck images by story teller and illustrator Beatrix Potter n them but there are many different realistic portrayals of bunnies on childs tea pots. However when it comes to gorgeous little teapots and cups Beatrix Potter is not the only game in town. There are many more anonymous illustrators and designers out there that have put their designs on teapots and the bunnies are equally as cute an equally as realistic.

You can get teapot collections made by Disney, but like the Beatrix Potter collections they have become a bit too common and corny. The company called Cardew makes a unique European looking Snow White teapot that features her and the seven dwarfs and that does not look much like the Disney version of the popular storybook character. If you think Disney is too corporate it is a good idea to look around for something less commercial. It does exist.

Reutter Porcelain is a great company that makes all kinds of different storybook character based tea sets. One of their nicest lines is their Alice in Wonderland line which features pictures of Alice playing croquet with the Pink Flamingo and The Red Queen. The illustrations are based on the original ones by Lewis Carroll.

There are also some companies that simply make tinier versions of their adult collectible teapots. These have beautiful floral patterns and nice gold trim. Madison is quite a famous old company that makes beautiful tea sets that are packed in a beautiful designer paper and wood box that matches the pattern on the tea set.

The nice thing about these teapots is that they already come wrapped. Many sets come in nice boxes or even wood cases. Quite a few are packed for gift giving in their own closing and locking picnic baskets.

New Toys for 2012

When it comes to toys that are expected to be released to an excited public in 2012 there are a few new novelties worth mentioning. Your kid probably already knows about them even though they just got on the market.

Hasbro is putting out a lot of new toys this year, especially ones that are tied to big movie releases of old science fiction and cartoon classics that are coming out on Blu Ray or in the movie theaters. There is now a new series of Avengers toys along with a redone miniature plastic model of the vintage Iron Man. This Iron Man is bright red with silver detail. The toy company has also come out with models of Hawkeye and the Black Widow both sporting a lot o pouches and big weapons. They have also made a model of Captain America which is 1950s looking with red gloves, a sky blue suit and a shiny little shield that looks like a bulls eye with a star in the middle of it.
The toy company Hasbrow has also released a red and blue version of Spiderman and Leia and Lando from Star Wars in desert gear. The company is also releasing a life size Darth Maul style double-sided lightsaber to tie into the 3-D release of the classic Star Wars film.

This year Disney has unveiled a empire that includes Disney product collections including magical toys, bath toys, cuddly toys and baby gear decorated with everyone's favorite Disney characters.

The company White Rabbit England is launching a new collection for 2012 including lots of soft, fluffy rabbit toys, an embroider blanket with soft fluffy rabbis on it and Staffordshire pottery with the white rabbit on it. Other new products made by White Rabbit England for 2012 include a dog lamp, a cat lamp and a keepsake box with the famous image of the White Rabbit on it.

Apple's iPad has also launched a new iPad game that allows humans to play games in real time with live farm pigs. From their iPad humans press a button on a screen. This is connected to a Wiii type screen in a Danish pig farm in which bored pigs press their snouts against a touch sensitive display to try and produce virtual sparks of light. This is a game that works because pigs display the same kind of curiosity as humans when they are bored and will learn how to press their snouts against an interactive screen.