Our Favorite Brands: Popular Playthings

By Aric Klar | Toy Guides

Oct 15

Check out some of our favorites from Popular Playthings, maker of some of our favorite educational toys!

“[Popular Playthings] is committed to the research, design, and development of new educational and toy products that will not only challenge the child but will also stimulate imagination, interaction and manipulative skills.”


Mix or Match - Animals

“What do you get when you mix a tiger, crocodile, elephant, and a giraffe together?”

Ages: 2+

Answer … four new species you won’t find at your local zoo or on your next African Safari! Of course, you can also assemble them as nature intended, by matching colors or visual memory.  Either way, you end up with four adorable creatures to amuse your family and friends.  That’s the “fun factor” of Mix or Match Animals!

Build A Truck  

“This eye-catching, oversized truck construction toy!”

Ages: 2+

This eye-catching, oversized truck construction toy is designed with the youngest of builders in mind.  The colorful pieces are easy to hold and our magnetic locking system makes assembly and disassembly a snap.  You can make a variety of different trucks including a dump truck, cement mixer, front loader, backhoe, and more – All of which roll on real rubber tires!

Mix or Match - Space

“Blast off to space!”

Ages: 3+

  • Make a Spaceship, a Space Shuttle and a Lunar Rover with this Mix and Match set
  • Hidden magnetic locking system makes assembly a snap!
  • Put them together and take them apart again and again!
  • Fully compatible with any Mix or Match Vehicle Sets
  • NOTE: Color may vary

Mix or Match Vehicles - Construction

Mix or Match Vehicles - Fire & Rescue

Mix or Match - 

Vehicles 4

“These color themed sets are sure to appeal to those who have longed for Mix or Match Vehicles in more realistic colors.”

Ages: 3+

You still get that same sense of pride and accomplishment after you’ve assembled a one-of-a-kind vehicle of your own design, but now your finished models will look like real construction, fire and rescue, and police vehicles.  All sets are fully compatible with our original 1-6 sets as well!

Aric Klar

About the Author

Aric Klar is owner, co-founder and CEO of Toyology Toys