Candylab is a proudly crowdsourced company, born three years ago on Kickstarter, and now their crew is back with a fresh crop of gorgeous toy cars, modern blocks and a goal to kick off their very own local manufacturing facility so they can produce their toys in the USA.
The Candylab story
Candylab Toys was born out of the team’s desire to “revive the glamorous ’60s American modernist vibe and carve it into awesome contemporary wood toy designs.” The Candylab crew, consisting of artists, designers and parents were inspired by various influences, including their deep love of classic American Cars and the craftsmanship spirit of mid-century artisan furniture designers. Candylab, saddened by how the newer toys of today are made cheaply, with plastics that break and disassemble — ending up in the trash — were determined to create a different sort of toy collection. A line that’s made of wood, heirloom quality, and fun, yet still elegant, durable, and simple, giving children a chance to create their own stories around the objects they play with. To start this company, Candylab looked to Kickstarter, and got support from over one thousand people from all over the world, allowing the company to become a reality.
Candylab Toys are made with solid beech wood, water based, non toxic paints, a little bit of plastic, metal and real rubber. All the toy cars comply with the safety requirements of the Consumer Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (ASTM F963), Australian and NZ safety regulations, as well as European toy safety requirement EN71 parts I and II.
New toy additions
The current Candylab Kickstarter campaign introduces a fresh crop of cars including a super sweet retro minded camper (among others) along with brand new modernist building blocks that allow kids to create an entire universe for their vehicles.
The blocks with connectors
The new wood block set entry kit is super slick and comes with an innovative rubber connector to keep what you build in one piece. The clever geometry allows for endless expansion and configurations and the blocks will be made in the USA with some help from eco-friendly toy company Uncle Goose.
Moving to the USA
Candylab has plans to create their new toy collection with their current Kickstarter campaign, but also intends to take the remaining proceeds from the campaign, and set up a manufacturing outpost about three hours away from their current Brooklyn base.
Support the project
The current Candylab Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed their goal by about $60,000, but moving an entire operation to the USA, while still keeping prices of toys low for consumers is a tough road, so Candylab can use all the help they can get. Visit their Kickstarter campaign to see how you can invest in this cool, retro company.