It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of designer David Weeks‘ heirloom quality wooden toys. We’ve previously featured his animal kingdom offerings: his sustainable wood Simian, Hanno the Gorilla, and his personable and poseable Ursa the Bear. Weeks’ refreshing interpretation of robotic toys also made news here at Inhabitots, when we highlighted his mean, green Cubebots. The master craftsman has added two new characters, both made from sustainably harvested beech wood, to his impressive line-up: Hattie the Elephant and Simus the Rhino.

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Both Simus and Hattie will be cherished additions to any animal-loving child’s play kingdom. Each of these toys reflect the inherent power of their real-life counterparts via their sturdy hardwood frames, and their elastic-band muscles make them easy to manipulate for imaginative play. Here’s to an upcoming living room summer safari!

+ Hattie the Elephant $125

+ Simus the Rhino $110

+ David Weeks Studio