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We have been ever so busy lately preparing samples for all sorts of new designs and projects, I haven't had time to update the news here. We are especially excited about the new Medieval Mayhem (castle scene) and Ocean Motion (underwater scene) to grow the range of moving postcards along with the all favourite London Cityscape already selling incredibly well. The two new ones are now in production and will be with us in July. We took London Cityscape for a trip to its place of origin seen here matching up the iconic Big Ben silhouettes. Every city needs a Timberkits Cityscape, the perfect souvenir.
Here is Gary Clapperton's very dramatic Mechanical Bull. This is a bold and ambitious model. I wonder whether he has had first hand experience of this activity......
Gary is the design inspiration behind our Xylophone Player which will soon be making its appearance on our shelves.
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We have 2 competition winners this year, John Haward and Gary Clapperton. We couldn't decide between them. David Twydell was the runner up with a total of three submissions which were all pretty cunning in their own way too.
This is John's paddleboarder which is a gentle rather contemplative model, I can imagine him slowly floating around a calm bay at sunset rather than surfing on wild waves. John was the design inspiration behind our Unicyclist and has contributed several other designs over the years. It works very smoothly so whilst not expansive in its movement it is well thought out.
I love the way people say "Things will calm down for you after Christmas, won't they?" As if!! We are now into preparation for our annual trade fair, dusting off the displays and making sure we have enough functioning biros. We are also preparing our next Shaun the Sheep kits for production seen here connected together but they will be sold as singles. More ideas in the pipeline....
I will be off to China in a few weeks to see our manufacturers and sample some more delicious Chinese food. This is always fascinating. We have a 15 year old relationship with one factory so they are lovely old friends and the other more recently acquired factory are growing in confidence and teaching us new approaches.
This year we will be bringing out more Timberscenes like the London Cityscape. There will be a Castle Scene and a Sea Life scene and then we will be working on a Dinosaur theme. Keep an eye on our social media for more regular detail and requests for feedback on emerging ideas.