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The Entropy Christmas Guide: Cool Rides

With ride on toys, your children will never be idle again and can put their boundless energy to good, fun use! Ride on toys are about as active as you can get and can provide hours of entertainment, both within the house and outdoors. With ride on toys, your child is the engine and the sidewalk is the raceway. Here are some of the coolest and most colourful rides we have in stock this season! Enjoy!
Click here to download this Gift Guide.With ride on toys, your children will never be idle again and can put their boundless energy to good, fun use! Ride on toys are about as active as you can get and can provide hours of entertainment, both within the house and outdoors. With ride on toys, your child is the engine and the sidewalk is the raceway. Here are some of the coolest and most colourful rides we have in stock this season! Enjoy!

Cool-Rides

Haba Beach Competition

Summer is fast approaching and we want to give you a good reason to get outside and soaking up the sunshine. The Elves have deliberated and all agree that there is no better way to do this than with almost $200 worth of Haba beach toys!

If you want to make your next beach trip spectacular and win these awesome toys you’re going to have to work for them. We have five beach trivia questions for you to answer. Get them all correct and you will go into the draw to win.

To answer the questions, please follow this link – https://goo.gl/2fuxMD 

You may answer the questions any time before the competition closes. If you have entered and want to change your answers, please fill out a new entry form. We will only take your most recent entry into consideration.

One lucky winner will score  –

These riddles are designed to be fun and enjoyed by your children.

Good luck and have fun toy lovers!


TERMS & CONDITIONS

T&Cs
This promotion is conducted by Entropy. Entry into the promotion constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. By entering the promotion, entrants accept and acknowledge full responsibility for their decision to participate in the promotion and to take a prize if they are drawn as a winner.
All entry instructions and prize information published by the Promoter forms part of these Terms and Conditions

Eligibility
No purchase is necessary to participate.
To enter, you must be at least 13 years of age and living in Australia.
Entropy employees and their immediate family members are not eligible. Immediate family includes only spouses, parents and children.
Entry to the Give-Away opens on Monday, November 27, 2017. Entries close on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 11.59pm AEST.

Prize Draw
The winner will be determined by Entropy. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decision.
The winner will be selected and announced on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The winner will be contacted via email.
All winners have seven days to reply and claim the prize. Once this period expires, if the prize has still not been claimed, the promoter has the right to select a new winner. All prizes are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-replaceable. Prizes cannot be transferred for cash or credit.
Prizes must be collected in-store for local residents or will be posted to customers in other parts of Australia at Entropy’s cost.

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Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in the event they are a winner (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this promotion (including any outcome), and promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter.
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The Entropy Christmas Guide: Wooden Wonders

There’s nothing quite like the smell, feel, and durability of wood. It’s something every child should experience during play time! At Entropy we are all about the traditional wooden wonders, so it’s only natural to want to share some of our very favourites. Here are some very special toys that will last for years and years. Enjoy!
Click here to download this Gift Guide
There’s nothing quite like the smell, feel, and durability of wood. It’s something every child should experience during play time! At Entropy we are all about the traditional wooden wonders, so it’s only natural to want to share some of our very favourites. Here are some very special toys that will last for years and years. Enjoy!

Wooden-Wonders

Review & Win – How to WIN a $50 Entropy Voucher

Want to win a $50 Entropy Voucher? Continue reading.Here at Entropy, we are always looking to improve, and that’s why we want your feedback. With over 4,000 toys on our shelves, it’s hard for us to test and trial every product and this is where we need your (our trusty toy lovers) help. We want to hear what you think about our toys – good, bad or indifferent. This is a task that you can sink your teeth into and have a fantastic time while doing so. Your feedback will not only help us, but also your fellow toy lovers make good purchasing decisions. Plus, you could win a $50 Entropy voucher for your efforts!

Each month one lucky toy lover is crowned the prestigious title of ‘Review of the Month Winner’ and is awarded a $50 Entropy Voucher. If you’re up to the challenge and want to claim the title and prize follow the steps below!

1. Sign into your customer account
This is THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP because if you’re not signed into your account, we won’t have any way of contacting you if you’re picked as the winner! If you do not have a customer account, it is free and easy to create one.

Sign into your Entropy Account
Create an Entropy Account

2. Find the product you want to review
Using the search bar (on our website) find the product that you have purchased and click the ‘Add Your Review’ link under the title of the product.3. Tell us what you think and submit
It’s now time for you to tell us what you think. Rank the product, give us your thoughts and summarise the item in one short and snappy sentence.  We understand that some people are uncomfortable with having their name published online. For that reason, you can submit your review under a nickname. Approved and published reviews will only show this nickname – not the name that your account is registered under. Once you are happy with your review, hit the blue ‘Submit Review’ button at the bottom of the page and you are finished!

You may review as many products as you have purchased and at any time. One review equals one entry, and our winners are selected at random. The winner will be contacted on the first business day after the last day of the month. Good luck and we look forward to hearing what you have to say about our products!

Kinderboard or Wobbel What’s the Difference?

Confused on how Wobbel and the Kinderboard differ? Don’t worry you’re not alone! To help you pick the right wobble board for your family we have compiled everything you need to know in one easy-to-read blog. The blog is titled ‘Kinderboard or Wobble – What’s the difference?’ click here to read more.

Wobble boards (or balance boards) are currently the hottest children’s toy on the market. Their simple design keep energetic children engaged in creative play for hours while helping them reach key developmental milestones. You can rock it! Balance on it. Push it. Spin it. Flip it and slide. Sit on it or use it as a foot stool. Make it into a see-saw, a boat or a resting place or a doll’s house – the play opportunities are endless! Here at Entropy, we stock the two leading brands of wobble boards – Kinderfeets Kinderboard and Wobbel. To help you decide which wobble board is right for your family we have everything you need to know right here.

First to the Australian market was Kinderfeets’ Kinderboard arriving in late June 2017. The Kinderboard while being based on a traditional Dutch design was re-designed by Kinderfeets in the USA and is made in China. The board is made from FSC certified and sustainably sourced German Beech wood and is finished with translucent water-based lacquer. Currently, we stock two different colour options – natural wood and white wash wood. The natural wood looks like the images on our website but the white wash is a bit special… It’s washed, but not too washed. All I can say is, imagine an upmarket seaside shack’s fancy-pants hardwood floors.  Holding market share up until now the Kinderboards have had no competition and have sold supremely well. But as Miley Cyrus said ‘… change is a thing you can count on.’

Wobbel landed in Australia last week and in doing so sent a wave of excitement through the toy industry. Entropy Elf Bec and Johanna were lucky enough to not only see but trial The Original Wobbel at this year’s Toy and Hobby Fair back in February. After uploading the below video to Entropy’s social media channels it was clear that you, our wonderful toy lovers, were more than interested and couldn’t wait to get your hands on one. Well now the wait is over The Original Wobbel is FINALLY here.

Like Kinderboard, Wobbel is based off the traditional Dutch Waldorf design. Wobbel (a Dutch company) redesigned and makes their boards in the Netherlands. The Original Wobbel is made from sustainably harvested (FSC) European beech wood (that grows in a 300 km radius of their production factory) and is finished with water based varnish and EKO wool felt.

You don’t need to be an expert to see that both of these brands haven’t cut any corners when it comes to quality. However, it does take more than just a glance to understand exactly how these two products differ.

The biggest difference is the weight that these boards can handle. As the boards are designed for adults as well as children this is important. The Wobbel can withstand up to 200kg where the Kinderboard can handle 220kg without breaking into a sweat. The second biggest difference is that Wobbel can be used by children from birth. Meanwhile, Kinderfeets recommend that children be 18 months of age before they start rockin’ and ridin’. There is also a slight size difference. As you can see in the below images Wobbel has a deeper curve (22cm compared to Kinderboards 19cm), is thicker (by .5cm) and is longer (by 1cm). Lastly, the Wobbel boards that we currently stock all have a felt layer on the outside of their curve. This layer protects both the board and your floors.

Kinderfeets - Wooden Wobble Kinderboard White Wash

Wobbel Board Original with Mouse Grey Felt compared to Kinderfeets – Wobble Kinderboard White Wash

So there you have it, that’s pretty much all there’s to know about Kinderboard and Wobbel. If you were hoping to find instructions on how to use these toys I am sorry to disappoint. The nature of these balance boards (and all Woldorf toys) is that there is no right or wrong way to play. If you’re worried that your child won’t “get it” put those thoughts aside and get ready to be impressed with how creative your child is. If that isn’t enough to convince you head over to Wobbel’s YouTube Channel and watch a few clips.

A summary from the Entropy Elves

Kinderfeets Kinderboard The Original Wobbel
Made from FSC certified and sustainably sourced German beech wood. Finished with translucent water-based lacquer. Sustainably harvested (FSC) European beech wood. Finished with water based varnish and EKO wool felt.
Country of Design USA Netherlands
Country of Manufacture China Netherlands
Age Range 18 months* – 99 years Birth – 99 years
Weight Limit 220 kg* 200 kg
Size 82cm long, 29.5cm wide, the edges curve upward 19cm and the board is 1.5cm thick 83cm long, 30cm wide, the edges curve upward 22cm and the board is 2cm thick

*In November 2017 the Kinderboard’s weight rating went from 90kg to 220kg. This new weight rating is valid for all existing boards.

Top Toy Predictions for Christmas 2017

Top Toy Predictions for Christmas 2017 (1)No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Yes, we’re about to talk about Christmas, and yes ‘at this time of the year’ – but hear us out. Christmas is a mere 16 weeks away and if you work in the toy or turkey industry that is SOON! I would be lying if I said Christmas wasn’t always somewhere in the Entropy Elves minds but now it has pushed to the forefront.

In the last nine months over 700 new products have made their way to Entropy. We understand that these (along with our existing 4000+ toys) make it hard to decide what to put under the tree. To make things a bit easier Chief Poobah has predicted the top ten new toys for this Christmas.

While our top ten picks for this Christmas are all new to the Australian market they are here to stay. These ten toys introduce new and innovative characteristics while echoing key traditional features that are seen in the majority of our all-time-favourite classic toys. This mix of old and new will ensure that each of these toys is cherished for Christmases to come and not forgotten by the time Christmas pudding is served.

Our prediction for the hottest toy this side of Christmas. Rock it, balance it, push it, spin it – let your imagination run wild.

Our prediction as the hottest stocking stuffer this Christmas. As a fidget toy, it’s hard to put down!

Spiel de Jahres winner; this is the highest award available for recognising excellence in game design.

The only four-in-one balance bike and trike on the market all the way from the Netherlands.

Stunning artwork plus 1008 pieces makes these a great present choice for adults and the family on holidays. It doesn’t matter which way you look at these puzzles they are never upside-down.

These construction sets have been made in Austria for over 100 years from sustainably sourced wood and are now available in Australia.

The ultimate corporate gift, equally at home, on an executive desk or in a stylish toddler’s bedroom.

Bring some Zen to Christmas with these stunning block puzzles.

Handmade in Europe using sustainable timbers and natural plant dyes these items are quirky and divine.

Inspired by the 1950s custom motorbike scene, this balance bike is uber cool

Curious to learn what else is new to the Australian toy market or need more gift ideas? We have our own online Gift Guide which is packed with a plethora of ideas. Our Christmas Catalogue will also be available shortly.

10 products we stocked on the day we opened 10 years ago, that we still sell today!

10 products we stocked on the day we opened 10 years ago, that we still sell today.

Today has special significance as it is our tenth birthday! This day, a decade ago, Chief Poobah and her trusty sidekick Elf Bec opened the doors of Elf HQ for the first time. A lot has changed since those days, however, like a leopard we’ve not changed our spots. Toys have come and gone, we have moved to three different stores and onto the World Wide Web, but we have always stayed true to our founding mission.

Chief Poobah’s passion for quality, traditional, wooden and educational toys that get children active (mentally, physically or both) can be seen in every product that has ever made its way to Elf HQ. As it is our birthday, we believe we can afford to relish in some nostalgic feelings. As we are turning ten, it seems only fit to look at ten products we have stocked since the day we opened! In no particular order, here we go!

1. Our Quadrilla Marble Run is probably the most played with item in our retail store. Our shop model is glued together (unlike the real thing which is meant to be pulled apart and rebuilt). Just as well it is glued, or we would have put it together many hundreds of times.

2. “I have always loved the fact that Dobbin and Drum’s drums are made in Australia. We have become great friends with Dobbin and Drum over the years. The parent-friendly and mellow sound of these drums make them a winner”, said chief Poobah.

3. The Fiesta Craft Hand Puppets have had a few makeovers through the years, but these have remained favourites. Combined with the Tellatale Puppet Theatre, they are one of our most popular Christmas sellers!

4. Parents ask ‘what is it?’ when they first see the Bilibo, and children just play with it. There is no wrong or right way to play with this free play toy. We sell hundreds of these every year. Ten years along the track they are still a winner.

5. The Haba Clutch Toy Rattle Flapsi still one of our best-selling wooden rattles. We love the durability of Haba baby rattles, courtesy of the fact that they are saliva resistant.

6. We assembled a Voila Wooden Tool Work Bench as floor stock for in-store play, when we first opened, and it is still going strong today. Made of rubberwood, the Work Bench is super sturdy and pretty much unbreakable.

7. The Schylling Jack in the Box Jester is a classic toy that is still super popular today. “You know what’s going to happen, but you still jump when it does!” – Chief Poobah

8. For a long time, a Wheely Bugs was the ‘go to’ present for a one-year-old. It still is for many families. The ‘move in every direction’ castors is what makes it unique.

9. Haba’s Orchard Game is a classic cooperative game. Players work together to defeat the greedy crow. “My kids played this as toddlers, and still managed to find a way to be competitive with each other”, said chief Poobah.

10. “The Harbour Seal is my all-time favourite puppet from Folkmanis. Its face animates so beautifully. I still love playing with it.” Chief Poobah.

So there you have it, ten products that have been with us for the last ten years and will surely be with us for the next. While all the Entropy Elves and Chief Poobah are gooey with nostalgia, we would like to thank you. Thank you for choosing quality wooden and educational toys for your children and thank you for choosing to shop with Entropy – an Australian owned and operated business. We look forward to the next ten years of business, and we hope that you are with us in some way.

Bring Schleich to Life Competition

Bring Schleich to LifePhotograph your Schleich figurines in the most creative setting to win a Schleich Riding Centre with Accessories (RRP $349). Don’t have Schleich figurines? Get some while we have 25% off the entire range (until July 31, 2017).

How to Enter:

  1. Take a photo of your Schleich figurine(s) in a creative setting. Put your imaginations to work
  2. Upload the photo to Entropy’s Facebook page OR your Instagram page with the name and age of the entrant and the hashtags #EntropyToys #BringSchleichToLife
  3. Encourage your friends and family to like and share the image
  4. Wait for the winners to be announced!

Here are three examples from when we ran the competition in 2014.
SchleichGood Luck and have fun!

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Haba Games Night Give Away

haba games

Take your family games night to the next level with SIX fantastic Haba games! These games will turn your games cupboard into a thing of envy and make you popular amongst your friends and family. If you want to win we want to hear why! Share our Facebook post, leave a comment and show us a photo of your family playing a game. Anything from Tag to Tenzi or Bananagrams to Bocce will do – as long as you look like you’re having fun!

One lucky winner will receive the prize of six Haba products. Competition closes 11.59pm July 14, 2017.Open to Australian residents only.

The winner will receive the following games (RRP $251.70)

Haba – Guessing Game Who Am I?
Haba – Rhino Hero a 3D Stacking Game
Haba – Game Dancing Eggs
Haba – First Cooperative Game Flower Fairy
Haba – Game Monza Car Race
Haba – Game the Orchard

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