Our special projects are often personal challenges. In the case of the Kong Island playset, we tried to build a toy that looks like it was made in about 1955. More importantly, we wondered if we could produce this vintage-looking, hand-made toy set so that it could be manufactured in quantity at a reasonable price.

Our prototype makes use of original plastic dinosaurs from 1950s-60s, an assemblage of other vintage pieces, and many custom pieces we designed ourselves -- most notably the packaging, the village huts, the village walls, and the playmats. The kong figure is an original recasting (in resin) of a Palmer 1950 piece.

Had money been no object, obviously, we could have built something very slick. But that would have defeated the purpose. We wanted a kitschy charm. And we think we got that.

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