We enjoy going to toy stores with Vito, as you well know from my previous post. Our son’s not the spoiled type when it comes to toy shopping, and this weekend’s trip to the store was no exception. He still knows the rules of “Look only,” but we recently introduced a new rule, one that I know he is still grasping to understand. It’s that of earning his rewards, as an outcome of doing things properly.
Last weekend, we were picking out a small toy as a “reward” for finishing his dinner properly each night this week. When we asked him what he wanted, he said,
“I want a toy seal like ‘Stefano’ from Madagascar,” he said, referring to his favorite movie series.
So, we promised we’d go to the toy store during the weekend. Now when it comes to to toy stores, few impress Vito and engage him like Build City.
(I know what you’re thinking: Ang mahal naman ng taste ng bata! “What the hell? That kid’s got expensive taste in toys!”)
But hey, who can blame him — or us?! The toys in Build City are the toys we grew up with: Lego, Playmobil, of course are the classics; then there are a variety of other constructive toys, suited to different age ranges. And these aren’t your regular “Made in China” toys. Everything here is of premium quality, and everything is thoughtfully designed.
Vito, in particular, can spend an hour building at the Lego table:
… and he indeed spent almost an hour there last Sunday!
I love Build City (and its main brand, Hobbes and Landes) for its choices and novelties. Last Sunday at the Shangri-La branch, I was already perusing the shelves to see what could be potential Christmas gifts for Ton’s and my godchildren, nephews and nieces. Some items caught my eye, but to be honest, I wanted to get things for our home, like these paper lanterns and mobiles:
I totally want to get that animal-themed mobile for Vito’s room!
Paper Chinese lanterns with mod prints. Looooove.
I love these pretty and stylish Kubik puzzle blocks!
And, since Vito’s 4th birthday will be in less than two months, we’re also scouting for his next big gift. We only buy him big ticket items on Christmas and birthdays. This year, he’s “graduating” from the Duplo Lego stage, and moving on to the Lego Basic and intermediate Playmobil level. These are some of the items that caught our eye as potential gifts.
The Playmobil “360″ zoo series! He would go bonkers over this!
No joke, these come with a hefty price tag. Still, the brands speak a lot in terms of quality. I know, because the Lego sets that my brothers and I used to own as kids are still with our younger cousins to this day! (Hi, Phoebe. We’ll be getting the Lego Basic back from you for Vito, soon. Hahaha!) I know that if we invest in this Playmobil zoo set that Vito will be able to enjoy it for many years, and possibly even pass it down to his own kids! (Isn’t it amazing to think about?)
Back to our reason for being at Build City this weekend: To get a reward for Vito.
He’s into this small collectible animals by Schleich, a company specializing in action figures. Build City (under Hobbes and Landes) are the exclusive distributors of this line, which Vito adores. Each action figure costs between Php245 – Php425 per piece, depending on the size.
I just have to say: Thank God he gets the smallest size of each!
Vito currently has four animals in the Schleich collection. They are pictured below:
Vito had already previously bought the alligator, the giraffe and the baby seal from previous trips here. His most recent acquisition was the sealion, whom he promptly name Stefano:
We’ll see how far along this animal obsession goes. Right now, we have four of the entire Schleich collection, and it looks like the collecting won’t be done any time soon….
— not while there are over a hundred collectibles. Yikes!
Well, at least I know that he can use them in middle school for dioramas. In the meantime…
… he’s content with his newest find.
While waiting for Vito to get tired of playing with the Lego, I lingered on and browsed. There’s really a lot of choices here, and though the price points are a bit higher than your regular toy store’s selection, they are well worth what you pay for in terms of quality and “long-lastability”. Plus, it’s such a fine looking store! You can’t help but be inspired in it. I know that I enjoy each time I’m here, because I feel like I’m reliving my childhood.
I guess that’s why it really is one of my happy places.
We’ll be back for sure in a few weeks’ time, after Vito has accomplished another benchmark!
Build City is located in Shangri La Plaza Mall (Mandaluyong), TriNoMa (Quezon City), Greenbelt 5 and Power Plant (Makati). “Like” them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/buildcity/) to receive store updates and sale alerts. This is not a compensated or sponsored post, but my own heartfelt write up on one of our many experiences in this wonderful store.