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This site is dedicated to classic toy-based games that we all loved in the 1960s, 1970, and 1980s. We combine our love for classic wooden toys with our passion for the environment and good, clean, family fun. These toys are made in U.S.A. from recycled materials, water soluble inks and sturdy white maple. Revisit those favorite party games you played as a child or as a young adult. Remember those coin flipping games like table-top football, three-penny hockey or soccer, Quarters and Beer Pong? How about the fun you've had with battling tops, passing the hot potato or playing jenga? How about the hours you spent folding and launching paper airplanes, bottle rockets or balsa wood gliders? Who can forget those cops and robber games you played with your rubber band gun or sling shot. Start a new tradition. Purchase these hand-crafted, table-top toys for your child, your grand child, your friend or yourself! Your office mates will love a game of boardroom golf, basketball or PIG. Throwing paper airplanes in a meeting is one thing, but how about launching a paper airplane in an arena or convention hall? Our classic tops also make a wonderful and fun table-top or desk top center piece. Your family, friends, employees and customers will find those recycled tops hard to resist. They will be mesmerized by the color in those spinning tops. But don't be surprised if they challenge you to a game of battling tops! Teachers: these aren't just toys, they are educational aids. Explain the concepts of energy storage and release (potential and kinetic energy). Or discuss trajectories and do the math behind the shots. Enjoy our joyful creations! And smile a lot!!
Former Yakima CEO, Son Start Toy Company
(Excerpts from an article in the Times-Standard Nov 27, 2010 Eureka, CA)
McKinleyville resident, Duncan Robins has discovered the best way to teach his son about business is starting one with him.
The former Yakima CEO has teamed up with his 12-year-old son Canyon Robins to manufacture, market and sell a new line of toys: the SLOTTER.
"I'm using it to open his eyes to what's possible even at this age", said Duncan Robins who ran Yakima for four years before it was sold in 2001.
The idea for the simple wooden toys...was hatched this summer. The family challenged itself to enhance their table top games, such as three penny hockey, soccer or quarters.
..."It's just a whole exploratory awareness thing...", Robins said, (adding)...recycling products is an important part of the company's vision, and hopes the toys will inspire others to recycle as well.
Already a saelsman in his approach, Canyon wrote that the game is hand-crafted in Humboldt, does not require a plug or battery and is appealing to all ages and skill levels.
"It's really cool to know that I was part of inventing something...especially because I really enjoy playing it. If we're lucky, we'll even get a patent or two issued," he wrote. "That would be awesome!"
SLOTTER receives approval for toys by third party testing organization
(Company issued release: November 15th, 2010)
Hooray! We just received confirmation that our two initial toys meet or exceed all of the CPSC's (Consumer Product Safety Commission's) requirements for safe toys. That is one small step for man, one giant leap for our tiny little company!
SLOTTER receives approval for toys by third party testing organization
(Company issued release: December 15th, 2010)
We did it again! We've received the "thumbs-up" for all of our top-based products and our flying wonders. This is going to be a great Christmas for a lot of children. The elves are already hard at work making our new SLOTTERs!
SLOTTER takes to the air waves
(Company issued release: January 23th, 2011)
Canyon sat down with Blue Ox radio to discuss what it is like to be a young entrepreneur, product developer and sales person. The conversation focused on creativity and opportunity for community youth. KKDS 97.7 FM of Eureka aired the 30 minute segment live and plans to broadcast the interview more times in the coming months.
Canyon Robins wins California State Science Fair
(Company issued release: June 2011)
Canyon Robins, lead designer for SLOTTER, took his designs and math skills on the road. Canyon made the trip to Southern California to compete with other young scientists. Canyon wowed the judges and won the Applied Mechanics division of the California State Science Fair. With his project and salesmanship he explained the math, physics, and material science behind his patented first toy.
SLOTTER awarded two patents
(Company issued release: January 2012)
SLOTTER is proud to announce that it has been issued two patents. Canyon (lead designer) and Duncan Robins (his team-mate) have been issued patents for their original SLOTTER and bottle-cap top designs. The two couldn't be reached for comment as they were busy playing with one of their new games!
SLOTTER awarded another patent
(Company issued release: January 2013)
SLOTTER is proud to announce that it has been issued another patent. Canyon and team have been issued a patent for their original airplane designs. Want to fold and fire a paper airplane 40 yards? Stay tuned, we will have fun DIY products for you soon. As usual, the two couldn't be reached for comment as they were busy playing with one of their new toys!
SLOTTER licenses its third toy technology - Bottle Tops!
(Company issued release: August 2013)
SLOTTER is proud to announce that it has licensed its third patented technology. Canyon and Duncan Robins hope to help the American-made toy company (ChannelCraft) turn the proprietary technology into yet another full range of products. As usual, the two couldn't be reached for comment as they were busy showing-off more of their patent-pending, innovative designs!
SLOTTER awarded its fourth patent
(Company issued release: December 2013)
SLOTTER is proud to announce that it has been issued its fourth patent. This design supports the "Flipping Birds" line of products which were designed for children and young adults. Canyon and team hope to license the new technology and related toys in the coming year.
SLOTTER awarded its fifth patent
(Company issued release: April 2014)
SLOTTER is proud to announce that it has been issued its fifth patent. Canyon with team-mate Duncan Robins have been issued a patent for their rubber band roadster, a DIY car you can build out of straws, wood and rubberbands. This sports car is a new take on Derby car racing and balsa wood planes.
SLOTTER licenses its fourth toy technology - Slingshot Flyers!
(Company issued release: August 2014)
SLOTTER is proud to announce that it has licensed its fourth patented technology to ChannelCraft.
Want to fold and fire a paper airplane 40 yards? Stay tuned, they will have fun DIY products for you soon. Canyon and team hope to help the American-made toy company turn the proprietary technology into yet another full range of high flying products.
SLOTTER licenses its fifth toy technology - Rubberband Roadster!
(Company issued release: January 2015)
SLOTTER is proud to announce that it has licensed its fifth and most advanced patented technology. Canyon and team are working with ChannelCraft to develp products for this coming summer. The new product line will highlight DIY wind-up race cars built from kits. The kits include a wood chassis and wheels, straws for axels and a clutch, and a rubberband for its motor. Should be a fun year!
SLOTTER's toys to surpass $1mm in retail sales!
(Company issued release: March 2015)
SLOTTER is proud to announce that retailers are on track to sell over 1 million dollars worth of its toys this year with significant growth this past year. The company's American-made products can be found from coast-to-coast in small toy, museum and gift stores and large format retailers like Cabela's. "We are super excited to see our toys flying off the shelves," said Canyon Robins, SLOTTER's chief product designer. "And we have many more fun products about to be released!" SLOTTER has teamed up with ChannelCraft to manufacture and distibute its products. Most of its toys retail for five dollars or less.