If you want to get the kids away from their video games for some good fun, check out the toy lineup from Automoblox. The company specializes in assemble-them-yourself wooden cars and trucks. Each one is made from European beech wood along with plastic parts and rubber tires. The neat thing about Automoblox is that all of the pieces are interchangeable with any other Automoblox vehicle, allowing for plenty of design creativity. Kids can also register their cars with the company (each has its own ID number) to receive all sorts of free stuff, such as posters and decals. Automoblox toys are priced from $12 for the Mini series models to $45 for larger sizes. Check them out at www.automoblox.com.


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