Zyclones, and Z-Curves, and Zartz, oh my!
AmaZed by my Zealous use of Z-words? These are some of the bestselling products from one of our favorite vendors here at Learning Express—Zing Toys. With the school year finally coming to an end, and kids gearing up to spend more time in the great outdoors, this week’s blog will go behind the scenes at an innovative company, which puts a new and unique spin on outdoor (and often airborne) fun. Check it out!
Zing Toys (based in Portland, Oregon) was officially incorporated in 2006. The company is dedicated to creating new and innovative products, which will inspire kids to get off the couch, turn off the television, and get outside to play. You can see how perfectly this fits in with the Learning Express philosophy. How do we get kids to lead healthy, active lifestyles? We make it more fun than the alternative.
The genius of the Zing products is that they completely satisfy the boyhood desire to shoot stuff, but the engineering and design make them safe both indoors and out. Kids won’t get hurt and windows won’t get broken. I don’t think it can get much better than that.
While Zing toys are primarily sold by specialty retailers in the USA (like Learning Express), the market is constantly expanding and evolving. They’ve had a whole bunch of great publicity in major media outlets. The Zyclone was featured on The Letterman Show, the Z-Curve Bow was on Live with Regis and Kelly, and the Zing Shot was written up in the Wall Street Journal.
Zing toys really speak for themselves, so check out these Rapid Reviews of our favorites!
Our Favorite Zing Toys
This is one of the staples of the Zing Toys line—a suction-cup arrow made of SOFTECH tough foam that sticks to any surface for 15-30 seconds before releasing. You can literally play with these anywhere. The Zartz Funpack comes with one Zartz arrow and two target shields to take the game of tag to a whole new level.
This toy is a feat of physics and aerodynamic engineering. Zing uses something called “Z-Spin technology” to launch a soft foam Zing-Ring from the hand-held canon. The ring then glides through the air. You really have to see it in action to get the full effect, but this is great for playing catch in the park.
I’m a big fan of this one in particular. For someone who is hand-eye-coordination challenged, the design of this bow makes it very straightforward to launch the arrows. Then the challenge is all about actually hitting your target (and not about how many times you can poke yourself in the eye in the process). The Z-Curve Bow can send missiles soaring over 100 feet, and I’ve seen it done. The two foam ones have great bounce-back action and won’t damage any walls if you’re playing indoors. The set also comes with one suction-tipped Zartz arrow (mentioned above). Way fun! Even Regis and Kelly think so (see below).
My conclusion? Zing Toys produces high quality products that get kids moving. I simply can’t think of a better way to start the summer.
Thanks for reading!