Wooden Toy Prototypes for The Land of Me

I’m excited to say that I’ve just shipped my first set of The Land of Me toy prototypes off to London.  I’m having such a great time working with the people at Made in Me, and I can’t wait to see how this first set turns out.  Production is going to start in just a few weeks by a wood design company in Hull, UK.  Nice!

Jack has been watching me closely throughout the design phase, and is very proud that he can put all of the animals together by himself.

You can also check out the post on the Made in Me blog if you’d like.


  1. Make mine Mid-Century
    September 20, 2010 at 3:48 am

    Love how that son of yours presses-on constructing animals, despite being covered in bandaids!

  2. Joel Henriques
    September 20, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Ha, I know. One was just covering a particularly itchy mosquito bite though, so it's not as bad as it looks.

  3. susan heggestad
    September 20, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Congrats! These are fabulous!

  4. Lori Henriques
    September 20, 2010 at 4:59 am

    these are super! i love the bear-like one. the arms look very inviting to attach and move. i see the guitar blister has persisted for "a few long days." hope he's all better soon! :)

  5. It's Always Sunny in Portland
    September 20, 2010 at 5:32 am

    really cool stuff. i'm new to your blog and digging it.

  6. Harry
    September 20, 2010 at 9:18 am

    We are over the moon with the prototypes and literally cannot wait to see hundreds of wooden toy kits being made. Working with you has been awesome!

  7. Kickcan and Conkers
    September 20, 2010 at 11:42 am


  8. Holly
    September 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    lovely, Joel. Cannot wait to hear more. Such well-deserved success.

  9. Lor
    September 20, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    How serious! Very cute...

  10. Alisonswhim
    September 20, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Wow, Joel! These are so cool!!!

  11. Peggy Rice
    September 21, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Can't wait! We have some cardboard type toys from MUJI that fall apart after a few times, so we welcome the wooden toys that he can put together repeatedly and they will travel well, add bonus!

  12. Joel Henriques
    September 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks everybody! I'll keep you posted!

  13. ann foxlee
    September 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    just found your blog, and I love love love these animals! can't wait to hear how/when I can buy some!!

    September 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm


  15. malin
    October 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    just found your blog and I think your work is GREAT

  16. Anna, Sydney
    July 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Just found your website. Where have you been all my life? More importantly, couldn't find these awesome wooden toys at the designated link. Please tell me they are sold somewhere?!

    1. July 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks for the kind note Anna! Yeah, unfortunately, Land of Me got a huge business deal during this project, so this toy set has been put on the back burner. I'll let you know if/when they get produced! Meanwhile, I"m starting my own toy company, and we will be making some different slotted wood animals as well. So stay tuned! Thanks again! Joel

    2. Anna, Sydney
      July 29, 2012 at 12:00 am

      Thanks so much for the reply! I'll be keeping my eyes open for sure!

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