Harper Toy, founded by Richard Cartwright, is devoted to developing, manufacturing and selling toys of high quality play value, toys which reignite the imagination. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (STEM subjects Art + Design) are concepts that we feel our line of toys engenders. These are concepts that will transform our economy and our culture in the 21st century just as forcefully as science and technology did in the last century.
Our mission states (in part): "To create toys of lasting importance that will engage children’s imagination and creativity, enriching their lives through creative, joyful, and meaningful experiences in play. To invent, produce and market said toys, with the focus on “Made In USA” production."
Richard is a sculptor and business-owner who has developed a passion for creating toys and games for children (of any age). The two Ballinko constructionsets featured on this site and the 4 new Animatables figures are the first toy ideas to be produced by Harper Toy. They evolved out of a desire to be able to build more organic forms and to express more possibilities than with the existing construction toys on the market. Also, the use of natural and renewable materials in a toy, wood, rather than the ubiquitous plastic was, and continues to be a goal and value.
Next in our line came the increasingly popular TREE BALLinko--a game for 1-4 players. Followed by the first in a planned series of puzzles, Buckyball, a 150 piece brain-teaser puzzle (for puzzle lovers from 9 to 99 years old).
The name "Harper Toy"comes from the name of grandson, Harper, who, with granddaughter Emerald and all children on this planet, will inherit the Earth. Play is the important work of children. We can help them and the future by giving them meaningful toys with which to play.
Thank you for your interest!