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We make toy fish.
These are the fish you catch at the lake or river. We are sure you will enjoy our products.
Kids have immensely enjoyed plastic toy dinosaurs, sharks, snakes, lizards, frogs and other animals for years. I am sure if you have had kids in elementary school in the last decade or do right now, you know what I am talking about! All those plastic toy animals are part of the experience of raising kids that like animals and the outdoors. Finally there are some realistic looking plastic toy fish that represent the fish we catch. The excitement kids have when they see these toy fish is amazing.
My name is Simeon Chambers. I am one of the founders of Replica Toy Fish Company™, and I would like to tell you why our products exist. The short version of the story is that my 7 year old son asked me to buy him a toy “Northern”. There was not a toy Northern to buy anywhere we looked. Not only no toy Northerns, there were no plastic toys of any of the fish people catch here in the United States. We created Replica Toy Fish Company™ to make toy fish of the species of fish people catch here in the USA. We knew that kids everywhere would like our toy fish. How awesome would it be to have a tackle box of toy gamefish!
The Full Story
I grew up in Wisconsin fishing for species like Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Walleyes, Brook Trout, Bluegills, Bowfin and many other species. I have fond memories of fishing for those species and occasionally tell some of my fishing stories to my two sons (ages 8 and 11). Now living in Colorado, we do mostly trout fishing so my boys have not fished for most of the species I caught as a child. On our family trips to the Midwest we always stop at the Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops stores that have aquariums. In the aquariums are the same species of fish that I caught in my childhood and have been telling my boys about. We are always eager to see what is in each store’s aquarium and we point out the different species. They especially like the Northern Pike and Longnose Gars. Freshwater fish that look like sea monsters are just plain awesome in a big aquarium! In fact, from my perspective they are just as cool as I remembered them, and my boys seem to think so as well.
If you have young kids, you will understand this very well:
On our drive back to Colorado from Wisconsin one summer, my 7 year old asked me to buy him a toy Northern Pike. He knew we were soon to be at a giant outdoor store near Omaha, Nebraska. Our family had already been in gift shops all over the Midwest on this trip, so my son had witnessed all kinds of toys. For some reason, while in the car this day, he suggested he wanted a toy Northern Pike. I thought it was a great idea. A toy Northern Pike, yes of course! Why not? His epiphany must have been that he had all the sharks and dinosaurs he needed, and he wanted something else. I said, ok. I will buy one if I can.
We arrived at the big store and went straight for the big aquarium. After the excitement died down a bit and we had identified all the fish species, I was reminded that I needed to find the “toy Northern”. I searched the toy section. Nothing. There were no small toy fish in the store. I searched for 20 minutes in the tackle aisle, finally finding a Northern Pike looking fishing lure, with hooks. It looked a lot like a Northern Pike. Even the skull was shaped well. I bought it and removed the two very sharp treble hooks. He enjoyed the “toy” with all its inaccuracies, no tail or fins and the odd looking diving lip. His enthusiasm for the “toy” was immense. As we drove across Nebraska we discussed how awesome it would be to have toy northerns and gar fish and sturgeon and bass and trout and . . . . . . you get the idea. I told him we could have our own toy fish made. They would look like the real thing. That was the start of Replica Toy Fish Company™.
These fish are made of slightly flexible plastic, are nearly indestructible and the paint will not come off. These are great as bathtub and pool toys and will stand up to years of use. The fish sink and are great diving items for the pool. They are of course also kid safe and approved by the CPSC. (Consumer Product Safety Commission) The paint is lead free of course.
I hope you enjoy our fantastic toy fish. It has been a fun journey, and remember: Know Your Fish and Teach Your Family!
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