Please direct all press/media inquiries to Evan Achiron, Co-Founder

evan@lukestoyfactory.com     (914) 523-4279


Made in the USA: One Awesome Thing Built in Each State

Jim Barber, who's somewhere in his 60s, and his son Luke make toys. They make toys because Jim noticed when Luke was little that most of his toys were made overseas, and then he heard about some mess a few years ago involving toxic paint on kids' toys...

See the full list and read the remainder of the story here or pick up the July/August issue of Popular Mechanics!

July/August issue of Popular Mechanics

July/August issue of Popular Mechanics


February/March issue of The National - Amtrak's magazine.

February/March issue of The National - Amtrak's magazine.

Toys R U.S. 

Eighty-five percent of our nation’s toys are made in China, where lax enforcement of regulations have led to massive recalls. In Danbury, Connecticut, Luke’s Toy Factory is offering a safe, eco-friendly alternative.

Read the full article, which appears in the February/March print issue of Amtrak's seat-back magazine, here


The Hartford Courant 

The Hartford Courant 

Luke's Toy Factory Makes Durable Toys With a Purpose

With four sturdy trucks, Luke's Toy Factory wants to set a made-in-America example for the toy industry.

This four-man toy truck maker is looking to capitalize on a market that values locally-made products and treads softly on the environment.

Read the full article and watch the video here


Fox Business, December 2nd 2016

Fox Business, December 2nd 2016

Luke's Toy Factory on Fox Business

Luke's Toy Factory Co-Founder Evan Achiron on manufacturing the company's eco-friendly toys in America.

Watch the video here.


Working for Connecticut: Luke’s Toy Factory in Danbury

The saying goes, “They don’t make ’em like they used to.” But, don’t tell that to the folks at Luke’s Toy Factory in Danbury. When it comes to “Made in the USA,” they’re not messing around.

James Barber, the managing partner of Luke’s Toy Factory, says the idea behind the toys made at the factory is for kids to use their imagination...

Read the full article and watch video here


Sustainability, made in America rule at Luke’s Toy Factory

DANBURY — The owners of Luke’s Toy Factory in Danbury leave no doubt when it comes to “Made in the USA.”

The materials and packaging all come from the U.S. The toys are designed, prototyped, molded and assembled here. Much of the process, in fact, is done in Connecticut. The small shop in Danbury, for instance, is where the toys are designed, assembled, packaged and boxed for shipment...

Read the full article here.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Con.) inspects a Cargo Truck Cab at Luke's Toy Factory.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Con.) inspects a Cargo Truck Cab at Luke's Toy Factory.


June/July 2016 issue of Souvenirs, Gifts and Novelties

June/July 2016 issue of Souvenirs, Gifts and Novelties

Made in the USA story in "Souvenirs, Gifts and Novelties" Magazine leads with Luke's Toy Factory

"Thea Brown, owner of World of Mirth toy store, in Richmond, VA, had a ready answer when asked about Made in the USA toys. "The vehicles from Luke's Toy Factory are doing well for us. Kids love the clean lines and open ended play, said Brown. And parents love the price, and the fact that these are eco-friendly and made in the U.S." 

We couldn't have said it better ourselves!  The article goes on with an in-depth review of the line of trucks that Luke has created. (unfortunately unavailable online)

World of Mirth was one of the first stores to stock our trucks, and has been a supporter ever since. We were happy to see the quote in one of the largest trade magazines aimed at the gift market. At Luke's Toy Factory, we feel the local toy and gift stores are the backbone of the retail markets in the U.S. Each store has a personality all it's own, and World of Mirth is no different. Described in the article as "Something between Pee-Wee's Playhouse and something out of Dr. Seuss", Thea's store is unique in a way that is important to the fabric of local communities. 


USA Made Toys recognizes Luke's Toy Factory

USA Made Toys, a website that specializes in publicizing American toy companies, has recognized Luke's Toy Factory's efforts. You can read the story here.

Thanks to John at USA Made Toys for helping American toy manufacturers!


May 2016 Cover of Playthings Magazine

May 2016 Cover of Playthings Magazine

Luke's Toy Factory on Cover of "Playthings" Magazine

Luke's Toy Factory was featured in the "Maker Movement" in the May issue of Playthings Magazine, ahead of the 2016 ASTRA Toy Show. The article led with the story of Luke's idea of making a new kind of toy and the process involved in getting from idea to reality. The Maker Movement refers to a new generation of entrepreneurs who use modern materials and techniques to bring locally made products to the market. Using modern CAD software, 3D printers and eco-friendly raw materials, Luke's Toy Factory is proud to be a part of this Made in America movement.

 


Featured as the Monday Makers on All New American website

Featured as the Monday Makers on All New American website

All New American features Luke's Toy Factory

"You never know who is crafting a spectacular quality American Made product just around the corner from you! This is precisely the case with this week’s featured Monday Maker. Team All New American was excited to hear that an American company, making safe, fun and sustainable toys was located just steps away from our headquarters..."

Read the full article here


Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty holds up a Luke's Toy Factory truck alongside Luke and Jim Barber.  

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty holds up a Luke's Toy Factory truck alongside Luke and Jim Barber.  

Danbury Toymakers Win National Exposure

"The founders of a local toy company were among 10 businesses nationally invited this week to attend a gathering of entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C.

Luke and James Barber, the founders of locally based Luke’s Toy Factory, were selected to participate in the Small Business Development Center’s annual congressional showcase held at the U.S. Capitol on Monday. The company was formed by the father and son team after a successful Kickstarter campaign two years ago that raised $15,000. Today, the company has its toys in more than 170 stores throughout the United States..."

Read the full article here


FOX61 Connecticut

FOX61 Connecticut

A Connecticut Company that's in the Biz of         Eco-friendly Playtime

"It's just before Christmas in Southington, and Luke Barber and his father Jim are all business. Lucky for them, their business is playtime.

Luke is the brains behind Luke's Toy Factory, which he and his father began three years ago.

"There are very few toys made any place but China," Luke said. Luke's Toy Factory specializes in making a stackable toy trucks -- a sort of 3-D puzzle that 2- to 4-year-olds are challenged to put together."

Read the full article and watch the video here


Luke's Toy Factory Launches on The Grommet

"Kids don’t really care how or where a toy is made—they just care if it’s fun to play with. Luckily, the eco-friendly toy trucks from Luke’s Toy Factory are fun . . . as well as safe and Made in the USA..."

Visit The Grommet to purchase our toys and learn more about other "makers" and cool products that The Grommet supports! Click here.


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Luke's Toy Factory:    2015 Inc. Magazine "Best in Class Award" Finalist

Inc.'s Best in Class Awards celebrate great design across product categories

"Luke's EcoTruck Fire Truck is not only fun, but also safe to play with, a double plus for helicopter parents. The fire trucks have the blocky design of vintage toys, and are made of organic, locally-sourced materials..."

See the full list here


Inhabitots takes Luke's Toy Factory for a Spin

"There's so much to love about Luke's Toy Factory's line of toy trucks, we're not quite sure where to start in telling you about them. Is it the reclaimed or recycled materials that go into the toys' bodies? Is it the component parts that can be switched from one model to the other? Is it the proudly made in the USA manufacturing policy? Or is it simply the appealing, old-school design?"

Read the full article here


CPTV Segment on Luke's Toy Factory

Connecticut Public Television's "Made in Connecticut" segment takes a look at how Luke and the rest of the team are bringing toy manufacturing back to the USA!


Ecofriendly Toys Made in Danbury

WTNH News 8 Connecticut stopped by Luke's Toy Factory to learn how we design and manufacture innovative ecofriendly kids toys, right here in Connecticut! Check out the full article below and the video of their live broadcast at right.

Read the full article here.


Danbury toy startup starts selling its first fire trucks

Luke shows U.S. Congresswoman Esty how his firetrucks are assembled  

Luke shows U.S. Congresswoman Esty how his firetrucks are assembled  

 ..."Luke's Toy Factory is meeting a real need for families. As a mother of three, I wanted to make sure that the toys I bought were safe, and I wanted to buy toys made in America. With recent high-profile recalls of unsafe toys, parents are looking for locally made, safe toys. Luke's Toy Factory is meeting that need." 

- Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5)

Read the full article here.


Luke's Toy Factory. Eco Friendly. USA Proud: Review

The Simple Moms

The Simple Moms

...Made in the USA, this fire truck is made from quality eco-friendly materials. It’s really cool! Luke’s Toy Factory has found a way to use sawdust and clean, certified plastic pellets to create a product that has the look and feel of a wooden toy... My son loved that the fire truck came in several pieces… it’s kind of like a puzzle. Even at two years old, he had fun figuring out how to put the pieces together! What little boy (or girl) doesn’t love a firetruck?...

Read the full review here


The Guardian US

The Guardian US

Waste-to-toys: the growing market for eco-friendly, high-quality toys

Connecticut photographer Jim Barber never fretted about where his kids’ toys came from until a 2009 news alert reported record lead levels in the toys of three of the nation’s major toy makers. As Barber joined other concerned parents in removing offending products from their collections, he was shocked to find out how many came from China. “Most had to be thrown away,” he recalls.

This very concern later inspired Barber’s business, Luke’s Toy Factory, a startup making eco-friendly, sustainable and safe toys from recycled, organic materials... 

Read the full article in The Guardian, here.


Mom Central Blogs

Mom Central Blogs

Safe, Sustainable Toys from Luke's Toy Factory

Check out what Lorianne Lacey at Mom Central had to say about us during our KickStarter Campaign:

As more informed consumers, we’re always on the lookout for more natural products for both ourselves and our children to eat and to put on our bodies. But what about the toys we give to our children? Thanks to the efforts of a new company – Luke’s Toy Factory – there will soon be toys that are made with organic materials, made 100 percent from materials from the United States. In addition to being safe for our children, these materials are also sustainable...

Read the full article here


Sustaina Blog

Sustaina Blog

New Eco Toys Brand Aims for Less Plastic, More Durability & Made in the US

Take a look at what Jeff McIntire-Strasburg from Sustainablog had to say about us during our KickStarter Campaign: 

As a new grandfather, I’ve once again become interested in toys (though – really – I haven’t gone overboard yet!) And, of course, I want to get the little guy things to play with that have as small an environmental impact as possible. But an even bigger concern: I want to make sure that the toys we buy are safe. And while it’s a challenge these days, I know that any “eco toys” I get for him made in China may not be worthy of the label: we’re not perfect here, but I’d much rather see “Made in the USA” on the label, as I know the standards for health and safety are much more stringent.

So I was thrilled to receive an email from Jim Barber, one of the co-founders of Luke’s Toy Factory in Danbury, Connecticut. A family-run operation,..

Read the full article here.