Friday, December 10, 2010

ZipBin: Boxes, Bins, and Backpacks

Here's a question for you: When was the last time you walked through your kid's room and stepped on a Lego, rending you unable to stand (without cursing) for several minutes?

The Lego City ZipBin Toy Box and Playmat may not eliminate this hazard, but it might help a little. Basically, the ZipBin is a playmat (which comes in MANY styles) that zips into a storage box when your kid is finished. This means they don't have to pick up their Legos (or cars, or dolls, or whatever), but can just zip up the sides of their ZipBin and be done.

Basically you can go from this:

To this:

(But with toys inside.)

I think the best application for the ZipBin is travel. If you're headed out of town this Christmas, this would be a great way to take along some toys for the road.

There are several Lego City ZipBins to choose from, but they also come decorated with dinosaurs, space, cars, aquariums, zoos, farms, a house, unicorns, and more. They are really cute. ZipBin also offers regular playmats as well as backpacks and bags that double as racetracks, barns, and dollhouses, like the Doll House Back Pack PlayPack seen below.

I think this is a really clever idea. The backpacks in particular would be great for plane trips. So many kids I know have plenty of toys. Why not buy them something instead that looks like a toy, but is really an organizational system? Pretty sneaky, no?

For about $20, which is about how much most of these cost, it's a great gift idea. If I did a holiday gift guide, ZipBins would definitely be on it.

Honesty Clause: I received review samples of the Lego City ZipBin Toy Box and Playmat as well as the Doll House Back Pack PlayPack.