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The past 12 months have create a number of issues and questions for making toys - both inflatables and fabric dakis/blankets - which you can get in our store. This is not something that can be explained in one or even several short tweets, hence the blog post in an effort to shed some light on what many have experienced as shipping delays, price increases and longer lead times for projects in the recent past. Needless to say that I can safely blame the disruptions experienced in early to mid-2020 on the Corona-crisis, but the world economy has now adapted...

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Post updated on 24 June 2022. In addition to making people sick, the COVID-19 disease sadly also has an impact on the global economy. Production and logistics world-wide have been impacted, albeit to varying degrees. If you plan on ordering, have ordered or pre-orderd an item form us, then please keep an eye on our news section and Twitter feed for updates on possible manufacturing/shipping delays. Current status (UPDATED 24 June 2022): Day-to-day dispatching/shipping of in-stock goods from Germany and the US:  Shipments from Germany to the US may take as long as 3 months with poor tracking visibility. Shipments...

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An eventful 2019 is coming to an end. Looking back, a lot of stuff has happened and much of it would not have been possible without the help of many talented people who have turned my ideas into practice.... Hopefully I will be working with all - or most - again in 2020!

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So, main concern seems to be: is this orca shape robust? I would say it is. All body seams are flat-welded seams backed by a textured 2cm wide vinyl strip holding together panels of very flexible 0.4mm vinyl. This is the same material and same kind of welding most will have seen on PuffyPaws and Phenod toys until recently - and made by the same factory. There are some complex and intersecting seams on the tail, where the entire tail assembly meets both the logitudinal seams and a horizonal seam on both sides that holds the internal baffles, which give...

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Thar she blows! is the new set of inflatable whales brought to you exclusively by Horseplay Inflatables in 2020. The two designs reflect both innovation and tradition of inflatable pooltoys. Dirty Bird's massive, 2.2m orca with it's dramatically swept up tail will be an entry level-priced custom toy, made from well-known extra-soft 0.4mm vinyl to complement its squishy looks. The classic 1990s blue whale - a sought after rare pooltoy these days, is an almost exact replica of the original that faded from the market in the late 1990s when first more garish and then "realistic" printing patterns became the...

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