Flying Toys ceases trading after 40 years

Gadget and drones specialist Flying Toys is to cease trading as the company owners David and Janine Rawlings announce their retirement.

After almost 40 years in the industry, supplying some of the leading names in the drones and flying gizmos sector the UK trade, the pair has made the decision to shut up shop.

Established in 1978, the firm became known for regular children’s competitions using its rubber powered Spitfires and catapult launched Concordes.

In 2003, the toy manufacturer established the trading name Flying Toys to concentrate on marketing and distribution of leading brands including the Silverlit Picoo Z indoor helicopter and the Parrot AR Drone.

 “It’s our last day at Flying Toys and definitely the end of an era as far as we are concerned,” David Rawlings told ToyNews.

“Janine and I have enjoyed our time together in the toy trade, meeting some wonderful people and feel privileged to have been at the forefront of technology during this period.

“I have worked in the toy trade for 47 years, including my early days with KeilKraft after leaving school and feel it is time to do something different and perhaps have time to a fly a drone.

“Janine and I now look forward to spending some time in the sunshine, instead of behind a computer. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Flying Toys team, suppliers and customers who have provided so much support over so many years.”

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