The 7th annual “Load the Lobby” campaign is winding down to just a few days left, and we need your help to help load the lobby up! We wanted to show our appreciation for the donations we have received so far, and highlight some of our favorite toys that have come into our lobby.

The Uncanny X-Men: Mutant Hall of Fame

Ethan Cowgill

Straight out of the 90's, this is a nostalgic collection of X-Men figures. Comic book characters often go through various revisions over the years but when I think of Wolverine and Magneto, this is the X-Men version I think of. These designs come straight out of the 90's cartoon series. Some lucky kid is going to get a box set that includes 10 toys total. Fiver heroes and five villains. Ranging from the well-known Juggernaut and Cyclops to the more obscure characters like Sauron.

Lego Star Wars Snowspeeder

Ethan Cowgill

With the newest film in the Star Wars franchise opening up this Christmas, it's never been a more appropriate time for Star Wars toys. This Snowspeeder lego set is 279 pieces that comes with three additional characters to use. The Snowspeeder is the aircraft that Luke Skywalker uses into attach a cable to the legs of the big Imperial Walkers to bring down. Not only does this come with the cable hook but a spring-loaded shooter that can blast plastic projectiles.

RC Truck

Ethan Cowgill

With a battery life of up to 30 minutes and remote control from 100 feet, this RC Truck looks like it will plow through the the terrain of any front-yard. The controller transmitter has two directional pads for control: one for forward/reverse functionality and the other controls steering. RC cars work well with other toys because they can be used for transporting toy soldiers or you can drive them off ramps for some gnarly airtime!

Crayola Sketch Wizard

Ethan Cowgill

Toys have evolved since the days of playing cards and Etch-A-Sketches. Now toys can turn young people into their own Picasso. The Crayola Sketch Wizard promises users the ability to “draw like a pro!” Through an intricate set-up, the user places an object in view of the viewfinder and then is able to trace the image on a blank sheet. It almost looks too good to be true but at least you will look cooler than Bob Ross when making art using the Sketch Wizard.

Green Toys: Sandwich Shop

Ethan Cowgill

Finally, a toy that allows parents to prepare the youth for a career in sandwich-making. The Sandwich Shop lets you “stack and serve the ultimate sandwiches.” You get plenty of (plastic) meat to combine into nearly unlimited combinations of sandwiches. This is one of those simple toys that doesn't require a lot of thought but is relaxing because you can stack it your own way. I also like that the company who produces these toys makes them 100% out of plastic and is committed to saving energy.

Kid Connection Fashion Dolls

Ethan Cowgill

These Fashion Dolls are sturdy and there are different models in each box with their own outfit. It's nice to see more figures other than Barbie being developed. The quality of these dolls seems just as good as the expensive brands. Kid Connections are made to last a long time and easy-to-use.

Sofia the First Magnetic Drawing Book

Ethan Cowgill

Based off the Disney series, this drawing book let's you draw on the top while each page in the book shows you how to draw different items from the series: from castles to bunnies to shoes. The best part is that you just need to move the slider across your image to erase it. No hassle or extra paper is needed.

There's still time to help Load the Lobby! Just drop off  new or good used toys in our lobby at 24th and Broadway behind the Coach House Restaurant. The lobby is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday, and from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday. Friday is the last day. Let’s Load the Lobby!