In 1999, Jerry Sims made a blue doctoring chute for his two boys to play with. What started as one Christmas gift, has turned into every farm and ranch kid’s dream.
Sims, affectionately known as The Happy Toy Maker, creates realistic, heavy duty toys that mimic real agricultural equipment. The production process, though, is a family affair.
His wife, Patrice, creates hand-painted and hand-poured rubber farm animals and figurines to compliment the toys. His mother, Patricia, hand paints the majority of toys that leave the shop.
The Happy Toy Maker creates a wide range of toys including semis, pickups, trailers, corrals, chutes, and rodeo arenas. These creations can all be customized with brands, ranch names, and small, meaningful details.
Sims said his toys can give children a head start on practical farm and ranch duties. All of his toys feature realistic elements. For example, all gates open and latch, trucks and trailers are able to be hooked up realistically, and jacks can be lowered and raised. Not only does Sims make farm equipment, but he also makes attachments. Some attachments available include welders, cake feeders, and toolboxes.
For The Happy Toy Maker, the most rewarding part is seeing each child’s eyes light up when they see his toys.
“Their imaginations are going wild,” he said. “It’s like they are actually living the life in their mind.”
To learn more or to view available toys, visit www.thehappytoymaker.com.
Listen to our interview with The Happy Toy Maker here: