— Julie Brown, First grade teacher, Arizona
"I think Football Guys is one of the best toys for young children I've seen. It puts young children in the middle of a sports situation of their own creation, tapping into fantasy play and imagination. Just as in real sports, there is team spirit, strategy and conflict resolution involved in their play."
Former NFL Stars Love Football Guys!
— John Scully, 1980 All-American and Tri-Captain, University of Notre Dame, and 10 Year NFL Veteran with the Atlanta Falcons
"Football Guys reminds me of my own youthful exposure to the concept of football. It is a refreshingly simple, pure way for kids to develop appreciation of a uniquely American sport. It is also a learning tool that can be used by coaches at all levels who want to emphasize three dimensional imagery for proper visualization of game strategy."
— Bill Pickel, a 13-year NFL veteran with the Jets and Raiders
"I was a little confused when I opened up my box of Football Guys because it had no directions, but within minutes my son had the field laid out and was setting up formations! Football Guys is a winner!"
Praise from parents, grandparents, and teachers!
— Laura McCain, Coach
"Football Guys is a great high-touch, low-tech toy for children and an excellent alternative to video games and other activities that are not as engaging and fun. Most importantly, this is one toy that lets kids be kids!"
— Gail Lynn Hartig, Physical Education Department Chair
"I am a PE teacher in a suburb outside of Chicago. I bought Soccer Girls for my own daughter this summer. She is 8 and just started playing traveling soccer. Learning positioning with the Soccer Girls has been EXCELLENT! She can't leave them alone.
Thanks, again, for creating such an EXCELLENT product!!!!! My nieces and nephews will be receiving loads of 'guys' and "girls" during the upcoming holiday season."
"My grandson and I just found the 'hockey guys' last week at Goodie Gumdrops in Burien, Washington. He was thrilled and we played for hours...that day and the next! He now has football, soccer, baseball and hockey. I can't tell you the hours of playtime he's had with these. What great toys!"
"I just wanted to send this e-mail to let you know how much my son loves your toys. He started out with baseball guys which was a present for his 8th birthday. He loves it. He spends more time playing with it than any other toy — including video games. He also has the football guys and just got the hockey guys (which he was dying for). He sets up his own fields using other objects around the house and he uses the other guys as spectator's. I enjoy seeing his set ups — he has a lot of imagination. Thanks again for such a great toy!"
— Heather Rosemeier
"I have been extremely pleased with your product. My son is 8 years old next week and has a form of autism. His infatuations are with sports. I found the baseball guys set at the Pittsburgh Airport. Nolan enjoyed them so much that I then looked up the web site and purchased football guys. He used to play baseball with his army men and I thought how great it would be to find a product with sports figures. I was thrilled to find these toys and Nolan is very happy with them. This product has helped Nolan use his imagination and helped to develop his pretend play skills which is great for an autistic child. Thank you very much for your excellent product!"
"My son received the Gators football set as a gift from a clever grandmother and it is a huge hit and continues to be a household favorite. Your sets are now our standard 4-5 year old boy present and many of our friends now do the same. Thank you so much for this line of toys. As the mother of a son, it is wonderful to see intricate and quiet imaginative play from boys!"
— Susan, Homeschooling mother of two
"What an answer to a little boy's dreams! Real football guys to play his football games! My son is 9 now and still just as excited about Football Guys after four years. What a thrill to find sets with teams!
This is his story: At 1 yr. 9 mo. we went to visit Grandma and Grandpa in Cedar Falls, IA where they have season football tickets. We went to a game at UNI and ever since then Elijah has been football crazy. How fun to watch this almost 2 year old grab a college souvenir football, run, and fall down.
Just like the college players! To play games, as he got older, he used the little pirate guys that are easy to find in the kids catalogs and toy stores now. He played with them until we found Football Guys at KB Toys. What a joyous surprise to see exactly what he had been wishing for the three years he had to use the pirates. Now he is into baseball and is saving up for that set.
Thank you for taking the initiative to create a perfect toy for the sports minded. The intricate plays that he creates along with constant commentating on the game are a delight to watch. This is a boy who never liked the trains with the batteries in them — he wanted to make Thomas the Tank Engine go by HIS power. Now that he has graduated from Thomas, for the most part, the games sets you created are such a logical step in a growing boy's creative life. It's a wonder someone didn't beat you to it!
Thank you for these great sets."
— Kathy D.
"This really is an excellent concept for a toy — I use them as part of my baseball/softball coaching routine to explain positioning and strategy to the kids. So happy to still have some low-tech toys to promote creativity. Thank you! (I should do your PR!)"
"Congratulations on inventing such an awesome product! My son absolutely loves Baseball Guys, and he is impatiently waiting for Football Guys and Hockey Guys! I love that my son has been playing with Baseball Guys for four months now without getting bored, and I love that the whole game packs up in its own box. Not only does that help with clean-up around the house, but it makes it easy when my son wants to take it to my parents' house for Sunday dinner each week."
"I just wanted to let you know that my soon-to-be-4-year-old son LOVED these when we gave them to him for Christmas. He said Santa knew exactly what he wanted. When I asked him what he wanted for his birthday on Dec 29th he said Hockey Guys. He spent over four hours playing with these guys yesterday and wanted to do nothing else."
"The idea that these toys are chock full of room for my sons' imaginations to explore is thrilling. And they get to make their own sound effects, instead of unintelligent electronic beeps... yahoo! Your carrying case for easy storage and clean-up helps teach responsibility for their own possessions. This builds their sense of self achieved accomplishment and gives parents a sigh of relief! Kudos on a super product!"
A valuable tool for coaches
We have heard from youth football and soccer coaches across the country who are using Football Guys and Soccer Guys to teach their young teams specific plays, spacing, and positioning, and also from these college and professional coaches:
Tommy Condell, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Saskatchewan Toughriders, Canadian Football League
Tommy uses Football Guys as a training tool for his quarterbacks.
Joe Paopao, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Hamilton Tiger Cats, Canadian Football League
Joe uses Football Guys as a training tool for his team.
Michael Russo, Head Coach
Men's Soccer, Williams College
Michael uses Soccer Guys as a training tool for the William College Soccer Team.
Youth Soccer Referees
American Youth Soccer Organization, Midwest
Use Soccer Guys as a training tool to train new referees.