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HOT: Make Me Iconic Melbourne Toy Tram

I've featured Melbourne homewares business Make Me Iconic before – we've bought cushions and mugs and tea towels from them as their well-designed products are great souvenirs and stylish gifts with a ‘Melbourne' element.

So I was most excited when I received their Iconic Toy Tram as a thank you for featuring them on the blog!

The wooden toy is made by a toy-maker called ‘Mike' and is based on the iconic W-class Melbourne tram – yes route 79 does exist, it runs down Church St and Chapel St. Under the removeable lid sit  twelve wooden passengers and two tram conductors, all painted with different features.


I've been saving the toy for NKOTB until she's old enough to use it. Now that she's sitting up for long periods and has good fine motor skills she's having a lot of fun with it.

Mostly she grabs the pieces and throws them back inside the tram, hits them together for a satisfying wooden clack and occasionally has an exploratory chew (don't worry, non-toxic paints are used and the pieces are too big to choke on).  She also enjoyed playing with the cardboard packaging :–)

Given that the box says the toy is for 3+ years, I expect that the Iconic Toy Tram will provide lots of opportunities for imaginative play in years to come. If nothing else, she hasn't worked out that there are wheels yet but once she starts crawling it'll be great fun!

The Iconic Toy Tram is $90 and makes a great gift for your little Melburnian. Make Me Iconic are also launching a Sydney Toy Ferry soon – cute!

For other great Melbourne inspired gifts (for little ones or big people), check out the series of pop up shops opening in the lead up to Christmas in Melbourne CBD called ‘Melbournalia‘.

cropped Kristyna Hess Lockdown Portraits x

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for posting this, my little nephew is 3yo and obsessed with cars – when he finds this in his Christmas stocking he’ll go bananas!

    x

  2. We have had one of these for 6 months and it’s a most treasured toy loved by all the kids (and us too!) I love how truly “Melbourne” it is and hopefully it will survive and be kept as a momento even when the kids are older!

  3. Made in China… *sigh*
    Pity the company is not willing to support manufacturing in the country it’s trying to sell it’s wares in.

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