Play date fun with......Milton Ashby


Hello there,   This is my series of blog posts about our fabulous suppliers.  I don't want to just copy their "About Us" page and call it a blog, I want to really meet them. 

So welcome - to another in our series of PLAY DATES!! 

Play date with Milton AShby | Lucas loves cars


Today we are playing in the workshop with Shannon from Milton Ashby.
( Note there was no playing with tools, just the toys.)  

Milton Ashby | Lucas loves cars

milton AShby rattle | Lucas loves cars

Some Background:

I met Shannon at a trades show a few years ago.  Amongst stands brimming with signs, colours and advertising, trying to get the attention of every passers by...there was Shannon on a stand which was so very simple.  Milton Ashby on the wall, the toys were presented up front.  That was all he needed.  That was all I needed to know that his toys were toys I wanted.

Two years on and Milton Ashby are still a product I love.  From the tin they are presented in, to the beautifully created - AUSTRALIAN MADE  toy inside.   It's a toy I love to give and people always love to receive.   


Milton Ashby | Lucas loves cars


Shannon answered some questions about playdates so you could get to know him a little bit better.

Describe Milton Ashby in 3 words. The perfect gift


Why do you do what you do? I’ve always wanted to do two things, be an automotive engineer and run my own business. I’d done the first and really enjoyed it, but couldn’t suppress the itch to run my own business. I was pretty clear that I wanted to own a business that makes great products. There’s so much I love about the process of turning raw materials into awesome products – it’s challenging and extremely rewarding.


What did your kids go nuts for when they were toddlers? I don’t have kids yet, but Lego seems to be a perennial favourite across the generations.


Describe your perfect play date.  BBQ at a friends place – the kids will be happy and the adults will be happy too!


 It’s time to go when? Usually my friends with kids have gone long before us that don’t!


What is your favourite gift idea from Lucas loves cars? Aside from the personalised Milton Ashby range, Candy Lab cars – they really capture a golden age of automotive design.


Play dates should include : Tea, coffee or wine? Is Scotch an option?!    

{ Sure is - The Head mechanic would be happy with that play date!  }

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I demanded that we have this play date in Shannons workshop.  I started these playdates because I love being in these creative workspaces.  Last time I was in Shannons warehouse my fingers were itching to take photos.  It's so tidy and beautiful.

 There is something about the process of making that I adore. 

Milton Ashby | Lucas loves cars


I mentioned tidy, and I want to reiterate that.  For a workshop that is full time about sanding and cutting wood, there was less dust in this workshop than in some houses I have been to.   ( not mine of course!)

Milton AShby wooden toys | Lucas loves cars

 Let's Play! 

After a walk around the warehouse/workshop, with me stopping and picking up various bits and oohing and aaahing over the space, we decided that upstairs was the place to do the interview.  Shannon mentions that he was an automotive engineer previously, and it shows.  Let me put it this way - This guy would never leave a wet towel on the floor!  #niceguy

Shannon is a fabulous guy,  one of the most generous suppliers I have ever had, approachable and friendly. He's also focused, precise and tidy, which makes me a little nervous! he he  We had a great time chatting on air...and off camera we were actually chatting for quite a long time! 





For the next 4 days we are offering a crazy discount on the whole Milton Ashby Range.  This never happens so if you have your eye on one of these beautiful gifts then get in now. 

20% OFF the entire Milton Ashby Range until October 1st.


* while stocks last


Megan Gale loves Milton Ashby | Lucas loves cars


Thanks for playing with us. 

- Helle.

 Helle is the owner and head toy lover at Lucas loves cars.  She has been playing with toys for over 5 years, and still hasn't got it quite right, so will continue to play for a while yet.   

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