A little about us...

Rob Dakin and Karen Northey live in North London. Both have a passion for unique and charming gifts.  Rob likes to design them and Karen likes to shop for them!

Rob has a long history of toy and game design and in working with schools, colleges and community groups on projects tackling such issues as social inclusion, obesity and bullying.  Karen spent almost 10 years in the IT industry and spent a number of years in the retail industry.

Together they could see that the social landscape for children was changing and not necessarily for the better. The emergence of social media, mobile phones and games consoles have changed the way children play and interact with each other. We wanted to bring back the old fashioned concepts of imagination and fun - to create products that encourage children to play whether on their own, inspired by their imagination, or together with friends and family.


These products will often have an educational theme but our main priority is that they are fun. With this as our guiding principle, and after a great deal of hard work, Clockwork Soldier was born in 2011.

Clockwork Soldier’s core values are based on wholesome family values with a “make and do” ethos that are reminiscent of simpler times.  We are not in any way anti-technology, in fact we believe it has a vital role. We just don’t want traditional methods of play to be lost.

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