Melissa and Doug toys are wooden, reasonable priced toys, they have anything you could think of.Some toy stores carry them, Target always has some on their online store, I'm not sure if they carry them in the regular stores, and the are all ver the net, just google them and you'll come with many links. http://www.learningexpress.com/educa..._and_doug.html
Marshall's and TJ Maxx sell them cheaper than you will get them most places.
I bought all of my Melissa and Doug items at a local independent toy store this yr since I am trying to boycott Target. I think their stuff is great and I highly recommend, they are well made and usually have an educational twist.
Some folks are boycotting Target because of their alleged stance on prescribing RU-486; Target's response is that they are being unfairly targeted by Planned Parenthood, since they are in compliance with the local laws and most other pharmacies have the same practice.
I find the paint chips very easily on painted Melissa and Doug toys. Sometimes you get what you pay for.
I love Target and this decision has been very hard for me. The issue is that Target and other businesses allow their employees to refuse to fill birth control prescription due to moral objections. I don't think everyone has to boycott but, writing a letter will help.
I have only had one Melissa and Doug toy set, a train set with pegs and blocks that stack on the pegs. It was terribly made. Three of the eight pegs have fallen out (toy had not been thrown, or roughly played with, it happened before my son became a toddler!). Also, when I accidentally dropped one of the blocks on the tile floor it busted and broke. I have no idea what the substance was inside, but it was not solid wood . It may have been compressed wood or composite or something, I dont know, it was black and crumbly, not solid wood like I thought it was!
I've also found some of their toys at the Carters outlet nearby. They were very reasonably priced (about 30% off regular retail). If you have one nearby, you can find them there. I've also found them at TJMaxx and Marshalls.
If you have ANY problems with Melissa and Doug toys they replace them at their cost. They have excellent customer service. There is an entire thread relating to this http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=351969. We have loads of their toys and had trouble with two - one was roughly played with and I wanted to buy the replacement piece. They shipped out two brand new toys (complete sets).