Reuben Forest is a
little man with great powers. A genius. A scatterbrain. A
charmer & an eccentric. A mystery. At eighteen he traveled the
world learning life from wise men. No one knows where he came from.
His unique brand of creativity bursts forth in ingenious, wonderful toys,
inspired games of strategy, & inventive strategies for solving problems,
both personal & global.
Reuben loves helping the underdog, the little guy. He loves kids.
He left his career in aerospace to design & build toys to stimulate
children's imaginations & creativeness. He's as mysterious as the
magic tricks he designs & performs for children of all ages who come into
his Toy Shop in Venice Beach.
Darcy McKay works for Reuben. When he can't find his keys because of all
the notes stuffed in his pockets, she knows where to find them. She's
twenty-six, beautiful, & has adored Reuben since she was a child coming into
his shop to marvel at the model cars he built. She loved how fast he could
make them go. Today she still loves speed, & Reuben has modified her
car to attain it.
The technology Reuben puts in his toys is often so advanced the government
requests it to use for the national good. As long as it's not misused,
Reuben complies. Aware that he is a valuable asset, & that others,
including the Soviets, also want to access his genius, the government assigns
David Quinn to protect Reuben.
David's a tough operative in his thirties. The last thing he wants to do
is play nursemaid to a toymaker. He wants international assignments full
time. It creates conflict, but more with Darcy than Reuben. Reuben
is too in love with life to let David bother him. He's more likely to get
David with a creative practical joke & let it go at that.
Personal stories are generated through Reuben & Darcy. International
intrigue comes through David.
The Toy Shop (& secret room behind it where Reuben creates his wonders) is
our home base.
The stories have adventure, heart, danger, & just the right touch of
magic. The "illusions" Reuben creates sometimes defy rational
explanation. David & even Darcy often wonder who this little man is
& where he came from.
Reuben will always have a toy that proves more than just a plaything. He
also has advanced designs for transportation ~ a motorcycle for example ~ that
he's developed from one of his toys, which is unlike any motorcycle we've ever
When all is said & done, Reuben, Darcy, & David form an effective team,
each filling a need, each complementing the other. Their methods may be
unorthodox (with Reuben there's no alternative) but they get the job done.
We watch & share their wonder, their fun, magic & success.