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ToyFest West's Retailer of the Month

Automobuild in Los Gatos, CA is recognized for September


"Los Angeles, CA (September 4, 2018) - ToyFest West recognizes Automobuild in Los Gatos, CA as Retailer of the Month for September, 2018. Automobuild is a specialty toy store that celebrates and inspires design, creation and imagination.  They are a family owned business located in Los Gatos, California.  The store is designed to look like a classic car garage, and is loaded with hands-on activities inspired by the themes of cars, design, and creativity.  Automobuild offers a diverse selection of merchandise which appeals to boys and girls of all ages, including quality toy car models, die cast cars, building toys, apparel, stationary, room accessories, art supplies and much more.

Automobuild opens the box!  They personally test toys for quality, play value, fun, education, and creative skill building. They always have activities and toys out in the store for kids to give feedback and enjoy. Their unique toys are hand-selected from the United States, Europe and green toy-making companies.

The owners, John and Kirsten Dryden were inspired to design a store that offered a unique shopping and learning experience for children and adults.  “One of our main goals is to excite car lovers and their children (or grandchildren) through a creative educational environment and enticing merchandise.  We want to allow adults to share their passion for automobiles with their children through unique build and play experiences.  We want to teach children how things work and about the evolution of technology.  Above all, we want to make it fun!,” says John & Kristen Dryden."




APRIL 2011

M magazine for the woman in every mom 


Unique toys for car lovers and more

LOS GATOS, CA – April 2011 – The next time you visit downtown Los Gatos with the kids in tow, be sure to stop at Automobuild. Located on Main Street, walking distance from Old Town and Santa Cruz Avenue shops, Automobuild is a specialty toy store with a focus on classic cars. (read more)



Bay Area Parent magazine

LOS GATOS, CA – November 2010 – Automobuild is a unique, family-run business located in downtown Los Gatos that appeals to both children and adults. Designed to look like a classic car garage with road signs, racing posters and street lights, the store is loaded with hands-on activity stations and a wide array of products inspired by the theme of cars, engineering and building/ assembly toys. (read more)    


JUNE 2010

Automobuild® Opens Flagship store in Los Gatos, California


Specialty toy store focuses on cars and building toys

LOS GATOS, CA – JUNE 18, 2010 – Automobuild, a new specialty toy store, opens its flagship store today in Los Gatos, California. The philosophy behind the store is that through toy cars, model cars and building toys, children can use their imagination and creativity to discover and understand how things work. (read more)


JULY 2010 

 Los Gatos Weekly - Times

OLD CARS, TOY CARS, BIG AND LITTLE BOY CARS. Next door to Gina's at 21 W. Main St., a model car collector's dream is a reality. Automobuild, a specialty toy store based on the theme of toy classic cars, opened June 19 in the fully renovated 1800s building owned by Dave Flick. (read more)