Puzzle Zoo

Best Toy Stores, June 2007

Don’t be deceived by the name. Puzzle Zoo is indeed stacked high with puzzles featuring everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Simpsons, but that’s only part of the inventory. It also sells Kettler bikes, Tinkertoys, Erector sets, Leapfrog toys, oversize stuffed animals for snuggling (or for families not quite ready for dog ownership), and even Schylling vintage-style tin windup toys. The main lure might just be the action figures from Star Wars, Spawn, and DC comics. Also at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 714-662-1600.