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  • August 8, 2006

    Lego on and on

    The appeal of Lego is so broad, it’s staggering. This one company produces plastic bricks (or variations on that theme), and manages to successfully attract customers ranging from infants to adults. Until recently, though, the older Lego customer was usually...

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  • July 19, 2006

    Warning: Hexabits are addictive

    One day, a salesperson sat down at my desk and pulled out a plastic baggie filled with small, flexible hexagon-shaped pieces that interlocked. A new construction toy. I don’t think I paid attention to another word he said. I was...

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  • July 7, 2006

    If they’re Not Bloks, what are they?

    We’ve just received our first shipment of Not Bloks, a new mega-size construction toy that looks like a lot of fun. Inspired by cardboard box play, these are big sheets of corrugated plastic, and they attach using velcro to form...

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  • Moon Sand
    May 19, 2006

    Moon Sand

    I loved Moon Sand at first sight when I saw it at Toy Fair. It’s a substance that looks like sand, feels like a combination of sand and play-doh, but never dries out. So you can build all kinds of...

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  • April 23, 2006

    DIY Jr.

    For aspiring handy types, there’s a new line of constructable kids furniture that’s designed to provide plenty of gratification in exchange for relatively little effort. These new kits, by imadethat, come with wood pieces, sandpaper, simple tools and plenty of...

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  • March 23, 2006

    Friendly Foam

    Bloco is another of our Toy Fair finds that has just arrived in the store. These striking foam construction sets are beautifully designed, fun to build, and kids can also play with their creations, thanks to a unique plastic joint...

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  • Building a fast car
    January 17, 2006

    Building a fast car

    Lego has just released their new Ferrari sets, featuring several models of the famous luxury cars. The completed product is beautiful and amazingly realistic by Lego standards. Car lovers, young or old, will drool over the 1:17 scale model of...

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  • January 13, 2006

    Mechanically inclined?

    This is probably one of the most unique toy concepts I’ve come across in a while. Each Automoblox car comes apart into pieces, and if you have more than one car, you can rebuild the pieces to make new cars....

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