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Spilling the Beans

  • Funny Faces
    November 7, 2007

    Funny Faces

    When the Ty Girlz first made their debut I mentioned that I’d felt conflicted about them. The racy outfits and Bratz-like faces were a bit off-putting to parents looking for wholesome toys. I guess I wasn’t alone. Ty has now...

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  • Ty Girlz are here
    May 9, 2007

    Ty Girlz are here

    I mentioned at Toy Fair that a lot of toy companies have been, ahem, inspired by the immense success of Webkinz to create their own plush toys with online tie-ins. How does the old adage go? Imitation is the sincerest...

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  • March 13, 2007

    Speaking of fairies (and rockets, too)

    One of my favorite new make believe toys is the Fancy Flutterpack from Cranium and its space-themed sibling, the Turbo Rocketpack. Both of these are designed to be worn on a child’s back, and both have a push button that...

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  • Hyperinteractivity
    February 12, 2007


    Lately, it seems like everyone is talking about Webkinz. These stuffed virtual pets are all the rage among middle school kids all over the country (if you’ve never heard of them, read my previous entry about them here). So it’s...

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  • It’s a small world.
    December 20, 2006

    It’s a small world.

    Not too long ago, if you wanted a really beautiful dollhouse with those intricately detailed furniture sets and accessories, you needed to seek out a store that specialized in dollhouses and miniatures. These little stores are usually off the beaten...

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  • April 3, 2006

    Name that tune?

    International Playthings, distributor of the popular Calico Critters, is having a songwriting contest. Kids are invited to try their hand at creating a Calico Critters anthem by composing new lyrics to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” Entry forms...

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  • December 1, 2005

    Calling all sugarplum fairies

    Yesterday morning, the Today Show featured the Musical Nutcracker Dress by Acting Out, and right on time, the UPS truck rolled up with our first shipment. When I first heard about musical dress-up I was very wary. Dress up is...

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