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  • Magalog Flashback: Touch-Screen/Hands-On
    October 22, 2012 Dana

    Magalog Flashback: Touch-Screen/Hands-On

    What do you get when you combine a catalog with a magazine? Our magalog, Surprises, is your guide to the best of our baby gear selection and the top toys of the season. But there’s more: each issue of Surprises...

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  • February 27, 2008 Sheri

    Swinxs Set

    If you’re wondering what the founder of Bugaboo is up to these days, the answer may surprise you. I bumped into Eduard Zanen at Toy Fair this year, where he was promoting a new toy concept that he is developing...

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  • Yo Gabba Gabba
    February 5, 2008 Sheri

    Yo Gabba Gabba

    Last week, the Boston Globe ran an article about the cross-generational appeal of a new show on Nick Jr. called Yo Gabba Gabba. I like to think I’m on the cutting edge of things like this, so I was surprised...

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  • Funkey Town
    September 26, 2007 Sheri

    Funkey Town

    The latest entry into the virtual-toy-that’s-also-really-a-toy category is about to hit the market. Funkeys are quirky little vinyl creatures who come to life on your PC. Unlike Webkinz and other similar products, Funkeys is not web-based. It actually comes with...

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  • Hyperinteractivity
    February 12, 2007 Sheri

    Hyperinteractivity

    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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  • August 15, 2006 Sheri

    Abby Cadabby Joins Sesame Street

    There’s a new muppet on Sesame Street, and naturally there’s an uproar to herald her arrival. Abby Cadabby is the first female muppet to join the cast in 13 years, and unlike any of the other muppets on the show,...

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  • July 25, 2006 Sheri

    A real, live virtual stuffed pet

    In 1975, the Pet Rock was the hottest holiday item on the shelves. For just $4, you got a rock, a carrying case and a training manual. Yes, a rock. Americans snapped up more than 1,000,000 of these geological novelties...

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  • My backyard friends: The Backyardigans
    June 29, 2006 Sheri

    My backyard friends: The Backyardigans

    If you haven’t heard of them already, chances are you will soon. The Backyardigans are slowly taking the preschool world by storm, and for good reason. I’m not a big fan of putting my kids in front of the TV,...

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