Toys

Go retro with Barbie and her Dream House

Barbie has been around for years, and she’s had hundreds of jobs and thousands of outfits and accessories.  Today, she has fancy remote-controlled cars and multi-level houses, but back in the day, her accessories were simple and required using your imagination.  Mattel has harkened back to a simpler time with the reintroduction of the 1962 …

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Create an inflatable version of yourself because why not?

When was the last time you wished you could have a 25-inch inflatable replica of yourself? Only every day right? Well, your dreams can now become a reality because Italian company 25INCH.me allows their customers easily create a 25-inch-tall inflatable doll of themselves or anyone they like. Just head over to their website, upload a headshot …

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Meccano Erector M.A.X. Robotic Interactive Toy with A.I. review

I have two young sons, 7 and 5, who are obsessed with building.  Legos, old sets of Lincoln Logs, boxes, whatever.  They are constantly building and creating things.  Recently my 7 year old started getting into robots so when I saw the Meccano M.A.X. robot erector set I knew it would be a hit.  I …

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Build your own VW Van before summer

The VW Bus T1 Campervan 3D puzzle from Ravensburger won’t be big enough to drive to the beach this summer, but it will decorate a bookshelf nicely.  It’s designed after the Samba, in the United States also known as Sunroof Deluxe, which Ravensburger says was the most luxurious version of the T1.  The puzzle is …

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When a Rubik’s Cube just isn’t frustrating enough, pick a Clover

Actually, the standard Clover Cube is apparently the more frustrating version of a Rubik’s Cube, and this Clover Icosahedron D1 IQ Brick takes the standard Clover Cube to a new level.  Brando says a core feature of Clover Cubes are the two locations on each edge that allow the puzzle be rotated freely.   This …

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Hasbro’s Star Wars Ultimate Co-pilot Chewie might just be the most adorable thing in the galaxy

There were a lot of cool things unveiled at this year’s New York Toy Fair, but Hasbro may have topped them all when they introduced the galaxy to the Star Wars Ultimate Co-pilot Chewie. As the newest addition to their FurReal line not only is the 16” tall animatronic fuzz ball cute to look at he also …

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Girls can foster an interest in the STEM fields as they prepare for a mission to Mars with the new American Girl doll of the year

Few toys aimed at girls encourage their interest in the STEM fields, but the new American Girl Doll of the Year is helping them reach for the stars.  American Girl dolls are designed to introduce girls to different historical eras and different cultural backgrounds by issuing dolls, their introductory book, and a set of accessories …

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Invent nearly anything with Makey Makey

In 2015, The Gadgeteer introduced to Makey Makey Go: Makey Makey Go makes your spacebar edible Almost three years later, Makey Makey is back; new and improved. The possibilities are endless with this wildcard of a toy. Turn bananas into a xylophone, your own drawing into a touchpad, play-dough into a game controller, buckets of …

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Want a pet but are always on the go? Sony reintroduces the AIBO

I remember back in 1989 when Sony introduced the first AIBO (Artificial Intelligence Robot) to the world, I thought wow I wish I could get one of those. Sadly after about six years and several iterations of the AIBO Sony discontinued the manufacturing of the AIBO. If you missed your chance to get an AIBO …

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The original fidget toy gets a makeover

Before fidget spinning was a worldwide phenomenon, people dealt with stress by using other methods that did not include a multi-colored 3-pronged spinner purchased from the gas station checkout line. Back in the day, we used ordinary clicky ink pens to fidget (and annoy our coworkers). If you miss those simpler times, you will rejoice …

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