Remember that valuable new toy you took to school to show your mates—and remember how the teacher confiscated it and you never saw it again? It might just be in a museum! The V&A Museum of Childhood in London has a new exhibition called Confiscation Cabinets that shows ‘artefacts gleaned from 150 different London primary […]
It’s not unusual to see cartoon plush toys disguised as other characters, usually in some weird cosplay-like outfit. Hello Kitty, we’ve found, seems especially susceptible. Is it cute, borderline psychotic (‘OMG! They killed xxx’), or just confusing? You decide.
In a throwback to my childhood, this is pretty much what every session playing with the micro machines entailed, right down to the toy animal dismemberment. Well done to the guilty parties for honouring little boys and their innocent toys. Calvin would be proud.
Wanting to see more female technology innovators in the world, engineers Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen designed Roominate, a dollhouse that young girls aged six and up can build from scratch and wire up with a complete circuit (battery pack, motor and switch) and connectors attached. Actually, young boys will probably have as much fun […]
OK, Mattel, we get it. Barbie is a doll of many trades. The American icon, which started way back in the 50s, needs to remain relevant in the 21st century. Unfortunately, many of the jobs she’s held down over the years are questionable.
Tom Haney produces animatronic figurines that gesticulate on their own; the creation, of which, requires an unique assortment of skills like sculpting, carpentry, and mechanical prowess. Although some see his work as a reaction to today’s throwaway society, he sees it as a way to reconnect with the past. ‘I cherish traditions, not trends. I […]
I am a huge fan of designer toys and this one has just got me excited. Inspired by the Munny (a white moulded figurine that you can add your own designs to), the Fonzo is a 6″ tall DIY figure brought to life by Venezuelan designer toy outlet, Freak Store. Trivia: the Fonzo is based […]
By John Gilley in New Products on Sunday 28 April 2013
Paula Tantsurina is a Tel Aviv-based toy designer. For years, knitting has been her greatest passion, but she found a demand for her goods not so long ago. As she says: ‘There is nothing in the world that can be compared with making toys. It’s not just creating a doll, but creating a whole world […]
Ottawa-based Daniel Picard does some pretty wicked photography work with collectible toys. The one with a 12″ DX12 Batman by Hot Toys spraypainting a wall to out Clark Kent as Superman is super cool. So is the one of a 1/6-scale Battle Droid by Sideshow Collectibles sitting on a toilet seat to poop.
We have a weakness for wind-up toys, and what’s the greatest about these is that they can be completely random and daft. Here’s some of the best ones we raked up from eBay.
Ebay is a strange, strange place — it essentially hosts a bunch of stuff that people have and want to get rid of. Recently I’ve become quite fascinated with looking at its listings of space toys from before 1970. These are future-themed toys from the past, so it makes so much sense to actually see […]
Defenseless toys have only one escape from the cruelty of humans: insanity. Want to help them? Enter The Asylum and find the correct treatment to cure each one. Will you give them the Rorschach test, analyse their dreams or watch them paint and play music? Travel deep into the patients mind and discover why Kroko the […]
London-based startup company Makielab makes these 10″ super-poseable made-on-demand action dolls with faces and features designed by you. The 3D-printed and hand-dyed makies are pretty cool — and equally impressive is Makielab’s dedication to local manufacturing. The dolls are printed and assembled in London and Amsterdam, entirely assembled in London, and even the packaging materials are sourced from within the UK. Well, now you know where to go if you want to bring your imaginary friend from childhood to life.
Sergey Safonov from Moscow has in a short time managed to make quite a name for himself in the toy design world. He won great praise for Moon Fox and other characters from his Moon Wanderer series. Safonov explains that, as a child, he often wondered what happened at night while people slept, and so […]
Brian Castleforte is a independent artist, creative director, motion graphics designer, and animator based in Los Angeles and the founder of NicePaperToys, the first papertoy social network. For anyone who hasn’t heard of papertoys, think of it as a mash-up of origami and designer toys, a viral Internet art movement that used to be limited to […]