Two guys made ‘real food’ using Play-Doh tools … delish!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 20 November 2014

If you got to play with tubs of Play-Doh as a child, curiosity probably got the best of you on a few occasions and you ended up tasting the play dough, right? It’s salty and a little slimy but not overly disgusting. I wouldn’t snack on it, but Play-Doh tasted better than most vegetables back when I was a kid. Well, two guys (grownup guys) decided to make an entire spread of real food using just Play-Doh and Play-Doh tools.

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Undead Teds are back with a peek-a-boo edition

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Friday 20 June 2014

Early last year, we featured teddy bears that are, uhhm, let’s just say not very suitable for very young audiences. Now they’re back, this time even more horrifying and traumatizing. UndeadTed Peek-A-Boo edition involves a bloody teddy bear that giggles and coos like a little child, inviting you to play with it. Then reveals its true face – or skull, whatever that is – giving you the shock of your life.

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The world’s largest Lego tower was just built in Budapest

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 30 May 2014

If you’re into Lego and you’re into towers and you’re into breaking records, this article’s for you. This week there was a record broken in Budapest for the world’s largest Lego tower. It’s been ‘certified as the world’s tallest toy brick structure by Guinness World Records’ and comes in at a staggering 34.76 metres.

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SlideRider: a foldable slide that you can place over your stairs

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Monday 19 May 2014

Here’s something that would make you want to be a kid again. The brainchild of inventor Trisha Cleveland, the SlideRider is a set of foldable mats that will turn your boring, old staircase into an all-weather, impromptu indoor slide. Why walk down the stairs when you could effortlessly slide down, right?

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The realistically-proportioned concept Barbie is now in the works

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Products on Monday 10 March 2014

Move over, Barbie. There’s a new girl in town, and her name is Lammily. For years, artist Nickolay Lamm has been passionate about the negative effects of Barbie’s unrealistic body on the psyche of young women. So much in fact that he made a computer rendition of a doll with the proper proportions of a teenage girl.

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This father made geeky alphabet blocks for his kid: we interviewed him about it

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 6 March 2014

If you really want to be hands-on in the upbringing of your child, why not design his/her toys yourself? Which is what computer programmer and geeky dad, Jonathan M. Gruberman, did for his son. He created a set of alphabet blocks, ingrained with pop culture references the kid can grow up with. In this exclusive interview, we asked him more about his cool parenting style and got a behind-the-scenes look (read?) of how the alphabet blocks came to be. [Read our original post about these blocks here]

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Aw, the cutest bat on Earth has been found and it looks like a toy panda

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By Low Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 14 January 2014

Remember the panda ant we featured some time back? Now a rare bat that sports a coat of black and white coat of fur has been discovered in South Sudan’s Bangangai Game Reserve. Nicknamed the ‘panda bat’, the genus Niumbaha superba is a league of its own. As biology associate professor DeeAnn Reeder, who discovered […]

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Confiscated kids’ toys feature at the London Museum of Childhood

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 December 2013

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 […]

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Hello Kitties with identity crisis

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 12 July 2013

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.

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Micro Mayhem: Buckle your seat belts

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By The Flying Dutchman in Video on Thursday 4 July 2013

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.

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Play house and be techy: DIY wired dollhouses for young kids

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 5 June 2013

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 […]

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Ridiculous Barbie occupations

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 27 May 2013

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.

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Tom Haney’s mechanical sculptures

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By Denimu in New Products on Monday 29 April 2013

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 […]

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Scott Tolleson’s custom Fonzo for Fonzo Love NY

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By David Lowe in New Design on Monday 29 April 2013

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 […]

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Paula Tantsurina: a knitted toy designer from Israel

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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 […]

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