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

Low Lai Chow Contributor

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

Denimu Contributor

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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Irreverent toy photography by Daniel Picard

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 22 April 2013

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.

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Saddest excuses for wind-up toys as found on eBay

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 16 April 2013

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.

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Pre-loved, pre-1970 space toys

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 16 April 2013

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 […]

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The Asylum: save these poor mistreated toys

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By Sara Halas in Cool Websites on Tuesday 2 April 2013

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 […]

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