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08.26.14 Sophie Weiner

Taking the “broken windows” law enforcement theory to absurd extremes, New York State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, of Queens, has voiced his desire to ban a toy called Kidffiti. The kit sold at Toys R Us includes stenciling tools. Sprayable chalk that imitates spray paint is sold separately. “Graffiti is just the first act of vandalism. It oftentimes […]

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11.25.13 Kyle Petreycik

Earlier last week, toy company GoldieBlox released a viral video campaign advertising toy and book product that overcomes commercial gender stereotypes. The video uses the Beastie Boys’ 1986 song “Girls“… Girls, to do the dishes Girls, to clean up my room Girls, to do the laundry Gilrs, and in the bathroom …and changed the lyrics to market […]

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11.19.13 Marina Galperina

“Pink and pretty it’s GIRLS just like the 50’s it’s GIRLS” sings a tiny chorus in this Rube Goldberg long-form commercial. Sure, it’s a bit saccharine, but “you always get us pink TOYS everything else is for BOYS and we would like to use our BRAINS” is so refreshing. There’s apparently an entire line of Goldie Blox-Toys “for future engineers” […]

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08.30.13 Marina Galperina

Artist Scott Pettersen’s 12 inch Blade Runner action figures are immaculate, from the faces of Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer and Daryl Hannah, to the costumes, to the make-up and tattoo details, to the “essence of the characters.” I work in wax when I sculpt and you can get a lot of detail in wax. The finished heads […]

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08.29.13 Andy Cush

Here are the greatest LEGO sets you’ll never own, assuming your the type of adult who still buys LEGO sets or the type of child who reads ANIMAL. Created by Flickr user Rifiröfi, the unofficial sets depict classic scenes from Monty Python and the Whole Grail, like the fight with the Black Knight (above), the witch trial, and […]

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08.23.13 Bucky Turco

For the adult-child in all of you Breaking Bad fans, here’s a collectible Walter White toy from Mezco. The six inch, limited edition figure comes decked out in a green hazmat suit as seen in Season 1’s “A No Rough Stuff Type Deal” episode. Additionally, it comes accessorized with a fifty-five gallon chemical drum and […]

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05.10.13 Andy Cush

There’s always been something troubling about the anonymity the Star Wars films give their most ubiquitous villains. Anytime something bad happens to one of our guys, it’s a whole big thing, but Stormtroopers are obliterated left and right without the audience being asked even for a moment to consider their deaths. Who knows? The troopers could be […]

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02.06.13 Samer Kalaf

The stream of awful knockoff toys has thinned today, as federal agents arrested five people, charging them with importing hazardous toys from China in violation of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Act. Although the report states SpongeBob SquarePants as one of the knockoff victims distributed to stores in Brooklyn and Queens. Others included Betty Boop, […]

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01.03.12 Marina Galperina

We’re not saying that action figures are kids’ stuff, but consider this: Now that this unauthorized action figure of Steve Jobs is hitting the market in late February, breeders should consider purchasing this for their children. Why? […]

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10.21.11 Marina Galperina

New York City parents are very upset about this new Tokidoki Barbie. The pink-haired plastic harlot has a chest plastered with flowers, a geisha on her arm, a dragon on her back and a tiger on her neck and clearly, she’s “teaching kids to want tattoos before they are old enough to dress like that!” […]

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