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    The Building Blocks of Society

    LEGO makes strides and faces scrutiny over its toys.Children’s toys are an arena for play and learning – and they have also become a reflection of society. That’s both good and bad news for LEGO. On a positive note, the company is becoming more gender aware. While a past attempt at ...

    Black is Beautiful: Why Black Dolls Matter

    Most of us think of dolls as children's playthings, but they have a story to tell about race, culture, heritage, and history.This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared at Collectors Weekly.As a little girl, Samantha Knowles didn’t stop to consider why most of her dolls—her ...

    Timeless Toys for a Frugal Holiday Season

    Kids these days get all the cool toys. Whether it’s a talking strip of bacon, a T-Pain microphone with built-in auto-tune, a giant inflatable Titanic waterslide, an animatronic kitten, or sticky bath-time goo, it seems that every absurd flight of a child’s fancy can be met. “Sure, it may ...

    Give the Gift of Protest This Year

    Growing up, every boy had a set of green toy army men—their feet mired in a puddle of smooth plastic, their guns perpetually cocked. More sadistic boys might burn off the soldiers’ legs, arms, and faces with a powerful magnifying glass. Other soldiers would lose appendages to the family ...

    Boys and Dolls

    Is it strange for boys to play with dolls? Even for parents who generally shun gender stereotypes, the idea of a boy playing with his dolly seems slightly off. But why?In a humorous essay for Mothering (subscription required), Joel Troxell struggles with his wife’s insistence on buying a doll ...

    Let's Get the Lead Out, EPA

    With the Senate’s passage last week of a ban on lead in children’s toys, it’s tempting to think that we’ve taken care of that nasty old lead problem. But we’ve taken care of just a small part of it. The fact remains that many children are still exposed to lead in the environment, ...

    Stuffed Animal Robots Exposed

    Talking stuffed animals may be cute on the outside, but creepy robotic hearts often lurk beneath their fuzzy exteriors. Matt Kirkland dissected a number of stuffed toy robots and found out what they were made of. The results are quite revealing.Images by Matt Kirkland(Thanks, Kottke.)

    Brian McCarty's Toy Photos

    With the current vinyl and plush toy phenomenon in full force, someone had to step up and be the movement’s official photographer. Enter Brian McCarty. His photos of toys breathe an incredible amount of life into seemingly inanimate objects, presenting them in an almost cinematic and usually ...

    How Green Are Your Sex Toys?

    Forget hot wax and nipple clamps. The darkest and most twisted examples of sadomasochism are found under beds and in sock drawers the world over. Consider the phthalates-rich butt plug, whose toxins are slowly poisoning its user’s body via the holiest of holies. Or the discarded rubber dildo, ...

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