Make It a Classic Summer

So much is written about how kids are consuming electronic media, lulled into a stupor by electronic games and generally disengaged. That may play well in the media, but is it reality? I'm starting to think not so much. I’ve...

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Keeping Summer Safe… And Sane

Summertime is all about great play—and at our recent Spring & Summer Showcase, we got to play with a wide variety of creative, engaging toys designed to make the summer fun for kids. I also got a  chance to catch...

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Zen and the Art of Toy Assembly

That grinding sound you hear is my teeth, and that loud crash you just heard was me throwing a toy against the way. You see, I've been trying to put things together. Many things. It comes with the job of...

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Debunking “The War on Childhood”

Children's worlds—and the toy and products industries—always reflect the adult world. I've long said that if one really wants to understand adult perceptions and values, one need only look at what is being reflected in toys, entertainment and lifestyles...

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Wild About Harry

The Harry Potter exhibition opened in Times Square this week with a gala event that included appearances by members of the cast, a red carpet and a preview of the exhibit. If you're in New York, you’ll want to get...

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Take Time to Stop and Smell the Cardboard: The Value of Family Game Nights

  Anyone who knew my family when I was growing up, and I'm blessed that there are still many in my life who did, will tell you that our house was at the best of time organized chaos. With four...

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A Monstrous Good Time: Why Monster High Matters

They're gorgeous; they're funny and just a bit gruesome. They've developed a fan base that would impress any star—and they're dolls. Mattel's Monster High dolls to be exact. They're the teenage children of the classic monsters of literature and movies,...

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Yo Ho Ho! And a Boatload of Toys

As you probably know, 2011 is shaping up to be a big action movie year—and that means lots of toys. We got a special sneak peak at the new Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides earlier this week. Now...

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Mad for Anime

Do you get the Anime craze? Not everyone does, but it's a powerful and appealing subculture. So, I decided to ask my 16-year-old friend Faith D'Isa to represent us at the recent Anime expo in New York. Here’s her...

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Of Tragedies and Teddy Bears

I'm in Hong Kong this week at the annual Toy Fair, and in addition to talking toys my friends and colleagues from around the world, like everyone back home, is talking about the tragic shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords...

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