Disclaimer: This story is all kinds of NOPE.
When Nicole Allen made her way into a local Dollar Store to buy a small surprise for her daughter, she got more than she bargained for when she found a toy fairy wand called “Evilstick.” The wand is supposed to play music and invoke happy thoughts, which is exactly what the pretty, pink packaging and fairy wrapping led Nicole to believe. After buying the toy and taking it home to her daughter, Nicole peeled back the foil at the head of the “wand” to find something more fucked up than an entire aisle of creepy Tickle Me Elmos: an actual photo of a girl covered in blood and slitting her own wrists with a kitchen knife. Keep reading »
Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston have tweeted in response to Toys ‘R’ Us pulling “Breaking Bad” figurines from their shelves:
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There’s been all sorts of drama surrounding action figures at Toys ‘R’ Us lately: A Florida mom found out that the toy store was carrying “Breaking Bad” action figures and successfully petitioned the company to stop carrying them.
Before you say, “Wait, I could’ve gotten a ‘Breaking Bad’ figurine at Toys ‘R’ Us and no one told me?” — I KNOW. And apparently we aren’t the only people who feel that way, because there’s now a counter-petition to get them restocked, since Toys ‘R’ Us is filling in a market gap for toys for adults where KB, Suncoast, and Tower Records used to reside by carrying the figurines. Keep reading »
GoldieBlox, the kickass toy company that encourages young girls to explore engineering and other STEM fields, will have a float in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. “The Girl-Powered Spinning Machine” float will look like a life-sized GoldieBlox toy and use “kid power” to make pinwheels, parachutes and other components move. Goldie, the company’s girl inventor mascot, will be on the float with her dog. The company’s key message centers around the idea that “while girls may love princesses, they can build their own castles too” and hopes to do away with the gendered toy store aisles that teach young girls that they belong in the home. The company began on Kickstarter just two years ago and has already made its way to big retailers like Toys ‘R’ Us and Amazon. Clearly, the world was eager and ready for something to buy for daughters that wasn’t a princess doll.
Yeah, I know, I know, I am a very bad minimalist. I collect things when I shouldn’t, just because they’re strange and they make me smile.
I was introduced to Chicago’s Rotofugi gallery and toy store shortly before I moved into the city and it quickly became an obsession. It’s like they just took all of my favorite things in the world, packaged them, and put them on shelves for sale. From figurines of Japanese kaiju monsters to Doctor Who mini-figures to art prints from local and national artists to handmade toys to street art magazines to art books to handmade jewelry (the last, unfortunately, only available in store), Rotofugi is a weird art kid’s dream.
Hey, some people want to fill their lives with Precious Moments figurines, some people want to fill them with cycloptic cats. SUE ME. Just don’t buy the Gipper bust, I’ll have to fight you for it.
LEGO has received steady pressure to include more women figurines in more diverse roles. Well, good news: they have listened to their fans and a new LEGO play kit out this month features three female scientists — a paleontologist, chemist and an astronomer — as part of a “Research Institute” set. Several years ago, scientist Ellen Kooijman proposed 13 different mini-figs for a female scientist set on the LEGO Ideas site, where fans can propose new sets. She even traveled to LEGO’s headquarters in Denmark to discuss the issue with the toy engineers. In June, the company announced hers was the winning idea for 2014 and Kooijman posted LEGO’s prototypes for three of her “Research Institute” mini-figs on her blog. As you can see from the photo above, there’s lots of fun bits and pieces and one of the mini-figs is even wearing glasses! I haven’t played with LEGOs in years, but I just might want this set for myself. But you have to act fast: according to NPR, the set is already out of stock online. [NPR; Scientific American] [Image from Scientific American via Ellen Kooijman]