We all though about it at one point or another. Okay, I did. Surely, Beanie Babies will be worth millions someday! Don’t you dare cut off that heart-shaped Ty tag! You could sell Patti the Platypus on eBay for probably thousands of dollars by 2010.
Unfortunately, such days have yet to come. Despite this disappointment, Chris Robinson’s family is instead seeking comfort in the knowledge that when the day comes when Beanie Babies make their comeback — and that day will come, dammit! — they’ll be prepared to cash in. Over the years, the Robinson family, primarily driven by Chris’s father, has collected between 15,000 and 20,000 Beanie Babies in the hopes that these toys would make nice college tuition funds for their five kids. This short documentary, by Chris Robinson himself, called “Bankrupt By Beanies,” is kind of cute but also sort of sad. Collecting Beanie Babies turned into an obsession for this man, but also proved to be a source of bonding for the family. And who knows, maybe some day Beanie Babies will get their second coming and the Robinsons will emerge victorious. [Boing Boing]
With Mattel’s Barbie sales sinking these days, Mattel decided to team up with Coach in what seems like an appeal to both classic Coach collections and the tradition of the Barbie doll. This tiny tribute to Coach fashion can be yours for just $95, which is way less than an actual Coach bag. Sounds like a deal to me. Although I have my problems with Barbie, I can’t help but be drawn to her tiny Coach purse. It isn’t even that I particularly like Coach purses, but I do love miniatures that looks exactly like their larger counterparts. Examples include baby Converse and mini bottles of Tabasco sauce. [Huffington Post]
As far as I’m concerned, the ’80s toy Teddy Ruxpin was already a bit of a creepster. A strange combo man/bear with perpetually outstretched arms, Ruxpin was at turns needy and difficult, with the vocal intonations of a serial killer.
Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Portland, Oregon, artist Sean Hathaway hacked into the Teddy Ruxpin computer system and created deviously modified bears. Hathaway replaced the Ruxpin vocal box with an array of creepy alternatives, all having mental breakdowns. The effect is chilling and confirms our deepest fears about Ruxpin. He’s a maniac.
Above, check out 10 more toys that we find totally creepy, bizarre and kid-inappropriate. And check out Hathaways T,E.D. project after the jump!
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I think I’m a decent aunt. Not so good at remembering birthdays, admittedly, but what I lack in presents-giving, I make up for in lots of facetime. We play all kinds of games — usually “doctor,” in which I pretend to have some terrible malady wrought by a zoo animal (“Help! A hippopotamus bit my leg off!”) and they wrap toilet paper (“bandages”) around me pretending to fix it. Either we do that, or we play Barbies.
Usually my nieces’ Barbie dolls are going to a ball to meet a prince. It doesn’t matter if she’s Color-Change Mermaid Barbie or I Can Be USA President Barbie. She is always going to a ball to meet a prince. Sometimes directly after the ball, she and the prince get married. So, last weekend when I was babysitting, I tried to set the tone for something different. Keep reading »
A couple months ago, we saw an artist’s rendition of what Barbie might look like without makeup (and a few nights of no sleep). Now artist Nickolay Lamm has created a mockup version of Barbie based on the average measurements of 19-year-old American woman. As we all know, if Barbie were real she would spend most of her time tipping over due to her completely unrealistic, back-breaking proportions. Average Barbie looks much more sturdy, no? [Yahoo Shine]