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The Reviews On The New Military Drone Toys For Kids Are In — And They Are Hilarious

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A 55-Gallon Bucket of Lube?
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I’ve never actually written a review of anything on Amazon before, though I do admit they make good reading (check out How To Avoid Huge Ships or The 2009-2014 Outlook for Wood Toilet Seats in Greater China for laffs). I recently came across a new hi-larious listing, this one for a toy Maisto Fresh Metal Tailwinds Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

Yes, an aircraft drone for children.

If that strikes you as particularly prescient/weird/disturbing, you are not the only one. Check out a few of the amazing Amazon user reviews after the jump. Keep reading »

André Cassagnes, Creator Of The Etch-A-Sketch, Dies

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André Cassagnes, the 86-year-old creator of the popular kid’s toy the Etch-A-Sketch, died in Paris on January 16, it was revealed Thursday. The toy that managed to fascinate and then totally bore kids everywhere, was first introduced at a toy fair in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1959. It fell out of the public consciousness until this past election season, when someone on Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s team was quoted as saying that the campaign was like an Etch-A-Sketch: “I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign,” said Roney spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom. “Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.”

We’re sad to hear of Cassagnes’ passing. If only death were as easy to shake as an Etch-A-Sketch… [Gifts and Decorative Accessories]

Is It Too Late To Ask For This Tanning Mom Action Figure?

Tanning Mom
Mother arrested for allegedly putting her 5-year-old in a tanning bed. Read More »
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Getting Tanning Mom
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This “Tanorexic” action figure, made by toy company Herobuilders.com, turned out to be their hottest selling item of 2012. No surprise there. Because of legal reasons, they couldn’t make the doll in the exact likeness of Tanning Mom Patricia Krentcil, but, we get it. All she needs is a bow. I have to get it off my chest: I’m really disappointed that my birthday AND Christmas passed and I DID NOT receive this as a gift. Come on, people! It was only $29.95. Does nobody love me?  Does nobody know me? It’s not too late. [NY Daily News]

Barbie Now Has Her Own Construction Site

Little Girls & LEGOs
Why LEGOs "for girls" are extremely popular. Read More »
Remixed Toy Ads
Remixed toy ads tell the truth about gendered marketing. Read More »
Sexist Toy Catalogs
Why is stuff to play with divided into "boys" and "girls" toys? Read More »
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When I was a little girl, playing LEGOs with my little brother was far from appealing. Not only did I have no interest in hanging out with him anyway, but I much preferred settling myself in my bedroom loft, cutting my Barbie’s hair off and allowing her to scandalously peck my Swan Princess Prince Derek Barbie doll on the cheek. Barbie got lucky with him. He was a hunk.

Next week, though, Mattel will be combining a LEGO-like atmosphere with Barbie in their new construction set, Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Style. This new toy, featuring a mini-Barbie that can attach to each construction site, comes in various scenes like “a fashion boutique, a mansion and an ice cream cart,” where the children can rearrange and build the play set themselves. Keep reading »

Claw Crane Cat Don’t Care

Talk About Kitten
We really need to talk about Kitten. Watch »
Martha Bites Kittens
Martha Stewart bites each kitten on the face to show them who is boss. Read More »
Be My BF: Kitten Strip Club
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"Excuse me, I'm napping here."

Would that we could all have the nonchalant attitude of Claw Crane Cat, nonplussed by the large grabby crane that seems to be continually invading his personal space. This Russian kitty just keeps on idly grooming himself amidst the arcade hubbub. What a zen pro. [The Daily What]

Teen Activist Asks Hasbro To Market Easy-Bake Oven To Both Genders

Mommie Dearest
Why toy catalogs make me roll my eyes. Read More »
Pink Stinks For Girls' Toys
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Teen Activist Against Photshop
Julia Bluhm wants to see real photos in teen mags. Read More »

When 13-year-old Mckenna Pope asked her 4-year-old brother Gavin what he wanted for Christmas, he answered “a dinosaur and an Easy-Bake Oven.” Best Christmas list ever, right? But Mckenna soon found out that getting him a living, breathing dinosaur would be much less complicated than getting him an Easy-Bake Oven, thanks to the gender-specific way Hasbro markets the popular cooking toy. Boys, it seems, aren’t supposed to want Easy-Bake Ovens.

As Mckenna did more research, she “found it quite appalling that boys are not featured in packaging or promotional materials for Easy Bake Ovens,” and she found the implications even more disturbing: “I feel that this sends a clear message: women cook, men work.” So she decided to do something about it… Keep reading »

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