In this day and age when we have a tendency to toss toys that are even slightly worn, it is tough to believe that there is a 'hospital' where dolls along with their accessories like prams, as well as, all kinds of beloved stuffed animals can be repaired and brought back to their original glory. What is even more amazing is that such a place has existed for a century and is still going strong. Welcome to Sydney's 'Original Doll Hospital' that celebrated its 100th birthday, on February 22nd, 2013.
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Most toy companies celebrate landmark birthdays by introducing a new, more advanced version of their gadgets or models. However for its 55th birthday, Danish company Lego decided to go a slightly different route - Challenge their fans with some riddles - 55 of them to be exact.
'Please do not play with your toys on the living room furniture!' - If that is something you hear more often than you care for, you are in luck. That's because thanks to award winning British toy and furniture designer Amy Whitworth, your parents may actually invite and even, encourage you to bring your toys in and play not just on, but with the living room furniture. Playhouse by day, coffee table by night, the ingenious Qubis Haus is a win-win for all!
Tokyo's International Toy Show is always awaited with great anticipation because the toys unveiled at this annual event are usually the most technologically advanced. This year was no exception. During the three-day extravaganza that took place from June 14-June 17th, 141 Japanese companies unveiled over 35,000 new products that ranged from old-fashioned puzzles to smart pets and even, a three-seater car. Here, is a small sample of what you can expect at your toy stores in the near future.
Who hasn't had fun with Silly Putty? The gooey mixture of cornstarch and water that flows like a liquid when handled gently, but turns as hard as a rock, when punched or stomped over. After years of entertaining kids in elementary classrooms, the simple mixture that can magically change its form, is now poised to take on a more serious role - Fix potholes!
Building an educational toy or for that matter any other toy from scratch is not something most of us think about - If we need a learning toy or something to just keep us occupied, we simply head to the nearest store and purchase it. However, things are not as easy in third world countries. With families struggling to even put food on the table, buying toys even if they are educational, is the last thing on the parent's minds.
What can be cooler than playing with Ben 10 toys? How about being the first one to receive them and even better, getting to keep them for free. That's exactly the job description for the gig that eight-year old James Childs has landed himself.
While everybody knows that the Oscars for the movies will be awarded this Sunday, very few people realize that the 'Oscar' awards for something more important (In our view) - Best Toys of The Year', have already been handed out, two weeks ago, at a grand gala, held by the Toy Industry Association in New York City.