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Is She Alive, Mommy?

Barbie Wants to Get to Know Your Child.
For psychologists who study the imaginative play of children, the primary concern with A.I. toys is not that they encourage kids to fantasize too wildly. Instead, researchers worry that a conversational doll might prevent children, who have long personified toys without technology, from imagining wildly enough.

posted by gottabefunky on Sep 23, 2015 - 64 comments

No, not emoji-only web browsers.

Eric Andrew Lewis has created a fun, novelty website that converts pictures into emoji mosaics. It has received some press-release-style coverage at Gizmodo, Cosmopolitan, TIME, and other sites.
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 20, 2015 - 6 comments

You are Stephen Colbert. Congratulations!

Gamasutra: “TV host Stephen Colbert has jumped onto [Twine] with a new, free game: Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet.
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 20, 2015 - 10 comments

The 8$ Sheep Doll Would Be 200$ Today

With F. A. O. Schwarz's iconic 5th Avenue store closing for good last week (Gothamist photos), why not look back at the 1911 Spring And Summer catalog and the conversation effort to preserve the catalog at the Cooper Hewitt design museum..
posted by The Whelk on Jul 20, 2015 - 15 comments


TALK TO THE HAND "hello world"

posted by boo_radley on Jul 12, 2015 - 21 comments

MetaFilter is http://🍕💩.ws/🍑🍞🍩🐨🎨🍪

http://🍕💩.ws is a website that lets you convert URLs to emoji. via
posted by Going To Maine on Jul 9, 2015 - 72 comments

An Entire Stable of Characters in One Issue

Wham-O (previously) revolutionized the circle, the torus and the sphere, but they once did something innovative with the humble rectangle: Wham-O Giant Comics (alternate ad here), intended to be a quarterly magazine but ultimately the only issue released by the company. You can read it in its entirety here and read critiques of its contents here. It's an anthology whose contents run the gamut of genres, so if you don't like a story, you can just skip to the next. Of particular note are Radian and Goody Bumpkin, drawn by Wally Wood (previouslies).
posted by BiggerJ on May 22, 2015 - 13 comments


Type Drummer
posted by Confess, Fletch on May 8, 2015 - 48 comments

Boys Are Attracted To Strength, Fierceness, and Superhuman Powers

The Masters Of The Universe art book shows how to design a “generic Male Action Figure”.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on May 7, 2015 - 44 comments

You Spin Me Round

Here's a neat browser toy where you can play with gravitation interaction and make planetary orbits...or horribly destabilize them.
posted by polywomp on Apr 24, 2015 - 44 comments

50 years of beeping

At 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving, James Galdo and his 22-year-old son made their annual trip to a Hess (HES) gas station on New York’s Long Island to buy the oil company’s latest holiday toy truck. It marked the end of an era for Galdo, who owns each retail toy truck Hess has produced since 1964, and the end of an almost 50-year family tradition. Come next year, the ritual of heading to a local Hess station will be replaced with a visit to Hess’s website. Hess’s toy truck business is moving online following the sale last spring of the New York-based energy company’s stations. [more inside]
posted by bq on Dec 21, 2014 - 29 comments

Just one more picture ... just one more ...

PixelThis is the first incremental game (previously, more) to use the movement of the mouse as its gameplay input rather than clicking. But if you don't want to play it as a game, you can make one simple tweak to it and transform it into an oddly relaxing web toy. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 16, 2014 - 39 comments

I like the toy. I like the hands on the toy.

It’s as if every child under age 5 in the United States has seen it. Four times. The New York Times Magazine explores the world of unboxing videos and boggles at the appeal of DisneyCollector, an anonymous and seemingly independent female toy 'reviewer' who may be earning over seven figures. Are the videos' popularity connected to ASMR?
posted by bq on Aug 30, 2014 - 95 comments

The Painted Horses of Sweden

First they're carved, then they are dipped, and finally they are painted. In the late 1930s, the Dalahäst (Dalecarlian horse, or Dala horse to Americans) made the transition from traditional home-made Swedish toy to Swedish symbol when they became the centerpiece of the Swedish Pavilions at the 1939 World's Fair. Although many (Scandinavian-)Americans associate the brightly painted wooden horses painted in the kurbits style with yuletide decor, the toys have no seasonal assignation for Swedes.
posted by julen on Aug 14, 2014 - 16 comments

In conclusion, LEGO is a land of contrasts.

LEGO does something good! (Sets revolving around female scientists sold out in one day; previously.) LEGO does something bad! (Sets with major petro-company branding.) [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Aug 12, 2014 - 85 comments

Bin Laden: Now with Sith tattoos and face-melting action!

Washington Post: CIA hatched plan to make demon toy to counter Osama bin Laden's influence
posted by prize bull octorok on Jun 23, 2014 - 40 comments

MetaFilter For Her: Like MetaFilter, but pink!

Collectors Weekly, a resource for vintage and antique collectors, examines the gender politics of the Easy-Bake Oven, the toy industry’s gender divide, and why ordinary things go pink. (Don't miss the Dumbest Products Made 'For Her' slideshow at the bottom of the "pink" article.)
posted by Room 641-A on May 9, 2014 - 38 comments

Children haven’t changed, but adults who market to them have.

The Little Girl from the 1981 LEGO Ad is All Grown Up, and She’s Got Something to Say
posted by flapjax at midnite on Feb 11, 2014 - 51 comments

The Cozy Coupe goes street legal.

The classic yellow-and-red children's pedal car now has a grown-up version: a UK auto specialist has modified a Daewoo Matiz to look like a Cozy Coupe. It is fully functioning and legal for UK roads, though the lack of windshield means it's rather breezy to drive. From the BBC News video: "John Bitmead constructed an adult-sized copy of a Little Tikes toy car, which takes petrol, has a tax disc, and can reach speeds of up to 70mph (110km/h). Costing £4,000 to build, it also includes an airbag, headlights and mirrors." The car will be used to raise money for children's charities.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Jan 31, 2014 - 13 comments

"It's black, like me.": Black dolls and politics

Every so often, ethnic dolls make the news, like this recent piece on Nigeria's Taofick Okoya who started his own line of Nigerian dolls after giving up his search in frustration. Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his "Queens of Africa" and "Naija Princesses" a month, and reckons he has 10-15 percent of a small but fast-growing market. But the history of dolls outside of 'mainstream culture' exemplified by blonde blue eyed Barbie has been rife with prejudice and stereotypes. As the African middle classes emerge, is this an opportunity that gives rise to domestic toy industries?
posted by infini on Jan 29, 2014 - 19 comments


Hello Kitty super robot! (And Kitty-chan is a Mazinger Z fan.)
posted by needled on Jan 18, 2014 - 8 comments

Home again, home again, jiggity-jig. Goooood evening, J. D.!

Their hearts are not hearts, but clockwork springs. Their lungs are not lungs, but leather bellows. They are: Jack Donovan's Princely Toys [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 20, 2013 - 12 comments

Multitrack love

Songs broken down into their component parts. Choose a song, and use the green buttons to turn tracks on and off. (via Kottke)
posted by GenericUser on Nov 17, 2013 - 25 comments

Zombie Story

Zombie Story is an imgur album about the uncanny similarities between Pixar's Toy Story movies and AMC's zombie apocalypse interpersonal drama The Walking Dead. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 29, 2013 - 7 comments

Made in Space!

"It is made out of velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers [that are] found here on the International Space Station."
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 29, 2013 - 37 comments


This memory was added on: May 3, 2009
gotta love him!..I found him in the attic recently and was reminded of the times my friends and I would take him out with us to concerts, culbs and parties in the late 70's early 80's...he does not have his disguises .. just his beautiful bald head and blue eyes...I was tempted to sell him..but i know he would haunt me in my dreams...he's here right next to me now giving me the unhairy eyeball just talking about it...I hear Hugo...and I obey....
posted by not_on_display on Jul 1, 2013 - 7 comments

Collecting comic book mail-order crap

Remember those little ads in the pages of comic books that offered mail-orders of cheap toys, novelties, and gags? (Previously.) Kirk Demarais collects that stuff so you don't have to. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Jun 25, 2013 - 36 comments

Projectors de cinema infantil

Here is a little collection of crude but oddly charming Spanish and French animation, originally created for children's hand-cranked film projectors, from 1932 to 1952. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Mar 10, 2013 - 2 comments

And there's a creepy doll, that always follows you

Amongst the canals of Lake Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, there are artificial islands called chinampas. Chinampas were invented by the Aztecs as a way to increase agricultural production, and while most have been converted for residential or commercial use, there is one that stands apart: Isla de las Munecas (The Island of the Dolls). Home to hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls, their severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes adorn trees, fences, and nearly every available surface. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Feb 17, 2013 - 42 comments

This is not the Hammer. The Hammer is my penis.

The Hammer is a light-up dildo that's muscle controlled. Or a test your strength game for your vagina or anus. Kristen Stubbs, Ph.D. is a roboticist who runs The Toymaker Project, "a place to think about technological empowerment with respect to sexuality, gender and pleasure." Likely NSFW.
posted by Joakim Ziegler on Feb 12, 2013 - 44 comments

That saw from the side might be.

AskMeFi is (or rather, might be) accused. Metatalk is a beautiful sword (+4 attack). Mefi music is energetic. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Jan 7, 2013 - 66 comments

Airfix - Making History

The Royal Air Force Museum London will be launching in Summer 2013 a signature exhibition commemorating and celebrating the national institution that is Airfix. This will chart the history of this Great British Institution by displaying original Box Art as well as Airfix’s most popular models from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s in the Museum’s Art Gallery. In preparation, this post will focus upon the history* of the company, its founding in the late 1940s by a Hungarian immigrant, through its boom years in the 1960s, the later years of decline and under investment, and finally its current resurgence in the market place. Look at the ways in which Airfix products are developed, including the painstaking research and the cutting edge technology used to design and manufacture modern kits. (text inspired by numerous sources) [more inside]
posted by infini on Dec 26, 2012 - 17 comments


posted by The Whelk on Dec 26, 2012 - 16 comments

An unexpected gathering of bricks

What It Takes to Build a Lego Hobbit [cached version] - How Lego's An Unexpected Gathering was designed from the 2,700 pieces of the modern Lego "system of play", which remains compatible with a brick design that goes back to 1958. Despite worries that the stacking brick system has become less creative, a persistant series of complaints that have spawned their own bingo card, it remains hugely popular, in part through quality control and clever licensing. The Lego Bag-End house also comes in a life size version.
posted by Artw on Dec 23, 2012 - 41 comments

To Be Highly Praised And Appreciated By Consuming Public!

Rhinoceroses are purple, they have rounded faces like hippos, they have long, curved stinging tails like scorpions, and they have flashlights in their mouths. Oh, and when those lights are activated, they make pig noises. This is actually a great toy for a kid who’s afraid of the dark and also afraid of conventional, non-cute, non-noise-making flashlights. Or for someone who needs a primer in the genetic-engineering technology of 2075 and how it will be used to create monstrous hybrids to serve our every need, including our need for rhinoceroscorpion light sources. It's time for the A.V. Club's annual Cheap Toy Roundup.
posted by davidjmcgee on Dec 22, 2012 - 14 comments


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posted by The Whelk on Dec 16, 2012 - 76 comments

The wheels on the bus go meow meow meow...

My Cat is a Bus. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 5, 2012 - 34 comments


Kittens playing with a Newton's Cradle
posted by The Whelk on Oct 20, 2012 - 80 comments

...one day right there in Alabama little blue squares and green squares will be able to line up with little white squares and yellow squares as sides of a cube.

MLK mural in reverse-solved Rubik's Cubes.
posted by univac on Oct 3, 2012 - 16 comments

I've got the powa!

So, uh, apparently Jet Boards are a thing. Maybe you knew this? I did not. At first I just thought that video was kinda neat, and the idea was interesting. Then I looked at their website and found a ton of amazing photos, a lot more SCIENCE! explanations of stuff than I would have expected, and finally this promovideo which features both an endearingly cheesy original themesong, as well as lightning and explosions (GIF!). Soooooooooo yeah. Jet Boards. Apparently invented as early as 1965. Pretty sweet.
posted by lazaruslong on Sep 7, 2012 - 24 comments

Play With Your Food

A Collector's Weekly article on 19th Century butcher shop playsets. [more inside]
posted by zamboni on Aug 14, 2012 - 12 comments

Batteries not included

Batman faces The Joker and Bane in this stop-motion animation with toys
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Aug 11, 2012 - 13 comments

Dilatant Compound 3179

We went into the Doubleday bookshop at Fifth Avenue and Fifty Second Street the other day, intending, in our innocence, to buy a book, and found all the clerks busy selling Silly Putty, a gooey, pinkish, repellent-looking commodity that comes in plastic containers the size and shape of eggs.
How an item in the August 26th, 1950 New Yorker's Talk of the Town column turned a marketing consultant into a millionare by Christmas. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Dec 22, 2011 - 31 comments

The Single Lane Superhighway

The Single Lane Superhighway is a simple website that lets you draw a car and join the parade of other drawn cars already on the road. Simple, yet sweetly engaging. Another interesting art project from Aaron Koblin, who has done several other notable social/data art projects (some of this, some of that, and some other things). Via waxy.
posted by lubujackson on Dec 13, 2011 - 37 comments

A stop-motion road trip, in miniature.

Address is Approximate. "A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View."
posted by BoringPostcards on Nov 23, 2011 - 12 comments

Keepon dancing

Will a slightly pared down version of the My Keepon, a fuzzy yellow dancing robot, be this year's holiday hit? (For extra added schmoopy, a portion of the proceeds will go to autism research.) Pretty fly for an AI.
posted by Soliloquy on Aug 19, 2011 - 20 comments

Now For Sale

Looks like the Fin-Fish Airship from 2008 just went gold.
posted by Surfin' Bird on Aug 14, 2011 - 39 comments

The 108 year-old mystery of 3,000 missing Steiff bears

It started with a little girl who had polio, who later became a seamstress and made clothing and little things, like little pin cushion elephants. They were popular, not as sewing accessories, but as children's toys. The elephants would be joined by a menagerie of stuffed animals, including tigers and pigs. Some animals were set on iron wheels, including bears. But it wasn't until US political cartoon featuring President Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot a small black bear in November 1902 that "teddy" bears became popular, first in 1902 in the United States, made and sold by Jewish Russian immigrants, Rose and Morris Michtom (who would ride the success of Teddy's Bear to form the Ideal Toy Company). Back in Germany, Margarete Steiff's array of toy animals expanded to include a jointed, plush bear, 55 cm tall: 55 PB (German Wikipedia page). Margarete's nephew, who came up with the design, took some samples to a German toy fair in the Spring of 1903, where there was no interest in the bears until a representative from a New York toy company saw the mobile bears and ordered 3,000. A new factory had to be built, and bears were made, most likely shipped across the ocean, but their fate is a mystery.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 28, 2011 - 25 comments

This post made with influences as diverse as Nietzsche and John Cage

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posted by mccarty.tim on Jun 16, 2011 - 49 comments

RC Superhero

Full size radio controlled superhero! via Geeks are Sexy
posted by cosmac on May 18, 2011 - 8 comments

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