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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 - 1 comment

Super Micro Paint = Super Macro Fun 🎨

"I made a web toy that simulates a doodling and animation toy from an alternate timeline 1990s. Create 2 color, 32x16 pixel, four frame animations. Then transform your creations into gifs resembling a cheap LCD, an LED matrix, a vacuum fluorescent display, and more." Via MetaFilter Projects. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on May 20, 2015 - 57 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

DC Super Hero Girls

DC is partnering with Mattel, Lego, Random House and others to launch DC Super Hero Girls universe for girls. Here's seven things CBR hopes they can acheive.
posted by Artw on Apr 23, 2015 - 32 comments

Paging Tom Smothers

The Secret Life of Yo-Yos. In which high-end titanium models cost upwards of $500, and ball-bearing trans-axels allow yo-yos to "sleep" for over 30 minutes. Also, Tom Smothers has still got it.
posted by artsandsci on Apr 10, 2015 - 18 comments

Many will enter. Few will win.

Remember the '80s and '90s commercials for the Nickelodeon Super Toy Run? The A.V. Club talks to two past winners.
posted by Metroid Baby on Apr 6, 2015 - 39 comments

General Ability: 100

Dress up a 3D man and generate gifs from his poor miserable body with veryman.expert.
posted by ghostbikes on Apr 5, 2015 - 32 comments

You're an Asshole for Reading This

A short documentary video introduction to The Suckhole, the "super-secret facility" of The Sucklord and headquarters for Suckadelic Enterprises. Sucklord is the alter-ego of Morgan Phillips, a lifelong Star Wars fan and unrepentant toy geek who lived with his mother until he was 36. In recent years he has flipped the script by becoming a creator of "bootleg" action figures (and more) that fall into that broad, largely undefined category of Pop Art. Think: mash-up toys or reimagined figures. In 2011 a MUST READ Village Voice article called him "the designer-toy world's biggest jerkbag". A 2012 interview on the "Unofficial Suckadelic Fanclub" Galactic Jerkbags. Going back further, a 2008 formatmag.com interview . Hear also, Morgan Phillips' Stars Wars themed music mashups . Not to be missed are the Sucklord's Flickr pages and Suckadelic YouTube channel
posted by spock on Mar 29, 2015 - 8 comments

Browser toys

Oskar Stålberg makes, among other things, nifty little toys to play with in your browser: Create a block of flats as your desire dictates! - Raise an archipelago from the sea floor by the force of pure will! - Where once there was nothing, bring forth a whole town! Via RPS; all links require Unity
posted by Dim Siawns on Mar 20, 2015 - 12 comments

Now playing: yrCodeIsBadAndYouShouldFeelBad

Gibber is a creative coding environment for audiovisual performance and composition. It contains features for audio synthesis and musical sequencing, 2d drawing, 3d scene construction and manipulation, and live-coding shaders.

It comes with a few demos (autoplaying audio)

To stop the current audio or animation, press Control-.
posted by frimble on Mar 3, 2015 - 5 comments

The Mr. Bean crossover that we deserve

The secret life of superhero toys. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Feb 24, 2015 - 4 comments

Let's shop outside the box

The most pointlessly gendered children's toys in 2014. The 2013 awards. [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral on Jan 2, 2015 - 103 comments

Smuggling Lego is the new Smuggling Diamonds

Teeny, tiny, blockity, sellaby, black markety. A new underground currency has hit the market. Lego and Lego sets. Unrelated, go head, suffer a Lego firewalk. I dare you.
posted by headspace on Dec 29, 2014 - 34 comments

No one had the slightest suspicion of what beautiful things she had seen

Jean Renoir's "The Little Match Girl" ("La petite marchande d'allumettes") with Catherine Hessling. 1928 (31 Minutes) Silent movie with music and translated intertitles. Original Hans Christian Andersen story included under the video.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 21, 2014 - 16 comments

Voca me cum benedictis

There was of course the famous(ly spurious, although informative for showing how orchestration works) scene in Amadeus where the ailing Mozart dictates the Confutatis maledictis to Salieri.

Well, here is a more recent example of teaching the Confutatis via call-and-response.

Something tells me Wolfie would approve.
posted by Thomas Tallis is my Homeboy on Nov 4, 2014 - 6 comments

A digital replica of the classic Spirograph toy

Do you have fond memories of afternoons spent making geometric patterns and designs with your Spirograph? If so, enjoy Inspirograph, a digital version. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 14, 2014 - 36 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

"I look like her, and she looks like me."

Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins is an animated children's show about 6-year-old Dottie McStuffins, who wants to be a doctor like her mother, and pretends to be a doctor to her toys. Doc McStuffins has done well as a TV show, but it's as a doll that Doc's success has been stratospheric, with over $500 million in sales last year. “'When little white girls embrace Doc McStuffins, for them Doc McStuffins is a girl, and Doc McStuffins is powerful,' Dr. [Margaret Beale] Spencer said. 'For a little black girl, it may be all of those things, but also that she’s black.'”
posted by ocherdraco on Jul 31, 2014 - 37 comments

Leia ambivalence

Reelgirl: Slut-shaming Princess Leia or protecting childhood from adult sexuality?
HitFix: The Terrible Unspoken Implications Of Star Wars' Slave Leia [more inside]
posted by flex on Jul 25, 2014 - 100 comments

X-Rays of Toy Robots

X-Rays of Toy Robots [link via Laughing Squid]
posted by drezdn on Jul 14, 2014 - 15 comments

"If you give a girl a different toy, she will tell a different story."

Frustrated with the modern toy market's focus on female characters with uncomfortable costumes, uninspiring back stories, and unrealistic body proportions -- "most are created for the adult male collector, decidedly more Hooters than heroine" -- Wellesley alumnae Julie Kerwin and Dawn Nadeau joined forces with the legendary creative team at EleventyPlex to crowdfund a new line of fierce, Joan of Arc-inspired action figures, designed to encourage girls to embrace their inner strengths and imagine themselves as self-made superheroes: I Am Elemental. [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jul 7, 2014 - 73 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

Hank shot first!

A long time ago, on a prairie far, far away... Custom-made Star Wars action figures, re-cast as Wild West heroes and villains.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 27, 2014 - 11 comments

NINTENDO COMPANY JAPAN

The beforemario blog showcases the toys and games Nintendo created in the period from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s, including: Nintendo Popeye Trump cards, Nintendo Love Tester, Nintendo Ultra Hand, Nintendo Disney Baseball Board, Nintendo Companion, Nintendo Mamaberica baby stroller, Nintendo Monster Copy, Nintendo Bee Hive Game and Nintendo Mister Magician Coin & Stick. Full list.
posted by timshel on Jan 22, 2014 - 19 comments

Toy anatomy

Ever wonder what was inside the Pillsbury Dough Boy? Well, now you can find out!
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jan 14, 2014 - 30 comments

Stinkor. The He-Man Canonical villan who still stinks

Almost 30 years after original sale, some 80's toys are sought after for their less than pleasant odour. If you can get hold of one today, you'll discover that the He-Man villains Stinkor and Moss Man still cling to their particular [pungent] aroma. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Jan 14, 2014 - 68 comments

Peter's War

Peter's War is the story of an outdoor war game that artist Peter Shulman has been playing for more than sixty years. It has some very unusual aspects to it that make it totally unique. It is in fact a huge installation type work of art. At the present time the war contains over 60,000 hand sculpted soldiers and more than 4,800 scale models, vehicles in 1/35 and 1/32 scale aircraft in 1/48 scale that cover over 30 acres. The Story. The War in Pictures. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Jan 7, 2014 - 19 comments

What do you care about a leggy dame in nylons?

You probably know of Paul Dini as the guy who, over the past 20 years brought to television Batman, the beloved DC's animated universe (with Bruce Timm) and Duck Dodgers (among many other things). He's now working at Marvel after 20 years with Warner Brothers. Speaking recently on Kevin Smith's podcast he claimed that executives are spurning female viewers because they believe girls and women don't buy superhero show related toys, which may go some way to explaining the Wonder Woman decision (previously). (via) Dini's comments come at a time when many feel that the gender segregation of toys is regaining strength.
posted by Mezentian on Dec 15, 2013 - 104 comments

Basically the Clicking Bad Christmas Special

Merry Clickmas! Make presents for everyone in the world and save Christmas!
posted by Elementary Penguin on Dec 12, 2013 - 139 comments

The return of Sid

29 Easter Eggs and Bits of Trivia about Toy Story, which turned 18 last month. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Dec 11, 2013 - 22 comments

Getting Shit Done

A new iteration of the august tradition of fictional Amazon.com product reviews has arrived: The 2-in-1iPotty Activity Seat for iPad. (scroll down for reviews)
posted by The Whelk on Dec 9, 2013 - 36 comments

Her Little Ponies

"Childhood ponies getting final brush out before going into storage indefinitely. I feel like a mortician. " - Freindship Is Magic creator Lauren Faust tweets her G1 My Little Pony collection. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Nov 30, 2013 - 41 comments

I'll take the mix CD and the headless Mr. T

A teacher's archive of 30 years of confiscated toys
posted by St. Peepsburg on Nov 28, 2013 - 24 comments

littleBits + KORG Synth Kit

"The Synth Kit that just hit the market originated a year ago, at a TED conference where Bdeir and comedian/musician Reggie Watts met backstage after giving talks, and started discussing the idea of littleBits musical instruments."
posted by kliuless on Nov 13, 2013 - 47 comments

The dinos are really good at tin-foil, Daddy

Welcome to Dinovember. "Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children their plastic dinosaur figures come to life while they sleep." By Refe Tuma via Medium.
posted by sweetkid on Nov 13, 2013 - 39 comments

Ernie is so happy, Bert is 'meh'

The National Toy Hall of Fame has added its two latest inductees: the Rubber Duck and the game of Chess.
While featuring many interesting facts, the site does fail to mention Florentijn Hofman's giant rubber duck (featured multiple times here) or Tim Rice's "Chess" (seen here). [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 8, 2013 - 25 comments

Grand Illusions

Grand Illusions presents spooky toys in time for Halloween. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Oct 31, 2013 - 4 comments

Yo Joe?

Nostalgia isn't always pretty: The 24 Worst-Dressed Members of G.I. Joe and Cobra along with The 10 Most Useless Members of G.I. Joe and finally, The 20 Stupidest GI Joe Vehicles Ever.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Sep 9, 2013 - 56 comments

"Things my little sisters have made for their Barbies."

"They pay a lot of attention to detail." A DIY miniature world made out of household scraps.
posted by applemeat on Jul 21, 2013 - 68 comments

Very few imaginations beat an awesome playset

The Fourteen Greatest Action Figure Playsets of All Time
posted by prize bull octorok on Jul 3, 2013 - 156 comments

Let's have a teeny-tiny dinner

Come over my house and we'll cook up a tiny Re-Ment dinner...do you prefer Japanese cuisine? Maybe something European or Chinese? Perhaps fresh from the farm? Save room for Decoration Cake and Gummy Crepes for desert. RRcherrypie's YouTube channel has served up mesmerizing meals to millions. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Jul 2, 2013 - 34 comments

Hello, Lanie the organic gardener

The Atlantic reports on the 2008 removal/"archiving" of the original three American Girl dolls, dolls whose arrival on the market in 1986 represented a "sensibility about teaching girls to understand thorny historical controversies and build political consciousness." [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 26, 2013 - 34 comments

Ages 3 and Up

"Queen Frostine turned into a Bratz doll" - The evolution of sexed-up Candyland.
posted by Artw on Apr 26, 2013 - 57 comments

Bunny Bounced

The true secret of Easter - but are toys replacing candy (or, more awfully, live animals) as the traditional Easter gift? And is that a bad thing?
posted by Artw on Mar 31, 2013 - 31 comments

If Cabbage Patch Kids can be born, they can also die

A poignant look inside Babyland, the hospital where Cabbage Patch Kids are born.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 23, 2013 - 27 comments

Go home, Fyodor, you're drunk.

Are your favorite writers using Google Docs? Probably. They're also bossy and irritable.
posted by Snarl Furillo on Mar 15, 2013 - 14 comments

Not that Toy Story

"Galimberti explores the universality of being a kid amidst the diversity of the countless corners of the world; saying, “at their age, they are pretty all much the same; they just want to play.” Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions. (previously)
posted by Grandysaur on Mar 12, 2013 - 16 comments

New from VIDEO Magazine, it's Electronic Games!

NEW from VIDEO Magazine, arising out of its popular "Arcade Alley" column, it's ELECTRONIC GAMES Magazine!(page of PDF links) Brought to you by editors Frank Laney Jr. and Bill Kunkel, and filled with all the latest news on programmable home console games, computer games (with special coverage for the new ATARI 800 system), stand-alone electronic devices and arcade gaming. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Feb 7, 2013 - 37 comments

Beyond the mechanical turk

Richard Garriott, perhaps better known as Lord British, has a wonderful collection of wooden automata in his house, in his Austin, Texas home Britannia Manor II (complete with observatory, and put up for sale in 2011). Here is an automata museum exhibit courtesy the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in Glasgow. Or perhaps you would like to see more from individual automata artists? Perhaps you find this new-fangled stuff insufficiently respectful of the past: would you like a history lesson (links to the left)? Or might you like to learn how to make your own, out of paper? If all else fails, how about these anti-war automata?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Jan 21, 2013 - 12 comments

Ghost of Christmas Past? Pac Man just ate her.

Electronic Toys From Holidays Long Past (274 picture SL imgur gallery)
posted by radwolf76 on Dec 24, 2012 - 77 comments

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