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 -
Earth, 2147. The legacy of the Metal Wars, where man fought machines—and machines won. Bio-Dreads — monstrous creations that hunt down human survivors... and digitize them!
In 1987, before he created Babylon 5, J. Michael Straczynski was a writer for Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future
, a live-action sci-fi show for kids. 24 episodes were produced. Straczynski wrote or co-wrote 14 of them, including multi-episode plot arcs. A line of interactive toys
brought the battle into kids’ living rooms, and Captain Power
was also one of the very first shows on television to feature computer animation in every episode. But in an attempt to appeal to both children and the adults who watched with them, the campy show included some concepts and scenes critics deemed too violent for children and lasted only a single season in syndication. The full run of the show has now been uploaded to Youtube. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Apr 1, 2012 -
New Security Blanket, Stat!
What do you do if you're a parent and your darling child's favorite toy has been worn down to nothing? Or perhaps you're thinking ahead and want a "backup binky?" You start a "Lost Lovies"
thread, of course. Think of it as a hive mind for real desperate housewives looking for something better than a creative explanation as to why Sprinkles the Cow is suddenly MIA.
posted by Cool Papa Bell
on Apr 14, 2008 -
offers over 40 free paper toys
and pretties you can print out (PDFs
) and make yourself, as well as "Stories to be Told by Firelight
" - online versions of author/illustrator Marilyn Scott Waters' children's stories and lots
. For people who have kids, people who know kids, people who are
kids, and people who love papercraft, illustration, toys, and tales. [more...]
posted by taz
on Jul 24, 2006 -
Some 25 million years ago, humans and vervet monkeys diverged
from a common ancestor. In very rough terms, perhaps one and a quarter million human generations, or five million vervet generations, have been brought forth upon the Earth since that common ancestor lived. Of course, many differences have evolved between humans and vervets in those 25 million years: among other things, human parents choose toys for their children; vervet parents do not.
But after all that time and genetic change, and despite studies attributing
human children's toy preferences to adult stereotypes
, a new study
by Dr. Gerianne Alexander
finds that vervet males, like human boys, prefer toy trucks and balls, while vervet females and human girls prefer dolls and toy cooking pots.
What's more, the vervets play with the toys much as human children do: males roll trucks on the ground, females inspect dolls (apparently) for genitalia
. Previously on MetaFilter: Pinker vs. Spelke, Gender and Brain morphology, Harvard president Larry Summers and his daughter's "baby truck".
posted by orthogonality
on Dec 8, 2005 -
Sure, Scarlett O'Hara Barbie
is lovely, and yeah, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz Barbie
is cute, but for my money, it's hard to beat Marge Simpson Barbie
, Medusa Barbie
, or Dominatrix Barbie
. The full collection, located here
, clearly owes a debt to Todd Haynes
, and the Barbie Liberation Army
, but is still worth a chuckle.
posted by jonson
on Jun 21, 2003 -
During my day's aimless surfing I was feeling a mite wistful, and it did my heart a load of good to stumble on the internet home of Funny Face mugs
. I also found the Mr. Men and Little Miss Club
. Both of these bits of pop culture were objects of devotion to me as a tyke. Looking at the sweet simplicity of the products today, it amazes me how easy it was to invest plastic mugs and simple line drawings with meaning and personality. I wish there was a place for them in today's Kiddie Kulture
which seems to be about filling in all the blanks before the kids get to use there imaginations.
posted by jonmc
on Feb 24, 2002 -
Teddy Bears to watch you
While other countries are banning teddy bears from Children's hospital rooms, Japan is putting digital high tech teddy bears that will watch you and inform doctors when you need help.
posted by AsiaInsider
on Feb 21, 2002 -
I know what I'm buying this year.
Reverend Rose of the Grace Episcopal Church in Hartford, CT has released his annual Warped Toy List
. "A variety of toy stores and discount chains are visited on a monthly basis by members of the Grace Church Warped Toy Committee, in order to track what sort of toys are being offered for children ... Only the very worst, most psychologically dangerous and most offensive toys are selected."
posted by MegoSteve
on Nov 27, 2001 -
Sand Castle Central!
"Your on-line source for all things sand sculpture, including free tips for beginners, information on the best sand carving tools, updated contest and master sculptor information, related links and lots of photos." - i'm off to the beach now...
posted by semper
on Oct 10, 2001 -
I found these FUTURE JOES
(GI Joe 2010 series) while following a link
from Rebecca Blood's site
for the Navajo Code Talker GI Joes
. Perhaps it's showing my age, but I really want one. Of course, I also want some of the Nisei
soldiers so that I can reenact those POW camp scenarios that I used to subject my GI Joe to as a kid. I know where the bodies are buried.
Hey, how come The Grim Reaper Site
didn't have questions about GI Joe?
Was your GI Joe a) home on leave when you were concieved b) 12" c) 12" with lifelike hair and beard and realistic scar d) 12" with Kung Fu Grip e) really an Action Man f) a little pussy 3" action figure g) $50 and from the "Collectible Collection"? h) dolls are for girls.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe
on Mar 3, 2000 -