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Cabbage Patch Kids turn 25!

They may be squishy-faced and innocent looking, but Cabbage Patch Kids were the first toy to turn parents into maniacal shoppers, willing to crush other moms and dads in an attempt to snag a little Newton Elwin or Addi Barbara for their own real-life...

Tom Cruise totes tot's toys

Tom Cruise is known for being an action hero of sorts -- from prancing about in his skivvies in Risky Business to chasing about as super spy Ethan Hunt in the Mission Impossible series -- but that doesn't mean he can't carry his kid's playthings out ...

Dolls with special needs cause controversy

Though I spent a dozen years working in special education classrooms with preschoolers and toddlers, it never once crossed my mind that the dolls my students were playing with in the housekeeping area often looked nothing like the kids themselves. Th...

No barbies for Iranian girls

Barbie, the iconic American fashion doll, is destroying the youth and the culture of Iran. So says Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi, anyway. Najafabadi is Iran's Prosecutor General and he wants restrictions on the importation of Western toys in order to p...

Be a new mom forever with a fake baby

I forget how I came across this video, but I am still scratching my head over it. Purporting to delve into the secret lives of women who purchase fake babies, the video features a married couple who, in order to maintain their unencumbered lifestyle...

Salma, the Muslim Barbie

The doll you see pictured here may look a lot like a Barbie doll, but she sure doesn't dress like one. The doll is Salma, the brainchild of a 28-year-old Indonesian woman named Sukmawati Suryaman, who saw a need for a more appropriate version of the ...

Anatomically correct peeing baby doll marketed to girls (VIDEO)

My daughter used to be very attached to her baby dolls, so every time she'd lose one, we'd take a trip to the toy store to find a replacement -- and I have to tell ya, these little plastic contraptions are getting very advanced. They move, they cry...

Do Bratz have a positive message?

Luckily for me, my kids are as yet too young to know about Bratz dolls, the strange and sexily-dressed toys that have been very popular with young girls. They are so popular, in fact, that they have their own movie in theatres now. Not everyone, howe...

Incredibly odd toy combo

Remember in the movie, Big, when Tom Hanks is working for a toy company, and he "doesn't get" the new Transformer toy proposed by a company executive? That exec wanted to make a giant, man-eating bug, that could transform into a building, and I agree...

When a child packs

We're off to Calistoga for the rest of the week with Rachel's family. We're running around, packing swim toys and clothes and suntan lotion and so on, and Jared decided to help by packing toys for himself and his sister. So, what does a five-year-old...

A toy your child should never own

The distinguishing feature of the Marie Antoinette "action figure" is its removable head, so you can re-enact the former French queen's bloody demise over, and over, and over -- to your heart's content! I'm all for historically accurate toys, but I...

Product Recall: Mattel's Polly Pocket Magnetic Play Sets

Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif., in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling about 2.4 million Polly Pocket Magnetic Play Sets. The small magnets inside the toys can fall out, posing a serious hazard for sm...

Boobahs or Teletubbies?

My toddler, Devon, is not a huge television fan. The one show he does enjoy, and will sit through, is Teletubbies. Their benign sounds, soft actions and the repetition of their dances, songs or dialogs seem to appeal to his current developmental stag...

Asian doll roundup

Jenna at babygadget is looking around for an Asian doll for her half asian/half white daughter. She's found the search, uhm, less than inspiring. My favorite quote? Of the not so Asian doll from the Alexander Doll Company, a user review says, "...

Praise for the American Girls

Cute article in the New York Times about the American Girl dolls and American Girl Place in New York City. The author says it's not shocking girls want to mutilate Barbie in all her perfection, she once did it herself and if she had a Bratz doll or G...

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