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[Santa Filter] Help me find this super-generic toy

My toddler loves watching train videos on YouTube, and this morning we ran across this one, featuring a kid playing with his new toy train, purchased in "Chinatown". Toddler has now expressed a deep desire to have Santa leave one of those under the tree. I *think* I've IDed that train as the Kids Athority High-Speed Train Set, but no one on the Internet seems to sell it. So, I turn to you, my friends in the green - any thoughts on how someone who's not really near any random Chinatown might acquire one of these in time to have Santa drop it off?
posted by hanov3r on Dec 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Talking kitty toy that says "I'm hungry"

My five year old has asked Santa for a toy kitty with soft fur that says "I'm hungry" in a tiny voice. [more inside]
posted by waving on Dec 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Mystery Metal

Can anyone identify the function of these brackets? They're part of a Lionel model train set. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Dec 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me win the hearts and mold the minds of my faraway niece and nephew

I'm spending the holidays with my sister and her family and need gift suggestions for her son and daughter, ages 8 and 6 respectively. Bonus for gifts about animals! [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Nov 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Indestructible plush dog toys

Can you recommend a plush squeaker toy for dogs that's durable? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on Nov 20, 2013 - 20 answers

Best doll for a toddler?

I went shopping for a baby doll for an 18-month-old relative, thinking it would be an easy purchase, and now I'm so confused... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Nov 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Projects/Activities for 3-year-olds

I've recently come to the conclusion that I need to spend more time with my 3.5-year-old boy/girl twins, and looking for some structured activities/things to do to help drive it and get them excited, as they generally prefer my wife over me... [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Oct 28, 2013 - 30 answers

Best faux cat for nursing home friend?

I want to buy a fake cat for someone who loves cats but can't have one because she lives in a nursing home. Here's what she's looking for (cribbed from a newspaper column she writes): "I just long to hold a cat and enjoy their softness and purring. So, this is my solution: I’m going to look in Walmart for a stuffed cat that talks and meows and purrs. It must be softer than soft and I’ll call him Sammy." This seems like it would be purr... well, you know. But it's out of stock. Are there any MeFites out there who can advise me on the best fake cat for grown-ups?
posted by drzz on Oct 8, 2013 - 24 answers

Child's Gift to Germany by Tuesday! HOPE me, Mefites!!

Sending a child's birthday gift by Tuesday! We have had awful problems on a variety of German sites because we are sending this gift through a UK address! Help! [more inside]
posted by kairab on Sep 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me identify this children's toy from my youth

As a kid growing up in the 80s I often played with a 'speak and spell' kind of toy whose idiosyncratic (British?) digitized voice is burned into my head to this day, decades later. Help me figure out who made the toy and what its name was. [more inside]
posted by pziemba on Sep 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Are there any good robotic cat toys?

We have decided it's important for our cats to make the transition from outdoor cats to indoor cats - they're doing OK with it, but they want to play for hours, and we don't have the attention span to dangle a string in front of them all day. Given that we now live in the future, I assume there must exist some good robotic mice, birds or insects or something. Anyone have any good recommendations? [more inside]
posted by 0x006DB0 on Sep 8, 2013 - 13 answers

I can't find this cool toy I saw at the park yesterday!

I saw the coolest little foursquare toy, kind of a portable mini-court, yesterday at the park. I wish I'd stopped and talked to the guys playing with it, but I thought I could find it pretty easily... but not so. So there's a little trampoline, I guess that's about two feet square, with a circular wall around it divided into four sections. They had a ball smaller than a kickball but bigger than a tennis ball, and if they hit it on the trampoline and it went between one person's section of the bordering wall, then it was like it had hit their square. Does anybody know what this? I must have one. Immediately.
posted by dubadubowbow on Jun 16, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I make a busy box for my baby?

Help me make a big box of awesome. [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Jun 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Attach toys to scratching post for cat

Looking for help on attaching toys to a kitten's scratching post. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 on Jun 8, 2013 - 4 answers

What are your favorite toys for your ten month old?

Our son will be ten months old soon and I'd like to get him some new toys. [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on May 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Is there a list of TeenTalk Barbie's phrases?

I read that the TeenTalk barbie (famous for the controversial math statement) is programmed to speak 269 phrases (down from 270 after removing the math one). I can't find a list of her phrases anywhere and think it would be really funny. Anybody know of such a list?
posted by mermaidcafe on May 19, 2013 - 2 answers

What are the best IKEA products for ages one to three?

We are making a rare trip to IKEA tomorrow in part to get a table and chairs for our one-year old. What are other IKEA items that we should look at for him? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Apr 27, 2013 - 26 answers

Toys and objects to deal with physical stress.

So there is the stress ball. That one I know. Does anyone have any other ideas for dealing with nervous energy from stress and anxiety in the office that won't bother people around you so much (esp those moments when I can't just go for a long walk or to the gym, etc). It’s a fairly routine problem for me that even after the stressor is long gone, the nervous energy sticks around. I don't so much need the 'take a deep breath' or 'think positive' type of thing, I might not even be actively thinking or worrying about anything; and I already have a good doc for the long term aspects. Just looking for some ideas about the tactile and physical side of this thing, which tends to stick around for a while and can be pretty uncomfortable.
posted by shimmer on Apr 23, 2013 - 33 answers

Easter has passed, but I'm still dreaming of a singing plush rabbit

I would like to purchase the singing plush bunny shown in this video. I can't find it anywhere. Can you help me find it?
posted by alms on Apr 1, 2013 - 2 answers

Can you identify this object / game / toy / mysterious item? [pictures!]

I can't figure out what this strange thing is. It resembles a set of dominoes with unfamiliar symbols on them. I'm sure someone out there will recognize it immediately. Thanks! picture 1 picture 2 picture 3
posted by crazylegs on Mar 31, 2013 - 9 answers

Online Sex Toys

Simply put, if one goes shopping for such things in traditional shops, it's shocking the markup %. Does the hive have any recommendations for sites with broad variety and competitive pricing?
posted by ecollie on Mar 14, 2013 - 11 answers

DIY Waterproof Toymaking

I want to make a floating castle for my kids to play with in the bath. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Non-Toy Toys for Toddlers

For kids under the age of three, what household objects have been the most entertaining for your kids? I'm looking for household objects that your kid discovered and ended up being a cherished play item, not things bought in a toy store (e.g. buckets, bags, boxes, dead remotes, phones, etc.)? No electronics please.
posted by benzenedream on Feb 14, 2013 - 70 answers

Not Blue Enough to Be a Smurf...

Does anyone recognize this Schleich PVC figurine? [more inside]
posted by Knappster on Feb 13, 2013 - 4 answers

How to occupy little one in car trips?

One year old is very inquisitive and very active. I need to drive twice a week with a one hour duration each way. With a dislike of being in the car (or just being confined), little one has figured out how to undo the seat belts. Without getting new car seats, are there any good mobile toys or anything to keep this mind (and hands) happy? Stores are full of colourful toys which last all of 2 minutes. Was contemplating something along the lines of an easier version of rubik's cube. Open to all suggestions. Thank you. (Also welcome suggestions for iPad apps - preferably ones that require some thinking rather than just play music.)
posted by oink on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Replacement Remote for an RC boat

I have a radio control boat without a remote, very similar to the one pictured here. After much Googling, it doesn't look like a replacement is easily available. How would I go about setting up a radio control remote for this boat? What information and equipment would I need?
posted by slogger on Jan 17, 2013 - 3 answers

No puppies either; my sister would kill me.

What is the most awesome gift I can give a two year old these days? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Jan 1, 2013 - 47 answers

Talking dolls before integrated circuits

Talking Tina, how do you talk? I'm watching the Twilight Zone marathon with Talking Tina. Given the technology available in 1963, how would such a toy work? The general talking part, not the evil inanimate object part.
posted by chengjih on Dec 31, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me play tourist in NYC

Assume for a moment that you're a five year old boy. What kind of tourist tchotchke from New York City would you want? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Dec 25, 2012 - 25 answers

Future 15 month old wants something dangling that won't kill her

Please help to give me ideas for safe Christmas ornaments/baby toys to hang on a tree for a 15 month old, that (individually) aren't too expensive. [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Dec 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Best Christmas for Digger Man?

what is the sturdiest toy excavator for my hard working 2 year old? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Nov 29, 2012 - 5 answers

What to do with family heirlooms when there won't be grandchildren

How do I feel better about the heirloom toys my mom designed when I don't want them at my house and when I won't be giving Mom grand kids on whom to bestow said heirlooms later down the line? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Nov 17, 2012 - 20 answers

Best org for angel tree?

Best organization in NYC in which to participate in an angel tree kind of thing? I'm nannying a 8, almost 9 year old boy and he has expressed interest in buying something for a boy his age in need for the holidays. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Cat toys that work for hours?

What is a cat toy / thing i can make that will keep my cat exercising all day at home? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Nov 12, 2012 - 32 answers

Please help my old tired brain recall a beloved childhood toy.

Nostalgia Zone - Does anyone remember a little yellow duck/duckling toy that had a cocoa or chocolate scent? It's from the early 80's and was a hard toy but it was really soft and fuzzy. PLEASE HELP because I can't sleep until I figure this out. Thanks!
posted by Little Orphan Ennui on Oct 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me give out the best treats this Halloween!

Halloween treats to delight all ages! What would your child want to get from trick or treating? [more inside]
posted by loquat on Oct 5, 2012 - 40 answers

Good toys to encourage a two-year-old to play by herself?

My daughter's second birthday is coming up. I'd like to see her begin to play more on her own (she has no siblings). What toys or games have occupied your two-year-old in independent play? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Aug 29, 2012 - 19 answers

What's a Great Gift for a Public Transportation-Loving Toddler?

What are your favorite public transportation/travel gifts for toddlers available in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jul 6, 2012 - 15 answers

The first toys are the best toys

Can you help me find (a) Mr. Bun? Beloved childhood toy, gone these many years.... [more inside]
posted by cyndigo on Jun 22, 2012 - 19 answers

GI Joe: Real Canadian Hero

Did GI Joe fight for other countries? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Jun 21, 2012 - 10 answers

This boy likes to bounce! Help me find him a birthday gift.

Help me find a cool birthday gift for a boy who likes to bounce. [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard on May 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Stop Motion Movie Actors Needed. Must Be REALLY Short And Cheap!

Help! I need ideas for two small figures (toys most likely?) to serve as the main characters in stop-motion movie clips. They should be under 6 inches tall, more or less. Ideas for a male and a female figure needed. The male character is a geek. The female is a girl-next-door type. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on May 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Help me fill my eggs.

What are some fun things to put into plastic Easter eggs for an egg hunt? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 6, 2012 - 46 answers

How can I get these toys for my son?

Looking for some help getting some toys that seem to only be available in Asia. [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes on Mar 31, 2012 - 2 answers

help a convention newbie out.

I'm setting up at my first comic book show, as a dealer selling toys. What do l need to know? [more inside]
posted by quibx on Mar 24, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm tired of Barbie having everything, it's MY turn to have great shoes and accessories!

Where online can I find cheap (or free, that's always good!) 80s and 90s Barbie shoes and accessories, aside from eBay and Etsy? Copious amounts of linked examples inside. Someone please please help me out here! And any Barbie collectors who wanna chime in are definitely welcome! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on Mar 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Find This Toy!

Trying to locate more info (and ads/packaging) for these toys from 1999. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Mar 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Most fun kid's toys for grownups

What games and toys for your kids do you as a parent enjoy playing with the most? I am not really looking for your kids' faves, but yours. [more inside]
posted by Chick Pea on Mar 3, 2012 - 29 answers

Sex toy disposal

What do you do with sex toys that you no longer want? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 on Feb 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Which mementos from my childhood should I keep?

Please help me, I'm overwhelmed with stuff. I have way too much stuff in general and I'm making a real effort to get rid of as much as possible. I did a massive storage closet clean out over the weekend and I discovered that my mom set aside five large boxes of things from my childhood for me. What should I keep? [more inside]
posted by tinamonster on Dec 5, 2011 - 28 answers

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