When I was a kid I could buy the world for $20 but now with $100 I can’t get crap. What can I buy for $100 that’s fun? [more inside]
I picked up this porcelain doll at a thrift store a couple years ago hoping to sell her, but I was never able to identify her age, name, or manufacturer, so I've got no idea what she might be worth. Can you help me identify her? Photos and more details inside. [more inside]
I want to be able to beat the crap out of the inside of my car or truck with some sort of non-destructive implement. What do you suggest? [more inside]
I'd like to buy my one year old nephew some Plan City cars for his birthday - will he choke to death? [more inside]
yesterday, my neighbor was talking about that stuff we had as kids that was basically a little tube of awful smelling plastic gunk and a small straw. you put a glob of plastic on the straw and blew weird, oily bubbles. anyone remember what that crap was called? what was it?
What is a fair percentage of the final sale amount that a store (not a gallery) should get on a piece of art? [more inside]
Gift idea for 2 yr old boy in the hospital with severe burns on one hand? [more inside]
Is there a specific name for the plastic toy robots that look like this? Bonus points for telling me where I can find them in Atlanta, GA.
my daughter has received a webkinz for her birthday, and I am having difficulty registering her webkinz on the website. Has anyone else experienced problems with this process? Any advice?
I'm looking for a very specific (Fisher Price?) record player from my childhood. [more inside]
What options are there for tidying up a child's play area and creating a 'play space' within limited area? [more inside]
Please help me remember the name of a childhood toy. [more inside]
Chewfilter: My dog, a year-old or so terrier mix, loves to chew rawhide bones. Seriously LOVES to chew them. But she goes through them fast enough that I worry about it. What can I get her instead? [more inside]
A few years ago I came across some cool OpenGL 3D physics demo programs. Basically, they gave you a surface with various objects on it, and you could click and drag the objects around, and watch them bounce into other objects - knock down bowling pins, roll along the floor, all that stuff. I want to find them again, or possibly something much cooler or newer - any ideas? [more inside]
I need a musical stuffed bear for my six year old daughter. She loves the one she has and says it "needs a friend." [more inside]
Los Angeles shopping filter: Is there a big toy store like FAO Schwartz in LA? Also where can I buy a working mechanical typewriter? [more inside]
Help me find safe, amusing refrigerator magnets for my 15-month-old nephew. [more inside]
who can I pay for on-line research about sources for parts for toys? [more inside]
You've probably seen this toy Jacob's Ladder before. I'm wondering if there are any other illusions that use the same principle, and whether they can be easily recreated by crafty amatuers. [more inside]
Pocket-sized amusements for children at funerals. [more inside]
What's on the kids birthday lists this year? Parents, please help me get up to date on popular new children's toys and games. [more inside]
Help me find this toy turtle for my boyfriend! [more inside]
Please recommend good cheap(er) Brio/Thomas-compatible train sets. Anyone bought from woodentracks.com?
DIY fantasy toys -- I've been playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii, and my 2-year-old loves to watch and play along, to the point of sticking a foam sword down the back of shirt and running around with a Nerf slingshot and fishing pole. He turns 3 in September and in addition to his "nutritional" presents, I thought I would also get/make him some fantasy-enabling stuff. What are some existing toys that do a good job of mimicking Zelda-esque accoutrements, and/or what should be avoided, and/or what's easiest to make myself? An even bigger issue is finding "safe" stuff for him to swing his sword at ... some kind of indoor/outdoor monsters that are at least a foot tall or so. I can see making something out of pillows, or lampshades, or even buying a cheap toy if it's properly durable. Any ideas?
Calling all aunts, uncles and parents: Need recommendations on teddy bears that can handle a LOT of love from a child and can be passed on later to the next generation [more inside]
Is a Gameboy Micro too small for a four year old? [more inside]
For a museum interactive, I need to choose popular kids' items of today related to the following categories: Book, item related to school, doll or figure, indoor game, and outdoor game. Your suggestions? [more inside]
Help me identify this antique wooden game. [more inside]
potate log, late goop, go pot ale, tape gloo, a telo-pog, pole goat, pogo tale, po ate log, lo peg toa, pol to age, ol' pet ago, ego to lap...
How and why do I use my gate/loop pedal? [more inside]
Seeking cheap yet not-lame prizes for a teen summer reading program... [more inside]
How can I add a add a "talking" chip/device to an existing, or home-made stuffed animal? [more inside]
One for cat owners - What toys have you found your cats most respond to and enjoy? [more inside]
Anyone remember a toy series from the '80s or '90s which had figurines about an inch or so tall with magnets in their shoes? I think they were part of M.A.S.K. in space, but I can't find any info about them.
What product or services (that haven't already been) should be modified for individuals with disabilities -- educational or augmentative toys, games? [more inside]
Does anyone here know about the Brio Sky Train system? [more inside]
My husband has a bunch of Masters of the Universe toys that his parents saved from his childhood; they are all in good shape and most have the original boxes (although most of the boxes have seen better days). More within... [more inside]
I own the Brazilian patent to a popular US toy that has sold over 100 million dollars. What now? [more inside]
I want to restore pressed-steel Tonka toy fire trucks, but I haven't been able to find much information on how to do so. [more inside]
What's the chemistry of playdough? The recipe for basic playdough is: 2 cups flour, 2 cups water, 1 cup salt, 2 tsp cream of tartar. This plus a little oil and food coloruing + low heat and stir until congealed. What's the function of thee salt and the cream of tartar? The oil is obviously for lubrication the flour and water are what make the dough through the reaction of starch + heat.
Any ideas for interacting with a newborn? [more inside]
I'm a single 30-something guy and need some toys to fill out my Xmas wishlist. What are some fun & inexpensive gifts/gadgets/toys that I haven't thought of? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good remote control toy as a gift for a 9 year old? [more inside]
I'd like to make some basic cardboard cars for my boyfriend's twin toddlers for Christmas. I'm a teeny bit crafty but not "handy" so no power tools. Any ideas or inspiration for me? [more inside]
Can you help us find another copy of the Superman Action Figure in this photo and make a little boy very happy? [more inside]
Plastic germ action figures that were sold in test-tubes: does anyone remember these toys? [more inside]
This toy was given to me by a friend when I was 10. I have no idea who manufactured it or even if it was wide-release or a dollar-store knock off. I'm 25 and I still play with it. [more inside]
Name that toy! With [more inside]
Does anybody remember those circular templates that makes infinite radial patterns with colored ball pens? They had concentric holes for which to anchor a ballpoint against an outer axle, and then you change colors corresponding with the holes? What do you call those? Is it called anything at all?