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?
Looking for a site with weird dolls/stuffed animals made with parts of a few dolls into weird hybrids. [more inside]
Where to buy a "two bit ring from a cracker jack box" in Chicago? [more inside]
Someone help me find another toy like this one. (more inside.) [more inside]
Can anyone here point me to a website or know the approx. percentage of couples in North America who regularly use sex toys including vibrators with intercourse? Thanks!
Calling all kids and kids at heart... what kind of souvenir would you want from Japan? [more inside]
Help me find two toys from my childhood. [more inside]
Is there an Incredibles toy I could buy somewhere for my son that is a reproduction of the "Octopus Robot" that Syndrome controls -- given that my son is apparently obsessed by this robot?
4 different models of a toy are sold in identical, sealed boxes. Assuming the 4 different models are produced/sold/distributed in equal numbers, etc..., what are the chances of buying only 4 boxes, chosen at random (at different times, even), and getting all 4 different toys? [more inside]
Are there developmentally harmful implications of giving a very young child toys that are uncommon representations (U.S. senators or industrial manufacturing robots) rather than common ones (trucks and puppies)? Or benefits vice versa? [more inside]
I need a gross of penguins. [more inside]
When I visited Japan two years ago, some konbini stores sold boxes with toys that contained a room with furnishings. More rooms could be interconnected to a complete house. I still kick myself on a daily basis for not buying them then and there. Can they be found for sale online? [more inside]
Any toy designers on Mefi? I am an artist looking to make a Transformer. I have access to 3-D programs, rapid prototyping and moldmaking capabilities. I'd like material suggestions / online tutorials (if any)... [more inside]
My daughter recently got my old play tea-set (cups, a teapot etc.). It is made from hard plastic. Is it still safe to drink from? There is no mention on the toys of the type of plastic it is made of. They are approximately 25 years old.
BouncyBallFilter - I'm looking for a place where I can buy a large quantity of Superballs (like the ones in the Sony Bravia advert). I can find lots of them using Google, but not those that I want. [more inside]
I want to buy some fun, interesting "stuff" for my girfriend's nine year-oid daughter. Suggest away: toys, crafts, music, surprises....If it helps, she's in Ontario, and I'm here in NYC.
Can someone explain the American Girl
phenomenon? Are they creepy or cool? [more inside]
Help me identify this truly awesome toy I had as a child, a kind of transparency projector with groovy slides. [more inside]
While on a factfinding mission to a toy store, my 5 year old son had to be dragged away from the demo slot cars. Does anybody have any recommendations on purchasing a track for a young child? I don't want him (or me) to be frustrated with constantly having to put the car back on the track.
I need to identify a toy from years gone by. It was made perhaps by Playskool. It had a white plastic base that extended upward into a handle. The bottom of the base itself had a half-sphere of transparent plastic at the bottom connected to two blue wheels. Within the half-sphere of transparent plastic were numerous plastic ping pong balls colored in primary colors. When this wheeled contraption moved, it resulted in much "pock pock pock" noise as the balls were rattled about by a popping plate at the bottom of the half-sphere. [more inside]
I am trying to buy or make a "trapeze artist", a stuffed animal or doll that does trapezes, like they have on the ceiling in stew Leonards. can anyone tell me how to make one or where to buy one? [more inside]
I'd like to get my two sons (six and two) an electric train set. Mostly, it would be for under the tree and other special occasions. Help me not be overwhelmed by the choices. [more inside]
I'm looking for very tiny, inexpensive, but semi-useful things. Need ideas/suggestions! [more inside]
Matchbox, Hotwheels, Tonka: What's the difference? [more inside]
Name that children's toy... [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find miniature plastic toys on the cheap? Or does anyone have any they'd like to donate for a fun cause? [more inside]
the hell in Toronto can I get a wolf puppet? I thought it would be easy to find one, but no luck so far. I'd prefer that it cost $10 or less. I need it to complete my Little Red Riding Hood Halloween costume. (If I had a date, I'd make him dress up as the wolf, but as I'm going stag, I'll have to settle for a hand puppet. Yes, I get the symbolism.)
Can anyone indentify this toy
(or toy parts)? I found it in a box of matchbox style cars that I bought at a yardsale. [more inside]
My cat is dying, any ideas on how I can spoil the hell out of him in his last few months? [more inside]
Pushbutton toys. Our 21-month old son absolutely loves anything with buttons, dials, and switches. But he's far past being interested in computer keyboards. What can I get him beyond Fisher Price, and more along the lines of dead instrument panels and video switchboards? The stuff on eBay always seems to be in working condition and bids well up past $100 (though I would pay that for something really nice). Any sources I might be able to look at, or maybe a different item I might have overlooked? I may be leaning towards an old-school oscilloscope for supervised play.
Parents - suggest developmental toys for an active 1-year-old? [more inside]
Are rechargeable NiMH batteries a good idea? [more inside]
Back in 1988 or so I remember coming across a toy called, if I remember right, "The Brain." It was clear plastic, cylindrical in shape (a little bigger than but similar to a stack of 20 CDs), and it had about a dozen small black rods sticking up around the top plane of the cylinder. You could see a bunch of interlocking plates in the inside of the cylinder, and they controlled which rods you could move at which time. The goal was to figure out the code.
Has anyone seen this toy or know where I can find one? I've tried eBay and Froogle but no luck.
Do you know of applications that simulate things like: notional starship control panels . . . mechanical Curta calculators
. . . backhoes
. . . Star Trek tricorders
and similar devices? These things amuse me, but they're hard to find because there are so many simulation games and actual, industrial simulators advertised on the web, which clutter up my searches. [more inside]
Have you ever sent a plush toy to a "stuffed animal hospital"? [more inside]
Please help me find a toy of sorts from the 70s. I think it was called CarTalk -- a handheld flip sign that provided hours of fun while driving the interstates on summer vacations. As I recall, it was an oval-shaped paddle with messages on a spiral binder like: "Hello" and "I think you're cute," as well as some other goofy inspirations for fellow highway travelers. Let me know if you have more information or if you know where to get one.
It's printer time! Yaaay! *fanfare* *cows explode* I have an "All in One" or "Multifunction" printer. This means it can fax, scan, copy, and print in color. I can't say I use it a lot, but when I have needed it the most, the fax, scan, and copy pieces have been wonderful to have. So I want to buy another one. Problem is, HP, Canon, Epson, Brother, Lexmark, Dell, and the rest all use different benchmarks. Any AiO fans out there?
Cleaning house, looking to sell books, CDs, toys etc., and I'm LOST. Need advice both specific and general. Is eBay best for books and CDs, or are there other places to get better value? With the 'Net awash in Star Wars paraphernalia, how do I find a price for this elaborate 1998 14" talking Darth Vader
? (I've checked books and they're mostly about "vintage" SW toys.) How do I value odd things for my uncle, like this pipe from Germany circa 1890 or earlier
, or some Xmas cards circa WWII made by Chinese Xtian nuns in Tsing Tao
? Is there a market for historical magazines and newspapers, for example with headlines about the first moon walk? [more inside]
Every toy I buy for my daughter has a ton of those annoying wire twist ties holding them to to the package. Then there's tape....then the invisibly small rubber bands.....it's worse than CD packaging! I have to keep a pair of wire cutters in her bedroom.
Why? The obvious answer is to protect the toys, but there MUST be more to this story. Is this a conspiracy to damage Chinese worker's hands? American purchasers? A Google search just finds people who hate the twist ties, no explanations
Lately, if you open a packaged kids toy, you're faced with the daunting task of unwrapping and untangling the toy from its own packaging. This is a daunting real task when faced with a kid who simply wants to play. Why all the wires? [more inside]
Help me identify something from my childhood. I remember having a bunch of little "army men" style Martian figures between 1984 and 1986. They each stood about an inch tall, were made of rubber or resin of some kind (no plastic), and were basically a "Smurfs in Space" knock-off. What were these little guys? [more inside]
A couple of people I work with and myself were having a debate on how big the Star Wars franchise is financially? With Lucasfilms being private they never release revenue. Does anyone know how many dollars of Star Wars videogames and toys are sold each year?
I'd like to have some custom action figures made, and then mass-produced on a smallish scale.... [more inside]
What do you call those three-dimensional geometric novelties, consisting of eight cubes, joined to each other at one edge to form one large cube, whose pieces can be flipped around to display different images on the exterior of the large cube? What is the history of this delightful object? What are the geometric priniciples behind it?
Help me remember and/or locate a semi-obscure toy from the 1980s! [I'm nosier, Ed] [more inside]
Can any of you parents help out a clueless, childless aunt with some toy recommendations? [MI] [more inside]
A friend would like assistance purchasing a remote control car for a child turning 10. Durability, longevity, and quality are paramount, but it has to be something preassembled, not a kit. Can you help her? [more inside]