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Who is this hillbilly doll character?

I would like to know who this character is and if possible what company made it and when. [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Mar 13, 2014 - 11 answers

 

Dear Google: "red yellow smashy tail ankylosaurus he-man"

When I was a child in the mid-late 80s, I had a toy. In my mind, it was a Masters of the Universe toy, because I always played with it with my He-Man figures, but I may be mistaken. I also think it had one of those trapdoors so that you could jam an action figure halfway into it. What I remember clearly is that it was a red ankylosaurus-like creature, with a big yellow tail/appendage that could come smashing down in front of it with some sort of lever action to demolish other action figures. I can't really describe it any better than that. Can anyone identify this toy?
posted by 256 on Feb 19, 2014 - 5 answers

DIY Gift Ideas for 12 month old?

A close friend's baby girl is turning one in a little over a week, and is throwing a party I am invited to. Due to unexpected circumstances, I can't afford a gift. I know she'd understand if I didn't get her daughter a gift, but I really want to. My husband suggested we make something. Looking for ideas. Here are the resources I have available: [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Feb 13, 2014 - 47 answers

The perfect felt mouse toy

Our cat Dr. Wily has a favorite felt mouse. There's a few other mouse-like toys she likes, but this is the one she is excited about chasing and fetching without exception. She is also willing to not eat it, as she has done with many other toys. However, it is wearing down, and we'd like to get more. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 8, 2014 - 6 answers

What was this sit-in space vehicle toy I had as a kid?

The Christmas season has me thinking about a toy I had as a child in the late 70s and early 80s. I don't know what to call it -- or even what category of toy it is, so I can't search for it with Google. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Dec 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Coolest sound toys for young children?

My 1-year old niece was entranced by my bluetooth speaker last time I visited. What are some cool sound toys for kids? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze on Dec 13, 2013 - 13 answers

I just want to be able to shake!

A while ago I bought my nephew a plush toy train with a string-wound mechanism inside that shook the toy but made no noise until the string was wound down again to the rivet opening. I know for a fact the toy was discontinued. Could you please direct me to a company which sells string-winding shaking toy mechanisms?
posted by parmanparman on Dec 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Basically I'm looking for a hard treat or chew toy for humans.

Over Thanksgiving I discovered I really enjoy chewing on cinnamon sticks. The only problem is they can get brittle pretty fast, leading to a mouthful of fragments and a really unpleasant explosion of cinnamon in my mouth. So! I thought I can't be the only person that likes this... [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Dec 6, 2013 - 23 answers

Where can I buy these parakeet/small animal chews in bulk?

My budgies love love love these chew toys and are about to chew their way through a third of these, made from the same stuff. But at $10 a piece, it's getting a little ridiculous. That first link says they're made of yucca -- is there somewhere I can either buy these toys in bulk, or just get ahold of tons of the raw (dried) material and cut it up myself?
posted by fiercecupcake on Nov 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Google Search by Image failed ... anyone know where I could buy this?

I recently stumbled across this image, and I'd like to buy it. However, Google Search by Image didn't yield any applicable results, and I wasn't able to come up with the right Google phrasing to yield anything meaningful. Anyone know where I might be able to buy this (preferably via an online retailer, e.g. Amazon, etc.)?
posted by WCityMike on Oct 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Seeking to re-squeak dog's favorite toys

My small dog loves squeaky tennis balls and will chase them incessantly, morning and night. However, he is also quite adept at de-squeaking these toys, sometimes within minutes. While he does continue to play with the balls after they have lost their sound, these are far less alluring. As neither my budget nor my house has room for the infinite supply of fresh squeaky balls he desires, I seek to re-squeak these balls with fresh squeakers and some super glue. [more inside]
posted by zachxman on Sep 13, 2013 - 12 answers

I will find my frog!

Do you know where to buy a light-sensitive toy frog-in-a-box very much like this? It looks like this: http://imgur.com/a/8Vc5V and sounds like this: https://soundcloud.com/moonmilk/electro-frog Matching the sound is more important than matching the look. Seems like something found in a dollar store or particularly junky toy store.
posted by moonmilk on Aug 12, 2013 - 3 answers

Forgotten Toy Filter

So, today, for no readily apparent reason, I was visited by a very vivid memory of a toy I had as a kid, some time in the early 70's. They were these die cast metal planes with little plastic landing gear and cockpits, kind of futuristic looking, in jewel-tone colors, that you flew on a little zip line setup that involved a little gun like thing with a little deck for the plane to sit on until you released it. Looking on Ebay reveals nothing like I remember. Anyone know what these things were called.
posted by Kid Charlemagne on Jun 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Please help me find this monkey.

Please help me find this monkey. This is my dog Frankie with her favorite toy (and a quarter for scale). This specific monkey toy is her favorite -- other monkey toys aren't as pleasing. [more inside]
posted by macadamiaranch on May 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Respect the Badge

Where can I get metal sheriff-type toy badges custom made? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on May 18, 2013 - 4 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

Lego organization strategies

Prompted by an unfortunate knee + Lego incident this morning, I was curious what sort of strategies you all use to keep Legos contained. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Apr 21, 2013 - 20 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

Frankenmouse's Monster, A modern Promethemouse

I need help naming some mouse monsters for a gift! Pun names are the best, of course! I'm planning on making a Frankenstein, a vampire, and a space alien but if you guys can come up with good names I am willing to consider doing other monsters. (I REALLY want to do an alien though, because tentacles!) My ideas so far: Count Squeakula and Frankenmouse. Suggestions?
posted by windykites on Mar 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me remember this Lego knock-off brand circa 1980

This thread has just dug up a memory for me and I'm going crazy trying to remember the brand name of the Lego knock-offs I had around 1980. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 12, 2013 - 15 answers

ID this game/toy/edumawhatzit from the 70s or 80s

I had a toy/game/math thing when I was young that I'd like to identify and possibly get a replacement or alternate version of. It was a plastic box that taught basic math skills. I hope my fuzzy memories spur your fuzzy memories into a resolution. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on Feb 6, 2013 - 12 answers

Songs that can be played on a baby toy?

I recently bought a toy glockenspiel for my baby. At almost 9 months he's too young for it still but I have fun plinking out some songs on it while we're playing. I'm looking for songs I can play that use only the eight notes from middle C to high C, with no half steps. Any kinds of songs are welcome, and I don't need the full sheet music, just the title of the song. (If I can listen to it, that's enough.) I'd particularly like folk songs and kids' songs, but songs from any genre will make me happy as long as I can play them without missing notes. [more inside]
posted by shirobara on Jan 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Like, if you had a tiger? What toy would you buy it.

I am looking for the worlds toughest squeaky toy. [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on Jan 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Try to sink the duck!

I'm looking for this toy I always used to see in roadside restaurant stores when I was a kid. It involves being unable to sink a small toy in a box. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Name this Fish Face

Need help identifying this 1980s (?) era space type 'action' figure. [more inside]
posted by mazola on Jan 13, 2013 - 4 answers

We're not usually helicopter parents, but this time...

Please hope us to find a remote controlled helicopter? [more inside]
posted by peagood on Dec 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Where can I buy this stuffed animal?

In a carpet catalog (FLOR), as part of the staging in a picture, they have a little stuffed animal by a chair. My wife and I had a funny "argument" about it, and I think it would be fun to buy it for her for Christmas. But it has to be this exact one. Does anyone know where I can buy it? (Photo)
posted by edlundart on Dec 9, 2012 - 29 answers

I want a robote. I want a toye bat man. I want a Batman helykoptr.

My seven year old wants a robot for christmas. Help me find one. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Nov 28, 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

What items add enjoyment to a hedgehog's life?

Hedgehog owners of MeFi: what are some awesome toys or treats that your spiny kiddo really goes nuts for? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Nov 4, 2012 - 4 answers

70s toy - ball glides back and forth on ropes you pull

Looking for the name of a toy I had in the 1970s that had 2 long ropes with handles on both ends, one person would pull their ropes apart and send a football shaped ball with the ropes running through it flying towards the other person. The ball on ours was red, the handles were blue - but who knows, it may have come in different colors. My sister swears it was called the Woosh, but I haven't found it via that name. I want to buy one for my niece & nephew if I can find it - and I think having the name will be the key to locating one. But if you know where I can get one, even better.
posted by cmp4Meta on Oct 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Blue Olympic Pole Vault Cattah!

What is the story on the 2012 Olympic Women's Pole Vault stuffed kitteh? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Aug 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Please help me find these 1970s robot toys.

I'm try to find a series of robot toys I had in the early 1970s. I've tried various relevant search terms on Google, AskMe and eBay, but have come up empty. Maybe you can help based on the details I remember. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Aug 5, 2012 - 4 answers

"It's... a thing. A science thing. It hurts robots. Don't worry about it."

Baby Jenkins loves all remotes, especially Daddy Jenkins' PS3 controller. Help me find a baby-friendly sixaxis analogue so's dad can play his games in peace? [more inside]
posted by esmerelda_jenkins on Aug 3, 2012 - 10 answers

green man

Old toy identification. [more inside]
posted by lamp on Jul 2, 2012 - 1 answer

Stompers Replacement

Is there a non-vintage, non-collectible, non-expensive source for small, motorized, toy monster trucks powered by a single AA battery? Think Stompers, but not vintage and $50.
posted by dirtdirt on Jun 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Where are you Auxiliary Badger?

Please help me find a specific small plastic badger toy. [more inside]
posted by lamp on May 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Help find a pink dolphin!

I'd like to find a twin to a beloved lost toddler toy! [more inside]
posted by klugarsh on Mar 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Has anyone else found tiny dollhouse keys that were obviously meant to really unlock something?

A pair of tiny dollhouse-sized keys with teeth that are obviously made to fit a specific lock. Has anyone else ever seen these? [more inside]
posted by ellaminnowpea on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

MAN VS. SKUNK – April Fool’s Day Edition

For the last couple of years, my SO and I have an on-going theme involving skunks that colors our April Fool's Day mischief. Help me find an inflatable skunk to keep the stinkin’ hilarity going! [more inside]
posted by numinous on Jan 10, 2012 - 3 answers

What was this geometric creature builder website?

Several years ago, I saw a website with a fun little flash or javascript applet thingy where you could build little tensegrity structure creatures, then have oscillating movements applied to the pieces, so that the structures would seem to "walk". I don't remember what it was called! From memory, one of the simpler structures looked sort of like this. What was it? Is it still online? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Jan 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Are these toy walkie-talkies truly useless?

Can the performance of toy walkie-talkies be improved? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Nov 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Must be careful. Must not break.

Trying to lightly clean a stuffed toy, how do I ensure I cause no damage? [more inside]
posted by Saydur on Oct 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Trying to remember the name of a toy we played with in the 70s.

I am looking for the name of a toy that we used to play with a lot when we were growing up. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Sep 9, 2011 - 11 answers

The pen is not mightier than a two year old.

Ever heard of a Leap Pad? We have a few that we picked up at garage sales and such. The pen no longer works. How can we fix this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Aug 29, 2011 - 7 answers

CatFilter: Help me figure out what this cat toy is so I can buy another.

Mom bought me a totally awesome cat toy that my cat loves. Of course, I am a doofus who stepped on it while I was moving and now it's broken, and I can't figure out where to buy another. It's manufactured by Hartz, but my usual Google-Fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by loudguitars on Aug 26, 2011 - 19 answers

Standard Deviation stuffed plushie

Where have I seen a model of the Standard Deviation curve made into some kind of stuffed plushie? They were being made and sold online. [more inside]
posted by UsagiBride on Aug 17, 2011 - 7 answers

My Dad's dream car!

Help me show up my dad. He thinks he came up with a gift that I can't get him. An ASV! [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Jun 25, 2011 - 9 answers

What's a durable satisfying desk toy?

Durable desk toy for mindless play - I need a desk toy to encourage people to casually drop by, something tactile that is satisfying to twiddle with but doesn't require much thinking. [more inside]
posted by damian_ on Jun 17, 2011 - 26 answers

Where to buy Giant Microbes toys in NYC?

Where can I buy giant microbes plush toys in New York City? [more inside]
posted by goingonit on May 19, 2011 - 7 answers

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