Curvy Barbie Coming to Store Shelves This Spring

Barbie has taken a lot of flak about her imagine over the years. For decades the fashion doll, manufactured by Mattel, has been accused of promoting harmful body image to girls. Over the years, Mattel has made some alterations and…

Amazon Now Has a Store Focusing on STEM Toys

Amazon wants your kids to grow up knowing more about the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The online retailer has just launched a dedicated marketplace for STEM toys for kids of all ages. “STEM toys encourage kids to…

Watson-Powered Toy Uses IBM Supercomputer to Develop Relationship with Your Kid

We’ve come a long way from Barbie. If you’re looking for an interactive toy that can talk with your kid, tell knock-knock jokes, and help them learn by getting to know their specific needs – there’s a Kickstarter campaign for…

Play-Doh in Damage Control Mode Over Toy That Very Much Resembles a Penis

Poor social media managers. One minute you’re thinking up cute ways to create brand-appropriate happy holiday messages and the next minute you’re furiously deleting images of little plastic penises. Play-Doh is in damage control mode on its social media accounts…

Anna Kendrick Is Pretty Sure Letterman’s Cat Toy Is a Sex Toy

Anna Kendrick, no stranger to more risqué humor, tells it like it is. And that includes letting David Letterman know that cat toy is definitely no cat toy. Kendrick recently appeared on the Late Show and took no time in…

Normal Barbie: Stretch Marks, Cellulite, Acne, & All

The doll that everyone has been waiting for is finally here; stretch marks, cellulite, acne, and all. The Lammily doll, also known as the ‘Normal Barbie,’ was created by Pittsburgh graphic designer Nickolay Lamm to show that “reality can be…

Groupon Opens Holiday Gift Shop, Contest

Groupon just launched an online holiday gift shop to connect users with deals on stuff in their area, which they can buy as gifts for their friends and families. Just give Groupon your email address and zip code, and you’ll…

Amazon Reveals Its Holiday Toy List For 2014

Each year around this time, Amazon releases its annual Holiday Toy List, which it describes as a “curated list of the hottest new products for kids,” and includes top-rated toys, games, electronics, books, movies, sporting goods, etc. “There are more…

Netflix Announces New Popples (Yes, Popples) Series

If you’re a child of the 80s, you know what Popples are. They’re adorable little stuffed animal-like things that roll up into balls. I think I was in kindergarten or something when they came out. It was also a Saturday…

Rubik’s Cube Invention Celebrated with Playable Google Doodle

Today, Google is celebrating one of the most ubiquitous and frustrating puzzle toys ever conceived–the Rubik’s Cube. Originally called the Magic Cube, the Rubik’s Cube celebrates its 40th birthday this spring. Google has honored the occasion with a (you guessed…

Edward Snowden Is Now An Action Figure

For some, the epitome of fame is having an action figure made of them. If Edward Snowden feels that way, he’s now officially famous. That’s My Face, a company that makes custom action figures based on pop culture icons, has…

3D Systems Enters The Toy Industry With Its Acquisition Of Gentle Giant Studios

3D printers have the potential to revolutionize a number of industries, especially the toy industry. With 3D printers, toy manufacturers can more easily prototype new designs and even inexpensively create toys using the machines. Now one of the largest 3D…

Plus-Size Barbie Doll: Is This a Bad Idea?

The Facebook page Plus Size Modeling has stirred up quite the controversy by asking whether toy companies should put out a Barbie that has an expanded waistline. The page has gotten thousands of responses, with many debating whether such a…

Furby, What Every Kid Wants for Christmas?

Christmas is just around the corner, and every parent wants to know what gift is the best option to buy their child (children) this year. While nobody knows what is better for a child than a parent, there is one…

Furby Boom is Hot Holiday Toy for 2013

The Furby Boom is Hasbro’s 2013 edition of a toy that has become a modern classic. Hasbro is pushing the app component of the Furby Boom this holiday season. The app is available for iOS devices through iTunes and for…

Black Friday 2013: Check Out Deals From Walmart, Target and Best Buy

With Black Friday just two weeks away, retailers are beginning to release their ads, so let the chaotic holiday shopping preparation begin! Whether you’re shopping for young kids, teenagers or yourself, there are a lot of great deals to be…

Educational Toys Top Indian and American Toy Lists

If toy-makers are looking to grab Indian parents’ toy-budgeting funds, recent press indicates their R&D ought to be aimed toward educational toys. A New Kerala article is catching notice this week, saying that “edutainment” toys (those promoting learning through play)…

This Toys ‘R’ Us Ad Outraged Even Stephen Colbert

Last week, environmentalist Peter Gleick penned an editorial about a Toys “R” Us commercial from October that, frustratingly, decries hard science in favor of running amok in a toy store. “My wife and I were relaxing, watching TV when we…

Educational Toys In Demand For India

The parents of children in India value their children’s education as much as any other country. Studies show the need for educational toys in India is expected to grow fifteen percent over the next five years. “In the coming days…

McDonalds Thinks About Using In-Store 3D Printers

Tell me if you’ve been in this scenario before. You rush out to McDonalds because you hear the Happy Meals contain My Little Pony toys and you really need that Rainbow Dash to complete your collection. Upon getting there, you…