May 14, 1992 |
On a recent visit to an urban first-grade classroom, we found all the boys starting their day huddled together discussing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Excitedly they talked about the ways they would hurt "Shredder" (the enemy of the Turtles). "I'd smash him. " "I'd kick him in the face. " "I'll cut him in two. " They discussed the Turtle movies, the Turtle video and the new Turtle Nintendo game, with which they all seemed familiar. A few minutes later, as the daily activities began, they settled down to drawing Ninja Turtles and writing about them in their journals.
August 7, 1988 |
It happens every day at a small store in Center City: Time travel, an instant alchemy in which children of the '60s step through the door and into their childhoods. All their lost toys are here. Beatles dolls, Bonanza lunchboxes and James Bond attache cases line the walls, while a small army of rare GI Joes guards a Howdy Doody marionette on a back shelf. Other shelves are crammed with Dick Tracy models, Batman bookends and Star Trek figures. It's all at Neat Stuff, where discerning fans of the Beatles and other '60s icons can still find items that vanished into attics and garages two decades ago. Most of the toys are in excellent condition, and most will go to savvy collectors willing to pay the prices.
November 24, 1991 |
The economy may be down for the count, but the countdown is on: only five weeks till Christmas. While grownups are fretting about the recession, children are blissfully unconcerned. They're busy making lists of what toys they want. And judging from the scene at local stores, they'll have them.
December 18, 1992 |
Appropriately for a movie about a toy plant converted to a munitions factory, "Toys" is a bomb. Though its creators have drawn self-important comparisons to classic military satires like "Dr. Strangelove," this movie is a woeful failure - noisy, flabby, dissonant, clumsy and juvenile. "Toys" also is an extravagant waste of money, an '80s-style exercise in self-indulgence (two hours!) that makes "Batman Returns" look responsible by comparison. "Toys" director Barry Levinson spent $40 million to create what he hoped would be an adult-oriented (this is not for children)
January 24, 1988 |
Thousands of toys dating from the 1870s to the early 1940s will be on display next weekend and Feb. 6 and 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. each day at the Whitman Stafford Farm House, 315 Maple Ave., Laurel Springs. The tours are free. The toys are from the private collection of Al Copsetta, a member of the Whitman Stafford Committee, which oversees the maintenance and operation of the 18th-century farmhouse that was once the summer home of poet Walt Whitman. The committee hopes that the exhibition will draw attention to the restored house, Copsetta said.
March 13, 2001 |
Burger King Corp. and Alcone Marketing Group are recalling 400,000 "Rattling, Paddling Riverboat" Kids Meal toys distributed nationwide in January and February, Burger King said yesterday. The red plastic boats, 2 to 3 inches in diameter, contain a metal pin with a plastic cap that attaches the paddle wheel to the boat, the No. 2 hamburger chain said in a statement. The pin may come out and pose a choking hazard to small children. Alcone Marketing Group, based in Irvine, Calif.
November 1, 2002 |
With only about 53 shopping days left until Christmas, the quest to buy toys to put under the tree and in stockings is well under way. Auctioneer Barry S. Slosberg provides a great opportunity tomorrow and Sunday to acquire toys for kids of all ages as he conducts a gallery sale featuring 400 lots daily of antique and collectible toys, many in their original boxes. Tomorrow's sale will include items from the 1930s to the present, featuring Disney characters on Ohio Art sand pails and watering cans, nodders and rare European items; Fisher Price toys from the 1940s; H.O. scale and standard gauge Lionel trains; Kenner Star Wars large-size action figures; and Corgi Super Heroes figures.
March 13, 1999 |
Two sales next week will be dealing in child's play, one featuring books, the other featuring toys. The books, by such popular children's authors as Lewis Carroll and A.A. Milne, will be a highlight of the year's first sale of books, autographs, ephemera and graphics at Freeman/Fine Arts of Philadelphia. Also among the 800 lots to be sold beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday in Freeman/Fine Arts' fifth-floor gallery are more than 115 cookbooks, an offering that nicely coincides with the 1999 Book and the Cook activities here.
December 30, 1988 |
What are you supposed to tell kids whose Christmas presents are stolen, the prosecutor wondered, "Santa got robbed"? Assistant District Attorney Tia Sutter described Richard Johnson, 31, as "The Grinch that stole Christmas. " Johnson, of Warnock Street near Brown, was ordered by Municipal Judge Edward G. Mekel yesterday to stand trial for stealing bags of Christmas toys from the Richard Allen Community Center on Parrish Drive near 10th Street, North Philadelphia, Dec. 21. "There were some unhappy kids in the project who didn't get their Christmas presents," Sutter said.
November 27, 2005 |
Here at the start of the seasonal shopping rush, bright-eyed tykes begin looking forward to bundles of new toys, and parents anticipate their own special holiday sentiment: Seething frustration. Fueled by the ordeal of trying to extract those toys from their packaging. These days, children's playthings don't come nestled inside their containers - they come grafted to them, immobilized by a torturer's rack of wire, tape, thread and plastic lashing. "The thing that surprised me," Haddonfield mother Merri Votta said, recalling her recent battle with a Polly Pocket doll, "is how many times the wire was twisted.