November 30, 2012 |
When President Obama comes to Montgomery County on Friday, he will speak in front of a two-foot-tall toy helicopter, a toy roller coaster, a toy grandfather clock, a motorized toy carousel, and an American flag made of 49,000 K'Nex pieces. The Hatfield plastics factory that makes Tinkertoys and Lincoln Logs as well as K'Nex will provide a colorful holiday backdrop for the president to talk about the advantages of extending middle-class tax cuts and the dangers of the fiscal cliff.
November 10, 2012 |
Next weekend, Rago Arts & Auction Center will offer high-end fine art at its Lambertville gallery with 148 lots of 19th- and 20th-century American and European works followed by 350 lots of postwar and contemporary pieces. This weekend, Bertoia Auctions will conclude its liquidation of the Richard T. Claus collection of nautical toys and boats with a 350-lot sale at its Vineland gallery. Guess which sale is expected to bring the highest single price. In terms of quantity, the Rago sale, whose first session begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 17, with the second scheduled to start at 1 p.m., comes out ahead with three dozen lots expected in the five-figure price range.
November 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK - We have dolls that wet, crawl and talk. We have dolls with perfect hourglass figures. And we have plenty that come with itty bitty baby bottles. But it's a breast-feeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top at the nipples of little girls that caught some flak after hitting the U.S. market. "I just want the kids to be kids," Bill O'Reilly said on his Fox News show when he learned of the Breast Milk Baby. "And this kind of stuff, we don't need this.
October 30, 2012
BEAVER, Pa. - A toy company has donated a new four-foot-tall knight statue to accompany one stolen from the front of a Western Pennsylvania toy shop before it was also returned by pranksters. Workers at Castle Toy & Games in Beaver have dubbed the new Playmobil knight Sir Veillance. The shop's other knight, nicknamed "Dude," was stolen from in front of the store on Oct. 15 by two men who planned to let a third friend put it in his apartment bathroom as a prank to scare people. The Beaver County Times reported Monday that the men have returned the first knight, apologized, and have agreed to perform community service.
October 12, 2012
Q: SOMETHING ain't right with me and my girlfriend. I'm going all out putting it down, giving her oral sex for 30 minutes - then my girlfriend reached in her nightstand drawer and pulled out a sex toy. Why isn't she getting off on me the way she used to? It must be some other dude. Why else all of a sudden would she need this? It's been bugging me ever since. Mia: Yo, check your ego, man. What's wrong with a little battery-operated fun? You need to chill. Better yet, stock up on batteries.
September 15, 2012 |
The stop-motion action is nonstop and deliriously bent in Toys in the Attic , a 2009 Czech feature that has been retrofitted with an English-language voice cast led by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack, and Cary Elwes. Jirí Barta's blend of live action and handmade and computer effects puts a Toy Story slant on The Perils of Pauline by way of 1984 and any number of dystopian nightmares. But the plot is the least of it in a film whose transporting aesthetic is a tattered brocade of industrial grunge and old-fangled whimsy.
September 2, 2012
DEAR ABBY: Our German shepherd, Leah, was playing with a hard rubber ball that was about the size of a tennis ball. Somehow, the ball slid down her throat. I tried to dislodge it by grabbing and pulling it out. When that didn't work, I tried the Heimlich maneuver. That didn't work either. By the time we got Leah to the veterinarian, she was dead. Abby, please tell your readers to never let their dog play with any object that fits into its mouth. If it fits, it can lodge in the throat.
August 17, 2012 |
Bertoia's Toy Box Treasures sale is still a month away, but with the auction catalog already posted online - and September crowded with early autumn sales - now might be a good time to see what the three-day, 2,100-lot event will offer. Dominating the event, scheduled Sept. 21-23 at Bertoia's gallery in Vineland, N.J., is the collection of the late Paul Ingersoll and his wife, Mimi, both of Bryn Mawr. "Collections" might be a better term. The Ingersolls collected not only vintage and antique European trains and automobiles, but toy banks, American tin toys, papier-mâché figures, and wood carvings, including skittles sets.
August 13, 2012 |
"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," Sigmund Freud supposedly once said. Whether he ever uttered the exact phrase, the observation is dead-on. We're often way too tempted to see things as symbols, even when we should be keeping our eyes on the actual ball. Or, in this case, Buckyballs and Zen Magnets – two "adult desk toys" that are the latest subject of one of today's most overused symbolic frames, Big Government vs. Small Business, spun by conservative politicians and right-wing Zen masters of indirection such as Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin.