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.
July 28, 2012 |
A cavalcade of collectibles will be up for bids next week, with banks, advertising, pottery, and vintage toys offered at two sales Tuesday, and glassware, that multipurpose medium, offered at an online sale that ends Aug. 6. The vintage toys will be offered by William Bunch Auctions beginning at noon Tuesday at the gallery at One Hillman Dr., Chadds Ford. The 235 lots feature pressed steel, cast iron, and Matchbox vehicles; Steiff and other stuffed animals; windups and battery-operated figures, including a 23-inch-high Great Garloo monster by Marx ($100 to $200)
July 22, 2012 |
Bullet casings lined the ground next to a black Charger as Juan Rivera grabbed a video camera to document the scene of the "shooting" and the "evidence" his forensics team had just scoured. "Guys!" he yelled, before whistling and waving with authority, instructing the investigating team to clear the scene. The crew obliged. Rivera moved about the scene in Gloucester Township, focusing on areas of interest: the shells, a handprint on the window, a gun. It was his first time recording a "crime scene.
June 16, 2012 |
There is something to be said about having a motor. Stephanie Toy's never seemed to stop running, through fall, winter, and spring. Toy will graduate from Moorestown with 12 varsity letters in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. She earned all-American status and a scholarship to Notre Dame in lacrosse. As a senior, she was first-team all-conference in all three sports and The Inquirer's South Jersey Player of the Year in lacrosse, leading Moorestown to a 26-0 record and the Tournament of Champions crown.