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Toymakers finally construct a new model for girls’ toys

Toymakers finally construct a new model for girls’ toys

LOS ANGELES — For decades, toy makers believed the industry gospel: Boys want to build things; girls want to play princess.

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Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

This year I looked around for ways to turn existing toys into ornaments.

December 16, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

This Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, photo in Concord, N.H., shows a plastic cat toy turned into a Christmas tree ornament with a bit of Sugru, a dough-like substance that hardens into silicone rubber, used to attach a split ring for hanging. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

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Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

This Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, photo in Concord, N.H., shows three Christmas tree ornaments made from toys. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

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Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

This Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, photo in Concord, N.H., shows a Harry Potter Lego minifigure enclosed in a plastic Christmas tree ornament bulb. The bulb is cut open to insert the toy and glued back together. Epsom salt gives it a snowy look and cover up the cutting line. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

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Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

Turn toys into Christmas tree ornaments

This Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, photo in Concord, N.H., shows a plastic cat toy turned into a Christmas tree ornament with a bit of Sugru, a dough-like substance that hardens into silicone rubber, used to attach a split ring for hanging. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

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Despite strides, unsafe toys still for sale, group says

Despite strides, unsafe toys still for sale, group says

Toxic materials, choking hazards still pose risks; industry group bashes findings.

December 02, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Oy vey, holidays! Hanukkah gets a Christmaslike makeover

Oy vey, holidays! Hanukkah gets a Christmaslike makeover

There are an increasing number of Hanukkah-themed products inspired by Christmas traditions and toys.

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Geek & Co. Crafts: Spin Art Revolution ($24.99)

Geek & Co. Crafts: Spin Art Revolution ($24.99)

Create abstract paintings by dripping paint on this turntable, which spins when the child pushes a red button. A sheet of paper easily affixes to the turntable to collect the paint splatter. Alexis said she enjoyed making a painting with this toy because “you could do different colors.” It c…

November 20, 2014 11:33 pmLoading…
Trendiy Art: Jazzy Bracelets ($14.99)

Trendiy Art: Jazzy Bracelets ($14.99)

This jewelry kit contains everything needed to make six colorful bracelets: 10 bundles of colored thread, 154 small metal rings, 150 medium metal rings and 2 lobster clasps. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, cfletes-boutte@post-dispatch.com

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Dareway 12V Scooter by Feber ($199)

Dareway 12V Scooter by Feber ($199)

Runner-up: This battery-powered scooter travels up to 3.7 mph in forward and reverse. Kids step on a foot-pedal accelerator to control forward motion, while handle-grip buttons allow left and right turns and 360 degree spins. “It moved. You can ride on it,” Cameron said. Keep in mind: It has…

November 20, 2014 11:32 pmLoading…
SilverLit: Remote control Heli Beast ($49.99)

SilverLit: Remote control Heli Beast ($49.99)

It takes six AA batteries (not included) to fly this impact-resistant plastic helicopter. Players steer the helicopter by moving the transmitter joy stick left or right, operating the throttle to take off, hover or land. It is a compact, RC helicopter that includes a lithium polymer battery …

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Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set: Samurai vs. Ninja by Tomy ($69.99)

Battroborg Warrior Battle Arena Set: Samurai vs. Ninja by Tomy ($69.99)

This was a cool concept: Control futuristic warriors in a battle arena for an intense, motion-control battle experience. As you slice the controller through the air, the action wirelessly controls the warrior. We wanted to love this, as did several children who tried to play with it, but the…

November 20, 2014 11:32 pmLoading…
Air Storm Firetek Foam Bow ($29.97)

Air Storm Firetek Foam Bow ($29.97)

Winner: This bow comes with three arrows and has two loops attached to the bow to set up the arrows for launch. It requires two AAA batteries (included), which make the set light up when in use. The soft foam, long-range arrows shoot more than 125 feet, and the whistling arrows make an impre…

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Charmazing Color Me Up! Charm Bracelet kit ($15)

Charmazing Color Me Up! Charm Bracelet kit ($15)

This design-it-yourself jewelry craft line features expandable, stackable bracelets and collectible charms. Children can also download the free iOS or Android app to share and show off their collections. (Sold exclusively at Toys R Us.) Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, cfletes-boutte@post-di…

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Ozobot ($99 for the dual pack)

Ozobot ($99 for the dual pack)

A tiny robot, the Ozobot is designed to bridge the digital and physical gaming worlds. The small circular toy follows the path of the lines created on your tablet, Android or iOS device, and even on paper. It responds to color and more than a thousand different instructions using SmartCodes.…

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Interchangeable Kenetic SpaceLab Discovery Kids ($34.99)

Interchangeable Kenetic SpaceLab Discovery Kids ($34.99)

This is designed to get players to build a configuration in which marbles roll down a board to a launch pad and launch a rocket. The Velcro that holds the pieces on the background is filmsy, and the pieces fell off frequently. Most of the toy testers couldn’t figure out how to play with it. …

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Across the Board: Penny Soccer ($38)

Across the Board: Penny Soccer ($38)

This is a handmade, wooden board game with a simple concept: Flick a penny across the board into a small goal on either side. “We played it together,” said Ryan Schneider, Alexis’ dad. “If you lose the piece, you can get another penny,” he added. (Sold at Acrosstheboardgame.com or 314-961-96…

November 20, 2014 11:31 pmLoading…
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS ($39.99, just the game)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS ($39.99, just the game)

It’s the latest Super Smash Bros. game on the market, and it was popular with children familiar with the iconic characters. “It’s not going to end up in the trash,” said Jennifer Hulsey, Kel’s mom. “They tend to take care of the electronics.” Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte, cfletes-boutte@p…

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Playmobil 5480S Secret Dragon Fort ($89.99)

Playmobil 5480S Secret Dragon Fort ($89.99)

This playset features two blue dragons, a hinging gate, turreted crossbow with flaming arrows. Players can use a trapdoor to move throughout the fort. The dragon fire illuminates blue (batteries not included). Set includes two figures, helmets, shields and assorted battle gear, torches and f…

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