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It’s smart, but is it a buggy?

Check out the new Smart Buggy from Phil and Ted’s, and you’ll discover a sort of cross between a stroller and hand truck. We spent a good amount of time puzzling over one on Friday, and IMHO this is a very innovative concept, but it may still need to work out some kinks before it’s a true success. The good: ... Read More »

Play School

School Days, by Lako Games, is a new game we discovered at Toy Fair. Designed for ages 4 and up, School Days caught our eye because we thought it was fun, which is pretty unusual with games for the very young. It’s a classic board game format, where players navigate along a path, trying to be the first to reach ... Read More »

If you love word games…

When we were first getting ready to open the store, I was crushed to discover that “25 Words or Less” was out of print. This family game is one of my all-time favorites, and I’ve spent many hours playing with family and friends, including a memorable 9 hour bus ride through Eastern Europe with the Zamir Chorale of Boston. I’m ... Read More »

Carseat: Check.

Did you know that this is Child Passenger Safety Week? We heard a rumor last week that the Brookline Police Department was suspending their car seat inspection program, but I have spoken with them this morning, and this rumor is false. They are still doing inspections regularly, by appointment. They have been swamped lately, so appointments are just getting harder ... Read More »

Primo Viaggio SIP is AOK

Until 2006, the best-selling Peg Perego Primo Viaggio car seat had a major drawback. It could not be installed in a car without the accompanying base. This may not seem like a big deal, but ask any parent who had to trek through an airport lugging not only an infant car seat, but also the bulky base, and he or ... Read More »

It’s all a blur…

The last day of Toy Fair is always crazy. The exhibit halls close at 4pm, and it’s a race to the finish. There are booths to revisit, decisions to be made, and we’re all trying to commit every last product to memory. The toy industry hasn’t had a megahit in years, and I don’t think I saw anything that’s going ... Read More »

Third Day’s a Charm

Today was my most productive day yet. I covered a lot of ground and saw a lot of interesting things, including a couple of guys who can stack cups so fast, you can’t see their hands move. The stacks just appear and disappear, with an occasional cup flying into the aisle. Is it fun? It’s certainly a spectacle. I got ... Read More »

Day 2 – Lost in Legoland, Surrounded by Superheroes

Our second day at Toy Fair started with superheroes. We encountered several of them standing guard near the entrance of the exhibit hall, and — who could blame us? — we struck a pose. But we spent most of our day previewing the new products from Lego (and planning our entire year’s inventory for 2006, to make sure we’re in ... Read More »

Blizzard in the Big Apple

This day has been such a series of adventures, it’s hard to think straight. When we woke up this morning, the snow was already piling up, drifting and blowing all around. We ignored the mayor’s pleas to stay off the road, and we borrowed a four-wheel drive car to make the slippery, icy trek downtown to the Javits center. We ... Read More »