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What’s the difference between dolls and action figures?

This vintage G.I. Joe has a terrific hipster beard.

The word “doll” is weirdly fraught for a very straightforward concept: defines a doll as “a small figure representing a baby or other human being, especially for use as a child’s toy.” Which is to say that while not every doll is an action figure, every action figure is, by definition, a doll. But while I was reading about a new truck-and-action-figure playset from Learning Resources, I found myself wondering: what makes a ... Read More »

Gift Guide: The Best Presents for a Boy’s Second Birthday


A two-year-old child is a tiny explorer, with boundless curiosity and energy, and endless questions. His language skills and physical coordination are clicking into place, and so is his creativity, with an expanding interest in pretend-play. He’ll love scribbling with chunky crayons, vrooming toy cars along the floor, stacking and sorting, running and kicking, making music, and squishing play-dough. A ... Read More »