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New & Hot! Highlights from our Holiday Gift Guide


Have you downloaded our Holiday Gift Guide yet? This toy-shopping cheat sheet makes it simple to pinpoint the perfect gift for every kid on your list – we’ve divvied up this year’s best toys into categories, so if you’re looking for, say, a toy for a toddler, you just go straight to Toddler Toys, or if you’re looking for a construction ... Read More »

The best toys for birthday gifts: our blog editor’s picks!

calico critters custom

Is it just me, or have toys gotten so much cooler since we were kids? Sure, we have fond memories of our favorite licensed characters from Saturday morning TV shows, but the level of detail, quality, and clever design that goes into today’s toys is just mindblowing. Since I’ve been in the toy biz for over ten years now, I ... Read More »

How old is too old for toys? (Spoiler: there’s no such thing!)

too old for toys

In an era in which thousands of action figures are clearly manufactured just for grown-ups, adults film loving tributes to their toy collections, thousands of adults get gussied up in their finest superhero duds for comic and anime conventions, and Lego Master Builder is a real paid job, who could imagine that playtime was just for kids? As geek culture continues to ... Read More »

Boredom at 30,000 Feet: How to keep kids entertained on a plane!

kid with airplane

It takes about 8 hours to fly from Boston to San Diego. This doesn’t include showing up to the terminal at 5am with all your stuff in tow, getting through security, waiting patiently through the twenty minute delay to board the plane, and sitting through the layover in Newark or Houston. That’s a long time, and it’s trying on even the most ... Read More »

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 »

The sweet smell of playtime: Whiffer Sniffers, scented Groovy Girls & other scented toys


Remember scratch n’ sniff stickers? These prizes were the centerpiece of any ‘80s kid’s sticker collection, because they were ultimately so much more short-lived than their companions in a well-populated sticker book: those sweet scents were produced through a process called “micro-encapsulation,” which captured teeny, tiny whiffs of scent in little air-bubbles that would be broken when you scratched the ... Read More »

Magic Beans Fun Size Picks: Top Five Arts and Crafts Toys

Hey everyone – it’s Kelsey again, with the scoop from Magic Beans Fun Size, in NYC! As you may remember from my other blogs, our store is located in the lobby at Kidville in the Upper East Side, and we sell a handpicked selection of the best-of-the-best toys for ages 0-5. As with any other Magic Beans store, along with our amazing selection, ... Read More »