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The possibilities of playtime: 40 years of Playmobil

For over 40 years, the diminutive, smiling people of Playmobil have been inspiring children’s imaginative adventures. In memory of company founder Horst Brandstaetter, who passed away last week, here’s a whirlwind tour through Playmobil sets both old and new. Designer Hans Beck considered the figurines to be the most important part of the Playmobil formula. From Wikipedia: “Beck spent three ... Read More »

What’s the difference between dolls and action figures?

The word “doll” is weirdly fraught for a very straightforward concept: Dictionary.com 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 »

Video: Five infant car seats that make installation easier

Installing a car seat can be an epic pain, and according to the NHTSA, as many as 3 out of 4 seats are installed incorrectly. This vexing issue is largely due to the huge amount of variation in vehicle designs – if the car’s back seat has metal hinges, an eensy-weensy middle seat, improperly placed anchors, rigid seats, a seat hump, or ... Read More »

New at Drool: debuts from Bugaboo, Cybex & Ergobaby!

UPDATE: The Cybex Aton Cloud Q is expected to be available in February 2016. The Drool Baby Expo provides all the companies we love with a rare opportunity to show off their wares in person to an eager audience of parents-to-be – and provides Boston families with a rare opportunity to get one-on-one demos from the creators of the coolest products ... Read More »

Friday fun: artisanal car seats and more from the Onion

If you’re an Onion fan (and we are), you know how delightful and wicked their satire can be, skewering social and political trends of every kind. This video caught our attention because we take car seats very seriously: I’m going to assume that Mrs. Manning-Devlin knows what she’s talking about when she asserts that the Nantucket Dandy weaving pattern is ... Read More »