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Khet: An Update on Chess, With Lasers!

When you were a child, how did you picture the year 2011? The TV series Lost in Space suggested that we’d be traveling in space with robots by 1997, not to mention the colonies on the moon and creepy Artificial Intelligence made popular in 2001: A Space Odyssey. By now we should at least be surrounded by Jetson-style flying cars, right? The reality ... Read More »

The most fun bath toy EVER

After watching the Yookidoo Stack n’ Spray Tub Fountain in action at our magalog photo shoot, I was really excited to bring the sample home for my 2-year-old son. Since that day, it has become his absolute favorite bath toy, eclipsing a full bin of other options. I have to admit, I love it too, if only for the belly ... Read More »

Confessions of a Toy Copywriter – and a Cool Giveaway

For almost a year now, I’ve had a bit of an obsession. Can I trust you with my secret? OK, I love Sticky Mosaics by Orb Factory. There, I said it. As a writer for Magic Beans, I get to play with all the toys I want. I stack blocks, deal cards, enjoy craft projects, play with teeny animal figurines, ... Read More »

In Happyland

Life is apparently much more fun on Mars. At least, if alien abodes are anything like the new Happyland Martian Moonhouse from ELC USA imagines them to be. This plastic playhouse is packed with wild and whimsical features, including two rocket ship vehicles, a rooftop landing pad, and a garage directly below a trapdoor that deposits the members of the alien ... Read More »

Do you Tegu?

Last night was the second night of Chanukah, and we gave our kids a 52-piece Tegu Block set. These blocks are a new arrival here at Magic Beans, and they’re addictive. They are wooden blocks embedded with magnets. The magnets are fully encased and powerful enough to support the weight of the wood without being so strong as to make ... Read More »

Best Toys for Kids 2010

This Saturday, Nov. 13, is ASTRA’s (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) first ever Neighborhood Toy Store Day. As a local toy store, we’re so excited to be a part of this celebration. With the economic ups and downs of the last decade, neighborhood toy stores have become something of an endangered species. But many of the ones that remain are ... Read More »

Thinking Putty

Hi, Theo here. I’m the Toy Guru at our Brookline store. This is my first blog post, and I’m so excited to share some of my favorite toys and games with you. I remember going to the toy store when I was little, determined not to leave empty handed. With only a little allowance change jingling in my pocket, the ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 31 – Playmobil Furnished School Building

Last year, we gave away a Playmobil Pyramid at the end of the 31 Days of Giveaways, and that item went on to be one of the most in-demand products of the 2009 holiday season. We’re curious if history will repeat itself with the Furnished School Building. Playmobil has certainly upped their game with this beautifully detailed play set. The ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 27 – Melissa & Doug Train Table and Train Set

To be honest, I’m still bitter about the disappearance of Brio, the company that became a household name with their simple wooden trains. The beginning of the end happened when Brio decided to turn computer innards into the next big metaphor in wooden trains. But there was one big problem – the little email-delivery techie thingies weren’t trains. Not too ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 20 – Kettler Trike and Melissa & Doug Giraffe

We have two great prizes for Toy Tuesday. First, we’re giving away a top-of-the-line tricycle, the Kettler Air Navigator. This trike is a force to be reckoned with on the playground. It comes with a push-bar, a seat belt and an adjustable frame that helps it grow with your child. There’s a free-wheeling system that lets your toddlers legs simply ... Read More »