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Scrabble for Capitalists

Last week, a customer came in and asked if we carried a game called Buy Word. She was shocked that we’d never heard of this game, which was recently named Game of the Year by Games Magazine. We never want to be out of the loop, so I did some research and eventually ordered this game, which has won so ... Read More »

Is that a dragon on your shoulder?

Ever since Magic Beans opened, our Thanksgiving weekends have been a bit different. We still have lots of turkey and family time, but we also spend late nights in the store, remerchandising, cleaning and getting prepared for the Holiday season. Don’t cry for me, though. When I was a kid, I used to dream about being locked in a toy ... Read More »

A Boon at Bathtime

In the beginning, bathtime is so simple. It’s you, the baby and the washcloth with a bit of warm water, and maybe a rubber duckie or two. But as babies grow into toddlers, the bath toys begin to take over the tub. In our house, it’s completely out of hand, and every night the cleanup is a total drag. But ... Read More »

Hit one out of the park

With all the mayhem surrounding the release of the XBox 360, it’s nice to see an interactive, indoor baseball game where the most complex technology is a spring-loaded mechanism that propels the batter. The Franklin Park Stadium Baseball Game, by Franklin Sports, feels a bit like a relic, but that’s partly why it is so appealing. Players can employ a ... Read More »

Rody makes it to Newsweek’s Tip Sheet

Amen, sister. The current issue of Newsweek features the Rody on their Tip Sheet for great toys for this holiday season. This inflatable rubber horse is a personal favorite of mine, not to mention my kids, and it is one of my top recommendations for kids between the ages of 1 and 4 (Newsweek says 2, probably because it can ... Read More »

Who is Penelope Peapod?

I get a lot of mail about new products. And I try really hard to look at everything I get, since I always want to have the new, great thing, whatever it may be. But a product has to be pretty interesting to catch my attention. When I opened the mailing about Penelope Peapod, I was out the door to ... Read More »

Special of the week – Cardboard boxes?

Yesterday, the National Toy Hall of Fame announced its newest inductee – the cardboard box. The box, along with other 2005 inductees, Candy Land and the Jack-in-the-Box, will take its place alongside such classic toys like Lego, Frisbee, Raggedy Ann, Barbie, Silly Putty and 26 others. I’m sure parents everywhere are cheering for this choice, which seems to be especially ... Read More »

Speaking of spiders

While I am not personally a fan of spiders, this new remote-control tarantula is pretty outstanding. We spotted this fuzzy arachnoid at a small shop in Woodstock, VT a few weeks ago, and I was so impressed I ordered them the very next day. All eight legs move in an incredibly realistic (and creepy) pattern, and the remote is simple ... Read More »

Go Spidey Go

Slot car racing has historically been a hobby reserved for teenagers and adults. The sets are typically expensive, and are purchased and developed over time, as various components are added to tweak and improve the track setup. Last year, industry-leader Carrera introduced the GO!!! series, an all-in-one racing set for ages 8 and up. Everything you need is included in ... Read More »

Scoot like a Scandinavian

This is one set of wheels that is sure to turn heads. The new Svan Scooter is a pretty unique new product from those Swedish masterminds who developed the Svan High Chair. Sculpted from a single piece of bent birch wood, the Svan Scooter is sort of like a Bilibo on wheels. The indistinguishable form opens the door for all ... Read More »

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