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Lego on and on

The appeal of Lego is so broad, it’s staggering. This one company produces plastic bricks (or variations on that theme), and manages to successfully attract customers ranging from infants to adults. Until recently, though, the older Lego customer was usually a die-hard Lego enthusiast, one who loved the challenge and satisfaction of assembling the models and displaying the finished product. ... Read More »

Who ever heard of a stroller mechanic?

Lots of people, now. The Boston Herald did a very cute profile about Dave, our warehouse manager and de facto stroller mechanic. To read the article, follow this link. Also, stay tuned. In the wake of this article, a crew from the local Fox affiliate spent some time interviewing Dave and filming him at work today. Looks like we’ll be ... Read More »

Shake it up, spell it out

Rattled is a new game from Educational Insights, the same company responsible for Blokus, a perennial bestseller. Rattled is a word game that offers a creative twist on a familiar theme. Shake the wand, and a random set of 8 scrambled letters appears. Then, two players (or teams) compete to find the longest word that can be made using those ... Read More »

It sucks when your baby has a cold.

Literally. There’s a brand new nasal aspirator from Bebesounds that offers battery-powered suction. This product would be hysterically funny if it weren’t so downright innovative. There’s nothing more awful and frustrating than trying to pin down a writhing, miserable and congested baby to stick a rubber bulb up her nose and suck out its overflowing contents. If you haven’t been ... Read More »

Building a Rainbow Connection

Sure, I know it isn’t easy being green, but do my kids? As it is, when Kermit’s old standard comes on the car CD player, my two-year-old delightedly claps her hands and shrieks, “Yay! Ernie’s song!” Well, technically, yes, sort of. And wow, good ear. But no, not quite. When we were kids, the Muppets were at their heyday. The ... Read More »

Svan Baby Bouncer Launched at Magic Beans

Last night, we were very excited to host the global launch of the new Svan Baby Bouncer at Magic Beans. This is a product that has been a labor of love for all our friends at Scandinavian Child, the US distributors for Svan, and we were so thrilled to be able to help them celebrate its long-awaited debut. Brenda Berg, ... Read More »

Jane Powertwins are here!

The long-awaited Jane Powertwins have finally arrived in our warehouse. We’ve already presold many of them, but if you are interested in checking it out, stop by the store. I had a chance to play with one, and I liked it a lot. On our official warehouse scale, the stroller surprised us. According to everything we’d read, it was supposed ... Read More »

A real, live virtual stuffed pet

In 1975, the Pet Rock was the hottest holiday item on the shelves. For just $4, you got a rock, a carrying case and a training manual. Yes, a rock. Americans snapped up more than 1,000,000 of these geological novelties in just a few months. Next, in November of 1996 Bandai launched the first edition of the Tamagotchi, a small ... Read More »

Giggle Gear, aptly named

Earlier this year, a company called Big Boing sold off it’s small collection of unique products to two different companies. Alex purchased their bath toys, and Cranium purchased their make-believe toys. This small acquisition for Cranium was the first signal that they were looking to branch out of the game category. Now, Cranium is on a roll, releasing 10 new ... Read More »

The Summertime Baby (Bjorn) Blues

It’s summer, which is mostly good news. But if you’re toting around a newborn in a Baby Bjorn, chances are you’re driving yourself nuts about the sun. Infants younger than 6 months are not able to wear sunscreen, so keeping little babies from catching too many rays can be maddeningly difficult. Short of staying in the shade all the time, ... Read More »

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