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Top 10 Toys for Team Zissou

Welcome to the second installment of our Staff Holiday Pick, my list of top 10 toys for young members of the Zissou Society. If The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was real life and you were shopping for a Ned Plimpton at age eleven and a half—I would suggest these. This unique list is full [...]

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The World’s Most Expensive Toy

An extra-special, Christmas-themed toy stole the headlines earlier this summer. At the James D. Julia Toy, Doll and Advertising auction in July, the “rarest and most important of all early American tin toys” was sold, and at $161,000, became the world’s most expensive toy. The Althof Bergmann Santa Sleigh features Kris Kringle himself and his [...]

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Toy Stores Unite to Celebrate – and Share Their Top Toys!

“Who are the people in your neighborhood?” This classic question from the king of children’s television shows, Sesame Street, comes to life this weekend for your local toy store! Local, independently-owned toy stores across the country will celebrate National Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 13th – and we are proud to say that we [...]

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Did You Notice the Specialty Toys in Babies?

The film Babies was released on Mother’s Day of this year in the US, but I didn’t see it until it was on my Netflix instant screen a few weekends ago. And it was everything I could have hoped for plus more—cute, thought provoking and fascinating. Babies is a documentary about four new humans experiencing [...]

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Top 10 Calico Critters

That first holiday season that I worked at Growing Tree Toys, I was enthralled by the Calico Critters section. What I knew as Sylvanian Families in my youth had grown into quite a village of characters! For the first installment of our Staff Holiday Picks, it was a no-brainer for me to countdown my 10 [...]

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Top Specialty and Learning Toys of 2010

After a whole year spent searching near and far for the most wondrous wonders and marvelous marvels, it’s finally here—the holiday season! We’re ready with a list of unique toys that make perfect gifts for kids of all ages. These are the best of the best and meet the 3 crucial requirements of a Great [...]

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