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Construction Toys


  • Best cat toy? (7/21/2017) - This site doesn’t usually deal in silly internet memes (list) like cute cat videos, but it is Friday, and this character on YouTube called FlippyCat went and posted this awesome 360° Video. If the think the dominoes art part is cool, and you want to waste more time, head on over and check out the … Continue reading Best cat toy?
  • Gulliver’s Gate (9/20/2017) - Remember when you read or watched Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (Wikipedia). Did you ever think it would be cool to see the world from the Lilliputian’s perspective? Well, now you can, and you can even take a trip around the world in 80 minutes to boot 🙂 All you have to do is visit Gulliver’s … Continue reading Gulliver’s Gate
  • LEGO Gems (1/7/2017) - The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took over Las Vegas for the first week of January again this year, and it resulted in the usual predictable and nearly obligatory flood of “cool tech” coverage spilling out into every media outlet to scream Happy New Year to “Techies” all over the world. Somehow, though, is it just … Continue reading LEGO Gems
  • Play-Doh (11/5/2016) - Hasbro has created a neat new take on Play-Doh with an augmented reality product called Play-Doh Touch, and it is a welcome entry into a market space that, for most consumers, has been almost completely synonymous with Pokémon Go since its release. Here are a couple of videos and articles about Hasbro’s new creation. Play-Doh … Continue reading Play-Doh


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The Toy Portal (Wikipedia)


toy : something to play with — Webster See also Oxford, OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, InfoPlease, Word Reference, Urban Dictionary

Little Explorers English Picture Dictionary
Dictionary of Toys and Games in American Popular Culture (Frederick J Augustyn)


Roget’s II (, Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords


Toy is any object that can be used for play. Toys are usually associated with children and pets. Playing with toys is training the young for their social role. Many items are designed to serve as toys, but goods produced for other purposes can also be used. For instance, a small child may pick up a household item and “fly” it through the air as to pretend that it is an airplane. Another consideration is interactive digital entertainment, such as a video game. Some toys are produced primarily as collector’s items and are intended for display only. — Wikipedia

See also The Vintage Toy Encyclopedia, Britannica


Innovations Report


39 Coolest Kids Toys You Can Make Yourself (Natalie Brown, Buzzfeed)
How Toys Work (HowStuffWorks)


Playthings, The Business of Toys




Top Ten Reviews (Toy Stores Review)
Toy Companies (Wikipedia)
Toy Brands (Wikipedia)

Shop Imaginarium, eToys, Etsy, FAO, ToysRUs, Amazon, eBay Zazzle


Caring for Dolls and Toys (Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute)


History of Toys and Games (IdeaFinder)
The Vintage Toy Encyclopedia (Big Red Toy Box)


The National Toy Hall of Fame (Museum of Play)

National Toy Hall of Fame (Wikipedia)

Worlds Largest Toy Museum (Branson, MO)

Antique Toy Museums, Markets, Toy Collections (YouTube Channel)
Toy Museums, Category (Wikipedia)


Library of Congress Finding Aids


USA Toy Library AssociationHow to Start a Toy Library: 12 Quick Tips (Cat Johnson, Shareable)Toy library (Wikipedia)

WorldCat (OAIster) Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library




A Compilation of Online Classes on Doll and Toy Making (Abby Glassenberg, While She Naps)
Toy Product Design (MIT Open Courseware)
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources
Open Education Consortium


Work Hard, Play Hard: Explore a Toy Design Career (The Art Career Project)

Cool Jobs: Toy maker (Chicago Tribune)
How to Become a Toy Maker (Tina Richey Swanson, eHow)


Quotations Page Bartlett’s


Toy Industry Association (TIA)


Toy Fair (New York)
Conference Alerts Worldwide (Conal)






Toy News, Dr. Toy, NPR


The Toy Book (Adventure Publishing Group), Toys & Collectibles Magazines (, ISBNdb


Toy Safety (United States Consumer Product Safety Division)




More from Flippy Cat’s YouTube Channel…


Amazon Toys


Collecting Games and Toys (Internet Public Library)



OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form



Pioneering playtime: 5 predictions for the future of toys (Stephanie Walden, Mashable)


Toys in Fiction (Wikipedia)



Legendary Monsters: Toys of Urban Legend and Folklore (Indiegogo)
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (Bartleby)



ToyNews Feed The latest news from ToyNews.

  • LEGO ramps up digital engagement with Facebook...
    on November 23, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    LEGO is stepping up its digital consumer engagement with the launch of a Facebook Messenger Chat Bot named Ralph. The concept has been designed to help shoppers chose the ideal LEGO gift via Messenger and News Feed Ads, as part of the LEGO Group’s broader Christmas campaign, Give the Gift of Imagination. The concept has been launched to help drive sales. “We are continuously searching for new and fun ways to engage with our consumers and shoppers. Chat Bots are increasingly being […]

  • Study compares Christmas spend from 1980 to today
    on November 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    A study from MyVoucherCodes has compared the average prices of Christmas toys from 1980 through to 2017, with interesting results. The study found that the 2010s are roughly £25 more expensive than the noughties for Christmas presents, while top toys for Christmas have gradually become more expensive over the 37 years of research, the costliest time for parents was actually 1991 with the must-have Gameboy setting them back £146.28 in today’s money. While top toys for Christmas […]

  • Read the December issue of ToyNews online now
    on November 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    The Decmber issue of ToyNews is available to read online now on your PC, iPad or mobile device now. This month ToyNews is taking a deep dive into the digital side of acclaimed board game maker Asmodee to find out how the digital revolution will affect this ever-changing side of the industry. Keeping in the digital realm we then turn to the ailing toys to life genre and explore just why products like LEGO Dimensions have waned in popularity. Meanwhile, we highlight some of the key […]

  • 2018 TAGIE Award winners revealed
    on November 22, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    The winners of the 10th annual TAGIE Awards have been revealed at a gala on Navy Pier, Chicago on Saturday night. Attended by influential industry figures and sponsored by the likes of Hasbro, Mattel, Lego and Cartamundi, the awards honoured innovation and excellence in products and included a keynote address by Gary Swisher, SVP of inventor relations and head of gaming for Mattel. The show concluded with Lifetime Achievement Awards being given to industry legends, Judy Blau of J. Hope […]

  • New budget sees living wage rise
    on November 22, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has revealed the annual budget which sees living wage rise from £7.50 an hour to £7.83 an hour. The UK's living wage is still below the 'real' living wage of £8.75, with Labour pledging to raise the living wage to £10. Meanwhile, the government have outlined a £2.3bn cost to bring forward the change to Consumer Prices Index from Retail Prices Index by two years to 2018. After next revaluation, future revaluations to take place every three […]

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