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Classically Trained: Why the original Nintendo reigns supreme again

If you spent the better part of the holidays looking for the repackaged version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, better know as NES Classic Edition, you most likely came up short handed. The funny thing is even after the holidays, tracking one down is still nearly impossible. No, you haven’t transported back to 1985, and the mad rush at the local mall (what

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Action go Figure: Why some movies don’t make for great toys

Disney, Star Wars and other brands that are slam dunks in the movie theater also equate fairly well when the larger than life characters find a home on the toy shelves, too. From Woody from “Toy Story” to Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, you’d be hard pressed not to find a parent or child alike that hasn’t been infatuated with these toys on some

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Hardly Boring: Why board games are making comeback

Looking for some family fun for the upcoming holiday season? You wouldn’t think so but board games actually are giving some of the more renowned and wanted toys a run for their money for a variety of reasons, namely marketing and a stronger push toward better sales. Some of these board game ideas that mix updated versions of some classics with some new school ridiculousness.

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Gamers Guide: How gamers and gaming have helped PCs

Last year marked the fifth year in a row that sales of PC’s has fallen.  With more and more people using their smart phones instead of desktop or laptop computers, it’s no surprise for the decline in sales.  But instead of backing off, PC makers are coming up with a new game to push up sales.  And that “game” is simply targeting gamers. HP,

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Book Bagged: Why the toy book still is relevant

About 60 days or so before the holiday season, you’ll get a blast from the past. No, it’s not your favorite retro toy or some other gift that has made a comeback (although that always is a possibility). Instead, you’ll be privy to something that, in the toys and games business, has managed to withstand the test of time. Say hello to this year’s

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Tech Savvy: Why toys that teach still can be enjoyable

School shopping and all thing back to school has begun as yet another school year is set to begin, and with that comes the typical bonanza of buys such as backpacks, pencils, clothes and lunch boxes among other things as kid prepare to hit the books for yet another nine months. Let the learning begin. And as far as learning goes for kids, one

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Toying Around: Do toys and aggression really link to violent behavior?

An age old discussion as it relates to toys, games and anything else you buy for your child that is going to, good or bad, elicit some sort of psychological and potentially physical response, is whether or not that toy is appropriate and won’t trigger some sort of violent affect as a result of the purchase. For the longest time, parents and watchdog groups

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Realistic Representation: Why Mattel makes good with improved Barbie

Mattel is one of two main toy manufacturers (the other being Hasbro) that is experiencing newfound success with a brand of toy that has been around for years. For the longest time, Barbie was the one element of Mattel that made this toy company relevant. Barbie was a blonde bombshell that every girl wanted to be like and have as an at home toy.

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Status-Whoa: Old favorites and new technology highlight popular holiday toys

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time for parents to start making your lists and checking them twice.  So what’s hot this year and should be right at the top of your list? Barbie is back in a big way with her 3 Story Townhouse, one of the more popular picks for girls.  It features a fully stocked kitchen, luxury bathroom, hot

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Unlikely Heroes: Why some toys worth fortune are surprising choices

The true trajectory of a toy is remarkable when you stop and think about where it starts and then where it ends up. As a child, you clamor for a toy because it’s popular, fun or new. You don’t have to spend two decades worth of time holiday shopping to know just how much the “it” toy can mean to the masses. But when

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