Category Archives: Toys & Games

Toying Around: What exactly makes a great toy?

Parents spend countless hours searching high and low for the toys their kids want, and the variety that is part of that journey certainly is remarkable. Toys are timeless, they’re classic, and they’re coveted by parents and kids alike, but did you ever stop to consider just what makes a great toy? Some argue that greatness at it pertains to a toy starts with

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Track Stars: Toys and diversity belong in headlines

Mattel made headlines recently when it took a long standing toy and subsequent character “Thomas the Train” and decided to inject life into the brand that was first brought to the forefront in 1946. Mattel has owned the rights to Thomas the Train since 2012, and in the last four years has worked to make it more relevant, not so much because of the

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Games Over: Are toys rapidly losing their popularity?

Thirty years ago, you’d be hard pressed to find an argument that toys have seen better days and their immense popularity would be waning. The 1980s gave birth to everything from WWF action figures, G.I. Joe, He Man and Legos, not to mention Star Wars, Barbie and other iconic names that soared sales numbers for the likes of Mattel, Hasbro and others of that

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Why popular toy brands never grow old

It’s inevitable. We’re all going to get old. But as far as our toys. No such chance. The toy business is unique in that most styles or brands, looks or attire go through cyclical periods when one product or design is red hot, while another is lukewarm or even frigid at best. Then a decade later, those two same products or designs can flip

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Bored Gaming: Have video games and PC’s put board games on back burner?

The holiday season has come and gone and chances are most people had to buy a gift for a child, and that probably meant any number of the hot toys this holiday season, from Star Wars to Minions and everything in between. Lego sets notwithstanding, one toy or toy genre that hasn’t really moved the proverbial needle one way or another are board games,

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Last Minute Kids Toys for Christmas 2015

Every parent wants to make his or her child’s face light up with excitement when Christmas morning comes. Therefore, all parents scramble around the department stores and Internet websites trying to find the perfect toys. The following is a list of three toys that are flying off the shelves this year. A parent or relative can sift through this list and consider purchasing something

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How Star Wars new movie is already stealing toy show

Few brands, maybe a handful, have the kind of star power and draw that can take a flat market and ignite it or take an already popular time of the year, like the holidays, and make them even more exciting. You think about names like Reebok, NIKE and Under Armor in the sports world of performance and clothing. You think LEGO, Barbie and WWE

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Children’s Toys for Christmas of 2015

Christmas time is always an exciting time for parents because they get to fulfill their children’s every need. Manufacturers are releasing some amazing toys as the year comes to a close and the holiday season approaches. The available toys are innovative, fun-filled toys that can keep children occupied for extended periods of time. The following are four suggestions for stocking stuffers and large presents

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Holidays 2015: Cool Toys for Teens

Holidays and birthdays are favorite times of the year for some teens. The reason that those times are so precious is that teens get to obtain some of their favorite toys and gadgets. Technology is always advancing, and manufacturers are putting out some amazing items each new year. The following are four awesome gadgets that parents can purchase for their teens this year: Elenco

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Fun Old School Non-Tech Games for Kids

Nowadays, television commercials, school teachers and radio commercials are enticing children to desire video games and technology. They see portable gaming systems, iPads and mobile phones everywhere they go, and some of them believe that they must have these items to survive. While there is nothing wrong with keeping up with the changing technology, frugal parents should still know that they can choose non-technological

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