Archive for the ‘toys’ Category

Medicom’s Uber-Realistic Wild Thing Toys

Published October 16, 2009 by Graham

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Medicom Toy is the big kahuna of vinyl toys. They’re the creative powerhouse behind Kubrick and Bearbrick– two lines of toys whose legion of obsessed collectors would be happy to testify to their value. So it’s no surprise that their their sparkling, brand new collection of Where The Wild Things Are figures are insanely detailed, entrancingly life-like, and expertly crafted. Check out the full set of toys, which includes The Bull, Douglas, Carol, Ira, Judith, K.W., Alexander and Max over at Hypebeast. They’re being sold though most Medicom retailers, including esteemed Parisian boutique Colette. Fancy!

DIY Wild Things

Published October 13, 2009 by Molly

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How to keep your neck warm as the seasons get chilly? Combine two old favorites: DIY and Max.

Bombs Away

Published October 13, 2009 by Molly

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Soap is for wimps. We can all agree on this, no? The only acceptable body-cleaning agents are those that fizz, explode, or resemble fireworks in some way. Which is why we find these things very agreeable.

These are hygienic tools that even Max (and MAYBE a wild thing) could get behind. They resemble golf balls, giant blueberries or Uranus (ha-ha), depending on the scent, and the best part of all is that they literally erupt when placed in water.

Ka-boom!

DIY Diploducus

Published October 12, 2009 by Molly

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It’s a lamp. It’s a dinosaur. It’s totally RAD.

Combining several good ideas (light, DIY, prehistoric beasts) into one package, ThinkGeek offers their DIY Dinosaur Lamp in Triceratops, Diploducus and T-Rex models. The kit comes with a bundle of supple white plastic sheets which, with the aid of an instruction sheet and you, transform into luminescent dinos.

Although the project initially appears fiendishly difficult to assemble, it is actually pretty easy to figure out. There are holes and slots, and one goes in the other. Do this a bunch of times and pretty soon you have a light-bearing dinosaur to call your own. Or to give as a gift. Also makes a nifty centerpiece for your next triassic-themed party.

Build a Fort and this Xbox Could Be Yours!

Published October 10, 2009 by Graham

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Just to be clear, here’s what’s at stake in the Wild Things’ Forts contest: An extremely limited edition Xbox 360 sporting a lovely Where the Wild Things Are design, PLUS an awe-inspiring bus stop-sized poster! And all you have to do? Build a fort and take a photo of it. Make a video. Send us an illustration. Anything goes! You have all weekend, so put your thinking caps on and make something beautiful! Check out some amazingly rad entries over at Booooooom and stay tuned to We Love You So for more inspiring submissions!

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We Love: ecojot

Published October 9, 2009 by Molly

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The thing about Canadian stereotypes is that they’re all complimentary. Examples: Canadians are nice, they eat delicious foods such as poutine, and are a little weird (in a good way). They are also known to enjoy hockey and maple syrup. Frank Gehry is Canadian, as is Leonard Cohen. What’s not to love?

Fitting neatly into the overlapping categories of Awesome and Canadian is ecojot, a line of delightful paper goods made of recycled materials and biodegradable inks and glues. Like many Canadian exports, the products are slightly kooky in the best possible way. Our favorites, the notebooks, are sturdy and jumbo-sized––like kid’s sketchbooks–– and fronted with designs that look like nothing else in the art store. In the ecojot cosmos, dogs are hot dog-shaped and wear pinwheel caps, birds are peppermint-colored, and whales have freckles. It’s hard to know whether to use the books or cuddle with them. One point for Canada!

Humans Are Mammals Too, You Know

Published October 5, 2009 by Molly

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Foraging, hoarding and defending territory are behaviors common to mammals. Think of squirrels storing up tasty acorns for winter or Northern Elephant Seals biting each other in the head to secure the maintenance of their terrestrial breeding ground. Animal behavior is fascinating and somewhat gnarly.

Humans, it turns out, are no exception. Like other mammals we lactate, sweat, and possess a neocortex. We also enjoy foraging, hoarding and defending our territory. Luckily, we’ve developed tools to aid these proclivities (thanks, opposable thumbs!), including these two prime examples.

The Personal Library Kit from Knock Knock is the elegant equivalent of what dogs do to trees: a way of designating goods (books, in this case) as one’s own unique property. Anyone in possession of a solid book stash knows what it’s like to lend a treasured book out only to see it disappear into a black hole without a trace. With the Library Kit you can adhere those library pockets (real ones!) into your own books, slip a checkout card inside, and even stamp it with the date. This makes it easier to lend with liberty to friends who don’t always remember the difference between their property and yours. You could even demand a fine for overdue books and/or remind your friends to maintain Indoor Voices if you feel like it.

In the case that books aren’t your thing, consider looking into a sleek aerodynamic piggy bank like the Pork Knox model from Wishing Fish. This hollow pig is made of chromed ceramic and includes a snout that doubles as a combination lock. (We like things that combine maximum cuteness with maximum functionality. Also reflective animals.)

Wee See

Published October 2, 2009 by Molly

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Fact: newborn babies can detect light and dark but cannot yet see all colors. It figures, sort of. A newborn’s eyes are about half the size of an adult’s eyes. They grow quickly during the first year of life and then slow down, continuing to grow until puberty.

It makes sense, then, that a DVD series aimed at very young children would work with a vocabulary of black-and-white shapes. Wee See is a series designed by parent/designer Rolyn Barthelman and scored by parent/musician Tim DeLaughter, frontman of Polyphonic Spree.

The first collection includes fourteen animations, each 2-4 minutes long and featuring geometric shapes popping up, disappearing, scooching around the screen, rotating and otherwise moving in mesmerizing patterns. Twinkly sounds of rain drops, typewriting keystrokes, strumming instruments and ticking clocks accompany the bold shapes as they perform their dances.

The feeling of watching Wee See––if we can compare it to anything––is akin to that of being inside a planetarium. The DVDs invoke the same sense of wonder and visual splendor, and also induce the sort of hypnotized tranquility that an hour looking at faux stars produces. It’s not a bad feeling for babies to experience, nor, for that matter, adults.

LEGO Fallingwater

Published September 17, 2009 by Molly

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Q: What do you get when you combine modular toys with Frank Lloyd Wright?

A: LEGO Fallingwater, a recreation of Wright’s 1934 masterwork of modernism in Mill Run, Pennsylvania!

Anyone born after 1950 is likely to have played with the colorful Danish building bricks at some point in his or her youth. The LEGO corporate motto––Kun det bedste er godt nok or “Only the best is good enough,”––certainly applies to their 811-piece model of Fallingwater, which underwent 14 design concepts and includes special sections that slide out, as well as representations of the surrounding river and trees that are so crucial to the landmark’s aesthetic.

Finally! A toy designed for architects, highly-focused children, and highly-focused child architects.

The Joy of Things That Aren’t What They Seem

Published September 15, 2009 by Molly

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One of the hardest things about childhood is coming to terms with the fact that adults control everything. Pretty much up until your pre-teen years, adults determine where you go, what you do, when you eat and whether or not dessert is an option. The consolations are few––which makes them, of course, all the more important.

By “consolations” we mean small-scale triumphs and tiny deceits. Things like these Ceramic Crinkle Cups from A+R, which look like disposable Dixie cups that mom might scrape off the kitchen floor after a birthday party but were actually made by Netherlands ceramicist Rob Brandt in 1975 as a comment on our consuming culture. Give the set to a kid for his birthday and he’ll treasure the visual trickery it wreaks.

Then there’s LACMA’s Sarcophagus Backpack, which is a ladybug-hued replica of a tomb from the 21st Dynasty (about 1070 – 945 B.C.). You wouldn’t mistake this for an actual relic––it’s far too cuddly for that––but the likeness is deeply satisfying to tote around on your back. It carries the additional pleasure of being an accessory that a non-awesome adult could NEVER pull off, which, as all kids know, is always a sign of quality.