A collector’s magazine, popular in the 90s. I picked it up at a used bookstore in Texas for $1.99. It has everything from prices for figures to a tutorial on … Continue reading White’s Guide to Collecting Figures, Number 19, July 1996
The Place of Play We begin to play as soon as we’re born, moving our arms and legs, discovering the new world we’ve come into. Eventually toys get added to … Continue reading The History and Psychology of Toys
Today we’re not going to talk about the Polly Pockets, Fashion Pollys, Barbies, Bratz and Beanie Babies. Although all those things hold a very important place in my childhood and … Continue reading The Toys I Loved
“What makes these objects so evocative for us is that they hold the memories of people, of relationships, of places and moments and milestones that speak to our own identity.” … Continue reading What We Keep by Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax, A Reflection
“There’s a vast difference between inspiration and imitation.” Jamie Windsor recently released a video on nostalgia in photography, and while I tend to make response posts to things I disagree … Continue reading Toy Photography and Nostalgia
Sorry to be a downer… The Rise and Fall Toys R Us was the first ever big box toy store. A realized dream of its creator Charles Lazarus. Coming back … Continue reading Why Toys R Us is Never Truly Coming Back
I recently dug into my old 1990s Polly Pocket stash. They’re back in stores these days, albeit with a very different look, and it was time to sift through my … Continue reading Vintage Polly Pocket Tour
I was a kid in the 90s and early 2000s. I remember fervently looking through the toy section of the JC Penny’s catalog, dog-earing pages and even cutting out the pictures of the best toys and placing them in my view binder cover. Target, Walmart and Amazon all released printed versions of their catalogs this year. Worse for the environment I have to admit, but I was also stoked about it.