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The Force Is With All Of Us

Posted by on April 14th, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

A long time ago, well, for the past 40 years, we began a journey and watched as good tangled with evil in a galaxy far, far away. Little did we know, these battles would take on new meaning, even today, as Star Wars becomes a reflection and examination for both world events and important cultural […]

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Rage Against The Machine on Kids Toys!

Posted by on April 12th, 2017, under VIDEOTAPE

If you a person of a certain age (and you likely are because you probably have kids if you’re reading my stupid words), you’re likely a fan of Rage Against The Machine. RATM personified the anti-establishment feeling of a decade and more. But as we got older, lots of us took up other endeavors or […]

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Superhero Action Figures Come to Life! (40 Amazing Photos)

Posted by on February 28th, 2017, under SNAPSHOTS

Much to my fatherly delight, my son has grown up into a 7-year-old who loves action figures. As an aficionado myself, and the one who has to pay for the dang expensive things, I’ve taught him to pay attention to how articulated they are; how many joints they have and how poseable they are. The […]

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When Dads Toy Battle (Crazy Special Effects VIDEO)

Posted by on October 11th, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

Kids can get pretty carried away when they’re playing, augmenting reality with their powerful imaginations. They can reach cruising altitudes of thousands of feet by sticking out their arms when speed-toddling. They’re the defender of the realm when they pick up a stick. Anything is possible. Adults have a harder time stepping into a world […]

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“Favorites” – Scrabble Scribble #18

Posted by on August 18th, 2016, under SNAPSHOTS

When you get right down to it, kids are basically hoarders. Parents quickly learn that whole “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” applies to ALL trash for most kids. You just wouldn’t think that a crumpled juice box straw was THE BEST MOSTEST FAVORITEST THING EVER. But they’ll be sure to inform you loudly […]

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The World’s Largest Nerf Gun Is The Only Toy You Need

Posted by on June 22nd, 2016, under VIDEOTAPE

When you’re a kid, the world is larger than life. So you reenact the adult world and all its glory: foot races, gunfights, negotiations, playing house — the full continuum, as far as you’re concerned, is up for grabs during playtime. Generationally, however, it now seems we’re predisposed to reversing the order. We want all […]

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5 Reasons My Single Mom Helped Me Become A Better Father

Posted by on April 15th, 2016, under NOTEBOOK

Last week, I had the privilege of speaking at the White House. From morning until the early evening, we heard from panels of educators, researchers, marketers, brand representatives and parents all talking about the topic of gender disparity and stereotypes that face our children. We heard how girls are driven to great lengths to achieve […]

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Barbie Made Her Do It! (Adorable VIDEO)

Posted by on October 21st, 2015, under VIDEOTAPE

After countless comics of Calvin talking and playing with his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, and after all the Toy Story movies, parents still just don’t seem to get it. TOYS ARE ALIVE! To kids, anyway. Especially when they need a scapegoat. Or, in this case, a scapedoll. Watch this little cutie get all passionate snotted-up while […]

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100 Years of Dangerous & Banned Toys

Posted by on July 24th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye, or a finger, or gets cancer. Wait. WHAT?! Before I begin, I must admit that I’ve got a slight nagging worry that the only non-digital toys my children’s children will be legally allowed to play with are… well, none. Not even dirt. Or biodegradable gummy […]

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Maximumble: Use for Toys

Posted by on June 24th, 2015, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

  Call it a side effect, a byproduct or an outcome, but fatherhood can lead to some rad consequences. It’s the most responsibility and pressure you can earn, but it’s also a perfect opportunity. I see a lot of “dads are buddies” stereotypes. It can be confusing to witness. There’s a pervasive myth that we’re […]

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