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Shop for Toys online at Mighty Ape, we love having fun and monkeying around – that’s probably why we have so many Toys in our massive warehouse. Mighty Ape has over 50,000 Toys in stock, including LEGO[1], Educational Toys[2], Board Games[3], Puzzles[4], and much more… We’re the best place to buy Toys online!

There are plenty of new products added to our selection from Disney Toys[5] to Minecraft[6], Peppa Pig[7] and Star Wars[8]. Our Best Selling Toys showcase kids’ favourites from Arts Crafts[9], Soft Toys[10], Sylvanian Families[11], Schleich[12] and Nerf Guns[13]! You can rely on us to find you some perfect presents for children’s birthday or weekend entertainments.

References

  1. ^ LEGO (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  2. ^ Educational Toys (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  3. ^ Board Games (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  4. ^ Puzzles (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  5. ^ Disney Toys (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  6. ^ Minecraft (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  7. ^ Peppa Pig (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  8. ^ Star Wars (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  9. ^ Arts Crafts (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  10. ^ Soft Toys (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  11. ^ Sylvanian Families (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  12. ^ Schleich (www.mightyape.co.nz)
  13. ^ Nerf Guns (www.mightyape.co.nz)

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The 2015 Lego Winter Village Toy Shop Is Here and It’s Adorable – Gizmodo

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The 2015 Lego Winter Village Toy Shop Is Here and It's Adorable

LEGO have officially revealed their 2015 Creator Winter Village set. The Winter Toy shop comes with 898 pieces and will retail for $ 79.99. It comes with tons of accessories, and loads of little minifig toys, to bring happiness and cheer to minifig girls and minifig boys!

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If this set looks familiar, that’s because it’s incredibly similar to the Winter Toy Shop set 10199[1] that was released in 2009 (which is now going for around $ 250!). It’s definitely been updated and there are a few new elements, but the good news is that since these sets historically sell out and rarely reissued, you can now scoop this set up to complete your Lego Winter Village.

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The 2015 Lego Winter Village Toy Shop Is Here and It's Adorable

A few of the new elements include new printed signs, and happier-looking minifig faces.

The 2015 Lego Winter Village Toy Shop Is Here and It's Adorable

Just look at all these jolly minifigs!

The 2015 Lego Winter Village Toy Shop Is Here and It's Adorable

If you’re a LEGO VIP member you can purchase this set on September 16th. For everyone else, it goes on sale in October. Here’s the official press release from LEGO:

Welcome to the Winter Toy Shop! The holiday season has arrived and the toymaker is busy finishing off his latest creations! Outside, children ski and snowboard, and a freshly built snowman sparkles in the light that shines from the toyshop tower. Help decorate the huge tree that stands at the center of the square, play with the curious kitten on the cozy wooden bench or join in with the carolers beneath the ornate streetlamp. This charming set also features a ladder, trees in various sizes, jack-in-the-box, a toy biplane, helicopter, rocket, train, race car, truck, robot, tugboat, teddy bear and a wrapped gift. Have fun building this enchanting winter wonderland! Includes a snowman and 8 minifigures with assorted accessories: a male caroler, female caroler, a woman, 2 men, 2 boys and a girl.

Personally, I love all the Lego Winter Village sets, and I’ll probably be buying this in September. Plus, these sets are always a good investment, because they tend to appreciate in value due to their limited availability. What can I say? Some people collect art, I collect Lego.

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References

  1. ^ Winter Toy Shop set 10199 (www.amazon.com)
  2. ^ Leg Godt, (lego.gizmodo.com)
  3. ^ on Twitter (twitter.com)
  4. ^ Facebook. (www.facebook.com)

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New store in Geddis Building stocks toys for kids and collectors – Daily Record

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Whether a toy represents the latest trend or a lasting memory, Nerdcore Toys in downtown Ellensburg may have what you are looking for.

Nerdcore Toys recently opened in the Geddis Building.

“We have stuff for people who want toys to play with and for those who want to collect. We have toys for both of those types of people,” said Jason Shaw, who owns and operates the store with his wife, Denise Shaw.

The Shaws came to Ellensburg a year ago when Denise was hired as a professor in education foundations and curriculum at Central Washington University.

Jason said he was looking to start a business that they could both enjoy and that reflected their passions.

“We thought about what business would be profitable and be accepted by the community,” Jason said. “There was not a true toy store in Ellensburg.”

Jason has had a lifelong interest in Marvel, DC Comics and Mattel products. Denise’s interests are more eclectic and range to things like the “Lord of the Rings.”

The couple said the Geddis Building location appealed to them instantly. At the time the building was owned by the city and the Shaws first started working with the city’s management group. There was some delay as the city considered whether to change some of the available spaces.

Then the building sold to a private owner and the Shaws got stuck in the transition.

“Around three or four months ago we were walking in town and saw a for lease sign in the window and we contacted the property manager,” Jason said. “We got the space we originally wanted.”

Denise said they love the downtown location and the foot traffic generated by events such as the weekly farmers market.

“There’s great nostalgia with this building,” Denise said. “It’s a gorgeous space.”

Product lines

There are toys at Nerdcore that every kid will recognize from Barbie and Disney’s “Frozen” to Mattel’s Hot Wheels. But there are also lines that won’t be found locally or even in the region.

“We carry Kidrobot and Funko,” Jason said. “You’re not going to find those anywhere around here.”

Nerdcore also carries the Popaganda creations of Ron English, as well as prints by Doug Bloodworth, an artist known for his photo-realism work.

The store also carries Japanese toy lines Hakurai and Tokidoki.

Even with the mainstream lines like Mattel, the Hot Wheels are specialty lines from movies and TV shows.

For kids, kids at heart

Jason said part of the appeal of the shop for adults is it carries items a person may have played with in their youth.

“When I was a kid I’d play with toys hard until they fell apart,” Jason said. “Now I can buy them and keep them in their package.”

The store is open now, but will not celebrate its grand opening until Sept. 4. The celebration will feature people dressed up as characters and drawings.

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Yo Gabba Gabba, Calliou Toys & More | Tv’s Toy Box

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What’s Inside TV’s Toy Box?

Here at TV’s, we delight kids with complete lines of hard-to-find character toys and party supplies, and top ‘em off by personalizing hundreds of apparel and décor items! When shopping for birthdays and special occasions, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends will find the perfect fun and friendly gifts kids love – inside TV’s Toy Box!

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Target will stop labeling toys for boys or for girls. Good. – Washington Post

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Target’s decision to eliminate “boys” and “girls” signs from its toys and bedding departments[1] makes a bold statement: Gender stereotypes and gendered marketing are passé. Many parents have spent years calling for the desegregation of children’s products, and this decision from the second-largest discount retailer[2] in the U.S. signals a real cultural shift.

The announcement has met both high praise and extreme outrage in the past week. For every progressive parent celebrating the demise of the pink and blue aisles, a conservative parent is furious that Target has taken the other side in this culture war. Their outrage seems to stem from a widespread misunderstanding of the concept of “gender neutral” in a marketing context.

For example, a recent statement[3] from Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, echoes many conservatives’ comments on Target’s Facebook page[4]. Graham is calling for consumers to boycott. He called Target to complain about its decision, because, he says, “It’s not gender-neutral people out there” who led to Target’s success. Graham added, “Jesus said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female (Matthew 19:4). You can’t get any clearer than that.”

“Gender-neutral marketing” doesn’t signify an attempt to make males and females the same, however, or to ban traditionally gendered toys like Barbie and G.I. Joe, as some allege[5]. Rather, as I have explained on “Fox and Friends[6]” and in the Boston Globe Magazine[7], it simply means organizing products children already love according to interest or theme — not by boy or girl. It’s actually a throwback to a bygone era that many critics of the practice grew up with: Gender-based marketing only came into vogue in the 1990s, when companies realized they could convince parents of children of both sexes to buy twice as much stuff by introducing gender segmentation to kids’ products.

In fact, toys used to be sold to kids in broad categories and organized by type, not by who would use them, according to Elizabeth Sweet, a sociologist and lecturer at the University of California at Davis who has researched how the gendered marketing of children’s products has evolved since 1905. “So this move by Target is neither radical nor unprecedented,” Sweet says.

So, why this change, and why now? Some media outlets have reported that Target’s decision was the result of one woman’s tweet[8] that went viral in June. That tweet featured a photo of a Target toy aisle labeled “building sets” and “girls’ building sets,” implying the retailer’s default assumption is that building toys are for boys.

In reality, though, Target’s decision is not about one person’s efforts. Rather, it’s the culmination of the activism of countless parents, educators and critics.

[Target will stop separating toys and bedding into girls’ and boys’ sections[9]]

International parent-led grassroots organizations such as Let Toys Be Toys[10] and No Gender December[11] have helped parents and corporations understand in recent years that gendered toy segregation can make boys and girls feel needlessly ashamed of their desire for unstereotypical toys, like chemistry sets and LEGO toys for girls, or play kitchens and dolls for boys. Books such as Peggy Orenstein’s “Cinderella Ate My Daughter[12]” and my own book, “The Princess Problem[13],” have also articulated the issue with care. Target’s decision is part of this overall zeitgeist.

Like many conservatives, Graham grounded his complaint in his evangelical Christian beliefs. “[T]hey won’t be using pink and blue colors to identify sexes,” he marveled[14]. “What’s next? Are they going to try to make people believe that pink or blue baby showers are politically incorrect? I have news for them and for everyone else — God created two different genders.”

That’s a strange remark. The coding of “pink=girl” and “blue=boy” is, like gender-based marketing, a relatively recent phenomenon with no biblical roots. Jo Paoletti, an American studies professor at the University of Maryland and author of “Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys From the Girls in America[15],” notes that historically, the reverse was true: many religiously devout parents felt blue was feminine and pink was masculine. “Blue has a long history of association with the Virgin Mary,” Paoletti says, “which is why it was the preferred color for girls in Belgium, Catholic regions of Switzerland and Germany, and German Catholic settlements in North American until the current pink-blue marketing replaced the religious symbolism in the last thirty years.”

As Maria Montessori[16] famously stated, play is the work of the child. Through play, children make sense of their place in the world around them and the future roles available to them. Why shouldn’t girls feel free to play with STEM-related toys? Why shouldn’t boys feel free to play at caregiving and nurturing? As a society, we no longer believe women should be restricted to certain jobs or that fathers are ill-suited to tending babies. So children’s play should reflect modern cultural norms, rather than be boxed into 1950s-era stereotypes driven by marketers’ desire to segment the child audience for maximum profit.

This makes Target’s decision to follow the precedent[17] set by major retailers internationally a good thing for consumers and stores alike, and hopefully, more companies will follow.

Change is slow, however. Cultural shifts happen in stages, not overnight — hence the pushback. It’s an interesting culture war to watch: In the future, gender stereotyping could indeed be rolled back even further, into areas such as the clothing department. Recent efforts to break down stereotypes in children’s clothing have included the work of grassroots organization Let Clothes Be Clothes[18], which calls for an end to the gender stereotypes found in the design and marketing of kids’ clothing, and indie brands like Princess Awesome[19] (purveyors of STEM-themed dresses) and Suit Her[20] (a proposed line of dressy suits for girls).

As new back-to-school campaign called #ClothesWithoutLimits[21] notes: “Kids definitely notice when retailers divide clothing so starkly into ‘boys’ vs. ‘girls’ colors, themes, and styles; and that sends a limited message about what they are supposed to like and who they are supposed to be.”

The same is true of other products, like toys and home decor. Kudos to Target for acting in children’s best interests.

References

  1. ^ eliminate “boys” and “girls” signs from its toys and bedding departments (www.washingtonpost.com)
  2. ^ second-largest discount retailer (en.wikipedia.org)
  3. ^ statement (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ as some allege (rebeccahains.com)
  6. ^ Fox and Friends (rebeccahains.com)
  7. ^ Boston Globe Magazine (www.bostonglobe.com)
  8. ^ one woman’s tweet (www.hlntv.com)
  9. ^ Target will stop separating toys and bedding into girls’ and boys’ sections (www.washingtonpost.com)
  10. ^ Let Toys Be Toys (www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk)
  11. ^ No Gender December (www.nogenderdecember.com)
  12. ^ Cinderella Ate My Daughter (www.amazon.com)
  13. ^ The Princess Problem (www.amazon.com)
  14. ^ marveled (www.facebook.com)
  15. ^ Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys From the Girls in America (www.amazon.com)
  16. ^ Maria Montessori (childdevelopmentinfo.com)
  17. ^ precedent (www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk)
  18. ^ Let Clothes Be Clothes (www.facebook.com)
  19. ^ Princess Awesome (www.princess-awesome.com)
  20. ^ Suit Her (www.kickstarter.com)
  21. ^ #ClothesWithoutLimits (www.clotheswithoutlimits.com)

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Target going gender neutral in some sections – Fox News

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Target stores are undergoing a sex change of sorts.

The retail giant announced last week its stores would begin phasing out some gender-specific product categories and switch to gender-neutral displays and colors after guests complained, or, as a company statement said, “raised important questions.”

“Right now, our teams are working across the store to identify areas where we can phase out gender-based signage to help strike a better balance,” the statement, posted to Target’s website, said. “For example, in the kids’ Bedding area, signs will no longer feature suggestions for boys or girls, just kids. In the Toys aisles, we’ll also remove reference to gender, including the use of pink, blue, yellow or green paper on the back walls of our shelves. You’ll see these changes start to happen over the next few months.”

“Barbies are still going to be with Barbies and Legos will still be with Legos. We just didn’t feel like having a sign that said ‘boys bedding’ was necessary”

- Molly Snyder, Target spokesperson

The push to stop segregating shelf space for action figures and princess dolls rose to a national level in June after Ohio mother Abi Bechtel snapped a photo identifying an aisle’s contents as containing “Building Sets” and “Girls’ Building Sets.”

“Don’t do this, @Target,” Bechtel wrote above the photo.

That tweet went viral, getting more than 3,000 retweets and favorites each – and a reply from Target. “We’ve made sure to share this with the right teams for further review,” @AskTarget, the guest services Twitter arm of the company, replied to Bechtel a day after her original tweet.

Target’s statement last week alluded to customers such as Bechtel who had objected to its signage.

“But we never want guests or their families to feel frustrated or limited by the way things are presented,” Target’s statement said.

The change isn’t sitting well with all observers, however.

Franklin Graham, an evangelist who is the son of famed preacher Billy Graham, wrote on Facebook that “Target is way off-target on this one!”

“I think Target may be forgetting who had made their stores strong,” Graham wrote. “It’s not gender-neutral people out there – it’s working American families, fathers and mothers with boys and girls they love.”

Just two months ago, sex-specific signage seemed here to stay at Target.

“Recently we conducted a test where we removed any reference to gender in the toy aisles in a number of our stores,” a Target spokesperson told BuzzFeed on June 12. “In those stores, our guest research showed us that guests preferred having a variety of indicators that can help inform and guide their shopping trip.”

So, in the span of a couple months, what changed?

“Leading up to that moment there’s been a broader conversation about gender and signs and using gender indicators, especially as it relates to kids,” Target spokesperson Molly Snyder told Fox News. “Like all retail, the way people shop is continually changing, so when people look across our stores, we thought the two changes we’re making were the ones that make sense at this point in time.”

The changes will not affect all aspects of the store, Snyder said.

“Clearly – I would hope clearly – we’re still going to have a mens’, womens’, boys’ and girls’ clothing department,” she said. “Barbies are still going to be with Barbies and Legos will still be with Legos. We just didn’t feel like having a sign that said ‘boys bedding’ was necessary.”

And consumers can still “shop by gender” for “boys’ toys” and “girls’ toys” on Target.com, something which the company doesn’t expect to change.

“We really took a pause and looked at what made sense in our stores, where does it make sense online and where is it unnecessary,” Snyder said. “One of the top ways people shopped online is by searching by gender. We wanted to make sure our site and stores are easy to shop, and follow a logical path for people.”

References

  1. ^ @Target (twitter.com)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/cfh3cp5Nqa (t.co)
  3. ^ June 1, 2015 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ @Target (twitter.com)
  5. ^ #OffTarget (twitter.com)
  6. ^ August 11, 2015 (twitter.com)

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New toy shop specializes in special needs – WMC Action News 5

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The Sensory Shop expands to a new, larger location on Caraway Road.

The toy store has items for all children, but they are also the largest retailer for special needs products. 

“We have a focus on childhood development and carry lots of toys that are imaginative and creative and focus on meeting milestones and helping children grow and learn,” owner Cassidy Todd said. 

The sensory shop opened in a small location last year in relation with the Arkansas Autistic Association. 

The store not only sells toys for all kids but they also host birthday parties, special events and encourage kids to play in the store. 

The store held a grand opening Monday.

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References

  1. ^ KAIT (www.kait8.com)
  2. ^ iPhone (itunes.apple.com)
  3. ^ Android (market.android.com)

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Vt. motorcyclists collect toys for sick kids – WCAX

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For the past 20 years, Edward James of Lyndonville has journeyed down to Berlin for a unique ride on his motorcycle.

“A friend of mine told me about the ride when I first started riding. And I thought sounded like fun, so we tried it,” James said. “We’ve done it ever since.”

Saturday, James joined hundreds of motorcyclists for the annual Toy Run put on by the United Motorcyclists of Vermont. He and other bikers carried some unusual cargo on the road.

“I brought several toys. I brought some small games and some playing cards. You know, something that the kids can play with on a bed and not be losing parts everywhere.” James said.

Bikers bring toys of all shapes and sizes to donate to Shriners’ hospitals across the region.

“They put this all together, and they do it as a labor of love just for the kids in Shrine hospitals for burned and crippled children, and you ought to see their faces light up when they see all the toys, and the monetary donations help so much too,” said Dex Rowe of Mount Sinai Shriners.

Motorcyclists come from across the state, but they first all meet in Berlin where they go on their drive to the Statehouse. More than 500 bikers came out for this year’s event, each with their different toys in tow.

“Weather is always a big contributor. A nice day we get… we’ve had anywhere from 500 bikes to a little over 1,000 on some given years,” said Mike Burt of United Motorcyclists of Vermont.

Once the bikers arrived in Montpelier, the Statehouse steps were filled with toys. The Montpelier-based group, Mount Sinai Shriners, delivered them to kids Saturday.

“Just a wonderful opportunity for people to help kids who’ve had a bad turn in life. Either they’ve had reconstructive burn surgery, or they have orthopedic problems, either way they haven’t got it very well right now,” Rowe said.

And for bikers like James, it’s a ride they don’t want to miss.

“It’s usually a great ride. We do it rain or shine, and we understand that these kids need help, and they’re in hospitals. So it is a great thing, and we really enjoy it,” James said.

Organizers say thousands of toys have been donated over the years.

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