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"Hot Wheels World's Best Driver" by Mattel and Firebrand Games

"Hot Wheels World's Best Driver" by Mattel and Firebrand Games

Warner Bros. Interactive, Ages 10 and older, $29.99"Hot Wheels World's Best Driver" by Mattel and Firebrand Games

October 03, 2013 12:00 am
Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Oct. 3, 2013

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Oct. 3, 2013

Our monthly round-up of new children's media.

October 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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60-SOMETHING: Battle of the Dolls: The Case Against Barbie

60-SOMETHING: Battle of the Dolls: The Case Against Barbie

Grandparent problem of the day: Who's a better role model for little girls? Barbie or the Disney Princesses?

August 26, 2013 4:08 pm Related
Parents struggle to find gender-neutral toys

Parents struggle to find gender-neutral toys

Parents who hope to expose their children to different kinds of play, like science sets for girls and dolls for boys, for example, can find themselves stymied by a toy industry that can seem stuck in the past when it comes to gender roles.

December 27, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Tot tablets, retro brands are Toys R Us 'hot toys'

Tot tablets, retro brands are Toys R Us 'hot toys'

It's still technically summer, but for some it's not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays.

September 23, 2012 12:00 am
Christmas memories come from the heart and also from under the tree

Christmas memories come from the heart and also from under the tree

When I was asked to share a few favorite family memories from Christmas celebrations of the past, it was tough to narrow down which stories to share.

December 14, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Look who's talking

Look who's talking

Terri Crane repairs and sells vintage Mattel "talker" dolls from the 1960s. She is particularly fond of "Mrs. Beasley" dolls -- she had one, growing up in South Holland -- made famous by TV's "Family Affair" series. A gently used, restored original can fetch $150 while an all-original Mrs. B…

October 23, 2010 12:00 am
Look who's talking

Look who's talking

Some Mattel pull-string "talkers" from Terri Crane's collection bound for the Antique-Collectible Toy & Doll Show on Sunday in St. Charles, Ill. (Clockwise, from top) Captain Kangaroo; Bugs Bunny; Mrs. Beasley; Bozo the Clown; Patootie; Crackers the Parrot; and a pig-tailed Chatty Cathy (center).

October 23, 2010 12:00 am
Look who's talking

Look who's talking

Terri Crane shows the internal workings of a talking doll's voicebox. When the doll's string is pulled, vibrations drop the orange record player arm (with a tiny needle) onto the spinning white disk. The miniature LP then plays pre-recorded tracks.

October 23, 2010 12:00 am
DeMotte doll doctor restores voices to pull-string chatterboxes

DeMotte doll doctor restores voices to pull-string chatterboxes

Scratch a female boomer, find a girl loyal to her favorite doll, her childhood playmate and confidante. And DeMotte doll collector-restorer Terri Crane is happy to coordinate reunions between buyers and long-lost dolls.

October 23, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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