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Welcome to Toy Land

World’s Weirdest Toys

Some toys are huge hits, while others are big flops. And some of our favorite toys are just plain strange. What are some of the weirdest, wackiest, and even occasionally dangerous toys we’ve ever played with?


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            What are some of the reasons certain toys turn out to be disasters when they hit the market?

            Skip the Ads

            Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.


            60-90 minutes


            What’s in a Cube?

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            You’ve probably heard of a Rubik’s cube, that deceptively tricky little puzzle of colorful squares that wants to be scrambled and unscrambled and scrambled again. But how did a plastic cube become one of the world’s most popular toys?

            Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.


            Speedcubing 101

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            Now that you know all about the Rubik’s cube, check out the world of competitive “speedcubing.” In this documentary, meet four young people who are passionate about cubes.


            Curious About Curios?

            Take a tour of Pollock’s Toy Museum in London, a tiny museum of unique historical toys and other rare collectibles known as "curios," from a wind-up doll inside a cabbage (not to be confused with a modern Cabbage Patch Kid!) to an Egyptian toy mouse circa 2,000 BC.


            The Doll That Eats Children

            Okay, not quite. But once upon a time (in the 1990s), Mattel released a version of their famous Cabbage Patch Kids that could eat plastic snacks—and unfortunately, also consumed lots of other things that came near its mouth, including hair and small fingers. Yikes! That’s not on your birthday wish list.


            Meet the Toy Collector

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            Dave Nimitz has one of the world’s largest collections of toys by Hanna-Barbera, creators of cartoons like The Flinstones, Scooby Do, The Jetsons, and more. Take a tour of just a small portion of Dave’s huge collection.


            How Does a Toy Get Recalled?

            Sometimes, toys make it to store shelves before anyone realizes that they’re not particularly safe. What happens then? Find out how toys can get recalled in this article from How Stuff Works.



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            In this CGI animated short film, a Rubik’s cube really wants to be solved.


            30-60 minutes


            Toy Terrors

            Some of our favorite toys and games could be a little bit scary, if you think about it. What about games like Operation and Mouse Trap? (That one is especially scary if you’re a mouse!) Or troll dolls—are they lovable creatures or creepy cave-dwellers? Today, you’re the toy designer. Grab paper, markers, and your imagination, and dream up a toy that is both fun and quirky, kooky, or just plain creepy.


            15-30 minutes


            Indoor Obstacle Course

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            Toys like frisbees, blocks, balls, and even dolls can be part of an at-home obstacle course. Set it up on your own or ask a grown-up for help, then time yourself (or not!) as you race through the challenges. This video has some clever ideas, but get creative—you can use whatever you’ve got.

            Don't Forget: Be a helpful human and clean up when you're done.