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Sep 08–Sep 14, 2017
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Sep 28–Oct 06, 2017
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Russian Car Enthusiasts Create Very Large Fidget Spinner
The spinning part was a little off though.
June 23, 2017
Germany Plans to Crush 35 Tons of Fidget Spinners
To keep kids safe.
June 16, 2017
Quit Worrying, Fidget Toys Have Been Around Forever
A spin through anxiety gadgets, from worry beads to Baoding balls.
June 05, 2017
Meet the First Lego Professor of Play
This Cambridge dream job is serious academic business.
May 31, 2017
India's 'Land of Toys' Has an Uncertain Future
Channapatna's wooden creations are on the brink of fading out in the next couple of decades.
May 24, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri
Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis
A big museum full of little worlds.
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The Troll Hole
A record-size collection of wild-haired troll dolls tells the story of the mythical creature's roots in Scandinavian folklore.
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Le Museé du Jouet (Toy Museum)
A huge old mansion full of thousands of toys, each there to be used and played with.
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National Farm Toy Museum
The farm toy capital of the world hosts a museum filled with toy tractors dating back to the late 1800s.
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Paddington Bear Statue
After nearly 60 years, there's still a bear at Paddington Station looking for help.
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Rediscovering the Wonderful World of Weepuls
These 1980s promotional fuzzballs refuse to die.
January 13, 2017
The Story Behind Gay Bob, the World's First Out-And-Proud Doll
He debuted in the '70s, to both acclaim and outrage.
January 10, 2017
Tin Toy Museum Kitahara Collection
More tin toys than you can shake a clapping monkey at.
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Predicting the Hottest Toys of the Year is Not All Fun and Games
There's a science to plaything prognostication.
November 16, 2016
Leslieville's Crazy Doll House
This Toronto garden collects stares and tchotchkes in equal measure.
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How G.I. Joe Inspired a Movement to Ban War Toys
Sometimes a toy isn't just a toy.
November 07, 2016
Los Angeles, California
Garden of Oz
Hidden in the hills of Hollywood, this secluded Oz-themed garden is dotted with dozens of thrones.
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Wild Bill's Nostalgia Store
A reliquary of pop culture marvels, including the world's largest (and most terrifying) Jack-in-the-Box.
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