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Rejoice: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Are Now Badass Action Figures

The Weekend Update anchors come out from behind their news desk and into the world of collectible figurines.

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Say the word “action figure” and you’ll probably think of a beloved childhood toy or a traumatizing Michael Bay movie. But now, toy company Bif Bang Pow! has decided to give new meaning to the term and designed their own Tina Fey and Amy Poehler action figures. Soon, adults and children everywhere will be able to achieve their life dreams and pretend that the famous comedy duo are their friends in real life.

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3D-Printed Dolls Embrace Diversity With Hearing Aids and Birthmarks

British toymaker Makies gives kids a way to play with toys that reflect a more inclusive reality.

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Childhood toys straddle a strange line between “encouraging fantasy” and “reflecting reality.” Ideally, a toy—especially an action figure or doll—should both inspire unbounded flights of imagination, while still being realistic and recognizable enough that a child playing with it can form some sort of attachment to the toy. That can be a tough needle to thread, and more often than not, toymakers count on the former trumping the latter, opting not to produce toys that accurately depict the full spectrum of shapes, colors, and physical features that kids likely see every day in their friends, family, and community.

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The First-Ever Design Week Dedicated to Children Begins Today in Milan

Kids will be the number-one priority at this design convention.

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The French philosopher Roland Barthes, in his famous book of essays, Mythologies, once grumpily criticized the world of children’s toys, lambasting them as unimaginative and banal reproductions of the adult world. “Faced with this world of faithful and complicated objects, the child can only identify himself as owner, as user, never as creator,” wrote Barthes. “He does not invent the world, he uses it: there are, prepared for him, actions without adventure, without wonder, without joy.”

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What Parents Everywhere Can Learn From This Trailblazing Toy Maker

Zandraa Tumen-Ulzii spreads the gospel of the puzzle.

On a side street in the less-than-touristy eastern section of downtown Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, tucked behind a tent-shaped building half-gutted by fire, you might just manage to find a four-story pink building. Notched with knobby, knot-shaped decorations, it’s distinctive for the neighborhood, but invisible from the nearby main thoroughfare, Peace Avenue. Yet inside this hidden low-rise is one of the world’s most whimsical, engaging, and underappreciated cultural galleries, the misleadingly named International Intellectual Museum.

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“Girls Play T-Ball, Too,” Says President Obama

The President declared war on gender stereotypes as he sorted toys for Christmas presents.

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President Obama seems to be on a bit of a female empowerment mission this month. Between his photo op with a group of Girl Scouts at the White House Science Fair during which he happily donned a tiara (down with gender roles amirite?) and his much discussed year-end press conference during which he only called on female journalists, the President is making a public stand for women.

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Turning Packaging From Trash to Toys

Matadog Design, a Greek design firm, have created innovative food packaging that converts boxes into collectible toys.

How can food packaging have a useful life after you've eaten whatever's inside? One solution, from a Greek design company, is to create a box that can easily be converted into a toy that kids want to keep.

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