U.S. consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

Nov 20, 2014

U.S. consumer group lists '10 worst toys' for kids

A bow that shoots illuminated arrows its manufacturer says can fly up to 145 feet (44 meters) and the Catapencil — a pencil with a miniature slingshot-style launcher on its end — are on an annual list of unsafe toys released Wednesday by a ...

Toymakers set their sights on winning over grown-ups

Nov 11, 2014

Toymakers set their sights on winning over grown-ups

Toy makers are increasingly focusing on developing a wide range of toys for grown-ups, including goods to get parties off to an exciting start and items related to anime that adults enjoyed when they were kids. With these toys, companies hope to secure a ...

Kendama: a whole new ball game

Nov 8, 2014

Kendama: a whole new ball game

by Masami Ito

Almost every child that has grown up in Japan has seen a kendama, a wooden traditional Japanese toy consisting of a ken (sword) and tama (ball) connected by a length of string. The ken has three cups and a spike that fits into a ...

Kendama: spin doctors

Nov 8, 2014

Kendama: spin doctors

by Masami Ito

On the streets of Tokyo, Zoomadanke’s “Kodaman” (Takeshi Kodama) and “Easy” (Hiroki Iijima) look like any other young men in their 20s or 30s. The second they start playing kendama, however, the pair will put on a performance that completely redefines the traditional wooden ...

Google's Glass takes fans nearer to action

Jul 1, 2014

Google's Glass takes fans nearer to action

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. Google Glass is slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters try to bring fans closer to the action. The American football team Philadelphia Eagles ...

G.I. Joe, the world's first action figure, turns 50

Feb 10, 2014

G.I. Joe, the world's first action figure, turns 50

G.I. Joe is turning 50. The birthday of the world’s first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before America plunged into the quagmire that became the Vietnam War. Since Hasbro brought it to ...