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Subbuteo back with added plastics

Subbuteowill relaunch in March 2012, bringing the classic table football game to a newgeneration of children, according to an article in the Grocer. Oneof the great improvements in the new game, which features Premiership team tie-upswith Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, is that the little figures are now made offlexible plastic so that they will […]

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Plasticine – another perfect petrochemical toy

Plasticine, the multi-coloured putty-like modelling clay beloved of children and animators. Why has it never occurred to the Blog that this is another perfect petrochemical toy?   What is it made from? Calcium salts, petroleum jelly and aliphatic acids, according to Online Schools, and the trademark is owned by Flair Leisure Products, based in Cheam, […]

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Lego Looters

Knowing the Blog’s well-founded love of Lego, one reader has sent a link to this spoof website with a new playset: City Looters.   The little ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) bricks have been formed into four tableaux of city rioting and looting – not that the Blog condones any of this for one minute!   […]

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Daleks and “iPads for Kids”

Giant daleks and iPads for kids are set to be this year’s must-have Xmas toys, according to this FT article on retailers’ predictions. These winners are jam-packed with plastics of various types, as parents and children opt for both techie and traditional toys. When money is tight, parents and grandparents plump for gifts with a […]

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Cat with Lego

It often seems that the prime purpose of the internet is to circulate cute pictures of cats, and the Blog is pleased to join the mainstream with this delightful cat-with-petrochemicals combo. We chanced upon this artistic website which specializes in photos of the creative uses of Lego (made from acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) via a tweet from “Replicator,” […]

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Play-Doh car sculpture in London

This Play-Doh sculpture of the new Chevrolet Orlando, parked in central London, caught my eye in last night’s Evening Standard. The bright blue car is the world’s biggest Play-Doh model and is built as a PR stunt to grab the attention of family folk who might be in the market for a family-friendly car. It […]

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Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars

The second sequel Lego Star Wars computer game is due to hit the shops in February 2011, the Blog reads in the weekend papers.   Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars is a traditional fantasy game starring the characters from Star Wars with an adorable Lego makeover.   Lego, made of bright shiny ABS […]

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London 2012 Olympics feature plastics galore

The London 2012 Olympics will create a plastics bonanza, featuring miles of plastics piping, kerbing and stadium seating, according to a press release on 6 July from the British Plastics Federation (BPF). More appealingly, Hornby PLC, the models and collectibles group, has also secured a licence to provide official London 2012 merchandise across its Corgi, […]

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Lego Star Wars Imperial Shuttle

The Lego Star Wars Imperial Shuttle is coming out this September, and I can’t believe that the new Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story 3 is set to be this year’s must-have toy when this new 2,504-piece fantasy in ABS will be in the shops for a mere $260.   I’m impressed that the Imperial Shuttle […]

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Happy Birthday Legoland

The original Legoland in Denmark celebrated its 42nd anniversary yesterday, according to this article on wired.com, spotted by regular my fellow blogger and regular Wired reader Paul Hodges.   Despite the thrills and spills of the themepark rides at this and other Legolands around the world, it seems that it is still the panoramas of […]

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