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Toys are becoming increasingly advanced, but this can be more of a hindrance than a perk. Pixabay

Robots, AI and drones: when did toys turn into rocket science?

At Christmas shopping, you may have noticed toys are becoming very complex. They fly, hop, jump and follow you around – some even need to be ‘connected’. But why are we seeing such technical advances?
The Furby craze was a big deal in the 1990s, just like Cabbage Patch Kids were in the 1980s and Hatchimals were this decade. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Not child’s play: The serious innovation behind toy making

Why do certain toys create a frenzy? Turning raw materials into something that sparks kids’ imagination is no small endeavour.
Sometimes the reaction doesn’t go as planned. Lily & Chloe Official/YouTube

The bizarre phenomenon of vacation surprise videos

With the surprise meticulously planned, all eyes – and lenses – turn to the kids. All they have to do is react as expected: overjoyed. So why don’t they?
Most Australian children have such a glut of toys that parents are opting to give them gift cards so they can choose for themselves. rawpixel/Unsplash

No presents, please: how gift cards initiate children into the world of ‘credit’

Many children receive gift cards or even ask for them so they can choose their own presents. But are youngsters ready to handle the wiles of advertisers and the complexities of ‘credit’ on a card?
With strong female leads such as Rey, Star Wars merchandise has tended to be sold in its own ‘destination’ section of stores rather than gendered toy aisles.

Beyond pink and blue: the quiet rise of gender-neutral toys

Ken dolls with a ‘man bun’. Female superhero action figures. At long last, the gendered distinctions of the pink and blue toy aisles are starting to break down.

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