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It’s a Small World After All- Miniature Toy Figures Posed in the Real World

Saturday 09.07.2013 , Posted by

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Husband and wife duo Kurt and Edwidge Moses photograph miniature figurines in a the real world in this clever series called Un Petit Monde (French for “A Small World”). It started in Kurt’s childhood as a creative fascination with the tiny characters that came with his train sets. He says “I dreamed up scenarios out in my backyard. As an adult, my inspiration comes from current and past experiences, how I see the world and my sense of humor.” His wife Edwidge is responsible for thinking of the scenes, researching locations and creating the props and Kurt gets down and dirty with his camera to capture the perfect shot. Blurring the real life backgrounds and focusing in on the little people, they have created a photo series that is as fun as it is realistic looking. [Read more...]

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Twisted High Speed Photography: Tools & Toys Spinning In Colorful Paint

Thursday 08.01.2013 , Posted by

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Using a custom-built machine called the Spinster that he created, photographer Peter Schafrick creates epic images of centrifugal force at its finest. By placing toys and tools on the Spinster and squirting paint on them with turkey basters, he creates swirly, colorful fun that he captures at just the right moment with a high speed camera. From doll heads to wrenches, Schafrick and his equipment add a new level of excitement to normally mundane objects. [Read more...]

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Play With Your Kid While You Nap

Thursday 06.27.2013 , Posted by

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Kids are amazing little creatures. In their own little worlds of imagination, they can be entertained for hours, playing with cars or dolls. No matter how much coffee adults drink, as a babysitter or parent, playtime can be very tiring, but rather than toss your kid in front of a TV while you nap, you can become part of the child’s play with these awesome new T-shirts. The Play Mat T-shirts by Bky Kid on Etsy allows you to engage in playtime with your kids, while enjoying a nap. Your back becomes a railroad or car track for your kids to zoom cars along as you catch some Zzz’s. [Read more...]

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Toy Stories: Children’s Favorite Toys Around the World

Wednesday 03.13.2013 , Posted by

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If there’s one unifying thing about children around the world it’s this: they love to play. Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s latest project “Toy Stories,” captures this aspect of our young people’s lives through their prized possessions, artfully arranged around them in the places where they live. It’s an intimate and revealing look at the worlds diverse cultures as experienced by kids. [Read more...]

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Real Underwater Humor- Without Photoshop

Thursday 03.07.2013 , Posted by

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What does Seaweed say when it’s stuck at the bottom of the sea? “Kelp! Kelp!” If you’ve ever eaten Laffy Taffy, then you know there are lots of silly sea jokes, but what’s not funny is the damage that humans are causing to our most mysterious ecosystem. Underwater photographer Jason Isley sees this first hand, so he decided to bring some toys along with him to capture it firsthand. He creates comical scenes, like a sea slug getting a speeding ticket, along with some showcasing more serious environmental concerns, like ghost nets, litter, and fish bombing. Although he does occasionally brighten some images with Photoshop, the miniature scenes are actually set up underwater. Isley is the co-founder of ScubaZoo, a Malaysian underwater filming and photography company. [Read more...]

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Vintage Toys Illustrated: Strange Figures Come Alive

Thursday 02.21.2013 , Posted by

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When you think about how many millions of Happy Meals have been sold since their beginning in 1979, there are a lot of worthless little plastic figurines out there- not to mention the ones that people have bought their children from toy stores and dollar stores. But why should these colored plastic characters be forgotten? Enter KARATOYS- the Tumblr that resurrects old toys and brings them to life by illustrating them into new poses. From Ronald McDonald appearing to be resurrected with a bird costume to an angry donut in army gear, the gallery will not fail to amuse you. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #357 > Keeping Life Playful: Children & Toys

Friday 01.11.2013 , Posted by

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Lord Of the Rings Action Figures- Long Before Jackson

Saturday 01.05.2013 , Posted by

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Way before Peter Jackson brought the characters from Lord of The Rings to life on the big screen, Ralph Bakshi directed an animated version of the beloved novel by J.R. Tolkein, which was the longest feature-length animated film at the time in 1978. To accompany the film, the Knickerbocker toy company made an awesome line of action figures of the key players, including Gandalf, Frodo, Gollom, and Aragorn. In their original packaging some of the sets can go for up to £10.000 which is equivalent to $16,253! But what little kid could possibly have resisted opening these fun-packed figurines when they came out in 1979? [Read more...]

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Lego Birds in Real Life

Tuesday 11.27.2012 , Posted by

Among other things, Tom Poulsom is Lego crazy. Those other things? Those would be cars and birds. He’s combining his three passions lately to create some really incredible Lego based cars and now has expanded into making collections of birds which – when placed in the non-building block world outside – look surprisingly real. [Read more...]

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Amazing New Toy Promotes Future Female Engineers

Monday 11.19.2012 , Posted by

When you ask a little girl what she wants to be when she grows up, the most common answer will be a princess. While more females than males are attending college in the US, the field of engineering is still largely dominated by males (89%). Seeing this disparity in her classes, Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made it her mission to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. She attributes much of this gap to the gender roles perpetuated through children’s toys. The girls’ aisle is filled with dolls and dress up clothes to train future housewives while boys’ are developing spatial skills through toys like K’nex, Legos, and Tinker Toys. While those companies have made pink versions of their toys, they fail to interest little girls because they lack reading, which, studies have shown, is preferred by little girls. Little girls need to develop spatial reasoning too so that they have all of the same opportunities as boys to shape our world in the future. This is why Sterling created Goldie Blox! [Read more...]

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