These 3-in-1 cardboard cubes from Green Lullaby serve for seating, storage, and ABC learning. Eco-conscious and classically cute, they’re a perfect choice for style-conscious parents and discerning kids alike. You can buy them from Abe’s Market for $45.00 (shipping is free).
LEGOs can be used to make just about anything! Angus MacLane, an animator at PIXAR, however, makes the awesomest pop-culture characters using a 3×3 scale and super-deformed (big head, small body) proportions. You can see his 100+ figures on Flickr, or read a behind-the-scenes interview here. (via The Coolist)
Kidrobot Rollin’ Stock Mini Figures Blind Box ($9.95 each)
Designed by DJ Kid Acne, this is one of those rare blind box assortments where you can’t go wrong – each graffiti-inspired vinyl figure is worth owning! And you pretty much have to get at least two.. how else will the animals-on-wheels party commence?
4GB FriendsWithYou Mimobot USB Flash Drives ($35.00 each)
Not only are these Friends With You USB thumb drives replicas of Buddy Chub Rainbow and Mr. Phantom X, but they also come preloaded with character-related entertainment content.
Handcarved wood toys remind me of a time when kids weren’t chewing on lead-painted plastic. These whimsical animals in derby cars (which, btw, represent what the animal likes) are not throw-away-after-a-month trinkets. The toys are made from Chinese Linden wood and will perfectly suit mature kids (or adults!) that can appreciate quality.. and won’t destroy them in a self-directed six car pileup.
Standing at 12 inches, this soft vinyl 3 age Iron Man is menacingly cute and shiny (I assume also squishy & huggable for those so inclined). Unfortunately this little guy is impossible to find in the US and sells for 3,990¥ or about $40 on blister.jp
Scratching posts are unsightly – which is why this curvy scratcher, with it’s unconventional looks, is perfect for the living room (we keep ours under a side table). This scratcher has become a play-thing, scratching-thing, and a laying-around at all hours of the day thing. And that’s really the only problem – since the kitties tear up every part of the scratching surface (not just the sisal), we’re on our second one after about a year of use. But hey, the curvy scratcher is cheap enough.. and being guaranteed that the cats will like it always makes it worth it!