A toy is something to play with, for children, adults or both. They may either be the sole device used in an enjoyable activity or one of many. A number of toys are associated with particular decades.
Many successful films, television programs, books and sport teams have official merchandise, quite often toys will be made and sold. The most notable examples are Star Wars and Manchester United. The haulage company owned by Eddie Stobart produced model lorries, which now subsidise the business.
Toys sold primarily as entertainment for adults are termed executive toys as some were originally marketed as a way to reduce executive stress. The term also avoids 'adult toy' which has connotations of sex toys used to enhance sexual excitement.
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PIRG Toy Safety
Focuses on toy safety and has a complete list dangerous toys, plus shopping tips for consumers.
W.A.T.C.H. World Against Toys Causing Harm
Non-profit organization that lists toy hazards and a "10 worst toys" list.
Virginia Cooperative Extension: Tips on Toys
Choosing safe toys, organized by age of the child.
Comprehensive site with consumer reviews, tips, and advice on both toys and games. Search by type, character, price or brand name.
Reviews of toys and games by consumers.
Game and Toy Reviews
What's a Kid 2 Do? and, What's a Teen 2 Do? provide computer children's software, toy, games, and sports reviews for consumers. Site focuses on products that are currently popular and in demand.
The National Parenting Center
Independent parent testers review, test, and give seals of approval to toys, games, books, software, educational products.
Consumer Reports for Kids Online
Zillions (Consumer Reports for Kids) includes advice, ratings of toys and other things kids buy, and fun features like Fad Alert. Accepts no advertising from companies.
Sesame Street Parents presents age-customized reviews of kids' toys, books, software, games.
Toy of the Year Awards, voted upon by the general public and the toy industry. Data is available seasonally, generally around Christmas.
CPSC Toy Safety Publications
Publications from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
What's a Kid 2 Do: Toys
Reviews of popular children's toys with specifications and price range.
How Stuff Works: How Magna Doodle Works
Photographic tour of the Magna Doodle, shows how the liquid dispersion medium is used in a toy that allows children to draw and re-draw pictures and words without wasting paper or creating chalk dust.
Reviews and guide to the best children's "edutainment" toys, videos, software, music, and video games.
Toy Hazard Recalls
Toy recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission back to 1975.
HowStuffWorks: How Water Blasters Work
Animated article shows inner workings of water pump guns capable of shooting 50 feet.
IGN Sci-Fi focuses on science fiction toys, particularly action figures, with reviews and notices of what is new and on the market.
How Stuff Works: Dancing Monster Novelty
In-depth description with many inside-view photos of a popular seasonal motorized novelty item.
Offers specifications and information on many sporting goods and toys geared towards young children and teens.
Toy Safety Survey
Annual survey and video demonstrations of unsafe toys. Tips for choosing safe toys.
ConsumerGuide Best Buys: Toys
Staff reviewers analyze products and recommend the best.
The Toy Guy
Toy reviews, game reviews, resources for parents and kids.
Canadian Toy Testing Council
Non-profit, charitable organization that offers evaluations of toys tested by children in everyday settings, to assess design, function, durability and play value.
Provided by the Institute for Childhood Resources, this comprehensive site has tips, articles, evaluations, company links, toy history, "100 best toys", web links.
Fun Play, Safe Play
Covers importance of play, safety tips, and toy suggestions.
Top Selling Toys
Month by month list, and archives of previous years, of top selling toys, compiled by the American Toy Institute.
Classic toys that are still on the market, along with their first year of introduction and their current manufacturer. Compiled by the American Toy Institute.