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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
Posted: December 31st, 2013

little people garageWhen my husband and I were toy shopping for granddaughter Mia, we discovered a lot of new stuff, but some of the old favorite toys never go out of style.

The Little People garage at left — my kids had one like that, and they had the house, and my nephews had similar models decades ago. My kids loved Little People — my daughter flushed a bunch of them down the toilet. They were going for a swim, I guess.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also making a comeback  – thanks to the movie that will come out in August 2014. Lots of Lego building with the TMNT. I cannot get that song out of my head now.

Robots of all kinds remind me of  the old Marx Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots that my brother had. Robots of some type are perennial favorites on top toy lists every year. Add in magnets, singalong mikes, blocks and a lot of toys we baby boomers recognize. Some never go out of style. And neither do Mickey or Minnie Mouse.

One of the most interesting things I found recently was news from the International Toy Fair that says LEGO figures will outnumber humans by 2019. This is one of those stats that is both understandable and, well, a little scary. Here’s the link to the story that says a Virginia grad student traced the first Legos to 1978 and anticipates that Lego people will top 8 billion in 2019.

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If you have a budding scientist in your family — and you were fascinated in science classes with a microscope like I was — you’ll love this Madame Curie toy microscope. It  includes everyday experiments that take a look at onion skin, salt and sugar crystals. It retails for under $40.

The microscope is a little too advanced for Mia, but we already got her Legos — Jake the Pirate from the Disney channel Legos. We often have more fun with this stuff than the kids do.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: September 22nd, 2013

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But who is counting? I love Halloween. There were a few Halloweens when the kids were young that we carved up some pretty awesome pumpkins. When I saw these at left — Cowabunga, dude! It’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — I had to post them. Looks easy and it’s all from Halloween Cottage on Facebook. They used glow sticks instead of candles. Now that’s clever.

Turtles take me back. We watched the TV show, the movies, had Turtle Halloween costumes, a tent and pajamas. We still have a few Christmas ornaments that survived.

The picture of the glass block is also from Halloween Cottage. Again, it looks easy, and glass blocks are available with the holes already drilled in them at some craft stores. So insert some lights, add your decorations, and voila — you have a classy jack o’ lantern look without getting pumpkin goop on you.

I’m sure there is way more stuff on Pinterest, but my skill level in crafty things does not go much beyond the Cowabunga 2-step.

Enjoy the season. It’s cool enough today to bring out the fall fashions for dress, home and garden. I’m all into it after pickleball — still playing outdoors — fresh air and fabulous friends.

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Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: November 15th, 2012

Jennie Geisler’s column on hot toys for the season is a must-read in today’s Erie Times-News.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were part of everyday life at our home. All three of my 20-something kids had the figures, pajamas, tent, Halloween costumes and more. We were avid viewers of the TV show too.

LeonardoMichelangeloDonatello and Raphael were named for Renaissance painters. They loved pizza and their fearless leader Splinter, a rat — this does take place in a sewer, after all. Michelangelo made expressions like “Cowabunga” and “dude” part of every conversation. My oldest flushed all four of the shelled friends down the toilet to send them home one time. Dude, the plumber saved them.

Many of the 20-somethings and moms and dads will also remember the dreaded Furby. My sister gave my daughter, Kelly, a Furby when she was a tween. The critter was promptly buried in the closet and made enough noise to scare us all. Kelly removed the battery and said it was the only time that beast spoke English telling her that she was killing it. I swear it is still hidden in a box somewhere.

The $10 Rubik’s cube never goes out of style. You can even buy replacement parts from 1980 creator Hasbro. I never mastered this, and neither did my kids. But it’s a puzzle lovers 3-D dream.

Other items Jennie listed were favorites — some more mine than any of the kids. The Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends toys and books were great entertainment. Several versions exist, but the PBS Shining Time Station episodes with narrator George Carlin as the conductor were my favorites. And Ringo Starr, also made an appearance.

I’m always happy to see Legos on the list of popular toys. These aren’t just toys — they teach engineering skills, and I know we still have Legos — and permanent indentations in our feet from stepping on them.

Everyone at our house is too old to play with any of this stuff, but I may pull these retro relics out just for fun for the holidays. How about you?

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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