Category Archives: Toys

Matryoshka Penguins

My wife and I were at the mall yesterday and I happened to find this awesome matryoshka (or babooshka) doll in Claire’s (wife was shopping for stuff for our daughter, I was wandering around). I knew I needed to have one as they only had a couple left. In case you aren’t familiar with matryoshka dolls, they’re wooden dolls (originating from Russia) with more dolls nested inside each one, the last one being a baby which does not open. You may have seen the Higglytown Heroes which resemble matryoshka dolls. Each of these penguins are painted with a different expression. You can see more pictures by clicking on the picture above.



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Plan Toys’ Wooden Penguin Recalled

This is ust a friendly neighborhood consumer warning for a penguin-related product that I happened upon this morning. Even though this toy is adorably cute, please take care and heed the warnings that the US CPSC is giving below.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Plan Toys, Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of about 3,000 wooden penguin toys, the hazard being that the head of the penguin toy can detach, exposing connectors with sharp points, presenting a laceration hazard to consumers. Plan Toys has received a single report of An incident; however, there were no associated injuries.

Wood Penguin Toy by Plan Toys

The wood penguin-shaped toy has a black head with rubber fins, a yellow nose and a white body with red on the base. The toy is round-shaped and creates a soft bell jingle when spun. The toy measures about 3 and ¾ inches in height and about 3 inches in diameter. “PLAN TOYS” and UPC number 084543521109 or EAN number 8854740052117 are printed on the outside of the packaging of the toy.

The toys were sold at specialty toy stores nationwide and on-line from May 2007 through February 2008 for between $15 and $20.

Consumers should immediately take the penguin toys away from children and return them to the store where purchased to receive a refund. Consumers also can contact Plan Toys to receive instructions on returning the penguin toys via mail for a refund.

For additional information, contact Plan Toys toll-free at (866) 517-7526 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at

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Penguin Bowling


The folks at Three Potato Four posted a sneak peak of a cute set of wooden bowling pins shaped like penguins. They will be available soon in their upcoming kids section. Look! They even have little berets! These are incredibly cute and most awesome.

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Penguin Collections

I’m not sure if some people who have seen my cubicle at work think I have a lot of penguins in there. I really don’t think so, at least their numbers haven’t grown to 4,000. Wow. That’s a lot of penguins alright. Now I do love a good penguin item but I won’t just buy any old thing with a penguin. Most of my collection sits on a small shelf above my monitor nowadays and I will mostly confine them to that shelf as I honestly cannot have them intruding on my work area. On that shelf, I have all (except for three) of my stuffed toys and some smaller items. I have a long armed, long legged one that hangs from the rear view mirror of Penguino and a Magellanic named Pengi that rides in my laptop backpack. At home, I have a penguin chalk board on my desk and a Piplup stuffed toy sitting under my monitor.

My shelf September 14, 2007.

Does anyone else have a bunch of penguins they have collected? Where do you put them?


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Penguin Pooper Candy Dispenser

And another one from the penguin pooh department:

He’s a little, wind-up penguin. When you wind him up and let him go, he waddles across the table, flapping his wings as he moves. And every few steps, he poops out a little piece of candy. Just add him to your Linux collection of Tux penguins.

This candy pooper makes quite a conversation piece on your desk, and what an entertaining way to dispense that mid-afternoon candy during a busy workday.

[via Penguinsland]

And I thought the poohing candy ended at that Easter Bunny dispenser that we saw last spring. Was I ever wrong, and how!


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Got my I-CY

I finally saw the bopping, dancing penguins at Target the other day and I just had to pick one up. So far he seems to enjoy our various and eclectic tastes in music though I’m worried it may develop a complex when it creates its mood music. Here are more pictures of I-CY in its plastic penguin glory. I’m sure I’ll have a video soon, possibly using a very particular penguin song. Actually…!  I’ve uploaded a video now. Check it out after the break.

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Penguin Speakers

At first glance, these penguin-shaped speakers are kind of creepy looking but that’s half of what grabbed my interest. Their eyes move and go crazy to the rhythm of the music. Pretty cool to me although I’m still holding out for I-CY.

Dimensions: 17cm tall by 7.5cm wide each
Power: 2 watts, 220 volts
Includes power button and volume control


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