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Filed under 'toys'

October 8, 2008

The Muppet Newsflash: Whatnot Workshop Opens this Month

Wicked awesome — FAO Schwartz has created a Build-a-Bear-like experience for creating “Whatnot” Muppets (the random background artistes of the Muppet world). The at-home experience is particularly clever — you get a set of cards and vinyl clings, put together the Muppet you want, send it in, and they make and ship you your Muppet. Note to my family: Yes, this is what I want for my Christmas.

June 9, 2007


Cute and cuddly anthromorphisations of microscopic elements. We picked up a couple (stomach ache and athletes foot) at the Exploratorium today, and even gave a bed-bug to someone this evening as a housewarming gift!

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February 28, 2007

Welcome to Webkinz

The big craze with some friends’ kids — A kind-of cross between Beanie Babies, The Sims and Second Life. Buy a cheap cuddly toy, register with the site, and bring it to life in a virtual world where you can play with it, buy it treats with pretend-money you have to “earn” and interact with your friends. Think I’ll buy one for Joy.

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September 28, 2006



I worked the Penn State Career Fair this week for RhymesWithNose. As is traditional, around closing time, I went around the other companies and traded branded tchotchkes. Here's my haul.

The Math Works probably win the prize for coolest toy -- A branded Rubik's Cube -- but I'm also pretty proud of my collection of morally reprehensible pens from Halliburton, Philip Morris USA and the CIA.

And because I picked up some "Gloop" and "Funny" Putty, I'll have to check my bag on the trip home, so sadly, no toothpaste-based security hijinx tomorrow.

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June 5, 2006

ThinkGeek :: Cube World Digital Stick People

Interconnecting, intercommunicating tamagotchis. Very cool.

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November 14, 2005

Weebls Stuff - News - Better pictures of the toys

Weebl’s made plushy toys out of Magical Trevor, BadgerBadgerBadger and Weebl & Bob. Anyone who’s not sure what to get me for my Christmas… HINT!

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.