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Where to Find Inspiration for Your Daughter’s Birthday Gifts

Why is buying gifts for the people we love (and know the best) so difficult? Perhaps it’s the pressure or maybe we’re worried about buying something that they won’t like? Finding the right present for your daughter is one of those times where we seem to lose focus of what they like and dislike and wonder how we’re going to find the right gift in time.

In reality, the perfect gift for your little one is easy to determine, once you know where to get your inspiration. Whether you need toys for 8 year old girls, or something cool and quirky for your tween, in this post we’ll explore where you can find inspiration for your daughter’s birthday gifts. Read on to find out more.  

Take a Look at Their Hobbies

You don’t have to look far to find the perfect gift when you consider the topics that they’re passionate about. Whether they’re into horses and visit a pony club at the weekends, or they’re an avid dancer, wannabe actress, bookworm or gamer ask yourself if there is something you can treat them with that will enhance their skills and make their hobbies much more interesting, such as singing lessons, a dance event or a short story writing class. Or maybe you could spoil them with new equipment or attire for their hobbies? A new bag, shoes or boots, sports equipment, or a new gaming platform? The possibilities are endless!

Take A Look At Their Personal Style

If your child is a little older and already making their own fashion choices and choosing what to wear by themselves, then it might be time to use this as inspiration for their next birthday gift. Maybe they’re into hair accessories and bags right now, or they’re into jewellery and want to get their ears pierced? Skating apparel, sports logos, or something bright and colourful – take a look at their personal wardrobe favourites and use it as gift inspiration!

Remember Their Dislikes!

While it’s important to recognise your child’s favourite hobbies, interests and the things that they love, it’s just as important to focus on their dislikes! Maybe they hate a specific colour or material or perhaps they’re not particularly interested in technology, or they prefer graphic novels over traditional printed books. This information can help you steer clear of any gifts that won’t be well received and save you from making some expensive mistakes!

Do They Need Something?

A gift doesn’t have to be something novel or something they’ll find interesting for a short period. It could be something that they actually need! Ask yourself if they have enough dolls and soft toys and maybe something different might be better. Perhaps they’re having sleepovers with friends and they need a new sleeping bag, or maybe they’re heading up to secondary school and a laptop or tablet would help them with their school work?

Final Thoughts…

You’ll find the inspiration you need for gifts everywhere – if you know where to look! Consider these points above to get it right for your daughter. 

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Tenacious Toys Releases Best Day Ever

Tenacious Toys is thrilled to continue their support of independent creators and manufacturers with a pair of exclusive releases at the end of this week.

This first drop is “Best Day Ever,”  a large scale 10-inch-tall vinyl art toy designed and self-produced by artist Ezra Brown. Best Day Ever depicts Ezra’s character Happy the Clown as he’s walking down the street… about to step on a nail.

Best Day Ever is limited to just 100 pieces as a co-exclusive between Tenacious Toys and Ezra Brown. Packaged in a fun, retro style art box, Best Day Ever will debut on the Tenacious homepage on Thursday August 12th at noon EST for $160 each, which includes free US shipping and a free Tenacious Toys enamel pin.

About Best Day Ever

Brown came up with the Happy character right before the pandemic. At first he was just going to be an ordinary character… nothing special. But as time went on and we entered into a global pandemic, he took on a totally different role. Happy came to symbolize what we all wanted in a time of despair. People wanted to make sense of what was going on around them, and Brown felt that this character could have a much deeper meaning. So that’s how he evolved from just an ordinary character to a whole mood.

He’ll be in everyday situations that any of us could go through, but sometimes we just don’t know how to make sense of them. Happiness is our emotions translated into cartoon form. That’s how Brown came up with the idea for the vinyl toy. Happy is their first vinyl art toy and they felt really good about the whole thing so that’s why I decided to name it Best Day Ever. Yeah he’s happy-go-lucky, whistling, etc, but if you notice he’s about to step on a nail. So “Best Day Ever” is also Brown’s sarcastic play on words… like when you’re having a bad day and you say “Best day ever!”

About Ezra Brown

Ezra Brown’s art is a mixture of pop surrealism and vintage-style lowbrow. He’s a painter, illustrator and dabbles in wood cuts as well. And he is now a toy designer and manufacturer!

About Tenacious Toys

Tenacious Toys has been buying, selling & producing art toys in vinyl, resin, PVC and plush since 2004. The primary mission of Tenacious is to lift up and empower new creators by offering them a retail platform to showcase, promote and sell their artwork in the 3D collectibles space. The Tenacious website is an ever-changing and vibrant selection of limited-edition collectibles that is unmatched anywhere else.

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Kidrobot Releases Bucket of Fried Chicken Plush Set

Kidrobot invites you to get ready for some real comfort food in the form of the new Yummy World Bertha Bucket of Fried Chicken interactive plush pack, featuring the Bucket Brothers and the Saucy Sisters!

The talented Big Bertha is 10 inches of plush packed to the brim with soul and Yummy World Fried Chicken goodness. Pop the top for the 8-piece breaded fried chicken band, The Bucket Brothers, and the sultry stylings of The Saucy Sisters – Betty BBQ, Harriet Honey Mustard, and Frida Fire Sauce. Feathered friends rejoice and recommend the artery-friendly Yummy World Fried Chicken plush!

Retails for $49.99 and shipping now. Available online at Kidrobot and in select retail stores.

The Bertha Bucket of Fried Chicken Interactive Plush is just the latest addition to the universe of Yummy World – check out the full Yummy World plush collection here!

About Yummy World

Yummy World is the softer side of the iconic Kidrobot brand, featuring a selection of deliciously unique and trendy Yummy World plush toys, soft plush food pillows, collectible vinyl keychains, food plushies and more. Yummy World is loved by everyone from celebrities to fashionistas to kids and parents. Jump into Yummy World and start collecting today!

About Kidrobot

Founded in 2002, Kidrobot is acknowledged worldwide as the premier creator and dealer of limited-edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. An innovative  cross between sculpture and conceptual art Kidrobot offers not only a powerful medium for today’s international designers, illustrators and artists, but also the creative canvas for emerging street trends and pop art. Our products can be found online at Kidrobot.com and in select retailers worldwide.

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Looking to Try Something New in the Bedroom? Tips to Help

Sometimes we all need a helping hand when it comes to our relationships, and this is often in terms of the physical side of things. As time goes on, the spark can out of the physical relationship between couples, and this can be for many different reasons. The good news is that you can get it back – in fact, you can make it even more exciting than it was before by trying new things in the bedroom. This is a great way to add some spice and enjoy the thrills of new experiences.

There are lots of different ways in which you can spice things up and try something new in the bedroom, so it is well worth considering these if you want to take things up a notch or two! From using adult toys to enjoy new experiences to getting into character and fulfilling those deepest fantasies, you will find many different options. All you need is the confidence and willingness to try out something a little different.

What You Can Do

There are various ways in which you can switch things up in the bedroom and add more excitement to your sex life. Some of these are:

Use Adults Toys for New Pleasures

You can shop the best strap-on dildos, invest in couples’ toys, and even buy products for sensual massages, so there is no end of choice when it comes to adults toys. Many couples turn to these toys in order to add some excitement to their love lives, and there are many different products that you can choose from. You can browse the selections together from the comfort and privacy of your own home and choose ones that you both feel comfortable and confidence about using.

Live Out Your Fantasies

You may have various fantasies about what you would love to do in the bedroom, but you may not have had the confidence to talk to your partner about this. Well, the chances are that your partner also has fantasies, and by opening up, you can both fulfil these in the comfort and privacy of your own home. So, speak to your partner and do things such as dressing up, getting involved in roleplay, and creating scenarios that will enable both of you to indulge in your fantasies and try out something completely new and different.

Get into the Mood

Some couples have issues because they always try and rush moments of intimacy, and this is often because they lead rushed lifestyles. So, try to take some time out that will enable you to set the scene, get into the mood, and relax beforehand. You could even book a night away at some romantic hotel and enjoy complete privacy without disruptions. This will make it easier for you to enjoy some excitement and the thrills of a naughty night or weekend away.

These are just a few of the different options you can try in order to give your physical relationship a new lease of life.

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TENACIOUS TOYS × PLAYFUL GORILLA

Tenacious Toys is GOING APE this week! Their next shop exclusive is a Playful Gorilla black and green colorway of the awesome Master9Eyes figure by Daytoner and PureArts!

After collaborating for nearly a decade, this is the first official vinyl toy exclusive that Playful Gorilla (Alex) has created for Tenacious Toys. There will be more!

The Master9Eyes figure is a 5.5″ tall, 7″ wide vinyl figure in scale with other 1/12-scale action figures. Designed by Daytoner and produced by PureArts, the M9E features six (!!) swords that can fit into its backpack as well as in the hands, plus a handy base that plugs into the foot.

The Tenacious Exclusive R177A colorway by Playful Gorilla further fleshes out his overarching storyline of the characters that inhabit his world:

The Tactical Urban Fighting Force (T.U.F.F.) has been compromised. A new dark faction has taken control. Those few that rebel against the new regime are being taken out one by one. The last of the rebellion needs your help. Agent P.Rilla is about to take his last stand – to stand up for what’s right. He won’t quit even tho the odds are against him. The battle cry can be heard for miles…Don the colors! Fight for what’s right and LEAD!! Who will come to his aid… who amongst us can fight the war that’s coming. Master 9 Eyes has heard the call… Master 9 Eyes has donned the colors… M9E-R177A is on his way!!

The M9E R177A edition is limited to just 160 units at $105 each. They will drop on the Tenacious Toys PureArts page (and homepage) at noon sharp on Friday July 16th.

Stay tuned to the @TenaciousToys IG this week for a live unboxing video!

About Playful Gorilla:

Alex Rivera aka Playful Gorilla is a multitalented 2D and 3D artist based out of Philadelphia. His signature black and green livery can be found on toys, pins, shirts, prints, and many other pieces of swag. He has designed toys for companies large and small and is a trusted friend of the Tenacious Toys shop and crew.

About Master9eyes:

This original character design of a futuristic, chunky samurai is the perfect blend of both a badass character with perfectly designed shapes. His overall look is completed by his puffed jacket and stylish katana backpack. His opponents usually underestimated him due to his chunky appearance… but he always had a better stance. There are rumors about the ninth eye. Some say it’s his MK II combat sensor others say it’s instinct.

About Tenacious Toys:

Tenacious Toys has been buying, selling & producing art toys in vinyl, resin, PVC and plush since 2004. The primary mission of Tenacious is to lift up and empower new creators by offering them a retail platform to showcase, promote and sell their artwork in the 3D collectibles space. Tenacious Toys accepts many different forms of payment, including cryptocurrencies!

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GOONBOX by Chris Murray

Tenacious Toys is pumped to announce their next exclusive toy drop: the Rap Kings GOONBOX Gold Edition 7-inch vinyl art toy designed by Chris B. Murray and produced with care by Clutter Studios.

This is the first vinyl art toy by Philly artist Chris B. Murray who is best known for his illustrations and prints.

Chris grew up studying hip hop culture, which has driven his design sensibility as well as his work as a professional artist. His ongoing Rap Kings illustrated series highlights the groups he grew up listening to as well as current day artists. It started as a poster series, extended into other merchandise, and then ultimately led him to create the series first vinyl toy, GOONBOX!

The concept for the GOONBOX character is an intentionally vague mashup born out of the hip hop era—a gritty street character that incorporates pieces of some of Chris’ favorite rappers, groups and various elements of hip hop culture. Many references can be found all over this figure: the camo pants, the bees, the pigeons, the backpack, the manhole cover, the flower.

The Tenacious exclusive Gold Edition GOONBOX ES are limited to just 50 pieces and priced at $149.99. They will drop on the Clutter page at noon EST on Tuesday, July 13th.

About Chris B. Murray

Chris B. Murray is a fine artist/commercial illustrator living and working out of Philadelphia, PA (originally from upstate NY). From an early age, Chris immersed himself in everything that dealt with pop culture. His most favorite being hip-hop and everything surrounding the culture including graffiti art, sneaker hoarding/streetwear fashion and most importantly, the attitude. Every aspect of it was so very inspiring to Chris. He even goes as far to say that hip hop and the culture revolving it played a major role in raising him through his formative years. Those very same influences are deeply rooted in the work he is still making today from the vast array of color usage and character treatment, the inventive narratives to the meticulous compositions and concepts. Chris has been disciplined in using a variety of media on various surfaces to create his imagery. 

About Tenacious Toys

Tenacious Toys has been buying, selling & producing art toys in vinyl, resin, PVC and plush since 2004. The primary mission of Tenacious is to lift up and empower new creators by offering them a retail platform to showcase, promote and sell their artwork in the 3D collectibles space.

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Cicadas Take Over LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

New York City has avoided a major Cicada invasion – until now.

The large insects, which are 1-2 inches long, are part of the largest brood of periodical cicadas in the nation. The last time they came to New York in 2004, they arrived around May 13.

Dozens of LEGO Cicadas have overtaken iconic NYC attractions like the Statue of Liberty in LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester‘s MINILAND attraction, a LEGO replica of New York City. Matthew Graham, Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, was able to replicate these intriguing insects with 22 LEGO bricks including bricks like bucket handles for legs. These LEGO creatures will be on display until mid-July for guests to spot.

Also at LEGOLAND Westchester, you can enjoy the ultimate two-story indoor LEGO playground and escape the summer heat! Surround yourself with millions of LEGO Bricks, take flight on Merlin’s Apprentice, blast skeletons on Kingdom Quest ride adventure, see your favorite characters on LEGO 4D Theater, and build epic LEGO creations alongside master builders! More information on LEGOLAND Westchester activities can be found on the official website.

LEGOLAND Westchester is consistent with updated guidance from the state of New York and the CDC, following all COVID protocols. Face coverings for guests who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required, but still recommended.

Hours are 12pm-5:30pm, last entry at 3:30pm. Limited capacity, tickets available here.

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photo by John Sullwold for use by 360 Magazine

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LEGO Lamborghini Replica

Automobili Lamborghini in collaboration with the LEGO Group has built a life-size replica of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, using over 400,000 LEGO® Technic™ elements. Following the launch of the 1:8 scale LEGO® Technic™ Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 last year, this life-size model replicates the limited-edition Italian super sportscar on a much grander scale. Using 154 different types of LEGO elements, including 20 moulded specifically for this project, the 2,200 kg model embodies the unmistakeable design of the Lamborghini Sián down to the most minute details, perfectly mirroring the car’s dimensions to the millimetre.

“Lamborghini is a dream for people around the world, and LEGO products provide creative inspiration for millions,” said Stephan Winkelmann President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “We’re delighted to have collaborated on this unique edition of the Lamborghini Sián, that will catch the imagination of Lamborghini and LEGO fans alike.”

The collaboration between the two companies’ designers, engineers and technicians, took a team of 15 people 8,660 hours of development work and painstaking construction. The proportion-perfect chassis is identical to the real-life Sián at 4,980 mm long, 2,101 mm wide and 1,133 mm high. The body panels are comprised of an intricate fabric of bespoke interconnecting hexagonal LEGO Technic elements, paying homage to the six-sided shape that is integral to Lamborghini’s design language. The Sián’s name, meaning ‘flash’ or ‘lightning’ in Bolognese dialect, is honored by the LEGO Group’s experts who have ensured that the lights, built entirely from Technic elements, and the sleek lightning bolt that flashes along the body, reflect how the real Sián’s epsilon headlights and hexagonal taillights power up and down. Inside the cockpit the detail continues with a brick-built steering wheel featuring the Lamborghini emblem and Italian flag, LEGO built dashboard controls and racing seats.

This is the first large-scale model from the LEGO Group to have a paintbrush-effect UV colour coating. The colour, which is a perfect match to the 1:8 scale LEGO Technic model, was applied by Automobili Lamborghini’s paint shop.

Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group said: “Our designers love a challenge, so you can imagine their delight when we tasked them to think slightly larger than normal with this model. They jumped at the chance of teaming up with our amazing designers and engineers who build these impressive life-sized models at our Kladno factory’s model production workshop in the Czech Republic, and really pushing the boundaries of what can be done with LEGO Technic. The creativity that the system allows meant it was possible to really do justice to the exceptional design of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.”

In a first-of-its-kind virtual unveiling from the LEGO Group, the model has been rebuilt in a virtual LEGO workshop to give Lamborghini enthusiasts and LEGO lovers the chance to get up close and personal with the full-scale version. Viewers can make their dreams come true by getting behind the wheel of the 1:8 scale edition before being ‘transformed’ along with the model into the full-scale replica revealed today. They can sit virtually in the driver’s seat and hear from the Automobili Lamborghini and LEGO Group designers who made this model a reality.

Visit the Lamborghini website for more information. 

 

 

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Toys for Tots x Good360

On April 19, 2021, Toys for Tots announced the expansion of their year-round efforts to provide hope to those less fortunate with plans for ANOTHER special gift distribution to children in need. This summer we will be providing ONE MILLION educational toys, books, and games to the children of COVID-19 impacted families. While we all hope this pandemic will be in our rearview mirrors soon, we also recognize that the emotional and educational impact it’s had on children will be long lasting. Less fortunate children likely suffered the greatest learning loss by not being able to attend in-person classroom instruction, so Toys for Tots will be providing toys and books that teach to help them overcome a growing educational gap and stimulate their young minds.

The support we provided last year, at the height of the pandemic, provided great comfort and emotional relief to struggling families. Toys for Toys is determined to send a year-round message of hope to less fortunate families and continue to DoGoodNow! We are more than a children’s Christmastime charity!

Because we recognize the importance of reminding children that there is still joy to be found in simple gifts every day, we are once again partnering with our friends at Good360, the global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving.  We are providing them with ONE MILLION toys, books, and games to distribute via their network of nonprofit organizations across the United States.

“Toys for Tots is more than a Christmas charity—that is why we want to DoGoodNOW and continue to expand our partnership with Good360,” said Lieutenant General Jim Laster, USMC (Retired), President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  “With the assistance  of Good360 and their vast network of non-profits throughout the country, Toys for Tots has the ability to extend our reach and provide support to families who are facing tremendous year-round challenges.”

“Toys and games are highly requested items among Good360’s nonprofit network, and our partnership with Toys for Tots allows us to meet this need and bring joy to children and families that are going through difficult times,” said Matt Connelly, CEO of Good360.  “The feedback we’ve received from the nonprofits receiving toys has been tremendous, and we look forward to our continued collaboration with Toys for Tots.”

Toys for Tots and Good360 have complementary strengths, and this partnership generates greater impact. Together we are more than just the sum of our parts—together we can DoGoodNOW.  The two organizations launched their collaboration in April of 2020 and since  then have distributed three million toys, games, and books together outside of the holidays.

For additional information, visit www.ToysForTots.org and/or www.Good360.org

Toys for Tots illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Toys for Tots × Good360

Toys for Tots teams up with Good360 (again!), to Distribute One Million Toys, Games and Books to Families-in-Need

Toys for Tots announces the expansion of their year-round efforts to support those less fortunate by distributing one million toys, books, and games to families in need NOW.  While Toys for Tots is primarily known as a Christmastime charity, the organization recognizes there is still great need to provide emotional support and doesn’t want to wait until the holiday season to deliver hope to children in need.

As a Nation we’ve all been hopeful that the Coronavirus pandemic would be in our rearview mirrors by now, but the sad reality is that COVID-19 has had a long-term impact on just about every sector of our society.  Less fortunate children likely suffered the greatest learning loss by not being able to attend in-person classroom instruction, and in order to help combat that Toys for Tots has decided to distribute one million toys this spring and summer with a focus on toys that teach providing STEM-related toys.

We realize the importance of reminding children that there is still joy to be found in simple gifts every day, no matter how difficult things may be right now. That is why we are once again partnering with Good360, the global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, and providing them with one million toys to distribute via their network of nonprofit organizations across the United States to DoGoodNOW.

“Toys for Tots is more than a Christmas charity—that is why we want to DoGoodNOW and expand our partnership with Good360,” said Lieutenant General Jim Laster, USMC (Retired), President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  “Without the assistance of Good360 and their vast network of non-profits throughout the country, Toys for Tots would not be able to distribute the one million toys we’re providing to families who are struggling outside of the holiday season.”

“With so many families struggling during the pandemic, Good360 is proud to continue the great work of our Marine Toys for Tots partnership,” said Matt Connelly, CEO of Good360.  “We’ve seen firsthand how toys, books and games bring joy to children and their loved ones served by our nonprofit partners and expanding our efforts will significantly increase the impact of our program.”

Toys for Tots and Good360 have complementary strengths, and this partnership will generate greater impact. Together we are more than just the sum of our parts—together we can DoGoodNOW.  The two organizations launched their collaboration in April of 2020 and since that time have distributed 1.8 million toys, games, and books.

If you’d like, you can donate to Marine Toys for Tots here