Perfect toy of the week: The wall of fabric dolls
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
The current obsession with over-achieving parenting has yielded at least one good thing: some beautifully overachieving toys. Rarely before have children’s products been so well-designed. My favorite current example: The reusable fabric wall stickers created by the Australians behind Mae—especially this completely cool update on paper dolls.
Ingenious: The persistent problem with paper dolls, of course, is their terrible posture—a consequence of having a 2-ply spine. Playing with the floppier versions is like playing with an alcoholic. Mae’s variation lets your kid stick the doll forms to a wall, and then fluidly shift bits of hair and fashion on and off them like Tom Cruise manipulating his spooky touchscreen in Minority Report.
And look at some of the cool ladies that can be compiled. Though, admittedly, not cheaply ($115, plus shipping.)