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Which toy from your childhood do you miss the most?

A few days ago I returned from a week-long visit to my parent’s house in South Texas. When I wasn’t busy trying to think of creative ways to prevent my spontaneous combustion from excessive heat exposure, I found some time to clean out the toy-filled closet in my old bedroom. And by “found some time” I mean I was tired of my mother’s dirty looks.

At some point while sorting through my memories from ages 2-12, I caught myself thinking something that horrified me: “They just don’t make them this way anymore.” Suddenly, a montage of every elderly person on TV I’d ever seen saying the exact same line flashed in my brain, and I felt awful. After about two seconds of feeling like the oldest person on the planet, I snapped the heck out of it because my point was totally valid.

The majority of my childhood has long since been given away to younger cousins and sold at garage sales, but every now and then while sorting through my piles of junk, I would come across a spare piece of a toy that instantly jarred my memory. READ FULL STORY

Clip du jour: The best yo-yo video ever

yoyoCongratulations to the 2010 world yo-yo champion Jensen Kimmitt. He took top honors Saturday, and now you too can experience his thrilling yo-yoing. Behold! I’m not being sarcastic at all, this video is nuts: READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Wish Bear vs. The Situation

situation-wish-bearImage Credit: Sorrentino: Mejia/Asadoria /Splash News Oh, yes. This is Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino’s hair right now. He’s a star he’s a star he’s a star, just like Dirk Diggler.

Wish Bear, legit star of Care Bears: Big Wish Movie and other important films, is so puzzled. Who is that taller bear with insufficient fur, trying to cop his signature logo and hue? Silly Wish Bear. It’s The Situation. “S-I-T-U-A-T-I-O-N”; just ask the pizza guy on last night’s ‘Jersey Shore’. The More You Know…. [Dlisted]

Read more:
‘Jersey Shore’ recap: Love is blind, and so too (temporarily) is Snooki
Yesterday’s Lunchtime Poll: When I hear ‘Skarsgard,’ I think of….

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

Troll doll movie: Are we hoping they're naked or clothed?

Troll-DollsDreamWorks Animation is set to bring the Good Luck Troll doll to the big screen after inking a deal with Denmark’s Dam Things, the company that produces the wild-haired toys. Per the announcement, “The Troll doll phenomenon was born in 1959 when Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam, too poor to afford a Christmas present for his young daughter Lajla, carved a doll for her based on the legendary Scandinavian troll. This modern-day Geppetto couldn’t have imagined that the Troll dolls would soon become one of the biggest toy crazes of the 1960s.” Dam Things had been planning to bring the Good Luck Troll toy line back into homes, and a feature film will definitely help. Do we, however, want to see the Trolls on screen longer than their cameo on the train in the opening action sequence of Pixar’s Toy Story 3? That’s the question. I think it comes down to whether “building on the mythology” of the Troll dolls, as DreamWorks says it will do, involves them being naked or clothed.* I find them more endearing naked. PopWatch poll!

* Shockingly, DreamWorks Animation did not respond to my request for comment on which way they were leaning.

What's the creepiest pop-culture toy? Vote in our poll!

creepy-dollsImage Credit: Disney/Pixar; Rolf Konow; Everett Collection; Paul Harris/Getty ImagesYesterday on PopWatch, we had a lively conversation about the creepiest toys in pop-culture history, and the comments section turned into the kind of scene where you want to turn on all the lights and stay on the phone with mommy. Seriously! Lesson learned: The world is filled with horrible plushies and figurines who are right this second sitting placidly on a bedroom shelf and plotting for the moment when they can slay you in your sleep, then roast your entrails over an open flame. Ugh. Too much? After writing that sentence, my face looks like this:

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Anyway, now it’s time to take five of the toys most frequently mentioned by readers, put them in a room with Toy Story 3‘s disturbing Big Baby, and let them all fight it out for the title of Creepiest Toy Ever. In other words, only one of the toys is making it out of the room alive! Help decide their fates by voting in the poll below: We’ll print the results on the PopWatch page of the Entertainment Weekly issue hitting newsstands June 26. (FYI: The poll choices are listed in an order that corresponds with the images going clockwise from the top left.)

p.s. Annie thinks (NSFW!) her “doll” named “Carwie” would crush ‘em all, but trust me, you don’t want to click on the link to see what she looks like. (Seriously.) Also: One of our nominees disagrees vehemently, and responds thusly: “My name is Talky Tina, and you’ll be sorry.

p.p.s. Follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak.

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A different kind of 'Toy Story': What are the creepiest pop-culture toys?

LIFEImage Credit: Courtesy of LIFE.comThe wait is finally over for Toy Story 3 (read Owen Gleiberman’s review here), with fans celebrating the return of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Rex, et al. But in the midst of this Pixar-esque love fest for the movie’s merry band of dolls and action figures, let us not forget this very important truth: Some toys are evil.

Our corporate cousins at LIFE.com have put together a photo gallery called “Creepiest Dolls Ever,” filled with the kind of dark-sided figurines that you just know would have done prison time if their hapless victims could’ve gotten anyone to believe that plastic entities can rise up to wield knives and brickbats in the night. Look at that monkey “soothing” the little girl in the dentist’s chair (and whispering “by the time he’s done with you, your gums will look like ground chuck!” every time the kindly doctor turns away). And then there’s the mutant clown and his menacing donkey. How dreadfully would a child have to behave to receive such bone-chilling gifts from his or her own parents? Do click through the entire LIFE.com gallery; you won’t want to miss the little girl pinned down by an army of Trolls, or the taxidermized bunny playing a guitar. (At least I think it’s a bunny. I had to divert my eyes pretty quickly.)

When you’re done, tell us: What are the creepiest toys in pop-culture history? They can be real (and unintentionally horrid) toys or fictitious figurines from film and TV. We’ll peruse your list of nominations, and if there are enough good ones, come back tomorrow with a highly scientific poll where you can crown the “winner” in this contest of the creepy. If that doesn’t freak you out enough, I’ve embedded a couple commercials below, suggested by my maniacal PopWatch colleague Kate Ward. Enjoy? READ FULL STORY

'Voltron' returning to TV. What other toys deserve a comeback?

80s-cartoonsHey, kids of the 1980s, guess what? The defender of the universe — that’s right, Voltron — is coming back to the small screen, and to your local Toys “R” Us. Variety reports that rather than bring kid’s franchise Voltron to the big screen right away (à la Transformers and G.I. Joe), rights holders World Events Prods and Classic Media have decided to launch an animated Nicktoons series, as well as a Mattel toy line.

Seems to be the in vogue move these days — a ThunderCats series will air on Cartoon Network, while The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will find a slot on Nickelodeon. (Since I was about two years too old for Power Rangers and never watched, can someone explain to me why the “Morphin” is without a “g”? Please, give me an answer that makes sense so I can scrap this off my pet peeve list!) It’s certainly a smart way to develop a built-in audience — if any studio were to transform existing TV show My Little Pony into a feature film when I was young, I probably would have picked up, oh, 30 tickets so I could watch it alongside the 29 ponies I played with in the bathtub. (Thanks to commenter Auriana for reminding me that there was, indeed, a My Little Pony movie. Not sure where my head was. Ponyland, perhaps?)

But my question is: Where does Rainbow Brite fit in all of this? Is Joel McHale the only person willing to bring her back to the small screen? (Just look at the longing look in her eye!) And what franchises would you like to see return to TV?

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'Toy Story 3' featurette: Predicting awesomeness and tears

A new featurette for Toy Story 3 reminds us why we love Pixar: For starters, the crew watched just about every great escape movie ever made for inspiration. (When Andy heads to college, his toys somehow end up in a daycare center, which they want out of as soon as they realize young children play too rough.) Also, the sight of a toy in a cage = heartbreaking. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

DollWatch: Twilight of the Non-Skanky Idols

My first thought upon seeing doll versions of two office temps practicing casual Friday (top) was “Hey, these Barbies aren’t skanky at all!” Then I decided to read the words that accompanied the picture on the web page, even though this is a casual Friday, and learned that the two dolls are supposed to be Victoria and Alice from Twilight.

I emailed the online edit staff: “Check it out: non-skanky Barbies,” to which our resident straight guy and multicultural doll historian Mike Bruno almost immediately replied with a rather rude “Uh, hello?” and a link to Burka Barbie. It’s a good thing I allowed his observation to eclipse my singular vision of the doll world!

But we must be missing some other conservatively dressed Barbies. Got any?

Earlier: ‘Mad Men’ character don’t just look like Barbies…

Stretch Armstrong movie gets a director and a writer. Ah, sweet nostalgia.

As EW reported earlier today, Universal’s Stretch Armstrong project has gotten itself a (re)-writer and a director. The team of Nick Stoller and Rob Letterman, who worked together on the upcoming Gulliver’s Travels, will be taking on the screenplay written by Steve Oedekerk. And as we all know by now, the iconic Hasbro toy (introduced in 1976) will be played by none other than Taylor Lautner (introduced in 1992). Lautner, a.k.a. the face that launched a thousand restraining orders, picked this project as one of his first post-Twilight ventures.

Strangely enough, I do have something vested in this project. Stretch Armstrong played an important role in my life, which is why I’m probably one of the only people in the world who reacted to news of a movie based on him with something other than “Um, okay?” You see, Stretch was the toy that officially killed my sense of wonder as a child. After a whole lot of cajoling, begging, and adorable death threats, my parents finally caved in and bought the 7-year-old me the elastic action figure. Literally hours later, desperate to satisfy my curiosity as to what magical components made Stretch so stretchy, I took a pair of scissors to the intrepid hero. A viscous goo seeped out while Stretch, mortally wounded, stared at me accusingly, and I felt something snap inside me as the last of my childhood innocence broke irrevocably.

Alright, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but I was a dramatic child. I once held a funeral for a twisted Slinky. Anyone else out there have any opinions on making a ’70s novelty toy into a full-blown movie? Any suggestions for other ones? Like maybe a sci-fi flick with a HAL-like Lite Brite, or an inspirational sports movie starring a Weeble as an underdog boxer who just won’t fall down?

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