Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures now at Ty’s Toy Box!

betsy-kinderKindergarteners are naturally bouncy and curious, but you’d be hard pressed to find a more lovable gang of ‘em than Betsy and her pals, the PBS animated show about their adventures at Lakeshore School.

For kids, it’s a chance to see that starting school is a little bit scary for everyone, but mostly the gateway to fun and adventure. For parents, it’s half an hour of peace while your kid blisses out to some wholesome PBS programming. Heh. Also, check out the voice talent on board—plenty of actors even us “old folks” will recognize from show past, like Tom Bosley, Fred Willard, and even Sally Struthers. And Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson) does three of the characters, too.

Anyway, now the fun has landed here at Ty’s Toy Box, with our brand new Betsy’s Kindergarten Adventures Store. You’ll find books and DVDs as well as personalized clothing and other items. It’s a little Betsy’s fan dream come true!

Welcome to Ty’s, Betsy and friends. Thanks for making kindergarten a little bit easier for a generation of kids!

Ben 10: Alien Swarm hitting Cartoon Network

Ben 10: Alien Swarm (warning: link has sound) is coming to Cartoon Network and fulfilling all of his Ben 10 fantasies. Well, he hopes so, anyway.

Me, I’m a sucker for old school—I prefer the cartoon to the live-action franchise. But even I have to admit that the trailer looks pretty enticing for the tween/teen boy set:

And while some of us like to gear up for a day of thanks with endless football games, who am I to judge a smallish boy who is thankful for aliens and intergalactic intrigue?

Want more? There’s a great article about the upcoming movie over at Animation Insider, and of course we have everything a Ben 10: Alien Force fan could possibly want in the Ty’s Toy Box Ben 10 Store, too. And I’m not telling you what to do, but the holidays are coming up. Just sayin’.

Teddy Ruxpin hitting 30 Rock

30 Rock.

(I think it goes without saying that I’ve already set my DVR.)

Whether or not you’re a fan of 30 Rock (although, seriously, that show is hilarious), I think we can all agree that once you’ve done a stint as, um, guest bear on a hit NBC comedy, you’ve arrived.

Of course, here at Ty’s the Teddy Ruxpin Store is ready for everyone, holiday shoppers and Tina Fey fans alike. We don’t discriminate. And if you can present a Teddy to a child you love with a comment about how you remember when he first came out (or that you saw him on TV just recently) (or both!), well, so much the better. But whatever works for you.

(But, um, Teddy? If you could get me Tina Fey’s autograph…?)

Usher in the holiday season with Rudolph

I don’t know about you, but for me, pretty much after Halloween passes, it’s just a blink of the eyes before we’re at New Year’s. It happens every year, and every year I’m confused by it. This year I’ve decided to embrace it; I officially declare it to be Holiday Season, now, and while that may still irk me a little (it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, after all), at least maybe I’ll be less surprised when Christmas arrives.

Anyway—with that in mind—it seems like a great time to point out that Rudolph and his friends have arrived at Ty’s Toy Box, and there’s a great array of products for the whole family. You can stuff stockings with Clarice’s lip balm, surprise your favorite individualist with a Celebrate Nonconformity ornament, or perhaps you know someone special who wants to be a dentist. Really, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Rudolph, Herbie, and the whole gang on the Island of Misfit Toys, so chances are excellent you’ll be able to find something for everyone.

You may think it’s a little early for this, but trust me—it’s not. It’ll be December before you know it!

All hail Olivia the Pig!

I have a little crush on Olivia. I can’t help it; she’s simply adorable, and she gives me an excuse to call my children piglets. (What? Oh, like you’ve never done that.)

I love everything about her, and although my children have outgrown her, a bit, I still love her official website and playing with all it has to offer. Did you know that Olivia creator Ian Falconer comes from a background in art (that explains the sparse but so demonstrative illustrations, yes?) and came up with Olivia based on his niece? It’s true, and I learned it on the website.

And now there’s a slew of new merchandise in the Olivia the Pig Store here at Ty’s Toy Box, just in time for the holidays.

I cannot imagine what spirited little one wouldn’t want a personalized Olivia t-shirt. And they come in adult sizes, too, which means that even I can proudly declare that wearing a tiara makes every day magnificent. Hee.

If you can’t find something there you have to have, well, I fear you just may not have a soul.