No child psychologists or professors of playthings
are needed to explain why such things as the Lego, the Slinky, the bicycle, Barbie, checkers, the Hula Hoop and the yo-yo were shoo-ins for membership.
Although this marketing strategy had roots in the use of early comic strip figures as novelty toys (from 1900-1930), it was only with Disney's cartoon characters that the linkage between and media and plaything
created major commercially-driven fads.
There was a long analysis of how clubs should avoid getting into financial troubles, together with a warning that "it is vital English football preserves its integrity and does not become a plaything
of rich individuals".
The space age entered the home as a child's plaything
," writes Topham, "but from the toy box it threatened to take over the whole house.
Thou shalt be smitten with all-over boils, thou plaything
In February a video game boss destroyed his half-million-pound plaything
in California, then in June a Korean owner lost control in Seoul.
Latest results include: West Kirby SC Dinghy Frostbite: 1: Purple Plaything
(R Mosedale) 2: GP 14 (JL Simons) 3: Phantom (R Bird) Liverpool YC: Channel Handicap Division One: 1.
JENNIFER Lopez's new plaything
, Latino heart-throb Marc Anthony, is so worried about her safety he carries a gun around to protect her.
June remembers her heyday as a plaything
for "sports"--young men from the rising middle classes who roamed the city at night, some homosexual, some just horny and not too particular.
The top ten from Liverpool HMV this week is: 1 Round Round - Sugababes 2 Alone - Lasgo 3 James Dean - Daniel Bedingfield 4 In My Place - Coldplay 5 Rainy Dayz - Mary J Blige feat Ja Rule 6 Do You See The Light - Snap vs Plaything
7 Colourblind - Darius 8 Like A Prayer - Madhouse 9 Uh Huh - B2K 10 I Need A Girl - P Diddy and Usher Win a chart album of your choice by telling me the name of the Liverpool-born member of the Sugababes.
In Pixar and Disney's original computer-animated comedy, Woody (Tom Hanks) was a charming and incredibly lifelike plaything
that finds itself discarded from the top of the toy pile when he's displaced by the latest cool toy from Hasbro or Mattel.
From an article in The New York Times on Death Row Marv, a character from the graphic comic Sin City that was turned into a plaything
by McFarlane Toys: "The battery-operated toy, which is sold in specialty shops and music stores for about $20 and marketed for ages thirteen and up, is not for the faint of heart.