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"Come along, son. We are at but the beginning of a long and arduous journey."
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Toys were me: lessons learned never growing up
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Toys Were Me
"Do you have any educational DVDs that are between one and a half and two years long?"
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'If you don't like war toys. . . we have an identical set, but the box is labelled PEACE KEEPER ACTION FIGURES.'
Industrial action man holding sign: 'Living wage now!'
"You want a new house? Here's one we can afford."
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'It's nice in a roundabout sort of way.'
"Thanks for the birthday gift, but what will I do with a gift card to a toy store?"
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'Someone set a slinky going. Until it stops you'll have to use the stairs.'
Toy store with 'Angry Boss' toy in box.
"I know it looks fine, but let's get an engineer's report and a termite inspection just to be on the safe side."
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Vintage Shop: Used puppets for sale - no strings attached.
"Halt production on the trains - we're getting the Germans to make 'em."
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"Oh good. Here comes Mrs. Wood with her grandson, the Achilles heel."
Toys for Tots
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'This hand puppet is ambidextrous. It can be used on either hand.'
"I heard that Santa's cutting out the 30% employee discount on toys."
"If anyone comes asking for a small boy, I'll be in the toy department."
'You can read the instructions, or save a lot of time and just throw it up into a tall tree.'
"Actually, it doesn't contain a train -- just two stations, some track and a bunch of little plastic people standing around with clenched fists."
'But, Mom, more toys are a 'quality of life' issue to me!'
"Honey, we can order the new car! Here comes our best customer again!"