PRINT Summer 1987


Tinkering with toys.

IT'S PRETTY HARD NOT to take toys seriously these days. Toys are the second things we experience in life that are set in our path for no other purpose than to deceive us. They first appear as surrogate buffers, handy helpers for those in charge of picking us up and putting us down. As manufactured vessels designed according to their makers’ sense of the desires of those who play with them, they may be read as imperfect vehicles for the collective psyche’s reflection on the collective psyche. They are also woeful reminders of the current state of American symbolism (and I don’t mean painting).

That some parents, teachers, and alert Upper West Siders complain about the current state of toy production seems a perennial issue. Judging from earlier models, it’s inevitable that someone would have gotten around eventually to manufacturing Rambo dolls, Transformers, Pound Puppies, and Rainbow Brite

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