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Downtown Holiday Shopping: Toys

By David Markland
Published: Friday, December 17, 2010, at 12:56PM
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clockwise: Tree Swing Slingshot from Bowls L.A.; Gundam model kits from Neo Happyland; Author action figures from the The Library Store; Chewable lightbulbs from Pussy & Pooch.



This weekend we'll be posting a series of entries pulled from the shopping guide that can be found in our print version, the blogdowntown Weekly. First up: the toys.

Remember, Santa likes delivering toys to kids of every age. Here's some stuff we found from his workshop scattered throughout Downtown.

Tree Swing Slingshot: Long before the Red Rider BB Gun, kids clamored for the perfect Y shaped stick and a stretch of rubber band to make the perfect slingshot. Now that you're an adult, you can afford to buy the premium version. Made of Buckthorn branches (a restricted noxious weed in Minnesota, where the weapon is crafted) and natural latex tubing with a leather projectile pouch, these slingshots are perfect for rodent hunting or marshmallow fights. $21 / Bowls L.A. / 311 E 1st St $21

Gundam model kits: Surprisingly, the best place to find the best selection of these popular Japanese model kits is in Chinatown. Neo Happyland has an endless number of actual Gundams (which the Transformers arguably ripped off) ranging in scale and into the hundreds of dollars. $15+ / Neo Happyland / 988 N. Hill #108

Dog Treat Christmas Bulbs: Dogs see a shiny Christmas tree light and think: tasty treat! Why not indulge their fantasy with a rubber light bulb? Fill the middle with a Scooby Snack or peanut butter, and your Bumpas hound will be too distracted chewing to notice when the Christmas ham comes out of the oven. $8.50 small/$11 large / Pussy & Pooch / 564 S. Main

Historical Writer Figures: Among the Central Library gift shops fun and unique literary inspired items are these assorted posable figures of authors, philosophers, and scientists. Play out the infamous (and completely fictitious) meeting of Edgard Allen Poe and Nikola Tesla, or Shakespeare's legendary wrestling match with Mark Twain! $3.50 (individual) - $20 (set) / The Library Store at the Central Library / 630 West Fifth Street

Fat Rabbit Farm T-Shirt and Book: Sold only at anime conventions, Fat Rabbit Farms makes a rare retail appearance at Robocon. The characters include "a fluffy bunny who loves ice cream, a lone pirate bunny who sailed from beyond the skies, a quiet little turtle, and a bad tempered mushroom," making for stories that are bent enough for adults, and colorful enough for kids with cool parents. Even if the tales don't catch you, the t-shirt images are addictively cute. $23.99/shirt, $18.99/book / Robocon / 988 N. Hill St. Suite 202

Action Figure Package: Fight the evil forces of Trademark Enforcement with this collection of action figures that have broken free of their corporate overlords. $6+ / assorted vendors throughout Downtown

Dog Treat Christmas Bulbs: Dogs see a shiny Christmas tree light and think: tasty treat! Why not indulge their fantasy with a rubber light bulb? Fill the middle with a Scooby Snack or peanut butter, and your Bumpas hound will be too distracted chewing to notice when the Christmas ham comes out of the oven. $8.50 small/$11 large / Pussy & Pooch / 564 S. Main

Lance 125 Cali Classic: Jet around Downtown in this butterscotch beauty. Slide past traffic backed up by that guy who's ignoring the no left turn sign. Park it right up on sidewalk while you enjoy a snack at Banquette. Cruising at up to 60mph with 105mpg, you'll actually look forward to your occasional gas station fill ups. And by you, I mean whoever you'll be gifting this to. $1999 / Scooter Dynasty / 515 W. Pico

Bell Custom 500 "Stunt" helmet: No scooter would be complete without a helmet, and why bother with a helmet if you can't emote Evel Knievel? Just don't try popping any wheelies. $140 / Bowls L.A. / 311 E 1st St

What other great toy selections can be found Downtown that readers should know about?

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