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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Yoga Joes: A Modern Twist on a Retro Classic

I have to say one of the things I was looking forward to most when having bub was the fact that I'd get to play with toys again. Yeah sure I was super excited about having a baby too, don't get me wrong, but seriously how cool is it that we have a legitimate excuse to play with toys again as adults?! I clearly didn't get enough time playing with toys as a child. I'm loving being able to relive my childhood alongside her, its so much fun seeing things through the eyes of a child again.

I'm slightly ashamed to say that we have a toy collection big enough to rival a toy shop. In fact my lounge room and dining area look like a toy shop {we got rid of our dining table to make her a play corner}. But its awesome, I love it as much as her. 

I really love playing with all the retro toys that were around during my childhood that are still sold today. Things like the fisher and price dial up phone, wooden letter blocks and pretend food. That stuff will never get old. While some toys have pretty much stayed the same over the last 20+ years, I've also found a few retro style toys that have had a modern twist, and I'm a little bit in love with them. The most obvious would be sonny angels which are a modern version of the original kewpie dolls that were around when I was a kid. To say I'm obsessed with them is an understatement. I've also recently found some other awesome retro toys that have had a modern twist and I thought I'd share them {incase you're a closet toy lover like me}.

YOGA JOES


How freaking cool are these? The first thing I think of when I look at them is the army men from toy story, except they've become yoga masters instead of soldiers. I can just imagine them moving through the different yoga poses while I sleep. These are probably the coolest reincarnation of a retro toy I've ever seen.



Yoga Joes were created in the US and are the brain child of yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson. He's essentially taken what was once a war toy and re-purposed them into a symbol of peace and calm. Its quite a clever oxymoron of good vs evil when you think about it. Instead of evoking feelings of aggression, these toy soldiers evoke peace and stillness. You can't help feeling chilled out when you look at them. They also make me feel a tincy bit guilty for not doing yoga for so long.

Not only do they provide a great visual reminder to chill out and take a moment to calm down {don't we all need a reminder to do that every now and then}, they also make really cool photography props. For someone like me who loves taking photos, they provide hours of fun and get the creative juices flowing. I took them outside the other day and had a little mini photo shoot with them. I'm sure I looked super weird to the neighbours crouching down in the grass with a bunch of toys and my camera, but the photos are totally worth it.











Yoga Joes come in a set of 9 army men in different yoga poses. They're made from high quality non-toxic plastic and they're pretty tough {a few of them took kamikaze leaps out of the tree while I was trying to balance them}. Although I don't think I'll be giving them to bub to play with on a regular basis because I want them to stay nice, and besides they're pretty much for me not her. She did manage to take them a few times while I was trying to do my arty photo shoot though.



Of course T couldn't just let me and her have all the fun, he had to play with them too. Being a male, he couldn't help himself and made them pose in some compromising positions {especially involving the poor joe in downward facing dog}. Seriously why do men always have to turn innocent things into sexual innuendos? Innuendos aside though, these are probably one of the only things from my blog he's ever been interested in, and he's really hard to impress. Perhaps they'll help him get his zen on too.








What was your favourite toy as a child?

Toni x




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  1. Those yoga Joe's are awesome! Love love them what a fabulous find. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Deb. I looked like a total crazy person taking the photos lol.

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  3. yoga joe looks awesome! I think we need a set to promote calm!

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    1. Yea totally. I think I need to put one in each room of the house to remind me to chill out.

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  4. I was a fan of the barbie doll when I was young. Not real dolls, just barbies. Oh and I had the Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman and Charlie's Angels as well...

    Love the notion of Yoga Joe!

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    1. I never had a real Barbie doll. I was so deprived, I had cheap fake Barbie's haha.

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  5. Love your photo shoot with the Yoga Joes, they are very cool!

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  6. Oh the not balloon balloon animals are so cool!
    I love your yoga Joe's photography too. That's very cool. We had a whole tub of those army soldiers a few years ago. BJ enjoyed them, but we ended up getting rid of them, because I kept stepping on them, much like Andy's mum.

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    1. The balloon animals are so cute I've ordered a few more. I imagine if I kept stepping on army men they'd be vacating my house too. These ones aren't allowed on the floor lol.

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  7. What a strange toy that Yoga Joe is. I looked forward to buying dolls when my daughter was born after 4 boys. She hated dolls. She probably would have loved Yoga Joe.

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    1. Haha mine seems to prefer cars and trucks over dolls. Lucky I buy her toys so she has to play with what I want {and she's an only child so she can't steal her siblings toys so she has no choice}. She does love the Yoga Joes though, but I think the Pop! Corn was the winner with her because it looks like a horsey.

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  8. Those are some seriously cool toys! Maybe I should ask for them for myself for Christmas??

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    1. Oh definitely, they're perfectly acceptable as adult toys haha.

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  9. These are so gorgeous! I love reading your blog each week to learn about new products (think Pappa Raj wallets wishes I didn't sometimes!)

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    1. I'm sure a lot of guys wish their wives didn't read my posts lol.

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  10. Love the Yoga toys-how cool are they? I am slowly getting out of the toy phrase because with 3 boys I am sick of stepping on stray Lego in the middle of the night xx

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    1. Yea I can't wait for Lego, but not looking forward to walking on the stuff its deadly.

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  11. Those Yoga Joes are seriously cool! Although I have no doubt they would kill your feet when you tread on them lol xx

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    1. I'm sure they'd kill your feet, although they dont have little pointy guns so they'd probably be a little less painful than the normal ones lol. I'm not about to find out though.

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  12. What great ideas for toys! Love those Yoga Joes :) I went through a stage of making balloon animals. So frustrating when they kept popping! That unicorn is just gorgeous.

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    1. I love the balloon animals because they don't pop lol. They're so cute.

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