A Tricycle That Twinkles
It's a strange day when a diamond ring is cheaper than a 2-year-old's tricycle. Marketed toward well-to-do female toddlers, Morgan Cycle's Crystal Tricycle gleams with pearl-pink paint and a high price tag, which, at $850, is nearly on par with an adult's high-end Richard Sachs custom bike. It takes 18 hours to hand detail the 1000 crystals adorning the steel frame, which is now nontoxic for kids. The company recalled its original Swarovski crystals because of a lead safety issue. Remember, kids, safety before beauty.
Baby's Grand Piano
Neurologists and developmental scientists agree; giving your child an instrument--and hopefully accompanying music lessons--is a valuable investment. But does the same go with toy instruments? Even with intense musical enrichment, your kids will outgrow the pricey purchase in a couple of years. Schoenhut's $3000 string baby grand pianos are designed to be mini versions of the real thing. Now 5-year-olds can emulate Mozart without straining their little legs to reach a pedal on the adult-scale model.
Model Batmobile Fit for Bruce Wayne's Kids
It's one thing to build a fully functional, $70,000 Batmobile in your garage--you're dedicated. But it's another thing entirely to buy your kid a $2000, intricate but immobile model of the Batmobile. At $2000, this model car is too small for people transit, but it comes equipped with working head and taillights. Cinemaquette's exact replica has a glowing interior console and obsessive, detailed bodywork.
Superman Is Back--In the Flesh
Collectors have historically been willing to pay high prices for high-end memorabilia, especially the latest hits (such as model Batmobiles and creepily detailed Watchmen figurines) or revived classics, as seen in this $2000 Superman. This 70-plus-year-old superhero is 29 inches tall, with a face that feels creepily real thanks to polyurethane composite material that simulates the texture and consistency of human skin. If that's not strange enough, his silky, black locks are actually made of human hair, and, what's more, each of the 1200 to 1600 strands is individually inserted into Superman's head.
Al Gore's Kind of Dollhouse
The dollhouse is a toy with hundreds of years of staying power. And, Victorian luxuries aside, they're recession-proof: if you're pinching pennies, you can always buy a simple frame and with a little DIY magic, add to the house. The Brinca Dada doesn't understand this simplicity. This dollhouse boasts recessed LED lights powered by solar panels and costs up to $500. Brinca Dada's houses sport everything from minimalist cut-stone fireplaces to working elevators. The dolls can live it up, but parents might not be able to after the purchase.