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Project 365, Day 38: Toy Voyagers


Day 38: Toy Voyagers, originally uploaded by Here Be Dragons.

I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head. But when I saw cathepsut's post on Toy Voyagers last week, I had to check it out. Toy Voyagers are small toys that are sent out into the world, to journey around visiting people and places. Then, their journeys are photographed and journaled at the website. They're just like Geocaching travel bugs, only without the hassle of looking for a cache that will hold them.

Since this seems like a fun thing to do with Connor, I created an account that we can both use: Raptor&Rex (recycling our our old Geocaching handle, which I've always liked). Pictured above are our first three Toy Voyagers, who are just about ready to get sent out into the world to have some fun:

Fluffy the Owl

Cody Penguin

Stomp the T. rex

If you would like to host one of them, just comment here! They don't have an itinerary yet, and would love to visit LJ friends. (The only requirement would be to sign up for a free account at Toy Voyagers, so you could post a photo or two to the travelog page, and then be willing to send the TV along to the next host).

Next, I'm looking forward to hosting a few TVs from other people. We're signed up to host a cute little owl in the next couple of months. I'm sure if I look through the forums, I could find a couple of other toys who would love to come and visit with us. :) We would definitely show them a good time.

(They also have a Flickr group, and an LJ: lil_toyvoyager).

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here_be_dragons
May. 13th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Are you sure? I'd love to send one of these little guys to you! You could even have first pick! :)
paulaplays
May. 13th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
OMG. These are soooo friggin' cute! I definitely don't need another hobby either, but I always wanted to do the bug thing at geocaching and never got around to it.

Hmmm...let me think on this. I'm sure I'll make an account. Where do I NOT have an account. LOL

Plus, this is something I could do with the boys, who aren't so into BookCrossing etc yet.
here_be_dragons
May. 13th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Which one do you want me to send? Or, should I send more than one, each addressed to a different boy?

:D :D :D

(No, I'm not an enabler, or co-dependent, or anything like that. Why do you ask)?

*giggles*
hedwig_snowy
May. 13th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
That's not Fluffy I say! It's Hewdig!!!
here_be_dragons
May. 13th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
LOL! It is TOTALLY Hedwig, but I promised Connor he could name some of the Toy Voyagers, and this is what happened. (It's the reason I'll probably never let him choose a name for an actual pet - I don't want a dog named Fluffy or Mopsy or something else that Connor might choose. I don't mind so much when it's a toy, though). :D

Heh. You'll be at this point soon enough. D is talking now, isn't he? *giggles*
hedwig_snowy
May. 13th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
He ain't naming my toys collectibles!!!!

He's getting there. But still not onto to verbalizing as well as I'd like and a long way off from sentences. I've been told that bilingual children sometimes take longer than others. Still, he mumbles as well as his has ever done, so he has that going for him!!!

Edited at 2008-05-13 03:23 am (UTC)
dilettantiquity
May. 13th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
I'm happy to host a TV if you want to send one Australiawards!
here_be_dragons
May. 13th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
YAY! Which one would you like to host? Or do you want Connor to pick for you?
dilettantiquity
May. 13th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
I would love Connor to pick for me!

I registered with the username 'helenabella', by the way.
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lexigeek
May. 13th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
Can I host one of them virtually by putting it in the comic?
here_be_dragons
May. 14th, 2008 05:37 am (UTC)
That would be really, really cool! Do you need more pictures? (Of course, I could just send one to you - the kids might enjoy it, too). Oh, and if you want to post a log, let me know and I'll e-mail you the password so you can make an entry. Just let me know which one of the little guys you would like to host! :)
synergy
May. 14th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun. I'm tempted to sign up. Kind of like GC without the drama? Kind of like BC too. Thing is, I never got any thrill of books found. I think I've never gotten a book of mine registered once I released it in the wild... :(
synergy
May. 14th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)
If I were to take the penguin (if someone else hasn't called dibs), what would you want me to do with it? Mail it back or mail it to someone else or something else entirely?
here_be_dragons
May. 14th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Nobody else has called dibs, so I'll send him to you if you want him! :) (Which reminds me, I don't have your new address yet; e-mail it to me, please)?

And after you've taken him on some cool adventures (or boring adventures - either is fine, hopefully with pictures), you'd send him along to the next person. But yeah, I think it's a lot like Geocaching without the drama. And WAH that you've never had a BookCrossing wild release caught? Because that is a lot of fun. I guess there are people who are wild releasing their Toy Voyagers . . . I'm not sure I'll want to do that. Somehow, it seems more likely to me that someone would pick up a book and keep it, more so than picking up a toy. Still, I might release a few that way at some point.

In any case, YES! I definitely think you should have Cody Penguin come to visit. :)
synergy
May. 14th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Nope. I don't think I recall any caught. Not by people who weren't already BCers. People around here just don't read. I think the city's average books read for the year was ONE. One book on average read by people who live in this city. I release a bunch of books while S looked on in disbelief, shaking his head and then nothing came of it. I feel like the books I released PROBABLY ended up in a trash can somewhere. :-p

I'll email you our new addy.
synergy
May. 14th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Oh and I signed up. I'm synergy. Amazing! No one had taken the name yet. YES. lol
synergy
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Toy Voyagers
I sent you some PMs through the Toy Voyagers website, but I'm not sure if they email them to you or otherwise notify you that you have messages.

Anyway, I got the penguin in the mail yesterday, but am having problems "logging" it. Help!
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