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aMuse Toys

1623 Thames St., (410) 342-5000; 2576 Quarry Lake Drive, Pikesville, (410) 415-0000; amusetoys.com Trips through the aisles in pop-culture indoctrination machines Toys “R” Us or Target make us appreciate independent toy stores like aMuse. Call us snobs, with our predilection for movie-character-free toys made in snobby countries like Italy, Germany, and Sweden (and yes, even the United States—they do exist), but really, a kid will always love a toy that engages his or her imagination, with or without the Pixar imprimatur. AMuse is refreshingly free of brand and the desperation of desire that accompanies an empty spot where a Lightning McQueen product should be. It’s...

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