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You've moved into a new office and need to decorate. Or your dorm room, plastered with those Che Guevara posters, could use a more personal touch. Go shopping for a "designer toy." These collectible figurines, inspired by the imaginative toys sold in Tokyo vending machines, are created by Gen-X artists and designers in limited editions. They made their toy-fair debut last week in New York, and are rapidly spreading from a niche movement to mass popularity. "It's all about dealing with fear and anxiety in plastic," says Attaboy, creator of Axtrx (near right). Find one to suit your personality. But whatever you do, don't give them to your 5-year-old.

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