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Meriläinen, Mikko; Stenros, Jaakko; Heljakka, Katriina

The Pile of Shame: The Personal and Social Sustainability of Collecting and Hoarding Miniatures

In: Muthu, Subramanian Senthilkannan (Ed.): Toys and Sustainability, pp. 57-77, Springer, 2022, ISBN: 978-981-16-9672-5.

Book chapter

Abstract | Links | Tags: Adult play, Collecting, Consumer behaviour, Hoarding, Miniaturing, Wargaming, Warhammer


Heljakka, Katriina; Harviainen, J. Tuomas

From Displays and Dioramas to Doll Dramas

In: American Journal of Play, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 351–379, 2019, ISSN: 1938-0399.

Journal article Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Adult play, Adult toy play, Creativity, Object play, Object relations, Photoplay, Social media, Social play, Toys, World play, Worldbuilding


Thibault, Mattia; Heljakka, Katriina

Toyification. A Conceptual Statement

In: Proceedings of the 8th International Toy Research Association World Conference: Toys and Material Culture: Hybridisation, Design and Consumption, International Toy Research Association, 2018.

Publication for professional or general audience Open access

Abstract | Links | Tags: Adult play, Design, Gamification, Ludification, Playification, Toyification

Brown, Ashley M. L.; Stenros, Jaakko

Adult Play: The Dirty Secret of Grown-Ups

In: Games and Culture, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 215–219, 2018, ISSN: 15554139.

Journal article

Abstract | Links | Tags: Adult games, Adult play, Adult toys, Grown-up play, Sexual play, Social norms

Heljakka, Katriina; Harviainen, J. Tuomas; Suominen, Jaakko

Stigma Avoidance through Visual Contextualization: Adult Toy Play on Photo-sharing Social Media

In: New Media & Society, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 2781–2799, 2018, ISSN: 1461-4448.

Journal article

Abstract | Links | Tags: Adult play, Photo-sharing sites, Photoplay, Stigma avoidance, Toys, Visual contextualization