AFO Schmidt is where kids think they've died and gone to heaven ...

Max, The Angel Experiment

AFO Schmidt was first mentioned in The Angel Experiment, where the Flock went to explore inside with Angel. It was a large glass-fronted building, and behind its glass were an enormous teddy bear, a huge wooden soldier, and a fifteen-foot-tall ballerina up on one pointed toe. Right inside the front door was a huge two-story clock covered with moving figures. The song "It's a Small World" played loudly. A life-size stuffed giraffe surrounded by other life-size stuffed animals led the way to the whole stuffed-animal area, which was practically as big as the Flock's old house. There was also a whole room of Legos and Bionicle in which the boys had went off to look at. Nudge and Angel had picked up one stuffed animal after the other. Nudge had showed a stuffed tiger, whom she named Samson, to Max and had asked her "wasn't he the cutest thing?". Max had flabbergastedly agreed. Angel also wanted a $49 angel teddy bear (whom she later influenced a woman to buy it for her after Max refused to do so and called it/her Celeste). After the disagreement, Max had "pretended" to wander a few feet away, still within eyeshot of the girls, to look at a "mystical" display. There were Magic 8 Balls, and when you shook them, an answer would float to the surface of a little window. Max shook one. "Very likely" was its prediction. Unfortunately, she had forgotten to ask it a question. There was also a game called Cabalah!, a Gypsy Fortuneteller game, and the old favorite: a Ouija board. Although no one was near to operate it, the Ouija board spelled out: Save the World, Max. Freaked out, Max called back the rest of the Flock, watched impatiently as a woman bought Angel her toy, and then they hightailed out of there.

The store was located on 58th Street near the south end of Central Park.


  • AFO Schmidt is most likely a reference to the toy store FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store in the U.S.—which had its flagship store located on 58th Street—in the real world.