I have occasionally come across people referring to musical and sound generating devices as toys, sometimes in a negative way. I never understood the distinction. Either it generates some kind of sound or it doesn’t. If it does, than it is infinitely useful as a sonic building block.
With the availability of endless amounts of sound shaping tools, what someone might consider a toy becomes the basis for something really creative and unique. Obviously, not everyone makes the distinction or a least not in a negative way. Some circuit benders and chip tune artists live and die by what other people call toys. A lot of software is considered a toy if it is too simplistic or not full featured enough. Fruity loops has been called a toy. Reason as well. My friend Corey used Reason exclusively to create hundreds of beats superior to 99% of whats out there by my standards. There are no toys, only possibilities.