| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll.
He gave her a tablet — not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Baker Sara Heslington of Heslington Cakes in Corona del Mar estimates that she spent 120 hours creating a cake that represents the Chinese garden at Huntington Botanical Gardens in Pasadena. Good thing she loves making sugar flowers.
Her cake and...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" hung onto the top spot on both national home video sales charts for a second consecutive week, while Universal Studios' "Homefront" debuted at No. 2, selling just 17% as many units as the "Hunger Games" sequel...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 4:13 PM
In a psychology lab at Oregon State University, 37 girls ages 4 to 7 have finally demonstrated what feminists have long warned: that playing with Barbie dolls drives home cultural stereotypes about a woman's place and suppresses a little girl's career...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 1:10 PM
A partnership between Mattel's Barbie and the Girl Scouts is under fire by two advocacy groups who say the deal harms young girls.
Announced in August, the partnership introduced a new Girl Scouts patch for Daisies and Brownies -- girls in kindergarten...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The list of Hollywood franchises based on videogames pretty much begins and ends with Screen Gems' "Resident Evil" series. But if Electronic Arts has its way, its Aaron Paul-starrer "Need for Speed," which throttles into theaters March 14, not only will...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
The annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is out -- along with the usual debates about objectifying women as sexual beings, modesty as a lost value and the undeniable fact that beauty is a random gift distributed by the fickle hand of an unfair God....
| Feb 27, 2014
| 12:09 PM
Lego: Everything is awesome for toy brick company Lego, which said Thursday that its global sales rose 10% last year even as the global toy market suffered a slight revenue slide.
The Danish company, whose star turn in “The Lego Movie” has...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Mattel Inc. dominates the market for dolls with its Barbie, Monster High and American Girl brands. But now it also wants to play with blocks.
The El Segundo giant is paying $460 million to buy Canadian construction toy company Mega Brands Inc. as it...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 3:40 PM
Barbie isn't sorry anymore. She's taken to the pages of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition to come out with a message for all the haters, in all of her plastic, unrealistically sculpted glory.
With her hair and diminutive shoulders pulled back, she...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Mattel will enter WWE's ring for another five years, with the world's largest toymaker pinning down a new deal to become the wrestling company's master toy licensee through 2019.
Financial terms of the deal were not revealed, but toys and video games are...