| Nov 6, 2014
| 4:20 PM
There are hard-core Barbie collectors and then there's Al Carbee, the recluse featured in Jeremy Workman's whimsical documentary "Magical Universe."
Carbee, whose ramshackle Maine house was filled to the rafters with elaborate dioramas and bizarre...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 10:22 AM
It has been more than 20 years since Mattel brought the infamous "Teen Talk Barbie" into the world, a talking doll programmed to say deathless phrases such as "I love shopping!" and "Math class is tough!" Of course, times have changed since then. Kind of....
| Nov 27, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Barbie and her teammates may get a chilly reception from holiday shoppers.
After suffering a rough year, toy maker Mattel Inc. is facing an uphill battle during the crucial gift-buying months of November and December.
The El Segundo company has...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 3:51 PM
If you're like me, it's 7 p.m. Monday night, and you're just getting started on your Cyber Monday shopping. Retail websites will get their biggest clicks tonight as many shoppers return home from work.
To help you weed through all of the promotions,...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 6:54 AM
(Reuters) - If you still have Disney's Frozen Castle and Ice Palace Playset on your holiday gift list this year, you may already be out of luck.
With Christmas approaching, the $119 toy - made by Mattel Inc - is sold out. Of course, you can find it at...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 12:33 PM
Hasbro Inc. won the doll licenses to Disney's hit Frozen brand starting in 2016, a coup for the toy maker as it expands its offerings for girls.
The Pawtucket, R.I., company also scored the licenses for the Disney Princess properties, including...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Hasbro, which already makes a popular line of action figures targeted at boys with "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe," will now add Disney's Princess and "Frozen" doll line to its product lineup through a new deal with the Mouse House.
Beginning in 2016,...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 6:30 PM
The flood of high-profile new releases continues, with new Blu-ray Discs and DVDs accounting for seven of the top 10 sellers on Nielsen VideoScan's weekly overall disc sales chart for the week ending Sept. 21.
At the top: Warner's "Godzilla" remake-of-a-...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 9:51 AM
Weak sales of its impossibly proportioned Barbie doll and other core brands contributed to a 61% plunge in second quarter net income for toy maker Mattel Inc.
The El Segundo company said worldwide sales for its classic Barbie dropped 15%, its Fisher-...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 9:48 AM
Barbie has a LinkedIn page. Now can we get her some hips?
She has 4,932 followers (as of Friday morning) and more than 150 careers under her teeny-tiny patent leather belt, all showcased on her 20-page resume. Her latest job is fake consultant to a fake...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Dora Marquez, as the pint-sized global superstar herself might say, has gotten muy grande.
The beloved cartoon character first walked her tiny feet into the hearts of children 14 years ago with the premiere of "Dora the Explorer" as part of Nickelodeon'...