| 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...
| 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...
| 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 18, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Barbie is one busy woman. Last week, news broke that she would be striking a pose for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit edition in a black-and-white knit bathing suit. This week, she's an entrepreneur.
Toy giant Mattel Inc. announced Barbie's latest...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 1:02 PM
The monster success of "The Lego Movie," which took in $69.1 million over its opening weekend, has Hollywood scanning the aisles of toy stores, looking for the next hit.
In recent years, several film series based on action figures and other children'...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 4:25 PM
At 55 years old, she’s no spring chicken, but come Feb. 18, Barbie will strike a sexy pose for Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary swimsuit issue along with famous beauties such as Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Heidi Klum and Kate Upton....
| May 22, 2014
| 12:23 PM
Even though he just launched the doll last week at a splashy event at his Miami Beach gallery, Romero Britto and Barbie go way back.
“She’s so iconic,” the neo-pop artist says from his studio in the Wynwood Arts District. “I grew...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 8:02 AM
Mattel Inc.’s earnings during the all-important holiday season left Wall Street cold, suggesting that kids weren’t clamoring to be given toys.
The El Segundo company's net income was up 23%, rising to $1.07 a share, or $369.2 million, from...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:43 PM
If there was a winner among the piles of gifts given to children this Christmas, Barbie certainly wasn't it.
The fashion doll — possibly the best-known player in Mattel Inc.'s stable of products — endured a 13% sales slide during the...