| 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...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 9:23 AM
"Crisis": With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages"--create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is...
| May 2, 2014
In the multicolored pop-art assemblages of sculptor Ed Stevens, themes of gay acceptance, sexuality and private turmoil take the form of plastic Army soldiers from his childhood. Hand-painted in the colors of the rainbow, dozens of the miniature figurines...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:08 AM
The suburban Chicago family stole with startling efficiency from toy stores, booksellers and coffee shops from Maryland to Texas, its matriarch often dressed in a bulky black dress outfitted with compartments for stuffing large merchandise, federal...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 3:28 PM
South suburban dog-lovers are banding together to collect toys for shelter animals and they're using a pit bull whose mother died from grisly injuries to bring attention to their cause.
Mama Petunia was pregnant with 10 puppies when Christina Konecki...
| Mar 27, 2014
Letters to the editor from Niles and Evanston.
The influence of dolls
This is in response to "Barbie, Lammily and body images" (Perspective, March 13), by Virginia Postrel, a Bloomberg View columnist and the author of "The Power of Glamour."
| Feb 28, 2014
There's a war against Legos.
I know what you're thinking: How could anyone have a beef with those colorful, plastic toy bricks with which you can build cities, stage your own Bible stories or reenact the Trojan War, the Civil War or Star Wars? And hasn'...
| 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....
| Feb 27, 2014
| 2:30 AM
LAS VEGAS, NV -- These reader questions were answered by experts attending the Western Veterinary Conference here Feb. 16-20.
Q: One of our cats suffered with separation anxiety, leaving puddles on our shoes whenever we left the house. This problem was...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 9:48 AM
In an effort to be trendy and to tap into a market that appears ripe for the picking, toy companies are newly trying to attract a female audience to building toys, blocks and gears that can be put together to make buildings and inventions. Ostensibly, the...
| 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...