| Feb 19, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Warner Bros. has a bonafide blockbuster with "The LEGO Movie," which has dominated the box office since opening Feb. 7. The movie has already made over $143 million in the U.S. to date and is on its way to surpassing $200 million...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 8:38 AM
All it took was a wooden peg and round piece of wood for Michael Brown to make a wooden top that immediately caught the interest of his young audience. A toymaker and historian, Brown gave a talk on traditional American wooden toys and demonstrated how to...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 4:00 PM
When I met my husband, Brandon, online, we covered most of the essentials over email.
I knew he lived in Murrieta, 53 miles from my Seal Beach home. I knew he was a widower. I also knew he had a freezer stocked with microwaveable pocket sandwiches...
| 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...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Arthur Rankin Jr., the Rankin of Rankin/Bass Productions, makers of holiday specials and sundry other animated goods, died Jan. 30, age 89, in Bermuda, where he had lived for many years, under the tropical rule of Heat Miser.
That for many of you the...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Early in the development of "The Lego Movie," Jill Wilfert, the executive who oversees Lego's licensing efforts in Southern California, had a question for her bosses at company headquarters in Denmark: Can we have a character die?
"It wasn't something...
| May 19, 2014
| 2:09 PM
The teammates behind the “pop-up beer garden” concept known as ColLAboration are reuniting for a new event that will feature beer from 20 breweries, food from 20 restaurants and a full-length live L.A. Derby Dolls roller-derby bout....
| Feb 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
With Tannah Hirsch and Bob Jones
Q 1 - Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold:
S-K 10 9 7 6 H-A 8 D-K 10 9 7 4 3 C-Void
Right-hand opponent opens one no trump, 15-17. What call would you make?
A - There are many conventional "toys" available over an...
| 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 10, 2014
| 4:39 PM
When I saw “The Lego Movie” about six weeks ago — alone, in a screening room, with no social proof of any kind — I had two thoughts. The first: Am I crazy, or is this pretty great? The second: Will a mainstream audience go for it?...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 9:21 AM
The future of sex toys is high tech.
A recent New York Times story (yes, they cover sex toys now), highlighted items such as the RealTouch, a "USB-connected sex toy said to have been designed by a NASA engineer that promises 'interactive sex' with...