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  • Mattel to compete with Lego with $460 million Mega acquisition

    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...
  • TV Picks: 'Crisis,' 'Doll & Em,' 'Episodes'

    TV Picks: 'Crisis,' 'Doll & Em,' 'Episodes'
    "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...
  • Toy soldiers of fortune

    Toy soldiers of fortune
    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...
  • Feds: 'We used everything' to catch family shoplifting ring

    Feds: 'We used everything' to catch family shoplifting ring
    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...
  • Injured pit bull inspires dog toy drive

     Injured pit bull inspires dog toy drive
    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...
  • Local Voices North: March 27 edition

    Local Voices North: March 27 edition
    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." I had...
  • How Lego earned the wrath of the 'gender-neutral toys' crowd

     How Lego earned the wrath of the 'gender-neutral toys' crowd
    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'...
  • 'Unapologetic' Barbie poses for Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

    'Unapologetic' Barbie poses for Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue
    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....
  • More activity during the day might quiet squabbling cats

    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...
  • Narrowing the construction gap [Commentary]

    Narrowing the construction gap [Commentary]
    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...
  • Mattel earnings disappoint as Barbie, Fisher-Price sales falter

    Mattel earnings disappoint as Barbie, Fisher-Price sales falter
    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...