| Apr 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Mattel has found a starring role for Barbie, setting up a live action comedy at Sony Pictures that the toymaker will produce with Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.
The studio plans to start lensing the film by the end of the year, using a script...
| Apr 3, 2014
It's a bit of technology whose name might elicit a puzzled look from millennials, and it sounded — scratchily — over the phone from Diana Krall's apartment.
Those familiar with the history of vinyl will know that 78 rpm records, or 78s,...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 4:23 PM
K’Nex Brands, the Hatfield-based toymaker announced it is now making a line of its building toys patterned after the Fox animated series "Family Guy." K’Nex, a company that makes popular building sets and is the only construction toy company...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:46 AM
LEESBURG — People don't usually think of art when they think of the Barbie doll, but Amy Griffin did.
When Griffin, executive director of the Leesburg Center for the Arts, had a collection of the pert and popular dolls donated for use in an...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:22 AM
TSA agents disarmed a sock monkey a passenger was carrying, saying the toy gun in the monkey's miniature holster was too realistic looking, according to KING5.com.
The sock monkey was dressed as a cowboy and named "Rooster Monkburn" after the...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 8:14 AM
An ancient strategy board game and a classic bath time accessory have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Chess and rubber ducks made the cut of 12 finalists for the 2013 induction ceremony Thursday.
The pair beat out 10 other finalists,...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 11:34 AM
A consumer group dedicated to reclaiming childhood from corporate marketers has released its annual list of toys that are 'oppressive and destructive to young children.'
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has released five nominees for its...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 1:35 PM
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for little Johnny or Susie? How about a "Breaking Bad" meth lab toy set?
No, I'm not joking.
It's astounding that anyone -- even the rabid "Breaking Bad" fans who live for Sundays to see what will happen to...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 7:09 AM
Voting for the annual "worst toy of the year" award is underway, an effort to highlight toys that are "oppressive and destructive" to children. On this year's short list: The iPotty, a child-size potty with a stand for an iPad. Don't worry, a "clear...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 1:21 PM
We all remember the toys that kept us entertained as kids.
Some toys, like Stretch Armstrong and Teddy Ruxpin have faded into toy purgatory -- kept alive only by enthusiasts and collectors.
Others, like Furby, the Rubik Cube, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Mr....
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:00 AM
Growing up with a brother 12 years my senior, it was tough finding things in common.
In 1997, he was interested in sports, girls and other things most high school boys are into.
I was 9. I wasn't into sports at the time and girls were still seen as...