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  • 'Breaking Bad' meth lab toy set sparks outrage

    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...
  • Wal-Mart, Toys R Us unveil hot toy lists, holiday initiatives

    Wal-Mart, Toys R Us unveil hot toy lists, holiday initiatives
    Consider the holiday retail race to be in full swing, as both Wal-Mart and Toys R Us moved early Thursday to stake a claim in the competitive toy market. Discount behemoth Wal-Mart, which says it’s the largest toy seller in the nation, unveiled...
  • Jakks Pacific is playing catch-up with toy-making rivals

    Jakks Pacific is playing catch-up with toy-making rivals
    For the last 18 years, Jakks Pacific Inc. has been a player in the ultra-competitive Southern California toy-making business, up against the likes of giant Mattel Inc. in El Segundo and others. But Jakks' roster of toys — including the Smurfs,...
  • Retailers get early start on the holidays

    Retailers get early start on the holidays
    Temperatures are beachside-balmy. Most Americans haven't thought about their Halloween costumes. Parents are still in back-to-school mode. But retailers already have visions of profit dancing in their heads. Kmart aired its first holiday ad last week,...
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  • Barbie at 54 finds her revenues sagging

     Barbie at 54 finds her revenues sagging
    Disturbing news this week for Barbie: Mattel reported that revenue from the doll fell 12% in the second quarter that ended June 30. That’s Barbie’s fourth straight quarterly sales slide. It’s tough to be a middle-aged female...
  • Hasbro expands Marvel, 'Star Wars' deals as superhero toy sales slow

    Hasbro expands Marvel, 'Star Wars' deals as superhero toy sales slow
    Hasbro Inc., the country’s largest toymaker behind Southern California’s Mattel Inc., suffered a 16% slump in second-quarter profit as its boys category struggled to recoup last summer’s strength. During the period, which ended June...
  • Taco Bell discontinues kids' meals and toys, says it's the first

    Taco Bell is discontinuing its kids' meals and toys at U.S. restaurants beginning this month, the Irvine-based Mexican-style chain said Monday. The fast-food giant said it’s the first in the industry to undertake the effort, which it said will...
  • Sol Kramer, wholesale hobby business owner

    Sol Kramer, wholesale hobby business owner
    Sol Kramer, who turned a Depression-era 15-cent balsa toy airplane business into a leading wholesale hobby empire, died of pneumonia April 24 at Hospice by the Sea in Pompano Beach, Fla. The former Pikesville resident was 96. Born in Baltimore, he was...
  • Ask the Pet Expert | Adopting a cat

    Ask the Pet Expert | Adopting a cat
    We are getting ready to adopt a cat but have never had one before. Besides a litter box and food and water bowls, what should we buy ahead of time to be ready for our new family member? Now that you have the basics covered, it's time to think about...
  • ABC adds 'power pack' Tuesday night to 2013-14 TV schedule

    ABC adds 'power pack' Tuesday night to 2013-14 TV schedule
    With a 2013-14 TV schedule that mixes "stability and out-and-out ambition," ABC will air limited-run series and drop one night of "Dancing with the Stars," ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee said during a Tuesday morning conference call. ABC is...