| Dec 20, 2013
| 8:12 PM
Two classes of third- and fourth-grade students at Kaiser Elementary lined up next to a Costa Mesa fire truck on campus Friday morning to donate holiday gifts to children in need.
The 58 elementary students, some donning Santa hats and holiday sweaters,...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 11:39 AM
Straight from the '90s, Furby is back on store shelves this holiday season, along with classic toys that never left: Barbie, Hot Wheels and Elmo, to name a few.
But more than ever, tech-related playthings are elbowing their way onto the traditional...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 12:40 PM
Six-year-old Camilla Lopez timidly walked along a table topped with dozens of dolls — soon one would be hers if she could just find the right one.
She finally settled on a girly doll resembling a baby and gently placed it in a black plastic bag....
| Nov 16, 2013
| 7:00 AM
PALO ALTO -- Starting about 7 a.m. Saturday in a corner of the Stanford Shopping Center, hundreds of girls under the age of 11 will begin lining up for an event that many of them have been dreaming about for years now: the grand opening of an American...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 3:10 AM
Freebie Friday morphs into Shopping Saturday! Our fabulous freebie free-for-all goes coupon crazy so you can save at your all fave stores. Today, snag a $10 off $50 grocery purchase coupon inside the Target flier inserted into this weekend's Sun...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 7:11 PM
"My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" (The Hub, Saturdays; Shout Factory home video). I had neglected this candy-colored gem of a show, whose fourth season began in November, until the latest DVD, "A Pony For Every Season," fell through the mail slot...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 4:09 PM
Costa Mesa fire stations are accepting donations for firefighters' 21st annual Spark of Love toy drive for kids in need, the city announced Friday.
Residents can drop off new and unwrapped toys, sports equipment or gift cards.
The donations will go to...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Q: What is today's value on my doll? She's in good shape; there are no chips on her bisque head and there has been very little restoration. She has only a petticoat, but I have old material that could be used for clothing.
A: Along with color photos, the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 4:03 AM
Hanukkah, known this year as Thanksgivukkah because it arrives just one day before Thanksgiving, and Christmas are around the corner.
So now's the time to make a mad grab for hot toys to save the trouble of running around. I asked Jodi Furman, who...
| Oct 13, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Breezily bringing the "Toy Story" franchise to TV as a half-hour Halloween special, "Toy Story of Terror!" makes deft use of the existing characters and introduces a few new ones. Although billed as Pixar's first TV adventure, mastermind John Lasseter's...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Q: We've had our 5-year-old Great Dane since he was a puppy. I took him through puppy class, obedience call, agility class, private instruction and to my office daily. At the age of 3, he began to get protective of me, lunging and growling at other...