| Aug 13, 2013
| 12:56 PM
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To the kids, I would explain that while new toys are great, since they live with me, I buy them things that are also great and needed: food, home, clothes, medicine, etc. To the ex, I would discuss...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 8:01 AM
It’s only August, but retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys R Us are already getting a jump on what is expected to be a difficult holiday season.
On Wednesday, discount giant Wal-Mart said it would bring back its layaway program this year after last...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 4:23 PM
For the first nine albums of its career, the Goo Goo Dolls followed pretty much the same recording pattern: When the band felt it was time for a new album, “you’d sort of like lock yourself in a bunker and......
| Apr 16, 2013
| 3:32 PM
Iron Man is getting the Lego treatment, the latest in a long line of Lego greats including Batman, Aragorn and Harry ......
| Jun 18, 2013
| 1:02 PM
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover got its own official Lego avatar. The Mars Science Laboratory robot was picked by thousands of fans to be designed in toy brick form, and it joins a pantheon of other Red Planet...
| Jul 28, 2013
My kids, ages 7 and 9, like the stickers they get after their doctor appointments, but they aren't clamoring to visit the pediatrician just to get them.
It's not that different from their attitude toward fast-food restaurants. They like the toys that...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 3:02 PM
There are plenty of reasons to lie awake at night: The electric bill. The ecological disaster that is the Canadian tar sands. Freaky twists of fate. Mortality.
But the thing that wakes me in a cold sweat lately is both simpler and more chilling —...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 10:30 AM
In an ironic way, toymaker Hasbro is helping Randall Emmett and George Furla grow up.
As film financiers, the producers have built a reputation for making mid-range-budgeted action films such as "2 Guns," "Righteous Kill" and the reboots of "Conan the...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 12:30 PM
When Walt Disney Pictures releases "Iron Man 3" on homevideo Sept. 24, it won't be the first post-theatrical glimpse fans will get of the film after its theatrical run. The movie will be available for high-definition download three weeks earlier on a...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 10:32 PM
I work in digital media for a living; I’m constantly on a laptop, iPad or smartphone. I see huge benefits with these devices both as a parent and a website manager. And Libby, my 3-year-old, is now becoming a tech-savvy toddler.
She knows how...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 8:04 AM
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...