| Nov 8, 2013
Thor, Loki and their Asgardian pals are getting the Lego treatment in a new parody of the “Thor: The Dark World” movie poster.
The poster, released on Nov. 6, features Lego versions of the stars of the upcoming Marvel film in a promotion for...
| Sep 16, 2013
Months of seeking toy donations for sick kids has taught a group of local Girl Scouts about empathy, leadership and financial savvy.
The eight teens, who are members of Troops 84 and 581 of Homer Glen, collected more than 900 new toys, from board games,...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:35 PM
Stevie Wonder has something extra special in the bag of goodies he’ll be toting to his 18th House Full of Toys holiday benefit concert in Los Angeles: He’s going to perform the entire “Songs in the Key of Life” album at the Dec. 21...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:43 AM
Toys R Us has always taken the lead on opening early for Black Friday shopping, and this year is no exception.
The retailer plans to open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving.
Now, a lot of stores are opening at 8 p.m. this year - the same hour Toys "R" us opened...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 3:00 PM
I'm a Barbie collector.
There, I said it.
I don't always confess it right away. In fact, I usually wait. My house isn't filled with Barbies like some episode of "Hoarders." The dolls are locked in a back bedroom, which I refer to as "storage" when new...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 1:18 PM
We are officially in the mad dash toward Christmas Day.
To help you navigate the endless promotional materials and discount news, I will post a running list of deals every weekend through Christmas with help from the bargain hunters at crazytowndeals....
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:59 PM
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,...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 7:52 PM
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,...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 2:20 PM
Toys "R" Us isn't playing around.
The toy retailer is opening most of its stores, including those in South Florida, at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Retailers have began announcing earlier than ever openings this holiday season hoping to attract the most...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 6:13 AM
It's a competitive world out there for retailers - especially those selling toys at Christmas. This year Target's marketing gimmicks include enlisting the help of a retired CIA intelligence officer.
Jonna Mendez is a former Chief of Disguise for the...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 11:12 AM
Green Monday, an online retail term was coined in 2009, refers to the second Monday in December, one of retail's biggest sales days online.
Cyber Monday sales were up by nearly 20 percent this year, according to industry analysts, and retailers are...