| Oct 9, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Thor, Loki and their Asgardian pals are getting the Lego treatment in a new parody of the “Thor: The Dark […]...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 10, 2013
| 3:01 PM
Rick Gaeta loves animals.
The Walnutport resident also enjoys hiking through the mountains looking for birds.
And when he gets home, he likes to play with his cat Charli, a gray tabby.
What he doesn't like is wasting money on cat toys, especially...
| 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...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Barbie seems to be losing ground as the queen bee of doll-dom, as sales of the Mattel Inc. figurine slipped for the fourth straight quarter.
Revenue from the fashion toy sank 12% in the second quarter, which ended June 30, the El Segundo-based company...
| 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...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 9:32 AM
Highland Park's long-running "Three-Church Rummage Sale" is now four.
A city tradition for decades, this rummage-palooza has in recent years been a collaborative effort among three churches. But on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, Christ Church, for the first time,...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 3:59 PM
Mary Cain seemed full of chutzpah, in a delightfully naïve way, when she talked after her first-ever race at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in June about making the top three and getting to Moscow for the World Championships in August.
| 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...