Children Toys and Collectibles

Hasbro to Make Play-Doh American Again – WSJ – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Play-Doh will soon be squeezed out of a factory in the U.S. again, as Hasbro Inc. brings manufacturing of the popular moldable clay back to America for the first time in years. Hasbro said it is working with a manufacturing partner to make Play-Doh at a facility in East Longmeadow, Mass., starting in the second half of 2018. Although the preschool clay was invented in Cincinnati in the 1950s, it…

London’s LEGO Store Lets You Buy a LEGO Mosaic of Your Face – Nerdist

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Well, it seems we’re going to be on the lookout for cheap airfare to the United Kingdom, since we now have yet another reason to visit London and their new LEGO store–where you can get a custom mosaic kit of your face. The LEGO Mosaic Maker, as it’s appropriately called, functions as the coolest photo booth in existence by taking your picture, rendering it in a grayscale grid, sorting out which…

Lego, make this monster-ful Dungeon Master set real – CNET – CNET

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Welcome to the dungeon. Ymarilego You’re a Lego minifig warrior. With your shield and sword at the ready, you step into a dark stone room and come face to face with a glowing spider and goblin. What will you do, brave adventurer? The Dungeon Master Lego kit concept from fan and builder Ymarilego aims to unite the realm of role-playing games with the world of Lego. The Dungeon Master set…

3 Keys to Mattel Inc’s Turnaround Effort – Motley Fool

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017

Industry-leading toy company Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) had a rough 2016. Its problems, however, started much earlier. Mattel’s iconic Barbie has fallen out of fashion, and in September of 2014, the company also lost the licensing for the lucrative Walt Disney Princess line to rival Hasbro after being the sole beneficiary for nearly 20 years. After that stumble, Mattel’s performance has suffered — the shoes left by the Disney darlings have simply been…

Hasbro to Make Play-Doh American Again – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2017

Play-Doh will soon be squeezed out of a factory in the U.S. again, as Hasbro Inc. brings manufacturing of the popular moldable clay back to America for the first time in years. Hasbro said it is working with a manufacturing partner to make Play-Doh at a facility in East Longmeadow, Mass., starting in the second half of 2018. Although the preschool clay was invented in Cincinnati in the 1950s, it…

‘My Friend Cayla’ Doll Records Children’s Speech, Is Vulnerable to Hackers – snopes.com

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

On 17 February 2017, Germany banned both the sale and ownership of an interactive doll made by the U.S. company Genesis Toys called My Friend Cayla, alleging that it contains a “concealed surveillance device” that violates federal privacy regulations. The doll is equipped with a microphone and uses a Bluetooth app to connect to the Internet, enabling it to converse and answer questions by exchanging data with a third-party voice recognition software company. Germany’s Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) announced…

Lego, make this monster-ful Dungeon Master set real – CNET

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

Welcome to the dungeon. Ymarilego You’re a Lego minifig warrior. With your shield and sword at the ready, you step into a dark stone room and come face to face with a glowing spider and goblin. What will you do, brave adventurer? The Dungeon Master Lego kit concept from fan and builder Ymarilego aims to unite the realm of role-playing games with the world of Lego. The Dungeon Master set…

Marvel Games declares war on homogeneity – Polygon

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

Marvel Games’ creative director Bill Rosemann used his DICE keynote earlier today to urge games companies to focus on inclusiveness and diversity. Like Jeff Kaplan’s Overwatch keynote yesterday, Rosemann chose to use the DICE 2017 theme of “world building” as an opportunity to celebrate inclusivity. Taking Marvel’s history of creating great superheroes as his central narrative, he called on developers to step up. “We can create worlds that affect others,”…

More than 400000 plastic toy frogs recalled – CNN

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

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‘World’s first transgender doll’ to go on sale this summer – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

An item billed as the “world’s first transgender doll” has been debuted at the New York Toy Fair, which drew to a close earlier this week. The doll is based on 16-year-old transgender activist and YouTube personality Jazz Jennings who, born a boy, transitioned to living as a girl at age five. The doll, which is 18in high, will be priced at £71 when it goes on sale this July. It was created…

This pretty blond doll could be spying on your family – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

The “My Friend Cayla” doll on sale at the DreamToys toy fair in central London. (AFP/Leeo Neal ) The My Friend Cayla doll seems innocent enough. She’s pretty, with curly blond hair, big blue eyes and kicky Converse sneakers. Her necklace lights up. And Cayla is Bluetooth-enabled, which means she can connect to the Internet and chatter with her owners about horses and hobbies. The American-made doll can even respond to questions, Siri-style….

How Tech and Gender Inclusivity Are Propelling the Toy Industry – Fortune

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017

The toy aisle is one of the happiest places in the world of retail. At a time when restaurants are struggling with weak traffic due to high prices, department store sales are sputtering because of changing shopping behaviors, and apparel sales are being upended by cheap fast fashion, toy makers like Hasbro (has), Mattel (mat), and Lego are posting several strong years of sales. Experts say players big and small…

‘World’s first transgender doll’ to go on sale this summer – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

An item billed as the “world’s first transgender doll” has been debuted at the New York Toy Fair, which drew to a close earlier this week. The doll is based on 16-year-old transgender activist and YouTube personality Jazz Jennings who, born a boy, transitioned to living as a girl at age five. The doll, which is 18in high, will be priced at £71 when it goes on sale this July. It was created…

‘World’s first transgender doll’ to go on sale this summer – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

An item billed as the “world’s first transgender doll” has been debuted at the New York Toy Fair, which drew to a close earlier this week. The doll is based on 16-year-old transgender activist and YouTube personality Jazz Jennings who, born a boy, transitioned to living as a girl at age five. The doll, which is 18in high, will be priced at £71 when it goes on sale this July. It was created…

Best new Lego sets for 2017 revealed – including Batman, Minecraft … – Mirror.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

It’s rather overwhelming walking around the Lego booth at the New York Toy Fair. Not only are there hundreds of new sets but they span brands, ages and complexity. From Duplo to Creator sets to classic Lego City and even the large Lego Technic products, it’s an impressive range. This year Lego Boost extends this further with a sensor driven remote controlled robot that can be built in six different…

Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson On Her "Inspiring" Role (And Her Haircut) – GameSpot

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Captain Marvel is set make her Marvel movie debut appearance in 2018′s Avengers: Infinity War, before headlining her own movie in 2019. Now star Brie Larson has spoken about starring in Marvel’s first female superhero-led movie. Speaking to IGN, Larson explained how important it was for her to take on this role. “I was once a young girl and I was confused by what a hero was, what I wanted…

Why Do Stocks’ Fair Value Estimates Change? – Morningstar – Morningstar.com

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Best new Lego sets for 2017 revealed – including Batman, Minecraft and Star Wars – Mirror.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

It’s rather overwhelming walking around the Lego booth at the New York Toy Fair. Not only are there hundreds of new sets but they span brands, ages and complexity. From Duplo to Creator sets to classic Lego City and even the large Lego Technic products, it’s an impressive range. This year Lego Boost extends this further with a sensor driven remote controlled robot that can be built in six different…