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Mattel Gadget Listens to Babies, Setting Off Privacy Alarms – Bloomberg

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Toymaker Mattel Inc. has announced plans to sell a nursery gadget that will listen to infants and watch over them, record their sleep patterns, and even play a lullaby should they awaken. Put another way: It eavesdrops on kids. Aristotle by Mattel Skeptics are asking if the device, similar to Amazon.com’s Echo with its Alexa voice assistant, will violate children’s privacy and deepen a trend of surrendering intimate human connections…

Inside the Lego House – in pictures – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

From the yellow amphitheatre built into its sides to the tree thrusting through its innards, the extraordinary new Lego House in Billund, Denmark, is a riot of interconnecting blocks that begs fans young and old to climb aboard •Everything is awesome! A review of the brick-tastic new Lego House

Toymakers say there is ‘widespread panic’ following Toys R Us bankruptcy – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Toys R Us owes money to more than 100,000 creditors. (Larry W Smith/European Pressphoto Agency-EFE) Within hours of Toys R Us’s bankruptcy filing last week, the maker of Max Tow Truck and Animal Babies Nursery sounded a financial alarm of its own: Jakks Pacific, the company said, expected to swing to a loss this year as a result of the mega-retailer’s bankruptcy. Toys R Us owes $14.06 million to Jakks, which last…

Mattel Nursery Gadget Listens to Babies, Sets Off Privacy Alarms – Bloomberg

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Toymaker Mattel Inc. has announced plans to sell a nursery gadget that will listen to infants and watch over them, record their sleep patterns, and even play a lullaby should they awaken. Put another way: It eavesdrops on kids. Aristotle by Mattel Skeptics are asking if the device, similar to Amazon.com’s Echo with its Alexa voice assistant, will violate children’s privacy and deepen a trend of surrendering intimate human connections…

Toymakers say there is ‘widespread panic’ following Toys R Us bankruptcy – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Toys R Us owes money to more than 100,000 creditors. (Larry W Smith/European Pressphoto Agency-EFE) Within hours of Toys R Us’s bankruptcy filing last week, the maker of Max Tow Truck and Animal Babies Nursery sounded a financial alarm of its own: Jakks Pacific, the company said, expected to swing to a loss this year as a result of the mega-retailer’s bankruptcy. Toys R Us owes $14.06 million to Jakks, which last…

Toy maker Mattel planning a new 14-story tower in El Segundo – Curbed LA

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Gargantuan toy company Mattel is planning a major expansion of its El Segundo headquarters and a recently released environmental impact report for the project (spotted by Urbanize LA) shows that it would include a pair of new office buildings, including one set to rise 14 stores. Plans show the structure would be similar in design to the company’s existing office tower already on the project site. It would include more…

How risky business bankrupted Toys ‘R’ Us – CNN

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

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Lego House, a giant playhouse dubbed the ‘Home of the Brick,’ is now open – The Verge

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Lego’s hometown of Billund, Denmark, is about to see a huge boost in tourism. Set just 10 minutes away from the airport, Lego House is a new 12,000-square-meter playhouse for Lego fans of all ages, including AFOLs (that’s “Adult Fans of Lego,” according to the company’s own lingo). The building, made to look like 21 Lego bricks stacked on top of each other, is topped by a 2×4 Lego block…

Tough toy business claims another casualty – STLtoday.com

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Selling toys might sound fun, but it hasn’t been a lark for most retailers that have tried. Toys R Us, which filed for bankruptcy this week, is the latest addition to a long list of toy-chain casualties. Zany Brainy failed in 2001, FAO Schwarz in 2003 and KB Toys in 2008. Toys R Us insists that, unlike those defunct competitors, it will emerge from bankruptcy and…

Toymakers say there is ‘widespread panic’ following Toys R Us bankruptcy – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Toys R Us owes money to more than 100,000 creditors. (Larry W Smith/European Pressphoto Agency-EFE) Within hours of Toys R Us’s bankruptcy filing last week, the maker of Max Tow Truck and Animal Babies Nursery sounded a financial alarm of its own: Jakks Pacific, the company said, expected to swing to a loss this year as a result of the mega-retailer’s bankruptcy. Toys R Us owes $14.06 million to Jakks, which last…

Lego House, a giant playhouse dubbed the ‘Home of the Brick,’ is now open – The Verge

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Lego’s hometown of Billund, Denmark, is about to see a huge boost in tourism. Set just 10 minutes away from the airport, Lego House is a new 12,000-square-meter playhouse for Lego fans of all ages, including AFOLs (that’s “Adult Fans of Lego,” according to the company’s own lingo). The building, made to look like 21 Lego bricks stacked on top of each other, is topped by a 2×4 Lego block…

How risky business bankrupted Toys ‘R’ Us – CNN

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

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Toy stores where kids play, explore are thriving while others struggle – Press Herald

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

Ella Wiesenfelder has been coming to Barstons Child’s Play her whole life, so naturally it’s where she wanted to be on the afternoon of her 8th birthday. She had already picked out a Lego spaceship and a magic kit with 150 tricks for herself and was now helping her 6-year-old sister, Cora, make a selection. “How about this?” she asked, holding up a pony that changes colors in the bath….

Man’s lung tumor turns out to be a toy he swallowed 40 years ago – CNN

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2017

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Toymakers say there is ‘widespread panic’ following Toys R Us bankruptcy – Washington Post

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Toys R Us owes money to more than 100,000 creditors. (Larry W Smith/European Pressphoto Agency-EFE) Within hours of Toys R Us’s bankruptcy filing last week, the maker of Max Tow Truck and Animal Babies Nursery sounded a financial alarm of its own: Jakks Pacific, the company said, expected to swing to a loss this year as a result of the mega-retailer’s bankruptcy. Toys R Us owes $14.06 million to Jakks, which last…

Lego House, a giant playhouse dubbed the ‘Home of the Brick,’ is now open – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Lego’s hometown of Billund, Denmark, is about to see a huge boost in tourism. Set just 10 minutes away from the airport, Lego House is a new 12,000-square-meter playhouse for Lego fans of all ages, including AFOLs (that’s “Adult Fans of Lego,” according to the company’s own lingo). The building, made to look like 21 Lego bricks stacked on top of each other, is topped by a 2×4 Lego block…

How risky business bankrupted Toys ‘R’ Us – CNN

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Marvel’s Superheroes Are on Hookup Apps and Hate It Just Like Everyone Else – Gizmodo

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Image: Marvel Comics Comic book relationships have always been kind of cheesy, charming throwbacks to the good old days when people married their high school sweethearts or had random meet-cutes, like, on the subway. While those things do still happen, dating in the 21st century means that you’re probably on an app, and the same is now true in comics, too. It was only a matter of time before the…

Man’s lung tumor turns out to be a toy he swallowed 40 years ago – CNN

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Toys R Us sales woes may have been sign of what was to come – SFGate

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Caption Close NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us, trying to reorganize under bankruptcy leading into the holiday season, was seeing overall sales fall and those at established locations drop even more sharply as it was heading for a Chapter 11 filing. Weaker sales illustrated the difficulty the retailer was having amid more intense competition from businesses such as Amazon and Walmart that can offer lower prices. Toys R Us…