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'Toys For Tickets' Lets Boston Residents Donate Gifts Instead Of Paying

Huffington Post: Through Saturday, any Bostonian with an outstanding parking ticket has the option to pay off the fine by donating an unwrapped gift of equal or greater value through the city's “Toys for Tickets” program, which distributes the goods to underprivileged ...
Hot Toys' Ada Wong Is Lovely, But Can She Pull Off That Dress?

- 3 months ago @ kotaku.com: After my first whirlwind love affair with a Hot Toys Iron Man figure, I decided to go outside of my comfort zone for my second figure review. Someone a lot more vulnerable, but ten times as dangerous. Someone like Resident Evil's Ada Wong. Resident ...

Value Added: Potomac's wealthy crowd losing Toys Unique, a beloved toy store

- 2 months ago @ washingtonpost.com: I have written many columns about entrepreneurs reinventing themselves and their companies in order to survive. Then there is the story of Toys Unique, a quaint, neighborhood specialty shop in wealthy Potomac that stubbornly holds on to its ideals ...

Hasbro Is Banking on Movie Blockbusters to Sell Toys to Boys

- 2 months ago @ businessweek.com: Last month, the largest toymaker, Mattel (MAT), disappointed investors with a sales shortfall blamed on a 13 percent decline in sales of Barbie dolls and a slightly smaller drop for Hot Wheels toys. The weak holiday sales season has sent stocks across ...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rise To New Heights At American International Toy Fair In New York City

- 2 months ago @ ca.finance.yahoo.com: EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Playmates Toys, the company behind the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles toy line over the last three decades, is set to introduce its all-new 2014 line, inspired by Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated show. The lineup provides non-stop Ninja adventures, including playsets that allow the Turtles to zip line, new action figures with unique ...

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My Little Pony sales help Hasbro show a jump in quarterly profits

MY LITTLE Pony and other toys aimed at girls have helped Hasbro beat profit forecasts in the first three months of the year.The 31-year-old pony franchise pushed revenues from girls’ toys up by more than ...

Hasbro’s profit beats estimates

Toymaker Hasbro Incorporated reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong demand for its toys for girls. Reuters reported on Monday that sales of girls’ toys such as My Little Pony and Nerf Rebelle increased 21 percent to $138.7m in the first quarter ended March 30. The girls’ toys business accounted for 20.4 per cent...  [Read More...]

McDonald's Gave Me the “Girl's Toy” With My Happy Meal. So I Went to the CEO.

In the fall of 2008, when I was 11 years old, I wrote to the CEO of McDonald's and asked him to change the way his stores sold Happy Meals. I expressed my frustration that McDonald's always asked if my family preferred a “girl toy” or a “boy toy” when ...

Girl Power: Hasbro returns to 1st-quarter profit as sales of girls' toys

Toy makers are facing a weak environment globally due to the uncertain economy and popularity of electronic gadgets. The first quarter is the seasonally smallest for toy makers, coming after the key holiday quarter which can account for up to 40 ...

Hasbro Posts 1Q Profit, Sales of Girls' Toys Rise

ABC News: Toy makers are facing a weak environment globally due to the uncertain economy and popularity of electronic gadgets. The first quarter is the seasonally smallest for toy makers, coming after the key holiday quarter which can account for up to 40 ...

Hasbro posts 1Q profit, sales of girls' toys rise

Hasbro returned to profitability in its first quarter, driven by sales of girls' toys such as My Little Pony and Nerf Rebelle. The prior-year results were dragged down by restructuring charges. Its latest ...

Hasbro posts 1st quarter profit, sales of girls' toys rise

KOMO News: PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Hasbro returned to profitability in its first quarter, driven by sales of girls' toys such as My Little Pony and Nerf Rebelle. The prior-year results were dragged down by restructuring charges. Its latest earnings topped Wall ...

Dangerous toy darts should be pulled from Dollar Tree shelves, Gov. Cuomo says

The Post-Standard: ALBANY, N.Y. -- A popular toy dart set sold by Dollar Tree stores should be recalled, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today. Cuomo is urging the federal government to recall "Clingy Darts" because they contain dangerously high levels of a phthalate known as ...

LEGO..

Beyond Lego, some new building toys

The News Journal: “Construction toys empower children. They offer a child a chance to be adventurous – to ask, 'what if,' to think abstractly, developing creative intelligence. Building develops strategic thinking. It provides visionary perspective and it increases ...

Want your kids to learn to code? These toys can help.

Pioneer Press: The surprising thing is that some of these toys aren't as expensive as you'd expect, especially compared to what some of us are used to shelling out for game systems (gulp!). Here are some of the standouts. Lego Mindstorms EV3 ($349.99; ages 10 and up) ...

I'll Take All The Titanfall K'nex Building Toys Now, Please

Kotaku: K'nex, like Mega Bloks, is one of those building toy companies the video game makers go to after LEGO makes it clear they don't do over-the-top violence. They are marketing themselves as "America's Building Toy," as if being from Denmark were somehow ...

Pillow Talk: Toys 'R' Us

Daily Northwestern: As much as I wish this were an article highlighting the relative merits of Legos versus Lincoln Logs, I think we all know I'm talking about a different kind of toy. Though not every night in the sack is begging to be intensified by the addition of a ...

Lego Fans Developing New Models Spawns Ghostbusters Car

Brent Waller spent his childhood crafting plastic-brick versions of characters from TV shows and movies like "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Batman." At age 35, the Australian Lego fan has gotten so good at playing with the toys that the company will start selling his models. Waller's creation -- which includes a miniature of the Cadillac ambulance from "Ghostbusters," the 1984 comedy ...

New construction toys go beyond Lego

Building and construction toys have been a fixture in playrooms since, well, forever, and there are several reasons for their enduring appeal.

Right at Home: beyond Lego, some new building toys

Building and construction toys have been a fixture in playrooms since, well, forever, and there are several reasons for their enduring appeal.

XMAS..

Ailing Toys 'R' Us to lay off nearly 200 employees

New York Post: Toys “R” Us got nicked in a nasty Christmas fight with Amazon — and now the bleeding has begun. The cash-strapped toy chain is poised to lay off as many as 200 employees at its headquarters in Wayne, NJ, as it looks to conserve cash, sources told The ...

Ailing Toys ‘R’ Us to lay off nearly 200 employees

Toys “R” Us got nicked in a nasty Christmas fight with Amazon — and now the bleeding has begun. The cash-strapped toy chain is poised to lay off as many...

SEX TOYS..

Why baby-boomers should throw out their sex toys now

The Guardian: I've been thinking about an extremely beautiful sex toy an old boyfriend got me – I think it is on my mind because he is having heart surgery this week. This is how it is at a certain age; when you hear about an old boyfriend it's not because he got ...

Man arrested for stealing sex toys

WWLP 22News: OLYMPIA, Wash. (KOMO) – A Washington state man is accused of stealing adult toys and it was caught on camera. This place that used to go by the name “Lovers Package” is for adults only. It's full of lingerie and what they call “pleasure products ...

Busted: Libertarian magazine falsely claims poor families can buy sex toys

Raw Story: The libertarian magazine Reason falsely asserted on Thursday that electronic debit cards issued to people in the food stamp program could be used to purchase adult sex toys at a lingerie shop in Louisiana. Earlier this week, WAFB reported that Kiss My ...

Police: Man steals sex toys from Olympia adult store

Olympia police who responded to the burglary alarm found that the front door window had been smashed out, according to the newspaper. ”Items which appeared to be missing from the shelves and also rummaged through, were sex toys of various brands,” ...

Sex toys prohibited in Zim — Zimra

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has said the importation of sex toys is illegal.

A World Of Open Source Sex Toys, Built By Three Georgia Tech Students

How a "digital condom" called the Electric Eel is kicking off a movement. The Stitchfest hackathon at UPenn didn't know what was coming when Andrew Quitmeyer and Firaz Peer built an Arduino-powered genital shocker for their DIY hacking contest. This was no stunt: Quitmeyer intends for the DIY sex toy to be one of an open source suite when he opens Comingle next August--what he hopes will be the ...

5 Terrifying Sex Toys That Prove We're Overthinking Sex

Sometimes when I sit in front of the fire in my smoking jacket, idly sipping Scotch and browsing through the latest issue of 'Sexy Sex Sexology on Sexual Sexiness,' it occurs to me that we, as a society, are totally overthinking ...

TECH GADGETS..

App developers look to combine traditional toys and technology

Soft toys such as teddy bears are some of the most basic playthings around. But as tablet computers become commonplace in nurseries, even stuffed animals are getting the digital treatment. TuTu, a stuffed pink rabbit, is a recent example. Modelled on ...

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