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Former Toys 'R' Us exec named to lead Fairfield toy company. October 30, 2014
— Fairfield-based toy company Alex Brands Wednesday named Neil Friedman, a former top executive at Wayne-based Toys "R" Us...

The Bizarre Toy Cameras That Heralded the Age of Instagram. October 30, 2014 — Sometime in the 1960s, a small manufacturer in Hong Kong released a cheap plastic camera called the Diana...

Robot Car Toy Maker Anki Hires Skyanders and EA Veterans as Executives. October 30, 2014 — Anki has hired two new executives with loads of gaming experience...

Retailers Set Back Holiday Shipping Deadlines. October 30, 2014 — When it comes to holiday shopping, last-minute free shipping can be a saving grace...

Hot Toys' latest is the most beautiful Stormtrooper ever made. October 29, 2014
— We were mightily impressed when Hot Toys revealed their Han Solo and Chewbacca figures...

'Angry Birds' Feathers Nest With Transforming Toys. October 29, 2014 — With Angry Birds Transformers now in app stores and the physical toys...

Walmart Starts Selling Used Video Games. October 28, 2014
— The world’s biggest retailer is doubling down on the used video game business: Wal-Mart Stores announced today...

Mattel: The Once And Future King. October 28, 2014 — Mattel is having a tumultuous year with numerous negative catalysts eroding its operations numbers...

New Hess truck arrives in time for the holidays. October 28, 2014 — Hess announced the newest addition to its celebrated line of toy trucks...

Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach congestion hit toy companies hard. October 27, 2014
— Around this time last year, Aeromax Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sean Schipper could count on...

CurrentC Is The Big Retailers’ Clunky Attempt To Kill Apple Pay And Credit Card Fees. October 27, 2014 — Long before Apple Pay, big brick-and-mortar retail chains were conspiring to sidestep the typical 2% to 3% fees...

What’s hot (and cool) in Halloween costumes for kids. October 27, 2014 — Fairytale misfits reign as the queens of Halloween 2014 — for girls, anyway...

Another Great Design Toy Is Primed for Reemergence. October 24, 2014
— Last month, for the first time in its 82-year history, the Lego Group stacked up as the world's number one toymaker...

Port troubles give retailers pause. October 24, 2014 — Major retailers are facing a thorny problem in Southern California...

Retailers in free delivery 'arms race' to snare online shoppers. October 24, 2014 — When David Novack went to the Best Buy in Eagan recently to look at dishwashers...

Optimize Your Game Plan for Holiday Toy Shopping. October 24, 2014 — Looking for the holiday season's hot toys, like anything related to Disney's "Frozen"...

Why 'slow toys' are a gift for future generations. October 23, 2014
— They’re the timeless playthings that mix classic designs with everlasting appeal...

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK) Surges Premarket On Strong Third-Quarter Earnings. October 23, 2014 — JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (JAKK) reported results for its third fiscal quarter on Thursday. Earnings and revenues were better...

Toys R Us Puts Breaking Bad Figures On Indefinite Sabbatical. October 22, 2014
— Toys R Us has announced it's pulling all Breaking Bad toys from its stores after more than 8,500 people signed...

LeapFrog debuts its LeapTV educational console for kids — with teacher-approved games. October 22, 2014 — LeapFrog Enterprises has launched its LeapTV video game console...

JAKKS Pacific Earnings Report: Will It Reward the Shorts Again? October 22, 2014 —The Q3 2014 earnings report for small cap toy stock JAKKS Pacific, Inc, a peer of toy stocks like Hasbro, Inc and Mattel, Inc, is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (October 23rd).

Hasbro in high spirits over prospects for film based on Ouija board. October 22, 2014 — Hollywood has a fascination with turning classic board games into movies...

Halloween Is Handing Out Many Treats (Not Tricks) To Retailers. October 21, 2014
— Halloween has become one of the fastest-growing consumer holidays...

Survey: Holiday Shoppers Will Avoid Retailers Hit By Data Breaches. October 21, 2014 — A new survey finds that almost half of shoppers will avoid retailers affected by recent data breaches...

Apple Pay Is Too Anonymous for Some Retailers. October 21, 2014 — Apple (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook loves to talk about the security features of his mobile-payments system...

Transformers, Nerf lift Hasbro's sales. October 20, 2014 — Toy maker Hasbro on Monday reported a 43% jump in third-quarter net income...

'My Little Pony' Movie in the Works at Hasbro Studios. October 20, 2014 —  Hasbro Studios has given the greenlight to a “My Little Pony” movie, with plans to release the animated film in 2017...

Unnerving sign of the times: The fuzzy Ebola Plush Toy sells out worldwide. October 20, 2014 — Behold, it’s “The Ebola Plush Toy,” priced at $9.95,” and a friendly looking critter indeed...

Toys R Us Is Selling Crystal Meth Toys From Breaking Bad. October 20, 2014 — Parents aren't happy that the toy store chain is selling drug dealer dolls...

Program helps disabled children stay mobile with modified toy cars. October 17, 2014 — Toddler Christopher Roe zoomed across the room in a motorized car, stopping in front of grown-up Sam Logan to share a giggle...

Will Hasbro Inc. Succeed Where Mattel Inc. Failed. October 17, 2014 — Toymaker Hasbro hasn't gotten much play from its stock in 2014, with shares roughly flat...

So Amazon Thinks It Can Do Retail. October 17, 2014 — Amazon is no longer satisfied with dominating the e-commerce world...

Mom wants Toys R Us to pull 'Breaking Bad' toys. October 17, 2014 — Award-winning show "Breaking Bad" was popular with critics, but one mom says...

Barbie's Star Fades, Dragging on Mattel in 3Q. October 16, 2014 — Mattel reported Thursday that Barbie sales fell 21 percent for the three months...

Hasbro Appoints John Frascotti to President, Hasbro Brands Duncan Billing to Lead Global Operations & New Business Development. October 16, 2014 — Global branded play leader Hasbro, Inc. today announced the promotion of John Frascotti to the newly-created position of President...

Looking for holiday gifts? Amazon unveils 2014 hot toy list. October 16, 2014 — Amazon.com this morning released its picks for the hottest new toys and children’s products of 2014...

Why Walt Disney Stock Is Falling Today. October 16, 2014 — Shares of The Walt Disney Co. are lower by 2.25% to $80.23 in early market trading after analysts...

Retail Sales in U.S. Dropped More Than Forecast in September. October 15, 2014 — Retail sales in the U.S. dropped more than forecast in September...

Earnings for Mattel Expected to Fall. October 15, 2014 — Mattel is expected to report lower third-quarter earnings on Thursday...

Cartwheel Kids acquires Boulder-based Smart Toy, maker of Ubooly. October 15, 2014 — Ubooly is on to a new adventure. The Boulder-based startup that created Ubooly — an interactive, educational plush toy...

Alipay to U.S. Retailers: Let Us Be Your One-Stop Shop for Selling Into China. October 15, 2014 — Alipay, China’s popular online payments service, wants a piece of the U.S. e-commerce market...

Independent shops bounce back as customers shun retail chains (UK). October 14, 2014 — Independent shops, bars and cafés are opening at their fastest rate in years...

How Disney Is Investing $3.2 Billion in Its Future. October 14, 2014
— Keeping the leading family media giant on top isn't cheap. Disney has been investing billions...

Lego brings back an old hit from its toy box. October 14, 2014 — The Bionicle toy line, which initially debuted in 2001, will return to store shelves...

'Frozen' Toys Like The Snow Glow Elsa Doll May Be The Black Friday 2014 Shopping Sellout. October 14, 2014 — The Frozen toys featuring Elsa and Anna may be the sensation that has parents scrambling...

Retailers ho ho hopeful for holiday sales. October 8, 2014 — After a glum holiday season last year, retailers hope the coming months...

Hasbro Moves New 'Transformers' Series To Cartoon Network. October 8, 2014 — Back in June, Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of toymaker Hasbro, announced the title of its newest Transformers animated series...

Retailers will win holidays with omnichannel. October 8, 2014 — This holiday season will bear witness to a digital shift in the retail world as more retailers...

Will This Holiday Season be the Shot in the Arm That Retailers Need? October 7, 2014 — As the economy continues its streak of slow, steady improvement, the National Retail Federation...

Hasbro and PEZ International Strike Sweet Global Licensing Deal for My Little Pony Branded PEZ Dispensers and Candy Line. October 7, 2014 — Two classic brands collaborate to create the sweet taste of success. Hasbro, Inc....

Retail banks are pinning growth hopes on technology which delivers real value. October 7, 2014 — From QR codes to social media analytics, banks have been playing with technology...

Mattel Still Has Hot 'Frozen' Line For Christmas. October 6, 2014 — Mattel may be losing the Frozen license, but not while it's at the top of parents' must-haves...

Worlds Inc. vs. Activision Blizzard Patent Infringement Markman Hearing Completed; Awaiting Ruling, Trial Date. October 6, 2014 — The Markman hearing for the patent infringement suit by Worlds Inc. (OTCQB: WDDD) against Activision Blizzard...

Walt Disney Co. Backs $1.25 Billion Lifeline for Euro Disney. October 6, 2014 — Walt Disney Company will inject cash into Euro Disney as part of a recapitalization plan...

Get That Life: How I Created a Toy Line That Inspires Girls to Love Engineering. October 6, 2014 — Frustrated with girls' toys being relegated to the "pink aisle," Debbie Sterling launched the popular GoldieBlox company...

Retailers Hiring The Most Employees For The Holidays: 24/7 Wall St. October 6, 2014 — Retailers across the nation are accepting waves of new employee applications in preparation...

Toys 'R' Us sued for $80M over 'defective' watch that allegedly burned a boy. October 3, 2014 — A New Jersey mom has filed an $80 million lawsuit against Toys 'R' Us after she bought...

Bob Iger, on Success Streak, Gets 2nd Contract Extension at Disney. October 3, 2014 — Robert A. Iger will remain Disney’s chief executive and chairman until June 2018...

Toys R Us recalls 19,000 baby and child sandals over butterfly wing choking hazard. October 3, 2014 — Toys R Us is recalling about 19,000 pairs of children's sandals decorated with butterfly wings...

The toys your kids will want this holiday. October 2, 2014 — To figure out what your kid wants for Christmas this year, go ask Elsa. Or Raphael....

Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List? October 2, 2014 — In the 1980s, when Brian Sheppard created a computer program that played Scrabble, he typed in a lot of words...

Former Wichitan to release companion toy to successful Rainbow Loom. October 2, 2014 — The former Wichitan who invented Rainbow Loom, one of the more popular toys on the planet, just launched a sequel...

3 Reasons Why Mattel, Inc. Isn't a Top Dividend Stock. October 1, 2014 — If you're looking for classic American brands, you could do a lot worse than Fisher-Price, Barbie, American Girl, and Hot Wheels...

8-year-old makes $1.3 million a year from posting toy reviews on YouTube. October 1, 2014 — Meet Evan-an 8-year-old who goes to school, does his homework, hangs out with friends...

GameStop's Still Around, Still Growing, And Still a Retail Force. October 1, 2014 — If I mentioned major industry events from this September, the first thing that would spring to your mind would...

The Email Strategies of 20 Top Retailers. October 1, 2014 — Many major retailers are not personalizing their marketing emails based...

Analysts: Elsa doll from 'Frozen' to be hottest toy this holiday season. September 30, 2014 — Nearly every holiday shopping season has a must-have toy that parents scramble to get under the Christmas tree...

Hasbro Not Just for Boys, but Princesses Pose Some Risk. September 30, 2014 — Hasbro's new strategic merchandising relationship with the Walt Disney Co. for the 'Disney Princess' and 'Frozen' properties...

Speakaboos Announces Partnerships with Major Distribution Partners Including LeapFrog, Fuhu, Inc., Fingerprint Digital and OverDrive. September 30, 2014 — Speakaboos, the award-winning mobile education platform that brings a library of interactive children's stories to life on digital devices...



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