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Toys in the News 2/08/2021


A Furry Fix: How ‘Social Toys’ Can Help Kids Battle Illness and Anxiety (02/08/2021)

But by the end of his junior year in 2011, Aaron Horowitz had designed his own major, mechatronics and user interaction design – essentially, how people play with robots – and had entered the world of what adults call social robots, teaching tools or smart toys, or what children simply call a friend. And they help. 

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-02-08/social-robots-toys-help-kids-battle-disease-and-anxiety 

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LEGO Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle returns to LEGO.com as stock saga continues (02/08/2021)

Harry Potter’s latest magic trick is manipulating the LEGO Group’s online inventory, as 71043 Hogwarts Castle continues to shift in and out of stock – and is now once again available to order. After spending weeks marked as ‘temporarily out of stock’, the enormous microscale recreation of the wizarding school popped up again at the end of last week.

https://www.brickfanatics.com/lego-harry-potter-71043-hogwarts-castle-returns-to-lego-com-as-stock-saga-continues/ 

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Relatable Tweets About The Things Parents Google (02/08/2021)

From the practical to the absurd, there’s no limit to the information parents seek on Google. And as the funny moms and dads of Twitter have shown, raising kids leads to some pretty hilarious searches. Check out these 27 relatable tweets right here!

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/things-parents-google-tweets_l_600e9008c5b6f401aea5f08c 

KIDKRAFT, TINKERTINI SEEK INVENTORS TO CREATE HIT WOODEN TOYS (02/08/2021)

A new era of innovation is set to begin in one of the most classic categories.

KidKraft and TinkerTini have teamed up to mount a search for inventors who have fresh ideas for wooden toys. For more than 50 years, KidKraft has been a market leader in dollhouses, play kitchens, playhouses, ride-ons, playsets, kids’ furniture, and more.

https://toybook.com/kidkraft-tinkertini-wood-toy-inventor-search/ 

There’s a cursed list of movies based on childhood toys coming our way (02/08/2021)

There are ten films and over 20 TV shows in some stage of development centring around the playthings, gizmos, and gadgets of the past. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this is because the world’s two largest toymakers (Hasbro and Mattel) are at war to be the first place in the market.

https://happymag.tv/toys-games-come-to-life-in-movies/ 

Hasbro Down −3.18  $94.10 at 10:44 AM PST after it had surged in Premarkets, as gaming strength helps boost profit and revenue above expectations (02/08/2021)

Shares of Hasbro Inc. HAS, +0.42% rallied 2.8% toward a one-year high in premarket trading Monday, after the toy maker reported fourth-quarter profit and revenue that rose above expectations, as strength in gaming offset a miss in its franchise brands business. Take a look at the detailed numbers right here.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/hasbro-stock-surges-as-gaming-strength-helps-boost-profit-and-revenue-above-expectations-2021-02-08 

Unboxing Chaos With Hasbro’s Massive 27-inch HasLab Transformers: War for Cybertron Unicron (02/08/2021)

If you ever thought Megatron was the only vile villain against the Autobots, you’re absolutely wrong because in contrast to Unicron, Megatron was fun-sized. On the other hand, The Transformers: War for Cybertron Unicron is probably Hasbro’s most ambitious toy venture thus far. This is not the first Unicron toy of course, but it’s the biggest.

https://geekculture.co/unboxing-chaos-with-hasbros-massive-27-inch-haslab-transformers-war-for-cybertron-unicron/ 

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Lego Sonic the Hedgehog is a delightful dose of nostalgia (02/08/2021)

Anyone can design their own set for Lego Ideas, and the company will consider manufacturing any that receive over 10,000 votes. Viv Grannell's version of Green Hill Zone, the most famous Sonic The Hedgehog level, is one of just two Lego has chosen to manufacture from 2020.

https://www.creativebloq.com/news/sonic-lego-2021 

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LEGO x Unity Build Your Own Game Contest Announced (02/08/2021)

LEGO is giving you an opportunity to build your own LEGO Microgame using Unity. For just participating in the contest, you will receive a custom, limited edition LEGO Unity minifigure. All the details are available in the link below. 

https://www.thebrickfan.com/lego-x-unity-build-your-own-game-contest-announced/ 

Expert: How parents can stimulate children’s interest in schoolwork as much as video games (02/07/2021)

At the start of the pandemic about 8 percent of parents said their kids had six hours or more of screen time per day and 10 months later, that number jumped nearly 50 percent.

Parents are now faced with trying to encourage their kids to spend the same amount of effort on school work as they do video games.

https://www.whio.com/news/local/expert-how-parents-can-stimulate-childrens-interest-schoolwork-much-video-games/VQMFWNRAWNG6DIYMX5LXOM6NZA/ 

Here's Why Disney Could Be Stronger Than Ever in 2021 (02/07/2021)

Walt Disney's (NYSE:DIS) business was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its theme parks and cruise line were forced to shut down, and watching movies in theaters just isn't happening right now. Despite this, there's reason to believe that Disney could emerge from the pandemic a significantly stronger business than before.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/02/07/heres-why-disney-could-be-stronger-than-ever-in-20/ 

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RUMOR: Disney Looking to Buy MGM, Home of ‘James Bond’ and ‘Rocky’ Franchises (02/07/2021)

Could Mickey Mouse be the new M for James Bond? If true, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Disney is trying to get its hands on as much content as possible to shore up its offering as it competes with Netflix head to head. And MGM is for sale, with a reported asking price of around $5.5. Billion.

https://www.piratesandprincesses.net/rumor-disney-looking-to-buy-mgm-home-of-james-bond-and-rocky-franchises/ 

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Violent Video Games Aren’t Ruining Your Kids—but It’s Good to Discuss Them (02/06/2021)

Decades of research haven’t established a firm link between violence committed in games and violence committed in real life. Yet questions persist about the subtle effects that violent games have on developing minds. The questions have become more pressing as the pandemic drags on. Now, a study published last month has raised fresh questions about aggression and violent video games and, unlike past studies, this one followed adolescent gamers for a decade.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/violent-videogames-arent-ruining-your-kidsbut-its-good-to-discuss-them-11612620001 

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5 Most Effective Ways to Get Your Kid Started with Coding? (02/06/2021)

Learning to code has immense benefits. From developing creative and computational thinking to enhancing problem-solving skills, there are a myriad of reasons to learn kids programming. Coding the problem into a language that is understandable by the computers can not only be fun and engaging but also help in sharpening the brain by applying problem-solving strategies.

https://www.inventiva.co.in/startups/education/inventiva/5-most-effective-ways-to-get-your-kid-started-with-coding/ 

PonyCycle Introduces Classic Model U Series Ride-On Horse Toy Popular with Well-Known Celebrities (02/05/2021)

"With a unique mechanism that requires kids to use fully-body motions to make the PonyCycle gallop (which are similar to motions made when riding a real horse), it's the perfect toy for little cowboys, cowgirls, and princesses who are wishing for a pony", said Ada Gong, U.S. Marketing Manager at PonyCycle.

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ponycycle-introduces-classic-model-u-series-ride-on-horse-toy-popular-with-well-known-celebrities-301223071.html 

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BECOMING A CLAN OF TWO WITH MATTEL’S THE CHILD REAL MOVES PLUSH (02/04/2021)

The Child Real Moves Plush (that is now available to order) is designed with several interactive features, to follow fans, play hide and seek, and respond to a remote control that’s conveniently sized for children and adults. 

https://www.starwars.com/news/mattel-the-child-real-moves-plush-feature 

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Is Mattel Stock a Buy? (02/04/2021)

Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) was hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic every bit as much as rival Hasbro with both stocks losing over 50% of their value during the sell-off last March. However, from their respective low points, the former has gained about 150% as of this writing, while the latter is up 115%. Take a look at why an investor just might want to buy shares of Mattel in 2021.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/02/04/is-mattel-stock-a-buy/ 

Idaho Man Supercharges 450cc Barbie Jeep, Does Snow Drifting, Donuts, and Jumps (02/04/2021)

Because we as a species have started growing bored of normal car projects, and a supercharged Barbie Jeep is our last hope of building up excitement in our lives. At the end of the day, why do we spend so much money on our project cars? It's because we want to have fun, right? Grind Hard Plumbing Co has been working on their Barbie Jeep for a few years now, but they've just taken it to the next level by adding a supercharger into the equation. 

https://www.autoevolution.com/news/idaho-man-supercharges-450cc-barbie-jeep-does-snow-drifting-donuts-and-jumps-155561.html 

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How to Balance Your Design Sensibilities With the Realities of Living With Kids (02/04/2021)

With rattles and toy blocks littered around the living room and crayon smudges on the walls, we are assuming you need these few tips to help you keep your space feeling controlled and adult, even if your kid is still running the show. Little by little, you will be able to reclaim your space.

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/toy-storage-ideas-for-keeping-your-design 

TOP 10 BEST OF BABY TOYS FOR NEWBORNS 2021 (02/04/2021)

Here’s a rounded up list with all the details you need to know to make your pick for baby toys that, undoubtedly, your infant is going to love. The best part about this list, though, is that none of the products contain any toxic materials that might harm your baby. 

https://bestgamingpro.com/of-baby-toys-for-newborns/ 

Disney pops as California bill calls for theme parks to reopen faster (02/04/2021)

The bill is co-sponsored by Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva Assemblywoman and Republican Assemblywoman Suzette Martinez-Valladares. If approved, the bill would allow large theme parks with a capacity of 15,000 or more visitors to reopen when their home countries enter the “orange,” or moderate tier, as defined by California’s guidelines on COVID-19 case totals.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/disney-california-bill-theme-parks-reopen-faster 

 

Global STEM Toys Market 2020 Industry Analysis – Hasbro, Vtech, Bandai, LEGO Group, Melissa & Doug, Mattel, BanBao, Gigotoys, TAKARA TOMY (02/03/2021)

Here’s a new exclusive research on Global STEM Toys Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 covers the key parameters required for your research need. The report explains a detailed analysis of the market segmentation, size, growth, and competitive landscape.

https://reportedtimes.com/global-stem-toys-market-2020-industry-analysis-hasbro-vtech-bandai-lego-group-melissa-doug-mattel-banbao-gigotoys-takara-tomy/ 

Let Barbie be your Valentine this year: Her gift guide for 2021 (02/01/2021)

The iconic doll turned “Extra” fashion maven is here to curate your Valentine’s Day 2021 shopping list, whether you’re looking for your significant other or a BFF in need of a “Galentine’s Day” treat for a good pal or even a parent. Barbie always knows what’s trending.

https://nypost.com/2021/02/01/let-barbie-be-your-valentine-this-year-her-gift-list-for-2021/ 



 Added: 2/8/2021

 


The family of Alexander Kearns, 20, who died by suicide in June 2020, thinking he had a negative balance of $730,000 in stock market losses is planning to sue Robinhood. The app made several updates to its interface in the months after Kearns' death, including additional criteria and education for those seeking to make high-level trades.

Our hearts go out to Alex, a life tragically cut too short.  May his parents and family find support and inner strength.




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