Review: ‘Curious Toys’ has deliciously creepy setting
"Curious Toys," Little, Brown and Co., by Elizabeth Hand
An amusement park with its odd corners, dark mysterious rides, nefarious-looking characters and garish lighting makes for a...
Parent of Toys R Us teams up with Target to power online biz
NEW YORK (AP) — The parent company of Toys R Us is turning to a key rival to restart its e-commerce business ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Man with toy rifle prompts lockdown at 3 Florida colleges
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Police say reports of a man with a gun led to the lockdown of three college campuses in South Florida before officers determined that it was nothing more than a toy.
Smartphone, Matchbox cars among Toy Hall of Fame finalists
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The smartphone is being considered for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame this year in recognition of its impact on how people play and interact.
Augusta to boost safety of events like annual biker toy run
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Augusta City Council is considering a safety proposal aimed at reducing the odds of another tragedy like one during the 2017 United Bikers of Maine Toy...
Police: Someone left meth near store’s toy section
MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating the discovery of a bag of methamphetamine in the toy section of a store in northern Maine.
The Madawaska Police Department says the bag had...
Vermont Toy Run draws more than 300 riders
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — More than 300 motorcycle riders have taken part in the 33rd annual Toy Run this weekend in Vermont.
The event, organized by United Motorcyclists of Vermont, is aimed...
CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio toy company known for its yo-yos is marking 90 years in operation and plans to celebrate with a yo-yoing contest and other events in Cleveland next...
Michigan toy shop serving children in need seeks donations
DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Volunteers at a pine-dust scented workshop housed in a former appliance store along Old U.S. 27 were busy sawing, sanding, painting and gluing.
Lego strikes deal to buy Legoland, Madame Tussauds
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The owners of toy maker Lego are teaming up with a group of investors to buy Merlin Entertainment, a British company that operates theme parks like Legoland and the...
Toy library in West Barnstable encourages imaginative play
WEST BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Twice a week, the Cape Cod Toy Library turns the light-filled fellowship hall at the First Lutheran Church on Route 6A into toy heaven.
‘Toy Story’ lives on, but should it have?
NEW YORK (AP) — Like "Casablanca," ''Toy Story 3" concluded with the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
It's an ending that has very possibly produced an ocean's worth of tears, not to...
NEW YORK (AP) — A women's sex toy company on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for refusing to run their advertisements on the subways.
BOSTON (AP) — A consumer advocacy group is reminding parents of the dangers of classic summertime toys like baby pools, high-powered water guns and inflatable pool rings.
WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman who police say was driving drunk will not be cited with a DUI because her vehicle of choice was a toy truck.
Review: In the joyous ‘Toy Story 4,’ the toys evolve too
It's futile to ask "why more" in the movie business, but it's hard not to go in a little suspicious of a fourth "Toy Story." The trilogy was so perfect.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Possessing, selling or displaying a child-like sex doll will be illegal in Florida under a bill signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Consumers could be collateral damage if US expands tariffs
WASHINGTON (AP) — For many Americans, President Donald Trump's trade war may soon get very real.
His administration is preparing to extend 25% tariffs to practically all Chinese imports not...
TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man is accused of stealing $500 worth of sex toys from a couple's home over a period of about two years.
LONDON (AP) — An Indian company says it has agreed to take over the famous toy retailer Hamleys.
Reliance Brands in Mumbai said in a statement Thursday that it would buy Hamleys Global...
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A trade group has reinstated an award to the makers of a robotic sex toy for women that it had taken away four months ago for not keeping with its image.
XALAPA, Mexico (AP) — The governor of the Mexican gulf coast state of Veracruz has asked authorities to investigate media outlets that published photos of toys apparently distributed by a drug...
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Possessing, selling or displaying a child-like sex doll would be illegal in Florida under a bill passed unanimously by the state House.
Lawmakers pass new rules for hazardous chemicals in toys
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Toy makers would have to tell state regulators when children's products contain hazardous chemicals like cadmium or lead under legislation that passed the Democrat-led New York...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island mayor says he thinks the governor misspoke when she said he criticized toy company Hasbro.
Gov. Gina Raimondo told WPRO-AM on Monday that Massachusetts...
Robotics startup that made cute toy Cozmo shuts down
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A startup that tried to advance the dream of intelligent robots in the home with its toy robot Cozmo is shutting down.
San Francisco-based Anki says it's laying off its...
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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says Massachusetts officials are "aggressively courting" Pawtucket-based Hasbro, to lure the toy company across the border.
Another sleeping rocker recalled after 5 infant deaths
Another brand of sleeping rockers is being recalled, after five infants died in them over the past seven years.
Kids II said Friday that it is recalling nearly 700,000 rocking sleepers that...
Argentina’s Evita remembered through toys for poor children
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A half-deflated leather football, a box of marbles, a ragged doll and a handful of windup cars and trains line the display cabinets in the Evita Museum like ancient...
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Augusta Police Department says it's going to follow "best practices" outlined by the National Transportation Safety Board in a report on a 2017 pileup during the United...
NTSB cites poor planning for toy run crash that killed 2
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board faults law enforcement planning in a report on a double fatal crash during the United Bikers of Maine Toy Run in September...
Massachusetts makes its play for toy maker Hasbro
BOSTON (AP) — State economic development officials in Massachusetts are considering trying to lure Rhode Island-based toy company Hasbro across the border.
Michigan toy soldier company ships items around the world
BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Frank Nefzger was given his first toy solider at 5 years old — a gift from his grandfather.
He would cast the miniatures himself, giving the final product to...
Soccer, friendship connect Bowling Green to Nairobi
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — When people think about helping others in need, the mind often fixates on the essentials: food, water and shelter.
Internet, intuition can help businesses spot next big thing
NEW YORK (AP) — When small business owners want to divine what consumer spending trends will be months from now, their methods can be as sophisticated as internet analytics or as basic as plain...
Man charged with stealing Christmas toys collected by church
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man police say stole hundreds of Christmas toys collected by a Connecticut church for underprivileged children, then tried to sell them out of his minivan to passers-by...
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Toys R Us plans second act by holiday season
NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us fans in the U.S. should see the iconic brand re-emerge in some form by this holiday season.
Richard Barry, a former Toys R Us executive and now CEO of the new company called Tru Kids Brands, told The Associated Press he and his team are still working on the details, but they're exploring various options including freestanding stores and shops within existing stores. He says that e-commerce will play a key role.
Hand-sewn stuffed animals console traumatized kids
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — For children at the site of tragedies and traumas, not much is certain, but many in the Hot Springs area will have a plush friend to help them through the tough times thanks to the ER Toys program via the Women's Welcome Club of Hot Springs.
Florida deputy resigns after sending toy bomb to colleague
LARGO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after telling authorities he sent a toy bomb to a colleague as a joke.
Pinellas County Sheriff's officials said in an email that the building where the "bomb" arrived was evacuated Tuesday while a bomb squad from the Tampa Police Department checked everything out.
Margot Robbie to play Barbie in live-action film
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Margot Robbie will bring Barbie to life in a live-action film.
Mattel and Warner Bros. Pictures announced Tuesday that Robbie will star as the iconic doll in the franchise's first-ever live-action film. The 28-year-old "I, Tonya" actress will also co-produce the film under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner.
The Barbie film is the first announced deal to come out of toymaker's newly-established Mattel Films. The Barbie doll debuted at a New York toy fair in 1959.
One more sign K-Pop is here to stay, a contract with Mattel
NEW YORK (AP) — The trappings of success continue to arrive for K-pop sensation BTS, the latest a contract with the toy company Mattel which secured rights to produce dolls of the boy band.
And Mattel is not beyond riding those K-pop coattails. Shares of Mattel Inc. spiked almost 9 percent Monday, a day after the toymaker announced a global licensing agreement that also includes collectible figures and games.
Owners of closed strip club buy toys for employees’ children
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The owners of a well-known New England strip club that was shut down following a prostitution investigation have hosted a Christmas toy drive for their workers' children.
Chicago man, twin boys give toys to Swedish Covenant kids
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who was hospitalized as a 5-year-old with leukemia has been collecting toys for kids in the emergency department of Swedish Covenant Health.
Darin Ortmann hastily organized a toy drive five years ago and collected 101 toys. But the collection has grown with the help of the twin 8-year-old boys to whom he serves as a nanny.
Ortmann is manager at a local pub called Loafers. This year he collected 777 toys with the help of customers, neighbors and friends.
Betis fans shower pitch with stuffed toys for charity
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — It was raining stuffed toys at the stadium of Spanish club Real Betis on Saturday.
Many of the 49,000 spectators tossed stuffed toys onto the pitch at Benito Villamarin Stadium duing halftime of the match against Eibar in an initiative by the club to collect toys for needy children for the winter holidays.
The result was a colorful cascade of furry animals falling from the stands, and volunteers scrambling to collect them all before the second half.
Toys R Us closure hits Toys for Tots hard
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — When Toys R Us closed, Toys for Tots felt the loss.
The toy giant's decision to close its stores this year left some huge holes for the annual charity drive to fill.
Toys R Us shoppers donated more than 250,000 toys last year and the company gave $5 million in corporate contributions — 40 percent of all corporate giving to the Marine Corps community effort.
Pistons’ owner partners with Toys for Tots for holiday event
DETROIT (AP) — Pistons owner Tom Gores is working with Toys for Tots to supply toys to families at Christmas.
Toys for Tots says approximately 10,000 toys, bicycles and helmets will be distributed to families in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw, Bay City and surrounding area, thanks to a contribution from Gores. His family paid for an event Thursday at Detroit's Eastern Market, where families had a chance to pick toys.
Pennsylvania man pushes to make Slinky official state toy
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has a state dog, a state insect, a state fossil, and even a state beverage.
Why, Bob Swaim wonders, can't it also have a state toy?
Police: Man charged with theft from toy charity drive
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of volunteering for a toy charity drive and stealing more than $1,000 worth of donated toys has been charged with theft in Ohio.
An Akron Municipal Court judge set bond Saturday for 46-year-old Calvin Hunter at $10,000. Court records don't show an attorney for the Akron man.
Akron police say Hunter turned himself in to authorities Friday after detectives signed a warrant for his arrest.