Mattel isn't having much fun these days

Oct 29, 2019
Rival toymaker Hasbro reported disappointing earnings last week, and Mattel faces similar headwinds from tariffs and store closures.
Mattel's offices in El Segundo, California, in 2009.
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New movies drive toy sales, but threat of tariffs looms

Jul 25, 2019
The industry is living under threat of tariffs on toys manufactured in China.
Hasbro toys are displayed at a Target store in February 2019 in San Rafael, California.
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Mattel, Hasbro to offer snapshot of toy industry

Feb 7, 2019
Mattel and Hasbro will both report their earnings this week. Mattel reports Thursday after the market closes, and Hasbro reports Friday. Combined, these two companies will give us a sense of how the toy industry fared during the all-important holiday…
There are more than 20,000 variations of Hot Wheels, according to Mattel.
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Mattel is trying to get into the quinceañera business with Barbie

Oct 31, 2017
Barbie was born in 1959. So why is she having a quinceañera? This is the story of how Mattel is trying to get into the quinceañera business.
Quinceañera Barbie.
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Goodbye cable, hello YouTube: As kids move online, so do Mattel’s ad dollars

Aug 3, 2017
Toymaker Mattel wants to get kids’ attention, and it’s going online to do it. The company announced this week it will spend at least $10 million on advertising this year on Google’s YouTube Kids platform. It’s the company’s biggest ad…

It’s not child’s play: Hasbro and Mattel battle for success in the world of toys

Jul 24, 2017
Hasbro, the toy and game powerhouse, reports its second quarter earnings today . So far this year, the company has been going strong, beating expectations, which is not the case for its rival, Mattel. We explore why the companies may…

Hasbro beats Mattel for contract with Disney

Dec 31, 2015
Hasbro will now be taking over production of Disney princess dolls with $500 million contract.

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Viewmaster goes VR

Nov 27, 2015
This holiday season, the classic toy is getting a fancy upgrade with help from Google.

Mattel wheeling out miniature Tesla Model S

Jun 18, 2015
As part of its Hot Wheels brand, Mattel is coming out with a miniature Tesla Model S.

View-Master gets the 21st century upgrade

Feb 13, 2015
Listeners of a certain age will remember viewfinders, those binocular-like things you hold up and look through with the circular discs of slides that flip around. Yeah, well, could you be more old fashioned? Mattel and Google are coming out with…