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The Season

Prepping for the holidays with one eye on politics

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Nov 20, 2019
One toy store owner says potential tariffs could eat up almost half of his profits.
Much of what Hobby Works sells is from China — and destined for a 15% tariff scheduled to start Dec. 15.
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Mattel isn't having much fun these days

by Mitchell Hartman 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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Toys R Us and Target make a holiday deal

by Marielle Segarra Oct 8, 2019
The toy store's creditors — basically a bunch of banks — are trying to figure out how to make money from the brand.
Black Friday 2015, better days for Toys R Us.
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Lego fans help keep tabs on counterfeits

by Vishala Sri-Pathma May 16, 2019
Private investigators and sales teams can only do so much, says Lego's China vice president.
Mascot Jinbao made of Lego bricks is on display on day three of the China International Import Expo at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China.
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Bang for your brick: behind Lego’s thriving secondary market

by Justin Ho Mar 4, 2019
Lego fans and investors maintain a robust, independent online market for rare and valuable pieces.
At age 15, Kaleb Johnson sold some of his Harry Potter-branded Legos, which included a similar Mad-Eye Moody figurine. That sale netted him $2,000.
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Mattel, Hasbro to offer snapshot of toy industry

by Tracey Samuelson 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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Instead of buying toys your kids will soon outgrow — how about borrowing them?

by Ryan Kailath Dec 27, 2018
"Toyeries" are making a comeback.
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Gender-specific toys mean more revenue for toy makers

by Erika Beras Nov 26, 2018
One growing trend in toy-buying is so-called gender-neutral playthings – toys that don’t reinforce gender stereotypes like trucks for boys or dolls for girls. But those stereotypes appear hard to shake for both toy makers and consumers. Click the audio…
A child rides a 'Morfboard Scoot & Skate' at a 'Dream Toys' event to unveil the top twelve toys this Christmas on November 14, 2018 in London, England. 
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How Toys R Us workers got the retailer's private equity owners to pay severance

by Marielle Segarra Nov 23, 2018
The private equity firms Bain and KKR announced this week that they will contribute $20 million to a compensation fund for former employees of Toys R Us. The retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2017, laying off tens…
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Toy manufacturers adjust to a post-Toys R Us world

by Emma Jacobs Oct 23, 2018
The retail giant's bankruptcy has Hasbro and other toymakers scrambling to prepare for the holidays.
Shoppers crowd Toys R Us in Times Square on Nov. 23, Black Friday, in 2007 in New York City.
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