Toys R Us is gone, but fret not, retailers say

Oct 22, 2018
They see a chance to grab the defunct store's share of sales.
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Toys R Us is gone, but fret not, retailers say

Oct 22, 2018
They see a chance to grab the defunct store's share of sales.
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With Toys R Us gone, Hasbro's finding new retail shelves

Jul 23, 2018
Toymaker Hasbro will report second-quarter earnings later this morning. Earlier in 2018, the company reported that first-quarter revenue had fallen by 16 percent compared with the same period last year. It’s been a tough couple of months as retailer Toys R Us went bankrupt and closed hundreds of stores. But Hasbro is finding new shelves […]
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How to be a Lego designer

Jun 29, 2018
The company's vice president of design left fashion for his "ultimate childhood dream" of working with the plastic bricks.
Husband and wife Annie and Ed Diment put the final bricks in place on their 400,000-piece "Ice Age" display at a Lego exhibition in London in 2015. The woolly mammoth took nine weeks to build.
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Toys R Us closing means toy makers need to find new outlets for sales

Mar 19, 2018
With Toys R Us closing its doors, what will happen to toy manufacturers that depended on the chain to display and sell everything from dolls to toy cars? What options do big toymakers like Mattel and Hasbro have, and what about smaller companies that looked to the retailer for shelf space? For companies in the […]

How to be a toymaker

Mar 15, 2018
Melissa Bernstein of Melissa & Doug on how she does her job.
Melissa Bernstein started her career at Morgan Stanley ... but once she ditched investment banking and started making toys, she found her dream job.  
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For "Black Panther," what happens when culture meets commodity?

We sit down with comic writer and journalist Evan Narcisse and Black Girl Nerds's Jamie Broadnax.
An exhibitor organizes 'Black Panther' items at the Hasbro showroom during the annual New York Toy Fair, on February 20, 2018, in New York. Toys and accessories linked to the movie, which is also making waves for its strong black female leading roles, have the potential to become an enduring presence in stores, like Spider-Man and other iconic figures, company executives say.

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Iconic Cleveland toy store is closing after 27 years

Feb 6, 2018
Operating a small business, especially in a niche industry, can go either really well or not. For a couple decades, business at Steve Presser’s vintage toy store in Cleveland was booming, despite the challenges. We checked in on him on several occasions to see what it was like to be a small business owner in America’s heartland. Now […]
The view from outside the Big Fun Toy Store in the suburb of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
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The rise of the independent toy store

Dec 22, 2017
Big chains like Toys R Us are having a harder time competing with Amazon than mom-and-pop shops that do their own thing.
“This is a classic toy store — the kind of toys and games you remember from your childhood,” says Christine Johnson, owner of the Miracle Mile Toy Hall in Los Angeles.
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Toy fads: The everlasting holiday trend

Dec 22, 2017
What makes a toy a fad? Lots of demand and a lack of supply.
The egg-shaped Tamagotchi virtual pet is a toy fad from Christmas past.
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