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1970's are history for American Girl

Ellie is constantly asking me to tell stories about my childhood. She is fascinated by my friends, the clothes we wore and the games we played. She finds it incredible that we didn't have cable television, cell phones or microwave ovens and that we...

Matchbox fails to follow through?

A big part of our lives is our Land Rover. I've owned a number of them over the years; our current main vehicle is a 1999 Discovery with a heavy-duty winch bumper on the front, a ladder on the rear door with a shovel mounted to it and a roof top...

Product Recall: Polly Pocket Play Sets

Mattel really isn't having a good time of it lately. Back in November of last year, a whole mess of Polly Pocket play sets were recalled because the magnets could fall out. Well, they're back again with another, even larger list of play sets that...

Product Recall: Batman and One Piece magnetic action figure sets

Here's yet another Mattel recall, only this one isn't about lead paint or lead anything for that matter. This time, they're recalling their Batman and One Piece magnetic action figure sets. It seems the accessories that go with the action figures...

Product Recall: Mattel "Sarge" die cast toy cars

Mattel is having a bad run lately. With one product recall after another, one has to wonder how this will affect their bottom line. But more importantly, how is it affecting our kids? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with...

Toy of the Year Award goes to Mattel / Fisher Price

It seems that Mattel's subsidiary company, Fisher-Price, had a pretty good showing at this year's Toy of the Year (T.O.T.Y.) Awards. T.M.X. Elmo, which made it's debut last September, took home top honors for Overall Toy of the Year - certainly the...

Product Recall: Mattel's Polly Pocket Magnetic Play Sets

Mattel Inc., of El Segundo, Calif., in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily recalling about 2.4 million Polly Pocket Magnetic Play Sets. The small magnets inside the toys can fall out, posing a serious hazard for...

The need for speed big for toy car collectors

Collectors of small toy cars will go to many lengths to fulfill their collecting needs. So far will they go that this past weekend nearly 5,000 of them descended upon Speed, Kansas for a toy car collecting convention. Mattel Inc., the world's largest...

Barbie sales weak, Mattel reports

Last month, I brought to your attention a story about girls attacking their Barbie dolls.  Well, much to Mattel Inc.'s dismay, girls are showing their disapproval of Barbie in more economic ways:  they're just not buying them.  ...

Barbie fighting for transgender rights, claims conservative group

Oh, Barbie, you tempestuous transgendered tart! At least that's what the Concerned Women of America believe. They're in a conniption over this recent poll on Barbie.com, where kids can select from among three genders: "Boy",...

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