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Toy Fair Reveal: How Fantasy Comes to Life in the Toy Box in 2016

Laurie Schacht | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Narwhals and dragons, and unicorns, oh my! Fantastic creatures that have graced the pages of fairy tales and roared to life on the big screen are coming to life like never before this year -- in your kids' toy boxes.

What Happened When A Little Girl Complained About Rey's Absence From 'Star Wars' Monopoly

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents

In the midst of the controversy surrounding Hasbro's exclusion of the character Rey from its "Star Wars" merchandise, one little girl's impassion...

'Star Wars' Toys Have A Girl Problem

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.07.2016 | Entertainment

WARNING: Some spoilers below for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." A long time ago, back when merchandise for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hit stores...

Imagine a World In Which Star Wars Never Existed

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 12.18.2015 | Entertainment
Gene Del Vecchio

If the original Star Wars film had never happened, the entertainment industry would be in shambles, toys and games would be a minuscule industry, the publishing industry would in all likelihood be dead, many other industries from apparel to packaged goods would be struggling, and unemployment would be higher on a global scale. Here's why.

Living With Furby

Caroline Roy | Posted 12.02.2015 | Parents
Caroline Roy

My daughter convinced me to buy a Furby Boom. A Furby is an interactive toy that resembles a hallucination of yoda in baby doll proportions, see above. By its design, the most subtle motion in the vicinity of 25 feet triggers the creature to shout mechanical commands like: I'm huuuuuungreeeeehh, gimmme fooood now, now, NOW!!

Toy Cat Robots Might Be The Answer to Senior Loneliness

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.19.2015 | Fifty

Toy manufacturer Hasbro is marketing a lifelike robotic cat for seniors who may be unable to care for real fur-babies. The Joy For All Companion Pet ...

Jem and the Hollograms Has the Heart of a Hunter

Kenyth Mogan | Posted 10.28.2015 | Entertainment
Kenyth Mogan

I grew up with Jem and the Holograms. The truly outrageous animated rock star was my first real exposure to the world of pop music.

A Look at 20 Hot Holiday Toys for 2015

Laurie Schacht | Posted 10.05.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

What makes a toy hot? Is it hot because it's on TV every 20 minutes in front of your kids or because all of their friends have it so they absolutely must have one too? Or is it hot because it's based on a character they truly love, a passion that they have or their own unique play style, even if they haven't asked for it yet?

Fox Anchor Suing Hasbro Over Toy Rodent She Says Stole Her Likeness

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.03.2015 | Media

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner sees herself in a toy hamster. And she's not playing around. In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District...

Breaking Down Gender in the Toy Aisle

Laurie Schacht | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

It's an important aspect of this buzz-worthy conversation to understand what we're really talking about when it comes to gendering in the toy industry as a whole. There is a big difference between the way retailers and marketing teams are handling gender, and the role that gender plays in toy design.

Q&A: Reigning Scrabble Champion Reveals His Favorite Letter, Fun Tricks And Embarrassing Stories

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.31.2015 | Sports

Stumble upon him in Portland, Oregon, and you'd be excused if you mistook Conrad Bassett-Bouchard for just another 20-something. After all, the Unive...

Barbie, DuPont and the Power of Play

Christopher Byrne | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Christopher Byrne

To put it bluntly: Cut R&D and you cut the soul out of a company. Though it may have some appeal in this era of fast action and short-term gain, it is ultimately unsustainable.

Consumers Turning To Tabletop Options In Backlash Against Video Games

Reuters | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business

Hasbro Inc, maker of old standbys like Monopoly and Risk, says that revenue for its line of games increased 10 percent between 2012 and 2013, and would have grown 7 percent in 2014 if not for unfavorable foreign currency conversions.

This Isn't The Guess Who? Game We Remember

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.17.2015 | Comedy

Remember the face-guessing game Guess Who? In this video from the comedy sketch team The Mutiny, two players enjoy a lighthearted match with a crim...

What Is It Like to Play Monopoly Competitively?

Quora | Posted 05.06.2015 | Money
Quora

Competitive Monopoly is certainly a different beast than the casual games you may have played with your siblings growing up. Once you begin competing at charity tournaments, it only seems natural to then have the desire to become US & World Monopoly Champion.

My Kids Have a 'Monopoly' on My Wallet

Greg Schwem | Posted 04.12.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

But, to be fair, I decided to play a practice game with them, using worthless Monopoly money. My plan was to emerge victorious but to make it close. That way they'd be eager for a rematch when the real money game began.

Mattel Needs to Redefine Its Business; So Don't Hire a Toy Chief Executive

Gene Del Vecchio | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business
Gene Del Vecchio

Mattel has plenty of stellar executives. But as the company searches for its new leader from outside or within its walls, it needs to select the one who has entertainment, franchise development, and storytelling expertise in his or her DNA, and who can infuse the same at all levels and in all discussions.

Fight Frightful Weather With Active Indoor Play

Laurie Schacht | Posted 02.10.2015 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

But there are some great toys out there that bring that adrenaline rush that kids get from games such as tag or other outdoor games to your living room or kitchen table -- just ask them to help clear the dishes first!

Inventor Of 'Operation' Game Can't Afford Real-Life Operation (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 10.29.2014 | Weird News

John Spinello earned a small spot in pop culture history 50 years ago when he invented Operation, the battery-powered game that lets kids play surgeon...

Barbie Sales Are Seriously Tanking

AP | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Mattel's got girl problems and her name is Barbie. Sales of the iconic doll continue to slide and a surprising drop in sales of its ...

The Toy Giants

Laurie Schacht | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

It's clear that there are driving forces behind both Lego's rise and Barbie's decline in sales: entertainment. Movies make such a huge impact on kids, and while it's nothing new, it's also something that won't change anytime soon.

Bronies and Fans, Take Note: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks Will Not Disappoint

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 11.29.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

It is definitely a combination of adventure with a crème of comedy and a sprinkle of excitement all rapped up in a friendship sandwich.

'Father Of G.I. Joe' Dies

AP | Posted 07.24.2014 | Business

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Donald Levine, the Hasbro executive credited as the father of G.I. Joe for developing the world's first action figure, has d...

"It's Ripple Time."

Daniel Horgan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Daniel Horgan

Kids love superheroes. Whether it's the kind they read about in comic books or watch on the big screen, the action figures that they play with or the ...

Help Decide Which Monopoly House Rules Make The Cut!

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business

For as long as Monopoly has been around, people have been amending the rulebook to fit their group’s play style. Now Hasbro is giving some of the mo...