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Playmates July 2009 Stock Buyback program to fight dramatic share price decline

PLAYMATES HOLDINGS LIMITED (HKEx: 635) AND PLAYMATES TOYS (HKEx: 869)

Originally recommended on June 4/07 (IWB #2721) at US$1.35 (adjusted for consolidation). Closed Friday at HK$1.83.

In light of dramatic share price declines, Playmates Holding Limited (PHL) and Playmates Toys Limited (PTL) have instituted share buyback programs. PHL is authorized to repurchase 21,880,069 shares and PTL is allowed to repurchase 49,500,000 shares, which represents 10% of the issued share capital of each company. With PHL trading at HK$1.83 relative to its book value of HK$7.93 and PTL trading at HK15c relative to its book value of HK19c, both issuer bids are accretive.

Unfortunately both PHL and PTL were heavily impacted by the financial crisis and ensuing economic downturn in fiscal 2008. PHL revalued its real estate investments to fair value of HK$1.55 billion, down approximately HK$118 million in 2007. The company also incurred a net loss on portfolio investments of HK$306 million (including realized losses of about HK$226 million and unrealized losses of about HK$80 million). Despite the disappointing charges, management expects rental income to remain 'stable in 2009 on the strength of the quality and composition of the tenants'.

PTL also faced a difficult year in 2008, with sales down 22.6% to HK$704 million from HK$909 million in 2007. The toy division reported an operating loss of HK$139 million, with specific weakness in the United States and European Union. The operating margin was particularly hit by an increase in close-out sales of discontinued toys as the enforcement date of more stringent safety standards approached. Although management expects that the current fiscal year will be difficult for the toy industry, they were encouraged about two major brands that are supported by theatrical releases in 2009; Terminator Salvation and Star Trek.

Thankfully, both PHL and PTL have reasonably clean balance sheets. PHL has a current ratio of 1.7 times and total bank borrowings to total tangible assets of only 8.7%. PTL has slightly higher debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.0 times and total bank borrowings to total tangible assets of 13.2%. In order to enhance the company's working capital levels, the directors of the corporation issued one bonus warrant for every five shares held by shareholders but excluding overseas investors. At HK90c, full exercise of the bonus warrants would result in the issue of 43.76 million shares and would raise almost HK$40 million.

The shares have since recovered from the lows and the global economy seems to be showing signs that the worst has past. However, we will monitor both of these stocks closely for any adverse developments, particularly related to the health of the balance sheets.

Posted 7/26/2009
Not playing: Toys R Us owner makes low-key stock float - Daily Mail
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The Money Times

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Not playing: Toys R Us owner makes low-key stock float
Daily Mail
By Daily Mail Reporter The private equity firm that owns Toys R Us and Alliance Boots is making a low-key float on the stock market. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts ...
RPT-UPDATE1-KKR Euronext listing moves closer; sees profit
KKR Hopes for a Listing on the NYSE

Posted 7/26/2009
Toys: The movie industry's new playthings

When Michael Bay, cinema’s reigning champion of vehicular carnage, thinks your idea for an explosive, special-effects-laden blockbuster is lame, you’ve got problems.
A few years ago, Bay, the director of “Armageddon,” “The Rock” and “Bad Boys,” was in his editing room when Steven Spielberg called to offer him a new project: an action movie about giant robots that metamorphose into cars, trucks and planes.
As Bay recalled in a recent interview, “I’m like, ‘OK, great, great, great.’ And I hung up the phone. And I’m like, ‘That sounds like a dumb idea.’”

What helped persuade Bay to take the first “Transformers” movie — which in 2007 took in more than $700 million worldwide at the box office, and whose sequel, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” opened Wednesday — was a visit to the Pawtucket, R.I., headquarters of Hasbro, which creates the Transformers toys.
There Bay, 44, was given a thorough education on the narrative embedded in the 25-year-old toy line: a back story about warring factions of valiant Autobots and nefarious Decepticons who bring their battle to Earth from their home planet, Cybertron.
Bay was sold.
“I don’t consider this a toy,” he said. “It’s not. To me it’s the furthest thing from it. It was about the mythology and that there was a story here.”
For Hasbro, this summer will see not one but two of its most lucrative properties spun into big-budget movies. The “Transformers” sequel will be followed on Aug. 7 by a live-action adaptation of its G.I. Joe toys, called “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.”  The pair of films is the payoff of a strategy that the toy company has been cultivating for nearly a decade: infusing movie-friendly story lines into its popular playthings and teaching Hollywood that these stories can be translated onto cinema screens. It’s an approach that many other toymakers also are taking, unwilling to cede theater marquees to the creations of comic book publishers such as Marvel and DC.  As fans and collectors know, the Hasbro toys have histories that stretch back for decades.
The original G.I. Joe, a 12-inch-tall soldier known as “America’s moveable fighting man,” was introduced by Hasbro in 1964. After the Vietnam War, Joe’s connection to the U.S. military was played down, and in 1982 the soldier was recommissioned as a pocket-size special missions force of numerous agents. The Joe team was given a nemesis, Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization (back when such things seemed suitable for youthful reveries).
Two years later, Hasbro imported a series of action figures created by the Japanese toy company Takara, consisting of robots that disguise themselves as vehicles and other technology, calling them Transformers.
The G.I. Joe and Transformers toys, and their comic book and cartoon spinoffs, dominated the marketplace in the 1980s. But in the 1990s, their popularity faded as children turned their attention to newer phenomena such as Pokemon and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
“There’s certainly a fad element to what kids are into,” said Gareb Shamus, the publisher of the collectibles magazine ToyFare. Some properties, he said, “just need to take a breather.
Posted 7/26/2009
Fisher-Price July 2009 Discovery Playground Opens in the San Diego Children's Zoo

San Diego, California - Excited children and weary parents now have a place in common at the San Diego Zoo. Opened Wednesday, the Children’s Zoo is home to the new Discovery Playground presented by Fisher-Price. It offers a stimulating experience for children of all abilities ages 5 - 12.
Log benches offer plenty of seating for parents to watch their children play.
The Zoo partnered with Fisher-Price to bring this new addition to life. Fisher-Price provided colorful picnic tables so families can enjoy lunch from the Children’s Zoo Cupboard across a bridge from the ADA-compliant playground. The thatched roof, red mask details and whimsical palm trees help create the theme of adventure.
The Discovery Playground takes up almost 1,300 square feet and features a net tunnel, pendulum bridge, climbing wall, periscopes, labyrinth game, picture puzzle, scramble net, talk tubes, alphabet game and a gnarly looking tube slide.
The two-story jungle gym gives children a place to bring out their inner animal. “Kids will have the opportunity to slide like otters, climb like koalas, balance like leopards and solve puzzles like primates” according to Victoria Garrison, director of education at the Zoo. “I’m excited that the Zoo can partner with Fisher-Price to provide a fun and safe place for kids to play.”
Posted 7/26/2009
A Fisher Price Play Weekend at Toledo Zoo - Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News
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Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News

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A Fisher Price Play Weekend at Toledo Zoo
Zoo and Aquarium Visitor News
Toledo, OH - Both The Toledo Zoo and Fisher-Price have decades of experience in creating great memories for children, so it's no surprise ...

Posted 7/26/2009
Hasbro's toy sales don't play around

Transformers aren't just titans at the box office, they're flying off toy shelves, too.
Posted 7/26/2009 by  Myrtle Beach Online 
Cryptozoological Play Set

Cryptozoological <b>Play</b> Set Cryptozoological Play Set
Have we discovered all of the major species on this planet or are there some out there that have managed to avoid our prying eyes? Cryptozoology is the search for those creatures, called cryptids, that don't appear in any textbooks just in grainy pictures and shaky video. This Cryptozoological Play Set features some famous creatures that most people have heard of, but few have ever seen. Are they real or are they just figments of an active imagination? Each set includes five 1-3/4' to 4-1/2' tall, hard vinyl creatures: Chupacabra, Jersey Devil, Bigfoot, Mothman and the Loch Ness Monster.

Posted 6/20/2009
Playmates June 2009 Hero:108 deal (Indian TV)

The MoonScoop Group has entered into a worldwide licensing agreement with Playmates Toys for new animated comedy/action series Hero:108. The deal allows Playmates to develop and market Hero:108 related toys including action figures, vehicles, role play toys and accessories, playsets and electronic and handheld games on a worldwide basis.
MoonScoop president consumer products and marketing (worldwide) Cynthia Money said, 'The designs, a lot of characters and locations to play with, and wealth of interesting stories will lead to a strong interest on the collectibles side as well.'
Added Playmates VP (marketing and product development) Paul Fish, 'The visuals in this series are good and the producers have created some of the most fun characters. Our creative team jumped at the opportunity to create toys and collectibles that reflect the innovative nature of the series and we look forward to sharing these fantastic concepts with our retail partners worldwide.'
Additionally, an online content at Hero108.tv and a series of 108 casual flash-based web games will also be introduced.
Hero:108 follows the adventures of a group of young defenders determined to end a conflict between animals and humans in 'The Hidden Kingdom'. It's expected to launch on Cartoon Network platforms around the world in early 2010.
Posted 6/20/2009
Playmates June 2009 Terminator Figures...

TERMINATOR: SALVATION
 
AFi: Let’s get the big question out of the way.  John Connor.  Can you comment on why his face is hidden?  Can we look forward to any John Connor figures with Christian Bale’s  likeness?
PM: We did have difficulty getting Christian Bale to approve his sculpt, but am happy to report we now do have his approval and new John Connor figures without masks and goggles will be included in the 3.75” and 6” scale hitting retail shelves in Fall.
 
AFi: What’s planned for upcoming waves of Terminator product?   When can we look for Wave 2 in stores?  
PM: Wave 2 figures will start hitting shelves in August.  Included in the Fall will be a 6” and 14” Harvester figures as well as a number of new 3.75” and more 6” figures.


AFi: I’ve read that Playmates is considering 3-3/4' figures based upon the previous three Terminator movies for 2010.  If this is so, can you elaborate on your plans for such a legacy line? 
PM: We have obtained the rights to do figures based on Terminator 1 and 2 and are planning a complete rollout of these figures in Spring 2010.
 
AFi: Terminator Salvation is said to be the first film in a planned trilogy. Does Playmates license cover any potential sequels? 
PM: No, our contract was just to produce toys for Terminator Salvation.
 
AFi: Can we expect any figures based upon Arnold’s digital cameo? 
PM: It is our understanding Arnold didn’t give his approval to appear in the movie until very late in the process, so if we do any figures based on Arnold’s look in Terminator Salvation they will not be released until 2010. 
AFi wishes to thank Pat Linden and Paul Fish of Playmates Toys for their cooperation in making this article possible.  Stay tuned to AFi for more news and images of upoming Star Trek and Terminator product very soon
Posted 6/20/2009
June 2009 Lead Penalties Play Rough With LA Toymakers

The fallout from the lead contamination crisis that rocked the toy industry two years ago – culminating in Mattel Inc. recalling about 2 million items made in China – is striking fear through Los Angeles’ many toy companies.
They are concerned because they now face civil penalties more than 12 times higher than in the past if their products are found to be contaminated by lead or a chemical used in plastic. Also, new regulations call for criminal charges – which could put toy executives in prison.
As if that weren’t enough, the toy companies now face stringent and costly labeling requirements, plus inspection delays at the ports.
In a settlement announced June 5, Mattel and its Fisher-Price subsidiary agreed to pay a $2.3 million penalty for importing and selling toys with hazardous levels of lead. That got the attention of L.A.’s toy manufacturers because it was the largest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on a toymaker.
“It is significant because it’s the first major penalty imposed under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act,” said Alex Epand, a partner in the downtown L.A. office of Nixon Peabody LLP who advises companies on federal consumer safety regulations. “Companies can look to it as a benchmark as to what kind of penalties will be assessed in the future.”
The record fine was also a way for the commission to make an example of the El Segundo toy giant.
“This was the commission’s opportunity to send a message to every manufacturer,” Epand said.
Under updated regulations, the commission’s civil penalties were raised from $8,000 to $100,000 per violation. The regulations also increased criminal penalties. A conviction could result in five years in prison and forfeiture of assets associated with the violation.
That means a toy importer who was found to have violated the new rules three times may have to pay a fine of $300,000, up from $24,000. And he may be sent to prison for up to five years.
Also, the commission doesn’t have to prove that company executives knew of any violations before they are hit with criminal charges.
The new regulations also let the commission force the company to give customers refunds, repairs or replacements of recalled products.
Los Angeles has a high concentration of toy companies, from the big ones such as Mattel and Jakks Pacific Inc. to smaller shops. The Central City East Association puts the number of toy companies in downtown’s Toy District at 500.
The costs are being felt across the industry.
Posted 6/20/2009
GI Joe movie 2009 Korean actor Byung-hun Lee plays Storm Shadow

Korean film and television actor Byung-hun Lee, one of Asia’s top stars, will portray Storm Shadow in Paramount Pictures’ upcoming action adventure G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, based on the 1980's TV series and classic comic book.
He joins an ensemble cast that includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Said Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid.
In addition to his native Korean, Lee speaks English, French and Mandarin Chinese fluently.  He also goes by the western name, Brian.
For Lee, the film will be his first American production. It is a departure from his previous roles, as he has played mostly romantic, and sensitive leads in his Korean movies.
Lee had no previous knowledge of the G.I. Joe series (the cartoon and comic book are not popular in Korea) but thinks that his fans may be disappointed and finds it strange that he took this role since it is a departure from what audiences have come to expect from him.
According to various English language interviews with Lee, 'he found it more difficult to act in English due to difficulty in focusing on emotions when fixing bad accents or pronunciations.'
He also thought director Stephen Sommers was 'weird at first, but realized that he in fact, was actually really smart, and made very quick decisions.' He stated that Sommers was a pleasure to work with.
The character that Lee has played that is closest to his role as Storm Shadow was the part of Park Chang-yi, 'The Bad, ' in Korean director Kim Ji-won's The Good, The Bad and The Weird, a send-up and homage to the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone. The film tells the story of three Korean in 1930s Manchuria and their dealings with the Japanese army and Chinese and Russian bandits.
Like the character Lee plays in The Good, The Bad, and The Weird, Storm Shadow is mysterious with huge amount of pride and honor.  Lee stated that he was attracted to the role of Storm Shadow because he possesses a kind of dual personality. He carries two swords, weapons that he is known for in the comics, and the first action figure from 1984.
For Lee, it was his first movie with swords, and he had to spend one month with the stunt team learning martial arts with swords. With his newfound knowledge, he said he will be using swords again in his future movies.
Posted 6/20/2009
Kotobukiya May 2009 Star Ocean - Play Arts Reimi Saionji
Price: 3,800 yen
Series: Star Ocean
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: May 2009
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: A childhood friend of Edge Maverick, the lovely Reimi Saionji from the 'Star Ocean: The Last Hope' video game is now a fully articulated action figure! The master archer is represented in excellent detail and she can be equipped with the included signature bow. Display her in all sorts of action poses or just looking cute, the choice is yours! Please note that the photos shown are of a prototype; the production version may vary. Also, figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 6/20/2009
Kotobukiya May 2009 Star Ocean - Play Arts Edge Maverick
Price: 3,800 yen
Series: Star Ocean
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: May 2009
Type: Completed Fixed-Pose Figure
Description: A man of justice and responsibility, Edge Maverick volunteered for the Space Reconnaissance Force and traveled through space to save humankind from impending doom. The star hero of 'Star Ocean: The Last Hope' video game is accurately replicated as this highly-poseable Play Arts action figure with intricately detailed armor. Standing 19.7cm tall, Edge comes with an interchangeable head and he can be armed with his signature sword accompanied with a sheath with which the sword can be stored in when not in use. An absolutely stunning offering that's not to be missed! Please note that the photos shown are of a prototype; the production version may vary. Also, figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 6/20/2009
2008 July Angry Mob Play Set
Angry Mob <b>Play</b> Set Angry Mob Play Set
Add some dramatic tension to your playtime with the Angry Mob Play Set. Each set includes nine 2' to 3' tall, hard vinyl villagers wielding a variety of weapons for them to wave menacingly at the object of their disdain. Great for intimidating your action figures and teaching children the concept of mob rule.

Posted 7/26/2008
Kotobukiya 2008 June Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Vol. 2: Yuffie Kisaragi
Price: 3,800 yen
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: Jun 2008
Type: Action Figure
Description: Materia Hunter Yuffie Kisaragi now joins Kotobukiya's second Final Fantasy VII Play Arts lineup of super-articulated action figures! Based on Tetsuya Nomura's original character design for the 'Final Fantasy VII' PlayStation game, 19cm Yuffie sports over 22 points of articulation for a wide range of posing possibilities. She comes packed with her signature oversized shuriken along with two pairs of optional hands and a figure display stand. Not to be missed! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced, and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 7/26/2008
Kotobukiya 2008 June Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Vol. 2: Vincent Valentine
Price: 3,800 yen
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: Jun 2008
Type: Action Figure
Description: Shapeshifting Vincent Valentine now takes shape as this highly articulated, 23cm action figure! Super-poseable Vincent features over 22 points of articulation, and the detailed sculpt brings Tetsuya Nomura's original character design for the 'Final Fantasy VII' PlayStation game to life in sharp 3D detail. Vincent comes packed with his pistol, an interchangeable right hand, and a figure display stand. Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 7/26/2008
Kotobukiya 2008 June Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Vol. 2: Sephiroth
Price: 3,800 yen
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: Jun 2008
Type: Action Figure
Description: One of the most iconic video game villains of all time, silver-haired Sephiroth again gets the action figure treatment from Kotobukiya, but this time based on Tetsuya Nomura's original character design for the classic 'Final Fantasy VII' PlayStation game! This sharply sculpted 23.5cm action figure features over 22 points of articulation and comes packed with his long Masamune sword along with an interchangeable right hand and a figure display stand. Highly recommended! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 7/26/2008
Kotobukiya 2008 June Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Vol. 2: Red XIII & Cait Sith
Price: 3,800 yen
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: Jun 2008
Type: Action Figure
Description: Sculpted after Tetsuya Nomura's original character designs for the 'Final Fantasy VII' PlayStation game, here are fantastically detailed action figures of the feline pair Red XIII and Cait Sith! Red XIII, a.k.a. Nanaki, boasts over 22 points of articulation while the lovable Cait Sith has at least seven movable joints! Red XIII is 21cm long to the curve of his fiery tail while Cait Sith stands about 7cm tall to the top of his crown. An optional fist is included for Cait Sith to replace his megaphone-holding right hand. Please note that figures such as this are mass produced, and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 7/26/2008
Playmates June 2008 On Board for Huntik: Secrets & Seekers
LAS VEGAS, June 13: Upper Deck Entertainment (UDE) has named Playmates Toys as the master toy licensee for the action-adventure animated series Huntik: Secrets & Seekers. Playmates Toys will debut its Huntik: Secrets & Seekers toy line in fall 2009. The line will include 3-, 6- and 9-inch figures, showcasing the adventure’s heroes and villains, known as Seekers, and mystical creatures called Titans, along with vehicles and roleplay toys. The 6-inch figures will feature a patented technology offering online interactive capabilities. UDE recently announced that 4Kids Entertainment has signed on to broadcast Huntik: Secrets & Seekers in TheCW4Kids Saturday-morning block on The CW in early 2009. In addition to serving as the co-creator/producers for the property, UDE will manage all the marketing, promotional and licensing initiatives in the Americas, the U.K., Japan, China, Korea and Oceania. Targeted at kids aged 6 to 12, Huntik: Secrets & Seekers was produced by Italian animation studio Rainbow S.p.A. The series follows young Lok Lambert and Dante Vale as they travel the globe with their group of Seekers, exploring exotic locations from the pyramids of Egypt to the jungles of the Amazon, with the goal of unlocking the ancient secrets of each locale. Lok and his friends search for powerful spirit-warriors called Titans to use in battle against the evil Organization. “Huntik: Secrets & Seekers features an intriguing story line, engaging characters and mystical creatures, and Upper Deck wanted a partner that would help grow this great brand through new ideas and cutting-edge technologies,” said John Sepenuk, the VP of global business development for UDE. “Playmates is clearly the right toy partner for Huntik: Secrets & Seekers and will bring their demonstrated creativity and philosophy of incorporating technology to their Huntik: Secrets & Seekers toys.”
Posted 6/23/2008
MGA June 2008 Online play seen more key for 2008 holiday season - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online sales are expected to play a more critical role for retailers during the holiday season as U.S. shoppers juggle gift-buying with record-high prices for heating fuel and gasoline.
Executives at the Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit this week agreed that companies offering online deals could benefit this holiday selling season as consumers think twice about trips to the mall with gas at more than $4 a gallon.
'I think this year is going to grow more than before because ... people don't want to drive around,' said Isaac Larian, chief executive of family-owned MGA Entertainment Inc.
'It's first of all much more convenient. Secondly, it will save gas not to go to stores. I see the online business really growing across the board.'
MGA, known for the urban-chic Bratz doll line, sells some toys online, and expects the venue to account for 8 percent to 10 percent of overall sales in two or three years.
Credit rating agency Moody's said in a report this week that retailers with 'solid online strategies' could offset 'weakening comparable-store sales growth.'
'The one-two punch of high gas prices -- which make consumers reluctant to drive to the mall -- and the convenience of home shopping provides support for continued strong growth,' Moody's said. 'Consumers will likely continue to shift their purchases online.'
Posted 6/23/2008
Kotobukiya April 2008 Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Vol. 1: Cloud Strife & Hardy Daytona
Price: 9,800 yen
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: Apr 2008
Type: Action Figure
Description: Kotobukiya's hyper-articulated Cloud Strife action figure makes a spectactular second appearance in the Final Fantasy VII Play Arts series, this time in a deluxe box set with his Hardy Daytona motorcycle! Sculpted after Tetsuya Nomura's original character design, 21cm Cloud features over 22 points of articulation. Three optional hands are provided to help wield his ginormous Buster Sword and to help get a grip on his 33cm-long Hardy Daytona, which is an impressive work of toy engineering that features amazing mechanical detail, movable steering, working wheels and shocks, and a weathered finish that adds to its realism. Highly recommended! Please note that figures such as this are mass produced, and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 6/23/2008
Solid Theater 2008 Play Stationery 06 Sharpener Kokonoe Rin PVC
<b>Play</b> Stationery 06 Sharpener Kokonoe Rin (Figure)
Item name : Play Stationery 06 Sharpener Kokonoe Rin (Figure)
Manufacturer : Solid Theater
Scale : Non
Material : PVC
Producer : Rei Azusa
Series : Play Stationery
Original : Child Time
Release Date : Not fixed
Regular Price : 2,500 yen  about 23.15 USD  14.94 Euros
Posted 1/6/2008
Solid Theater April 2008 Play Stationery Pico 25 Whiteout Pico PVC
<b>Play</b> Stationery Pico 25 Whiteout Pico  (Figure)
Item name : Play Stationery Pico 25 Whiteout Pico (Figure)
Manufacturer : Solid Theater
Scale : Non
Material : PVC
Producer : Rei Azusa
Series : Play Stationery
Original : Pico Is Mine
Release Date : Apr
Regular Price : 2,500 yen  about 23.15 USD  14.94 Euros
Posted 1/6/2008
Solid Theater April 2008 Play Stationery Pico#26 Stick Paste Nomal Ver. PVC
<b>Play</b> Stationery Pico#26 Stick Paste Nomal Ver. (Figure)
Item name : Play Stationery Pico#26 Stick Paste Nomal Ver. (Figure)
Manufacturer : Solid Theater
Scale : Non
Material : PVC ABS
Producer : Rei Azusa
Series : Play Stationery
Original : Pico And Chico
Release Date : Apr
Regular Price : 2,500 yen  about 23.15 USD  14.94 Euros
Posted 1/6/2008
Unicorn vs. Narwhal Play Set
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Unicorn vs. Narwhal Play Set
There is only room enough on this earth for one majestic horned beast, thus the Unicorn and Narwhal must clash to decide the fate of their species. Two previous battles ended in a tie, with both sides claiming to be the victim of dirty tactics. Now you can settle the score with your very own Unicorn vs. Narwhal Play Set. Each set includes one 5-1/2' long, hard vinyl narwhal, one 3-3/4' tall, hard vinyl unicorn and four magical battle horns


Posted 1/6/2008
Playmates Toys Jan 2008 Parent comnpany spins it off

Playmates’ parent spins off toyco

By Staff -- Playthings, 1/2/2008 2:24:00 PM


COSTA MESA, Calif.—The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has conditionally approved a spin-off by Playmates Holdings of its toy manufacturing unit, Playmates Toys Ltd., in a move the company said would “enhance the profile of Playmates Toys’ business and provide new opportunities.”

The separate listing of Playmates Toys Ltd.’s shares on Hong Kong’s stock exchange will begin on Feb. 1, 2008, on the exchange’s main board. Playmates Holdings will continue to retain approximately 55 percent of the entire issued shared capital of Playmates Toys.
Posted 1/6/2008
Kotobukiya Dec 2007 Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Vol.1: Tifa Lockhart
Price: 3,800 yen
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: Dec 2007
Type: Action Figure
Description: Not just a pretty, busty girl, Tifa Lockhart can take on any opponent and dish out powerful crescent kicks even in her super short mini-skirt! The skilled fighter is now presented as a super-poseable action figure, just in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the classic 'Final Fantasy VII' PlayStation game! Sculpted after Tetsuya Noruma's original character design, 19cm Tifa features over 22 points of articulation. Two optional hands are provided, which are all she needs to face anyone who dares to come her way! A figure stand is included. Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 1/6/2008
Kotobukiya Dec 2007 Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Vol.1: Cloud Strife
Price: 3,800 yen
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: Dec 2007
Type: Action Figure
Description: Just in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the classic 'Final Fantasy VII' PlayStation game, here's our favorite Buster Sword-wielding protagonist, Cloud Strife, now presented as a super-poseable action figure! Sculpted after Tetsuya Noruma's original character design, the 21cm-tall SOLDIER features over 22 points of articulation. Three optional hands are provided to help wield that ginormous Buster Sword of his! A figure stand is included. Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 1/6/2008
Kotobukiya Dec 2007 Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Vol.1: Aerith Gainsborough
Price: 3,800 yen
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Manufacturer: Kotobukiya
Release Date: Dec 2007
Type: Action Figure
Description: Stop grieving, for fan-favorite Aerith Gainsborough has come back to life in action-figure form, just in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the classic 'Final Fantasy VII' PlayStation game! The beloved flower girl is presented as this super-poseable action figure with over 22 points of articulation. Sculpted after Tetsuya Noruma's original character design, 19.5cm Aerith comes with two optional hands as well as her signature staff weapon. A figure stand is included. Please note that figures such as this are mass produced and as a result some inconsistencies in finish and painting may occur; these are not considered manufacturer's defects. If you absolutely must have perfection, prepare to do some touch-up work on your own.

Posted 1/6/2008
NECA Dec 2007 Player Seelct Line - Update
A Final Look at the Wraith
NECA Releases Images of Raziel Action Figure in Packaging
12/13/2007

With the release of the Raziel Action Figure, NECA's newest addition to the Player Select line, mere weeks away, fans are anxious to have a miniature Soul Reaver anti-hero of their own. Today NECAonline gives one last look at both the Spectral and Material versions of this highly anticipated figure in completed packaging. Check out our extensive image gallery and make sure to check back at NECAonline for the latest Player Select updates and more!
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Posted 12/15/2007
Play Along Toys Dec 2007 First Look At Prince Caspian Action Figures - Narnia Web

First Look At Prince Caspian Action Figures

Posted Dec 5, 2007

src=http://www.narniaweb.com/webadmin/picshow.asp?id=3586&w=200&h=200&al=4&q=90According to Narnia.com, Play Along Toys has released a sneak peek at the first of a line of action figures based on the characters from the Prince Caspian movie. The first figure shown is that of Asterius the minotaur.

The web site does not list a release date, but it does offer a list of locations that sell their products on their 'Where to Buy' page.

Click here to visit Play Along's web site.

Thanks to icarus for the heads up!



Posted 12/15/2007
Marx 1050s Military Playsets

Before the start of World War II, action figures were already some of the most popular toys among little boys. During those days, military action figures and their complementary accessories were usually in the wish lists of kids for Christmas and birthdays.
Marx toy soldiers made during 1930s and the 1940s were some of the most popular to play with, particularly the playsets that were themed around different battles. During those decades, the military playsets were made up of metals that were assembled and manufactured at the toy making facility of Louis Marx and Company. The toys made a big impact and inspired a variety of other toy manufacturers to design and make similar toy soldiers.
At the onset of the World War, metal toys were scrapped because almost all toy plants were asked to spare the metal for military purposes. Thus, other materials were sought and used. Tin and aluminum provide better alternative to the usual metals used to manufacture the items (such as lead).
In the 1950s, such action toys started being manufactured using plastic resources. The toys were not popular initially, but the flexibility and endurance associated with plastic won both children and parents over. So the material started gaining popularity as a toy making material.
The Marx military playsets included different types of figures like trees and rocks, animals and accessories, cannons and wagons and, of course, toy soldiers. Thus, kids were able to run a story plot and construct dioramas whenever they played.
Usually, the action sets included different figures in an environment such as a battleground, or with centerpieces like barns in a farm set, metal forts in a medieval castle and plastic forts in Fort Apache sets. The toy soldiers stood on a flattened base that enabled them to stand on their own without manual assistance.
Most of the Marx playsets are very colorful. The environment looks like miniature versions of actual environments while the accessories like cars were so beautifully crafted that they look just like actual but miniaturized objects. The soldier figures were not colorful, but they readily and appropriately serve their purpose and could be painted by hand as well.
Nowadays, the vintage Marx playsets are still very much sought after by collectors, though they can be difficult to find intact.
You can find all kinds of Marx figures available at Toy Soldiers. Have fun adding to your collection!
Posted 12/15/2007
Play Along Toys previews Narnia figures
Play Along Toys, a division of Jakks Pacific, is revealing a new figure from their Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian each month. The first figure is Asterius, the minotaur. Head over to Play Along's site to check out the full image, and keep an eye on ToyTraders for future announcements! Prince Caspian figures at Play Along Toys
Published 12/11/2007
Bandai Dec 2007 Masked rider Deno - Play Hero VS Masked Rider Battle Set Deno Climax Battle 10 pieces
<b>Play</b> Hero VS Masked Rider Battle Set Deno Climax Battle 10 pieces (Completed)
Item name : Play Hero VS Masked Rider Battle Set Deno Climax Battle 10 pieces (Completed) New Item
Manufacturer : Bandai
Scale : Non
Original : Masked Rider Deno
Release Date : Early Dec., 2007
Regular Price : 3,000 yen 
Posted 12/8/2007
Jakks Dec 2007 WWE suit tossed - Playthings
MALIBU, Calif.—A Federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by World Wrestling Entertainment against long-time licensee Jakks Pacific, its officers and other defendants, the toymaker announced today.

A Jakks Pacific figure of WWE star Shawn Michaelsplaythings.com/articles/images/PLAY/20071203/Jakks_WWEShawnMichaelsCrop.jpg align=right vspace=10>The judge in the action World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. v. JAKKS Pacific Inc., et al., 1:04-CV-08223-KMK in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York stated that the reasoning behind the decision 'will be issued in short order.'
 
Litigation among the parties remains pending in a state court.

WWE's suit accuses Jakks of offering $100,000 in bribes for rights to WWE video games, according to Forbes.com. The professional wrestling organization had asked the federal court to void its licensing deals with Jakks, plus sought damages. 

Jakks' toy and video game rights to WWE's characters expire in 2009.
Posted 12/8/2007
Hasbro Dec 2007 Fox's Licht joins Hasbro - Playthings
PAWTUCKET, R.I—Hasbro has tapped Twentieth Century Fox executive Lisa Licht for the newly created position of General Manager, Entertainment & Licensing.

Licht will look to “further strengthen and deepen Hasbro’s already successful track record with the entertainment industry, while building upon the Company’s strong and growing licensing programs around the world, leveraging Hasbro’s brands in a wide variety of consumer-focused categories,” according to the company. She most recently served as Fox’s executive vice president responsible for global marketing partnerships.

“We are thrilled to bring Lisa on board. She is a highly respected entertainment executive and the right person to lead our accelerated efforts as we look to create additional immersive brand experiences beyond traditional toys and games,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s chief operating officer.

Licht held several senior posts at Twentieth Century Fox prior to her appointment as EVP, including Senior Vice President, Feature Film Promotions and Field Operations; and Senior Vice President, Marketing, Licensing and Merchandising.

Prior to joining Twentieth Century Fox, Licht was a marketing VP at Mattel, where she managed the worldwide Barbie doll line.
Posted 12/8/2007
Play Along Toys Dec 2007 Prince Caspian Action Figures
src=http://www.narniaweb.com/webadmin/picshow.asp?id=3586&w=200&h=200&al=4&q=90According to Narnia.com, Play Along Toys has released a sneak peek at the first of a line of action figures based on the characters from the Prince Caspian movie. The first figure shown is that of Asterius the minotaur.

The web site does not list a release date, but it does offer a list of locations that sell their products on their 'Where to Buy' page.

Click here to visit Play Along's web site.
Posted 12/8/2007
Kung Fu Toys Nov 2007 Greg CRAOLA Simkins Walrus Upper Playground Version, and more...

Kung Fu Toys has a number of new products in stock...as well as several new Pre-orders available:
Gargamel: Zagoran Glow In The Dark Clear Version
Greg CRAOLA Simkins Walrus Upper Playground Version
Gary Baseman Hot Cha Cha Cha Red Pearl Version
Mars-1 Observer - SEEN edition by Strange Co.
Mars-1 Observer - Delta Inc edition By Strange Co.
David Horvath's: Flatwood Monster Pink Glow ((PRE-ORDER NOW!))
David Horvath's: Mothman Pink Clear Glow ((PRE-ORDER NOW!))
Shikito in Yellow By Superdeux ((PRE-ORDER NOW!))
GAMERITA by Joe Ledbetter - Orange Clear ((PRE-ORDER NOW))
Posted 12/1/2007
Bandai Nov 2007 Ultraman - Play Hero Ultraman Monsters 2nd Battle 10 pieces PVC, ABS
*<b>Play</b> Hero Ultraman Monsters 2nd Battle 10 pieces (Completed)
Item name : *Play Hero Ultraman Monsters 2nd Battle 10 pieces (Completed) New Item
Manufacturer : Bandai
Scale : Non
Material : PVC,ABS
Original : Ultraman
Release Date : Late Nov., 2007
Regular Price : 2,000 yen
Posted 12/1/2007
Playskool Dec 2007 Spider-Spud Mr. Potato Head

Spider-Spud Mr. Potato HeadSpider-Spud Mr. Potato Head Description:
Look out! Here comes the Spider-Spud! Peter Parker looks a little more like Potato Parker in this rotund superhero toy. With all the parts you need to make Marvel's most famous hero-- as a side dish-- the Spider-Spud provides much-needed potato fun to fans of all ages.
 
Posted 11/24/2007
MGA Nov 2007 From an Iranian Childhood of More Work than Play, a Tycoon Rises

From an Iranian Childhood of More Work than Play, a Tycoon Rises
Iranian American wins Entrepreneur of the Year award

Washington -- Were you to talk to Isaac Larian about his childhood in Iran, he would not wax nostalgic over childhood games or playthings.  In fact, he would tell you that when his friends and cousins played or went on vacation, he did “constant, hard work” helping his father run a retail textile business.

Today, Larian is president and chief executive of the largest privately held toy company in the world, MGA Entertainment, based in Van Nuys, California.  (The ranking is based on market share comparisons.)
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On November 17, Larian was named national Entrepreneur of the Year at a ceremony in Palm Springs, California, for his “innovation, financial success and personal commitment” in building a world-class business, according to Ernst & Young, the accounting firm that sponsors the annual award.  Larian is the 21st winner and will represent the United States at the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in 2008.  Only one American has won the world award.
Born in Kashan, Iran, in 1954, Larian came to the United States when he was 17.  He said that when he came he had two priorities: “to survive and to get an education.”  He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with an engineering degree in 1978.  But he did not stick to the sciences.  “It was no twist of fate” that led him to the toy business, he said.  “I have always been interested in the exhilarating nature of selling a product.”
He began importing textiles and brassware through his own mail-order company, ABC International Traders Inc., shortly after graduating.
In 1979, he founded a company called Surprise Gift Wagon, through which he imported and distributed brand-name consumer electronic products.  By the late 1980s, he had become the first official distributor of Nintendo handheld games in the United States and had begun calling his company Micro Games of America.  It acted as a licensee of other companies’ products -- including Power Rangers and Hello Kitty.
But as Larian manufactured or distributed toy brands owned by others, he realized that his business would grow faster if he developed his own brands.

In the 1990s, Larian changed the company name to MGA Entertainment and transformed it to develop its own licenses.  Today, it makes more than 20 product lines of toys, games, dolls, consumer electronics, home décor, stationery and sporting goods.
Among MGA Entertainment’s hits are such household names in the toy business as Bratz, Yummi-Land, Storytime Collection, Rescue Pets, Miuchiz, West Coast Choppers, Market Racers and Marvel toys.  “I have always had a penchant for creativity,' he said.  “I find myself constantly seeking out new ideas and concepts that I can transform into products that make a difference in the lives of children.”
Posted 11/24/2007
TOUMA and Play Imaginative Dec 2007 Whipping Grabbit...Whip It Real Good

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The latest joint project between TOUMA and Play Imaginative is set for a December 2007 release.  The Grabbit Whipping Edition is the latest vinyl release from the popular Japanese artist.   Why's it called Whipping?   Well, I thought it might have some spring loaded whipping action...or whipped cream...or those little greyhound looking dogs...but apparently Whipping is a special finishing that creates a rusty, weathered effect on the Grabbit.
There will only be 300 pieces available and each comes packaged with a Certificate of Authenticity and a limited edition print.  Another 150 pieces will feature the Whipping Grabbit with a snarling mouth, and these will be exclusive to Karmaloop.
Posted 11/17/2007
Nov 2007 The sad state of today's toys (The Devil’s Playthings) - Los Angeles Times

The Devil’s Playthings
It’s toxic, all right.

I don’t have the space to account for all the pathos and pathology at Toys R Us. (And, in fairness, much the same would apply to the toy sections of big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target.) Nor do I have room to bemoan the fire hose of marketing pressure turned on children to get them to buy into franchises, everything from Spider-Man to Hannah Montana, whoever she is. A lot of writers have covered this ground, anyway. Of recent note is Benjamin Barber’s scholarly if distempered “Consumed,” which describes how advertisers lay siege to young people to create a lifelong dependency on consumption. To me, the money quote comes from R. Buckminster Fuller: “Those who play with the devil’s toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.” Typically at this time of year, retailing experts offer their lists of hot toys for the season. Among the buy-early favorites for 2007 are Webkinz, stuffed animals that come with fluffy avatars in an online Webkinz virtual world—dry sand for emotionally thirsty children. And so, in honor of the first day of orgiastic holiday shopping this Friday, I thought I’d offer my own list of the most awful, creepy and child-nullifying products for sale this year. Or, in Fuller’s happy phrase, the devil’s toys. Please enjoy.

Monopoly Electronic Banking Edition: Instead of the traditional pastel currency, this edition of the Parker Bros. game uses debit cards and a swipe-here card reader, the better to inculcate bitty buyers into the effortlessness of impulsive buying. The tokens also have been updated to depict a Segway personal transporter and a flat-screen TV, among other items. The charming and evocative top hat and iron have thus been exchanged for the contents of K-Fed’s storage unit.

Play Along’s Tattoo Doodle Monster: Play Along has a large line of stuffed animals that children can decorate with washable pens. The Tattoo Doodle Monster includes temporary tattoos and various stencils for children to use on themselves. “Hey Dude, I’m Inkee,” the box says. This is a great toy if you want your 4-year-old to grow up to be Tommy Lee.

Tiger Electronics’ Dream Life:Absolutely the saddest thing in the store. The tag line for this TV plug-in game is “Create the Life You Dream About.” In the game, the player (either a girl or a fairly confused boy) begins a new school year: “Bad hair day? Swing by the salon & try out a new hairstyle. . . . Make lots of friends—joina sports team—or just hang out . . . it’s all in your hands.” I can’t help thinking about the poor kid who’s drawn to this game, frantically flipping buttons in the vain hope it will reunite her divorced parents.

Planet Toys’ CSI: Forensic Lab: Join Grissom’s crew! Ages 10-plus. Sweet, suffering Jesuits. First of all, if you are allowing your 10-year-old to watch “CSI,” you should be reported to the authorities. Second, do you really want your middle-schooler dusting for prints or learning to run a black light over your upholstery? I do appreciate that this toy hearkens back to a time when apprenticeship toys—chemistry and Erector sets and build-a-radio kits—tempted young minds with careers as chemists and engineers. But really, forensic technician? How long before you discover grandpa sleeping in a recliner, surrounded by crime scene tape? Obvious brand extension: CSI Special Victims Unit Rape Kit.

Fisher-Price Star Station: Baby karaoke. Say no more.
Posted 11/17/2007
Family Dollar Nov 2007 action figures recalled - Playthings

Wash., D.C.—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Henry Gordy International, Plainfield, N.J., has recalled 380,000 Galaxy Warriors Toy Figures, sold exclusively at Family Dollar Stores, due to excessive levels of lead in the surface paint.
The posable spaceman figures, manufactured in China, are about 4.5-inches tall and come with two accessories. They were sold in various colors including yellow, grey, silver, blue, green, gold, black, and red nationwide at Family Dollar from January 2006 through October 2007.
No incidents or injuries have been reported, but consumers should take the recalled toys away from children immediately and return the toy to the company for a full refund plus postage. For additional information, contact Henry Gordy International at (888) 790-2700.
Posted 11/17/2007
Nov 2007 Paparazzi Play Set

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Paparazzi Play Set
Longing to be in the spotlight? Now you can have the true red carpet experience. These eager paparazzi are poised and ready to snap your picture and get an interview. Each set includes nine 2-1/2' to 4' tall, hard vinyl paparazzi, complete with a cardboard 'velvet rope' to keep the throngs at bay.

Posted 11/9/2007
Playmates Jan 2008 Eon Kid
Los Angeles, CA - November 6, 2007 ,The animated series ‘Eon Kid’(also known as Iron Kid’is now the most viewed show among children between the ages of 2 to 11 in open-broadcast on Saturday mornings. The series, originally created by Designstorm Animation Studio in Korea, debuted on September 22 on the Kids’WB! Saturday morning block and reportedly earned a 1.9/8 rating on October 13, becoming the No. 1 rated show out of forty shows that have the same target audience.

According to Jungsook Sohn, CEO of Designstorm, 'We are very excited about such a good start. Since ‘Eon Kid’is a newcomer, as the story progresses the show will become more lively and speedy, and kids will find it more exciting and interesting.?

As the show pulls rating, the toy and licensing business of ‘Eon Kid’are positioned to spur on. Playmates Toys, Inc. has made exciting lines of Eon Kid toys including action figures, vehicles, transforming figures and role plays, and has sold their entire line of toy selections to nearly 2,000 Wal-Mart stores and all Toys’R’s stores for January placement.

Co-produced by Designstorm, BRB Internacional, Manga Entertainment and Daewon Media, ‘Eon Kid’(Iron Kid) is a made for TV action adventure 3D animation about a boy named Marty, who used to live a simple life in the vast desert with his stepfather, Charlie and pet robot dog named Buttons. ‘Eon Kid’combines eastern martial arts action and the traditional, popular genre of robot fantasy. It features over 100 robots, each with their own special abilities derived from Chinese kung fu, Japanese sword fighting, American boxing and Korean tae kwon do.

The show has been enjoying international success with airings on Canal Clan, TVE-2 and Jetix in Spain, Jetix Latin America and KBS in Korea. Spanish public broadcaster TVE will soon begin airing the series on weekends on its first channel, TVE-1, and it will also debut in open-broadcast format in Italy, Portugal, Russia, Bulgaria, Middle East, Ecuador and Turkey.
Posted 11/9/2007
Gordy Int & Family Dollar Nov 2007 Galaxy Warriors action figures recalled - Playthings

Family Dollar action figures recalled
Playthings, NY -

Wash., D.C.—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Henry Gordy International, Plainfield, N.J., has recalled 380,000 Galaxy Warriors Toy Figures, sold exclusively at Family Dollar Stores, due to excessive levels of lead in the surface paint.
The posable spaceman figures, manufactured in China, are about 4.5-inches tall and come with two accessories. They were sold in various colors including yellow, grey, silver, blue, green, gold, black, and red nationwide at Family Dollar from January 2006 through October 2007.
No incidents or injuries have been reported, but consumers should take the recalled toys away from children immediately and return the toy to the company for a full refund plus postage. For additional information, contact Henry Gordy International at (888) 790-2700.
Posted 11/9/2007
Hasbro Oct 2007 Profit rises on Playskool, Transformers - Washington Post

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Toy maker Hasbro Inc (HAS.N) posted a 62 percent rise in quarterly profit on Monday, helped by sales of its Playskool brand and strong demand for products tied to the 'Transformers' movie.
The maker of Nerf balls and Monopoly board games said third-quarter earnings rose to $161.6 million, or 95 cents a share, from $99.6 million, or 58 cents, a year earlier.
Excluding a gain from a tax adjustment, profit was 78 cents a share for the No. 2 U.S. toy company. Analysts' average forecast was 71 cents, according to Reuters Estimates.
Despite the results, Hasbro's shares fell over concerns about how it will drive sales next year, Needham & Co analyst Sean McGowan said.
'The concern is and probably is going to be, 'What are you going to do for me next year?' McGowan told Reuters. 'It's not reasonable to expect that a company is going to have as much success as they've had this year.'
The results came a week after industry leader Mattel Inc (MAT.N) posted slightly lower quarterly profit because of costs and disruptions from recent recalls of potentially dangerous toys.
Heading into the holiday season -- toy makers' most important time of year -- Hasbro Chief Executive Alfred Verrecchia said he was more concerned with the challenging overall retail environment than recalls' potential impact on sales.
 
Posted 10/27/2007
Oct 2007 Now, the noses on most stuffed playthings coming out of China's factories are stitched or embroidered.

SHANGHAI, China — Coming soon to a toy store near you: plush teddy bears with altered noses.
Reeling from global recalls, China's toy factories are scrambling to ensure the safety of their products, down to the venerable teddy bear.
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Mostly gone are the old-style black vinyl or plastic noses, which contained chemicals. Now, the noses on most stuffed playthings coming out of China's factories are stitched or embroidered.
Toy retailers and manufacturers are hurrying to contain the fallout from recalls that terrified parents, damaged toy companies and gave Chinese toymakers a black eye. Toy manufacturers now strive to show that they've improved quality, even if it means costs will rise.
At the Shanghai Toy Fair, producers eagerly demonstrated design changes. They tugged on seams of stuffed toys to show double stitching and pried at plastic eyes to demonstrate how they wouldn't fly off. Materials such as artificial leather, which can contain noxious chemicals, no longer appear. Sales agents pulled out certificates to prove that paint they used was found free of toxic lead content.
Posted 10/27/2007
Pop art is child's play in new toy exhibit - calendarlive.com

Amuscular, tattooed Latino man plays pool just feet away from a flamboyant Japanese character decked out in an orange jumpsuit and boots. Though the aforementioned scenario may sound like a snapshot of the city's culturally diverse street life, the characters involved -- a 'Homie' and 'Ultraman' -- are actually toy figures that stand just a couple of inches tall. These and other creations and sketches by artists and toy designers David Gonzalez, Mark Nagata, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, David Horvath, Sun-Min Kim and Brian McCarty make up 'Beyond Ultraman: Seven Artists Explore the Vinyl Frontier,' a visiting exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Its focus is the late 20th century vinyl toy arena that began as a movement in Asia and migrated to California, where it has adapted and become a cool and collectible Pop art medium.

The show is presented by the Los Angeles Toy, Doll & Amusements Museum, and it was curated by its director and founder, Maria Kwong. Her nomadic organization's playful acronym, LATDA (la-tee-da) sums up its spirit. Kwong, who works at the Japanese American National Museum, and her cohorts began showing toy-related works -- old and new -- at art institutions in Los Angeles in 2004. And though there is no permanent LATDA collection per se, she does house an assortment of largely midcentury toys in a storage space.
Kwong, who grew up between South L.A. and Silver Lake, became serious about toys at age 13, when she had a small business selling her doll creations with the assistance of her mother, an artists' representative. Toys hold important personal memories for her, but she also believes, 'Whenever you have a discussion about toys, it unlocks so much. It's very emotional connecting to things. There's universality.'

Yet, it is this city's diversity, she says, that has enabled toys, such as those in the current show, to infiltrate the local scene and be reevaluated as artwork in recent years. 'It has a lot to do with California being multicultural and having a lot of ties with Asia,' she says, adding that Asian toy figures such as the superheroic Ultraman and robots started popping up in primarily Japanese areas of California, ultimately influencing a new generation of toy designers. Today, retailers such as West L.A.'s Giant Robot, West Hollywood's Kidrobot and Chinatown's Munky King have taken the concomitant creations, sometimes called 'art toys,' to new heights.

Kwong dubs the period in the late '60s when the toys were first coming into prominence 'the Ultraman era,' adding that it was 'an age of empowerment where the Japanese were heroes' and 'historically significant to Japanese Americans in the same way Bruce Lee is to Chinese Americans.'

Ultraman may be no Superman when it comes to mainstream recognition, but according to Kwong, U.S. syndication of the Japanese superhero's cartoon series during the late '70s and early '80s spread his influence to the West.

 
Posted 10/18/2007
Square Enix Sept 2007 Final Fantasy Advent Children Play Arts Sephiroth Action Figure Posted 9/29/2007
Toys 'R' Us Sept 2007 pops up in NoHo - Playthings Posted 9/29/2007
Jakks Sept 2007 'Fancy' licensee - Playthings Posted 9/29/2007
Sept 2007 Worried by reports of the toxic metal showing up in toys, many parents are buying kits and swabbing playthings. ... Posted 9/29/2007
Adult Swim Sept 2007 Robot Chicken captures the joy of playing with your toys. Posted 9/29/2007
Re-Ment Sept 2007 Petit Sample - Petit Yancha Club It Plays with the Baby 8 pieces Posted 9/22/2007
Jakks Sept 2007 Taps toy vets - Playthings Posted 9/22/2007
Sept 2007 Children at Play: An American History Posted 9/22/2007
Specialized Technology Resources Inc Sept 2007 Product testers not playing around Posted 9/22/2007
McFarlane Sept 2007 NHL 17 Adds Two Retro Players Posted 9/22/2007
SQUARE ENIX Jan 2008 Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Cloud & Hardy Daytona Posted 9/10/2007
Neca Oct 2007 Player Select Castlevania Series 1 Action Figure Case Posted 9/10/2007
Playmates 2006 Named Master Toy Licensee for Strawberry Shortcake Posted 9/10/2007
Kvale Good Natured Games Sept 2007 For Eco-friendly play. Posted 9/10/2007
Solid Theater Aug 2007 Play Stationary #5: Kurara Posted 9/10/2007
Solid Theater Aug 2007 Play Stationary #4: Harara Posted 9/10/2007
Playmates Spring 2008 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Basic Figures Posted 9/2/2007
U.S. Toy Co./Constructive Playthings Aug 2007 Frances Wang Gershon, 'last of a generation' in toy industry, dies Posted 9/2/2007
Radica Aug 2007 Funkeys exclusive at tween chain - Playthings Posted 9/2/2007
Kotobukiya Dec 2007 Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Cloud Strife Posted 8/26/2007
Kotobukiya Dec 2007 Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Aeris Gainsborough Posted 8/26/2007
Kotobukiya Dec 2007 Final Fantasy VII Play Arts Tifa Lockhart Posted 8/26/2007
Kotobukiya Sept 2006 Kingdom Hearts2 Play Arts Kairi PVC Posted 8/26/2007
Solid Theater Aug 2007 Play Stationery 04 Ruler Harara PVC Posted 8/26/2007
Solid Theater Aug 2007 Play Stationery 05 Pen Stand Kurara PVC Posted 8/26/2007
Comiket 72 Aug 2007 More Cosplay (Costume-play) Posted 8/26/2007
Solid Theater Aug 2007 Play Stationery - Cute Sexy School Supplies.... Posted 8/26/2007
Romando Aug 2007 - Nami SOS! - Love Play Unit + Koishikawa Nami Limited Version Posted 8/26/2007
Neca aug 2007 Player Select Castlevania Figures Posted 8/19/2007
Jakks Aug 2007 Now Master Toy partner for Max & Ruby - Playthings Posted 8/19/2007
Aug 2007 Paying for cheap play - Chicago Sun-Times Posted 8/19/2007
Playmates Aug 2007 Spin-off approved Posted 8/11/2007
Jakks Aug 2007 Tries To Extend Plug-N-Play - CNNMoney.com Posted 8/11/2007
Hasbro Sept 2007 Hasbro brings out Playskool MP3 player - Marketing Week Posted 8/11/2007
Solid Theater Feb 2007 Play Stationery 03 Eraser Case Kasumi PVC Posted 8/5/2007
Solid Theater Feb 2007 Play Stationery 02 Pencil Sharpener Kurumi PVC Posted 8/5/2007
Solid Theater Feb 2007 Play Stationery 01 Cellophane Tape Harumi Posted 8/5/2007
Romando Aug 2007 Nami SOS! Love Play Unit Plus Koishikawa Nami WHITE Ver PVC Posted 8/5/2007
Romando Aug 2007 Nami SOS! Love Play Unit Plus Koishikawa Nami Orange Ver PVC Posted 8/5/2007
Playmated / Bandai TMNT vehicle - Canon Double Posted 8/5/2007
Romando Aug 2007 Nami SOS - Love Play Unit PVC Posted 8/5/2007
Playmates Toys Aug 2007 Spin-off Posted 8/5/2007
Bandai July 2007 Celebrating 15 years of Power Rangers - Playthings Posted 8/5/2007
Square Enix July 2007 Final Fantasy XII Play Arts Action Figure Set Posted 7/21/2007
Tomy 2008 Air Guitar playing i-Sobot Robot Details Posted 7/21/2007
Kotobukiya July 2007 Kingdom Hearts2 Play Arts Sora Wisdam Form Miyazawa Model Ver PVC Posted 7/21/2007
NY Licensing Show June 2007 A to Z - Playthings Posted 7/15/2007
Licensing July 2007 The latest toy deals - Playthings Posted 7/15/2007
Playskool July 2007 Transformers Optimash Prime Mr. Potato Head Posted 7/5/2007
Comansi COMAN BOYS Far-West Playset (fort) Posted 7/5/2007
Hasbro June 2007 Spiderman - Super Hero Squad Bank Heist Battleground Playset Posted 6/16/2007
June 2007 Glow-in-the-Dark Flesh Eating Zombies Play Set Posted 6/16/2007
Play Imaginative June 2007 "Backy & Bocky" by Furi Furi Posted 6/11/2007
Play Imaginative June 2007 Zugan - Jim Koch Version Posted 6/11/2007
Play Imaginative June 2007 New Trexi Series...2 of 'em! Posted 6/11/2007
Mattel June 2007 Launching 'Barbie Girls' MP3 Player - Twice Posted 6/11/2007
June 2007 Pokemon builds TRU Times Square boutique - Playthings Posted 6/11/2007
Fisher-Price June 2007 Recalls Rainforest swing - Playthings Posted 6/11/2007
Corolle June 2007 Playing with dolls is good for young guys. Posted 6/11/2007
Zizzle May 2007 Pirates of the Caribbean 3 Electronic Black Pearl Playset Posted 5/27/2007
Jakks May 2007 Master toys for Shusybye - Playthings Posted 5/27/2007
Diamond Select May 2007 Acquires Art Asylum - Playthings Posted 5/27/2007
Grown men play with action figures to create history - 9NEWS.com Posted 5/27/2007
Jakks May 2007 Jakks' master toys for Shusybye - Playthings Posted 5/12/2007
Wisconsin Historical Museum May 2007 - Wisconsin museum plays with toys Posted 5/5/2007
Square Enix 2007 Play Arts - Ashe Posted 4/21/2007
Square Enix 2007 Play Arts - Gabranth Posted 4/14/2007
Hasbro April 2007 Marvel Play-Doh Figure Assortment Wave 1 Half-Case Posted 4/7/2007
Bandai April 2007 Human Player virtual ''pet'' Posted 4/7/2007
e-Revolution March 2007 Blythe Replica Doll - Petite Blythe Playful Pigtails Posted 4/7/2007
Play Along March 2007 Big Tent Entertainment Selects Play Along ® As Master Toy Licensee Posted 3/31/2007
Webkinz March 2007 Toys with online lives are transforming play - www.Webkinz.com Posted 3/31/2007
Playskool March 2007 Gets Master Toy License for Franny's Feet Posted 3/29/2007 by  Canada NewsWire 
Takara Tomy March 2007 Licca - Washing Machine Playing Set Posted 3/29/2007
Takara Tomy March 2007 Licca - Vacuum Cleaner Play Set Posted 3/29/2007
Playskool March 2007 Spider-Spud Mr. Potato Head Posted 3/24/2007
Hasbro March 2007 Stuffing Easter baskets - Playthings Posted 3/24/2007
Square Enix Oct 2006 Final Fantasy Xii Play Arts - Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca - reviews Posted 3/22/2007
Mattel March 2007 Playmates third party deal Posted 3/22/2007
Hasbro March 2007 Stuffs Easter baskets - Playthings Posted 3/22/2007
Takara March 2007 Kiss Players Sparkbots Posted 3/22/2007
Upper Playground March 2007 Lettus Bee Vinyl Figure Posted 3/17/2007
e-Hobby exclusive Transformers Kiss Players Position Cassettes - March 2007 Posted 3/17/2007
Playmates March 2007 Fighting to reverse downward trend Posted 3/17/2007 by  The Standard 
Play Imaginative - Winson Ma's Adam Vinyl Posted 3/9/2007
Playing with dolls won't affect orientation Posted 3/9/2007
Square Enix - FF VII Play Arts Kadaj Posted 2/27/2007
Playarts Kingdom Heart II : Sora Valor Form Posted 2/27/2007
Banpresto Feb 2007 Lupin III - Lupin The 3rd Play Card Design Strap Posted 2/27/2007
Wonder Festival 2007 Winter - KISS Players Display Posted 2/25/2007
Online toys with online lives are transforming play Published 2/24/2007
Playing With Your Money - The Daily Titan Published 2/24/2007
Online toys with online lives are transforming play - Bradenton Herald Published 2/24/2007
Toys R’ Us Feb 2007 Plays to Win - Multichannel Merchant Posted 2/16/2007
Play Along Feb 2007 Announces Cheetah Girls Singing dolls Posted 2/16/2007
NY Toy Fair Feb 2007 More work than play Posted 2/10/2007
Basic Fun Feb 2007 Transformers - Movie Role Play Undercover Carabiner Set Box Image Posted 2/10/2007
Atelier-Sai Jan 2007 Haruhi White Buinny playing guitar 1/6 scale Posted 2/6/2007
2007 Bratz beat Barbie in Q4 - Playthings Posted 2/6/2007
Playskool 2007 Toy Fair Posted 2/6/2007
Atelier-sai Feb 2007 Bunny girl Haruhi -playing guitar (white suit) - gallery Posted 2/4/2007
PLAYSKOOL Feb 2007 Win a Boundless Playground Essay Contest - Business Wire Posted 2/2/2007
Playmobil Feb 2007 Single Figures Found Posted 2/2/2007
New York Gift Show Feb 2007 Brings on the toys - Playthings Posted 2/2/2007
Super7 x Touma x Play Imaginative Orange Zugan Posted 1/30/2007
Playmobil 2006 4650 Scary Ghost Posted 1/30/2007
Sota Jan 2007 Now Playing - Meg Mucklebones Posted 1/30/2007
Silverlit Toys Jan 2007 Tiny R/C helicopter spurs suit - Playthings Posted 1/30/2007
McFarlane 2007 Exhibit at Topps Card Show in Miami for Super Bowl XLI; NFL's Defensive Player of the Year Jason ... Posted 1/30/2007
Atelier-Sai 2006 Haruhi Bunny playing guitar - Gallery Posted 1/9/2007
Largest toy retailers see higher holiday sales - Playthings Posted 1/9/2007
Capcom Plays Hollywood's Game Published 12/30/2006
MGA 2006 refutes Bratz sweatshop story - Playthings Posted 12/29/2006
Smithsonian Dec 2006 Paper Dolls Not Just For Playing - The Ledger Posted 12/29/2006
Playtimes 2007 Issue 21 + Changes Posted 12/29/2006
Mattel Dec 2006 Barbie Hillary Duff Doll Ads Glamour To Toy Boxes - Playfuls.com Posted 12/23/2006
Zapf Creation AG Dec 2006 Zapf CEO resigns - Playthings Posted 12/21/2006
Hasbro Dec 2006 Hasbro walks into Play-Doh sneaker deal - Playthings Posted 12/21/2006
Convert a Playmobil Astronaut Figure into a USB Thumb Drive Posted 12/15/2006
Dolls bring Christmas players to life - Deseret News - Dec 2006 Posted 12/15/2006
Damon: I'd Play Kirk In Trek XI Published 12/12/2006
Action Figures Making Up 'Jackboots' Cast - Playfuls.com Posted 12/9/2006
Proto Monday >> Vivisect Playset - Scurvey Nevil by Craola Posted 12/4/2006
Zizzle Dec 2006 Pirates of the Caribbean Electronic Black Pearl Ship Playset Posted 12/1/2006
Toy Biz SPIDERMAN ATTACK FLIP 'N TRAP PLAY SET Posted 12/1/2006
Oven, train in good company at Toy Hall of Fame - Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y - Nov 2006 Posted 11/29/2006
Burger King Nov 2006 Games Kings Play - Motley Fool Posted 11/21/2006
New Images of MP-05, Kiss Play Autorooper, E-Hobby Cassettes Published 11/21/2006
Toys'R Us with Target Leadership: No Playtime at Toy Chain on Its Road to Recovery - The Ledger Posted 11/19/2006
Toys' R Us: No Playtime on Recovery Road - New York Times Posted 11/19/2006
PLAYMOBIL Adventure Contest for Children - Nov 2006 Posted 11/16/2006
Playskool 2006 Star Wars Spud Trooper Mr. Potato Head Posted 11/14/2006
Playskool 2006 Star Wars Darth Tater Mr. Potato Head Posted 11/10/2006
Bandai 2006 Ben 10 Creates an Alien Invasion at Retail With Popular Action Figures & Role-Play Toys Posted 11/10/2006
Hall of Famers: Easy-Bake, Lionel - Playthings Published 11/10/2006
Bandai America's Ben 10 Creates an Alien Invasion at Retail With Popular Action Figures & Role-Play Toys (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance) Posted 11/8/2006
David Huyck's Playground Rules at Wootini Posted 11/7/2006
Lost finds its way to TRU - Playthings Posted 11/7/2006
Playmates Toys - Amazing Amanda Posted 11/5/2006
Forget Child's Play, Japanese Toy Makers Target Adults Posted 11/2/2006
Action Geeks: Grown men play with toys? - East Valley Tribune Posted 11/2/2006
Skynet Oct 2006 Kapok Figure Collection - Erika playing Golf PVC Posted 10/30/2006
Show Report: Fall Toy Show - Playthings Published 10/27/2006
KBToys.com offers deferred billing - Playthings Posted 10/27/2006
Show Report: 2006 NY Fall Toy Show - Playthings Posted 10/26/2006
Kiss Play Hot Rodimus Released in Japan Published 10/26/2006
Avenging Narwhal Play Set Posted 10/25/2006
KillerZero Proto by PlaysKewl Posted 10/25/2006
Grabbit from Touma and Play Imaginative Posted 10/24/2006
Jakks granted Littlest Pet Shop license - Playthings Posted 10/24/2006
Hasbro Q3 earnings rise 23 percent - Playthings Published 10/24/2006
TakaraTomy Site Updates with Kiss Play Rodimus Gallery Published 10/24/2006
Tear-jerker will say good-bye to ITC - Playthings Posted 10/22/2006
Her passion to play with toys turned into a career - Turkish Daily News Posted 10/22/2006
Mattel 2006 Polly Pocket So Hip Cruise Ship Playset Posted 10/21/2006
Li'l Sideshow World's Tallest Man & World's Smallest Man Play Set Posted 10/18/2006
Li'l Sideshow Frog Girl & Lobster Boy Play Set Posted 10/18/2006
Li'l Sideshow Strong Man Play Set Posted 10/18/2006
Li'l Sideshow Bearded Lady Play Set Posted 10/18/2006
Playmates Toys With The Land Before Time - Animation World Network Posted 10/18/2006
Playmates Toys Awarded Master Toy License by Microsoft and 4Kids ... - Business Wire Posted 10/18/2006
Kiss Play Hot Rodimus Packaging Published 10/17/2006
Cold War Unicorns Play Set Posted 10/14/2006
Good vs. Evil Unicorns Play Set Posted 10/14/2006
FFX Playarts Part II Tidus Posted 10/10/2006
HOT STUFF : SOCCER PLAYER [Resin Statues] / Démons and Merveilles Posted 10/10/2006
HOT STUFF : BASKET-BALL PLAYER [Resin Statues] / Démons and Merveilles Posted 10/10/2006
HOT STUFF : RUGBY PLAYER [Resin Statues] / Démons and Merveilles Posted 10/10/2006
Playing to the Latino market - Denver Post Posted 10/9/2006
Mattel: A Game Worth Playing - Seeking Alpha Published 10/9/2006
GoLive MystiKats complicates playing dolls - engadget Posted 10/5/2006
Stacking Up the Awards! Play Along®’s Speed Stacks® StackPack ... - Business Wire Published 10/4/2006
JAKKS Pacific’s Fly Wheels™ XPV and Play Along® Speed Stacks ... - Business Wire Published 10/4/2006
'GoLive' Technology From Playhut, Inc. Takes Toy World by ... - PR Newswire (press release) Published 10/4/2006
FFX Playarts set : Tidus & the Brotherhood Posted 9/20/2006
Playmates toys with The Land Before Time - Playthings Posted 9/14/2006
New Picture of Kiss Players Hot Rodimus Published 9/14/2006
Hasbro teams with Disney Parks and Resorts - Playthings Published 9/13/2006
Gearing up for TMX Elmo - Playthings Published 9/12/2006
Disney Fairies flying playset Posted 9/12/2006
Ferrell Plays it Straight Published 9/11/2006
Playfulness is in - Annapolis Capital Posted 9/10/2006
Fisher-Price Shares Play Tips Just in Time for Grandparents Day ... - Business Wire (press release) Published 9/7/2006
Playground 'center' being recalled Published 9/7/2006 by  Newscom 
Theatre/Playing Group kits: 1/6 scale Mina and Iroha Posted 9/7/2006
New Kiss Players Rodimus and Xiao Xiao Full Color Images Published 8/31/2006
Harry dino toys debut at Target - Playthings Published 8/30/2006
Time to play in Toy Town, U.S.A. Posted 8/28/2006
McFarlane Reveals Lost Figures - Now Playing Magazine Published 8/23/2006
Final Fantasy X Play Arts Action Figures Posted 8/20/2006
Zapf, MGA distribution deal - Playthings Published 8/15/2006
Gateway plays with Toys R Us - Computing Published 8/13/2006
Amazon and Toys 'R' Us To Play Together - About - News & Issues Published 8/9/2006
1984 Playset drops from PodBrix Posted 8/2/2006
New Images of MP-04 Masterpiece Convoy Complete Edition, MP-03 Starscream and Kiss Play Autorooper Published 8/2/2006
International Playthings Inc., a Subsidiary of Grand Toys... Published 8/2/2006 by  Canada NewsWire 
Comic-Con 2006: Lost Toys - Now Playing Magazine Published 7/28/2006
No play money required for new Monopoly game Published 7/28/2006 by  Agenda Inc. Live Feed 
Mattel, in Tech Play, to Buy Electronic Line Published 7/28/2006 by  Los Angeles Times 
Ledger To Play Batman's Joker? Published 7/21/2006
Play's the thing at this museum - Toronto Star Published 7/20/2006
Comic-Con 2006: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Now Playing Magazine Published 7/20/2006
Mattel Plays It Right - Motley Fool Published 7/19/2006
Todd McFarlane: Part One - Lost Toys - Now Playing Magazine Posted 7/19/2006
Mattel rebounds in Q2 - Playthings Published 7/17/2006
Playing with the grown-ups Posted 7/15/2006
Playing with the grown-ups - Chicago Tribune Posted 7/15/2006
Play Imaginative @ TTF 06 Posted 7/6/2006
Wrapped Up: 2006 Licensing Show - Playthings Published 6/30/2006
Anime/Manga - Playthings Published 6/28/2006
Playtimes 17 dropping shortly Posted 6/28/2006
Kiss Players Convoy Added to TakaraTomy Website Published 6/28/2006
Surf’s Up for Jakks Pacific - Playthings Published 6/26/2006
Figure Oh! Magazine - Kiss-Play Convoy Will Not Have Die-Cast Parts Published 6/26/2006
Stock photos of Kiss-Play Atari and Autolooper Published 6/23/2006
Toymakers play hard to keep upbeat outlook - MSNBC Published 6/22/2006
Playskool Is Expanding to Baby Care - Tuscaloosa News Published 6/20/2006
Playtime is over for China's toy industry - Asia Times Online Published 6/20/2006
Spotlight: Licensing Show 2006 - Playthings Posted 6/20/2006
Mattel, Funimation take on Spider Riders - Playthings Published 6/19/2006
Hasbro to sell Playskool baby care products at CVS - Reuters Published 6/19/2006
Playskool Is Expanding to Baby Care - New York Times Published 6/19/2006
PLAY GROUND Posted 6/16/2006
PLAY GROUND - Manila Bulletin Published 6/16/2006
Fisher-Prices get the World - Playthings Published 6/13/2006
Conventional Weekend: Wizard World Philadelphia Part 1 - Now Playing Magazine Posted 6/7/2006
Marvel Madness - Playthings Published 6/7/2006
Whether It's Backyard Play or a Rainy Day, Toys 'R' Us Unveils Hot ... - Yahoo! News Published 6/6/2006
Here at the Righttoys.com, We Have a Large Inventory of Toys, Action Figures, and Playsets To Choose Posted 6/1/2006
Elfenbein joins Sony - Playthings Published 5/31/2006
Pete Fowler's Giant Snorse - Launch and Signing - @ Playlounge Posted 5/30/2006
Hasbro streamlines philanthropic efforts - Playthings Published 5/27/2006
McFarlane Gets Lost Toys - Now Playing Magazine Published 5/24/2006
Pokémon USA adds Mattel, Nick vets - Playthings Published 5/24/2006
Players Rule In Overlord Published 5/24/2006
Play-Doh Perfume Hits Store Shelves - Local6.com Published 5/19/2006
Playtimes Vol. 2 Issue 4 Posted 5/19/2006
Build-A-Bear coming to a Happy Meal near you - Playthings Published 5/13/2006
Shopping at Gembrong is child's play - Jakarta Post Published 5/9/2006
Playing For Keeps - Pulse 24 Posted 5/9/2006
Play-Doh launches best fragrance ever Published 5/8/2006 by  Boqpod[dot]com 
Fisher-Price MP3 Player for Kids - About - News & Issues Published 5/5/2006
Fisher-Price unveils Kid-Tough camera and music player - engadget Published 5/4/2006
Play-Doh perfume debuts - The Republican Published 5/2/2006
Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound Makes a ''Scent-Sational'' Debut as It Celebrates 50 Years (Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance) Posted 5/1/2006
Monopoly players can help keep AC in the game - Cherry Hill Courier Post Published 4/28/2006
Mattel charity arm plans $2.5M payout - Playthings Published 4/26/2006
Sanrio adds Mattel alum - Playthings Published 4/26/2006
Hasbro reports Q1 loss on increased revenues - Playthings Published 4/25/2006
New Voo Dooz Dolls Make Vengence Child's Play - PR Leap Posted 4/25/2006
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