February 21, 2014 |
AT THE RECENT American International Toy Fair in New York, Gizmo Guy found playthings so profoundly juiced with tech magic he longed to be a kid again. MAKE-IT-YOURSELF TOYS: The concept has gotten a major rethink. Industry leader Hasbro announced the first kid-oriented (and reasonably priced, we hope) 3-D printer, a programmable device that spits plastic goop in precise layers to build a play-ready object. Expect it by Christmas. Hasbro's venture partner is printer maker 3D Systems, which just bought a toy modeling company with rights to "Star Wars," "Harry Potter" and "Hobbit" collectibles.
January 25, 2014 |
Logan Milleman bounced down a hallway of Wills Eye Hospital on Wednesday, showing off his new ID badge: Master Logan, Commander in Chief. He was in good spirits. His right eye has been cancer-free for almost five years. The 6-year-old's parents, Robert and Jeri Milleman, trailed behind him with three large Kohl's bags filled with stuffed-animal toys they had brought for the children in the hospital. He has come a long way. In 2009, Logan's right eye was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that is blinding and life-threatening.
December 15, 2013 |
Dexter, a purebred Australian cattle dog, gnawed on a stuffed animal until he found the sweet spot that made the toy squeak. "They love that squeaker," Marianne Ahern said this month as Dexter and two other four-legged creatures played with the squeaky item at her half-acre house near Langhorne, Bucks County. The toy was originally a Beanie Baby that would have ended up in a landfill, but Ahern reclaimed it, cleaned it, and converted it into a Glad Dogs Nation product. "I see this as my retirement business," said Ahern, 57, president and founder of Glad Dogs Nation.
November 15, 2013 |
ON SATURDAY, family and friends of Aimee Willard, a 22-year-old college lacrosse star who was slain in 1996, are holding a collection drive to benefit a community center in the North Philadelphia neighborhood where her body was found. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., donations of unwrapped toys and coats for children ages 5 to 15 will be collected outside Riddle Ale House at 1073 W. Baltimore Pike in Media. Monetary donations will also be accepted. All donations will go to the Hero Community Center at 3439 N. 17th St.
September 10, 2013 |
The United States' trade deficit with China topped $30 billion last week. In Hatfield, Michael Araten, 43, chief executive of K'nex Brands L.P., the toy company, is making that trend go the other way. President Obama visited K'nex in November to highlight the company's decision to bring back most of its manufacturing from China. In August, K'nex began exporting its toys to China. Question: What struck you about your visit with the president? Answer: He was personally incredibly charming.
July 17, 2013 |
Jack Robbins, 84, a manufacturer's representative for toy companies, died Sunday, July 14, of lung cancer at the home of his former wife in Villanova. Mr. Robbins worked with toy retailers and wholesalers from Maine to Virginia, as well as the Kiddie City stores in the Philadelphia area. Later, he sold toys to Kmart and Toys R Us, and at the time of his death was a sales rep for Wiffle Ball. "They refused to accept his resignation," his daughter Deborah said. Mr. Robbins and his twin, Saul, were born at home on Yewdall Street in West Philadelphia, the fifth and sixth children of Joseph Robbins, a house painter.
June 3, 2013 |
Benson loves to play with toy cars and proudly shows off his racing track, which he builds into different shapes. The 9-year-old has many other interests, including playing basketball, soccer, and dodgeball. When he is indoors, he spends many happy hours playing video games and watching television. Outdoors, he delights in running around and riding his bike and scooter. Although he is shy when meeting new people, he soon warms up. Benson does very well in school, where he receives special-education services.
May 10, 2013
DEAR ABBY: We have a grandson who is 4 and very much a "princess boy. " He likes girl toys and dresses and doesn't like any of his boy toys. He's an adorable little boy and we love him to pieces. His parents don't accept this behavior, and I'm afraid it will affect him now and in the future. How would you handle this? We don't say anything to his parents because they are pretty much in denial. - Worried Grandma DEAR WORRIED: If he were my grandchild I'd talk with the parents.
April 11, 2013 |
People hustling through 30th Street Station Thursday morning should be greeted by something completely unexpected - a 16-foot-high fiberglass and metal sculpture of a cartoony seated figure with its hands over its face. There will be something vaguely familiar about the figure. Could it be the three-fingered hands? The white gloves? The knobby earlike fringe around the head? The bare pate? All of the above speak to the world of cartoons in general and Disney characters in particular.
April 1, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - After a nine-month delay, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" deployed to the top spot at the box office. The action film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum as the gun-toting military toys brought to life marched into the No. 1 position at the weekend box office, earning $41.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Retaliation" opened Wednesday at midnight, which helped bring its domestic total to $51.7 million. Paramount postponed the sequel to 2009's "G.I.