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  • Toys ‘R’ Us worker sold stolen toys online for more than $120K: cops

    03/27/2018 11:50:50 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 27, 2018 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Maybe he was trying to get a jump on the company’s upcoming liquidation. Long before Toys ‘R’ Us announced plans to go out of the toy business, an employee at a store in Virginia stole nearly 3,000 toys before flipping them on eBay for nearly $123,000, authorities said. Obaid Sheikh, 25, stole 2,970 toys during his four years of working at a Toys ‘R’ Us location in Fairfax and then sold the items online, WJLA reports. An asset protection manager for Toys ‘R’ Us launched an investigation in October 2017 after a string of thefts at the store. He later...
  • Game Over For Toys R Us: Chain Going Out Of Business

    03/14/2018 4:58:16 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 84 replies
    The chain — whose history traces back to a post-World War II baby furniture store — has spent many decades as the country's largest dedicated toy emporium. Today's parents are the millennial generation who grew up with the Internet and approach purchasing decisions and time they spend with children differently from baby boomers. Generally, foot traffic is falling at brick-and-mortar stores. And children are playing differently than they used to decades ago.
  • Toys 'R' Us prepares to liquidate operations: source

    03/09/2018 5:39:37 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 8, 2018 | Greg Roumeliotis
    Toys ‘R’ Us Inc is preparing for potential liquidation if its negotiations with creditors do not result in a deal that can help the struggling toy retailer to emerge from bankruptcy, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. These talks are continuing and no decision has yet been taken. The company is also considering other options, including a potential sale in bankruptcy if possible, according to the source.
  • Barbie is now wearing a ‘Love Wins’ t-shirt to support LGBT... [Mattel Toy Company]

    11/29/2017 9:14:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Metro.uk ^ | 11/28/17 | Miranda Larbi
    ....A few weeks ago, she got a hijab. And now she’s openly supporting gay rights. Taking to Instagram (where else would such an influential style maven go to share her message?), she posted a photo of herself wearing a ‘Love Wins’ t-shirt....
  • How children are biologically programmed to prefer playing with toys aimed at their own gender

    11/22/2017 9:35:03 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 21, 2017 | Steve Doughty
    Boys and girls are driven by biology to play with toys that are traditionally aimed at their own gender, according to a new study. The research found that an innate drive pushes boys to prefer trucks and cars and aggressive toys such as guns or toy soldiers. A similar inbuilt instinct may be the reason why girls have always liked to play with dolls, cosmetics or toys based on domestic life, it said. But the impact of feminism on parents, advertising and media may be a reason why girls have been less keen on dolls, make-up and kitchen toys in...
  • Creepy New “Smart Toys” Allow Pedophiles to Track & Talk Directly to Kids

    07/19/2017 1:15:25 PM PDT · by johnk · 22 replies
    thefreethoughtproject.com ^ | July 18, 2017 | By Matt Agorist
    A particularly ominous warning was put out by the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center this week alerting people to the potential dangers internet-connected toys pose to adults and children alike. Not only do these ‘spy toys’ have the potential to record kids’ conversations, track their movements, reveal their location — they even allow perverts to TALK to children directly. The alert, titled: CONSUMER NOTICE: INTERNET-CONNECTED TOYS COULD PRESENT PRIVACY AND CONTACT CONCERNS FOR CHILDREN, warns users of the security risks and vulnerabilities posed by this new line of smart toys that connect via wifi or Bluetooth to your home network....
  • Mattel Gives Ken Doll A Makeover: Heavy-Set, Cornrows, Man Bun, 'Ethnically Diverse'

    06/20/2017 12:50:08 PM PDT · by drewh · 96 replies
    CBS Local– Mattel, the makers of the famous Barbie and Ken dolls, decided to shake up the Ken doll’s previous image. Typically he’d be portrayed as a “nice guy,” as Mattel put it, with wavy blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. He would have had hardly an ounce of body fat if scaled onto a real human. He’s the guy Barbie would take home to mom to compliment her pot roast and taste in cardigans. But he’s vanilla no more: Mattel has released a line of 15 new and improved Ken dolls. ADVERTISING Diverse beyond just their ethnicity, these new...
  • Hasbro to Make Play-Doh American Again

    02/28/2017 6:49:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 2/25/18 | Paul Ziobro
    Play-Doh will soon be squeezed out of a factory in the U.S. again, as Hasbro Inc. brings manufacturing of the popular moldable clay back to America for the first time in years.
  • German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears

    02/17/2017 3:13:37 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 2-17-2017 | BBC
    An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data. The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications. Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it. But the UK Toy Retailers Association said Cayla "offers no special risk". In a statement sent to the BBC, the TRA also said "there is no reason for alarm". The Vivid Toy group, which distributes My Friend Cayla, has previously said...
  • Maduro’s Christmas Presents to Venezuela: Forced Sales, Stolen Toys

    12/14/2016 10:08:00 AM PST · by detective · 4 replies
    The New American ^ | 13 December 2016 | Michael Tennant
    “To Venezuelan socialists,” observed Loyola University Maryland economics professor Thomas DiLorenzo, “nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ more than armed government goons showing up at your business and ordering you around.” That is, in fact, precisely what is happening in that oil-rich but increasingly poverty-stricken nation. Having driven his country into penury and hyperinflation by continuing the policies of late president Hugo Chavez, President Nicolas Maduro is now forcing stores to have Christmas sales they cannot afford and even confiscating millions of toys from their distributor so Maduro can play Santa Claus by handing them out to poor children.
  • 'Hijabi Barbie' & other Islamic-themed toys join the fight against extremism

    10/25/2016 8:05:25 AM PDT · by tekrat · 25 replies
    Mo4ch News ^ | 10/25/2016
    Fighting extremism could now be child’s play thanks to one British ‘mumpreneur’ who hopes to counter radicalization among young people by selling toys, books and games that specifically cater to Muslim children and offer the true ethos of the faith. Nazia Nasreen, from Birmingham, opened Ibraheem Toy House in 2014 after struggling to “find good quality, Islamic toys and books” for her children in one place, particularly around the Eid holidays.
  • Bomb-making factory found in Brooklyn apartment of Columbia professor

    Police stumbled upon a bomb-making factory Sunday in the home of a Columbia professor who specializes in the spread of infectious disease - and are investigating whether he and his roommate have terror ties. Cops evacuated the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood around the Remsen St. home of Michael Clatts, a medical anthropologist, after finding seven pipe bombs fitted with fuses in his flat, police sources said. The frightening cache was discovered almost by accident - Ivaylo Ivanov, the man living with Clatts, accidentally shot off the tip of his left index finger and sought police help in the street about 1:15...
  • Malkin: Hey, Gun-Grabbers: Hands Off My Kid’s Lego Weapons

    05/23/2016 2:19:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    conservativereview ^ | May 23, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    The gun-control lobby has a new target: Your children’s Lego sets. A new "study" touted by libs decries the prevalence of weapons in the brick construction kits: I kid you not. The gun-grabbers have their panties in a twist over harmless fantasy play with teeny-tiny plastic parts. LEGO building kits are becoming increasingly violent as toy manufacturers are engaged in an “arms race” to appeal to children, a New Zealand study says. Researchers at the University of Canterbury concluded from research that examined LEGO catalogues from 1973 to 2015 that weaponry is now included in 30 per cent of...
  • MINNESOTA COURT OF APPEALS CONFIRMS BB GUNS AS FIREARMS

    01/02/2016 12:17:07 AM PST · by VeniVidiVici · 54 replies
    GunsAmerica ^ | 12-30-2015 | Max Slowik
    The Minnesota Court of Appeals held up a statute that defines BB guns as firearms when it comes to prohibited persons. The decision comes as bad news for defendant David Lee Haywood, 37, who was found guilty of possessing a firearm and now faces a five-year sentence. Police searched Haywoods car after discovering that he was in violation of a no-contact order with a passenger during a 2013 traffic stop. A compact air pistol was found in his glove compartment. Haywood was previously convicted of felony drug possession and was therefore not allowed to own any firearms or airguns in...
  • Toy plane makes sound of Islamic prayer

    12/30/2015 1:41:42 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    KING5 Seattle ^ | 12/30/15
    Instead of making flying sounds, a children's toy plane's sound effect was an Islamic prayer, according to the president of the Islamic Society of Whatcom County. It's an issue several WolVol customers have complained about onAmazon. The toy was a Christmas present given to a Whatcom County 3-year-old. "We put the batteries in and didn't get what we expected," said Bjorn Thorpe, the boy's uncle. "I do respect other religions, but it's not the right situation to have it on a children's toy." "This is a prayer you're supposed to say when you're performing Hajj," said Nadeem Israr, president of...
  • Mattel Tommy Burst Machine Gun Set

    12/23/2015 10:45:28 AM PST · by w1n1 · 59 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 12/23/2015 | J Hines
    Blast from the past a rare early 60's tv commercial for Mattel's Tommy Burst submachine gun detective set. Maybe somebody still have this hidden in their attic. The detective set comes with the Tommy submachine gun, shoulder holster, snub-nose 38 and an ID badge. Go here to see this classic commercial from Mattel.
  • Yahoo Reporter: Gender Preferences In Kids' Toys So PassĂ©

    11/30/2015 6:52:36 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Growing up in a quiet Jewish neighborhood of the Bronx, I was about as far removed as could be from the gun culture. But as a five or six year old, I would beg my parents to take me to visit the toy store a few blocks away so that I could gaze longingly in the window . . . at a toy six-shooter. I share my story because I think it's typical. Of course there are exceptions, but from time immemorial the great majority of little boys have been drawn to toy weapons while little girls have largely been...
  • Mother finds 800 rounds of ammo in box from ToysRUs after ordering Minecraft foam sword for her son

    10/01/2015 10:35:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 1, 2015 | Snejana Farberov
    A Virginia mother who ordered a toy sword for her son's seventh birthday got more than she bargained for when she discovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside the Toys R Us package. [I] didn't know what to do! I was just completely in shock,’ recalled Yasemin Stephenson in an interview with 13NewsNow. ‘What if my son had opened the box?’ Stephenson, who lives in Virginia Beach and works in the health care field, went on Toys R Us’ website last week to order presents for her son Connor’s upcoming birthday, including a Minecraft Foam Diamond Sword. The popular toy...
  • Target Ditches Gender Labels on Toys, Home and Entertainment

    08/11/2015 6:34:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08/11/15 | Kathryn Robinson
    Target to customers: Our toy aisle is now gender-neutral Target is ditching boys' and girls' labels on toys after the store says customers were raising concerns about unnecessary gender-based signs. In an statement posted to their website on Friday, Target announced they were moving away from gendered signs in stores. "Over the past year, guests have raised important questions about a handful of signs in our stores that offer suggestions based on gender," the posting read. Molly Snyder, a spokeswoman for Target, told NBC News the ways that people shop are continually evolving and changing. "We tried to look at...
  • St. Paul SWAT Commander Explains Use of High-Powered Weapons

    05/20/2015 6:12:10 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Jay Kohls
    The St. Paul Police Department SWAT Team Commander, Tim Flynn, says the military weapons they use only come out when they face high-risk, dangerous situations. "These weapons are critical to protecting the safety of the public and police officers," Flynn said. The SPPD has 99 AR-15 rifles on loan from the federal government, and they did receive a federal grant to obtain an armored vehicle used in potentially violent cases such as last year's arrest of cop killer, Brian Fitch. In October we reported on how four police departments returned military issued equipment obtained at no cost through a government...