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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

Verdict is in: Spokane judges enjoy Barbie likeness

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Annette Plese plans on purchasing a Judge Barbie for her office – but don’t expect her to start sporting the heels like the doll wears. …


Barbie is on a roll: The good news from Mattel’s dismal quarter

Hidden within Mattel’s announcement of plunging sales and massive layoffs were two bright spots that may be the key to the toymaker’s turnaround – and they’ve been around for a …


Mattel doubles down on Uno with a new card game called Dos

Mattel is launching the new card game Dos next month in hopes of giving its nearly 50-year-old Uno brand a second life. Dos has similar rules as Uno, except players …


2017 winners and losers: Amazon, Boeing soared; GE plunged

It was a strong year for the stock market, but 2017 was a great year if you made airplanes (think Boeing), were an online juggernaut (Amazon) or built homes (KB …


At Toys R Us, hopes for a turnaround rest on a last-minute rush for holiday gifts

With just days left until Christmas, Marita Percival decided it was time to get serious. So she called in sick to her job as a special-education teacher and headed to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

Mattel stock soars on report of Hasbro takeover offer

Shares of Mattel soared in after-hours trading Friday after a report that rival Hasbro has made a takeover offer for Mattel. Such a deal could bring together well-known brands like …


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017

Ken doll gets cornrows, beefy bod and new skin tones

Mattel is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll, including different skin tones, body shapes and hair styles. Barbie had a similar makeover more than a year ago, both …


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017

Hasbro heads for the loo and business booms

Business for Hasbro is in the toilet, which turns out to be a pretty good place. The toymaker’s revenue surpassed that of its rival Mattel for the first time in …


Mattel, Hasbro looking into merging operations, reports say

LOS ANGELES – Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc. may be looking for a bigger toy box. The two toy manufacturers have held talks about merging their businesses, according to Bloomberg …


Mattel introduces some scary cute dolls

Barbie wouldn’t last a day at Monster High. The latest fashion dolls from Mattel are a dramatic departure from the toy maker’s most recognizable blonde. As the offspring of famous …


Third-party safety tests not required for Mattel

Toy-makers, clothing manufacturers and other companies selling products for young children are submitting samples to independent laboratories for safety tests. But the nation’s largest toy maker, Mattel, isn’t being required …


Toymaker has some growing up to do

China wrung an extraordinary apology out of Mattel Inc. on Friday. The American toymaker, already under fire at home, was called out for casting too much blame for its product …