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Volunteers unpack, assemble Christmas Bureau toys

Volunters showed up to the Ag Building at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Wednesday to sort pallets full of toys in anticipation of the first day of the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Tariffs impact Christmas Bureau toy buying

Buying toys is an important part of the Christmas Bureau, which provides a new toy and a book to every child along with a food voucher for the family. Toy …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Nerf gun, Power Rangers claw cited by toy safety watchdog

A high-powered Nerf gun, ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime and a plastic Power Rangers claw are among the toys on a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the …


Monopoly maker Hasbro to cut plastic use in toy packaging

The toy maker said Tuesday that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022. It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic …


Old school toys vs. high-tech gifts: Pediatricians make their pick

Bust out the wooden blocks. Set out the toy train. Pediatricians prefer old-fashioned toys for small children than high-tech gadgets, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says.


Buying Christmas Bureau toys is a full-time job

There were years when buying toys for the Christmas Bureau could be accomplished by two volunteers over a couple of months, but now it takes four volunteers working nearly full …


‘Mrs. Santa’ and her ‘elves’ prepare for another season of giving at the Spokane Guild School on Black Friday

Marilyn Henderson, the retired program coordinator at the school for children with developmental disabilities, is prepping for yet another season of giving away toys to families. Henderson, who signs letters …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018

Hasbro, trying to find footing, posts weak 3Q

Hasbro, wrestling with the demise of Toys R Us and elusive shoppers spending a lot more on high-tech gadgets, fell well short of third-quarter expectations Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018

Retailers up their game after Toys R Us closures

When Toys R Us closed its doors, customers mourned the loss of a beloved brand that conjured memories of their own childhood.


Everett’s Funko headquarters a pop culture nerd paradise

Even those unfamiliar with the name Funko probably know some of the licensed products created by the Washington-born company. Their vinyl bobbleheads and Pop! figures grace the shelves of both …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

Toy makers turn to the toilet for poop-inspired toys

Toy analysts and experts say the potty-related toys are hitting stores now because of the popularity of the poop emoji, which has also made it more acceptable for parents to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017

Vets Garage on a mission to build wooden toy trucks for the Christmas Bureau

Sometimes it is the simple toys that are the best. Christmas Bureau volunteer Janet “Pinki” Culbertson recruited the Vets Garage to make simple wooden trucks for the Bureau this year.


Elf on the Shelf: For lazy/busy/exhausted parents, precious memories are too darn costly

More than 11 million Elf on the Shelf kits have been sold around the world since the concept launched in 2005, inspiring great creativity in some parents and sheer exhaustion …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

Consumer safety group unveils its ‘worst toys’ list

Fidget spinners, a plastic Wonder Woman battle sword and a remote-controlled Spider-Man drone are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holidays.


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., Sept. 19, 2017

Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy, but keeps stores open

Toys ‘R’ Us, the big box toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season …


Paper airplane, sand among 12 finalists for Toy Hall of Fame

No-frills toys including the paper airplane, sand and play food are among 12 finalists vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame.


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

Netflix plans new toys, merchandise based on hit TV shows

Netflix Inc. is plotting a move into the toy business. The world’s largest paid video service is looking to hire an executive to oversee the licensing of shows for books, …


Spokane ‘Star Wars’ superfans prep for ‘Rogue One’ release

The brothers Tyler and Tim Arnold have a collection hundreds of “Star Wars” action figures and hope “Rogue One” will re-ignite an already frenzied fandom of the original trilogy.


Fisher-Price debunks fake ‘Happy Hour Playset’ toy

Fisher-Price has taken to Twitter to debunk any notion it has a bar-themed playset for toddlers.


Get ready to build! Hands-on toys that teach are hot

Toys that teach aren’t a new thing, but a growing number are calling for kids to build with blocks, circuits or everyday items before reaching for a tablet screen.


Toys R Us pulls toy truck from shelves after Bellingham couple say purchase burst into flames

Toys R Us has pulled a ride-on toy truck from shelves days after a couple says it burst into flames while they were bringing it home from the store.


Child safety group releases annual list of unsafe toys

A plush elephant pillow that could suffocate a baby, a plastic hammer with the potential to cause head injuries, and a slingshot-like device that shoots balls of slime that could …


Security video catches hoverboard catching fire in home

A security camera inside a suburban Chicago home recorded a hoverboard catching fire shortly after a child left the house, which was extensively damaged by the blaze.


Government says it will go after hoverboard makers, sellers

In a letter to manufacturers, importers and retailers, U.S. regulators said they will seize or recall any of the of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters, which were a huge hit this …


Etch A Sketch owner sells classic toy to Toronto company

The Ohio company that has produced or owned the Etch A Sketch for more than five decades has sold the classic toy to a Toronto-based toy firm.


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 …


Are your kids safe? Connected toy security could expose them to risks

Your smartphone or tablet is most likely pretty secure – not perfect, maybe, but generally unlikely to be hacked or to store, say, your email where other people could read …