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NZ police answer 4-year-old's call, confirm toys are cool

Oct. 20, 2021 05:19 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An emergency call made by a 4-year-old New Zealand boy asking for police to come over and check out his toys prompted a real-life callout and confirmation from an officer that the toys were, indeed, pretty cool. Police shared audio of the...

Liz Weston: How the toy shortage could affect your holidays

Oct. 18, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

Many popular toys may sell out long before the holidays, thanks to ongoing pandemic-related disruptions. This could be a disaster — or a great opportunity to reshape how we celebrate. We can shop earlier and more thoughtfully, resisting the last-minute scramble for...

Toymakers race to get products on shelves amid supply clogs

Oct. 06, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Running out of time to get its products on store shelves ahead of the holidays, the Basic Fun toy company made an unprecedented decision: It's leaving one-third of its iconic Tonka Mighty Dump Trucks destined for the U.S. in China. Why? Given surging...

Denmark's Lego: Sales up 36%, revenue up 46% in 1st half

Sep. 28, 2021 03:17 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish toy company Lego said Tuesday that it saw consumer sales soar 36%, revenue grow 46% to 23 billion kroner ($3.62 billion) and net profit going up 140% to 6.3 billion kroner ($992 million) during the first half of 2021. “I am super...

McDonald's begins phasing out plastic toys in Happy Meals

Sep. 21, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

McDonald’s plans to "drastically” reduce the plastic in its Happy Meal toys worldwide by 2025. The burger giant said Tuesday it’s working with toy companies to develop new ideas, such as three-dimensional cardboard superheroes kids can build or board games with...

Sand, Catan, piñatas lead Toy Hall of Fame finalists

Sep. 15, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Cabbage Patch Kids, the rosy-cheeked dolls that left store shelves picked clean during the first big holiday toy craze, are up for a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame, part of a finalist group announced Wednesday that also includes garden-variety sand and the toy...

Nonprofit, volunteers prep toy animals for W.Va. foster kids

Aug. 28, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

VIENNA, W.Va. (AP) — In West Virginia, there are more than 6,000 children in foster care, either a residential placement or kinship home. According to Laurea Ellis, community service manager for Wood County with the Department of Health and Human Resources, more than...

Vegas physician chosen by toy company as Barbie role model

Aug. 14, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As a Las Vegas physician, wellness advocate and lifestyle blogger, Dr. Audrey Sue Cruz is a lot of things. And now she's a Barbie doll. Toy company Mattel chose her as a role model for one of six new Barbies honoring women the company identified as...

Boy found dead in toy chest died of accidental asphyxiation

Jul. 29, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

HURRICANE, Utah (AP) — A missing 4-year-old Utah boy who was found dead in his toy chest died accidently of positional asphyxiation, police said Wednesday. The search for Kache Wallis of Hurricane began Sunday after his family woke up in the morning and discovered he...