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The Land of GoBots, Pound Puppies, and Care Bearsnew

Minnesota's surprising place as a hub of toy crazes.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Jessica Lussenhop  |  03-30-2011  |  Culture

All We Want for Christmas Is Toys!new

Welcome to the Regression Issue: Because growing up doesn't mean growing out of toys.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Various  |  01-12-2010  |  Commentary

At the International G.I. Joe Convention, Grown Men Play With Little Dollsnew

Most of the attendees are male, large, and loyal to either the 12-inch original toys or the 3-3/4-inch figurines based on the cartoon characters. A slight edge goes to the cartoon fans, who tend to be younger and single, with more disposable income.
The Pitch  |  Peter Rugg  |  09-08-2009  |  Culture

Exploitative Scumbag or Entrepreneur With a Heart? Meet Mr. Showbiz!

He's reviled for trying to sell a doll in the likeness of a murdered 2-year-old girl. He's being prosecuted for defrauding customers who tried to buy his Michael Vick Chew Toy. But just who is Jaime Salcedo, and how does he live with himself?
Folio Weekly  |  Gwynedd Stuart  |  06-10-2009  |  Business & Labor

Getting the Lead Out Causes a Freakout for Toy Retailersnew

Like their counterparts nationwide, Portland toy makers and retailers are raising hell about the vagueness, harsh penalties and cost of adhering to a federal law set to take effect Feb. 10. Estimates for testing range from $40 to $4,000, according to the Handmade Toy Alliance, a national nonprofit.
Willamette Week  |  Dan Green  |  01-15-2009  |  Business & Labor

Wal-Mart Starts Selling 'Faith-based' Toysnew

Starting this week, the store becomes the first mainstream retailer to sell toys from the One2believe company, which wants to provide alternatives to "toys and dolls that promote evil, destruction, lying, and cheating."
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  John Grooms  |  08-17-2007  |  Business & Labor

Erotic and Eco-Friendlynew

Sex-toy shopping for the environmentally concerned doesn’t have to crimp your play.
Metroland  |  Miriam Axel-Lute  |  02-09-2006  |  Culture

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