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Aug 3, 2014 — Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.
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May 26, 2014 — Donald Levine brought the first G.I. Joe action figures to U.S. shelves 50 years ago after rejecting other possible names for military figures, like Salty the Sailor.
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Apr 4, 2014 — Barbie dolls are marketed with sports gear, but could they actually run on those spindly gams? The design for a doll based on an average 19-year-old's physique looks like it really has legs.
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Nov 7, 2013 — This year's other honoree at the Rochester, N.Y., hall: the game of chess. Now, if Rubber Ducky's in there can Ernie (and Bert, of course) be far behind?
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Jul 17, 2013 — Barbie sales have slumped. But Monster High is doing great. That's another line of dolls from Mattel — imagine even skinnier Barbies that look like they've been designed by Tim Burton. And the Monster High dolls have been a success, spawning hordes of ghoulish imitators.
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Dec 17, 2012 — A New Jersey teenager who launched a campaign to get Hasbro to make a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven is expected to meet with the toy company Monday afternoon. Her campaign seems to be part of heightened gender messaging awareness in toys this holiday season.
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Dec 30, 2011 — Build-A-Bear Workshop has recalled three products in the past year. The most recent one? The Colorful Hearts teddy bear eyes could come loose and pose a choking hazard for children.
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Feb 16, 2011 — Is it Slinky? Maybe Hot Wheels? Or Barbie? Choose your favorite. And tell us which one Time or The Two-Way missed.
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Dec 27, 2010 — Lego bricks are being used in a variety of creative ways, from letterpress printing to building a pinhole camera.
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Oct 20, 2010 — The days of the Etch-A-Sketch are long gone. This year's list of hot holiday toys include two-wheeled R/C racers, paper guitars and hi-tech games. CNNMoney.com wraps up the top 16 toys of 2010.
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