Germany bans internet-connected 'spying' doll Cayla

/ Feb 19, 2017

Germany bans internet-connected 'spying' doll Cayla

German regulators have banned an internet-connected doll called My Friend Cayla that can chat with children, warning Friday that it was a de facto “spying device.” Parents were urged to disable the interactive toy by the Federal Network Agency, which enforces bans on surveillance ...

Nov 24, 2016

Japan to scrap tariffs on toys to help importers

The government plans to scrap its tariffs on toys in April to ease the burden on domestic makers that sell imported products, Finance Ministry sources said on Wednesday. About 80 percent of the nation’s toy companies make products overseas, such as in China, to ...

Toy 'arms race' turns Lego violent: study

/ May 24, 2016

Toy 'arms race' turns Lego violent: study

Lego products are becoming increasingly violent as toymakers engage in an “arms race” to retain children’s attention in the digital age, New Zealand researchers said Monday. The University of Canterbury team said child’s play was becoming more brutal, with a higher proportion of weapons ...

Legoland Japan to open in Nagoya in April 2017

May 19, 2016

Legoland Japan to open in Nagoya in April 2017

Outdoor theme park Legoland Japan will open in Nagoya on April 1 next year, Legoland Japan President Torben Jensen announced Thursday at the park’s construction site. The park, located in the wharf area of the city’s Minato Ward, will be the first outdoor Legoland ...

Barbie doll gets three new looks

Jan 29, 2016

Barbie doll gets three new looks

Poor Barbie. She had plastic surgery to become more socially acceptable. But a lot of her critics still don’t like her. Barbie’s manufacturer, Mattel, announced Thursday that the doll has three new body types — curvy, tall and petite. Barbie will also now come ...