Parents in China sound alarm on toothpick crossbow 'toys'

Jun 22, 2017

Parents in China sound alarm on toothpick crossbow 'toys'

Handheld crossbows that can fire out needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China, but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or worse. Selling online and in shops for as little as 7 yuan ($1), so-called toothpick crossbows ...

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 devices. "Items ...

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 take ...

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 in ...

Jun 19, 2015

Kiwamen Zukuri: Noodle-making with the kids

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No time to line up for delicious ramen noodles? Tired of cup noodles? Thanks to Megatoy, now you can enjoy quality ramen — in the comfort of your own home. Using ingredients that are easily available at local supermarkets, children can experience making ramen with ...