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July 25, 1997 | F. KATHLEEN FOLEY
Wasp-waisted Barbie, she of the anatomically impossible contours, is irreverently lampooned in Rebecca Hughes' "Plastica Fantastica" at the Actors' Gang El Centro. (In the play, the pouty protagonist's name is 'B***ie'--the asterisks evidently intended to forestall legal action from M***el). Let's not ponder too closely the point that, whereas little boys have action figures, little girls have . . . well, Barbie.
Hoping to create revenue opportunities, Irvine-based software developer Blizzard Entertainment unveiled a line of toy action figures over the weekend that ties into its most popular titles, the shoot-'em-up action games WarCraft and StarCraft. There's only one small problem. Traditionally, the majority of people who buy these tiny toys are boys, ages 8 to 12. The folks who flock to Blizzard's games are also boys, but in their late teens and 20s.
March 11, 2004 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
The most unlikely Hollywood action figures to emerge in recent years are Ashley Judd and Angelina Jolie, glamorous women who've made fortunes playing rough. Next week, they go head-to-head in cop thrillers, as Jolie's "Taking Lives" opens against Judd's "Twisted" (which has grossed $16.8 million in two weeks). Who will make the big box office collar? On the blotter, they appear equally matched.
November 13, 1993 | JILL LEOVY
Eight stolen science-fiction figures worth an estimated $14,750 have been returned to Northridge artist Joe Sid after they were bought at a swap meet. Sid, whose clay action figures of movie and comic-book heroes are popular among sci-fi buffs and movie stars, said he retrieved the stolen sculptures from the home of Pacoima collector John Golden on Thursday, after Golden realized he had acquired stolen works.
December 28, 2010 | By Jesus Chavez
In 1998, T-shirt designer and toy collector Mike Becker wanted a coin bank of the restaurant icon Big Boy ? the chubby, hamburger-hoisting character in red-and-white checkered overalls. He didn't, however, want to pay the more than $1,000 to buy the highly sought-after collector's item. On a whim, he licensed the rights to make the banks himself. Soon after, he launched into making bobbleheads of Big Boy and other pop-culture icons under the company name of Funko. "I never made collectibles or toys before; I was winging it the whole time," Becker said.
February 12, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - A digital Barbie vanity mirror that allows makeup experimentation without the mess. Customizable figurines mounted on spinning tops that battle in a portable arena. New Play Doh Plus that's fluffier and more malleable. The hippest new toys showcased at the American International Toy Fair this week are interactive, adaptable and, often, more than a bit familiar. "We're reinventing older brands so that kids can rediscover them as if they were new," said John Frascotti, chief marketing officer for Hasbro Inc., at the show in New York City.
April 24, 2011
SUNDAY Remember "Everwood," the five-years-gone family drama on the now-defunct WB network? Well, that series' Emily VanCamp (below) and Treat Williams are reunited in the inspirational fact-based TV movie "Beyond the Blackboard. " (CBS, 9 p.m.) If you know what it means to miss New Orleans, get back to the Big Easy with "Treme. " David Morse ("St. Elsewhere") and Jon Seda ("The Pacific") join the cast of the music-tinged post-Katrina-themed drama, which returns for its second season.
What won't most viewers be doing after viewing CBS' new action-adventure series? Answer: "Raven." Pardon our pun, but a show by that name, even if it weren't as silly as this one, would in any case virtually cry out for a one-word review: nevermore .
January 24, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
After a weak holiday season, shares of Malibu toy maker Jakks Pacific Inc. rose on rumors that it may once again get a takeover bid from Oaktree Capital Management — after rejecting an earlier offer from the Los Angeles investment company. An industry analyst suggested that, because of the poor holiday results, the new bid may be lower than the last one. Last October, Oaktree offered to take the toy company private in a $670-million hostile bid that offered shareholders $20 a share in cash.
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