April 12, 2006 |
Mattel Inc. has signed a deal with Universal Studios to market and distribute DVDs based on two of the toy maker's doll lines, Barbie and Polly Pocket, the companies said. Financial terms were not disclosed. The multiyear deal gives Universal worldwide distribution rights for the movies. The company's previous distribution deal with Mattel was limited to Barbie DVD releases outside the U.S. Film studio Lionsgate handled domestic releases.
November 7, 2007 |
Mattel Inc. asked consumers to stop using 196,000 kitchen toys made in Mexico because small pieces may pose a choking hazard to children. The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn 2-in-1 Learning Kitchen toys were sold worldwide from May to October for about $70 each, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. There have been 48 reports of parts separating from the toys, with children gagging or choking on them.
April 1, 1999 |
Los Angeles magazine publisher EMAP Petersen Inc. Wednesday signed a licensing deal with Mattel Inc., under which the toy maker will manufacture product lines based on Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Teen and other Petersen titles. Terms were not disclosed. Toys planned for this year include an electronic hand-held game to be called Teen Ms. Quiz. Mattel is based in El Segundo.
January 31, 2014 |
If there was a winner among the piles of gifts given to children this Christmas, Barbie certainly wasn't it. The fashion doll - possibly the best-known player in Mattel Inc.'s stable of products - endured a 13% sales slide during the company's fourth quarter. "We just didn't sell enough Barbie dolls," Mattel Chief Executive Bryan G. Stockton said Friday in a conference call with analysts. Several other brands from the El Segundo toy maker also fared poorly. Fisher-Price, whose lineup focuses on infants and young children, also suffered a 13% revenue plunge.
August 8, 2007 |
Mattel Inc. identified the Chinese vendor that made nearly 1 million Fisher-Price toys that were recalled last week because they might contain lead. El Segundo-based Mattel said Lee Der Industrial Co. in Guangdong province made the 967,000 toys sold in the U.S. between May and this month. Mattel last week recalled the plastic preschool toys, including popular Big Bird, Elmo and Dora characters, because they were made with paint found to have excessive amounts of lead.
August 21, 2007 |
A lawyer filed a suit against Mattel Inc. because of recent recalls of toys made in China that might have contained excessive amounts of lead paint, and he is seeking class-action status. Jeffrey Killino said the suit filed in Los Angeles was aimed at forcing the El Segundo-based toy maker to pay for the testing of children who might have gotten lead poisoning from the toys. Mattel declined to comment on the case.
January 19, 2006 |
Mattel Inc. and federal officials warned consumers Wednesday to obtain a free repair kit before using the company's Laugh and Learn Musical Learning Chair, which may cause strangulation. About 614,000 of the chairs were sold since May, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. It plays music and teaches numbers and letters. A child's neck can become trapped between the seat back and attached side table.