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.
July 5, 2013 |
If Barbie looked like an average 19-year-old girl, she'd have shorter legs, a thicker waist and a rear end to make pop star Demi Lovato proud. When Lovato saw photos this week comparing a more realistic doll, a model created by independent artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm, to the twiggy Barbie sold worldwide by El Segundo toymaker Mattel Inc., she tweeted that it was “amazing.” And in a separate missive to her more than 15 million Twitter...
April 17, 2013 |
Frankie Stein, Clawdeen Wolf and the other not-so-mean girls at Monster High stole Barbie's thunder in the first quarter as sales of the toys led Mattel Inc. to more than quadruple its profit. Sales of Mattel's Other Girl line, headed by Monster High, were up 56% compared with the first quarter of 2012. The colorful dolls that are supposedly the offspring of famous monsters have leaped into second place in the El Segundo company's doll lineup. Barbie is still the queen bee at age 54, but sales of the iconic doll were down 2%. The fastest roller coaster and other record-setting thrill rides Mattel reported a profit of $38.5 million, or 11 cents a share, in the quarter that ended March 31, a leap up from $7.8 million and 2 cents a share in the same period a year ago. Revenue was up 7% to $995.6 million.
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.