December 23, 1991 |
After what must seem like an eternity to weary parents and sales-starved makers of rival toys, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mania is cooling. Sales of that gang of four pizza-chomping sewer dwellers--a whopping total of about $1.1 billion at retail over the past four years--dropped by about one-third this year, and analysts expect sales to taper off even more in 1992.
September 17, 1996 |
Playmates Toys Inc., which helped popularize the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the 1980s, is moving its corporate headquarters from La Mirada to Costa Mesa, the company said Monday. Playmates Toys and Playmates Interactive Entertainment Inc., a sister company that makes video games, have signed a seven-year lease for 27,000 square feet of space in the Comerica Bank Tower Building on Anton Boulevard. About 50 employees are making the move.
December 4, 1996
Playmates Toys Inc. anticipates that its $50-million retail shipment of "Space Jam" action figures will sell out by month's end. The action figures are riding on the considerable coattails of the movie's stars, including basketball hero Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Sylvester. The Costa Mesa-based company will ship a new generation of "Space Jam" toys to retail shelves in 1997.
September 7, 2008 |
The gig: President since 2001 of Playmates Toys Inc., whose 55 U.S. employees design and market toys manufactured by the Playmates Toys Ltd. branch in Hong Kong. The company went public in February after splitting from its 42-year-old parent, Playmates Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong. Famous for producing toys based on the Disney princesses and on "The Land Before Time" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchises, the company is working on products to coincide with the summer 2009 release of the latest "Terminator" and "Star Trek" films.
August 17, 1999 |
Dan Lauer is big on toys. Not just any toys, but creative toys, offbeat toys, playthings that are so significant to a child's life that decades from now, when today's children look back, they will remember them as their all-time favorites. Toys that mattered. Why should you care? Because Lauer isn't just playing around anymore; he means business. And guess who he wants for his business partner: could be you.