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November 8, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
This holiday season, Sears and Kmart are testing virtual shopping walls at malls to empower smartphone owners to buy toys on the go. The walls, which feature pictures of toys for sale from Sears and Kmart along with bar codes attached to each item, will be placed temporarily at select malls, bus shelters, subway stations, airports and movie theaters around the country. While waiting for a bus or browsing the mall this season, shoppers can scan a code with their smartphones to buy a particular toy right on their device.
April 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
About 122,000 Rock N Ride plush rocker toys, manufactured in China by Tek Nek Toys International, were recalled because the rocking base can be unstable, according to the Texas-based company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. For more information, call (888) 686-2728.
February 15, 1990
The battle against war toys on Wednesday moved to an auto wrecking company on East 92nd Street in Los Angeles, where thousands of play guns were crushed. The demolition, sponsored by the Los Angeles Alliance for Survival, was billed as a "teach love, not war" effort aimed at preaching that "war is not a game."
November 27, 1992
When Family Fun magazine decided to list the best new toys of the year, it empaneled a group of experts: 375 children ages 2 to 10. In a study conducted by a market research company, children in seven day care centers across the country were given three weeks to play with more than 200 toys. At the end of the period, the children were interviewed and made their selections.
December 9, 1991 | Eric Bailey
BOOMER TOYS: There's talk of a recession-induced "back to basics" trend in toy purchases. The most obvious example: the rebirth of the Erector set, which can even produce a 7-foot Eiffel Tower. . . . The girder-and-bolts toy disappeared more than a decade ago when the American manufacturer went belly up and imitators failed to keep the Nintendo generation's interest. . . .
December 24, 2003
As I listen to all this talk about Wal-Mart and toys made in China, I did a little shopping on my own. I went to so-called high-end stores in my area and, as I went from label to label, it was like taking a world tour. We all look for bargains, and I am very happy to say that Wal-Mart and Target save me money. My car is truly an international car, but it was assembled in the U.S. So if you want to look for products made in America, feel free to do so, and pay what you want. But, please, leave my stores alone.
December 24, 1992 | CONNIE KOENENN
It's not only children's toys that come in pieces. Adults, too, get toys that must be assembled, like treadmills and Stairmasters. "Bikes come partly assembled, but usually you have to put the gears and brakes together," says Reggie Dameron, manager of Sportmart on Sepulveda. Fitness equipment comes with detailed instructions, he says, but that doesn't mean it is a breeze to put together. "To those of us who are mechanically inclined, they can be easy to assemble.
July 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Taco Bell is discontinuing its kids' meals and toys at U.S. restaurants beginning this month, the Irvine-based Mexican-style chain said Monday. The fast-food giant said it's the first in the industry to undertake the effort, which it said will be in effect nationwide by January. The company, which along with Pizza Hut and KFC is part of the Yum Brands Inc. family, said kids' meals and toys had an “insignificant impact on system sales.”  Individual menu items on the kids' lineup, including the crunchy taco, the soft taco and the bean burrito, will now appear on the regular menu.
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