Toy safety: This is what parents need to look out for when shopping for Christmas gifts this year
Houston parents are starting to feel the struggle when it comes to buying their kids’ favorite toys this holiday season, and one report says many counterfeit or recalled toys have already made it to their shopping carts.
Cardi B creates doll that she says represents her
Cardi B is taking over the doll business. She dropped the announcement on her Instagram and during Today 3rd Hour on Friday that she is making her own doll for girls. During her appearance on Today 3rd Hour on Friday, Cardi B explained she always bought a doll for Kulture, her 2-year-old daughter and admitted that some of the dolls were “too expensive.”“I’ve never seen a doll look like me, or a doll that represents me,” she said during the interview. Cardi B also said on Instagram she plans to create more dolls. The doll was available for pre-orders on Real Women Are’s website for a limited time.
Does your child want to be a toy tester? Find out how you can sign them up
PAWTUCKET, Rhode Island – How would your kids like to be toy testers? You can sign them up at Hasbro’s FunLab here. The FunLab is Hasbro’s in-house Toy and Game testing research facility, located within Hasbro headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Testers normally have to go to a testing site to participate, but because of the pandemic, the program is virtual. The studies in this program are one-time tests and are scheduled anywhere from one day to one week in advance.
Maya Angelou Barbie doll introduced
HOUSTON – Maya Angelou, activist and author of books such as “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings,” is the latest addition to Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” collection. According to Mattel, the doll pays tribute to Angelou for her numerous honorary doctorates. Pictures shared by Mattel showed the doll holding a replica of her autobiography, while wearing a head wrap and floor-length dress. Mattel said in a blog post Thursday Angelou is the 10th honoree for Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” collection, which includes previous honorees Ella Fitzgerald, Sally Ride and Rosa Parks. The doll is now up for preorder with a price of $29.99 and will be released after Feb. 8.
Gather up your old toys to make some money
HOUSTON – From Cabbage Patch Kids to Transformers, if you or your children saved any of your old toys, you may be sitting on a small fortune. The owner of a Houston vintage toy store says business is booming during the pandemic, with customers trading in their childhood treasures for cash every day. “Anything, I would say, from 2000 to now,” answered Daniel Blackbird, owner of Misfit Toys in Montrose, the Heights and West Houston. “Those toys are becoming very popular again.”He lists these five brands as the “holy grail” of toys:TransformersThundercatsTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesStar WarsGI JoeHow much can you make from your old toys? He says the most valuable vintage toys are still in the box, in excellent condition, but most of the collectibles he buys are good quality without the box.
Here is where you can find the Lego truck and get free Legos this week
HOUSTON – A brand new Lego store is opening in Willowbrook Mall. To help spread the word, the Lego truck is trolling around Houston giving away free Lego mini build kits. The truck dispenses the kits contact-free. After kids build their free kit, they can take it to the new Willowbrook Lego store to get another free surprise. Here is where you can find the Lego truck this week:Wed, Oct. 7, 20202:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Houston Heights Fire Station107 W 12th StreetHouston Texas 77008Friday, Oct. 9, 20202:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.Houston Heights Fire Station107 W 12th StreetHouston Texas 770085 p.m. - 7 p.m.City Centre Plaza800 Town & Country BlvdHouston, TX 77024
Barbie unveils second Da de Muertos collectible doll
Barbie lovers, you might want to add this to your growing collection. The second edition of a collectible Da de Muertos doll that celebrates a time-honored Mexican tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed away. The doll was designed by Mexican-American doll designer Javier Meabe, who also designed the first Da de Muertos doll and the Jurassic Park Claire doll. Meabe said he made sure to stay true to the tradition by adding elements associated with the holiday, such as marigold flowers, the skeletal elements and the traditional calavera design. The doll comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is priced at $75.
The Tamagotchi virtual pet from the 90s is back
The virtual pet that was so popular in the 90s is coming to North America again in July, with a new product called Tamagotchi On Wonder Garden. Unlike the original Tamagotchi, the new one can go outside its house, celebrate your birthday with colorful balloons and a festive tune, and even travel to different lands. Parent company Bandai America first unveiled Tamagotchi On products in North America last year. The original Tamagotchi was reintroduced in North America in 2018, followed by a more modernized product in 2019. While the Tamagotchi brand has had regular launches in Japan, only a handful of those products have come to North America.
Fake and dangerous kids products are turning up for sale on Amazon
Many of the brands that spoke to CNN told us they can't afford not to sell their products on Amazon. The product CNN bought was listed by a seller called Strolex and shipped from China. Amazon told CNN safety was a top priority, but also that sellers are responsible for meeting Amazon's "high bar" for the quality of products. According to Amazon, "brands in Brand Registry on average are finding and reporting 99% fewer suspected infringements than before the launch of Brand Registry." She believes in cases where a genuine manufacturer is being besieged by counterfeits, Amazon should move a lot faster.