No one knows what turns a toy into a must-have phenomenon. Some years,something pops out of nowhere and is immediately snapped up. Other years are quiet (including 2011, retailers say). Here’s a look back at seven toys that became blockbusters in their day and left an imprint on American culture:
Holiday Gifts: One mother laments that cowgirl and pirate costumes for girls are virtually non-existent, while another finds proof that real cowboys do wear pink.
Rescue dog Albie has been with owner Peter Zheutlin and his family for a year now. And in that year, Peter, who didn't know how well he'd take to a dog, has learned a lot about himself – he likes being licked, for one.
'Finding Dory,' a 'Finding Nemo' sequel, will follow Dory and other 'Nemo' characters about a year after the original film. 'Finding Dory' will be released in November 2015.
Zero tolerance suspensions of kids is an overreaction in cases like the kindergarten Hello Kitty 'terrorist' who wanted to "shoot" people with bubbles or 6-year-olds pretending to shoot with their fingers. It's adults crying wolf.
Ellen DeGeneres' 'Finding Nemo' gets a 3D re-release – is it worth the ticket price?
'Toy Story 4' rumors swirl, but sequels like 'Finding Nemo 2' will be coming to theaters before any possible 'Toy' follow-up.
A new line of pink LEGOs, marketed towards girls, is just another example of the extreme gendering prevalent in children's popular culture, and enforces the Disney Princess stereotypes that have made Disney billions.