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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

Reassuringly expensive plastic brick maker Lego was forced to write down a load of stock in 2017 – a move that rocked its bottom line – as it produced blocks that some customers clearly didn't want to build with. The Danish-based toy maker reported an 8 per cent slide in revenue for the calendar year to DKK 35bn (£4.21bn) – …
Rebecca Hill, 7 Mar 2018
head of 50s-style robot

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ♪

Consumer advice outfit Which? has today published a report detailing how easy it is to hack some of the most popular "connected toys" on the market and has called on retailers to stop selling those with "proven security issues". The report found that of seven toys tested, the Furby Connect, I-Que Intelligent Robot, Cloudpet …
Richard Priday, 14 Nov 2017
Hello Barbie

Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

Privacy activists are urging Mattel to axe its Hello Barbie doll, which sends recordings of children's voices across the internet for voice-recognition analysis. The improbably proportioned doll is fitted with a small embedded computer, a microphone, a speaker and a Wi-Fi interface. When the toy's belt buckle is pressed, …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2015

Barbie paints Red Planet pink with NASA-approved Mars Explorer doll

NASA's real-world space program may be mired in funding disputes, but that won't stop American toy company Mattel's iconic fashion doll Barbie from taking to the stars once more, with a new "Barbie I Can Be ... Mars Explorer" edition. The doll, a collaboration between Mattel and NASA, was released to coincide with the one-year …

It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

Comment Imagination-fostering Lego is 80 years old this month and far from its roots as a creativity-inspiring construction toy for girls and boys. Way back in 1932, Ole Kirk Kristiansen, a Danish joiner and carpenter, found he wasn't making enough money from carpentry anymore and decided to try making and selling wooden toys instead …

Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection

Lego has confirmed it will bring Frodo and co. to its block party this year, with a Lego Lord of the Rings collection set to launch this summer. A Lego The Hobbit range is also earmarked for late 2012 to coincide with the film's cinema release. Lego: The Lord of the Rings Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn, Legolas, Boromir and Gimli …
Caleb Cox, 14 Feb 2012

21st Century Sex: the shape of things to come

NSFW Reg Hardware Sex Week In the 1980s, when the first HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns were launched, alongside the crashing tombstones, leaflets gave frank advice about the risks involved in digital intercourse. In those days, of course, that just meant pleasuring someone with your fingers. Concerns about computers and sex …
Nigel Whitfield, 14 Feb 2012

Lego readies kit for Minecraft lovers

Lego has given the green light to a set of the famous building bricks based on the world of the cult cyber-block game Minecraft. The idea came from fan submission site Lego Cuusoo, where users can suggest new creation kits. If these submissions gather sufficient interest among the site's visitors, the Danish toy maker takes …
Caleb Cox, 25 Jan 2012

Apple legal threat to Steve Jobs doll deemed 'bogus'

It appears that Apple's threatened lawsuit against the Chinese manufacturer of a Steve Jobs action figure may be baseless. At least in the US. At least in most states. "Apple's legal claim is largely bogus," writes Jeff Roberts for the digital-content watchdog, The interwebs were abuzz on Thursday about The …
Rik Myslewski, 7 Jan 2012

Apple said to threaten legal action over Steve Jobs doll

If you're a Jobsian fanboi jonesing for the recently announced Steve Jobs action figure, we have some bad news for you: Apple doesn't want you to have one. So reports The Telegraph, which says that the Chinese action-figure maker In Icons has received a letter from Cupertino's lawyers threatening legal action should the 12- …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Jan 2012
The Register breaking news

Next-generation materials for post-Christmas repairs: Reg investigates

Toys break, normally within a few days of Christmas, so most parents keep a tube of glue alongside the traditional Christmas battery selection, but that's old hat now. The with-it dad is packing flexible polymer, these days. Having torn the paper from colourful blocks of plastic found under the Christmas tree children move on …
Bill Ray, 31 Dec 2011
Gears of War 3

Life-size Lego assault rifle really works

We've seen all sorts of gadgets built from Lego and this wouldn't be the first piece of artillery either. However, this life-sized Gears of War assault rifle replica is far too impressive to ignore. Lego Lancer Assault Rifle - GEARS OF WAR Construction chief Plum B is the artist behind the Lancer Assault Rifle, which fires …
Caleb Cox, 30 Sep 2011
Griffin Helo TC

Griffin grounds phone-controlled copter until Xmas

Here's Griffin Technology's top offering for Christmas: the Helo TC, a 12cm toy helicopter remote controlled using an iPhone for sure and maybe an Android handset too. Griffin Helo TC Parrot's AR.Drone quad-copter will set you back £240 or more, but Griffin's gadget should be yours for £35, company spokesfolks told us this …
Tony Smith, 14 Jul 2011

Yes! It's the iDevice-driven desktop droid

This little bad boy is the TankBot, an inexpensive micro-robotic toy controllable by iOS. TankBot Manufacturer Desk Pets has developed a program that, using Apple's accelerometer tech, allows the TankBot to be controlled by tilting your iPhone. A forward tilt rolls him forward, a right tilt turns him right. Well, you get …
Caleb Cox, 21 Jan 2011
The Register breaking news

Hello Kitty gets claws into UK electronics

Brand developer Comment Retail Services has signed a deal to bring Hello Kitty into the hands of UK punters by way of mobile phone content and branded electronics, reports Hello Kitty is Japanese in origin, but has always been popular in the USA. In the UK the brand already adorns clothing and toys, but not much …
Bill Ray, 21 May 2008

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