Amazon and Mattel profits miss forecasts

Amazon and Mattel profits miss forecasts, Mattel and MasterCard posted fourth-quarter earnings that missed analysts' estimates, trimming the ratio of S&P 500 Index earnings that have exceeded projections this reporting season to 79 per cent.

Monday, 3 February, 2014, 6:20am

First Barbie-themed restaurant opens in Taiwan

Waitresses wave in front of a Barbie poster during the opening ceremony of a Barbie-themed restaurant in Taipei on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

The first Barbie-themed restaurant opened in Taiwan on Wednesday catering to fans of the iconic doll.

30 Jan 2013 - 6:53pm

Mattel returns to appeals panel that threw out Bratz verdict

Later on Monday, toy-making giant Mattel is expected to tell an appeals court that the US$137.2 million in legal fees it was ordered to pay rival MGA for having to defend a copyright claim involving its popular Bratz line was excessive. Photo: AP

Mattel is asking the same appeals court panel that two years ago concluded the Barbie doll would thrive on competition to now reverse a US$310 million jury verdict won by Bratz doll maker MGA Entertainment.

10 Dec 2012 - 2:45pm

Sindy eyes a comeback on the mainland

Fun-loving, fashionable British girl (with roots in Hong Kong) seeks long-term partner for travel - and making money - on the mainland.

Sindy (pictured), Britain's Hong Kong-made answer to the Barbie doll, turns 50 next year.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

You win some, you lose some

Mandy Lieu, model

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

How to make your presents felt

Like many children, Kathy Wong Kin-Ho dreamed of finding a gleaming, new bicycle under the Christmas tree. So when a red two-wheeler made its glorious appearance - a joint Christmas and Lunar New Year present - her joy knew no bounds.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Lai See

Holy Barbie! Times Square pulling a grotesque festive joke

The geniuses who design the 'events' for the Times Square shopping mall have come up with a cracker -pardon the pun - for this year's Christmas festive period. Last year, if our memory serves us correctly, there was a kind of nativity theme to help lure shoppers to part with their money.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Reading too much into Barbie's tattoos

The world has had a love-hate relationship with Barbie, the doll with the impossibly sleek yet bosomy physique. The present furore over the new 'tokidoki' Barbie is the latest in a long string of controversies dating back almost to her birth in the late 1950s.

29 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A whopper of robot fighting

If Rock 'em Sock 'em robots was made into a film, it would probably look something like Real Steel. Or that's what the filmmakers would have you believe. But behind the bare-knuckle carnage, there's a touching father-son story much like in Sylvester Stallone's arm-wrestling epic Over the Top.

9 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Definitely not for those who love the Barbie doll

Linda Rick, the doll designer behind the Precious Moments and The Doll Maker collections, who produces more than 400 different dolls every year, didn't have a Barbie doll until she was 20 years old.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Barbie set comes with new friends

Modesty Blaise was a cartoon strip in the 1960s about an exceptional and talented young woman. Blaize Harris was putting his own spin on life imitating art in the South Stand with his mate, Thomas Adams, and a colourful team of Barbie girls. Together, they were living it up in a Barbie Sevens world.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

The Wow Factor

Dual protection

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

The bitter side of toys

I am writing to express my concerns about sweatshops on the mainland. In 2002, just before the busy Christmas season, a young woman died at Bainan Toy Factory in Dongguan . After a 16-hour working day, Li Chunmei started bleeding from her mouth and nose, and died before the ambulance arrived.

13 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

The Wow Factor

Get dolled up

20 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Lai See

Good old pavement pounding can still produce scoops

Veterans of Hong Kong's financial press pack remember the good old days when it was possible to casually bump into the city's tycoons while trolling for scoops in Central.

16 May 2009 - 12:00am