Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Toymaker Hasbro Inc. reported on Monday that they are now in earning profits from last years loss because of strong sales in their girls toys category. Hasbro in their report indicated a 1st quarter profit of $32.1 billion (24 cents per share). In the same period last year, they reported a loss of $6.7 billion (5 cents per share). After adjustments for tax benefits and other items, earnings increase to 14 cents from 5 cents.
Experts were expecting an earnings of 10 cents a share. Hasbro Inc. sales go up to $679.4 million from $663.69 million, with the girls toys up 21% in the first quarter mainly because of strong marketing and strong sales of "My Little Pony", "My Little Pony Equestria Girls" and "Nerf Rebelle." Meanwhile, the boys toys increase only by 2% and preschool category sales fell 4%.
"My Little Pony" is about magical ponies who values friendship and kindness, while "Nerf Rebelle" is for sports enthusiast who wants action but built specifically for girls.
Here are the price-list for Hasbro's Girls toys:
My Little Pony
Nerf Rebelle Sweet Revenge Dart Kit $14.74
Nerf Rebelle Pink Crush Blaster $7.99
My Little Pony Equestria Girls Celestia Doll and Pony Set $14.99
My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Dash Doll $16.99
My Little Pony Princess Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash Figures $15.99
Saturday, April 12, 2014
GoldieBlox wants to provide girls with another option instead of dolls, kitchen sets, etc. they want to expose the girls to science and engineering while young. Men outnumber women in science, technology, engineering and math and they want to change that equation. Giving girls engineering and building will help develop an early interest in science and engineering.
GoldieBlox has been successful with their innovative and creative toys they have pre-sold million of dollars worth of toys and big retailers like Toys R Us and Target have them. They are also expanding to other countries like United Kingdom and Australia. They won the prize for Intuit's Super Bowl contest("Small Business, Big Game" contest).
Debbie Sterling, founder of GoldieBlox believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future–literally.
They have created amazing videos like “Princess Machine” video:
For Easter they release a new video: “This is Your Brain on Engineering” its purpose is to tell girls that there is more to life than being a pink princess. They want to change the "princess culture." The video shows a cute little girl telling girls that the egg is your brain, then she placed it on a conveyor. It passes through signs about the impact of gender stereotypes on their confidence in math and science.
"At age 7 girls begin to lose confidence in math and science."
"At age 13, over half of all girls are unhappy with their bodies."
I love their videos!