Month: September 2010

NRF Releases Expected Top Costumes List for Halloween

Fairy Tale Princess costume by Rubie’s Costume Co., Inc. For the sixth consecutive year, princess costumes will be the No. 1 costume for children this Halloween, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. The NRF’s 2010 Top Costumes survey, conducted by BIGresearch, reports that 4.3 million children will celebrate Halloween dressed as a princess. According to the survey, witches are the preferred adult costume for this year (11.4 percent) and the No. 1 costume for pets is expected to be pumpkins (10.3 percent). New to the Top Costumes for Children list is Buzz Lightyear (648,000) and Harry Potter characters (459,000). Nearly 1.8 million children will dress as Spider-Man (No. 2), and 1.7 million children will dress as a witch (No. 3). For adults, vampires will take the No. 2 spot with 2.6 million adults dressing as the characters. Pirates are next on the list at No. 3 with 1.9 million adults. Nurse costumes returned this year at No. 4. For pets, traditional costumes will reign such as a devil (9.7 percent), a witch (5.1 percent), a hot dog (3.9 percent), and a bee (3.6 percent). The Top 10 costume lists for adults, children, and pets are below: Top Adult Costumes 1. Witch 2. Vampire 3. Pirate 4. Nurse 5. Wench/Tart/Vixen 6. Cat 7. Zombie 8. Fairy 9. Athlete/Batman (Tie) 10. Dracula Top Children’s Costumes 1. Princess 2....

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Fisher-Price Recalls More Than 11 Million Toys and Baby Gear

Fisher-Price, in cooperation with Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has recalled more than 11 million toys and baby products that were sold in the United States and Canada. The company is recalling 14 models of the Fisher-Price Trike and Tough Trike toddler tricycles (approximately 7 million units in the U.S. and 150,000 in Canada), which can cause serious injury including genital bleeding when a child sits or falls on the pretend plastic ignition key. According to the CPSC, there have been 10 injuries reported. Also recalled are seven models of infant activity centers with inflatable balls, a total of 2.8 million units in the U.S. and 125,000 in Canada. The models have been deemed a choking hazard as the valves of the inflatable balls can come off. The CPSC was notified of 46 incidents in which the valves had come off, including 14 that were found in children’s mouths. Additionally, approximately 950,000 high chairs in the U.S. and 125,000 high chairs in Canada have been recalled, as well as the Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampway (approximately 100,000 in the U.S. and 20,000 in Canada). Children can fall on or against pegs on the back legs of the high chairs. There have been seven reports of children falling on the pegs. Also, the wheels can come off of two cars in the Rampway,...

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Tinga Tinga Tales Producers Set Up Children’s Fund

Co-producers Classic Media and Tiger Aspect Productions of new animated preschool series Tinga Tinga Tales have announced the establishment of the Tinga Tinga Tales Fund, devoted to enriching the lives of children in Africa primarily through education. To kick off the new partnership, Classic Media and Tiger Aspect Productions have agreed to contribute a portion of their net profits from the Tinga Tinga Tales brand to the fund. The companies are also encouraging all Tinga Tinga Tales partners to participate and contribute, and some key contributions have already been made. Tiger Aspect and Classic Media have a goal of 100 percent participation by partner companies. Already on board is Safaricom, Kenya’s leading integrated telecoms company, in partnership with Citizen TV, signing on to sponsor the Tinga Tinga Tales series in Kenya as well as setting up The More You Know! The More You Grow! campaign to support the enhancement of primary education. On behalf of Tinga Tinga Tales, Safaricom has committed to building 48 new school classrooms in some of the most underprivileged districts in Kenya. Also, children’s publisher Puffin has agreed to donate new Tinga Tinga Tales books to The Pearson Education Programme, which service early childhood educators in East Africa. The donation will be via the We Give Books program, a new online initiative that makes book donations for books that are read online. Classic Media and...

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New Product: Gotcha! From Buffalo Games

Buffalo Games has announced plans to release a new party game of rules called Gotcha! In Gotcha! players race to hit the buzzer whenever they see someone breaking a rule, while making sure they are following the rules themselves. Group rules and individual rules are displayed during the game, and the more rules that are in play, the funnier the game can get. You have to be alert and aware or you are out! Stay tuned for more info from the...

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Photos: TIF and My Stuff Bags Foundation Event in the Bronx

The Toy Industry Foundation, in partnership with the My Stuff Bags Foundation, recently held an event at the Mott Haven Academy Charter School, located in the Bronx, N.Y. The school is the first in the city designed to serve kids from broken homes. Children at the charter school received new school supplies, toys, and more from the two organizations. Photos below: Chanler Findlay, 5, opens his “My Stuff Bag” at the Toy Industry Foundation event held at Haven Academy in the Bronx. Kindergartner Malachi Taylor shows off a new toy, courtesy of the Toy Industry Foundation at an event hosted with My Stuff Bags at Haven Academy in the Bronx. For more information on My Stuff Bags, visit...

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