Mind Candy, the online games developer and entertainment company, partners with Schylling Toys to distribute its Moshi Monsters brand in North America. Toy manufacturer Vivid Toys and Games will cover mass and mid-tier chains. Moshi Monsters are online adoptable pet monsters for boys and girls. Players choose one of six customizable monster pets to name and nurture while playing games and earning virtual money solving the daily puzzle. [Read more...]
Amtrak, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Ludorum have partnered for a cross-promotion of the animated kids series Chuggington. This cross-promotion is timed to celebrate the upcoming Chuggington Icy Escapades DVD release from Anchor Bay Entertainment. The Amtrak website and more than 100 Amtrak train stations nationwide will showcase the property during the month of November. [Read more...]
In partnership with Engage Digital, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has announced that the 7th Annual Digital Kids Conference will be held in February with the American International Toy Fair. The conference, which will be held on February 12 and February 13, will bring youth-focused digital media executives, brand owners, and licensors together to learn how to engage children online and through digital devices. The conference will also feature information on how to produce inspiring products, establish successful online and mobile revenue generation strategies, and leverage the social media best practices.
All Toy Fair attendees will have a chance to attend the conference and listen to more than 25 speakers who will share tips about digital media. For more information, visit www.ToyFairNY.com.
According to the annual study conducted by Smarty Pants, a youth and family research firm, girls are rapidly becoming fans of boy brands such as construction toys, superheroes, and sports gear. The study, Young Love, is conducted online among a representative sample of U.S. households with children ages 6 to 12. [Read more...]
Activision Blizzard has announced its third quarter financial results ending on September 30. The company delivered record GAAP net revenues of $841 million, compared to $754 million from last year’s third quarter.
On a non-GAAP basis, Activision Blizzard’s net revenues also increased from $627 million for the third quarter of last year to $751 million for the third quarter of this year.
The company reported an increase in both its GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share. For its third quarter, the company’s GAAP earnings per diluted share went up from $0.13 from last year’s third quarter to $0.20 this year. On a non-GAAP basis, the company delivered record earnings per diluted share of $0.15 compared with $0.07 for the third quarter of last year.
Both GAAP and non-GAAP results include a one-time tax benefit of $46 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, resulting from the closure of an IRS audit related to pre-merger net operating losses from Vivendi Games. For more information, click here.
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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee on Toy Safety recently held meetings to discuss the development of global age determination guidelines for toys, based largely on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guidelines from 2002. The meetings, which were held in Tokyo, also discussed magnets, cords, impaction, phthalates, total concentration of certain elements, and the alignment of toy standards.
Technical experts from the U.S.—including representatives from toy manufacturers and importers, testing labs, and the Toy Industry Association (TIA)—and industry and product safety agencies from more than a dozen countries also attended the discussions.
ASTM International held its third annual meeting with ISO to share information and work for further alignment. Issues such as battery and magnet ingestion were discussed. A detailed report from the U.S delegation will be available for viewing on the TIA Website upon completion.
Tonner Toys launches City Girls, a new doll collection by doll artist Robert Tonner and creative designer Jason Carrao-Reilley. The new collection features Astor the Fitness Model, Houston the Personal Shopper, Brook-Lynn the Event Planner, and Billy the Bakery Owner. The 16–inch dolls in heels are City Girls that have Saran hair and are dressed to impress. The dolls are available for purchase at www.tonnerdoll.com.
Schoola.com announces a new idea for fundraising that helps both schools and retailers.
Retailers such as Walgreens, Shutterfly, Omaha Steaks, and ProFlowers will team up with schools, with 20 to 50 percent of earnings going to the purchaser’s school of choice.