Author: Maddie Michalik

Iconic Monument Gets LEGO Treatment

LEGO introduces the Statue of Liberty into its Architecture line. The LEGO interpretation reproduces the monument’s blend of sculpture and architecture with its intricately detailed shield-lined pedestal, brick detailing and columned balconies. The 1,685-piece statue replica features a flowing robe, broken shackles, 7-ray crown, tablet, and an upraised arm bearing a golden torch, and is finished with an authentic sand-green and beige color scheme. LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty will be available exclusively in New York City on May 19 at Amazon Books, Barnes and Noble, Target, Mary Arnold Toys, LEGO Brand Retail Stores, and LEGOLAND Discovery Center. The...

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Funko Unveils New 5 Star Collectible Figures

Funko Inc. launched 5 Star, its newest brand and collection of vinyl collectible figures. Warner Bros. Consumer Products collaborated with Funko to launch the first 5 Star series of vinyl collectible figures, which will feature fan favorite characters from the Harry Potter film series.  The new 5 Star brand is designed to offer several unique features including three points of articulation, window display box packaging situating each character in its own unique world and thoughtful accessories that further the character’s narrative. While the initial collection will launch with Harry Potter, Funko plans to expand the line to additional licenses...

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Hunter Products Unveils New Lines at Distoy

Australian Toy Company Hunter Products will unveil new lines at Distoy in London. The company won multiple toy categories at the Australian Toy Fair this year, including Doll of the Year, Craft Toy of the Year, and Game of the Year, and plans to continue this momentum internationally. The new lines include: Pawjama Pets is a new plush line featuring pets in pajamas. Each pet has a different personality and is dressed in a pair of pajamas. Six dog breeds will be released this summer, and an additional six will release this fall. Mallo is a new compound that resembles soft marshmallows...

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Mary Sisson to Receive ASTRA Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Sisson of Kazoodles Toy Store in Vancouver, Wash. will receive the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)‘s Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Marketplace & Academy. A veteran journalist who volunteered as editor of the ASTRA quarterly newsletter two months after opening her first toy store, Sisson served on the ASTRA Board of Directors. Over the past twelve years, she has guided the ASTRA member publication into its current format as Toy Times magazine. During her tenure as “ASTRA’s Editor,” she consistently provided useful, easy-to-access information to the toy trade on industry trends, business development, retail store management, and...

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Spielwarenmesse eG Votes New Chairman

At Spielwarenmesse eG’s Annual General Meeting in Baden-Baden on May 4, the Supervisory Board elected Axel Kaldenhoven as chairman. The CEO of Schmidt Spiele GmbH succeeds Hans Ulrich Remfert, who has retired from the post. Following a resolution by the General Meeting, the number of members on the Supervisory Board reduced from ten to nine. Having reached the end of their term, Beate Becker (Heless GmbH), Frank R. Schneider (Franz Schneider GmbH & Co. KG), and Britta Sieper (Sieper GmbH) stood for re-election and were all confirmed in office. The Supervisory Board is completed by Paul Heinz Bruder (Bruder...

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