Moose Toys Launches Pikmi Pops

PikmiPopsMoose Toys launched Pikmi Pops, its newest collectible toy.

Pikmi Pops come with a plush character, an assortment of surprises including stickers and charms, and a message of encouragement, which are all delivered inside a lollipop package. Each character also comes with a hang loop and a lanyard. Videos featuring Pikimi Pops have already amassed millions of views on YouTube. [Read more...]

Toys “R” Us Receives Court Approval of First Day Motions to Support Business Operations

877d58a0-611f-478c-9dd6-ddca770cc5d6The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted either final or interim approval for all of Toys “R” Us Inc.’s first day motions related to its Chapter 11 restructuring. Collectively, the orders granted by the Court at a hearing on Sept. 19 will help ensure that the company continues normal business operations throughout the financial restructuring process. [Read more...]

Halloween Spending to Reach Record $9.1 Billion

nrf1Halloween spending in the U.S. will reach a record $9.1 billion, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The figure is up 8.3 percent from last year’s previous record of $8.4 billion. [Read more...]

Elemental Path Launches Indiegogo Campaign for STEMosaur

STEMosaur_bElemental Path launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to support its newest product in the CogniToys family, STEMosaur. The STEMosaur is a customizable toy that doubles as a learning companion for children, with a more hands-on approach featuring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) elements, as well as lessons in coding. The Indiegogo campaign aims to raise $25,000 in 45 days.

STEMosaur has a more hands-on approach, allowing kids to construct their new dino with a variety of building pieces before bringing it to life. Once constructed, the Wi-Fi enabled STEMosaur is immediately capable of holding conversation, telling jokes, playing games, and more. The product uses Elemental Path’s own Friendgine technology, a cloud-based artificial intelligence software platform that allows the smart toy to hold intelligent conversation with kids and share answers to questions in real time. [Read more...]

The Toy Insider Predicts Toys to Top Kids’ Wish Lists with Expert 2017 Hot Holiday Toy Picks

The Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide-Cover-2017The Toy Insiderone of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, today unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and tech in its 12th annual holiday gift guide. The hottest and most coveted items for 2017 are broken out into three lists: the Hot 20 (the most wished-for items of the year), Top Tech 12 (featuring AI, AR, VR and other cutting-edge technologies), and STEM 10 (science, technology, engineering and math toys that make learning fun).

These hand-picked 42 items represent an incredible assortment of must-have collectibles, interactive toys, traditional playthings, and tech-infused robots and drones, among many more categories that are sure to make kids of all ages jump for joy this holiday season.  [Read more...]

Zuru, Tangle Creations Partner to Relaunch Tangle Toys

Tangle_blogZuru partnered with Tangle Creations to relaunch inventor and sculptor Richard Zawitz’ Tangle toys. The new line is available now at major retailers in the U.S. and a marketing campaign will roll out next month. [Read more...]

NPD Reports August 2017 Video Game Sales

npd-group copyTotal industry spending for video game hardware, software, and accessories from July 30 to Aug. 26, 2017 declined 2 percent to $568 million compared to last year, according to analysis from The NPD Group.

Video games hardware sales compared to the same period last year decreased 6 percent from $179 million last year to $168 million this year; video games software decreased 2 percent from $276 million last year to $271 million this year; and video games accessories increased 10 percent from $108 million last year to $118 million this year.

The top 10 games for the period based on dollar sales in August across all platforms are Madden NFL 18, Grand Theft Auto V, Unchartered: The Lost Legacy, Splatoon 2, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Seige, Mario Kart 8, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, and Overwatch.

Mega Show Comes to Hong Kong in October

MegaShow_blogMega Show Part 1 will take place from Oct. 20 to 23 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The Asian Toys and Games Show, an umbrella event under Mega Show, will feature more than 200 Asian- and internationally-based suppliers presenting traditional toys, gadgets, and games.  [Read more...]

Alpha Group Launches Latin American Operations

ALPHA_Logo-300x262Following launches of subsidiaries in North America, France, the UK, and Canada, Alpha Group appointed Jose Antonio Espinoza to head the launch of Latin American operations.  [Read more...]

3Doodler, Cartoon Network Partner for Powerpuff Yourself Kits

3DoodlerPPG3Doodler partnered with Cartoon Network for its 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself Pen Set and Activity Kit. The kit features a special edition 3Doodler Start Pen, new themed DoodleMolds, DoodleBlocks, and a new plastic color pallete for kids to create their own Powerpuff adventures.  [Read more...]