HoliDAY of Play 2015

DuneCraft Adds Character to Homes with Character Mini Domes

DuneCraft, CharacterMiniDomes1DuneCraft has introduced its new Character Mini Domes, which consist of character-themed gardens, such as Franki Fly Trap and Robert Radish. Each kit includes the dome top and bottom, soil, seeds, gravel, and instructions.

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Richard Desroches Joins Imports Dragon as Director of Brands

ImportsDragon.logoRichard Desroches has joined Imports Dragon as its director of brands, effective immediately. He will be responsible for growing the company product portfolio and strengthening and growing market share of popular brands such as Shopkins, NHL figures, and upcoming brands.

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Lego Sees Strong Growth, with Huge Boost from The Lego Movie

LEGO_LogoFirst reported by the Associated Press, first-half sales for Lego were 14.1 billion kroner, or roughly $2.2 billion, up from 11.6 billion kroner one year earlier. Net profit during the same period was up 30 percent to 3.6 billion kroner, or $543 million.

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TIA to Host Webinars on Toy Export Opportunities in Australia and Mexico

TIA LogoThis fall, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) will host two webinars to help companies assess the benefits and challenges of expanding into the Australian or Mexican toy markets. The webinar, entitled “Expanding the Global Toy Marketplace: What U.S. Companies Should Know about Entering Australia,” will take place on September 30 at 2 p.m. A webinar addressing the Mexican market is scheduled for the following day, October 1, at 2 p.m. ET.

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Hasbro Inc. Supports Local Schools with Introduction of No Bully Initiative

Hasbro-logo-jpgHasbro Inc., the Pawtucket School Department, and the City of Pawtucket, R.I., have entered into a partnership with No Bully, a non-profit organization that trains schools how to leverage student empathy to stop bullying. Pawtucket is the first district in New England to adopt the No Bully program department wide and declare itself a bully-free city.

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Disguise Partners with Moose Toys for New Shopkins Costumes

ShopkinsLogoDisguise Inc., the Halloween costume division of Jakks Pacific Inc., has secured a licensing agreement with Moose Toys to create costumes and dress-up based on its collectible franchise, Shopkins. The news follows yesterday’s announcement that Disguise had secured a similar agreement with the LEGO Group.

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ChiTAG Teams with The National Lekotek Center for Super Power Sensory Hour

CHITAGThe Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) has entered into a partnership with The National Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting play for children of all abilities. This year, the Lekotek Super Power Sensory Hour will allow families who have children with special needs to attend the ChiTAG fair an hour earlier than the general public.

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Aterian Acquires Backyard Discovery

BackyardDiscoveryA private equity firm, Aterian Investment Partners, announced today that one of its affiliates has acquired Backyard Discovery, a designer, manufacturer, distributor, and installer of play sets in North America. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Pittsburg, Kan., Aterian designs and manufactures swing sets, playhouses, patio products, and more under brands such as Backyard Adventures and Leisure Time Products.

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Hasbro Completes Sale of Manufacturing Facilities to Cartamundi

Hasbro-logo-jpgHasbro Inc. has completed the previously announced sale of its manufacturing locations in East Longmeadow, Mass., and Waterford, Ireland, to the Cartamundi Group. The specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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WIT Gathers Resources for Upcoming Empowerment Day Panels

WIT.logoWomen in Toys (WIT) has gathered business executives, celebrities, government officials, and more for the panel slate of its upcoming WIT Empowerment Day. Scheduled to take place on October 5 at the Dallas Market Center, WIT Empowerment Day will provide opportunities to meet with panelists, as well as more than a dozen hand-selected expert industry mentors, who can offer advice on how to grow businesses and get concepts to market. The event is free to WIT members.

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