TIA Calls for Toy Industry to Fight Back Against Chemical Ban Threat

TIAIn the wake of states and counties passing legislation banning the sale of certain children’s products, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) is calling for a federal approach that would establish a consistent, nationwide approach to chemicals regulation that would preempt state laws.

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Burger King Accessorizes Kids’ Meals with Lalaloopsy

BurgerKingLalaloopsyBurger King restaurants and MGA Entertainment (MGAE) have entered into a deal for a global promotion featuring MGAE’s Lalaloopsy brand. Burger King restaurants will feature Lalaloopsy accessories in Kids’ Meals globally through June 21.

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Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund Gala Raises $4.6 Million

toysrusLast Thursday, nearly 1,300 leaders from the toy and baby products industries came together at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City to celebrate the 2015 Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund Gala. During the evening, $4.6 million was raised for the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys “R” Us Inc., to aid in its mission to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The event was hosted by comedian Martin Short and featured a performance by Lenny Kravitz.

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Burger King to Launch Global Promotion for Slugterra

Slugterra,BurgerKingBurger King restaurants and DHX Brands will team up for a global promotion for DHX’s boys’ action property, Slugterra. Burger King restaurants will feature Slugterra alongside Lalaloopsy toys in Kids’ Meals globally throughout May. Guests will have four different Slugterra toys to choose from and collect during the month.

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The Madame Alexander Doll Company and Kahn Lucas Appoint Jamie Cygielman as General Manager

MadameAlexanderlogoMadame Alexander Doll Company and Kahn Lucas have appointed Jamie Cygielman as general manager, Madame Alexander Doll and Dollie & Me.

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Toys “R” Us Debuts Exclusive Blaze and the Monster Machines Toy Line

Basic Plush ZegNow through the end of July, a new line of vehicles, die-cast, and plush from Fisher-Price, based on the hit preschool show, Blaze and the Monster Machines, is available at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and at toysrus.com.

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Imports Settling Down After Surge to Clear Backlog, Reports NRF

nrfAccording to the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates’ monthly Global Port Tracker, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is returning to normal levels as officials prepare to count votes on ratification of a new West Coast labor agreement that ended months of uncertainty.

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Radz Partners with Top Pro-Skate Brands on Co-Branded Candy Dispensers

RADZ SKATE CHARACTER COLLECTIONRadz Brands is partnering with 14 premier pro-skate brands to launch a new line of toy candy dispensers. The Radz co-branded licensed Skate collection is made up of top skate brands including Santa Cruz, Real, World Industries, Foundation, Spitfire, and more.

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Wonder Workshop Appoints New COO, Vice President of Marketing

WonderWorkshopWonder Workshop has appointed Raghu Sethuraman as COO and Ned Ward as vice president of marketing. Sethuraman will lead global operations, finance, customer service, and reseller partner organizations. He brings more than 16 years of leadership experience to Wonder Workshop from fast growing global e-commerce, supply chain, manufacturing, finance, and customer service organizations including Amazon.

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Leslie Ferraro Named President, Disney Consumer Products

DCPLogoLeslie Ferraro has been named president, Disney Consumer Products, effective immediately. A 16-year Disney veteran, she most recently served as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ executive vice president, global marketing, sales and travel operations, where she was responsible for leading the marketing and sales teams in developing numerous highly successful consumer campaigns worldwide.

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