Build-A-Bear Opens Newest Store at Empire State Building

Build-a-bear-logoOn July 1, Build-A-Bear will be moving into a new location in the iconic Empire State Building. The opening comes just a few weeks after the company launched another store inside Toys “R” Us at Times Square.

The new stores represent an effort by Build-A-Bear to provide the most engaging experiences for customers in New York City. The stores feature themed New York merchandise, including NYC T-shirts and hoodies, and numerous sports team outfits, such as the New York Yankees and Mets, Giants and Jets, and more.

The Boys and Girls Club of Madison Square will be on-hand for the ribbon-cutting.

World’s Largest Lego Brick Model Ship Coming to the Queen Mary

Lego Queen MaryIn July, the Bright Bricks Lego model of the Queen Mary begins its exhibition. The huge model will come to Long Beach and be displayed on the actual Queen Mary, the world’s most famous ocean liner.

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Canal Toys Launches Selfie Kits for Kids and Families

Canal Toys' Selfie Photo KitCanal Toys is putting a new spin on selfies with its soon-to-be released selfie kits for tweens, teens, and families. The Selfie Photo Fun kits include a selfie stick, themed photo booth props, and a wireless remote in select sets. The kits transform a typical selfie into a creative photo shoot experience.

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Dynacraft to Host Bike-Themed Family Event at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square

dynacraft-eif-bikerjuicebar-badgeThe last of Dynacraft’s Experiments in Fun events is scheduled to take place in Portland on Saturday. For one day only, kids are invited to wheel over to Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square to find a biker-themed pop-up juice joint, set inside a fully transformed shipping container complete with a temporary tattoo parlor and a karaoke stage.

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New Delta Bedroom Collection Stars Disney’s Minnie Mouse

Minnie Wooden Twin Bed RoomThe brand new Disney Minnie Mouse Twin Bedroom Collection has arrived from Delta Children. The popular character’s presence can be seen throughout the headboard, the mirror, and the knobs on the dresser and nightstand.

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TSCA Reform Bill Passes in House; TIA Urging Senate Action

TIAOn Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2576, a bill reforming the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), with a 398-to-1 vote. Among its provisions, H.R. 2576, called the TSCA Modernization Act, requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use a risk-based approach to regulating new and existing chemicals, as well as a weight of evidence approach that uses credible and authoritative scientific data to demonstrate harm before creating new mandates.

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COMMENTARY: ASTRA Marketplace & Academy: It’s All Fun and Games

Mollie Thonneson, the creator of Tag the Art Game, at ASTRA Marketplace & Academy with Alan Walker, aka The Art Cowboy

Mollie Thonneson, the creator of Tag the Art Game, at ASTRA Marketplace & Academy with Alan Walker, aka The Art Cowboy

So I recently attended the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) Marketplace & Academy, which took place in Charlotte earlier this month. While it wasn’t nearly as overwhelming as its northeastern counterpart, February’s North American International Toy Fair, it was still a great place to spot new developments in toys and games, especially the latter.

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Fall Toy Preview Buyer Registration Starts Strong

TIARegistration for the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) annual Fall Toy Preview has started out strong, with more than 200 buyers from global retail outlets already signed up to attend the preview show, to be held in Dallas on October 6 to 8. Representatives of global retailers and toy sellers—including buyers from GameStop, Toys “R” Us, and more—will be on-site to browse hundreds of brands with one or more lines slated for the fourth quarter of next year.

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Toys “R” Us Unveils Exclusive Comic-Con International: San Diego Toys, Launches Collector Vector

Photographer Dennis Stylist LinToys “R” Us today revealed its lineup of exclusive figures and playthings, which will be available at Comic-Con International: San Diego next month. The retailer will provide convention goers with the opportunity to be among the first to purchase exclusive figures, figure packs, and play sets including Batman Classic TV Series Batgirl, from Mattel; G.I. Joe Desert Duel and My Little Pony Daring Do Dazzle, from Hasbro; and more.

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Parrot Introduces New MiniDrones, Including LEGO-Compatible Model

Parrot Jumping Night (pic courtesy of Parrot)

Parrot Jumping Night (pic courtesy of Parrot)

As reported by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) this week, Parrot has introduced five new smartphone-controlled MiniDrone toys, all based on the company’s Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo models. According to WSJ’s Personal Tech News blog, all five are set to go on sale in the U.S. and France this September, with other countries to follow in the weeks after.

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