Sweet Suite 2016

Nintendo amiibo Sales Reach 7 Million to Date

AmiiboAccording to data from the NPD Group, Nintendo has sold an estimated 7 million amiibo figures to date in the U.S. alone. The news comes out less than a month before Nintendo introduces Animal Crossing Series 1 amiibo Cards, scheduled to launch on September 25, along with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer for the Nintendo 3DS.

CTJPA Releases Hotel Information Ahead of China Toy Expo

ChinaToyExpoThe China Toy & Juvenile Products Association (CTJPA) has released information on hotels for guests planning to attend China Toy Expo, taking place on October 20 to 22 at Shanghai New International Expo Center in Shanghai. Most of the hotels selected by CTJPA are located roughly 15 minutes from China Toy Expo by car, with bus service available between the hotels and the expo center.

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Hamleys World, Moscow Wins World Retail Award for Store Design of the Year

WorldRetailAwards, HamleysMoscowThe World Retail Awards handed out its prize for Store Design of the Year this past Thursday, and the recipient was Hamleys World, Moscow, by the global retail consultancy Fitch. The store received significant press this past April as the second-largest toy store in the world, covering roughly 73,000 square feet.

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Jakks Pacific and NantWorks to Continue DreamPlay Toys

Jakks Pacific LogoJakks Pacific Inc. and NantWorks LLC have renewed their DreamPlay Toys LLC joint venture for an additional three years through September 2018. DreamPlay Toys develops, markets, and sells toys and consumer products incorporating NantWorks’ proprietary ID image recognition technology.

Bananagrams Named North American Distributor for Crowd-Sourced Trivia Game, Linkee

Linkee Product Shot with MarkBananagrams Inc. will lead North American distribution for Linkee, the first crowd-sourced tabletop trivia game for families. Described by Bananagrams as, “shouty-outy,” the game play calls for players to answer four questions and spot the link between the answers faster than the other teams. Teams that get it right win a letter, and whoever collects enough letters to spell Linkee win the game.

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Monopoly Here & Now: U.S. Edition Teaches Cities to Kids

Monopoly Here & NowThe latest Monopoly board, Monopoly Here & Now: U.S. Edition, available from Hasbro, features 22 real-life cities including Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York City as property spaces. Earlier this year, Hasbro teamed with BuzzFeed for Monopoly’s 80th anniversary, inviting fans to vote for their favorite U.S. cities, which the new board reflects.

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Skylanders and Max Chilton Team Up for Indy Lights

SkylandersMaxChiltonSkylanders is the official partner of Max Chilton for the season finale of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, part of the Mazda Road to Indy. The partnership puts a focus on one of Skylanders SuperChargers’ key game play features: racing. A 24-year-old former Formula 1 driver and fan of the Skylanders franchise, Chilton will race the tracks of Laguna Seca in a Skylanders supercharged-themed race car on September 12 to 13.

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COMMENTARY: The More Things Change with Star Wars Licensed Toys…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren 20-inch figure, from Jakks Pacific

A long weekend ago, in a toy store far, far more crowded than I had anticipated (Toys “R” Us Times Square, though I really should have known better at that point), I checked out Destination: Star Wars—The Exhibition, which showed off Star Wars toys past and present. It closed this past Monday, but photos of all the exhibits can still be found online. Besides the opportunity to see vintage Star Wars toys, it was worth visiting because located over in its own themed corner of the store were all the new toys launched in anticipation of the upcoming, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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NRF Sees Retail Imports Climbing as Holidays Approach

nrfAccording to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 1.2 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers head toward the holiday season.

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Barnes & Noble Partners with Maker Media for Mini Maker Faire


Barnes & Noble Inc. has entered into a partnership with Maker Media to launch the first-ever Mini Maker Faire in stores nationwide.

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