Thinkway Toys’ Minions Talking Kevin Awarded Toy of the Year 2015 in Sweden

Swedish trade experts awarded Talking Kevin, from Thinkway Toys and based on the upcoming movie, Minions, with Toy of the Year during a ceremony concluding the Swedish Toy and Baby Association’s Industry Days.

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NRF Weighs In on Recent Legislation Affecting Trade, Future Port Labor Disputes

nrfOn Thursday, the National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the passage of a stand-alone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, which will provide Congress with new oversight responsibilities over pending and future trade agreements.

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WIT Seeks Support for Play Your Part—Chicago

WIT.logoWomen in Toys (WIT) is reaching out to its community of exceptional toy industry women in the hopes of rallying support for Play Your Part—Chicago, an event benefiting hundreds of local foster children that will be held at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on July 16. The event is hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), in partnership with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children.

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COMMENTARY: Let the Games (Surrounding Video Game Console Exclusives) Begin

SSC_Hammer Slam Bowser_FIN_HiResThis past Tuesday started out innocently enough. We were monitoring the news out of Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) when the announcement broke: As part of an agreement between Disney Interactive, Lucasfilm, and Sony, this fall will see the arrival of a special version of the upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0. The limited-edition Star Wars Saga Starter Pack will offer fans the chance to play as Boba Fett, the popular bounty hunter from the Star Wars movies. It will also allow players access to a much-anticipated Disney Infinity Play Set one month before it arrives on shelves, and even more importantly—at least, for the purposes of this commentary—the deal is only available for Sony’s PlayStation system.

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Bunnies by the Bay Recalls Pull Toys Due to Choking Hazard

Bud-pull-toy_largeAs reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bunnies by the Bay has recalled Bud and Skipit Wheely Cute Pull Toys, due to hub caps on the wheels that can break or come off, posing a choking hazard for young children.

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Toys “R” Us Inc. Opens New Logistics Campus in Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France

Toys “R” Us Inc.’s new distribution center in Saint-Fargeau-Ponthierry, France, has been completed. The facility will support the company’s rapidly expanding e-commerce business throughout the country and in select sections of Europe.

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LEGO Toy Pad Unites Physical and Digital Realms Through Interactive Puzzle Play

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has unveiled the LEGO Toy Pad, which comes with the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack and will be an interactive part of the LEGO Dimensions game play experience. The LEGO Toy Pad functions as an additional game controller, giving players a unique way to interact with the toys and the game. It allows any combination of seven characters, vehicles, and gadgets to be simultaneously brought into the game at one time, and features three distinct areas of RGB light technology that produce a broad array of colors to provide hints and puzzles for the player to solve.

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Hasbro Selects PTC Windchill FlexPLM Solution to Streamline and Centralize Product Development

Hasbro logoHasbro Inc. has chosen PTC Windchill FlexPLM as its product development solution. With PTC Windchill FlexPLM, Hasbro will be able to streamline and centralize its product development processes and data, as well as gain greater visibility into product data during all phases of design, development, and sourcing.

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Skylanders SuperChargers Introduces Donkey Kong and Bowser as Skylanders Guest Stars

SSC_Turbo Charge DonkeyKong_FIN_HiResActivision Publishing Inc. and Nintendo have collaborated to introduce two of Nintendo’s iconic characters, Donkey Kong and Bowser, as guest stars in Skylanders SuperChargers. The characters will be available exclusively in Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Packs for the Wii U, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS family of systems, available now for pre-order. E3 2015 attendees were the first to get their hands on the characters and specially created vehicles.


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Boba Fett Joins Disney Infinity 3.0 as Part of Limited Edition Offering for PlayStation

DisneyInfinity3.0,BobaFettToday, at the Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. E3 2015 press conference, Disney Interactive, Lucasfilm, and Sony announced that Boba Fett will be joining Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition as part of a new limited edition offering. The Star Wars Saga Starter Pack for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 will allow fans to play as Boba Fett in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition through the holidays, and will also let them get the Star Wars Rise Against the Empire Play Set nearly a month before it arrives on store shelves.

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