Sweet Suite 2016

China Toy Expo Returns for Three Days in October

ChinaToyExpoChina Toy Expo will take place from October 20 to 22 at Shanghai International Expo Center, at the same time as China Kids Expo and China Licensing Expo. Hosted by China Toy & Juvenile Products Association (CTJPA), the combined shows will feature 1,400 factories and roughly 200,000 toys, games, preschool supplies, and baby products aimed at global buyers.

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TIA Celebrates 100 Years with September Ribbon Cutting at The Strong

TIACentenaryThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) will kick off its 100th anniversary celebrations on September 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Toy Halls of Fame Exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The event will honor contributors to the toy industry’s evolution and success, including a number of TIA members.

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Revell Releases Snap-Together Vehicle Models Inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Revell Millennium FalconRevell has released an assortment of snap-together, interactive model kits inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, aimed at ages 6 and up. The first four kits consist of replicas of the Millennium Falcon, Poe’s X-Wing Fighter, the Resistance X-Wing Fighter, and the First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter.

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Marbles: The Brain Store to Be Select Launch Partner of Sphero’s BB-8

StarWars,BB-8,SpheroMarbles: The Brain Store will be a select retailer of Sphero’s BB-8 droid, based on the character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Through Sphero’s app-enabled technology, users can make BB-8 listen and respond, adapt its personality, and more.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Goes Pop! with Funko

Funko,BB-8Right in time for Force Friday, Funko has released Pop! vinyl collectible figures based on the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The line features the characters Captain Phasma, Rey, Finn, Chewbacca, Stormtroopers, Flametroopers, Snowtroopers, and C-3PO.

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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys and Other Products Go on Sale Everywhere

Force-Friday-logo-RED[1].jpgToday, merchandise inspired by the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched at retailers as Force Friday officially went underway. More than 3,000 retail locations in the U.S. opened their doors at midnight for fans to be among the first to discover new Star Wars products.

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Hot Wheels Takes New York City by Stormtrooper Vehicle

hot-wheelsTo celebrate Force Friday, Hot Wheels is offering Uber riders and fans in New York City the chance to catch a free ride in a Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Dodge Charger, modeled after the Hot Wheels 1:64 character car.

The Hot Wheels vehicle is available at retailers nationwide.

Hot Wheels First Order Stormtroopers

Spin Master Launches Star Wars Collection

Spin Master Air Hogs Star Wars Millennium FalconSpin Master Corp. has launched new toys and games based on the Star Wars saga, offering something for both young and old fans. All products are available now at major retailers.

Legendary Yoda stands 16 inches tall and has lifelike movements as well as voice recognition, making it possible to train with the Jedi Grand Master. Yoda has three modes—Force, Wisdom, and Warrior—and kids can speak directly to the interactive figure and hear him speak classic words of wisdom.

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The Force Will Be Strong at Toys “R” Us Times Square on September 4

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Spaceship from Kenner (1979)

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Spaceship from Kenner (1979), on display as part of Destination: Star Wars—The Experience

When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on September 4, all Toys “R” Us stores in the U.S. will open their doors, giving customers the opportunity to purchase hundreds of new Star Wars playthings, including a wide variety of merchandise not available anywhere else.

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Skylanders SuperChargers to Launch on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

SkylandersSuperChargers,HotStreakSkylanders SuperChargers, from Activision Publishing Inc., will be available on select iPads, the iPhone, and the iPod touch beginning October 25 in North America. The Starter Packs for each will include a Bluetooth portal, an embedded Bluetooth controller, and a built-in stand.

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