Author: Phil Guie

Nintendo amiibo Sales Reach 7 Million to Date

According 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...

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CTJPA Releases Hotel Information Ahead of China Toy Expo

The 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. The hotel list and information, as well as the reservation form, can be found at the official China Toy Expo website. Attendees have the option of making the reservation themselves, or reserving through CTJPA’s servicer. The form should be returned by September...

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

The 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. Hamleys World, Moscow was in competition against new store designs in all retail sectors that opened within the past 12 months. Retailers from all over the world were eligible to compete, and judges made their decisions based on evidence of commercial success and customer acceptance. The judges were drawn from retailers, business schools, government, public and private sector organizations, and think...

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Jakks Pacific and NantWorks to Continue DreamPlay Toys

Jakks 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...

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

Bananagrams 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. More than one-third of the cards are user-generated, with contributors getting their name on the card, as well as a free game in the mail. There is a question on every card that someone can answer, regardless of age or generation. “We are so excited to partner with Linkee Ltd., and couldn’t have dreamed of a more appropriate game than Linkee to mark our first foray into distribution,” says Rena Nathanson, CEO of Bananagrams Inc. “We love Linkee because it reimagines and redefines trivia play, much like we tried to do with word gaming by bringing more people into each game and keeping everyone involved while they play.” A Linkee app is also available for iPhone and Android users...

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