Author: Tatyana Bellamy-Walker

Party On this Holiday Season with Douglas’ New Party Animals

Plush toy maker Douglas Company is introducing eight holiday-themed dressed animals, as well as two new styles for its Sweet Petite collection this year. The holiday plush toys include Blaze, a 10-inch gray and white Husky with blue eyes, as well as a red, white, and green holiday scarf; Minty, a Small Moose Pudgie with bright red antlers and red and white knit scarf; Leroy, a 7-inch Spotted Pig; Bosco, a 8-inch Chocolate Labradoodle with curly brown hair; Spunky the Hedgehog, available in 5-inch and 8-inch sizes; Cotton Candy, a 7-inch pink Flamingo; and Bjorn, a 10-inch Black Bear Pudgie with mink-like fur as well as a red, white, and green knit scarf. The new additions to the Sweet Petite collection each include an 8-inch wide, tote-style handbag. These 12-inch-tall, fully-dressed plush animals include Reba the Fox, a hot pink fox wearing a fox print and polka dot fabric pinafore trimmed in bright green and white stripes. The accompanying handbag is lined and corded with bright green and white fabric. Fiona the Fawn is styled in a combination of turquoise, red, and white hues with a sprinkling of gray and hot pink. The plush is dressed in a snowflake-patterned print pinafore with a red and white bow on its ear, and its bag is lined and corded in red and white pindot fabric. Both the new holiday-themed animals and...

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LittleBits Electronics to Debut NYC Pop-Up Store

LittleBits Electronics Inc. is opening its first store in New York City. Located in the SoHo district, the pop-up store will open to the public on July 31. The store, targeted towards families, educators, and creative professionals, will take visitors through a series of interactive experiences including: • A musical twister wall, a new take on and homage to the FAO Schwarz giant piano. • A workshop lab in which visitors can create inventions such as the Keytar (a synth guitar) or a BitBot car, a self-powered drawing machine. • A Get Snapped Photo Booth, in which visitors can share their inventions with the world The littleBits store is also pioneering a new concept in tech retail: Inventions To Stay and Inventions To Go. Visitors who participate in the workshop tables are able to leave their inventions for others to remix, encouraging open source collaboration, or buy what they invented on the spot. For the design of the store, littleBits commissioned a Montreal-based design firm, Daily tours les jours (DTLJ). The pop-up store, located at at 355 West Broadway, is set to run through this holiday and will feature a continuous stream of talks, classes, and hands-on activities for all...

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TIA Announces Business-Savvy Line-Up of Speakers for Fall Toy Preview

As reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), speakers at this year’s Fall Toy Preview include Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire investor from the hit TV show, Shark Tank. He will deliver his address at the Women in Toys Empowerment Day, a mentoring and networking event for female business owners taking place on October 5, the day before Fall Toy Preview officially opens its doors. On October 7, Martyn Tipping, branding veteran and CEO of StoryScore, will deliver Fall Toy Preview’s keynote address, How to Tell if Your Toy/Game Brand’s Social Media Strategy is Really Working. Tipping will...

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TIF Lights Up the Lives of Chicago-Area Foster Children with 3,700 Toys

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, as well as CASA of Cook County, hosted nearly 500 Chicago-area foster children at Play Your Part–Chicago on July 16 at U.S. Cellular Field. TIF provided more than 3,700 playthings valued at more than $50,000 to foster children served by CASA of Cook County. Kids ages 3 through teens will be gifted with additional new toys to help celebrate birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. Twenty-two manufacturers, retailers, and distributors donated playthings to TIF’s Toy Bank. Event sponsors included Beverly Hills Teddy Bear, E Revolution Ventures, Fibre-Craft, LLC, Intertek Hardlines...

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Gund to Launch New Huggy Buddha Product Line

Gund will release a new product line under license with Huggy Buddha International. Brokered by Remarkable Brands Inc., this global, multi-year agreement covers all retail channels, including department stores, mid-tier specialty stores, and more. The product line will launch in early fall. Sandra de Vries, who wanted to give her first grandchild a laughing Buddha plush as a good luck symbol for a happy life, created Huggy Buddha in 2010. The new line will include familiar Huggy Buddha fan favorites, while offering expanded colors and formats: Large Huggy Buddha will be available in an 11-inch gray format. Medium Huggy Buddha will be available in a 7.5-inch format in blue, pink, and gray. Huggy Buddha Backpack Clip will feature a 4-inch plush and a high-quality metal ring...

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