Party On this Holiday Season with Douglas’ New Party Animals

plush toysPlush toy maker Douglas Company is introducing eight holiday-themed dressed animals, as well as two new styles for its Sweet Petite collection this year.

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LittleBits Electronics to Debut NYC Pop-Up Store

LittleBits store exteriorLittleBits 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.

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

Fall Toy PreviewAs 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.

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

TIF,Chicago childrenThe 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.

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Gund to Launch New Huggy Buddha Product Line

Gund.Large Huggy BuddhaGund 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.

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KFC Promotion with UglyDoll to Launch in China

窗口萌萌哒-确认2The Uglydoll brand has secured a retail promotion partnership with KFC China through its Asia licensing agent Global Pursuit, which will see Uglydoll premiums distributed with kid’s meals at more than 4,000 KFC restaurant locations throughout mainland China. The KFC Uglydoll promotion is set to run through this month.

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Mark Cuban to Deliver Keynote at WIT Empowerment Day

WIT.logoWomen in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) has announced that business maverick and entrepreneur Mark Cuban will deliver the opening keynote at this year’s WIT Empowerment Day, which will be held at Dallas Market Center on October 5.

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Thunderbirds Are Go Toys Take Off in Australia

Thunderbirds Are GoMerchantwise, ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s appointed licensing agency in Australia, has announced strong toy and DVD sales, as well as a host of new licensing and retail partners, for the TV series Thunderbirds Are Go in Australia.

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McDonald’s Debuts Minion Happy Meals Across Southern California to Support Families with Critically-Ill Children

Tap into your mischievously silly side with the Minions in your McDonald’s Despicable Me 2 Happy MealMcDonald’s has partnered with NBC Universal to introduce a line of Minion Happy Meals across Southland. The McDonald’s Happy Meals will include one of 12 Minions sound toys, and a choice of Minion themed milk, apple slices, or a strawberry-banana-flavored Yoplait Go-Gurt.

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COMMENTARY: What I’ve Learned About the Toy Industry—An Intern’s Perspective

ToyBooklogoAfter quarterly report cards and end-of-the-year science projects, if my grades were above a B+—and my teacher’s comments weren’t scolding—my mother would drive me to Toys “R” Us in Massapequa, N.Y., to pick up a Summertime Beach Barbie.

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