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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My Gym to Integrate Kids II’s Oball Toys into Fitness Curriculum

My Gym LogoMy Gym Children’s Fitness Center has entered into a strategic alliance with Kids II to incorporate its Oball product line into My Gym’s fitness curriculum. The partnership goes into effect with a three-month program across My Gym locations in the U.S. and Canada.

The Oball product line

The Oball product line

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DHX Brands Appoints Giochi Preziosi as Teletubbies Toy Distributor for Italy, Spain, and Portugal

DHXMediaOriginalTeletubbiesDHX Brands, the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media Ltd., has signed an agreement with Italian toy company Giochi Preziosi to distribute Teletubbies toys in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. The line will include: basic and feature plush; plastic toys including play sets, figures, and vehicles; and bath toys from master toy licensee Character Options.

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Adora Introduces Clara H., Its 2016 Young Designer

Adora by the Shore entry formThis year’s Adora’s Designed by Kids for Kids program winner is Clara H, whose submission made it all the way from Hendersonville, N.C. This year’s contest was for a beach-themed outfit, for which Clara drew inspiration from a piece of blue and white striped fabric.

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TIA Calls for Further Third-Party Testing Reduction, Following CPSC Exemption for Unfinished Trunk Wood

TIAAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a direct final rule exempting unfinished and untreated trunk wood from third party testing for the eight heavy metals listed in the ASTM F963-11 toy safety standard. The rule is slated to come into effect on September 15.

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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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Intelex Group Hires Scott Wehrs to Run North American Division

Scott Wehrs PhotoIntelex Group has appointed Scott Wehrs as president of its North American division, Intelex USA LLC. He is the former president and COO of Ty Inc., and during his 11-year tenure, he directed and managed the company during the explosion in popularity for Beanie Baby.

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Joint Market Surveillance Action in Europe to Target Non-Compliant Noise-Making Toys

Prosafe, a not-for-profit professional organization for market surveillance authorities and officers throughout Europe, has launched a two-year joint action in which it will partner with 35 market surveillance authorities from 27 European Union (EU) member states and European Free Trade Agreement countries. The action is intended to target non-compliant products in five categories, which include noisy toys.

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Spin Master Corp. Releases Info on Initial Public Offering

spin masterToday, Spin Master Corp. entered into an underwriting agreement for its initial public offering of 12,225,000 subordinate voting shares at a price of C$18.00 per subordinate voting share for aggregate gross proceeds of C$220,050,000. Spin Master filed a supplemented post-receipt pricing prospectus dated July 22, 2015, in respect of the offering with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of Canada.

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Spin Master Launches Paw Patrol Tour

Spin Master Ltd PAW PatrolSpin Master Corp. will kick off a Paw Patrol Tour in Costa Mesa, Calif., on July 25. The tour will visit nine state and county fairs in the U.S. through October, with additional stops scheduled to take place at select retail locations.

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