Sweet Suite 2016

Paul de Glasenapp, Chief Editor of Baby, Hobby & Leketøy, Passes Away

paulChief Editor Paul de Glasenapp, born December 22, 1941, left us Thursday morning, 22 October 2015. Paul struggled, but finally had to give in to cancer. Until recently, he was doing what he lived and breathed for, with his work as a journalist for the toy industry.

Paul started the trade magazine Hobby og Leketøyhandleren in 1974, which eventually also added Babycare. In 2000, the magazine received its present name, Baby, Hobby & Leketøy. He has for many years made a considerable effort and contribution to the toy industry, and was awarded in 1992 the industry’s own Honorary Award for his dedicated years of service. [Read more...]

Moose Co-CEO Awarded Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year

unnamed-2Manny Stul, co-CEO of Moose Toys, has been named 2015 Australian EY Entrepreneur of the Year at an awards ceremony held in Sydney. A panel of independent judges awarded Stul the award based on six core criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, personal integrity and influence, financial performance, strategic direction, and national and global impact. Stul will now go on to represent the country at the World event in Monte Carlo in June. [Read more...]

Amazon Introduces New Original Music from The Pop Ups and Lisa Loeb

unnamed-1Amazon customers and Amazon Prime members in the U.S. and U.K. now have access to original children’s music with the debut of two new children’s albums— Great Pretenders Club by The Pop Ups and Nursery Rhyme Parade! by Lisa Loeb.

Both albums are available for exclusive, unlimited ad-free listening on Prime Music for Amazon Prime members. Both albums are also available for purchase in download and CD format. [Read more...]

IAmElemental Fights Breast Cancer

Pink BraveryfinalThe female action figure company IAmElemental has partnered with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

IAmElemental has created a metallic pink colorway of the popular Bravery female action figure from Series 1/Courage, as well as a set of greeting cards with Bravery-inspired images. The greeting cards are designed by female comic book, graphic novel, and animation artists. All proceeds from the sale of Pink Bravery and her cards will fund breast cancer research at UNC Lineberger.

Fourth Annual HoliDAY of Play Lets Adults Be Kids Again

unnamedThe Toy Insider, in partnership with Woman’s Day magazine, hosted the fourth annual HoliDAY of Play event on Friday, October 16, where more than 100 digital influencers and members of the press met face-to-face with some of the top companies in the toy industry to get hands-on experience with the best toys on the market.

Guests were treated to a gourmet brunch while enjoying sweeping views of New York City during this exclusive 2.5-hour event. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht greeted guests with the one and only Darth Vader, reinforcing the strength of the Star Wars force this year. Schacht then gave guests a full presentation on the Toy Insider’s Hot 20Top Tech 12, and STEM 10 picks, as well as the top toy trends of 2015, which include:

Character Craze: Thanks to the upcoming launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, characters will play an even bigger role in the toy box than ever before, From interactive figures like Spin Master’s Legendary Yoda and Thinkway Toy’s 16-inch Darth Vader, toHasbro’s entire line of amazing role-play fun, these toys are easily the hottest of the year. Additional characters that will continue to be mega popular among kids are DisneyFrozen’s Elsa, the pups from Paw Patrol, and new adorable dinos from Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. [Read more...]

JazWings Idea Incubator Platform Launches At New York Comic Con

JPEGAn “idea incubator platform” dubbed JazWings offered New York Comic Con attendees an opportunity to discover the platform, become members, and vote for the next big idea. A subsidiary of Jazwares, JazWings is a resource for toy, comic, gaming, tech, and pop culture fans. It is available for creators who want to take their idea to the next level and for fans who want to vote on these ideas. [Read more...]

TIA Names Bob Iger 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

igerThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) is inducting Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held on February 12 in conjunction with the annual Toy of the Year Awards celebration at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

TIA Members have selected Iger in recognition of his contributions to the industry and the impact his work has had on the lives of children worldwide. Iger joins the roster of 70 toy industry luminaries who have been inducted into the Hall since it was established in 1984, including Jim Henson and George Lucas.

Children’s Recording Artist Laurie Berkner to Publish Three Picture Books

berknerChildren’s music star Laurie Berkner will publish three picture books with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing.

We Are the Dinosaurs, based on one of Berkner’s most popular songs, will release in spring 2017 and will be illustrated by Ben Clanton. Pillowland, a lullaby destined to become a bedtime book, is due out in fall 2017 and will be illustrated by Camille Garoche. Monster Boogie, a hit at Berkner’s live shows, is scheduled for summer 2018, also to be illustrated by Ben Blanton. [Read more...]

Toy Industry Foundation Announces #MyToyMemory Holiday Campaign

mytoymemoryThe Toy Industry Foundation will launch a fundraising campaign that will put new, donated toys into the hands of children in need this holiday season. Dubbed #MyToyMemory, the campaign leverages social media and consumer nostalgia to raise money in support of TIF programs that provide toys to children who need #MyToyMemory inspires toy lovers of all ages to share their favorite toy memories on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and to visit CrowdRise.com to make a financial donation that will help TIF bring new toys to kids in need during the holidays.

Throughout the campaign, Mattel will match every dollar donated (up to $25,000), and other toy manufacturers and entertainment companies will be encouraged to match donations from consumers whose #MyToyMemory is associated with their brand.

ASTRA’s 2016 Marketplace & Academy Booths Sell Out

astra_logo_smallBooth space is sold out for ASTRA’s 2016 Marketplace & Academy, but the exhibitor waitlist is now open. One 10×5 corner booth is still available for 2016 but is only for new, first-time ASTRA exhibitors with five or fewer product lines or types.

In order to be added to the waitlist, exhibitors must complete the updated 2016 Exhibit Space Application and Contact with a 50 percent deposit payment and accept the rules and regulations. All five pages of the contract and payment can be submitted to Laura Dann, preferably via email at exhibit@astratoy.org, or otherwise by fax at (312) 222-0986. ASTRA staff will then send a confirmation email that the application has been received for the wait list.

ASTRA staff can be contacted by email at exhibit@astratoy.org or by phone at (312) 222-0984 with any questions.