Peaceable Kingdom Partners with Revenew Sales and Market Development

PeaceableKingdomPeaceable Kingdom has entered into a partnership with Revenew Sales and Market Development. Revenew is led by toy and gift industry vets Tom Rushton and Brian Maggio, who will be working in tandem with Peaceable Kingdom President Donna Jaffe, as well as other members of the PK team, to maximize sales efforts and support both the internal team and the reps in the field.

Revenew will also be involved as the sales voice in market analysis, product development, and branding initiatives.

Registration Open for TIA’s Toy Fair Credit Meeting

Toy_Industry_Association_Inc_logoRegistration is open for the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) annual Toy Fair Credit Meeting, scheduled to take place on February 17 at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel in New York City.

An exclusive forum for TIA member manufacturers, the Toy Fair Credit Meeting offers trade information and educational and networking opportunities for credit, finance, and operations professionals. Through discussions and workshops, industry experts, major retailers, and fellow participants of the TIA Credit Interchange program will share knowledge from across the toy industry. [Read more...]

Toys “R” Us Inc. to Host 10th Great Trade-In Event

toysrusToys “R” Us will hold its 10th Great Trade-In event, beginning January 23 and continuing through February 21, at Babies “R” Us and Toys “R” Us stores across the U.S. Over the duration of the event, stores will accept any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, high chairs, infant swings, bouncers, travel systems, walkers, entertainers, and play yards in exchange for 25 percent savings on the purchase of a new baby item, in any of these product categories.

There is no limit to the number of items a customer can trade in. In addition, consumers who do not have items to trade in will receive 15 percent off a new gear or furniture item with an in-store only coupon available on babiesrus.com/greattradein.

Since August 2009, products traded in as part of the Great Trade-In event were missing parts or damaged, while others were decades old or showed obvious signs of wear and tear.

Activision Enjoys Top Global Games of 2014

CallofDuty,AdvancedWarfareActivision Publishing Inc. delivered the top-selling console video game last year with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, as well as the top-selling kids video game, Skylanders Trap Team.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare topped the U.S. charts and claimed the title of the No. 1 console game globally, while Call of Duty was the No. 1 franchise in the U.S. for the sixth year in a row, based on revenue. Skylanders Trap Team was the No. 1 top-selling kids video game globally, while Skylanders was the No. 1 kids video game franchise, both in the U.S. and globally, for the third year in a row. Skylanders earned its ranking based on retail sell-through, including toys and accessories.

In addition, Activision and Bungie’s Destiny was the No. 2 top-selling console game in the U.S. last year, based on revenue.

NRF Reports 4 Percent Increase in Retail Holiday Sales

nrfAccording to the National Retail Federation (NRF), December retail sales, which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants, decreased 0.9 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month, and 4.6 percent unadjusted year-over-year. The significant drop in gasoline prices for the month of December brought down much of the month-to-month growth. [Read more...]

The Little Gym Expands Its Partnership with Lego Systems Inc.

TheLittleGym.logoThe Little Gym International and Lego Systems Inc. will expand their ongoing partnership to integrate building time with Lego Juniors into birthday parties, camps, and other events.

Since last spring, The Little Gym has featured a special Lego Duplo building block curriculum incorporated into the gym’s Serious Fun programs. Adding Lego Juniors will provide opportunities for kids ages 4 to 7 to build projects as part of extended programs, including The Little Gym’s Summer and Winter Camps, which consist of both construction and project building along with creative role play. The Little Gym also offers Parents’ Survival Night, featuring special building activities with parents invited to join in; and the Awesome Birthday Bash, which incorporates Lego Juniors activities into 90-minute and two-hour parties.

Parents can visit thelittlegym.com to find their nearest The Little Gym location.

I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story Screening Scheduled for Toy Fair

Resized.ToyFair15LogoAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), an exclusive screening of the documentary, I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story, will take place on the evening of February 16 during the 112th North American International Toy Fair in New York City. The documentary explores the life of Spinney, the actor who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street since 1969. [Read more...]

Safari Ltd. Wins Dinosaur of the Year for Second Year in a Row

Microsoft Word - 2104 dinosaur of the year[2].docxFor two years in a row, Prehistoric Times magazine awarded Safari Ltd. with the award for Dinosaur of the Year. [Read more...]

Target Corporation to Discontinue Canadian Operations

Target LogoTarget Corporation will discontinue operating stores in Canada through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary, Target Canada Co. As a part of that process, this morning Target Canada filed an application for protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. [Read more...]

Wonder Woman Nominations Close at Noon PST on January 15

WIT.logoIt’s the last day to submit a nomination for Women in Toys’ (WIT) Annual Wonder Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment Awards. Industry stakeholders have until 12 pm PST to nominate a co-worker, client, associate, family member, or acquaintance for consideration in one or more of the following categories: Rising Star, PR or Social Media, Manufacturer, Designer or Inventor, Licensing or Entertainment, Social Responsibility, and Marketing or Advertising. Nominations may be submitted at the WIT website. [Read more...]