Guru Studio Names Toy State as Master Toy Partner for Netflix Series

ToyStateLogoGuru Studios named Toy State as its master toy licensee for its Netflix Original preschool animated series, True and the Rainbow Kingdom. The deal was brokered by Guru’s licensing agency, Brand Central.

Toy State will create a robust product line featuring figures, role play, plush, play sets, and dolls, marking a major expansion into new product categories as part of the company’s overall global growth strategy.  [Read more...]

The LEGO Group Reveals Global Licensing and Merchandising Program for The LEGO Ninjago Movie

legoninjagoThe LEGO Group and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) revealed the licensing and merchandising program for The LEGO Ninjago Movie, including apparel, accessories, costumes, toys, publishing, stationery, party goods, and more.  [Read more...]

Filip Francke Joins Ravensburger North America as CEO

RavensburgerFilipFranckeFilip Francke will join Ravensburger AG’s executive management team as CEO of its recently established North America division. Ravensburger North America brings together three toy brands—Ravensburger, Wonder Forge, and BRIO—under one roof. [Read more...]

Registration Opening Soon for Spielwarenmesse’s ToyAwards

ToyAwardCompanies exhibiting at Spielwarenmesse can submit their products on Sept. 1 for a chance to be nominated for a ToyAward. Exhibitors can register up to three products in four age-specific categories of Baby & Infant (0-3 years), Preschool (3-6 years), School Kids (6-10 years), and Teenager & Adults (10+ years).  [Read more...]

Registration Deadline Extended for WIT’s Empowerment Day

WITEmpowermentDayThe registration deadline for Women In Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment‘s (WIT) Empowerment Day has been extended to August 31. The event will take place on Monday, Oct. 2, the day before Fall Toy Preview begins in Dallas.

Attendees will have the opportunity to pitch to Walmart, participate in speed mentoring Info Sessions, and more. The event is free for WIT members. Click here to register!

Spinballs Changes Name to Fun in Motion Toys

FunInMotionToysSpinballs LLC will now be doing business as Fun in Motion Toys on the heels of it’s newest product launch, mozi. Under its new name, the company will release additional products with a “fun in motion” theme.

The company was founded in 2010 and introduced to brick-and-mortar stores in 2015 with its flagship item, Spinballs LED Poi. The  launch of the company’s second item, mozi, sparked the name change.

Fun In Motion’s products can be found in more than 600 independent and specialty toy stores nationwide and its website.

TOMY International Taps Vincent D’Alleva as Chief Brand Officer

TOMY_blue_logoTOMY International Inc. appointed Vincent D’Alleva as its chief brand officer. D’Alleva, a veteran brand and marketing executive in the toy and infant product categories, will guide the brand, product and consumer marketing strategy for TOMY’s infant, toddler and preschool businesses. The appointment is effective immediately.

D’Alleva most recently served as senior vice president global brands/general manager of Mattel/Fisher-Price, leading worldwide strategy for the company’s largest preschool entertainment brands. Prior to that, D’Alleva honed his infant product experience as general manager at global feeding company Mayborn Group, after having served as executive vice president marketing and product development/general manager of Dorel Juvenile Group for seven years.

ASTRA to Offer Workshop on Play and Child Development

astra_logo_smallThe American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) will offer a two-day, in-person, hands-on workshop in September as part of its Certified Play Expert program, a professional education initiative to help toy industry retailers, sales representatives, and manufacturers strengthen their businesses through increasing their knowledge about play and child development.

The two-day workshop will be held in Chicago on Thursday, September 14, 2017 and Friday, September 15, 2017. Participants will get research-based instruction in several core areas, including theories of child development, characteristics of major developmental stages, types of play and their benefits, advocating for play, and making sense of play. Information about the program, how to register, and deadlines for participation is available here.

Nominations Now Open for 14th Annual Women In Toys Wonder Women Awards

WonderWomanNominations for Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT)‘s 14th Annual Wonder Women Awards are now open. The awards honor top female thought leaders, executives, entrepreneurs and other changemakers whose work or product has made a positive impact in toys, licensing, and entertainment. Honorees will be celebrated at the annual Gala on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, during New York International Toy Fair.  [Read more...]

NRF Says Imports Hitting Monthly and Annual Records

nrf1Boosted by continuing sales growth, August is expected to be the busiest month on record for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports, and 2017 is on track to set a new annual high, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.  [Read more...]