Consumers Continue to Color This Holiday Season

npd-group copyConsumer demand for coloring books and accessories continues to grow, according to The NPD Group. During the first month of the 2015 holiday season, sales of coloring books were up 70 percent and sales of complementary products such as colored pencils grew more than 100 percent, says Leen Nsouli, director, industry analyst; office supplies, from NPD. Demand for these items was so strong that some manufacturers were unable to turn around enough colored pencils to meet the consumer demand. [Read more...]

Chicago Toy & Game Group Announces 10th Annual Young Inventor Challenge Winners

Screen Shot 2016-12-15 at 10.39.38 AMThe winners of the 10th annual Young Inventor Challenge have been announced. Chicago Toy & Game Fair’s youth invention contest showcased a total of 115 original toy and game entries created by nearly 200 children on Nov. 19 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Entrants came from across North America to participate in this year’s competition. Young Inventor Challenge entries were evaluated based on innovation, presentation, and creativity by play industry experts during the ChiTAG fair. [Read more...]

Spielwarenmesse Places Licensing in the Spotlight

Logo Spielwarenmesse 2016Licensing is playing an increasingly important role at Spielwarenmesse, with the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) being featured for the first time. Trade buyers visiting Spielwarenmesse will be greeted with a comprehensive overview of the latest licensing trends and licensed toys from around the world. [Read more...]

Shopkins Breaks Sales Record in the UK

ShopkinsCartoonThe Shopkins brand had its best week of sales ever in October, according to its UK agent Bulldog Licensing. Retail success for the collectibles was boosted by Shopkins Season 6 Chef Club, which has pushed year-to-date sales more than 5 million units. [Read more...]

Consumers Paid the Price for Toys this Holiday Season

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Eighty-five percent of the toy industry’s growth during Thanksgiving week came from price points over $20, according to Juli Lennett, senior vice president, industry analyst; Toys of The NPD Group. The strongest dollar growth came from toys priced more than $70. [Read more...]

Enforcement Delayed for Suffolk County’s Toxic Free Toys Act

According to the TIA, enforcement has been delayed for the Toxic Free Toys Act of 2015, a law banning and criminalizing the sale of federally compliant toys and children’s products within Suffolk County, N.Y. [Read more...]

EPA Announces First 10 Chemicals for Review Under TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the first 10 chemicals it will review for potential risks to human health and the environment under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), according to the Toy Industry Association (TIA). Initial review by the TIA indicates that most of the listed chemicals are unlikely to be present in toys. [Read more...]

Spielwarenmesse Names Winning ToyCocktail

Logo Spielwarenmesse 2016Spielwarenmesse eG staged the 13th ToyCocktail Competition as part of the ToyCity Initiative. At the Gelbes Haus bar in Nuremberg, nine local barkeepers went head to head against each other with their own creations. Ultimately, four judges chose the “Cheesecake Toy Margarita” by Markus Lehner and Selim Landek as the winner. [Read more...]

Jazwares Makes Donation to Massachusetts DCF

jazwareslogoJazwares donated 8,000 toys to children in the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). The toys will be distributed to DCF locations in Holyoke, North Central, New Bedford, and Pittsfield in the state.

The donation was arranged with Boston Red Sox player David Price and his foundation, Project 14. The Red Sox will celebrate the team’s 14th annual Christmas at Fenway event on Dec. 10 with gift donations to kids, visits from players at Boston-area hospitals, and the collection of warm winter gear at Fenway Park for kids in need.

Adam Woods Joins Zuru as Creative Director

Adam WoodsAdam Woods joined Zuru as creative director. In this new role, Woods will be responsible for launching new brands, growing existing product lines, and solidifying the company’s collectibles portfolio. [Read more...]