Fat Brain Toys, Make: Launch Kidventor Challenge

kidventorFat Brain Toys and Make: teamed up to launch Kidventor Challenge. The contest gives kids in first through sixth grade an opportunity to submit toy or game ideas for the chance for Fat Brain Toys to bring the concept to market.

The winner will also receive a $2,500 advance scholarship, a licensing agreement that offers the opportunity to earn additional royalties, and round trip airfare with hotel accommodations for two to the 2018 North American International Toy Fair in New York City.  [Read more...]

Shopkins Come to Life with Pop-Up Café

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The Shopkins Macaron Café opened the doors to the public for a limited time from June 17 to 20. Over the course of the four days, hundreds of passionate Shopkins fans got to experience the pop-up café. Fans were required to make reservations online, which sold out in less than a minute after going live.

The limited time pop-up experience gave fans a close look at Shopkins Season 8: World Vacation with a product display wall and a Shopkins Season 8 play station. Fans also received Shopkins manicures and were able to take photos with Shopkins displays, including a wall of over 1,600 Shopkins characters.

NRF Survey Says Retail Shrink Increased to $48.9 Billion in 2016

NRFThefts from retailers and other inventory “shrink” grew to $48.9 billion in 2016 from $45.2 billion the year before even as budget constraints left retail security budgets flat or declining, according to the annual National Retail Security Survey released today by the National Retail Federation and the University of Florida. The thefts amounted to 1.44 percent of sales, up from 1.38 percent. [Read more...]

WIT Hosts Summertime Referral Contest

WITLogoWomen in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) is hosting a referral contest from June through September. The chapter with the highest percentage of new members brought in through referrals will win $100 to be used toward any event and a Project Genius brainteaser bundle valued at $500 for the winning chapter’s local charity or school of choice. Plus, referring a member will receive $25 off their next WIT membership renewal.

To participate, have a friend fill out an application here and make sure the “Who Referred You?” box is filled out.

Online Registration For Kids Turkey Opens on June 28

Spielwarenmesse Middle East Fuarcılık Ltd. Şti., a subsidiary of Spielwarenmesse eG, is inviting toy experts to Kids Turkey taking place from October 26 to 29. The Turkish trade show brings together representatives of the toy industry from Turkey and other countries in the Near and Middle East. The World of Toys by Spielwarenmesse eG will give international exhibitors support in breaking into the market successfully. Trade buyers can submit their online registration in advance of the event to secure access to the fair.  [Read more...]

Jakks Retires $12.0 Million of Company’s 2018 Convertible Senior Notes

Jakks Pacific Resized LogoJakks Pacific Inc. agreed with holders of its Convertible Senior Notes due in 2018 to redeem $12.0 million face amount of such notes for approximately $11.4 million in cash and 112,400 shares of its common stock. After such redemption the balance of the face amount of the 2018 Notes will have been reduced to approximately $42.7 million from approximately $54.7 million.

NPD Reports May 2017 Video Game Sales

npd-group copyTotal industry spending for video game hardware, software, and accessories from Apr. 30 to May 3, 2017 declined 11 percent to $542 million compared to last year, according to analysis from The NPD Group. [Read more...]

Zuru Launches #FreeYourFidget Campaign

ZURU_Fidget CubeZuru is kicking off the launch of its fidget toys—including The Original Fidget Cube and the Zuru Spiner—at retailers worldwide with a #FreeTheFidget campaign. The fully integrated global marketing campaign spans TV, digital, and PR, and encourages everyone of all ages to freely fidget. [Read more...]

Peaceable Kingdom Launches Monthly Facebook Live Series

PeaceableKingdomPeaceable Kingdom is set to launch its monthly Facebook Live series, Peaceable Perspectives, to bring topics related to child development and social emotional skills into the spotlight.

The series will feature experts who highlight issues such as empathy, anxiety, bullying prevention, kindness, resilience, and play. It also offers parents advice and tips on these sometimes sensitive topics.

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Wild Republic Founder Becomes Finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of The Year Award

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G.B Pillai, founder of Wild Republic is a finalist for Ernst & Young’s (EY) Entrepreneur of The Year(EOY) 2017 Award in the Northeast Ohio region. The awards program, now in its 31st year, recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. [Read more...]