Consumer 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...]
The 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...]
Licensing 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...]
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 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 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.