The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has announced two on-demand webinars to help North American International Toy Fair buyers and exhibitors make the most of ShopToyFair365.com, Toy Fair’s e-commerce platform. The two instructional videos are designed to assist exhibitors and buyers with creating their ShopToyFair365.com accounts and online profiles, as well as to provide exhibitors with information on how to use the platform’s many functions. [Read more...]
2015 was an upbeat year for the toy industry. Toy sales will be up both in the U.S. and in several countries around the world, making this our industry’s most successful year in a decade. It was also an exciting time for the Toy Industry Association. We championed the benefits of toys and play through our new Genius of Play consumer campaign, advocated tirelessly for our industry’s best interests, pushed back hard against NGOs during “toy hunting” season, and unveiled new market research and resources – to name just a few of the initiatives designed to deliver on TIA’s promise to our 818 members. I’ve been on an airplane almost every week of the past eight months, traveling both domestically and abroad, which has also given me the opportunity to meet about 100 of our diverse member companies. I’m ready for a Holiday break! [Read more...]
Spielwarenmesse eG will showcase model construction products designed for every age group and experience level in the PowerLounge in Hall 7A. The trade show will take place from Jan. 27 to Feb 1. Spielwarenmesse encourages specialty toy retailers seeking models from the hobby segment to stop by and see the new items. [Read more...]
American Greetings, in partnership with 3-D printing experts FATHOM and the nonprofit e-NABLE, have donated a prosthetic arm to four-year-old Isabella Ibarra. The soon-to-be kindergartner was born with a shortened forearm and an underdeveloped hand. When American Greetings found out about the project and Isabella’s love for Care Bears, the company delivered artwork for the hand and donated a basket of Care Bears toys. Now, Ibarra looks forward to showing off her hot pink, 3-D bionic hand in kindergarten next year.
Hasbro employees worldwide took a day to engage in community service projects for children in need. For the 2015 Global Day of Joy, more than 200 volunteer projects are taking place in 40 countries including toy delivery donations, “Game Day” events, where children at a charitable organization or school have the chance to “play with the pros,” and “Operation Playspace” projects, where local charities have their outdated play areas re-imagined and re-designed into safer, more vibrant play spaces. [Read more...]
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published an interim rule regarding new online user registration system for recreational drones and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), according to the Toy Industry Association (TIA). The FAA will seek public comments before issuing a final rule. [Read more...]