On Tuesday, April 14, after a severe and protracted period of illness, Dr. Dieter Stadlbauer passed away surrounded by his family. During five decades in the toy business, Dr. Stadlbauer built a local wholesale company into an international company group.
Disney Consumer Products Sets Date for Force Friday, Reveals Packaging Featuring New Star Wars Villain
Mattel Inc. has appointed Joseph B. Johnson to senior vice president and corporate controller, effective immediately. Johnson joins Mattel from Chiquita Brands International Inc., where he served as vice president, chief accounting officer, and treasurer. Previously, he held a number of leadership roles with Resolute Forest Products, an international wood and paper products company, including senior vice president, finance, and chief accounting officer.
Johnson succeeds Scott Topham, who has elected to retire from Mattel.
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) has released its 2014 Annual Report. Thanks to toy donations and financial contributions from individual and corporate supporters, TIF was able to serve nearly 5 million kids, and reach 56 percent more kids than during the previous year. Another milestone was met in 2014: More than $100 million worth of toys have been donated to The Toy Bank, TIF’s signature program, since the program’s inception in 2003. Just under $19 million in toys were donated last year.
According to the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the results of testing by an independent, federally approved testing laboratory have found that toys cited in a report by Clean and Healthy New York and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund are fully compliant with all U.S. toy safety requirements. The TIA asserts that the test results point to inaccurate information released by these groups, and false claims that have led to calls for unnecessary state and local legislation banning the sale of safe toys.
The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, today announced the 15 finalists for induction into the hall. They are: Angry Birds, Doom, FIFA, The Legend of Zelda, Minecraft, The Oregon Trail, Pac-Man, Pokémon, Pong, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, and World of Warcraft.
Toys “R” Us stores worldwide, as well as toysrus.com, are set for a year-long celebration in honor of the Star Wars saga. Beginning on May 3 in the U.S., Star Wars Day events will take place at all Toys “R” Us locations across the country. Young Jedis and their families are invited to visit their local store dressed in their Star Wars best, receive giveaways, and more.