Experts Point to Increasing Imports as Retailers Prepare for Back-to-School

nrfImport cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 7.3 percent this month over the same time last year as retailers stock up for the busy back-to-school season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates on Wednesday.

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Lego Celebrates 15 Years at Comic-Con International with Life-Sized Models, Product Reveals, and More

LEGO_LogoAt Comic-Con International in San Diego, Lego Systems Inc. has a slate of activities and events to commemorate 15 years of fun at the convention, including never-before-seen life-sized models, product reveals, and exclusive retail sets.

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University Games Adds Puremco Line of Dominoes and Domino Accessories

UniversityGameslogoUniversity Games has added Puremco, a publisher of dominoes and domino accessories, to its growing portfolio of toys and games. The acquisition of Puremco’s wholesale business by University Games is its tenth acquisition since 1998.

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Doctor Who to Make Lego Debut in Lego Dimensions

Lego Dim Doctor WhoAt Comic-Con International: San Diego, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed details about Doctor Who appearing in the upcoming Lego Dimensions. Peter Capaldi, who plays the 12th Doctor; Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald; and Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy, will voice their respective characters from the long running British science fiction TV series in the game.

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Toys “R” Us Inc. to Develop and Manage New Platform for Its U.S. E-Commerce Business

toysrusToys “R” Us Inc. will bring its U.S. e-commerce operations in-house, including building and managing a new platform for toysrus.com, babiesrus.com, and fao.com. The company expects to launch its own online platform by the end of next summer.

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Toy State Speeds into Partnership with SLR

ToyStateLogoToy State has entered into a worldwide partnership with Sébastien Loeb Racing (SLR), a deal that includes both race sponsorships and product licensing components. The four-year global licensing agreement grants Toy State exclusive rights to develop ranges of toys in the R/C and lights and sound categories.

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Hasbro’s Special Edition Comic-Con International Toys Include Jem, My Little Pony, Transformers, and More

JEM_SDCC_Doll_OOP4Hasbro Inc. is attending Comic-Con International in San Diego with special edition action figures and toys drawn from its popular brands and licenses. Along with items tied to movies, animated series, comics, and video games—such as My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and the classic Transformers cartoon—the toymaker is showing off licensed properties for Star Wars and Marvel.

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WBCP to Show Off Toy Partnerships at Comic-Con International: San Diego

WB Consumer ProductsWarner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) will be at Comic-Con International: San Diego in support of its licensed toy partners, which will feature exclusive products ranging from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to DC Super Hero Girls, to Scooby-Doo, and more.

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Disney Interactive Sets Disney Infinity 3.0 Launch Date for August 30

DisneyInfinityStarterPackThe Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack from Disney Interactive, featuring the Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set, will be available in North America on August 30. Fans who pre-order at participating retail stores will receive an early copy of the multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Game, Toy Box Takeover, which allows players to use all of their Disney Infinity characters across Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and Disney•Pixar.

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Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Now Available for Preview at Select Disney Stores

Playmation Shoot (TBD)Kids and parents can now experience Playmation Marvel’s Avengers for the first time at participating Disney Store locations, where two- and five-minute training sessions are available daily. For those who want to take part in an expanded experience, 30-minute Avengers Gear Orientations are available on Saturdays and Sundays by reservation only. During the longer Avenger Gear Orientation, kids and parents can learn more about the Avenger Gear, follow instructions from JARVIS, and interact with other participants to complete missions and adventures.


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