Backyard Sports Congratulates Stephen Curry on Being Named NBA MVP with Special Fan Offer

StephenCurryMVPDay 6 Sports Group and Backyard Sports congratulates Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors point guard and cover athlete for Backyard Sports NBA, on being named MVP for the 2014 to 2015 NBA season.

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Dr. Dieter Stadlbauer of the Stadlbauer Group Passes Away

Dr.Stadlbauer_Extern_engl.inddOn 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.

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Disney Consumer Products Sets Date for Force Friday, Reveals Packaging Featuring New Star Wars Villain

May4.StarWarsBoxArtForce Friday, a global event for fans of all ages to celebrate the launch of merchandise inspired by the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will take place on September 4. Toys, collectibles, and more will hit store shelves worldwide that day.

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Mattel Appoints Joseph Johnson as Corporate Controller

logo_Mattel logoMattel 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.

Free Comic Book Day Scheduled for May 2

On May 2, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be celebrated at comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide. More than 5.6 million comic books will be given away for free to anyone who goes to one of the 2,300 participating comic book shops.

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The Force Will Be Strong at GameStop Stores This Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day May the 4thOn Star Wars Day, or May 4, GameStop will introduce exclusive Star Wars products at all of its U.S. stores and online at www.gamestop.com. The retailer will also be launching the Star Wars May the 4th Sweepstakes.

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TIF Publishes Annual Report, Reaches Milestone

TIF2014AnnualReportThe 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.

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TIA Lab Refutes Findings of Clean and Healthy NY’s Toxic Toys Report

TIAAccording 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.

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World Video Game Hall of Fame Reveals 15 Finalists

the strong, museumofplay logoThe 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.

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Toys “R” Us Becomes Destination: Star Wars, Kicking Off Year-Long Celebration

TRU Destination Star Wars logoToys “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.

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