Fall Toy Preview Buyer Registration Starts Strong

TIARegistration for the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) annual Fall Toy Preview has started out strong, with more than 200 buyers from global retail outlets already signed up to attend the preview show, to be held in Dallas on October 6 to 8. Representatives of global retailers and toy sellers—including buyers from GameStop, Toys “R” Us, and more—will be on-site to browse hundreds of brands with one or more lines slated for the fourth quarter of next year.

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Toys “R” Us Unveils Exclusive Comic-Con International: San Diego Toys, Launches Collector Vector

Photographer Dennis Stylist LinToys “R” Us today revealed its lineup of exclusive figures and playthings, which will be available at Comic-Con International: San Diego next month. The retailer will provide convention goers with the opportunity to be among the first to purchase exclusive figures, figure packs, and play sets including Batman Classic TV Series Batgirl, from Mattel; G.I. Joe Desert Duel and My Little Pony Daring Do Dazzle, from Hasbro; and more.

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ASTRA to Honor Industry Leaders at Marketplace & Academy

ASTRAlogoThe American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) will honor Jonny Girson of The Learning Tree toy stores with ASTRA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual awards ceremony will take place on June 8, during the annual Marketplace and Academy at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. [Read more...]

TIA Members at Licensing Expo Are Welcome at LIMA Lounge

TIAToy Industry Association (TIA) members attending Licensing Expo in June are invited to stop by the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA) members’ lounge, where they can regroup, refresh, and hold business meetings away from the show floor. The Expo will be held on June 9 to 11 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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WTHRA Revises Its Dates for ToyFest West 2016

ToyFest WestDuring the annual Western Toy and Hobby Representatives Association (WTHRA) membership meeting this past March, the results of a post-show survey pointed to overwhelming consensus from both exhibitors and buyers that attendees could complete their business at ToyFest West in three full days. As such, a half-day on day four was eligible for elimination.

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ASTRA Increases Play Time at Marketplace & Academy

ASTRAlogoThe American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is giving independent toy retailers registered for ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy up to five hours over the course of the event to play with new-to-market games and kits.

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ASTRA’s Record-Breaking Marketplace to Feature 89 First-Time Exhibitors

ASTRAlogoAccording to the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), 89 toy manufacturers will be participating for the first time in its exhibit hall at ASTRA’s upcoming Marketplace & Academy. The exhibit hall, which will represent ASTRA’s largest ever, includes a total of 15 percent more exhibitors than last year.

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Innovative Stroller Zone and Electronic Pre-School Zone to Debut at Toy & Hobby China and Baby & Stroller China

MesseFrankfurtLogoTwo of the biggest toy and baby product fairs in southern China, Toy & Hobby China and Baby & Stroller China, will kick off on April 8, marking their first editions under Guangzhou Li Tong Messe Frankfurt, a new joint venture formed between Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Guangzhou Toy Association last November. Both three-day events, held in the Poly World Trade Expo Center in Guangzhou, will run through April 10. Featuring nearly 1,300 toy and baby product exhibitors, they are expected to draw over 40,000 trade visitors.

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Kids Russia Reflects the Nation’s Interest in Toys

Toys & Kids RussiaKids Russia, which took place from March 11 to 13 in Moscow, saw a steady number of trade visitors at 10,591 retailers and buyers in attendance, compared to 10,406 last year. A total of 242 companies presented new products at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre, including nine exhibitors on the international pavilion organized by World of Toys by Spielwarenmesse eG.

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Expanded Toy & Hobby China and Baby & Stroller China to Offer Wider Range of New Products

Toy&Hobby,ChinaToy & Hobby China and Baby & Stroller China are both set to return to the Poly World Trade Center Expo in Guangzhou. Held from April 8 to 10, the fairs will be some of the earliest trade events in the region, and will kick off the industry’s key sourcing season this year.

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