iStory Animation Studios, a spin-off of Laser Pegs Ventures LLC, announced that it signed an agreement with DQ Entertainment International to produce a 52-episode Peg Heads CGI-animated series that will be proposed to international broadcasters. The characters will also be available as a line of toys that are compatible with other Laser Pegs building sets. [Read more...]
The global toy industry will gather at the 112th North American International Toy Fair this weekend for a sneak peek at this year’s new creative and skill-building toys and games. An exclusive event for trade guests and media hosted by the Toy Industry Association, Toy Fair will open its doors on February 14 for a four-day run. [Read more...]
Last week, Spielwarenmesse enjoyed an increase in the number of international visitors, which rose to 58 percent, as reported by Spielwarenmesse eG. Around 72,000 trade visitors were present in Nuremberg this year, along with a total of 2,857 manufacturers from 67 countries, up from 2,748 last year. [Read more...]
Trends for this year’s Spielwarenmesse TrendGallery will include Little Scientists, Express Yourself, and Beyond Reality, all believed to be promising international trends within the toy industry. All three trends, as well as new products linked to them, will be found in the TrendGallery space in Hall 3A during the fair.
The Little Scientist trend includes toys that bring scientific phenomena to life, promote logical and analytical thinking, and explain technical relationships, exposing kids to the sciences in a fun way. Express Yourself focuses on do-it-yourself toys and the processes of self-discovery realized through creativity. And nurturing the technological aspect of toy trends is Beyond Reality, which includes 3-D innovation, digital functionality, and technological components.
Each year, Spielwarenmesse exhibitors donate their products to charity. Spielwarenmesse eG collects these items on the last day of the fair and presents them to SOS Children’s Villages and regional institutions in Franconia.
The Spielwarenmesse eG fair team has been working with the Nuremberg SOS Children’s Village since Spielwarenmesse 2014 to give gifts to children all over Germany. That year, around 800 of the 2,700 exhibitors donated some of their products to the charity, and all in all, more than 8,000 products were collected and donated to social institutions throughout Germany. [Read more...]
As reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), exhibit space for the 112th North American International Toy Fair, scheduled for February 14 to 17, has officially sold out. The show has already surpassed a record-breaking 419,000 net square feet of exhibit space at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, and going forward, prospective Toy Fair exhibitors will be placed on a wait list (under no financial obligation).
The expanded show floor, equivalent in size to more than seven football fields, will feature hundreds of thousands of innovative new toys, games, and youth entertainment products. The North American International Toy Fair draws buyers, licensors, entertainment executives, and other play professionals from 100 countries, who will be on-hand scouting toy trends, spotting unique product lines and brands, and writing orders for next year.
Madmouse is introducing new products to be released into the market next year. They include Frozen Impact, a new line of cars made out of real ice. Kids can create their own ice cars, challenge their friends, break through ice walls and other obstacles, destroy their cars, and more.
Another product, Mystic Breeze, submerges kids in a world where they are able to create, decorate, and hide their own flowers in a magic blossom. There is also Treeatures for preschoolers, featuring a community of animals with the power to exchange traits, allowing them to overcome any challenge. Kids can create their own Treeature out of thousands of different combinations.
These three toy lines and much more will be presented in January and February at Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair and Spielwarenmesse, respectively, and will be available for distribution all over the world.
Painting Lulu, a traditional coloring book that bridges the gap to the digital world, will officially launch in February at North American International Toy Fair, located at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Kids color in the Painting Lulu Activity Book, and then with the help of their parents, scan the page using the free Painting Lulu app on a smart device. The coloring page instantly appears on the device, and kids can continue coloring where they left off using the Painting Lulu Digital Crayon.
With a tap of the Digital Crayon, which is designed with a smooth touch and thick grip to fit in a child’s hand, kids can easily re-touch, save, and print their creations. The one-click share feature also makes it easy for kids to share their artwork with their parents.
Each 32-page Painting Lulu colouring book is made with 100 percent recycled paper, and the brand’s 10 different characters–including Milky, the milk carton; Toby, the plastic water bottle; and Max, the broken calculator–are intended to teach children about recycling while they color.
Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd. and the Guangdong Toy Association (GDTA) have formed Guangzhou Li Tong Messe Frankfurt Co. Ltd, a joint venture to reach a larger international audience and add variety to their separate visitor pools. The partnership will begin next year with the organization of two events: Toy & Hobby China and Baby & Stroller China.
The partnership will also expand the two fairs’ product offerings. R/C toys, computer games, and software and computer learning systems will be added to the list of new products featured at Toy & Hobby China, which also includes die-cast models and playground and outdoor equipment. Baby & Stroller China will also see a more complete product scope. The event will take place next year at the Poly World Trade Center in Guangzhou on April 8 to 10.
The Halloween Industry Association (HIA) and Urban Expositions will acquire Halloween & Party Expo from its current owners, H&P Expo LLC. Scheduled for February 6 to 9 at the New Orleans Convention Center, the event will be operated by H&P Expo. HIA and Urban Expositions will take over the event immediately following next year’s edition.
Under the new partnership, Urban Expositions will be responsible for managing all aspects of the event including sales, operations, marketing, and promotion with guidance and expertise provided by HIA. Urban Expositions and HIA will focus their efforts on increasing awareness of the event, expanding the selection of the product mix and growing the show into an internationally recognized event for the Halloween industry.
Future editions of Halloween & Party Expo will also take place in New Orleans, with dates of January 20 to 23, 2016; and January 14 to 17, 2017.