Sweet Suite 2016

The Toy Insider Unveils 2016 Hottest Holiday Toys

The Toy Insider 2016 Gift GuideThe Toy Insider unwrapped its 11th annual holiday gift guide today, including expert picks for the hottest toys and kids’ tech items of the 2016 season. The guide is broken out into three lists: the Hot 20, Top Tech 12, and STEM 10. With many options for kids of all ages, these 42 items are expected to top kids’ wish lists and be hard to find or sold out by Christmas.

“At The Toy Insider, we know play, and the toys in our holiday gift guide will have kids laughing, learning and playing in meaningful ways,” says Laurie Schacht, co-publisher and Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider. “Playtime is all about bringing the whole family together, and whether it’s an engaging new board game, an interactive play set, or an adorable tech pet, the toys on our list will get everyone having fun all season long and well into 2017.”

Click here to see the full guide!

NPD Acquires Video Games Research Provider EEDAR

npd-group copyThe NPD Group signed an agreement to acquire EEDAR, a specialist market research and data analysis firm for the video games industry. The two companies will give clients access to a full suite of services covering data, insights, and analytics. [Read more...]

School Zone’s Charlie & Company Now Available on Kidoodle.TV

Charlie&CoSchool Zone Publishing signed its fifth deal for digital distribution for Charlie & Company with Kidoodle.TV, a streaming platform designed for kids eight and under. Kids throughout the world will now have access to watch Charlie & Company content. [Read more...]

Back-to-School Shopping Only at Halfway Mark Despite Early Start, NRF Says

nrfAccording to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average family with children in grades K-12 has completed almost half (48 percent) of their shopping as of early August, slightly down from last year (50 percent). [Read more...]

NRF Says Retailers Should Expect Increase in Consumer Spending to Continue

nrf1With increases in consumer spending expected to remain solid during the remainder of the year, the National Retail Federation (NRF) says retail sales for 2016 are now expected to grow 3.4 percent over last year, rather than the 3.1 percent forecasted earlier. Online and other non-store sales, which are included in the overall figure, are expected to increase 7 to 10 percent year-over-year rather than the 6 to 9 percent forecast earlier. [Read more...]

Hasbro’s Joy for All Brand Teams Up with Meals on Wheels

Hasbro Inc. teamed up with Meals on Wheels America to bring its Joy For All Companion Pets to seniors across the U.S. Hasbro will donate $100,000 and Joy For All Companion Pets to local Meals on Wheels programs to help fight senior isolation. [Read more...]

Hasbro’s My Little Pony Franchise Launches #FrienditForward Campain

HasbroFrienditForwardTo commemorate this year’s International Day of Friendship on July 30, the My Little Pony franchise is launching a global movement to empower consumers to celebrate friendship through random acts, encouraging others to “friend it forward.”

The My Little Pony brand will kick off the celebration with fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 21 by inviting those in attendance to make an official “friend it forward” pledge at the Hasbro booth. Hasbro will also distribute My Little Pony tokens of friendship to reward kind acts throughout the convention. [Read more...]

Scholastic, American Girl Sign Global Publishing Deal

American GirlScholastic will launch a publishing program based on the American Girl brand. The multi-year agreement includes the right to publish books in print and digital formats in 2017, and the deal marks the first time that American Girl has licensed the rights to publish books based on its characters. The books will be published and distributed in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Australia, and Asia. [Read more...]

WIT Announces Additions to Board of Directors and New Advisory Board Members

WITWomen in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT) amplified its board of directors with new members, and added new advisory board members and chapter chairs due to the organization’s growth.

New appointments from top industry companies will bring their expertise and contributions to WIT’s board of directors as WIT continues to expand. They include:  [Read more...]

RMG Signs Jazwares as Master Toy Licensee for Tiniez

TiniezRichmond Management Group signed licensing partners for Tiniez to launch Fall 2017. Tiniez is an aspirational lifestyle brand that empowers girls around the world to be themselves, make their mark, and follow their dreams. There are more than 100 characters, each with her own aspiration and backstory.  [Read more...]