Toy Fair 2017

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Record-breaking Amounts of Consumers Shopped on Black Friday

NRFMore than 154 million consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million shoppers last year, according to the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Average spending per person over Thanksgiving weekend totaled $289.19, down slightly from $299.60 last year. Seventy-four percent of total purchases specifically went towards gifts. [Read more...]

NPD Reports October 2016 U.S. Video Game Sales

95d4e4c4-b6ec-4949-b719-ead99d9fe6e5Analysis from The NPD Group shows that total video game sales from Oct. 2 to 29 was $875.7 million, up 6 percent from the same period last year.

Total video games hardware decreased 20 percent from this time last year from $270.3 million to $215.2 million. [Read more...]

Kids@Play/Family Tech Summit Conference to Take Place at CES 2017

KidsAtPlayCESThe Kids@Play/Family Tech Summit at CES 2017 will explore trends, new products, and the latest research on the technologically engaged demographic. The one-day conference will be held on Jan. 6 at Tech West. [Read more...]

Jakks Pacific Gets License for BOO—The World’s Cutest Dog for Pet Products

JakksBooJakks Pacific has been granted the rights to manufacture and market a line of pet products inspired by the BOO—The World’s Cutest Dog brand.

The Pets division of Jakks is planning a line of BOO-branded dog toys featuring BOO’s likeness and specially designed for small dogs, as well as dog apparel, dog beds, and dog blankets. [Read more...]

Gemma Stone Shoppie Launches with Fan Contest

GemmaStoneTo celebrate “Colorful Friday” and the launch of the new Special Edition Gemma Stone Shoppie Doll, Moose Toys is launching the “Make the World Sparkle and Shine” fan contest.

To enter the contest starting on Nov. 25, fans must submit 4 to 6 sentences describing how they add “sparkle” to their world by helping out their friends or their community. Entries must be sent by mail and include a photo, along with an official entry form including parent or guardian permission. The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship and 10 first-prize winners will win a Special Edition Gemma Stone Shoppie Doll. [Read more...]

CPSC Reports Decline in Toy Recalls

CPSC Toy RecallsThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a decline in toy recalls for the fiscal year 2016, according to the Toy Industry Association.

The continued decline in toy recalls has been credited to CPSC’s and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) ongoing cooperative work to detect and detain shipments of violative toys and children’s products at U.S. ports in order to create a safer marketplace for holiday shoppers. [Read more...]

ICTI Care Foundation Partners with Impactt

ICTICareICTI Care is developing a program to further support toy manufacturers in India in partnership with Impactt, which has been working across the subcontinent for the past 20 years with suppliers across a range of industries. [Read more...]

School Zone Debuts Anywhere Teacher Brand

SchoolZoneAnywhereTeacherSchool Zone Inc. launched an all-new brand, Anywhere Teacher, which features an online destination, and proprietary supplemental learning products designed by educators to provide innovative, curriculum-based supplemental learning tailored for kids and parents. [Read more...]

Battat Launches Shop-in-Shop Concept at Target Locations

Maison Joseph Battat Ltd. kicked off a new store concept to bring its Our Generation line to 19 Target stores across the U.S. [Read more...]

Snaptoys Named Master Toy Licensee for Word Party, Debuts New Product Lines

Snaptoys LogoThe Jim Henson Co. has named Snaptoys as the master toy licensee for its new animated Netflix original interactive preschool series, Word Party. The show premiered on July 8 and is currently in its first season with 14 episodes. The second season will roll out on Oct. 12 with an additional 12 episodes. [Read more...]