Lincoln Logs Production Returns to the U.S. with 11 New Sets

Lincoln Logs Horseshoe Hill Station

Lincoln Logs Horseshoe Hill Station

Pride Manufacturing, located in Burnham, Maine, is producing the latest products in the Lincoln Logs line. Part of the K’NEX family of brands, they have been included in K’NEX’s toy line for this year.

The Horseshoe Hill Station set is available now; all other items will be available at retailers this fall. All products are recommended for kids ages 3 and up. The full line is as follows:

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Target’s Kathee Tesija Moving into Advisory Role

Target LogoKathee Tesija, executive vice president, chief merchandising and supply chain officer at Target Corp., will move into an advisory role effective July 6. Tesija has spent nearly 30 years at Target, contributing to the retailer’s growth and recent efforts to regain momentum.

In her new role, she will spend the next several months contributing to key enterprise initiatives and ensuring a smooth transition of her responsibilities.

Film Version of Hasbro’s Monopoly Advances Directly to Go

LIONSGATE LOGOLionsgate and Hasbro are partnering to bring Monopoly to the big screen. The film version has been described as centering on a boy from Baltic Avenue who uses both Chance and Community in a quest to make his fortune, taking him on a fun, adventure-filled journey.

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ASTRA Names 2015 Best Toys for Kids

ASTRAlogoThe American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) unveiled its 2015 Best Toys for Kids award winners. This year’s list includes 18 winning toys in 14 categories.

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Yo-Kai Watch to Begin Airing on Disney XD in the U.S. Later This Year

YoKai WatchDisney XD has entered into an agreement with Dentsu Entertainment USA Inc. to telecast 26 half-hour episodes of Yo-Kai Watch in the U.S. Based on an original concept by Level 5 Inc., Yo-Kai Watch is a joint production effort by Level 5 Inc., Dentsu Inc., and TV Tokyo Corporation. Level-5 will be leading rights management and marketing coordination for the franchise.

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China Toy Expo Is 95 Percent Sold Out

TJPAThe China Toy & Juvenile Products Association (TJPA) reports that as of June 18, China Toy Expo is already 95 percent sold out, with a larger number of toy suppliers and manufacturers of dolls, wooden toys, playground equipment, and more waiting to be allocated stands. The TJPA has enlarged the scale of this year’s fair from 10 exhibition halls to 12, in order to satisfy demand.

CARU Conference to Share Best Practices for COPPA Compliance and Marketing to Children

TIAAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the upcoming Children’s Advertising and Review Unit (CARU) annual conference in New York City will explore challenging issues facing companies that advertise to children, including mobile and online technologies and modifications to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Co-located with the National Advertising Division (NAD) conference scheduled for September 28 to 29, the CARU event will take place on September 30 at the Ritz-Carlton New York in Battery Park.

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New Disney Segment Will Combine Consumer Products and Interactive Divisions

TheWaltDisneyCompanyLogoThe Walt Disney Company is realigning two of its divisions, Disney Consumer Products and Disney Interactive. The new combined segment, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), will be run jointly by Leslie Ferraro, co-chair, DCPI and president, Disney Consumer Products; and Jimmy Pitaro, co-chair, DCPI and president, Disney Interactive.

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License 2 Play, GBI Enter Agreement for From Frank Plush

From Frank brand imageGenius Brands International Inc. (GBI) and its wholly owned subsidiary, A Squared Entertainment, have finalized a licensing agreement with License 2 Play for the development of plush toys for From Frank. The announcement was made today by Stone Newman, GBI’s President of Global Consumer Products.

License 2 Play will develop a broad range of plush consumer products based on From Frank images and witticisms. The products will be available for the holiday season through various national stores and online retailers.

Startup Toymail Receives Investment from Amazon, Will Integrate Alexa Voice Service into Toys

ToymailToymail Co., the creator of Mailmen toys and the Toymail app for iOS and Android, has received an investment by Amazon from the Alexa Fund and plans to integrate the Alexa Voice Service into its messaging platform for kids. Toymail will use the investment from the Alexa Fund for product research and to scale its SAS footprint.

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