ToyBacker to Launch Campaign for New Property, Knolly Nibbles, on August 8

ToyBacker.com LOGOThe crowdfunding site ToyBacker is set to introduce Knolly Nibbles, created by Michele Goren and brought to life by Team Knolly, comprised of toy designers, artists, composers, and more. According to ToyBacker, Goren created the character to teach children—and the child in every adult—that no matter who they are, where they come from, what they look like, or what they’ve been through, that they are beautiful just the way they are.

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The Force Will Be Strong at Toys “R” Us Times Square on September 4

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Spaceship from Kenner (1979)

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Spaceship from Kenner (1979), on display as part of Destination: Star Wars—The Experience

When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on September 4, all Toys “R” Us stores in the U.S. will open their doors, giving customers the opportunity to purchase hundreds of new Star Wars playthings, including a wide variety of merchandise not available anywhere else.

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MGAE Launches New STEAM-Based Franchise, Project Mc2

MGAEMGA Entertainment (MGAE) has introduced a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) curriculum-based franchise, Project Mc2, a full line of dolls and experiments pairing fashion doll play with making a lava light, a volcanic eruption, and more at-home kitchen-based experiments.

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How Toymakers Can Succeed with Millennial Parents

by Catherine Mevs, strategy director, Red Peak Branding

redpeak_logo_rgbWith more and more Millennials stepping into parenthood, big name toymakers are trying to guess at the expectations of a new generation of parents. However, from Mattel’s introduction of its Siri-inspired Hello Barbie to Hasbro’s more compact preschool toys, thus far their efforts are either misguided or not going far enough.

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TIA Announces Business-Savvy Line-Up of Speakers for Fall Toy Preview

Fall Toy PreviewAs reported by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), speakers at this year’s Fall Toy Preview include Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire investor from the hit TV show, Shark Tank. He will deliver his address at the Women in Toys Empowerment Day, a mentoring and networking event for female business owners taking place on October 5, the day before Fall Toy Preview officially opens its doors.

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Learning Express Toys Presents Vendor Awards

LearningExpressLogoLast month, Learning Express Toys (LE Toys) hosted a franchise-wide convention in San Antonio, Texas, that included store owners, store managers, home office employees, and vendors. During the event, LE Toys presented its vendors with awards.

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Hasbro and Cartamundi Sign Letter of Intent for East Longmeadow and Ireland Manufacturing Facilities

Hasbro logoHasbro Inc. and Cartamundi Group have signed a letter of intent to sell Hasbro’s manufacturing locations in East Longmeadow, Mass., and Waterford, Ireland to the Cartamundi Group. Cartamundi is a worldwide leader in the production and sales of playing cards and cards for games. Under the terms of the agreement, Cartamundi will continue to employ all regular manufacturing and distribution employees located in East Longmeadow and Waterford on comparable terms.

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Thunderbirds Are Go Toys Take Off in Australia

Thunderbirds Are GoMerchantwise, ITV Studios Global Entertainment’s appointed licensing agency in Australia, has announced strong toy and DVD sales, as well as a host of new licensing and retail partners, for the TV series Thunderbirds Are Go in Australia.

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Goblies, or Paintballs Thrown Like Water Balloons, Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Goblies, which launched as a Kickstarter campaign, is a new toy that creates a colorful splatter similar to paintballs. They break easily on impact; however, they are painless like water balloons, and filled with a colorful wet powder that does not result in stickiness.

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Toys “R” Us Offers Pre-Sell Sneak Peek of New Bratz Line

BratzMGA Entertainment (MGAE) is bringing Bratz back to store shelves this summer. To give fans the opportunity to reserve their doll of choice, MGAE has partnered with Toys “R” Us to offer an exclusive online pre-sell of the new core collection.

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