Sweet Suite 2016

Build-A-Bear Debuts Scented Sweet Hugs Furry Friends

Build-A-Bear Workshop Sweet Hugs GroupBuild-A-Bear Workshop has introduced a new collection of scented, make-your-own Sweet Hugs gifts. The Sweet Hugs Heart Bear, Sweet Hugs Swirl Bear, and Sweet Hugs Pup have candy-scented fur from Celessence Technologies, which uses touch to release a fragrance. The more kids hug their bears, the sweeter they will smell.  [Read more...]

Skylanders Goes Full Speed into the Holidays

unnamed-3To kick-start the holiday season, Activision Publishing Inc. is offering a special holiday Skylanders SuperChargers character, Missile-Tow Dive-Clops. The character is a heavily armored deep sea explorer who slows enemies with candy-coated missiles and an eye out for evil. The character will be available in Europe in late November, and in the U.S. and Canada on December 2, first at GameStop and EB Games, respectively. [Read more...]

Laser Pegs Donates 1800 Sets to Kids Wish Network

The Kids Wish Network has received a donation of 1800 Laser Pegs kits that will be distributed through the charity’s Holiday of Hope gift-giving programs, reaching children suffering from homelessness, neglect, abuse, or illness. Laser Pegs Ventures hopes this donation will encourage imagination and innovation in children.

Companies that manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, or electronics can contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center to contribute to the Kids Wish Network at 727-937-3600.

Imports Dragon Launches Quebec’s First Toy Festival

Toyfest: The First Toy Festival in Quebec (CNW Group/Imports Dragon)Imports Dragon is launching Toyfest, the first toy festival in Quebec, to take place from December 4 to 6 at Place Forzani in Laval. Designed for children of all ages, this festival supports Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada.

The event will be open to the public, so families can interact with brands such as NHL, Shopkins, Caillou, Johnny Test, and more. Kids’ favorite mascots will be at the festival, in addition to interactive games, face painting, arts and crafts, and more.  [Read more...]

TIF Celebrates 1 Million Hours of Play

TIFThanks to Toy Industry Foundation’s (TIF) Play Pledge, families have promised to support their kids with more than 1 million collective hours of play so far this year. In celebration of this milestone, TIF is donating $10,000 worth of new toys to kids in need.

PlayChic Fashion Show at Chicago Toy & Game Week

CHITAGThe Chicago Toy & Game Week announced the fourth annual PlayChic Fashion Show will take place on November 19 at the Alhambra Palace at 7 p.m. Fashion designers Peach Carr and Michelle Tan will show off their toy-inspired designs at this year’s show. The PlayChic Fashion Show allows fashion designers to work with toy and game brands that will be featured at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

Tickets for the PlayChic Fashion Show can be purchased here.

Colorforms Contest Allows Fans To Name Logo

ColorformsFrom October 11 through October 25, Colorforms fans on Facebook and Twitter will have the opportunity to compete for the chance to name the “Colorforms Guy,” who serves as the company’s logo. Fans will also have be able to vote on the finalist names for a chance to win new Colorforms sets and a $250 gift card to Toys “R” Us.

Colorforms Brands is producing an animated series that will bring the newly named logo to life. The Colorforms animated series is being developed by Out of the Blue Enterprises.

Fans wishing to participate in the contest can visit the Colorforms Facebook or Twitter page.

COMMENTARY: Positive Outlook for 2016

After attending the TIA’s Fall Toy Preview in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, I feel confident that 2016 is going to be an even better year for the toy industry. While the show floor seemed quieter than in years past, the majority of companies I met with were upbeat and excited for holiday 2015 and the year ahead. A number of my meetings were cut short due to drop-ins by Walmart, Amazon, Target, and Toys “R” Us buyers, which is always a good sign.

The industry is expected to be up approximately 6 percent this year, and I expect this success to carry over to 2016. I saw a higher than usual number of new lines, and interesting expansions of successful products, proving that manufacturers are riding high on the wings of rising sales, leaving them willing and able to take some risks. [Read more...]

Playmobil Launches First NHL-Inspired Play Sets

NHLPlaymobil has launched the first line of official National Hockey League play sets. This partnership with the NHL also marks the first licensed line of Playmobil products in North America. The full product line is available now in stores nationwide.

The initial Playmobil NHL figures focus on the  Original Six franchises— Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Toronto Maple Leafs—with player and goalie figures for each team. Products in the line include a full NHL Hockey Arena with score-keeper, a Zamboni, NHL referees, and the Stanley Cup Trophy.

School Zone Publishing Announces World Teachers Day Giveaway

School ZoneIn honor of World Teachers’ Day, School Zone will give away 10 School Zone bundle packages to early education teachers in the United States. The initiative kicked off on October 5 to further spotlight the importance of providing educators with additional resource to motivate young minds.

Educators who teach preschool, kindergarten or first grade can enter to win one of the 10 prize packages through October 29. The bundled prize includes a 2015 Little Scholar learning tablet with bumper and protective carrying case, 25 Charlie & Company coloring books, Charlie & Company DVDs and plush toys, a Start to Read! Early Reading Program 18-book set, 25 32-page workbooks, and a 4-pack of alphabet flash cards. Winners will be announced on School Zone’s social media channels on October 30.

World Teachers’ Day is an annual event that highlights the need to mobilize support for teachers, and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met.