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The Toy Insider Hosts Sweet Suite 2017

The Toy Insider’s Eighth Annual Sweet Suite event took place on July 12 at Pier Sixty in New York City. Known as The Biggest Night of Play, the premiere toy party of the year welcomed more than 250 digital influencers and more than 150 members of traditional media to connect with dozens of toy companies in advance of the holiday shopping season.

This year at Sweet Suite, influencers and the media enjoyed one-on-one time with representatives from more than 80 of the hottest kids’ brands and properties on the market, including VTech, LeapFrog, Just Play, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Spin Master, Mattel, Simplay3, MGA Entertainment, K’NEX, LEGO and more. Read More…

Moose Toys, Coolhaus Partner for Exclusive Ice Cream Flavor Based on Limited Edition Shoppie Doll

Moose Toys and Coolhaus partnered to create a new ice cream flavor to celebrate the launch of the San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Shoppie Doll, Bubble Gum Pop Bubbleisha. Read more…

Mattel Launches Enchantimals

Mattel launched the Enchantimals franchise with 14 small dolls and three play sets. Enchantimals dolls are characters who share a special bond with their accompanying animal bestie. Each doll shares a ritual with her animal friend, celebrating their unique traits and personalities.
 
Core characters include Felicity Fox and Flick, Danessa Deer and Spirit, Sage Skunk and Caper, Bree Bunny and Twist, and Patter Peacock and Flap. Enchantimals products are meant to inspire stories of friendship, empathy, and compassion towards all living things. There will also be a variety of short-form YouTube content and a 60-minute televised special this fall.

NPD Says Practicality Will Determine Back-to-School Shopping Trends

Practical decisions related to factors such as price, convenience, and product quality are on the top of consumers' minds when it comes to where and how they do their back-to-school shopping, whether in-store or online, according to the new Back-to-School Report from The NPD Group. Read more…

Spin Master Expands Paw Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour in the U.S.

Spin Master Corp. will debut the third annual Paw Patrol Roll Patrol Road Tour, a multi-city tour that combines the toy line with the preschool property. The tour kicks off on July 28 and will run until October, traveling throughout North America. Read more…

ASTRA Manufacturers Donate Toys to Programs Serving Homeless Children in Philadelphia

Specialty toy manufacturers donated five truckloads of toys to nearly a dozen Bright Spaces sites in Philadelphia following the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association's (ASTRA) Marketplace & Academy trade show and conference in June.
 
The products went from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the show took place, to the intake center and several family shelters run by the Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services for use in Bright Spaces programs located in the shelters.
 
Bright Spaces programs housed in Philadelphia homeless shelters let kids play, families gather, and agency staff provide programming and services to families in need.

First Bunch O Balloons #SplashMob Features Top Dance Talent

Dancer Fik-Shun, in collaboration with Bunch O Balloons, surprised unsuspecting pool party goers with an epic #SplashMob performance in Los Angeles. The pool party was attended by more than 50 World of Dance performers, including Autumn Miller, the Miniotics Dance Crew, Hall of Fame Dance Team, and Soul Fresh. Read more…

Radio Flyer Celebrates 100 Years

Radio Flyer, maker of the Little Red Wagon, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. To pay homage to its products, the brand created a video that showcases the 100th year theme of Time Flies, Enjoy the Ride. Click here to watch the video!

Toy State’s Plans for Growth and Expansion Beyond Vehicles
Toy State President Andy Friess Chats with The Toy Book

Toy State is well known as an industry leader in the lights and sounds and R/C toy categories. How are you planning to expand your portfolio?
 
We’re proud Toy State has become the industry leader in toy vehicles, and we look forward to leading in that category for years to come. With that said, Toy State sees opportunities in non-vehicle categories where our expertise would be a perfect fit. I’m excited to bring the Toy State “magic” to additional retail aisles!
 
Why is now the right time for Toy State to invest in new growth areas?
It’s been discussed internally for the past couple of years, but after the addition of newly expanded marketing and development teams with a broad range of multi-category expertise, we knew the time to take action was now! Read More…

Epoch Everlasting Play Welcomes Vice President of Sales

Epoch Everlasting Play LLC (EEP), formerly known as International Playthings LLC, welcomes Mark Cohen as the company's vice president of North American Sales. Cohen will be responsible for sales team leadership and driving revenue for all brands within the company's portfolio of toys.
 
Cohen joins EEP with more than 30 years of experience in the toy industry. In his most recent role, he serves as the senior vice president of sales at Fisher-Price. He also held roles as the president of wholesale for KB Toys and as the vice president of sales and marketing for Playmobil.

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