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The Toy Association Unveils 2018 TOTY Finalists

The Toy Association unveiled the toy, game, and license finalists for the 2018 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. All of the finalists are now available online at Amazon and Toys “R” Us through February 2018. Read more…

The Strong Announces 2017 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees 

The paper airplane, the Wiffle Ball; and the game of Clue are the latest inductees to The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame. The honorees were selected from a field of 12 finalists that also included the Magic 8 Ball, Matchbox Cars, My Little Pony, PEZ Candy Dispenser, play food, Risk, sand, Transformers, and Uno. Read More…

NPD Says Consumers Plan to Start Shopping Thanksgiving Weekend


The 2017 holiday shopping season is the first that more U.S. consumers will begin shopping in the middle of the season (Thanksgiving weekend through Cyber Monday) than later in the season (early December), according to The NPD Group. Read more…

Amazon Offers Discounts on Other Sellers' Products

Amazon is cutting the prices of products from independent sellers on its website and then covering the costs, according to a report from Reuters. Read more…

Hasbro, Paramount Pictures Enter Five-Year Exclusive Partnership for Live-Action, Animated Content

Paramount Pictures and Hasbro Inc. will partner to produce and distribute content based on Hasbro brands and original stories. Read more…

The Jim Henson Co. to Develop Series Based on IAmElemental Female Action Figures

The Jim Henson Co. will develop a new animated kid’s TV series based on the female action figures by IAmElemental. Read more…

Playmates Toys Launches Mysticons Toy Line

Playmates Toys introduces its Mysticons toy line, based on the new animated action series airing on Nickelodeon. Read more…

Spielwarenmesse to Host Toy Business Forum

International speakers will deliver topic-specific sessions at the Toy Business Forum every day during Spielwarenmesse, from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4. Read more…

WBIE, Niantic Developing Harry Potter AR Game

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Niantic Inc. are developing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Read more…

Canadian Government Proposes Regulatory Amendments for Magnetic Toys

Health Canada is taking action to help protect the health and safety of its citizens from unsafe consumer products. Read more…

Anime NYC Announces Schedule of Events for Inaugural Show

Anime NYC, powered by Crunchyroll and presented by LeftField Media, will present three days of programs about the anime industry, gaming, and more at the inaugural show at the Javits Center in New York from November 17 to 19. Read more…

Toys "R" Us Appoints New EVP and General Counsel

Toys "R" Us Inc. named James Young as executive vice president and general counsel effective immediately. Read more…

HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair 2018

The HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair will be staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Jan. 8 to 11, 2018. As the largest fair of its kind in Asia and the second largest in the world, the Toys & Games Fair is expecting to welcome more than 2,000 global exhibitors to showcase a wide variety of products ranging from traditional toys to high-tech games, from famed names to emerging brands. Read more…

Spin Master Reports Q3 Financial Results

Spin Master Corp. reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2017. Highlights include revenue of $606.1 million, increasing 27.6 percent from $475 million during the same period last year. Read more…

VTech Reports 2017/2018 Interim Results

VTech Holdings Ltd. reported results for the first six months ended Sept. 30, reporting higher revenue and profit. Group revenue for the six months increased 5.8 percent to $1,039.7 million, supported by higher sales in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Read more...

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