ASTRA Expects Record-Breaking Numbers for its 2010 Marketplace & Academy

Although the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is still making its final counts, the organization expects to announce that its 2010 Marketplace & Academy had a record-breaking crowd.  Early indications, says ASTRA, signal that this year’s crowd was 25 to 30 percent larger than last year.

The event, held June 13-16 in Providence, R.I., is the year’s largest gathering of the specialty toy industry. Next year’s ASTRA Marketplace & Academy will be held in June in Anaheim, Calif. Specific dates will be announced later.



Mickey Gets into the MLB All-Star Spirit

Major League Baseball Properties and Disney Consumer Products have unveiled a special line of Mickey Mouse collectible statuettes commemorating 2010 All-Star Week, held July 9-13 in Anaheim, Calif. The 36 different statuettes feature MLB-themed designs and are replicas of 7.5-foot-tall statues that will be placed at Southern California landmarks leading up to the big game on July 13.

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