Sweet Suite 2016

Playsmart Labs Inc. Launches Creativas App

Playsmart,CreativasPlaysmart Labs Inc. aims to explore children’s creativity both on and off tablets with the Creativas Design Studio app, which launches this month. The app invites users to join a group of talented young teenagers who are invited into an elite art school for creative designers. Over the course of 14 fully animated app-isodes, kids can follow the Creativas and be awarded for their creativity.

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Hasbro Celebrates First-Ever World Play-Doh Day

PlayDohDayToday, Hasbro Inc. celebrates Play-Doh with the first-ever World Play-Doh Day. Recognized as National Play-Doh Day in the U.S. since 2006, fans are encouraged to share their Play-Doh masterpieces and visit the Play-Doh Facebook page to see a virtual parade of fan-made sculpts.

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A Preview in Paris: Hape Hosts Sneak Peek of The Little Prince Movie and Tie-In Toys

by Scarlett Wisotzki, editor-in-chief, das spielzeug

On June 1, Peter Handstein, the CEO of Hape, rolled out the red carpet for his retailers in France, and gave them a sneak peek of The Little Prince movie and tie-in products prior to their official global release. Scarlett Wisotzki, the editor-in-chief of das spielzeug for the past four years, has this exclusive report:

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Barnes & Noble Throws the Book at Toy Retail

This article first appeared in the May/June 2015 issue of The Toy Book.

Science CenterThe great American bookstore has made room for a great American toy store.

Barnes & Noble is the largest retail bookseller in the U.S., with nearly 650 stores nationwide, as well as a thriving web presence. But in recent years, the bookstore chain has also been expanding its non-book offerings, balancing out shelves of New York Times bestsellers with educational toys, games, and collectibles.

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Friendly’s and Crayola Team Up to Offer Designable Ice Cream Cake

CrayolaIceCreamCakeFriendly’s Ice Cream LLC is combining forces with Crayola to introduce the Crayola Decorate Your Own Ice Cream Cake. Each ice cream cake is topped with freshly whipped icing, and serves as an edible artist’s canvas that can be customized with packets of blue and red icing, rainbow confetti, and green and yellow sprinkles included with every package. Friendly’s new Crayola Decorate Your Own Ice Cream Cake is handmade at Friendly’s creamery in Wilbraham, Mass., and features vanilla and chocolate ice cream separated by chocolate crunchies.

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COMMENTARY: The Future of Toys Is Boxed Up and Ready to Go

SparkleboxThere was a time when consuming toys required going to where the toys are. That meant the neighborhood toy store, or the big chain retailer attached to the shopping mall. Even with the advent of Internet shopping, buying a new toy still required logging onto an online account, browsing for the item, and clicking a mouse to purchase it.

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Play Visions Introduces Sands Alive! Glow, Hopes to Glow Kids’ Minds

Play Visions has introduced Sands Alive! Glow—a new type of toy sand with a customizable glow feature. Along with making creations that glow in the dark, kids can use the Sands Alive! Glow tools to doodle in the sand.

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Madame Alexander and Crayola Enter Licensing Agreement Beginning This Year

MadameAlexanderlogoA new line of co-branded dolls will combine Madame Alexander with Crayola. Madame Alexander will design and develop new doll collections that allow girls to craft and draw on age appropriate dolls and doll accessories. The DIY products are intended to appeal to toddlers, preschoolers, and young girls. [Read more...]

MasterPieces, Smart Play Signs on for Animal Planet and Shark Week Merchandise

MasterpiecesPuzzlesLogoMasterPieces Puzzle Company has signed a deal with Discovery Consumer Products to produce Animal Planet and Shark Week puzzles and craft sets. It will also create Animal Planet-branded dinosaur and safari products, as well as Shark Week-branded 3-D puzzles with a paint component and buildable craft kits made of wood.

Smart Play will develop children’s educational toys offering different ways to discover the world of animals. The line includes 3-D flashcards and puzzles, puzzle cubes, alphabet floor puzzles, a lighted click-and-see toy projector, and an electronic learning pad. The new items will be available next year.

New Girl Scouts Collection from Wicked Cool Toys to Include Girl Scout Cookie Oven

GirlScouts.DeluxeOvenLogoWicked Cool Toys has entered into a licensing relationship with Girl Scouts of the USA to introduce a new Girl Scout Cookie Oven, as well as a comprehensive line of role play, craft, and activity products.

The Girl Scout Cookie Oven will feature mixes inspired by popular Girl Scout Cookies such as Thin Mints, Trefoils, peanut butter, and caramel coconut varieties, as well as traditional classics such as chocolate chip, oatmeal, and brownies. Meanwhile, Wicked Cool’s line of craft and activity kits for ages 6 and up, entitled D.I.Y. girl, is inspired by fun projects Girl Scouts engage in. These include such diverse offerings as a string art kit, a jewelry making kit, a collage silhouette kit, a garland making kit, and more.

Wicked Cool Toys expects its line to arrive at mass market retailers throughout the U.S. beginning in the fall of next year.