COMMENTARY: Bathtime Toys Clean Up at Toy Fair 2015

This year, bathtime and playtime will become one and the same. Kids will no longer take pride in going days without bathing or purposely “forgetting” to wash behind their ears. In fact, judging from all of the amazing bath toys seen at the North American International Toy Fair, I’m betting that kids everywhere will be cleaner than ever and the dreaded bathtime battle between kids and parents will be a thing of the past. So, check out these babies and get ready for them to hit store shelves throughout the year! (Thought you should know, they’re listed in no particular order.)

Musical Duck Race (Yookidoo)


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COMMENTARY: At Toy Fair 2015, Classic, Low-Tech Play Is Alive and Well

Crayola Cling Maker, from Crayola

Tech toys that make you feel cooler than Marty McFly were in abundance at the North American International Toy Fair this week, such as robots that imitate your movements and a Segway-like device that tracks your thoughts. But not all of the toys at the Jacob K. Javits Center were reminiscent of what Captain Kirk probably played with as a child. There were also some stellar construction sets, high-quality hand puppets, and wooden toys that make you say, “wow.” Classic play is not dead, and not all quality toys require a microchip. Some of the most innovative new products for kids feature little to no tech at all. Here are our favorite low-tech new toys from Toy Fair: [Read more...]

New Affiliation Between TIA and CTA Now in Effect

A new affiliate agreement between the U.S. Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the Canadian Toy Association (CTA) went into effect on July 1. As previously reported by TIA, the partnership was formed to help strengthen the products, services, and events both organizations offer their collective members and industry stakeholders throughout North America.

Under the terms of the initial three-year partnership agreement, any TIA member with operations in Canada will be eligible to become a member of the CTA with one membership fee, while current CTA members will pay a single set of dues to access the benefits of CTA and TIA membership. A representative of each organization will sit on the leadership committee of the other body, and CTA will maintain its Canadian incorporation, mission, and bylaws.

Every CTA member is now in the TIA membership database and has unrestricted, members only access to TIA’s online products and services, including free educational webinars, proprietary reports on market research and industry practices, legislative bulletins on industry issues, and more. [Read more...]

Buildex Furniture, Vehicle Lines Launching During Nuremberg and NY Toy Fairs

The Buildex brand from Kids Preferred will launch a new line of kids furniture and wooden performance riding vehicles at Spielwarenmesse and American International Toy Fair in New York City. All the new items will be available for purchase globally in the spring. Developed in conjunction with toy designers at Chelona Wooden World, the new line is designed to encourage children to develop 3-D thinking, as well as an appreciation for construction, movement, and design.

Buildex1The Buildex line of kids furniture features durable wood constructions and ergonomic designs, which require no tools or hardware. All Buildex furnishings use the company’s exclusive connecting systems to safely secure all components in place. The furniture line includes the Rocketeer Table & Chairs Set, Daisy Table & Chairs Set, and more.

Buildex2Similarly, the Buildex line of wood performance riding vehicles assemble securely without the use of tools or hardware, and have natural suspension that works in combination with functional steering. The wood performance riding vehicles line includes the Max-Tractor, Super-Scoot for boys, Super-Scoot for girls, and more.

NumbersAlive! to Debut Internationally at Toy Fairs in Germany, NYC

NumbersAlive!, a suite of playful plush toys, travel books with educational activities, and games to improve numerical literacy, will debut internationally at two toy fairs. NumbersAlive! travels first to Nuremberg, Germany, for the Spielwarenmesse International Toy Fair, held from January 30 to February 4, and next to New York City for the Toy Industry Association’s American International Toy Fair, held from February 10 to 13.

The coordinated NumbersAlive! products develop creativity and inquiry skills as children encounter numerical linkages in shapes, quantities, patterns, names, and order—the basics of mathematical and scientific thinking.

For more information, visit www.numbersalive.org/.

Kids Preferred Brings Celebrated Folk Legend Peter Yarrow to Toy Fair 2013

Kids Preferred, one of the leading U.S. children’s toy and gift manufacturers, is proud to announce that legendary folk singer Peter Yarrow will return to their booth (No. 2167) at the American International Toy Fair, located at the Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York City from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, February 11. Attendees of the trade show and members of the press will have the opportunity to meet Yarrow, hear him sing some timeless classics, and have him sign the hardcover illustrated children’s book he co-wrote based on the iconic dragon made famous by Peter, Paul, and Mary. [Read more...]

Toy Fair 2013 Mobile App Now Available

With this year’s mobile app, planning for the upcoming American International Toy Fair and staying on-track has never been easier. With a host of innovative features, attendees will be able to make the most of their time whether it’s on the plane, on the show floor, or running to the next appointment.

App features include a fully searchable exhibitor list, an interactive map with Wayfinding, a personalized agenda, information on TIA Knowledge Network programming, a complete schedule of conference sessions with speaker bios, breaking news, and more.

For more info or to get started, visit m.toyfair.com from your device.

Hasbro Prepares to Unveil Iron Man 3 Line

Hasbro, Inc.,  has expanded its Marvel Iron Man 3 line with the Iron Assemblers 3.75-inch action figure assortment. Each figure features an Interchangeable Armor System, allowing one figure to create more than 25 armor combinations and allowing armor to be switched out between the 16 available figures in the line to create hundreds of additional combinations. The assortment is suitable for kids ages 4 and up, and action figures are available in six varieties.

Hasbro will release additional details about the Iron Man 3 line as the American International Toy Fair nears. The fair will begin on Sunday, February 11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Check out the Iron Assemblers below!

 

Women In Toys Extends Application Deadline for Walmart Pitch Event

The application deadline for Women in Toys (WIT) and Walmart’s Women’s Global Economic Empowerment Initiative, has been extended to January 30. About 40 women-owned businesses have already signed up to participate in the Walmart Pitch event on February 11 during the American International Toy Fair, which allows WIT members to pitch their products to Walmart.

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GoldieBlox Builds a Foundation for More Female Engineers

Debbie Sterling creates a construction toy designed with girls in mind

What do Bob the Builder, Jimmy Neutron, and Bill Nye the Science Guy have in common? They all love engineering—and they are all male. Similarly, the construction aisles of toy stores are geared primarily toward boys, with blue and black boxes lining the shelves. Fear not, those of you with lady parts, GoldieBlox is here to inspire girls to tinker their way into the male-dominated world of engineering.

Debbie Sterling, who earned her degree in engineering from Stanford University, decided to create Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine, a construction toy specifically designed for young girls, two years ago. At one of Sterling’s “idea brunches,” where she and friends would get together to share their ideas over breakfast, the wheels started turning for the CEO when a fellow female engineer explained how playing with her brothers’ hand-me-down Legos influenced her. Having grown up with only a sister, Sterling was never exposed to construction toys as her parents never thought to venture into the boys’ toy aisles. “That morning, it hit me like a lightening bolt. I was sitting in that room and realized this is my life calling, as corny as it sounds,” she says. [Read more...]