Sweet Suite 2016

COMMENTARY: The More Things Change with Star Wars Licensed Toys…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Kylo Ren 20-inch figure, from Jakks Pacific

A long weekend ago, in a toy store far, far more crowded than I had anticipated (Toys “R” Us Times Square, though I really should have known better at that point), I checked out Destination: Star Wars—The Exhibition, which showed off Star Wars toys past and present. It closed this past Monday, but photos of all the exhibits can still be found online. Besides the opportunity to see vintage Star Wars toys, it was worth visiting because located over in its own themed corner of the store were all the new toys launched in anticipation of the upcoming, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys and Other Products Go on Sale Everywhere

Force-Friday-logo-RED[1].jpgToday, merchandise inspired by the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens launched at retailers as Force Friday officially went underway. More than 3,000 retail locations in the U.S. opened their doors at midnight for fans to be among the first to discover new Star Wars products.

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Spin Master Launches Star Wars Collection

Spin Master Air Hogs Star Wars Millennium FalconSpin Master Corp. has launched new toys and games based on the Star Wars saga, offering something for both young and old fans. All products are available now at major retailers.

Legendary Yoda stands 16 inches tall and has lifelike movements as well as voice recognition, making it possible to train with the Jedi Grand Master. Yoda has three modes—Force, Wisdom, and Warrior—and kids can speak directly to the interactive figure and hear him speak classic words of wisdom.

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Richard Desroches Joins Imports Dragon as Director of Brands

ImportsDragon.logoRichard Desroches has joined Imports Dragon as its director of brands, effective immediately. He will be responsible for growing the company product portfolio and strengthening and growing market share of popular brands such as Shopkins, NHL figures, and upcoming brands.

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Walmart Releases Chosen by Kids List of Top Toys for the Holiday Season

walmartWalmart has released its Chosen by Kids list, which features the top toys of the year as chosen by 1,000 kids. The retailer asked them to choose their favorite toys from among the newest items by Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master, and Zing. For consumers’ convenience during this upcoming shopping season, the list is organized by gender and age, as well as by the categories Future Foodies, Veterinarians in Training, Dreaming Design Stars, and Adventure-Seekers in the Making.

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Spin Master Exercises Over-Allotment Option for Total IPO Proceeds of C$253 Million

spin masterToday, Spin Master Corp. announced that in connection with its recently completed initial public offering (IPO) of 12,225,000 subordinate voting shares at a price of C$18.00 per share, the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters to purchase up to an additional 1,833,750 subordinate voting shares was exercised in full, generating additional gross proceeds to Spin Master of C$33,007,500.

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Little Charmers’ Licensing Program Continues to Grow Across Toy Categories

LittleCharmersLittle Charmers‘ portfolio of toy licensees has grown by a few more partners, reports Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises, which co-produces the Little Charmers animated series.

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Spin Master Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

spin masterSpin Master Corp. has announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30. Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the company completed its initial public offering of approximately 12.2 million subordinate voting shares for total gross proceeds of approximately C$220 million. The comparative financial results reflect Spin Master as a private company, prepared to conform to the company’s go-forward financial reporting standards as a public company.

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Spin Master Completes C$220 Million Initial Public Offering

spin masterThis past Thursday, Spin Master Corp. completed its public offering of 12,225,000 subordinate voting shares at a price of C$18.00 per subordinate voting share. The offering raised total gross proceeds of C$220,050,000. The subordinate voting shares will commence trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TOY.

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COMMENTARY: Toy Pets Are Becoming Man’s New Best Friend

Zoomer Kitty, from Spin Master

Pet ownership is a rite of passage for many children (and families), but it can also be a real hassle. After all, the vast majority of pets must be fed, cleaned up after, groomed, etc. They require constant care and semi-regular attentiveness, in other words, and that can be a real challenge for young ones (and some adults, too), who may not be used to that level of responsibility.

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