Wild Creations to Display Real T-Rex Skeleton at Toy Fair!

In a true demonstration of just how wild they really are, science company Wild Creations is having Stan, an actual, real T-Rex skeleton shipped over from Italy, where he is on display in a museum (as dinosaurs usually are). They will be assembling Stan in their booth for all to see. In addition to checking out all of their cool science toys and kits, visitors are invited to visit Booth 5367 to get their photo taken with Stan. Wild Creations will print it so it can be taken home as a souvenir of Toy Fair, to show their store staff or family members that they actually met a real dinosaur.

Unearthed in South Dakota, Stan was hatched in the late Cretaceous period. It is estimated that he roamed the western plains sometime between 65 and 80 million years ago.


TIA Announces 2011 TOTY Nominees, Toy Industry Hall of Fame Inductees

In a special press conference held at New York City’s Bryant Park, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) unveiled the 70 nominees for the 2011 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards and the inductees for the 2011 Toy Industry Hall of Fame. The TOTY finalists were selected from a record pool of 500-plus toys, games, and properties that were submitted for consideration.

TIA announced that through January 14, retailers, media, members of the toy industry, as well as families, can vote for their favorite toys and each ballot will be weighted to determine the 2011 TOTY winners. Winners will be announced during the TOTY Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 12. To see the 2011 nominees, visit www.ToyAwards.org.

Also announced by the Association were the 2011 inductees for the Toy Industry Hall of Fame: Al Verrecchia, chairman of the board of directors at Hasbro, and the late Donald Duncan, founder of Duncan Toy Company. Verrecchia and Duncan will be recognized for their contributions and service to the toy industry at the TOTY Awards.

TIF Celebrates Boys & Girls Club Week with Toy Distribution

Next week is National Boys and Girls Club Week and the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) are celebrating by teaming up to distribute toys to children of military families. The families are stationed at USCG Base Portsmouth MWR and Naval Base Portsmouth in Virginia.

On March 25, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, TIF and BGCA will distribute toys at the Pemberton MWR Gymnasium. More than 200 military family members from every branch of service expected to attend.

The toys were donated to The Toy Bank, the Foundation’s signature program, by toy manufacturers during the 2010 Toy Fair. Through the Play Comforts partnership, TIF will provide Toy Bank toys to members of Boys & Girls Clubs located on military bases across the country with high deployment rates.

SNL Cast Members, Daryl Hannah Stop by Toy Fair

More pics of Toy Fair! (via Discovery Bay Games)

From left: CEO of Discovery Bay Games, Craig Olson, actress/game inventor Daryl Hannah, and investor Rob Major, promoting one of the company’s games at New York Toy Fair on Tuesday, February 16, 2010. In addition to LIEbrary, the company will launch two more titles by Daryl Hannah (and co-creator Hilary Shepard) this year. (Photo credit: Dana Edelson)

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The Toy Book’s Toy Report 03/01/10

Catch up on last week’s news! Read The Toy Book Toy Report for 03/01/10.

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Toy Fair 2010 Closes with More Buyers, Retailers, and Attendees

More than 1,100 exhibitors from around the world gathered at the 107th American International Toy Fair, the largest toy trade show in the western hemisphere, held last week. It’s estimated that exhibitors showcased 100,000 new toys and youth entertainment products during the event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Attendance at Toy Fair 2010 (including buyers, retailers, trade guests, media and exhibiting staff) totaled 25,030, a 4 percent increase compared to 2009.  Nearly 285 of the exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers, and sales agents were first-time exhibitors.

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Are you ready for Kung Zhu?

At Toy Fair last week, I attended a press conference held by Cepia LLC regarding the next wave of Zhu Zhu Pets. It seems that Zhu Zhu Pets, the interactive, plush, artificially intelligent hamsters, have earned their black belts and will reveal their fast-as-lightning skills as Kung Zhu battle hamsters. These hamsters incorporate a level of action and excitement that appeals specifically to boys. The Kung Zhu clan joins the Zhu Zhu family in June. The Kung Zhu battle hamsters travel in packs and are part of teams. Four unique duos provide endless opportunities for epic battle play. In addition to these eight Kung Zhu Battle Hamsters, Kung Zhu battle gear, vehicles, and training arenas will be available. Kids can build, change and rearrange to make their own Kung Zhu battle arena where the hamsters square off wearing their unique armored suits. Kids can build further upon their Kung Zhu world with a headquarters, mission control, and training ground for the Special Forces team, and a training ground, snake pit, and dojo base for the Ninja Warriors. Other accessories including a combat bridge, y-turn, u-turn, hammer, missile attack tower, wheel of fire, and armored tanks to amp up the fight.
New lines Zhu Zhu Rock Stars and Zhu Zhu Pets Wild Bunch will also be available in June with a variety of accessories and habitats.

What do you think about Cepia’s main focus being on Zhu Zhu pets geared specifically to boys?

Kung Zhu Ninjas in Armor

Let The Toy Book Tweet Your News on the Toy Fair Show Floor!

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Planet Fred to Debut BamBoo Bears at Toy Fair

A new eco-friendly toy company, Planet Fred, will be debuting its line of soft and colorful plush called BamBoo Bears at Toy Fair New York. BamBoo Bears are made from natural bamboo and organic cotton fleece, decorated in vibrant shades of pink and blue. Through a program with the National Arbor Day Foundation, Planet Fred will plant one tree in U.S. forests for every six BamBoo Bears that are sold.

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Manhattan Toy Picked as Distributor for Quadrilla Products


Manhattan Toy has finalized a worldwide licensing and distribution agreement with Quadrilla Spielzeug Design und Herstellung, creators of “Intelligent Play in Wood,” to manufacture and distribute Quadrilla’s complete range of Marble Runs and accessories starting in 2010.

Manhattan Toy will preview the collection at the Toy Fairs in New York and Nuremburg this month.