Sweet Suite 2016

TIA Reveals Finalists for 2016 TOTY Awards

TOTYlogoThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) has kicked off the holiday shopping season with the announcement of 84 finalists for the 2016 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY).

Between now and January 17, consumers can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite toy picks in each of the 12 categories to win exclusive prizes. Winners will be announced at the TOTY Awards ceremony as the beginning of the 113th North American International Toy Fair[Read more...]

National Survey Shows 27 Percent of Parents Say Age Recommendations Are A Major Factor

A national survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the Toy Industry Association (TIA) of U.S. parents of children 18 or younger has revealed only 27 percent of parents “strongly agree” that the recommended age on the toy’s packaging is a major factor in their selection. According to the TIA, these age recommendations are based on developmental maturity and heeding them is necessary to keep play both fun and safe. [Read more...]

Record Number of TOTY 2016 Submissions Received

TIA LogoThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) has received 711 submissions from more than 200 companies for the 16th Annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards more than any previous year. Toy, game, and property nominations were submitted across 12 categories during the nomination period, which ran from August through October 2.   [Read more...]

TIA Names Bob Iger 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

igerThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) is inducting Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held on February 12 in conjunction with the annual Toy of the Year Awards celebration at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

TIA Members have selected Iger in recognition of his contributions to the industry and the impact his work has had on the lives of children worldwide. Iger joins the roster of 70 toy industry luminaries who have been inducted into the Hall since it was established in 1984, including Jim Henson and George Lucas.

Fall Toy Preview Yields Positive Outlook for 2016

Tens of thousands of new toys for 2016 made their debut at the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) Fall Toy Preview held last week in Dallas. Industry analysts called the fall marketplace “more optimistic” than any show in the past several years, thanks to an abundance of creative and innovative toys that are sure to drive industry sales through next year’s holiday shopping season.  [Read more...]

TIA to Host Webinars on Toy Export Opportunities in Australia and Mexico

TIA LogoThis fall, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) will host two webinars to help companies assess the benefits and challenges of expanding into the Australian or Mexican toy markets. The webinar, entitled “Expanding the Global Toy Marketplace: What U.S. Companies Should Know about Entering Australia,” will take place on September 30 at 2 p.m. A webinar addressing the Mexican market is scheduled for the following day, October 1, at 2 p.m. ET.

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Toy Industry Association Celebrates 100 Years with Toy Halls of Fame Exhibit

ToyHallsofFameThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) kicked off its centennial anniversary celebrations last Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Toys Halls of Fame exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The event honored those who have contributed to the toy industry’s evolution and success and recognized TIA members who have brought play to generations of children. Later that night, TIA members and industry greats came together to honor toy industry pioneers and luminaries to celebrate the TIA’s 100th anniversary at the evening dinner reception. [Read more...]

TIA and LeftField Media to Produce Consumer Event During New York Toy Fair

41c32aca-b41d-4455-b782-81f75339bc19Play Fair–“a celebration of play and entertainment for all ages”–will bring new and beloved toy and pop culture brands together under one roof this February for an interactive and fun-filled live event open to families, collectors, and media. Powered by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) and LeftField Media, Play Fair will take place Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 at New York City’s Javits Center North.

At the heart of Play Fair will be immersive, rewarding experiences, allowing the public to touch, feel, and interact with their favorite toys, games, and entertainment brands. Fans of all ages will experience toy reveals, photo ops, character interactions, stage performances, author readings, celebrity signings, live music, and giveaways. Retail areas will allow attendees to purchase show exclusives, limited-edition products, and rare variants of beloved toys and games. [Read more...]

Young Toy Professionals Invited to Networking Cocktail Party in Dallas

TIA LogoThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) Young Professionals Network (YPN) will host a networking cocktail party on October 7 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The event is free for all to attend, and will take place following the close of the second day of Fall Toy Preview.

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TIA Takes Members on Fact-Finding Trip to India

TIA LogoMembers of the Toy Industry Association (TIA) will participate in a fact-finding excursion and cultural immersion program at Kids India, the country’s largest trade event for the toy industry, scheduled to take place September 24 to 26 in Mumbai. Created by the TIA and Spielwarenmesse eG, the program will include a full agenda of show-related activities intended to inform U.S. companies interested in entering the Indian toy market.

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