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Toy Sales Across Key Global Markets Grew 4 Percent in the First Half of 2018
Toy industry sales reached $18.4 billion in the first half of 2018 across the 13 international markets tracked by The NPD Group, reaching sales up 4 percent over last year. Read more…


American Greetings Entertainment Rebrands as Cloudco Entertainment
American Greetings Entertainment formally changed its name to Cloudco Entertainment. The name change follows a recent spinoff from the former division of American Greetings into its own stand-alone company. Read more…


Wowwee Launches Fingerling Hugs
WowWee expands its Fingerlings line to include Fingerlings HUGS, the plush edition of Bella and Boris, the Fingerlings Baby Monkeys. The line launches tomorrow at retailers nationwide. Read more…


Moose Toys Releases Really Rad Robots
Moose Toys launches Really RAD Robots this week as the company’s first foray into the robotics category. Read more…

Hasbro, DC Comics Settle Bumblebee Trademark Lawsuit
The disagreement came when Hasbro sued DC and Warner Bros. last year over a Mattel doll based on the DC superhero Bumblebee, a teenage girl with the ability to fly and shrink herself, like a bee. The doll is part of the DC Super Hero Girls franchise, and Hasbro argued that consumers might confuse the DC doll with Hasbro’s own Bumblebee, the yellow Autobot from Transformers. Read more…

J.C. Penney Adds Baby Shops in 500 Stores This Month
J.C. Penney will introduce baby shops in 500 stores starting Aug. 30. While the company already offers cribs, high chairs, strollers, and car seats online at, shoppers will soon find these items in J.C. Penney stores. Read more…

Spielwarenmesse Adds New Category for ToyAwards
The 70th anniversary edition of Spielwarenmesse‘s ToyAwards will be held from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, 2019, in Nuremberg. The show will introduce an additional category and a digital preliminary round to the judging process. Read more…

Kids Russia to Take Place in March
The 13th annual Kids Russia will take place at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre in Moscow from March 12 to 14. Read more…

Third Annual Play Fair to Debut in Portland Next Month
The third annual Play Fair, hosted by The Toy Association and LeftField Media, will debut in Portland, Ore. this fall. Play Fair PDX will be held alongside Rose City Comic Con at the Oregon Convention Center from Sept. 7 to 9. Read more…

Funko Expands Wetmore Forest with New Line Of Pop! Monsters
Funko Inc. adds to its original line of Pop! Monsters with a second wave of characters, custom video content, and a new dedicated retail space. Read more…

My Singing Monsters Signs Licensed Plush Program With Commonwealth Toys
Commonwealth Toys entered a licensing deal with Wind Sun Sky to produce a complete line of plush toys in all sizes for the global market based on the My Singing Monsters gaming app, in partnership with Skybound Entertainment and Big Blue Bubble. Read more…

Distroller Wərld Opens Los Angeles Flagship Store
Distroller Wərld will open its a Los Angeles flagship store in Glendale Galleria, and will unveil its 1,200 square foot retail space and third U.S. store this September. Read more…

“I Am” Book Series Explores Back-To-School Themes of Mindfulness and Empathy
Canadian author and illustrator Cachet Allen introduces her latest book in the I Am series, I Am Worthy. The series introduces the concepts of kindness and mindfulness to kids. Read more…

Living in a Post-Toys “R” Us World: Navigating the Future of Toy Retail
Amid a crowded programming schedule at the San Diego Convention Center on July 21, something a bit different was happening upstairs at Comic-Con International. In a panel moderated by Daniel Pickett (founder, Action Figure Insider), I took the stage alongside Richard Gottlieb (principal and founder, Global Toy Group), Jason Labowitz (co-founder, Entertainment Earth and Bif Bang Pow!) and Steven Anne (category manager, toys/licensing at Walgreens) to discuss the future of toy retail in a world without Toys “R” Us (TRU) in the U.S. Read more…


Michael Albarelli, CEO Of Amloid, Passes Away
Michael P. Albarelli III, CEO of Amloid, passed away on August 13 at 38 years old. He sustained significant head injuries following a tragic fall in his home. Read more…


Mattel Elects Adriana Cisneros and Roger Lynch to Board Of Directors
Mattel Inc. elected Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros Group of Companies, and Roger Lynch, president and CEO of Pandora Media Inc. to the company’s Board of Directors. Read more…

Funko Reports Q2 2018 Financial Results
Highlights include a net sales increase of 32 percent to $138.7 million. Gross margin increased 120 basis points to 38.2 percent. Income from operations increased 125 percent to $9.1 million, and net income increased $5.4 million to $0.9 million. Read more…

July Retail Sales Increase 4.9 Percent Over Last Year
July retail sales were up .4 percent seasonally adjusted from June and increased 4.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. Read more…



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