Author: Stephanie Grassullo

Nylon Resin Shortage, Toy Association Advises Companies to Consider Alternatives

The Toy Association has learned from market sources that nylon 6/6 resin has become more difficult and expensive to obtain in markets worldwide, including China. According to some sources, tight supplies of adiponitrile (ADN) feedstock caused supplies of nylon 6/6 resin to become tight, and this resin market tightness has in turn led to higher prices for nylon 6/6. Some cite increases of more than 50 percent in the past several months. Some suppliers announced additional price increases on July 1. ADN suppliers are working to increase capacity, but tightness and higher prices are likely to persist into next...

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Toy Association Continues Fight Against Tariffs on Toys

The Toy Association continues to actively fight against tariffs that could potentially be placed on toy imports from China, advocating the industry’s position to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), congress, and the White House. Toys were not named as part of USTR’s most recent list of $200 billion in Chinese imports that could be subject to a 10 percent tariff, but The Toy Association continues to actively oppose any tariffs being placed on toys. The Toy Association will again submit comments to USTR on behalf of the toy industry opposing the new list of tariffs, which does name toy inputs—including...

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Funko, Epic Games Partner for Fortnite Toys and Collectibles

Funko Inc. partnered with Epic Games to create a range of Fortnite toys and collectibles in a deal brokered by IMG. The new Fortnite branded collection will launch this holiday season and feature more than 10 different product lines including Funko’s Pop! figures, 5 Star figures, Pint Size Heroes, Vynl, keychains, POP! apparel, and more. Fortnite is an action building game from Epic Games that drops players into a massive 100-player PVP Battle Royale or team up with friends in a co-op campaign to save the world against a horde of monsters. Fortnite Battle Royale is free and available...

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DHX Media to Premiere Mega Man: Fully Charged Next Month, Signs Master Toy Partner Jakks Pacific

DHX Media will premiere its new animated series Mega Man: Fully Charged, an original co-production with Dentsu Entertainment USA Inc. The series is based on the Capcom Mega Man video game franchise. Beginning Aug. 5, the show will air every Sunday on Cartoon Network in the U.S, and will make its Canadian debut on DHX Television’s Family Channel in the fall. Man of Action Entertainment serve as executive producers and story editors on the series. Beginning July 21, episode trailers and feature clips for the new Mega Man: Fully Charged series will be available on DHX Media’s YouTube-based kids’ network WildBrain....

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Build-A-Bear Workshop Count Your Candles Program to be Offered Year-Round

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Count Your Candles program—the initial inspiration behind the company’s first Pay Your Age Day event—is a year-long offering that allows guests ages 14 and under who visit a Build-A-Bear Workshop store with a Build-A-Bear Bonus Club member to pay their age for the Birthday Treat Bear in the month of their birthday. For example, a child turning four would have four candles on his or her cake and pay $4 USD/£4 GBP/$4 CAD for a Birthday Treat Bear, plus tax. Pay Your Age Day took place at Build-A-Bear Workshop stores in the U.S., U.K., and Canada...

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HobbyTown USA to Open RadioShack Express Stores

According to the New York Post, RadioShack and HobbyTown USA signed a deal that will bring RadioShack “express stores” to 50 HobbyTown partner stores. The deal could expand to 100 stores and—if successful—to all 140 HobbyTown locations nationwide Through the deal, HobbyTown will purchase RadioShack merchandise and offer it to its customers who need the tools, wires, and other accessories that RadioShack makes. The express stores will add products, as well as other services like cellphone repairs, which they previously could not offer. RadioShack emerged from Chapter 11 reorganization in January with 400 stores in mostly rural locations. The HobbyTown...

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Kid Trax Debuts New Rideamals Line

Kid Trax introduced its Kid Trax Rideamals, a new ride-on play experience for kids. The toy combines ride-on fun with interactive and imaginative pet play, and will be available this fall with the launch of the Kid Trax Rideamals Scout the pony. Kid Trax Rideamals Scout is a 12-volt interactive ride-on featuring more than 100 sounds and movements. Scout includes touch sensors, lifelike pony sounds, and motorized eyes, ears, head, and wheels. Scout can travel up to four miles an hour, offering two forward speed settings and one reverse speed. As kids ride Scout, the pony will play songs...

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Hape’s Dan Finanz AG Acquires Playwell Enterprises Ltd.

Dan Finanz AG, a financial division owned by Hape Holding AP founder Peter Handstein, acquired Playwell Enterprises Ltd., a Canadian-based distributor of children’s products. The acquisition allows Hape to further extend its reach into Canada, and lays the foundation to expand its offerings to Canadian retailers. The acquisition will drive increased representation with Playwell’s sales and distribution expertise to help retailers manage their inventory through a scalable platform. Hape will focus on the U.S. market with The Edmonton staff and U.S. warehouse. As part of the acquisition, Vivien Zheng, a senior executive with Hape for more than 15 years,...

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Moose Toys Launches First Boy Shopkins Shoppies Doll at SDCC

Moose Toys launched its first boy Shopkins Shoppies Doll at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). Chip Choc will be available in the Double Scoop Delight Exclusive pack at the UCC booth during SDCC. The pack will include an exclusive Peppa Mint with her long-lost brother Chip Choc. Only 1,500 units of this item will be available for purchase. Moose Toys will also release a Golden Collection Cutie Cars item with premium Carot Cake and Donut Deluxe cars. The gold Cutie Cars will feature a premium die-cast finish and only 500 versions of this pack available during...

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Hasbro Launches Nerf Laser Ops Pro Line

Hasbro’s Nerf brand introduced the new Nerf Laser Ops Pro line. The blasters are ready right out of the box, allowing kids to take part in head-to-head, live-action laser battles. The line launched with three blaster options, which all register hits with light and sound effects and include lights on the back of the blaster to keep track of health and ammo. Players can also use the free Nerf Laser Ops Pro app and the included armband to attach their smartphone device to their arms while playing. The app lets kids access real-time battle intel, allowing players to customize...

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