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Major Toy Retailers Welcome Shoppers on Thanksgiving with Black Friday Deals

This Thanksgiving, Toys “R” Us nationwide stores will open at 5 p.m. on November 28, so parents and gift-givers can get a head start on their holiday shopping. Promotions include four-hour deals, as well as Thursday through Sunday discounts on toys, games, and tablets. Shoppers can plan their strategies as early as November 24 on the Toys “R” Us Facebook page, and a 28-page circular is set to arrive in newspapers across the country on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, for the first time, customers can shop the majority of Thanksgiving weekend deals online at starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. Those shoppers who spend $75 or more between November 28 and 29, at Toys “R” Us or Babies “R” Us, will receive a $10 redeemable coupon that’s valid in-store or online between December 1 through December 7. Meanwhile, Target stores will open at 8 p.m. on November 28, to offer earlier-than-ever access to the retailer’s own Black Friday deals. The Black Friday sale will take place in stores and at from November 28 to November 30. Toy and game specials include: $149.99 for a Nintendo 3DS XL; $99 for select ride-ons, including Kid Trax Viper; and buy one, get one 50 percent off select toys, including Monster High, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Lalaloopsy. Walmart unveiled its Thanksgiving/Black Friday plans, which include seven times as many...

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Walmart Kicks-off Black Friday Events Starting at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Walmart has released its Black Friday circular to shoppers on Facebook and to help families plan their holiday shopping. Items from electronics to gaming consoles and toys will be available during three shopping events. Walmart’s Black Friday events will be held at the following times: 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) –Toys, Home, and Apparel Midnight on Black Friday (Nov. 25) – Electronics 8 a.m. Nov. 25 through the weekend – Gifts for the entire family “Our customers told us they would rather stay up late to shop than get up early, so we’re going to hold special events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday,” says Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “By sharing our Black Friday specials earlier than ever, we hope to make buying decisions easier for parents working hard to give their families the Christmas they deserve.” In addition, all day long on Thanksgiving, shoppers can get online-only specials and save with free shipping options. Walmart is also helping shoppers plan their in-store shopping strategy by making available store-specific maps on Facebook. To access the map, shoppers need to find their favorite store by clicking on the “My Local Walmart” application on Walmart’s Facebook page. Walmart also promises to match the price of any local competitor’s printed ad for an identical product, including matching competitor’s deals for the day after...

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Paul Frank’s Julius Joins the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is about to start monkey-ing around! Paul Frank’s Julius will premiere as a larger-than-life character balloon during Macy’s upcoming annual holiday event. With help from Macy’s Parade Studio and Paul Frank Industries, Julius will transform into a giant helium balloon measuring more than 40 feet tall. Around 3.5 million spectators at the parade will see firsthand Julius’s inaugural flight, while an additional 50 million viewers nationwide will watch it on television. Following his flying debut, Julius will star in his own seasonal animated special about the true meaning of Christmas. Julius fans that can’t wait for the parade can keep busy with interactive experiences at Paul Frank online. Saban’s Samurai Power Rangers will also return to the parade and will escort the giant Earth balloon. The 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will air on Thursday, November 24 on NBC, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m in all time...

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New Power Rangers to Debut at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

The newest Power Rangers, the Samurai, will make its U.S. debut at the 84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to be held November 25 in New York City. Using their Samurai powers, which give them control over the elements of Fire, Water, Sky, Forest, and Earth, the Rangers will take their first journey together as they escort the Planet Earth balloon through the streets of Manhattan. The Power Rangers franchise was acquired by Saban Brands earlier this year. Forty episodes of Power Rangers Samurai are currently in production and will premiere on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons in North America early next year.  After the Macy’s Parade, fans can tune in to Nickelodeon for a special first look at the new...

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Ryan’s World Expands with ‘Super Spy Ryan’ on Amazon Kids+

Ryan’s World continues to expand well beyond the realm of YouTube. Sunlight Entertainment and teamed up with Amazon Kids+ for a new original special, Super Spy Ryan.  The live-action/animated hybrid will debut Nov. 27 on Amazon Kids+ in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. Families in Germany and Japan can enjoy the special beginning next month.   “The appetite for great kids and family entertainment continues to build momentum, as evidenced by the demand we’ve seen on a global scale around our franchises featuring YouTube creators like Ryan,” says Chris Williams, founder and CEO of “We’re focused...

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Mattel Television Teams Up with ‘Chopped,’ “Price is Right’ Producers for ‘The UNO Game Show’

The No. 1 card game in the world is headed to a screen near you. Mattel Television is developing UNO into an unscripted reality game show that will feature audience participation, physical challenges, trivia, and other creative elements to deliver what’s being described as “a super-sized UNO experience.” Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, and Greg Lipstone of Propagate — the production company behind Charmed, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, and Chopped — and John Quinn — producer of The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, and Match Game — will serve as executive producers on The UNO Game Show....

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2020 National Toy Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed

A trio of classic toys have joined the lineup at the National Toy Hall of Fame. Baby Nancy, sidewalk chalk, and Jenga were inducted during a special ceremony this morning at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The honorees were selected from a lineup of 12 finalists including bingo, Breyer Horses, Lite-Brite, Masters of the Universe, My Little Pony, Risk, Sorry!, Tamagotchi, and Yahtzee. Operation Bootstrap launched Shindana Toys in 1968 with backing from Chase Manhattan Bank, Mattel, and Sears Roebuck & Co., among others. The Los Angeles-based company launched Baby Nancy as the first toy...

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NRF Launches ‘New Holiday Traditions’ Campaign to Encourage Early Holiday Shopping

The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and now, more than ever, shopping early is key. Shopping during the COVID-19 era is an evolving endeavor for both retailers and consumers as local restrictions, public health guidance, and personal opinions continue to shift, and in some cases, clash. Halloween, Christmas, and all fall and winter holidays will be affected in countless ways, and the National Retail Federation (NRF) has launched a new consumer education campaign to help families adjust shopping habits called “New Holiday Traditions.” Ads will run across digital, social media, radio, and connected TV through mid-November. “This is...

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Target Exceeds Q2 Expectations with Highest-ever Sales Growth

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on retail continues to yield incredible results for the biggest players in the game. Target reported its second-quarter earnings today with a total revenue of $23 billion, a 24.3% increase over the same period last year. Same-store comparable sales were up 10.9% while digital sales grew 195%. Same-day services (Order Pick Up, Drive Up, and Shipt) increased 273%. Continuing the omnichannel focus of its business, most of Target’s digital sales were fulfilled using the company’s stores as distribution hubs. Like Walmart, Target is currently facing an unpredictable back-to-school season as it works its...

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Greenlight Collectibles Preps Seasonal Hobby Exclusives

Greenlight Collectibles is rolling toward fall with a pair of seasonal exclusives that will only be available at hobby retailers. First up is the 1:64-scale die-cast Volkswagen Type 2 Panel Van — Halloween 2020 edition. Limited to just 3,036 pieces, the van features whitewall tires, green-and-black wheels, and deco that includes a spiderweb roof; a spider encompassing the VW logo on the front; and side panel adorned with a graveyard scene, bats, jack-o’-lanterns, and candy corn. The Halloween edition will be available in October. Greenlight will serve up a Thanksgiving edition of the same Volkswagen Type 2 Panel Van....

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