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Getta1Games, LLC
Getta1Games - We believe in two simple ideas: Face-to-face play connects friends and family like nothing else, and the ability games have to teach foundational skills is unsurpassed. Play just works, both at home and in the classroom. We're a 2 year-old US game company owned by Dennis and Crystal Callaghan (Tree Toys) and Tim Walsh (The Playmakers). We design high-quality games for kids and families which we sell wholesale to retailers, toy stores, game stores and gift shops across the United States.

Dennis Callaghan formed Tree Toys in 1985 in the garage of his home in Turramurra, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Although the company is best known for its line of Wild Science educational science kits, its original products were wooden, educational toys, making the launch of Getta1Games a return to the company’s roots. 

Crystal Callaghan is the VP of Production with over 25 years of production expertise. “We make sure all our games are the highest quality,” she says. “Our standards meet or exceed all international safety standards.”

Tim Walsh began his time in toyland working for Patch Products (now PlayMonster) as its VP of Product Development & Marketing. His designs and co-designs of games have sold over 7 million copies in 13 countries and include the games TriBond, Blurt, Mad Gab and many others. He spearheads the Product Development & Marketing arms of Getta1Games.

And our name? “We have a mutual friend who saw one of our games and loved it,” Tim shared. “His English isn’t perfect, so he said, ‘I gotta getta one!’. it stuck.”

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3995 Bee Ridge Road Extension | Sarasota, FL 34241 | USA
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"the Bloom Report" Covering the Week Of:
Saturday November 24 through Friday November 30, 2018

Financial & Legal News
Saturday November 24 through Friday November 30, 2018
Links to the financial news & articles appropriate to the industries we cover...
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.Moose Toys’s acquisition of UK toy company Worlds Apart~Under the deal, Moose Toys acquired all of Worlds Apart’s assets and brands, which include the Scruff-a-Luv, Ready Beds and Kid Active brands. Moose Toys, an Australian company, is the creator of popular toy brands Shopkins, Little Live Pets, Pikmi Pops, Happy Places, The Grossery Gang, and Mighty Beanz, and has recently announced its collaboration with Epic Games for the release of the Fortnite Battle Royale Collection. Teams from Osborne Clarke and Maddocks worked in close collaboration with each other, the...
.Lawsuit Accuses Hasbro of Misleading Investors~Pension funds are suing Hasbro, alleging the toy maker misled investors about its financial health as executives sold millions of dollars of shares they held. The City of Warren Police and Fire Retirement System in Michigan, and pension funds elsewhere, have sued Hasbro in federal court over losses they sustained in 2017. Hasbro spokeswoman Julie Duffy says that the claims are meritless and that the company intends to "vigorously defend against them." The suit alleges Hasbro officials downplayed how much the company relied on...
.Hasbro Faces Tough Sledding This Fourth Quarter~Hasbro's business is heavily dependent on its movie support and this is not looking good this quarter. In addition, more innovative newcomers are muscling into the company's market shares in the Action Figure, Fashion Doll, and Outdoor [Nerf] positions. As a result, Hasbro is losing shelf space at the major brick-and-mortar retailers. Even though the U.S. toy market is exceptionally strong this quarter, the current outlook for Hasbro promises to be again negative...
.Why Amazon could win the battle for holiday toy sales~Retailers are battling hard over toys, flat-screen TVs and new tech gadgets this holiday season, and Amazon appears to be in a strong position. The company said that it sold 18 million toys between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday. Amazon did not disclose toy sales from last year, but it has been stockpiling toys since Toys "R" Us' closed its stores in June. Amazon expanded its toy efforts in the run-up to the holidays. It mailed out a 70-page toy catalog with top items and deals, and even began selling toys at Whole Foods...
Black Friday Fever Sweeps Europe, Online Retail Makes Huge Wins~The American phenomenon reached new heights this year, as European e-Commerce experienced an almost 88% growth in online transactions as compared to last year. There were 129% more transactions on Thanksgiving, as compared to last year - and it’s not in celebration of the American holiday, but because many online stores started running their Black Friday campaigns earlier than usual this year. Transactions on Black Friday itself were 361% higher than the 2018 daily average, and the shopping frenzy...
Amazon Announces Record-Breaking Holiday Shopping Weekend...Single Biggest Shopping Day in the Company’s History~Amazon announced that Cyber Monday was once again the single biggest shopping day in the company’s history with more products ordered worldwide than any other day. Additionally, the Turkey 5, those five popular shopping days starting with Thanksgiving and continuing through Cyber Monday, broke records as customers in the U.S. purchased millions more products over the five day period vs. the same period last year. In fact, Amazon...
Take a Peek Inside Santa's $765,000 Custom North Pole Home~Santa Claus' home and state-of-the-art toy workshop at the North Pole is currently worth an estimated $764,389 after gaining 7.6 percent in value over the past year, according to Zillow. Santa and Mrs. Claus claimed their home on Zillow in 2016, updating the home facts on the 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom log cabin. They also added new photos, giving the world a glimpse into Santa's life the other 364 days a year. Initially built in the 1800s, Santa's 2,500-square foot home underwent a recent remodel to add some modern...
Strong, but not stellar Black Friday weekend as demand ‘pulled forward’~Retailers enjoyed a solid but not spectacular Black Friday shopping weekend, as online and in-store promotions proliferated earlier in the week and on Thanksgiving, cannibalizing sales that once occurred on Saturday and Sunday, the “demand pull-forward” phenomenon. The good news is that plunging gasoline prices—down $0.35/gallon since mid-October—are giving a mid-season boost to available discretionary spending. Rising disposable income is the major driver of higher holiday sales, but the gasoline...
FLAT RIVER ACQUIRING IMPRESSIONS Broadening Service Offerings~Toy and game distributor Flat River Group is acquiring Impressions Game Distribution Services, with the change to be effective January 1. Flat River will run Impressions as a business unit out of its Fort Wayne, Indiana location with its current staff. The acquisition quickly moves Flat River more deeply into the hobby games business, making it more directly competitive with Publisher Services, Inc. Impressions and Flat River have been doing business for seven years, according to Impressions founder Aldo Ghiozzi...
Shoppers Report Record High Spending of an Estimated $17.8 Billion on Small Business Saturday~The ninth annual Small Business Saturday, held on November 24, kicked off the holiday shopping season for consumers and small, independently owned businesses with record levels of reported spending. Total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion, according to data released from the 2018 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey...
Black Friday Delivers: Strong Retail Results Supercharge the Holiday Shopping Season~The “retail renaissance” continued its momentum this Thanksgiving Weekend, according to a new report from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) which found that an estimated 151 million people visited a mall or shopping center over the weekend. As consumers hunt for the best deals of the season, ICSC’s Thanksgiving Weekend Consumer Survey found that physical retail remains the hub of holiday shopping. Black Friday is known as the biggest shopping day of the year, and...
Schall Law Firm Announces it is Investigating Claims Against Hasbro~The investigation focuses on whether the Company issued false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose information pertinent to investors. Hasbro’s relationship with Toys “R” Us became an increasingly critical component of the Company’s business, but at the same time, Toys “R” Us was in a much worse financial condition than was generally known or publicly reported. Hasbro was also experiencing undisclosed sales issues in both the United Kingdom and Brazil. Based on these facts, the...
Target is winning out in post-Toys R Us toy sales, says former Walmart CEO~Big-box retailers such as Target and Walmart are capitalizing on the demise of Toys R Us this holiday season, and it's paying off. The well-known toy retailer, which shuttered its U.S. stores in June, accounted for 15 to 20 percent of the country's total toy sales in 2017. Some retail experts worried that its liquidation would leave a sizable gap in toy sales this holiday season because less-specialized retailers weren't as committed to the category. But early data and anecdotal evidence suggest that's not how early...
What Yesterday's Hottest Toys Are Worth Today~ Any day now, you mom might be tempted to throw away those old toys of yours that are cluttering up her attic -- and you've got to stop her! Yesterday's hottest toys are among today's hottest collectibles. Some of your old, forgotten gadgets, dolls, board games and other playthings may be worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Check out these 10 former fad toys that have become favorites among collectors. The "values now" reflect recent prices that vintage items have sold for on eBay...
Senate bill would crack down on cyber bots buying up hot toys~Some Democrats want to crack down on technology being used to buy popular holiday toys in order to resell them at inflated prices. Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says third-party sellers are using cyber bot technology to game online sales systems, making it nearly impossible for consumers to purchase certain hot toys online or in stores at retail price because the inventory has already been snatched up. Senators are introducing The Stopping of Grinch Bots Act. The legislation would piggy-back on...
GameStop enters into $700 million deal~GameStop has entered into an agreement to sell its Spring Mobile business to Prime Communications L.P. for $700 million. Spring Mobile owns and operates a network of 1,289 AT&T wireless stores. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The move is in line GameStop’s previously announced review of its strategic and financial alternatives. “This transaction enables GameStop to enhance our performance with an increased focus on the video game industry and the rapidly-growing collectibles space,” said Dan DeMatteo...
Stork Craft settles royalty case with HHG~As part of a court approved settlement, Stork Craft has agreed to pay Heritage Home Group $75,000 in royalty payments for the use of brand names on its licensed Broyhill Kids and Thomasville Kid youth furniture lines. The amount is about half the $150,000 Heritage Home Group said Stork Craft owed it in royalty payments for the use of those brand names as well as the Drexel brand name. The settlement follows objections that Stork Craft filed On Oct. 16 and 17 regarding the sale of IP assets and the transfer of the Thomasville and the...
How to Attract Seasonal Workers in a Booming Economy~The economy is booming: consumer confidence is at an over 18-year high, and all signs point to a record-breaking holiday sales season. But, do retailers have the employees they need to handle the high volume of shoppers? With a 48-year record low unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, retailers across the country are struggling to attract seasonal workers. With national brands struggling to staff their stores for the holidays, indie retailers need to rethink their approach to hiring in order to maximize their profitability this...
A holiday miracle? Stores try to cut down on long lines~Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they'll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines. Walmart, Target and other large retailers are sending workers throughout their stores to check out customers with mobile devices. And at Macy's, shoppers can scan and pay for items on their own smartphones. Retailers hope the changes will make in-store shopping less of a hassle...
How Sears and Toys ‘R’ Us Illustrate the True Winners and Losers in Corporate Bankruptcies~Sears filed a motion in bankruptcy court seeking approval to pay up to $25 million in executive bonuses during Chapter 11 proceedings. The request was certain to anger many, coming just weeks after the beleaguered retailer announced nearly 200 additional store closings, representing thousands of employee layoffs and adding to a list of hundreds of locations that it has shuttered in recent years. Even so, it wasn’t unusual. “Typically companies that enter into Chapter 11 will ask for bonuses to...
Senator urges Toys R Us fund boost~SElizabeth Warren is urging more firms to contribute to a newly formed hardship fund for former Toys R Us workers. In response, some are saying they're sympathetic -- but not responsible. "It is still inexcusable that many of Toys 'R' Us's investors have been unable or unwilling to help the more than 30,000 American workers who lost their jobs after investors reportedly pushed to liquidate the company," Warren, D-Mass., said in a statement. She said Solus Alternative Asset Management, Highland Capital, Franklin Mutual Advisers, Angelo, Gordon...
Hornby announces employee profit share scheme~To benefit all the employees who contribute to the success of the business. Hornby said it was making steady progress in its efforts to turn the business around despite falling sales, and announced a profit share scheme for its employees. Hornby narrowed its underlying half-year loss to £3m from a £4.6m loss a year ago though revenues fell by more than £3m to £13.8m. It also cut its net debt to £1.8m from £4.7m. The company said its plans to transform the group were going well and that it had removed its aggressive discounting strategy...
NPD Reports October Video Game Sales~Spending across video game hardware, software, and accessories and game cards in October grew 73 percent compared to the same time period last year. The $1.55 billion in October dollar sales marks the highest total October sales since the NPD Group began tracking the industry in 1995. All three categories reflected growth, but the software category saw the most significant growth. Sales more than doubled compared to the same period last year, totaling $965 million. The top 10 games for October across all platforms, ranked by dollar...
Market Research Reports: Construction Toys Market Driving Factors, Industry Analysis, Investment Feasibility and Trends, Outlook >>> Future of Construction Toys Market – A comprehensive study by Key Players >>>
Company Financial & Brokerage News: Cormark Cuts Spin Master Price Target to C$61.00 >>> 5 Reasons to Like Funko Over the Long Term >>> Analysts Expect JAKKS Pacific to Announce -$0.42 EPS >>> Mattel Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Analysis Finds >>> Hasbro Shares Sold by Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. >>> Hasbro Shares Sold by First Trust Advisors >>> Five Below’s Q3 Sales Are Expected to Grow 18.3% >>> MAT or JAKK: Which Toymaker Has Better Chances of Survival? >>> Disney Announces Semi-Annual Cash Dividend of $0.88 Per Share >>>
Company Reporting
Financial Reporting (November 24-30, 2018)
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW)
Third Quarter Results~Reported results for the fiscal 2018 third quarter and 39 weeks ended November 3, 2018. Given the Company’s previously announced fiscal year-end change, references to the prior year are based on the unaudited recast results for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018...
Burlington Stores (BURL)
Q3 Earnings and Revenues Top Estimates~Came out with quarterly earnings of $1.21 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.06 per share. This compares to earnings of $0.70 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items. This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 14.15%. A...
Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR)
Results for the Third Quarter Fiscal 2018~North America's leading operator of discount variety stores, reported financial results for the quarter ended November 3, 2018. “We delivered earnings within the range of our expectations despite continued cost pressures related to domestic freight and our investment in store wages,” stated...
Company Reporting
Future Financial Reporting
Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG)
December 4~Announced that it plans to release its financial results for the fiscal 2018 third quarter. In connection with the release, Todd Vasos, chief executive officer, and John Garratt, chief financial officer, will host a conference call on the same day. To participate via telephone, please call (877) 868-1301 at least 10 minutes before the...

Stories & Comments
Saturday November 24 through Friday November 30, 2018
Compiled in this section, are "links" to news articles, stories, and other information appropriate to the industries we cover.
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.Nintendo Hits Big Milestones from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday~Nintendo Switch set two new records from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday: It became the best-selling Nintendo console in U.S. history for that five-day period, surpassing even Wii system sales. Nintendo Switch also had its best-selling week ever in the United States. Nintendo Switch was among the most-purchased items online on Thanksgiving Day and the overall top-selling video game product online for the Black Friday-Cyber Monday time period. Strong demand resulted in shoppers buying more than $250 million...
.TTPM Reveals its Favorite Christmas and Hanukkah Themed Toys for the 2018 Holiday Season~ TTPM, the leading video review site for Toys, Tots, Pets, & More, announced its list of top 20 Christmas- and Hanukkah-themed toys to spread holiday cheer this year. TTPM’s Christmas and Hanukkah toy list includes toys such as the new, immensely popular Reindeer in Here, Mensch on the Bench Dreidel Dog, as well as gifts for furry family members, ranging from Christmas sweaters to “Chewish” toy treats. “There’s definitely an increased interest in holiday-themed toys this...
ONLINE BOARD GAME PRICES HIGHER AFTER CYBER MONDAY~We took another look at online board game prices Tuesday and found prices higher than they were on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but some were still at what would be considered wholesale prices by hobby retailers. We added Walmart to the price survey; we were told by a source who’d been observing the online competition closely that the low prices at Amazon over the weekend may have been related to price-matching with Walmart’s e-commerce site, which was also discounting heavily. We also added...
Dr. Toy Celebrates the Best Picks Award Program’s 26th Anniversary!~The Dr. Toy’s Best Picks Children’s Products Awards Report 2018 ® is now available to parents, teachers, and others in the online magazine, Dr. Toy’s Guide. The Dr. Toy Best Picks Children’s Products Award Program® was developed by noted play and child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, stimulating new smart toys and play products for children. The Best Picks Award began in 1992 by...
There May Be Plans for a Star Wars Spinoff Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie~Star Wars fans probably didn’t expect to get news of a spinoff movie from Boris Johnson, former foreign secretary from the UK, at the DUP Annual Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday. But with one simple comment, Johnson sent fans into a frenzy. In an effort to boast about the UK, Johnson mentioned an upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi film that is reportedly in the works at Lucasfilm. Oops. During his speech, Johnson stated that the UK has, “by far the most dynamic creative culture and media industries..
Top 20 noisiest and safest toys for 2018~Toys are a hot topic for the holiday season and many are wondering which toy is worth the purchase. The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) suggests that parents have a clear option when it's between the choice of a noisy toy or a safe toy. Michele Michaels of the ACDHH compiled a list on what is considered the top noisiest toys on the market in comparison to those labeled "safe" and "super safe." Toys are considered "noisy" if it reaches a sound level of 85 dB or higher consistently...
'Wreck-It Ralph,' 'Creed' fuel record holiday box office~Movie sequels are having their own Thanksgiving feast at the box office and fueling record industry-wide grosses for the long weekend. "Ralph Breaks the Internet" and "Creed II" took the top two spots on the North American charts, beat the openings for the original films and helped the five-day Thanksgiving box office totals cross the $300 million mark for the first time ever. Studios on Sunday said Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" sequel earned an estimated $55.7 million over the three-day weekend and $84.5 million since its Wednesday...
Wreck-It Ralph 2 is Disney’s Most Successful Animated Sequel~Disney fans flocked to theaters this past week to see Ralph Breaks the Internet, Disney’s sequel to 2012’s Wreck-It Ralph. In its first five days of domestic release, the animated film earned $84.5 million, beating out Moana, which earned $82 million during its Thanksgiving launch in 2016. After its first weekend, Ralph Breaks the Internet landed as Disney’s most successful animated sequel with $126 million worldwide, passing The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Fantastia 2000 (2000), Return to Neverland (2002)...
How long does it take to poop Lego? Scientists swallow toy heads to solve burning question~ Six curious scientists have answered a bizarre call of doodie to explore how long it takes for a piece of Lego, the children’s toy, to complete its wonderful journey through the body once it’s been swallowed. The unusual study, conducted to ease the minds of long-suffering parents, and perhaps eccentric adults, was the brainchild of Australian and UK researchers. The group appear to think life’s poo short not to find out how long Lego blocks take to end up at the bottom of the toilet bowl...
Support these Black-owned toy companies this holiday season~Encourage your child’s imagination while boosting self-esteem, rousing self-awareness, and celebrating African heritage and culture with toys from these top Black-owned toy companies. From EthiDolls to Paddlefoot Dolls & Crafts, Queens of Africa Dolls, and Toys Like Me, these toy makers are revolutionizing the toy industry by filling the gap for African American children. Support these Black-owned doll companies and unique accessory-makers in 2018 and the years beyond!..
A Former Toys 'R' Us Marvel Legends Exclusive Is About to Get 60% Cheaper~Toys 'R' Us may be sitting out this Black Friday, but its legacy lives on! A massive Black Friday deal is about to drop on one of the most coveted of the final Hasbro Toys 'R' Us Marvel Legends exclusives. However, you are going to need to be quick if you want to get your hands on it. Entertainment Earth is giving us an hour lead time to let you know that the Avengers: Infinity War Marvel Legends Thor, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot 6-inch figure three-pack will be on sale right here with free shipping starting...
Paramount, Hasbro Launch Early Bumblebee Access Screenings~Paramount Pictures has announced that on December 8 fans at select theaters in the U.S. and Canada will have the opportunity to attend paid early-access screenings for its latest film in the Transformers series, Bumblebee, starring Hailee Steinfeld. Fans who participate in this one-day-only event will get to see the film on the big screen nearly two weeks before it opens nationwide on December 21st. Tickets will be on sale for the prevailing price at participating locations, and each admission includes a ticket...
“President Predicto” Magic Fortune-Telling Ball~Ask a yes or no question and ‘President Trump’ magically speaks the answer! An enlightened, updated TALKING iteration of the vintage “Magic 8 Ball,” President Predicto has arrived just in time to unite family, friends and colleagues in laughter this holiday season. Priced at $15.95, President Predicto makes a perfect stocking-stuffer, novelty gift or party game. President Predicto is available at Amazon.com for 15% off. Green Straw, LLC President Jay Kamhi, the creator of the President Predicto™ is already seeing great responses to the...
Would you buy the Taimur doll for your child?~You may have already come across Taimur’s doll that is now doing the rounds on social media. A photo of a doll resembling the celeb kid, dressed in a white kurta pyjama and a blue Nehru jacket and labeled ‘Taimur’, was recently shared by producer Ashvini Yardi on social media. While netizens haven’t stopped gushing about it, some have also criticised it as ‘creepy’. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s son has been a rage for quite some time now, thanks to the paparazzi that stalks and captures each of his actions regularly. In...
Lego releases sets for stressed-out adults~It's time to pack away those adult colouring books because there's a new product vying for your inner-child. Brick giant Lego has turned its attention to stressed-out, screen-addicted adults with a new set they hope will help grown-ups relax - and rediscover a love of play. Introducing Lego FORMA - a pilot project launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. There are four fish models on offer, which move in a "life-like way". One even takes inspiration from the adult colouring craze, with builders able to colour in one of the designs. The sets...
Aldi customers seen 'fighting' over Kevin the Carrot toys after they go on sale~Aldi released its eagerly-anticipated Christmas advert earlier this month, with Kevin the Carrot once again featuring. The beloved character has become a regular staple of the budget supermarket chain's festive ads. Today, Kevin went on sale across stores, days after he and his family have sold out online. Shoppers were spotted queuing at branches of the German supermarket across the country. Aldi famously opened its first store in the UK right here in Birmingham some 27 years ago. But despite best efforts...
Toy Industry: The Spanish Market~The Spanish toy market is currently immersed in a whole new scenario. The economic results from 2017 were not what the industry expected, and that influenced activity this year, which will also impact next year. Meanwhile, society is experiencing big changes that are affecting companies’ results, in addition to a low birth rate and the effect the Internet is having on consumption. With this new gradual paradigm, industry actors are expected to have more agility when it comes to giving answers and responding to new consumer demands. With this...
Disney is Bringing Star Wars Fans the Most Realistic Lightsaber Yet~The Walt Disney Co. filed a patent application for a “sword device with retractable, internally illuminated blade.” I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a lightsaber to me. The technology in the application is used to build a lightsaber hilt that extends with the push of a button, according to WDW News Today. The lightsaber will light up with LEDs from the inside, similar to the way they appear in the Star Wars movies. There will also be built-in sound effects and a retractable blade. The source also received...
Boba Fett Was Almost Luke Skywalker’s Mom~Mark Hamill took to Twitter to drop some Star Wars bombshells about what could have been. It all started when @tatooinesons, a Star Wars podcast, tweeted about his theory that Boba Fett was actually Luke Skywalker’s mother. Hamill responded with a tweet that said, “I once suggested it to George [Lucas] as the only way we could top Vader being my father. I envisioned her as a double-agent working clandestinely for the Rebels: He didn’t like my idea.” Hamill also revealed that he’s, “always been more than willing to generously share my...
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U.S. and World Population Clock~The U.S. population clock is based on a series of short-term projections for the resident population of the United States. This includes people whose usual residence is in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Country Ranking tool provides a quick and easy method to view the most populous countries and areas of the world for any year between 1950 and 2050. The data for this tool are drawn from the International Data Base, which offers additional demographic information for each country...
From the Toy Industry Journal~by Steve Reece, CEO of Kids Brand Insight, a leading toy expert consultancy to toy companies around the world...The Toy Industry Goes Acquisition Crazy – But Why? >>>
"This Week in "Global Toy News"~Richard Gottlieb knows about play. He blogs about its future, what it means to a civilized society, and how it can help make us better, more imaginative and more creative people. A well known toy industry commentator and president of Richard Gottlieb’s Global Toy Experts, a toy industry consultancy, he helps toy manufacturers enter North American and global markets. Richard also writes for several European toy magazines...Be sure to read what Richard (and his guest columnists) have to say...Must-Have Holiday Toys—Past, Present, and Future >>> 2019 Toy Directories Available Now >>> What Was the Most Dangerous Toy You Ever Received? >>> The ebay Toy Catalog; a lot of fun >>>
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ToyNews~The UK's leading toy industry magazine and website, serving the toy trade with a focus on editorial quality. ToyNews magazine has an ABC-accredited readership of 6,199, making it the UK's most-read monthly toy trade publication. ToyNews has established itself as an indispensable read, both in the UK and internationally.
Toys 'n' Playthings~The leading trade press publication for the UK toy trade, established in 1981. Still run by the same toy trade expert Malcolm Naish. With regular product features, many news sections, toy trade gossip and columnists, it is an essential read for anyone working within the toy trade - be it retailer, supplier or anyone in between.
Toy World~The UK’s number one toy trade magazine, widely acknowledged as the voice of the UK toy industry.
Toy & Hobby Retailer~The premier publication for Australia's dynamic toy and hobby retail industry.
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Golden Bear’s licensed toy range for In the Night Garden leaps ahead~Following the success of its Playtime, Bath-time, Bedtime range which launched in July, In the Night Garden now stands as the 5th largest pre-school licence in NPD across all toys, and has remained within the top 7 consistently since Golden Bear became master toy partner in 2013. Golden Bear launched its new collection with a dedicated TV...
HASBRO LICENSES CHAIN OF FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS~Hasbro has licensed Kilburn Live to create, build and operate a chain of "family entertainment centers" in the U.S. and Canada. The centers will use Hasbro properties to "create interactive, immersive and innovative entertainment experiences in a high-energy, gamified environment with multiple activity zones". Kilburn Live produces live...
Top Food Brands Sign with Shopkins~Moose Toys has signed deals with a number of leading food brands to launch a new range of Shopkins that will feature packaging inspired by popular food and household items. Kellogg’s, Welch’s, Conagra Brands and more have signed on to bring their food items to the toy aisle. New Shopkins items will feature packaging inspired by Cheez-It, Keebler Fudge Stripes...
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.Stan Lee’s Cause of Death Revealed~Lee died on November 12 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, due to heart and respiratory failure. He was 95. Lee was cremated and his ashes were returned to his daughter, Joan Celia Lee. The godfather of Marvel comics, Lee also suffered from “aspiration pneumonia,” a complication of pulmonary aspiration, which was a “significant condition” that ultimately contributed to his passing. During his time in the industry, Stan Lee created dozens of characters, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk...
.Schleich opens standalone mall shop in US~Schleich’s first-ever standalone pop-up shop is in SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, NC, home to the company’s US headquarters. The 200-sq.-ft. shop opened for business in time for the 2018 holiday season and runs until the end of January 2019. Featuring an assortment of 160 different meticulously-detailed Schleich animal figures and playsets with retail prices ranging from $3.99 to $99.99, the shop provides kids and families with a unique play and shopping experience that includes an interactive “Playzone”...
WowWee Donates 2018 Toy of the Year to Children in Need Across the U.S.~WowWee is continuing its mission of delivering smiles with the announcement of their 2018 Charitable Giving program. Designed to bring the fun and encourage play, WowWee's Charitable Giving program will close the year by gifting thousands of brand new FINGERLINGS and UNTAMED toys to children in need across the country Heralded as the 2018 Toy of the Year, FINGERLINGS are motion, sound, and touch enabled interactive pets that wrap around your finger and...
Build-A-Bear launches buy one, gift one promotion to help Toys for Tots~This might just be the easiest act of charity you’ll ever do. Build-A-Bear Workshop is turning everyone who buys a stuffed toy from them into a philanthropist with its buy one, gift one promotion. For every stuffed dog, unicorn, reindeer and creature purchased in-store or online, Build-A-Bear will give a teddy bear to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Up to 20,000 bears will be donated. The worldwide toy company launched the initiative on Giving Tuesday, a national day of...
Toys"R"Us Canada brings back famous jingle, "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys"R"Us kid"~Toys"R"Us Canada Ltd, the country's toy and baby products authority, has officially brought back its famous jingle, "I don't want to grow up, I'm a Toys"R"Us kid." With Toys"R"Us Canada here to stay and here to play, the updated jingle comes as a reminder that kids right across the country, including the big kids at heart, can still be a Toys"R"Us kid. Made popular during the '80s and '90s, the jingle is now live on radio and television stations across...
Toys 'R' Us Asia separates from U.S. parent: Will it succeed in India?~Toys "R" Us India is not part of the Asian set-up but part of Abu-Dhabi-based LuLu Group International, which has a masters franchise agreement with the US company. The original plan before the US Toys "R" Us bankruptcy announcement was to open 65 stores within a decade. Is Toys "R" Us making the right decisions in Asia? Will Toys "Us" R survive in Asia and India? In India, it will have to find a way to wean middle class families off cheap China-made toys from mom-and-pop ...
After This Toys ‘R’ Us Manager Was Laid Off, He Found His Dream Job as a Toy Store Owner~Glendon Warner always wanted to run his own business. So, when he and 33,000 other Toys ‘R’ Us employees lost their jobs this year as the company closed its U.S. locations, he saw the behemoth retailer’s absence as the perfect opportunity. He opened his own toy shop. “Sometimes,” Warner says, “it takes one business to go out of business for another to go into business.” Toys, Babies & More opened in a 1,600 square-foot location in Hyattsville...
Toys R Us Canada clarifies position on Toybox roll-out~“Toys R Us Canada is not re-branding or reducing store size of it’s country-wide 82 stores to align with its new store concept,” the statement adds. “Rather, throughout 2019 and beyond, customers will notice the enhancement of store offerings focused on personalised service.” Toys R Us Canada’s new concept store, if favourably received, will continue to be rolled out in smaller cities across the country, expanding the availability of toys to more Canadian kids and the ‘big kids-at-heart’...
Schleich reveals extension of its core properties for 2019~New country manager, Thomas Randrup, talks about the extension of its Horse Club and Eldrador Creatures ranges, and a new year of activity in the planning. We are excited about what is coming up in 2019. We have some dynamic growth targets over the coming year so plenty to get stuck into, and it’s likely we’ll need to strengthen our team further in the near future. We have new products launching in January across all of our categories, so we hope to make a very strong start to the year...
Stan Lee's Marvel Empire Was Fueled by Creativity—and Complicated~From the Start~Stan Lee’s life in the business of superheroes mirrors the humble origins, unexpected triumphs, and brutal defeats of his greatest creations. The Marvel legend, who died at 95 on Monday, masterminded comic books, films, TV shows, video games, and a few tons of merchandise that became a multi-billion dollar franchise. He also dealt with bankruptcy, alleged stock fraud, embezzlement at the hands of some of his former business partners, and frayed relationships...
Best of Fat Brain Toys – Black Friday~Fat Brain Toys is one of my favorite online toy retailers. Their site is easy to navigate, they categorize by age and interest better than any other retailer in my opinion, and they curate their selections better than most toy retailers as well. I love the ease of Amazon (and I do buy A LOT of our toys from there) but I try to give Fat Brain Toys (in addition to my local toy store) business as well because they really DO provide an amazing service in selecting the best toys. **Fat Brain Toys is offering $25 off $150 with promo code...
Shark Tank Deal: Le-Glue Accepts $80,000 from Kevin O’Leary~Tripp Phillips entered The Shark Tank with his dad and sister to pitch his patented product, Le-Glue. The twelve-year-old developed the product with his dad to solve a major frustration he had with his favorite toy. When building with interlocking bricks, Tripp found that it was very easy to accidentally drop and destroy his creation. After being given a school project where he was able to invent something new, Tripp and his dad worked tirelessly to find the best water-soluble adhesive to...
ASTRA honors retailer with 2018 TAGIE Award~Leslie and John Chiaverini, owners of Adventure Toys & Teachers’ Supplies in Los Altos, Calif., and members of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Assn., have received the 2018 ASTRA Most Innovative Toy Store Award. The association presented the award at the 2018 Toy & Game Innovation Award Gala held Nov. 16 in Chicago. ASTRA President Kimberley Mosley presented the award at the event, which recognizes collaboration and inventiveness in the toy industry and also honors those who stand out...
China offers big opportunities for foreign toy-makers~At weekends, shop assistants at the LEGO retail store at Chaoyang Joy City is occupied in answering the questions from parents and children attracted by the Danish toymaker's creative products. At the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) held in Shanghai earlier this month, the Danish toymaker's booth was popular with young visitors eager to try out their latest products. "Even though many people choose to go online for toy shopping, LEGO branded retail stores are still crowded with...
He left the slums of Iran as a teen. Now he runs one of America's biggest toy companies~The 64-year-old billionaire founder and CEO of toy maker MGA Entertainment has notched some pretty big wins over the years, including the launch of the wildly popular Bratz dolls in 2001, the acquisition of the Little Tikes toy brand in 2006, and more recently, the release of the L.O.L. Surprise toys. But as much as he loves proving his naysayers wrong, defeat hits him equally hard. It happened this past May when Larian lost his $675 million bid to acquire the...
Haba USA named as Hubelino’s distribution partner~The German family business Hubelino has partnered with the US branch of the Habermaaß Group for exclusive distribution in USA and Canada. At Astra’s Marketplace & Academy 2018 trade show in New Orleans, the management of both companies met. Together with representatives of the toy retail trade, they talked about the potential of Hubelino products in the North American market. Retailers’ positive response to Hubelino products and their distribution by Haba USA laid the foundations for...
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Toy Association Combats Toy Hunting Season and Promotes Commitment to Safety~s the holidays get underway, so does the busiest toy buying season of the year. Unfortunately, certain NGO groups leverage this time of year to advance their own agendas and garner headlines with their lists of allegedly “unsafe toys” that needlessly frighten parents and attempt to create a black mark on the toy industry with inaccurate and misleading information. Armed with real facts about the safety of all toys sold in the U.S. and the hundreds of rigorous federal safety tests...
Trouble in Toyland, safety advice for holiday toys~The 33rd annual Trouble in Toyland report comes from the public interest group PennPIRG. Its findings will be discussed at the capitol, warning adults of toys that may be harmful to their little ones. These toys can be found in big box stores, dollar stores and online. This year's investigation uncovered slime products with toxic levels of Boron and a failure by Amazon to appropriately label choking hazards. It also found a toy that could cause hearing damage. Some highlighted smart toys have cyber-security...
Consumer advocacy group singles out dangerous toys~The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, a national consumer advocacy group, released its annual “Trouble in Toyland” report Tuesday, warning that a number of toys — including the popular product slime — can be harmful to children. At least two manufacturers disputed the findings. Samuelson said PIRG has privacy concerns about so-called “smart toys” that use the internet and phone applications to interact with children, including California-based Wonder Workshop’s Dashboard robot...
CPSC Recalls and Product Safety News: None reported at this time...

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2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award Finalists Unveiled~The Toy Association today unveiled the 123 finalists for the prestigious 2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry, the TOTY Awards program recognizes the top toy, game, and licenses in the industry, and supports children in need by serving as a critical fundraiser for The Toy Foundation. Finalists were announced this morning by prominent online influencers who serve as TOTY Ambassadors. Between now and January 6, families can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite playthings in each of the 17 categories, including Action Figure of the Year, Innovative Toy of the Year, and Collectible of the Year. “If you’re wondering what to get the kids and ‘kidadults’ in your life this holiday season, this year’s TOTY finalists are the hottest toys and games on the market. Whether you are looking for a doll, a board game, or the latest youth electronics, you’ll find great gift ideas for children of all ages. Every one of the TOTY finalists has been carefully screened by judges for its outstanding ability to deliver joy and wonder, while...
 Brighten the Lives of Kids in Need: Donate Toys & Games to The Toy Foundation’s Holiday Toy Drive~The holidays are a time when children should be able to experience the enchantment of the season and the gift of play, however some kids don’t have that luxury. The Toy Foundation is asking the toy and game community to donate toys and games to its holiday toy drive to help bring comfort to underprivileged kids. “By providing a new toy, game or stuffed animal through our holiday toy drive, we can offer underserved children joy and happiness during this festive time,” said Elizabeth Max, TTF’s senior foundation manager. “The Foundation’s goal is provide brand new toys and games to nearly 2 million children in need before the end of the year, but we still have more than 500,000 kids in need to help. We can’t do it without your support!” TTF’s Toy Bank accepts brand-new toys and games of all kinds, including action figures, arts and crafts, dolls, plush, skill-building puzzles, and outdoor toys. Toy companies, retailers, and others in the industry who wish to join these crucial efforts are encouraged to fill...
PopOhVer ON THE MENU FOR TOY INDUSTRY “OSCARS” AS 2019 TOY OF THE YEAR FINALIST~The Toy Association selected the PopOhVer™ Stove Set, a canvas covering that instantly transforms a standard chair into an ingeniously designed kitchen pretend playset, as one of the best toys in the country. Already a winner of multiple national toy awards, PopOhVer™ is now nominated in the Preschool category for the “Oscars” of the toy industry, known as the prestigious Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Finalists represent the most exceptional examples of play value, originality and innovation across the hundreds of companies that make the U.S. toy industry the strongest in the world. “The PopOhVer brand of kitchen playsets, with plush food and its realistic posts & pans, is a true testament to the hard work and commitment of our internal team members and external partners,” said Kangaroo Manufacturing President Dave Balkaran, “who believed enough in the vision of PopOhVer, to push the limits of what is possible, and to deliver a unique and innovative product, which we can all be proud to be a part of.”...
A “TOUCHING” GIFT FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST: ORIGINAL SUPER COOL® SLIME~It may seem like an odd gift to wrap but turns out, the gift of slime is quite touching! Kids and teens go crazy over the tactile goo that’s not quite a solid but definitely not a liquid. Original Super Cool Slime® by parent company Kangaroo Manufacturing has expanded its collection with the hottest trends in the toy world – unicorns, emojis and (ahem) poop. Emoji Poop Slime and Glow In The Dark Slime, $4.95 each, make terrific stocking stuffers, dreidel game or classroom Secret Santa gifts. Likewise, Unicorn Poop Slime appeals to the daintiest kids on your list. Jurassic World Slime in Indoraptor black or T. Rex Cryptogenic green guarantee a dino-good time of hands-on fun. Slime by Kangaroo Manufacturing Each themed glop comes in an appealing container that resembles a chemistry beaker. Tilt it, pour it and let the squishing begin. Surprise each recipient on your list with a little science lesson. Tell them to enjoy their non-Newtonian fluid! Then watch them “Google” the chemistry lesson. Kids already familiar wit...
Smooshy Mushy launches Exciting New Vlog and App for #SmooshySquad~RedwoodVentures LLC, in partnership with OLO Industries LLC, creators of Smooshy Mushy, have announced the launch of Toy Time, a new vlog series being released on the Smooshy Mushy Toys YouTube channel to further delight and engage its millions of fans. The brand has also partnered with War Ducks Ltd. to launch “My Smooshy Mushy,” a new interactive app featuring the popular Smooshy Mushy characters. Debuting on November 16th at 9am Pacific, the Smooshy Mushy vlog Toy Time features the Jones’ Girls, opening up the #SmooshySquad into their comical world of news reporting, crafting, cooking and more. A new episode will be posted every Friday for fans to tune in, enjoy and engage. “We are thrilled to launch both the vlog and the app as two new platforms for the #SmooshySquad to engage with the brand. Both bring the brand and products to life as the blog is a new way to engage with fans and the app acts as a new way for consumers to play with their Smooshy Mushy characters” said Shelly Owen, founder...
.HO-HO-WHOA! AEROMAX HAS A DOZEN GIFTS UNDER $15 TO FILL THOSE STOCKINGS OR AWARD DREIDEL GAMERS~This holiday season, lots of families are looking for gifts that offer high impact on a small budget. Aeromax has a wide assortment of interactive gifts that are surprisingly affordable like the Pull Back Space Shuttle with Lights & Sound at just $7.95. If you’ve got stockings to stuff or dreidel game prizes to stockpile, look to the high quality toys by Aeromax, sparking kids’ imaginations for more than two decades. Both boys and girls like to get down on the floor for a friendly competition of race cars or wind-up toys. At just $6.95, consider one of three models of Wheely Fun Rollers. As the name implies, these toys-in-a-wheel roll down the kitchen floor or on any flat surface. Choose Train, Space Shuttle or Fire Engine and play three different ways! Got school backpacks in the house? Adorn them with NASA-themed Apollo 11 Foam Astronaut or Orion Space Capsule Foam Backpack Clips at just $4.95. With the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon next year, kids will be inspired to...
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Families Looking to Connect Offline Will Add Award-Winning North Star Games to Their Holiday Gift List~North Star Games, creator of the award-winning family games “Say Anything” and “Wits and Wagers,” announced today the availability of “Happy Salmon,” “Dude” and “More Dude,” at U.S. Target locations and target.com. The two wildly popular games were designed to create simple, engaging fun that...
Oddbods Go-Kards Game from One Animation Achieves Kickstarter Goal in Just One Week~Oddbods, the twice Emmy nominated, hilarious, quirky animation series from One Animation received full funding for its Oddbods Go-Kards card-based racing board game in less than one week on the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. To celebrate this milestone, One Animation along with game developer Playware, is...
LEGO launches sequel-inspired building sets~The LEGO Group is building up to the launch of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part with a range of new construction sets that includes a LEGO Duplo SKU for younger children, as well as LEGO System sets featuring minifigures and minidolls inspired by characters and scenes from the film. Select sets will launch globally on December 1, with the rest of the line following...
'Worst' Alphabet Book Becomes Bestseller~Rapper Lushlife has a hit on his hands. It’s just not the kind he might have expected. The musical artist, whose real name is Raj Haldar, has co-written the picture book P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever, which pokes fun at words in the English language that feature rule-breaking—and often frustrating-for-kids—silent letters. At press time, the book sits at the #9...
DIRTY DANCING Funko Pop! Vinyls are Coming~That's right, straight from Kellerman's Resort in the Catskill Mountains comes the Funko Dirty Dancing Baby Pop! Vinyl Figure #696 and Dirty Dancing Johnny Pop! Vinyl Figure #697! The best dancers of 1987 are now available for pre-order from my friends at Entertainment Earth. Long before Dancing With the Stars, there was Dirty Dancing - a film that inspired...
Enjoy a Relaxing Spa Day With DIY Sparkly Bath Bombs~Who doesn’t love a good spa day? Especially soaking in a big tub surrounded by colors, fizzing foam, and a soothing aroma. That’ll release anyone’s tensions. Before you hop in the tub, create sparkling scented fizzies with Cra-Z-Art’s new Shimmer ’N Sparkle Spa Creations Bath Bomb Maker. The kit makes 20 colorful bath fizzies with the help of a creation...
Hot Wheels Augmoto Brings a New Reality to Die-Cast Play~Just in time for the brand’s 50th anniversary, Mattel’s Hot Wheels Augmoto Augmented Reality Racing Track Set combines the classic fun of racing die-cast cars with new augmented reality (AR) technology. The Augmoto track, made for ages 8 and up, comes with two special, rechargeable cars that can race through the track. The track is a relatively...
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