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Insect Lore
Insect Lore - Back in 1964, STEM education featured children studying arithmetic, relying heavily on textbooks, and only dreaming of computers housed in glass-enclosed climate-controlled rooms. In this academic atmosphere, a California entomologist named Carlos White was thinking about taking STEM learning a step further. Wouldn't it be wonderful if children could see the miraculous metamorphosis of butterflies up close? With this question in mind, and after years of experimentation, Carlos and his wife Pat created the ingenious Butterflies-By-Mail concept. Insect Lore was born in 1969 and Painted Lady caterpillars and their food were shipped across the USA, enabling children to observe the fascinating butterfly life cycle up close in their own homes and classrooms. Fifty years later, this hands-on science experiment of observing Painted Lady caterpillars eat, change into chrysalides, and finally emerge as adult butterflies continues to enchant even the most tech savvy children.

In 1975, as the Butterflies-By-Mail concept grew in popularity, People Magazine featured Carlos White in an iconic photo with a butterfly resting on his head, and as a result, Insect Lore became a household name.

Remember Jurassic Park, The Ride at Universal Studios in Hollywood? Insect Lore got the call to create a 4,000-butterfly salute as a grand opening gesture.

In 1997, Insect Lore went global with the establishment of a sister company in the UK. Caterpillars are shipped to families, educators and butterfly lovers across the USA, the UK and the EU.

A year later, Insectlore.com was online as the company’s first website. From the web to out-of-this-world came a call from NASA in 1999. Insect Lore’s Painted Lady butterflies voyaged into space on the space Shuttle Columbia! Insect Lore partnered with NASA and classrooms across the USA to find out whether the caterpillars would undergo metamorphosis in zero gravity. Guess what? They did!

In 2002, Insect Lore took life cycle kits beyond butterflies with the creation of their exclusive ladybug-growing kit- Ladybug Land; as they grew the product line, Insect Lore introduced its iconic pop-up butterfly habitat, to provide customers with the ultimate butterfly-viewing experience! In 2003, the Butterfly Pavilion was named “Best Overall Butterfly-Raising Kit” by the Wall Street Journal.

On the cusp of its 50th anniversary, Insect Lore teamed up World of Eric Carle™ in 2018 for a perfect match. The award-winning butterfly company combined its revolutionary insect-raising kits with the iconic art of the Eric Carle™ brand. Through its partnership with World of Eric Carle™, Insect Lore brings one of the most successful publishing franchises of all time (founded also in 1969) into the fascinating world of live nature projects. Fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar ™ & The Grouchy Ladybug ™ story books are delighted to see the real-life versions of their favorite characters grow and transform.

2019 marks Insect Lore’s 50th Anniversary of providing the wonder of metamorphosis to children, families and educators. Insect Lore’s educational kits have received the prestigious STEM Authenticated Trademark from STEM.org, as well as the Parent’s Choice Award, Academic’s Choice Award, The National Parenting Center Award, the Tillywig Award, the 2019 Brain Toy Award, the Hot Diggity Award, the Oppenheim Portfolio Best Toy Award, and the Mom’s Choice Awards.

Insect Lore ships hundreds of thousands of butterfly kits across the USA, the UK, and the EU annually. Its educational STEM kits and outdoor/nature products can be found in specialty stores across the country.

For 50 years Insect Lore has been providing families and classrooms with butterfly and ladybug growing kits as well as ant kits. Once their Painted Lady caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies, children can feed and observe them for a few days, and then set them free to pollinate our world. It is Insect Lore’s hope that once children witness the incredible life cycle of a butterfly or ladybug, they will be inspired to become stewards of our precious environment.

2019 marks Insect Lore’s 50th Anniversary
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132 S Beech Ave. | Shafter, CA 93263 | USA
tel: 888.489.5742 | fax: 661.746.0334
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Contact: Amy Mikahil

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"the Bloom Report" Covering the Week Of:
Saturday July 20 through Friday July 26, 2019

Financial & Legal News
Saturday July 20 through Friday July 26, 2019
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Hasbro is already paying for Trump's threatened tariffs on Chinese toys~Donald Trump has only threatened to extend tariffs to virtually all Chinese goods, but Hasbro is already paying for the president's game of Risk. The toy giant stomached additional costs last quarter due to the "exhaustive amount of work" needed to prepare for the "very challenging and damaging impact" of tariffs if they're imposed, CEO Brian Goldner said on the second-quarter earnings call this week. The proposed import duties have "far-reaching implications" and would be "very disruptive to our...
Toys 'R' Us Is Back - Meet The $40 Million-Backed Startup That Made It Possible~The storied company announced that it will return to the US market in time for the holidays, with retail locations in Houston and Paramus, New Jersey. When its doors reopen this November, Geoffrey the Giraffe will still be there to greet customers but not much else will be the same. That’s because Tru Kids, the parent company that owns the Toys ‘R’ Us brand, has entered into a joint venture with B8ta, a San Francisco-based experiential retailer that has already helped reinvigorate the in-store...
Toys R Us is officially back from the dead, but its new stores won't actually make any money selling toys~Tru Kids, the company created in February that controls the Toys R Us and Babies R Us brands, is opening two new Toys R Us stores for the 2019 holiday season. Tru Kids announced on Wednesday that the two stores will be open in high-end malls: The Galleria in Houston, Texas and in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey. The stores will be smaller than Toys R Us of years past, at roughly 6,500 square feet, with a "playground-like environment"...
Toys ‘R’ Us Targets 10 Stores by End of 2020 in Comeback Bid~The reincarnated version of Toys “R” Us is opening two stores this holiday season as a testing ground, with the hope of scaling up to 10 locations by the end of 2020. The company will open 6,500-square-foot stores at malls in Houston and Paramus, New Jersey, in a joint venture with retailer b8ta Inc. A key part of their strategy is to provide “Instagram-able” experiences to lure shoppers into the new locations, including photo ops with Geoffrey the Giraffe, birthday parties and other events, Tru Kids Brands CEO...
Barry and Raub Share New Details About Revamped TRU~Tru Kids Brands, the parent of the Toys “R” Us brand, and b8ta, the software-powered experiential retailer, announced that they have entered into a joint venture to bring Toys “R” Us stores back to the United States. The new store experience will deliver the hottest toy products and brands, carefully curated and showcased in highly immersive smaller-format interactive spaces. The new stores will be about 6,500 square feet, combining the hottest and newest toys with interactive experiences that will continually evolve...
Can The Toys'R'Us-b8ta Tie-in Work?~The big question is will it be enough to bring back one of the best-known retailing brands ever? While Tru Kids, which bought the intellectual properties of the bankrupt retailer, has talked about reopening, today’s announcement of new stores in the Galleria in Houston and Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, mark the first details on the planned revival of what was at one time the most important toy retailer on the planet. The twist that makes the new deal so fascinating is that these stores will be a joint venture with b8ta, which the company...
Toys 'R' Us Just Literally Came Back From the Dead. (Here's the Ridiculously Ironic Detail You Couldn't Make Up If You Tried)~This time around, Toys R Us isn't actually going to be making money, at least directly, on the toys sold within its stores. Instead, it's using the brand to sell space to other toy makers -- manufacturers, distributors, retailers, whatever you'd like to call them -- so that they can sell directly. They're teaming up with a four-year-old company called b8ta to make this part happen. It sounds a bit weird, like a cross between a giant department store model and some kind of 21st century, A.I.-enabled commerce platform. But, two points for using the whole "experiences not things" Millennial trope...
Toys R Us returns and its backers are ‘open to exporting the new model to Britain~The two mall-based stores are set to open in time for Christmas. Other locations for Toys R Us’ return have not yet been divulged, but backers have said that they will be in ‘prime, high traffic areas.’ Raub has said that up to eight more stores are planned for next year, with the aim of hitting a ‘sweet spot’ of around 10,000 square feet. The co-CEO has also stated that he open to exporting the new venture’s model to Britain, and Europe, though nothing is currently planned. “This is a very scalable model...
Toys R Us: Don't Call It a Comeback~About a decade ago, TRU had the opportunity to pivot its business into an interactive model that kept consumers visiting its stores. Had it been implemented, it may have kept shoppers from changing their habits when it came to buying toys. The company failed to do that largely because it had too much debt from a leveraged buyout to properly invest in revamping its stores. Now the chain -- or at least a successor company that owns its trademarks -- has plans for a comeback that includes new retail stores. It's not going to work in any...
Toys ‘R’ Us is making a comeback in the U.S., but maybe it shouldn’t~“Tru Kids has to re-establish a somewhat tarnished brand to a U.S. audience. And I personally don’t think it’s going to fly,” said The Toy Insider’s Zahn. After disappointing sales in holiday 2017, Toys “R” Us decided to shutter its 800 stores in June 2018. In August 2018, a court-approved settlement for creditors, including vendors, was reached so that they would receive 22 cents on the dollar. They were owed about $800 million. “There are thousands of families and friends from the 33,000 Toys ‘R’ Us...
This Is How Many Stores Close If JC Penney Goes Under~JCP has hired restructuring specialists as its path to financial viability narrows. JCP claims it sometimes taps “external advisors to evaluation opportunities.” Whichever claim is true, one thing is certain. Time is running out for J.C. Penney to avoid the fate of retailers such as Toys “R” Us and Sears. The future of hundreds of stores and tens of thousands of employees is at stake. J.C. Penney has about 860 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. It employs approximately 95,000 people. Those stores and people are...
Jumbo announces merger with James Galt~Leading European puzzles and games company Jumbodiset Group, which has offices in The Netherlands and Spain, will merge with British toy company, James Galt & Co, headquartered in Manchester. The merger between Jumbo and Galt will create a significant industry powerhouse, strengthening the international footprint of both companies and their market-leading product innovations. The collaboration marries two of the toy industry’s well recognised and respected names, and will deliver significant growth opportunities across a...
Top legal team acts in merger to create European toys industry powerhouse~The combination following the merger creates a significant industry powerhouse with an expansive international footprint and market-leading product innovations. JumboDiset Group is a strong toy and nursery company that manufactures and sells games, puzzles, toys and learning and nursery products in more than 50 countries worldwide. Its main offices are based in Zaandam, The Netherlands and Barcelona, Spain, with sales offices in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Nordic and...
Elizabeth Warren launched a new attack on private equity: Here’s how the downfall of Toys R Us got her there~The debt load firms placed on retailers left them hamstrung. When digital commerce permanently altered the retail industry, the companies had no capacity to make investments in technology and in their stores that were needed to compete against Amazon. The result was a rash of bankruptcies, including those of Payless ShoeSource, Sports Authority and Toys R Us. Thousands lost their jobs. Toys R Us’ liquidation, which stripped away about 30,000 U.S. jobs and...
MasterPieces Acquires Baby Fanatic~MasterPieces, Inc. announced the acquisition of Baby Fanatic, the leading sports licensed baby product company. MasterPieces is uniquely positioned to bring the extensive line of baby products to a wider fan-base. The MasterPieces sales team will manage the existing Baby Fanatic retail customers as well as expand the availability of the products through its dynamic network of sports merchandise channels. In addition, online product sales availability will be linked into the MasterPiecesInc.com shop as well as directly from the...
Modeling kids out of debt~Have you ever heard of the quote, “Train your children when they are young and they will never forget it for the rest of their lives?” Did you know that there are parents who unconsciously train their children to get into debt? We teach them by modeling. Our kids learn by our actions, and by what we say. That is why we have to be very in­tentional when it comes to teaching them about debt, we must practice what we teach. For kids, whenever they see a toy that they like from their friend, they have the tendency to borrow the toy. Harmless, right? But what we all...
How will Brexit impact UK retail in 2019?~Why things are looking bad for the UK’s Christmas supply chain. ParcelHero weighed in, predicting that warehouses will fill with Brexit stockpiled goods just as supplies of Christmas toys and electronics should be flooding in. It also flags up a potential sharp hike in the price of electronic goods and new charges on gifts from abroad. Either there is enough stock to get through a no-deal Brexit, or enough for a traditional Christmas– retailers can’t make space for both. Warehousing space is already down to just 2.2 percent. 20 percent is the...
Looking to replace Chinese imports, US turns to Indian product~The US is looking to replace Chinese exports with Indian products in at least seven product lines including vulcanised rubber, footwear and kitchen accessories. “Importers in the US have shown keen interest in our products in at least seven tariff lines,” said an official in the know of the details. “We have a five-six month period to make use of this opportunity before Vietnam and Cambodia fill in the space vacated by China.” India exported these items worth $1.5 billion in FY19 to the US, and the industry is keen to ramp up...
US-China trade war an opportunity to help double India’s exports~Trade tension between the US and China has the potential to open a brand new window for India. Sports goods, toys, cables, stationery, and electronic goods are some of the areas, from where the American importers are reaching out to India. exports, FIEO, imports, trade tensions, toys, sports goods, electronics, duty, trade relation, US-China, US-IndiaIndia has the opportunity to double its exports to the US in the given condition, while the exports can be increased by USD 40-50 Billion by adding new capacity...
Online sales will reach $645 billion in 2020; but growth slowing~Online retail sales growth may have reached an inflection point. Online sales growth has slowed for four consecutive quarters for the first time since 2012 and may have reached an inflection point that could result in slowing growth moving forward. The Retail & Consumer Products practice at FTI expects U.S. online retail sales of $575 billion in 2019, a 12.3% increase over 2018. That compares to a 14.2% increase in 2018, when the market grew from $450 billion and topped $500 billion for the first time, and a 15.6%...
Regulatory Wrap-Up~Weekly review of retail-related legislative, judicial developments-July 15... ||| Regulatory Wrap-Up~Weekly review of retail-related legislative, judicial developments-July 22
Back-to-school shoppers headed to brick-and-mortar stores~Physical stores have the edge when it comes to back-to-school shopping. Over half of respondents (58%) said they plan to buy (or have already bought) the majority of their items in a store and some online for apparel and footwear. When it comes to school supplies, 57% responded similarly. In fact, 23% of respondents said they will buy or have bought all of their apparel and footwear in a physical store, and 19% said they will buy or have bought all of their supplies in a physical store. For back-to-school shopping...
Back-to-school spending to fall from last year~Back-to-school spending is set to rise per household but fall overall as the number of students in school and college declines. Total spending for K-12 schools and college combined is projected to reach $80.7 billion, down from last year’s $82.8 billion largely because of the decreased number of households with children in elementary through high school. The survey found that families with children in elementary school through high school plan to spend an average $696.70. That’s up from $684.79 last year and tops the previous record...
Impressive’ June Retail Sales Beat Forecasts, Show ‘Consumer Remains Engaged’~Retail sales were up 0.6 percent in June seasonally adjusted from May and up 2.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said today. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants. “These are impressive results showing that the consumer remains engaged and that consumer spending gave a boost to the economy in the second quarter,” NRF Chief Economic Jack Kleinhenz said. “The numbers are consistent with elevated consumer...
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Company Reporting
Financial Reporting (July 20-26, 2019)
Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI) Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results~Largest branded marketer in North America of apparel exclusively for babies and young children reported its second quarter fiscal 2019 results. “We achieved our sales and earnings growth objectives in the second quarter,” said Michael D. Casey, Chairman and CEO. “Our growth was driven by our...
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) Revenue and Operating Profit Growth for the Second Quarter~Reported financial results for the second quarter 2019. Net revenues for the second quarter 2019 increased 9% to $984.5 million versus $904.5 million in 2018. Absent a negative $20.7 million impact of foreign exchange, second quarter 2019 revenues grew 11%. In the...
Company Reporting
Future Financial Reporting
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) July 25~Announced that it will hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2019 financial results. The event will be webcast live, and the audio and associated slides will be available for at least three months thereafter at www.amazon.com/ir...
Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) July 25~Announced that it plans to release its second quarter 2019 financial results and will host a conference call and webcast. The conference call will be webcast on Mattel's Investor Relations website, https://mattel.gcs-web.com/. To listen to the live call, log on to the website at least 10 minutes early to register, download and...
Scholastic Corporation (SCHL) July 25-Announced the following schedule and teleconference information for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 earnings release...
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) July 30~Will release its financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2019 after the close of market. In conjunction with this release, will host a conference call to review its financial results for the first fiscal quarter, discuss its outlook for the future and may disclose other material developments affecting its business and/or...
Spin Master Corp. (TOY.TO) July 31~Will report its second quarter 2019 financial results after markets close. Ronnen Harary, Co-CEO, Ben Gadbois, Global President & COO, and Mark Segal, CFO, will host a conference call for the investment community on August 1, 2019. A live webcast of the call will be accessible via Spin Master's website...
CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE: CSS) August 1~Will report its fiscal 2020 first quarter results through an earnings release issued after 4:15 p.m. ET on August 1, 2019. The Company will hold a conference call for investors on August 2, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. ET. The call can be accessed in the following ways...
Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: NWL) August 2~Announced its second quarter 2019 earnings results will be released prior to market open and will be followed by a live webcast. To listen to the webcast, please select Events & Presentations from the Investors tab of the Newell Brands website at www.newellbrands.com. The live webcast will be recorded and made available for...
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) August 5~Announced that it plans to report financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2020, ended June 30, 2019.. The Company plans to hold a conference call to discuss its results, which can be accessed by dialing (877) 407-0984 or (201) 689-8577. A live, listen-only webcast and a replay of the call will be available at...
Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) August 8~Intends to release its second quarter 2019 results after the close of the market. In conjunction with this release, will host a conference call that will be broadcast over the internet. A presentation corresponding with the conference call will be available in Adobe Acrobat format at http://investor.activision.com. A replay of the call...
SUMR Brands (SUMR) August 8~Global leader in premium juvenile products announced that it will host a conference call to discuss financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2019 second quarter. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website afterwards, and results will be issued prior to the call...

Stories & Comments
Saturday July 20 through Friday July 26, 2019
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The Simpsons Writers Have Confessed ‘How They Predict The Future’~From Toys R Us closing down to Donald Trump becoming president, it’s no secret The Simpsons has been at the forefront of a lot of important decision making. Okay so maybe the sitcom didn’t actually have a hand in these scenarios being brought to life outside of our TV screens, but it has manage to predict them in sometimes spookily accurate ways. Now, the show’s writers have revealed exactly how they manage to ‘predict the future’, and it’s much less conspiratorial than you might think. In an interview...
‘Toy Story’ movies ranked: Fans say ‘3’ was the best of Pixar’s franchise, but what about ‘4’?~“Toy Story” fans have been feverishly voting in a recent poll that asked them to name their favorite film from Pixar‘s franchise, and the results are finally in. Cue the drumroll! According to you, here is how all four “Toy Story” movies are ranked: “Toy Story 3” (2010) tops the list with 32% support, followed by the original “Toy Story” (1995) at 29%, then the sequel “Toy Story 2” (1999) at 21%, and finally the newest edition “Toy Story 4” (2019) at 18%. Do you agree or disagree with those...
The top 10 best toy booths at SDCC 2019~For some people, the entire purpose of going to SDCC is to check out the programming and panels. For others, it’s getting to meet celebrities, get their autographs, and take photos.So kick it with me, your favorite internet toy journalist while I take you through San Diego Comic-Con’s expo hall and count down (in no particular order) my Top Ten favorite toy booths of SDCC 2019...
'THE LION KING' ROARS THE BOX OFFICE TO LIFE~John Favreau’s photo realistic remake of The Lion King roared out of the “uncanny valley” to score an enormous box office success with a $185 million domestic debut, which by itself was more than the entire box office during the same weekend last year when The Equalizer 2 debuted with $36 million. After six straight weekends with numbers below those of the record-holding 2018, the box office for the top 12 was up 54% from the same frame last year, and 2019’s running deficit with 2018 was reduced from about 9% to 7%...
Will migrant children in the US watch Toy Story?~Parents across the United States these days have been taking their children to see the newest US animation blockbuster Toy Story. Schools have ended and long summer days require entertainment for children anywhere around the world. But soon after watching Toy Story, these same families return home to switch on the TV and see shocking reports of children being kept in cages in appalling conditions at the US-Mexico border. They hear Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan ask for more funds to continue...
How Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob meme toys were birthed by the internet~To celebrate SpongeBob Squarepants turning 20 this year, Nickelodeon released a “Masterpiece Memes” vinyl figurine collection featuring the most beloved memes birthed from the show, including “Imaaagination SpongeBob” and “Handsome Squidward.” The 8-inch figurines, retailing for around $20 each, immediately sold out when they were first released, speaking to the enduring popularity of the show and how closely it mirrors the internet’s language. “The SpongeBob memes are a top...
Target introduces adaptive Halloween costumes for kids with disabilities~Halloween costumes are more inclusive than ever before, thanks in part to Target's latest innovative options. Target's Hyde and Eek! Boutique range has introduced four new Halloween costumes adapted for kids with disabilities. One of the designs allows kids to transform their wheelchair into a pirate ship, complete with a Jolly Roger flag and with waves for wheels. The other turns it into a luxurious purple princess carriage. Both wheelchair covers use "hook-and-loop closures for a secure fit," and can fit on a...
Netflix's The Toys That Made Us: Season 3 Trailer and Spinoff Series Announced~Netflix's The Toys That Made Us had some good news for Comic-Con attendees, with a promise that "the show has not been cancele", going so far to say that while Season 3 is coming soon, there is no official release date, "due to lots of legal and logistical requirements." Per Netflix, "The minds behind the smash-hit Netflix series The Toys That Made Us are back with their signature brand of insight, wit, and unadulterated love of all things toys! What does the future hold for the continuing series...
Batman Inducted Into Comic-Con Hall of Fame~He’s saved the citizens of Gotham City, and the entire DC comic book universe, multiple times across the past eight decades, but on the eve of the 50th San Diego Comic-Con, the real world impact of DC’s Batman was celebrated in San Diego’s Balboa Park. “Batman is real in every person who summons the strength and resilience to keep going. That is a superpower. There’s no other way to describe it,” DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee told an assembled audience of hundreds at the site of the future Comic-Con Museum on...
Millennials Are Obsessed With Children’s Toys And Movies – And Its Hurting Kids~The current generation is so unwilling to let go of what they loved during their childhood that they may be inadvertently damaging the generation that will follow them. Have you taken a look at what movies are showing in your local cinema lately? Aladdin, Toy Story, The Lion King. Anyone would think we have been transported back to the 1990s. Society is currently on quite the nostalgia kick as of late and it goes well beyond just Hollywood. Video games and toys are guilty of relying on remakes and...
'Utterly terrifying' Detective Pikachu toys are arriving looking the opposite of cute~ If you've seen the new Detective Pikachu film, you’ll know that this fuzzy yellow Pokemon is probably the cutest companion ever to grace the big screen. Voiced by Ryan Reynolds , Detective Pikachu is an adorable and warm-hearted partner to the film's protagonist, and the perfect character to be transformed into a cuddly toy. However, some fans who've ordered the Detective Pikachu plushie have received more than they bargained for. Far from being cute, the toys are instead the stuff of nightmares...
The Story Behind The Rarest Star Wars Action Figure~Vlix Oncard is the rarest action figure ever commercially released. That’s the sort of thing one learns when doing a deep dive into the research required when starting production on my series, The Toys That Made Us. I know⁠—I can hear some of you out there yelling, “No, rocket-firing Boba Fett is the rarest action figure ever produced!” Well, the major caveat here is the words “commercially released.” Poor spring-loaded Boba never made it to the store shelves, but Vlix actually did. How did he manage that? And also, who...
Marvel Reveals Title for New Disney+ Series~A Marvel New Media non-fiction series is coming to the Disney+ streaming service. Marvel’s Storyboards will follow Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada as he discovers the origin stories of popular figures across various forms of media and entertainment. The upcoming 12 episodes will feature several prominent guests, including Teen Vogue executive editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay, actor Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir. The 10- to 15-minute episodes will also discuss each guests’ love for Marvel...
It’s a Playmobil World After All!~Lino DiSalvo, the gifted director of Playmobil: The Movie, had spent many years at Disney, working as head of animation on Frozen, and supervising animator on movies such as Tangled, Bolt and Meet the Robinsons. So, when he pitched the producers at Montreal- and Paris-based ON Animation Studio his take on the Playmobil world, he already knew about combining the right ingredients of a fun animated movie for the whole family. The musical CG-animated movie, which arrives in theaters in August, is based on the hugely popular line of...
All the things you never knew about New Zealand's great Buzzy Bee~Is there anything more Kiwiana than the Buzzy Bee? The traditional wooden pull-along toy has been gifted to newborn babies for decades. For many, it symbolises New Zealand childhood. But did you know the Buzzy Bee is almost 80 years old? Did you know the original toy was made out of furniture scraps? That today the toys are made in China? And that the Buzzy Bee character is actually a male bee?...
Best product flops and missteps from history: How many of these blunders do you remember?~There have been plenty of tech failures over the years with various different launches of products resulting in utter failure, disaster or just a complete lack of interest. Some of these products were simply launched before their time, others were poorly thought out and proved unpopular at launch. Other products seemed to do ok at first, but then needed to be recalled due to safety problems. We're summing up the best (or is it worst) from over the years. Which of these classics do you...
Japanese drink vending machine capsule toys: A must-have for recreating Japan in miniature~Japan has a well-deserved reputation as the world’s most enthusiastic country when it comes to vending machines. It seems like you can find a machine selling drinks on just about every block, and you won’t have to walk much farther to find a gachapon or other brand of capsule toy vending machine either. So perhaps it was inevitable that novelty good maker J Dream was going to combine the two. The company’s newest capsule toy offering is called the Miniature Vending Machine...
10 Most Expensive Toys Ever Made~Most of us cannot imagine a childhood without the toys that our parents and well-wishers showered us with. Be it action figures, board games, cars, dollhouses, or teddy bears, we all have fond memories with our favorite toys, some of which have even become vintage collectibles by now. SEE THE LIST...
How HEYBOT! Broke All The Rules Of Shows Designed To Sell You Toys~There's something vaguely dishonest about kids cartoons designed to sell toys. It's not that these shows can't be good but they always exist within the same specific framework: Advances happen not because they make sense from a character or narrative perspective, but because the merchandising department demands it. Sure, the Super Mega Robot turning into the Super Mega BLASTER Robot might have helped push the plot along, but it also helps to push more Super Mega Blaster Robot toys off the shelf...
“The Lion King” McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys Now Available~It’s back-to-back Disney at McDonald’s this month as Toy Story 4 Happy Meals toys are ending their run and a new herd of Lion King Happy Meal toys are arriving. Starting July 16th, Happy Meal toys inspired by Disney’s new version of The Lion King are now available at participating McDonald’s. There are 10 toys available in total and break down into three main sets. In addition to the toys, as part of McDonald’s Roar to Win Game, guests can enter to win a Family Vacation for 4 to the Walt Disney World Resort...
'Toy' cars aid disabled toddlers~When a tractor-trailer pulled into a New Britain, Connecticut, warehouse recently with 318 battery-powered, ride-on toy cars, professors Michele Dischino and James DeLaura looked as delighted as children on Christmas morning. Dischino and DeLaura said they were already thinking about the disabled youngsters across Connecticut who will get the gift of mobility through the donated toys. “Research is showing that mobility means more than just physical growth. It’s important to growing emotionally and socially,” said Dischino, who teaches...
Hasbro Recreates Classic Marvel Comic Covers With Toys~Celebrating eight decades of Marvel Comics, Hasbro is releasing a series of new 80th Anniversary Marvel Legends toys featuring iconic heroes looking as if they stepped off the covers of classic books. Check out recreations of Captain America 700, Thor 137, and Iron Man 126. Between the three, Hasbro played it really safe with two of them. The Captain America and Iron Man covers each feature a single six-inch action figure. The cover choice isn’t that inspired, but Cap looks great in his classic gear. Gotta love a World War II...
Move Over ‘Little Mermaid,’ ‘Barbie’ Movie Will Also Cast Minority Actors, Mattel CEO Says~Following Disney's recent decision to cast a black actress in the lead role of its live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, Mattel will also look to cast actors of color in its forthcoming films such as Barbie. Since launching its movie-making division Mattel Films late last summer, the toymaker announced that Margot Robbie, a Caucasian actress, will play the titular role of Barbie in its first live-action film. But Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz pledged that Barbie, as well as the company's other...
Chinese manufacturers? This is why your business should not ignore them~Here is why your business should not ignore Chinese manufacturers and how you can find a suitable manufacturer in China. Nothing beats the versatility and expertise of Chinese manufacturers. They can manufacture a product entirely from a sample down to the last nail or button. Chinese factories also use a variety of manufacturing processes, whatever your product or component requires. Two of the most common manufacturing processes are die casting or plastic injection molding. Die...
Remembering the toy industry's past: Vintage Australian toys – in pictures ||| Intercept: The Electronic Search and Destroy Game from Lakeside (1978) ||| Casper Toys from Mattel (1959) ||| 5 toy stores that aren't around anymore |||
CONFESSIONS OF A COMIC BOOK GUY - DUMPSTER FIRES AND BUG BARS~A weekly column by Steve Bennett of Super-Fly Comics and Games in Yellow Springs, Ohio. This week, Bennett discusses SDCC exclusive merchandise, brand oddities, and the marketing potential of dumpster fires. Comic-Con is happening this week in San Diego, and while there are events I wish I could attend there and creators I'd like to meet, I have to confess there are things about it which consistently leave me cold. Chief among them, Con Exclusives. It's a combination of no longer having that...
ROLLING FOR INITIATIVE: BOOSTER FUN WITH 'MAGIC: THE GATHERING' 'THRONE OF ELDRAINE'~A weekly column by Scott Thorne, PhD, owner of Castle Perilous Games & Books in Carbondale, Illinois and instructor in marketing at Southeast Missouri State University. This week, Thorne offers his initial thoughts on the new card features announced in the next Magic: The Gathering expansion, Throne of Eldraine. I had an entire other column written until Wizards of the Coast revealed new card and booster formats early Sunday morning. Although the new booster formats started...
"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...There Are Now More People Over 65 Than Kids Under 5; what to do ||| Manufacturing in China; a status update |||
Trade Press Around the World:
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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343 Industries Teams Up With Wicked Cool Toys For Highly Anticipated Halo Infinite~It was announced that 343 Industries has appointed Wicked Cool Toys as global toy licensee for the next chapter of one of the most iconic game franchises of all time, Halo Infinite. The new game will debut in Holiday 2020 and Wicked Cool Toys is working closely with 343 Industries and the game development team so that the line of toys and collectibles are truly an offline extension of the Halo universe. Wicked Cool Toys has the rights to create several...
Brand Licensing Europe Confirms Venue and Date for Next Five Years~The organisers of Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), Europe’s leading event for the licensing industry, have confirmed the event will remain at ExCeL London until at least 2024 with the dates for the next five years slated as: 6 – 8 October 2020 28 – 30 September 2021 20 – 22 September 2022 3 – 5 October 2023 24 – 26 September 2024. BLE celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2019 and takes place from 1-3 October at ExCeL London. It has grown exponentially since its launch in...
Mattel unveils full She-Ra and the Princesses of Power doll line-up~Mattel has revealed its full line-up of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power dolls at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, based on the popular DreamWorks Animation series on Netflix. The line was unveiled via social media and to fans. The comic convention has become renowned globally for its pop culture showcase and slate of exclusive reveals each year. Mattel’s new She-Ra line includes Adora and her alter-ego She-Ra, Bow, Catra, Glimmer, and Swiftwind...
Edible Slime...Cherry- and blue raspberry-flavored slime coming to a store near you~Craft City and Kool-Aid have joined forces to launch a line of edible slime. Craft City’s Make Your Own Kool-Aid Edible Slime all-inclusive kits come with everything needed to create tasty and fruity Kool-Aid-flavored slime. The package offers two popular Kool-Aid flavored mixes, Cherry and Blue Raspberry, for families to mix, squish, mold and eat...
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.Hasbro plans to cut China production and looks to India and Vietnam~The U.S.-China trade war is spurring Hasbro to reduce its reliance on China for making its toys. China has long been an important country for manufacturing toys: 67% of Hasbro’s products sold in the U.S. came from there last year. However, as Washington and Beijing slap tariffs on each other’s products, Hasbro is increasing its production in countries other than China. “We’re increasingly spreading our footprint and adding new geographies for production globally,” Hasbro CEO...
New toy store is opening~A new toy store offering residents the opportunity to shop local is opening in Wilton. The name of the new shop is Town Center Toys, and it is owned by Jennifer Fila, who has lived in Wilton with her husband for five years. They have two school-aged children. The store is located at 5 River Road, and Fila is putting the finishing touches on it, expecting to open it for business within the next week. The store will carry a large range of items, including toys and gifts for infants and fun items for middle schoolers...
LEGO builds on its retail efforts in Europe~Despite a broader toy sales decline in the region, the brickmaker has seen continued growth and plans to open four new locations in time for the holiday season. The company is opening two new locations in Birmingham’s Bull Ring and Southampton’s West Quay Shopping Centre in the UK, as well as launching its first two stores in the Netherlands⁠—including a flagship store in Amsterdam and another location in Utrecht. The four new shops will feature a number of in-store activities, including building challenges...
Lego designer talks about designing spaceships and collaborating with NASA~Lego designer Simon Kent explained that he and his colleagues recently visited with NASA engineers and personnel to compare their toys against the real spaceships, rovers, and space stations currently in operation today. “Across the company, space is such a big theme, that we can tap into it in many different ways, whether its a plaything like Lego City, or a display model that goes into the fine details of the spacecraft’s design,” like the recently-released Apollo 11...
HobbyTown operated like a local busines~It can be difficult to find a store that's part of a national chain, but also has a local flavor. But the owner of Norman’s HobbyTown USA wants his shop to have a local feel. Two local residents — owner Gary Cahill and his son, Tanner — run it. They’re the only full-time employees. “I basically dragged him out of bed and made him come to work with me,” Gary Cahill jokes. Tanner Cahill laughs. “I've been here every since,” he said. Anyone walking into the store will likely be greeted by both Cahills. The checkout...
A Sit Down With G.I. Joe Product Manager Kirk Bozigian: The Marketing Side~If you’ve seen Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us Season 1 episode on G.I. Joe then you already know who Kirk Bozigian is. The former G.I. Joe Product Manager during the 1980s and later Hasbro VP of Boys Toys is still active and vocal in the toy business today. Just because Kirk’s days of working on G.I. Joe are in the rear view mirror doesn’t mean he’s not still engaged in the brand. He’s been known to pop up at conventions including the recent JoeFest in Augusta...
Decade Toys and Collectibles opens~Decade Toys and Collectibles has opened in Lancaster with a variety of vintage toys. The 600-square-foot shop is located inside the Urban Place complex. The shop carries toys from the 1970s through the 1990s, with a special focus on action figures such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Masters of the Universe. Seth Smith, the shop’s owner and sole employee, previously sold his collection of nearly 1,000 toys online. In addition to selling toys, he also buys them or takes them for trade. Decade Toys...
Party City Announces Appointment of Brad Weston as President of Party City~Party City Holdco Inc. announced that Brad Weston has been appointed as President of Party City Holdco Inc. and CEO of Party City Retail Group, effective July 25, 2019. In this newly formed role, Mr. Weston will report directly to James M. Harrison, CEO of PCHI. As President of PCHI, Mr. Weston will play a key role in driving the Company’s strategic growth initiatives across its vertically integrated business. And as CEO of Party City Retail Group, Mr. Weston will...
Remembering the Late, Great Stan Lee~On Jan. 30, the iconic TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles was packed with stars — Kevin Smith, Mark Hamill, Laurence Fishburne, Seth Green, and Phil Lord were only some of the Hollywood heavy-hitters in the audience, but this A-list gathering wasn’t for a movie premiere or a handprint ceremony. This was a memorial tribute to a man named Stanley Martin Lieber, better known to the world as Stan Lee. As any comic book fan will tell you, the comic book publisher slash entertainment juggernaut that is...
Announces Alex Brands as its Newest Seller~MonarchFx announces its newest client, Alex Brands. The Alex Brands family of brands is comprised of some of the most iconic, recognizable and award-winning toys and games in the industry today. Their mission is to provide children of all ages with quality products that help develop their imagination and creativity, foster personal expression and build self-esteem. Alex Brands consists of several brands of toys, including Alex, Poof, Slinky, Shrinky Dinks, Ideal, Backyard Safari, Zoob, and...
All in the Family: The Seberts~I remember the first time I met Peggy and Becky Sebert, of Becky & Me Toys, and thinking how sweet to name a toy store after your daughter and be able to work together. To also share your business with your father and husband is even more special. I do admit a bit of jealousy because my daughter is grown and living in a different city. When you run into the two of them at ASTRA Marketplace or other shows, you can’t help but smile...
These grooms' love story might shake up the toy industry for the best reasons~When Matt and Nick Jacobi-Caprio became engaged, they knew there were a couple of little girls who would be over-the-moon excited for them. It was their Barbie-loving nieces. Matt Jacobi-Caprio went on the hunt for a wedding-themed Barbie toy. He found one, but there was one issue: It featured a bride and groom, not two grooms to represent the couple. "We created our own gay wedding set," he said. Mattel took notice, and the couple met with the toy company. Big...
MGA Entertainment’s CEO talks about finding the next big thing and how to hold onto a toy property’s popularity~According to Isaac Larian, the element of surprise is key to a successful toy property. In fact, the MGA Entertainment CEO believes in the sentiment so completely that he launched an entire doll line inspired by it. You may have heard of it…it’s a little range called L.O.L Surprise!. The collectibles line—which features miniature fashion dolls packaged inside multi-layered balls that reveal various accessories when ...
From Kenner to Comic-Con: The Continuing Saga of Digital Retail Pioneer Entertainment Earth~It started in the San Fernando Valley. Like many tech companies, it was a group of guys with a small office, a garage, and a dream. For Jason Labowitz and his brother Aaron, that dream was to help collectors find and purchase something they hadn’t seen in stores for nearly a decade — new Kenner Star Wars action figures. Following the discontinuation of the Power of the Force line in 1985, Labowitz was among the most enthusiastic...
Syrian women make toys for living in Turkey~Syrian women in southern province of Hatay make their living by producing and selling hand-made toys to other provinces across Turkey. At a toy atelier opened in 2017 in Hatay’s Reyhanli district with the help of Turkish humanitarian aid agency IHH and Qatar’s RAF foundation, 15 Syrian women who lost their spouses have been making knitted toys, Khalid Qadour, head of the work shop, said. The all-female crew produced 3,000 toys last year, and all of them were sold out, Qadour said....
Old Bridge welcomes Red’s Toy Shop~Red’s Toy Shop, located at 1010 Route 9 south in the Gateway Shopping Center, Old Bridge, recently celebrated its grand opening. The shop offers a large variety of toys for all age groups in many categories, including outdoor and pretend play and educational toys. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 844-224-6074 or visit www.redstoyshop.com.
GameStop partners to develop new store concepts and in-store experiences~GameStop is doubling down on brick-and-mortar. The world’s largest video game retailer is partnering with global design firm R/GA to develop and piloting new and streamlined physical store concepts, introducing new ways for gamers to try new titles before they buy them, and giving stores a unique layout and purpose that appeal to gamers. From store concepts that offer competitive sessions in home-grown e-Leagues to locations that sell strictly retro gaming...
News From The Toy Association: HOLIDAYS COME EARLY FOR HUNDREDS OF CHICAGO-AREA KIDS IN NEED ||| Toy Association Discusses Toy Safety with Medical Professionals & Child Safety Advocates ||| 75 Percent of Children Are Not Getting Enough Playtime, According to New Research ||| Counterfeit Concerns: Toy Association’s Rebecca Mond Testifies Before Congress |||
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Toy slime recalled in Europe still available in Canada~Toy slime recalled in the European Union due to a “serious” risk of harm to children’s reproductive systems is still listed for sale in Canada. The European Commission recalled one batch of “Glow Goo” due to “the risk of migration of the chemical boron” from the glow-in-the-dark toy slime kit. Glow Goo, which is produced by the company DuneCraft, was still listed for sale on the retail websites Amazon.ca and Walmart.ca...
Treatment for video game addiction~A German clinical trial believes it has had a breakthrough in the treatment of internet and video game addiction thanks to a new rehabilitation program that moves away from prescription drugs and instead focuses on cognitive behaviour therapy. The study reports a 70 per cent remission rate and states “rather than wean them off gaming entirely”, the treatment instead seeks “to re-configure the patient’s relationship with gaming as a whole”. The study – which was conducted from 2012 to 2017 in four outpatient clinics...
Advocates warn parents that these summer toys could result in injuries, paralysis or even death~The start of summer coincides with the final days of school and warmer temperatures. A popular way to stay cool while enjoying summer vacation is through water activities. Super soakers and Slip n’ Slides are usually associated with summer fun, but World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H) reminded parents and caregivers of the harm lurking behind some of the most popular summer toys during a press conference. W.A.T.C.H said traumatic...
CPSC Recalls and Product Safety News: The Boppy Company Recalls Infant Head and Neck Support Accessories Due to Suffocation Hazard |||

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Toy industry professionals are invited to submit their nominees for The Toy Association’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame~Consideration for the Hall of Fame is open to individuals, living or deceased, who have made outstanding contributions and/or provided impactful service to the toy industry and The Toy Association throughout their careers. Detailed nomination criteria and information about the selection process can be found on The Toy Association website. In any given year, there may be from two to six inductees into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame Nominations Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2019...
Toy Fair Dallas~Toy Fair Dallas is The Toy Association's marketplace where savvy decision-makers from mass, long-lead, and specialty retailers shop for Holiday 2019 drivers and scout out innovative products to lay the groundwork for a hot Q4 2020. In just 3 days under 1 roof, buyers can efficiently and conveniently shop hundreds of brands. Toy Fair Dallas is a critical stop on the long-lead buying circuit. Innovative toy lines, creative takes on classics, and unique trends are unveiled by hundreds of exhibiting companies. A multitude of buyers attend Toy Fair Dallas, which draws nearly 3,000 industry professionals from over a dozen countries. Retailers and sales representatives are eligible for free admission. Certain categories of trade guests and non-exhibitors are eligible for admission for a fee. Each registrant must present both business credentials and employee identification. Open to the trade ONLY. Consumers are NOT eligible to attend. NO ONE under the age of 18, including infants, will be admitted...
.DISCOVER A PERFECTLY SUITABLE DESIGN LITTLE TRICK OR TREATERS CAN HELP CREATE!~Take one kid, some corrugated cardboard and add Halloween. What do you got? The makings of a suitable Halloween costume that may just be revolutionary! That’s the premise behind the NASA Space Shuttle Discovery ($39.99) and the Cinderella Coach ($34.99) where parents just don’t buy a costume but have children help build a striking cardboard one! Imagine the pride on Halloween when the neighbors’ ask, “Where did you get that Airplane? Train? Bulldozer?” The answer, of course, is “I made it!” Discover the wonders of costume play at Suitables (https://suitables.com/collections/suitables) where youngsters suit up and power their imagination. Cute and comfy best describe these striking slip-over-your-head outfits. Every Suitable is very light with designs weighing between 2 to about 4 lbs including any electronics and batteries. The soft stretch straps make them very comfortable to wear, report both kids and parents! Online orders from the Suitables site...
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Hasbro Debuts Disney Princess Style Series Doll Collection~At Comic-Con International, Hasbro showed off the first dolls from its new Disney Princess Style Series. The new collection of dolls presents high fashion takes on classic Disney Princesses, launching with a trio of dolls on Aug. 1. Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Mulan (Mulan), and Belle (Beauty and the Beast) are designed as if they’d jumped from the classic cinematic tales of Walt Disney Animation studio and into the real life modern world. Geared toward kids and collectors ages 6 and up, the...
Moose Toys gets deeper into the goo trend~Keeping the oozing alive, the toyco is building up its slime-based offerings with the new Goo Goo Galaxy range. By Elizabeth Foster July 22, 2019 Moose Toys is going all in on goo. The Australian toymaker is launching its new collectibles range Goo Goo Galaxy—which features alien babies with slime-filled bodies—on August 1. The line targets girls ages six to eight and features four characters with DIY slime activities that see kids mixing ingredients to make unique goo creations. Moose Toys partnered...
Goo Goo Galaxy Crash Lands on Earth and Sells Out in 2 Hours!~Moose Toys, known for innovation in the toy industry, merges the collectible and tactile trends in an entirely new way with Goo Goo Galaxy. The line features adorable alien babies, Goo Drops, with goo-filled bodies and a special DIY slime activity. Excitement for the Goo Drops' Earth arrival was built with a massive teaser campaign developed in partnership with celebrated YouTube and Instagram content creators. The campaign culminated in a big reveal and special event offering an...
My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear Makes Leap to Pets with the Launch of My Furbaby’s Heartbeat Bear~Popular baby line My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear makes leap to pets with the launch of My Furbaby’s Heartbeat Bear. My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, manufacturer of a popular line of stuffed animals with a recordable heart designed to capture expectant parents’ baby’s heartbeat in utero, has made the leap into the pet market. The new line is aptly named My Furbaby’s Heartbeat Bear, and each stuffed dog and cat comes with a 20-second recordable...
Play Visions, Moose Toys Team Up for Foam Alive in North America~Play Visions Inc. entered into a strategic partnership with Moose Toys to distribute its new compound, Foam Alive. Previewed as SloFlo at Toy Fair New York this past February, Foam Alive is a soft, squishy, and fluffy foam that “magically comes to life” when played with and touched. As SloFlo Motion Magic, the product also received a 2019 Best Toys for Kids Award from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). Going forward, the product will be branded...
New Kids’ and YA Books: Week of July 15, 2019~Here we round up new and forthcoming children’s titles including a book about parents going to school, a robot that makes a new friend, and a graphic novel memoir about WWII...
WWE Superstars Become Ghostbusters Complete with Undertaker Ghost in New Mattel Toys~Who ya gonna call? WWE, apparently. Over at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Mattel has just revealed a new line of special WWE and Ghostbusters crossover action figures. The release is to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the original Ghostbusters from director Ivan Reitman, which starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson. Four WWE legends will be filling in for the team with this new action figure set, as they'll be wearing their...
The Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle Lets Kids Print Their Own Toys~A functioning 3D printer is probably like a dream come true for most kids. It’s a way to make their imaginations materialize in solid, three-dimensional plastic at the touch of a button. The Toybox 3D printer was specially designed to be used by kids to make their own toys at home, and for a very limited time you can get a Toybox 3D Printer Deluxe Bundle with everything you need to get started making your own toys. And right now, it’s on sale for nearly 33-percent off the normal...
Moose Toys' Capsule Chix Come with Accessory-Filled Surprise Capsules~Moose Toys' Capsule Chix puts a fun, mix-and-match and surprise-inside spin on traditional fashion dolls. The android-inspired dolls create plenty of room for kids to create stylish looks with collections like RAM Rock, Ctrl+Alt+Magic and Giga Glam, as each single doll pack comes with five surprise capsules that are filled with a total of 15 pieces so that the dolls can be assembled piece by piece like robots. he colorful, mix-and-match fashion dolls come with stands and...
From nuzzling lions to a roaring Simba, you just can't wait to get these 'Lion King' toys~Twenty-five years after The Lion King roared in movie theaters, Disney’s cartoon classic is returning to theaters in an all-new form. The new Lion King brings its animal cast to life through state-of-the-art photorealistic animation and a cast led by Donald Glover, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Here’s Yahoo Entertainment’s guide to the fresh wave of Lion King merchandise currently available on shelves...
Special Edition Xbox One X NBA 2K20 Console Bundle Featuring Basketball Superstar Anthony Davis~Xbox announced the Xbox One X NBA 2K20 Special Edition bundle, offering fans the best value in games and entertainment alongside the opportunity to experience the series that’s creating what’s next in basketball culture. The special bundle features the newest Los Angeles Lakers and NBA 2K20 cover star, Anthony Davis, who appeared today at the Microsoft Lounge to unveil a larger-than-life-size Microsoft Xbox One X with custom artwork...
Rubik’s Launches New Interactive Game, Rubik’s Cage~Rubik’s Brand Ltd. launched a new, interactive game based on the iconic Rubik’s Cube. From University Games, Rubik’s Cage is a fast-paced, multiplayer game of strategy that places opponents against each other in a race to group three cubes in a row. The strategy comes when players have to decide whether to flip, twist, or turn the cage in an effort to either knock their opponent’s cubes out of place as they move closer to a win. “We are thrilled to add this innovative game to our roster,”...
Hot Toys Unveils New Darth Maul Figure From Solo, Complete With Robotic Legs~As usual, Hot Toys has done a phenomenal job at making the figure look just like its real-life counterpart. This is a really awesome-looking version of Darth Maul and we would like to see him return to the franchise. The fact that he has robot legs now is also a great reminder of what happened to him during The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars. Hot Toys says that the Darth Maul figure will be available in the first quarter of 2020. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will...
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