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***Company Profile Of The Week***
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In this space we feature a different company profile each week...
This week's profile:
Hansa Creation, Inc.
Hansa Creation, Inc. Legacy....

Hansa has created more than 7,000 realistic animal reproductions all finely crafted and hand sculptured.

The animals are anatomically scaled from small size to actual life size like the 5 meter (16 foot) tall Giraffe.

At Hansa Creation our philosophy is that… CONSERVATION + EDUCATION = PRESERVATION. This is reflected in every part of our operation.

The materials are carefully designed and tested to comply with every safety standard around the world. Every sculptured creation is filled with fiber made from recycled PE bottles thus conserving our natural resources.

Hansa Creation conducts Educational Tours for students to learn about the habitat and behavior of the animals as well as the danger they face if this generation does not act responsibly on matters of animal protect ion, consider the effects of global warming and the irresponsible destruction of forests – the homes of our animals.

Working together with Museums, Conservation Organization and Educational Institutions makes Hansa Creation unique.

The Management and artisans are proud to realize their ambitions to educate our generation of the importance of caring for fauna and flora around us. A legacy we must leave behind for generations to follow.

At Hansa, we have a passion….

To create soft hand sculptured animals to give that warm feeling that kindles the emotions and forms that special relationship for the young and young at heart.

These Hansa Creations will not only be your best friend but will encourage you to learn more about Animals and their behavior, habitat and how to protect our environment which is their home.

Collecting these Creations will help to give a balanced recreational learning experience. There is st ill a great demand from parents, educators and children for products other than digital devices that will enrich their imaginative potential.

Soft sculptured creations offer a therapeutic warmth and kindness, satisfying the emotional needs.

We trust that our Educational Animal Resource Book will lead to a greater understanding that through Education and Conservation we will have Preservation of our Animals and Nature around us.

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"the Bloom Report" Covering the Week Of:
Saturday May 25 through Friday May 31, 2019
Next scheduled update: Throughout the "business day" on Friday May 30
Articles are posted in the order that our "search engines" find them, newest articles at the top of the listings

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Financial & Legal News
Saturday May 25 through Friday May 31, 2019
Links to the financial news & articles appropriate to the industries we cover...
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.Quantum acquires Stadlbauer~Quantum Capital Partners has agreed to acquire Austria-based toy manufacturer Stadlbauer Group. The acquisition is part of a succession strategy that will see CEO Norbert Frömmer continue to manage the company. Managing partner Andreas Stadlbauer will take a position as an advisory board member; he is the third generation Stadlbauer to have led the company. Quantum is currently investing from its Quantum Opportunity Fund II vehicle, which closed on €77.5m in 2018. The firm typically invests up to €15m for majority stakes in...
GREATER THAN GAMES ACQUIRES CHEAPASS GAMES~Greater than Games is announcing that it's acquiring Cheapass Games, including a library of over 100 games, according to a Greater than Games spokesperson. Talks began last year, and the deal, effective immediately, was finalized last Friday. Of Cheapass’s current two bestsellers, Unexploded Cow has more current sales velocity, while Kill Doctor Lucky has greater sales over its lifetime. The extensive Cheapass Games library offers many opportunities for new releases by Greater than Games, with some of the original...
Bicycle Industry shows some sales growth in April~After a dismal first quarter, the U.S. industry turned a corner in April according to new wholesale bike sale figures released by the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. Improved weather conditions in many regions probably contributed to the budding sales growth as the second quarter began. The BPSA's Sell-in Reports for April showed wholesale bike sales were up 16.9% in dollars and 2.7% in units. While not spectacular growth, it's an improvement on last month's report, which showed a decline in unit sales and only a 0.7%...
Making Billions at the Dollar Store~“Just because I don’t have a lot of money, that doesn’t mean I don’t feel like having some of the finer things,” says Todd Vasos, CEO of Dollar General, paraphrasing his prototypical shopper. “We can offer her both value and an indulgence she may want.” Vasos is on target about his customers’ income. Some 57% of Dollar General’s clientele live in households with income of less than $49,900, and 30% get by on less than $25,000. Of the 25 stores visited in reporting this article, each had a sizable poster in its window saying the location...
Toy Industry Urged to be More Productive and Expand Export Market~The toy industry in Indonesia is able to contribute significantly to the growth of the country's manufacturing and economy. Moreover, the toy industry is classified as an export-oriented labor-intensive sector, which as a whole has absorbed a workforce of 23,644 workers. "We convey that export of toy commodities throughout 2018 reached USD $ 381.2 million, up 16.57 percent compared to $ 347 million in 2017," said the Ministry of Industry's Director General of Small, Medium and Multifarious Industries...
How to Break into the Toy Industry~Are you a child at heart who still loves playing with toys? If people keep telling you to grow up and stop playing with toys, don’t listen! Because you can still be young at heart while making a living. With billions of children around the world, the demand for toys has never been greater. Who is going to invent and develop the toys our children and grandchildren will play with? That’s where creative and youthful minds like yours come into play. How can you break into the toy industry and lead a fulfilling career? Read on to find out...
Trump Accidentally Launched His Own War On Christmas And Consumers Will Suffer~President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is turning into a different kind of “war on Christmas” as consumers can now expect to pay more for their holiday decor. Trump has claimed ― incorrectly ― that China would pay the tariffs into the U.S. Treasury. In reality, the net effect has been higher prices for retailers and consumers. While Christmas is still more than seven months off, companies said they were already being hit. In many cases, switching to another source simply...
Tariff hikes on China to hit U.S. toy industry hard~Washington's tariff hikes against Chinese imports will hit the U.S. toy industry hard with increasing costs and decreased profits, said a senior industry leader. "Our members are, understandably, very concerned about the potential tariffs proposed on toys," Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs at the Toy Association said. "These tariffs, which are taxes paid by importers and ultimately passed along to consumers, will hit the toy industry hard given how heavily we rely on China for toy manufacturing and how...
Analyst: Odds ‘firmly stacked in favor of failure’ at J.C. Penney~Going into this quarter, expectations for J.C. Penney were incredibly low – and the company has delivered squarely against them with another dire set of numbers. Despite very soft comparatives from last year, both net and comparable sales slipped, the latter down by a very sharp 5.5%. On the bottom line, profit remains elusive with a serious deterioration in losses at both operating and net income levels. To be fair to the leadership of J.C. Penney, the results do not mean that there was no positive activity this...
Market Research Reports: Baby and Toddler Toys Market Rising Trends, Growth Opportunities and Global Outlook 2019-2024 ||| Toys and Games Market SWOT analysis & Key Business Strategies by key players Hasbro, Mattel, LEGO ||| Outdoor Toys Market – Set to Boom in Coming Years | Strategies & Forecast Analysis by Key Players 2024 ||| Global (United States, European Union and China) Ride-on Toys Market Growth, Size, Analysis, Outlook by 2019 – Trends, Opportunities and Forecast to 2025 ||| Global Stuffed Animal & Plush Toys Production Market Share, Revenue, and Average Price by Manufacturers ||| Global Building Toys Market 2019 – LEGO, Lewo, Lightaling, LiKee, Lincoln Logs, Magformers, Magna-Tiles ||| Global Toy Drones Market Deep Analysis 2019-2026 |||
Company Financial & Brokerage News: Those Who Purchased Mattel Shares Five Years Ago Have A 72% Loss To Show For It ||| Could VTECH HOLDINGS BERMUDA ORDINARYS Change Direction After Less Shorts? ||| Fjarde AP Fonden Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund Has $3 Million Holdings in Hasbro ||| Oppenheimer Asset Management Sells 891 Shares of Hasbro ||| Motco Increases Position in Hasbro ||| First Interstate Bank Sells 145 Shares of Hasbro ||| The Jefferies Financial Group Equities Analysts Trimmed Revenue Estimates for Hasbro ||| Hasbro Stake Lessened by BB&T ||| Hasbro Stock Is Soaring Because It Beat the Toys ‘R’ Us Curse |||
Company Reporting
Financial Reporting (May 25-31, 2019)
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) Better-Than-Expected First Quarter Earnings~Announced results for the 13-week first quarter ended May 4, 2019 (“Q1 FY20”), as compared to the 13-week first quarter ended May 5, 2018 (“Q1 FY19”). “Q1 was a strong quarter and a good start to the year,” said Hubert Joly, Best Buy chairman and CEO. “We reported comparable sales growth...
Burlington Stores, Inc. (BURL) First Quarter Results and Updates Fiscal 2019 Outlook~Off-price retailer of high-quality, branded apparel at everyday low prices announced its results for the first quarter ended May 4. Although we saw strength in our Children’s Apparel, Baby Depot and Home businesses, we remain very focused on improving our underperforming...
Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) 3.8% Same-Store Sales Growth~Reported financial results for its fiscal year 2019 first quarter (13 weeks) ended May 3, 2019. Net Sales Increased 8.3%; Same-Store Sales Increased 3.8% Operating Profit Increased 4.5% to $512.2 million Diluted Earnings Per Share of $1.48 Cash Flows From Operations Increased 4.7% to $574 million...
Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) Results for the First Quarter~North America's leading operator of discount variety stores reported financial results for its first quarter ended May 4, 2019. Family Dollar’s 1.9% same-store sales increase is the strongest quarterly performance since we began reporting Family Dollar comps.” “I am proud of our team’s efforts throughout the first...
Giant Manufacturing Q1 sales up 5%~Registered first quarter sales of NT$14.69 billion ($467 million), up 5.2% compared to 2018's first quarter. The company said strong demand for e-bikes and a rebound in sales in China, as well as favorable exchange rates, helped improve margin to 21%. Earnings per share were NT$1.82. The company said Giant...
Company Reporting
Future Financial Reporting
CSS Industries, Inc. (NYSE: CSS) May 30~Will report its fiscal 2019 full year and fourth quarter results through an earnings release. The Company will hold a conference call for investors on May 31, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. ET. CSS is a creative consumer products company, focused on the craft, gift and seasonal categories. For these design-driven categories, we engage in...
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) May 31~Announced that the Company will report results for its first quarter fiscal year 2019 ended May 4 prior to the opening of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Company will host its quarterly investor conference call to discuss the results at 9 a.m. ET on the same day...
Walmart Inc. (NYSE: MWMT)
June 5~Announced the company’s 2019 Annual Shareholders’ meeting and activities. A formal business meeting focused on shareholder voting on proxy proposals will take place, followed by the company’s traditional event for associates and shareholders. Shareholders of record must present proof of share ownership and photo...

Stories & Comments
Saturday May 25 through Friday May 31, 2019
Compiled in this section, are "links" to news articles, stories, and other information appropriate to the industries we cover.
You can reach the WebSite that contains the complete story by "clicking" on each "headline link"

Funko Brings ‘Ghostbusters’ POP! Toys to Life for Fun 35th Anniversary Tribute Video~How the hell hasn’t there been a Funko POP! movie yet? Celebrating 35 years of the Ghostbusters franchise, Funko has put together a fun little animated video this week that recreates the original film’s final battle… with POP! vinyl toys! Speaking of which, Funko is unleashing a massive new wave of Ghostbusters toys this year, including several new POP! vinyls, Mystery Minis, and even Pez dispensers...
BEST IN SHOWS UPDATE~Best in Shows calendar has gone through major updates, thanks to the massive Walt Disney Studios scheduling announcement earlier this month. More than 30 films have been added to the calendar for Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar and Lucasfilm. This week Lionsgate claimed a date for the next John Wick film, based on the continuing success of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. THR reports that John Wick: Chapter 4 will release in theaters on May 21, 2021. Universal also chose a date for its...
32 of the hottest toys for kids of all ages, according to Amazon's Summer Toy List~ School will soon be out for summer, and that means kids are going to be spending more time at home and less time out and about. Throughout the summer, they're going to need toys that encourage them to get outside, keep their minds active, and get together with a group of friends. We've rounded up 32 of the best summer toys for children, according to Amazon's Summer Toy List. These toys are designed to keep their minds and bodies mobile through their time off from school. From shape puzzles...
‘Mortal Kombat 11,’ ‘Days Gone’ Top NPD Group’s April Video Game Sales Report~It’s a “flawless victory” for the return of Mortal Kombat, as the 11th entry in the long-running video game franchise tops the charts for April video game sales, and immediately takes its place as the year’s second-best-selling title to date behind Kingdom Hearts III. Consumer spending on video games rose 1% in April to $842 million, compared to $838 million a year ago, according to the NPD Group. Growth in full game software sales — both physical and digital — continues, up 15%...
Ancient toy inspires tool for state-of-the-art science~A 5,000-year-old toy still enjoyed by kids today has inspired an inexpensive, hand-powered scientific tool that could not only impact how field biologists conduct their research but also allow high-school students and others with limited resources to realize their own state-of-the-art experiments. The device, a portable centrifuge for preparing scientific samples including DNA, is reported in the journal PLOS Biology. The co-first author of the paper is Gaurav Byagathvalli, a senior at Lambert High School in Georgia. His colleagues are...
This surprising toy can help you problem solve at work~Some days, it seems like personal challenges and work obstacles just keep piling up, leaving even the most motivated person feeling uninspired or stuck. Are you in need of a new tactic to ease your frustrations or find a solution to a tough problem? Author and professor Dr. Loretta Breuning, PhD, tells us that she swears by something that may sound a little strange at first: Keeping a rubber ducky on her desk, and talking to it when she feels annoyed, afraid, or unsure what to do. Telling stuff to a plastic toy might not...
WowWee working with Pinkfong to bring Baby Shark toys to life~As of May, the “Baby Shark” song by education brand Pinkfong has accrued more than 2.7 billion views on YouTube, and it has become the most-viewed educational video of all time with nearly 5 billion views of all videos related to the song. K-Pop groups have covered the song and its related dance, Ellen DeGeneres created her own version of the song on her TV show, James Corden performed a version on The Late Late Show and the song has been used for a lip-sync performance on RuPaul’s Drag Race. For a cute...
GREEN GOLD LAUNCHES ‘MIGHTY LITTLE BHEEM’~Green Gold Animation announced the successful launch of Mighty Little Bheem, a breakthrough, 3D-animated series now streaming on Netflix. This is the first story-telling animated, preschool adventure to be released on Netflix based on life in India and the adventures of Bheem, a toddler who has super-power strength and a super-sized appetite to go with it. Innocent and engaging, Bheem goes through many a misadventure trying to satisfy his curious mind and his insatiable appetite. Strong, brave and fearless...
The Man Behind ‘Teletubbies’ Is Back With a New Show, and It's so Unique~When it comes to shows aimed at preschoolers, there are some great finds out there. But, then again, there are also many, many options that seem like they were put together as quickly as possible, using the fastest and cheapest methods available. There's nothing quick about Moon and Me, a new show available now at NBC Universal Kids. Created by Andrew Davenport — a name you may not recognize, but you've surely heard of his last series that hopped the pond, a little show called...
Is the Yo-Yo Making a Come Back?~Say goodbye to the image of the yo-yo you have in your head. Yo-yo champions around the world are elevating this toy of our childhoods into a sport and an art form! With wild tricks that seem to defy the laws of gravity, creative twists, and the freedom to make up your own style, the yo-yo is regaining is popularity! It’s even made it to the International Space Station! Let’s start with some basics: How did the yo-yo come to be?...
Final trailer for Toy Story 4 officially arrives~The final trailer for Pixar’s Toy Story 4 has officially arrived and it looks like the highly-anticipated film will be this summer’s must-see movie. It’s been nine years since the last time Woody, Buzz and co lit up the big screen and now, after much anticipation, the final film in the popular franchise will arrive this summer. Toy Story 4 follows our favourite toys as they experience life with their new owner Bonnie, but they are in for a shock when Bonnie arrives home from class with her new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky. SEE THE VIDEO...
Lego Fan Vote Could Launch International Space Station As Toy Set~Lego is giving the International Space Station a third chance at becoming one of its official toy sets. German Lego fan Christoph Ruge's model of the space station twice qualified for a product review through the Lego Ideas website and was twice turned down. Now, the Danish toy company is letting the public decide if Ruge's space station is put into production. "We've dug into the Lego Ideas archive ... to rediscover product ideas with the potential to become an official Lego Ideas set launching in 2020...
What Makes a Good STEM/STEAM Toy?~How can toy companies create products that truly prepare kids for careers in science, technology, engineering and math? According to a new study, "STEM/STEAM Formula for Success," released by The Toy Association, great STEM/STEAM (with the "A" representing arts) toys encourage open-ended play and trial-and-error exploration, teach problem-solving, and allow children to lead the play experience, among other attributes. "The Toy Association's latest report is the second phase of our multi-year initiative to bring more clarity to the...
This new app that lets you swap, sell, and buy second-hand toys could make you money and save you tons too~If you have any old toys that are lying around and you've been thinking of throwing them away, don't! This is because a brand new online marketplace has been launched and it might just have a home for your old toys. Toy Around allows folks to swap, sell or buy toys from others. The app, currently only available on the App store for Apple users, is extremely user-friendly. An Android app is on its way. In just a couple of simple steps, you'll be able to upload and search...
Mercedes-Benz, Mattel Make Matchbox Out Of Rally Legend~Why aren’t there more Ewy Rosqvists in the world? Rosqvist, for those not up on their racing history, is a certified rally badass. She was the first woman to win the 1962 Argentinian Touring Car Grand Prix and was a class winner at both the Monte Carlo Rally and the Nurburgring. And she did it at time when most American women thought their place was in the kitchen. To celebrate Rosqvist breaking the glass ceiling standing between her and the podium, Mercedes-Benz is teaming with Mattel to develop a special...
Toy Company Alpha Group Talks New SpongeBob Products For 20th Anniversary~He has emerged as a global pop culture phenomenon since first premiering on the network in July 1999 and has been the most-watched animated program for more than 17 consecutive years that has been seen in more than 208 countries and translated in more than 55 languages. All thanks to Alpha Group US, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alpha—one of the leading animation and toy companies in China, fans of all ages can now bring home some awesome collectibles and toys from...
'SPIEL DES JAHRES' JURY ANNOUNCES 2019 NOMINEES~Nominations for the prestigious German game design award Spiel des Jahres have been announced along with the nominees for the Kennerspiel des Jahres and Kinderspiel des Jahres awards. The Spiel des Jahres (“Game of the Year”) nominees are: Just One by Ludovic Roudy and Bruno Sautter (Publisher: Repos Production/Asmodee) L.A.M.A. by Reiner Knizia (Publisher: Amigo Spiele) Werworter by Ted Alspach (Publisher: Ravensburger Spieleverlag) The winner will be announced by Professor Monika Grutters, the...
This structural toy is the perfect gift for young engineers (and old ones, too)~There are plenty of toys that turn kids into engineers. Lego uses interlocking plastic bricks; Technic even includes mechanical elements like axles and gears. You can make amazing things with both, from starships to car engines, but there are limits to their realism. One example: If you shake a model of the Empire State Building made with Lego bricks, it will not crumble like the real building would under the force of a strong earthquake. The physical properties of the plastic and its form don’t allow it. But the...
30 Hilarious Video Game Toys That Make No Sense~Video games rule my life as my dominant hobby. It's partly because I landed a job in this industry and the other part is that I just love them. I always enjoyed games at a young age, but my fascination with their history wouldn't come until college when one of my writing professors suggested I start a blog for some extra credit. That's a longer story, but the point is I owe my nerdy obsession, or curse, to her now. What does this have to do with video game toys? Well, one of my first event gigs as a journalist was going to a...
The Real Reason 'Toy Story 4' Didn't Debut in 2017~Many fans were pleasantly surprised when they learned that Pixar was creating Toy Story 4. Naturally, there was concern over whether or not this was just a cash grab, but many fans since then have come around to the idea, especially after hearing Tom Hanks and Tim Allen describe their experience working on the film. However, Toy Story 4 was originally slated for release around 2017, and its release date has been pushed back twice. The reason it wasn’t released on time is a pretty drastic one, some of which may relate to the...
Best karaoke machine 2019 – karaoke machine buying guide~There are more than 12 new karaoke machine being introduced in the market every quarter, and many of them have some or the other unique and advanced features you’ve never heard before. That being said, if you choose any random karaoke machine, there are possibilities of facing some of the serious issues which can come from choosing the wrong product. You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to find the best karaoke machine for your purposes. There is a whole range of karaoke machine and prices that...
Remembering the toy industry's past: Nuclear Fun for the Whole Family! Strange Atomic Toys of the 1950s ||| The 6 Most Famous Failed Video Game Makers ||| Battleship from Milton Bradley (1967) |||
CONFESSIONS OF A COMIC BOOK GUY - THE WEEK IN WEIRD~A weekly column by Steve Bennett of Super-Fly Comics and Games in Yellow Springs, Ohio. This week, Bennett looks at the Batman-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover, the Brazilian comic Vincent, the upcoming She-Ra graphic novel, and more. Back in 2016, I wrote about the utterly preposterous team-up/meetup Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a six-issue intercompany crossover comic book miniseries by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II. Particularly the moment when Michelangelo sits astride...
"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...A Conversation with Tech Expert Robin Raskin - Part 1 ||| Branding and Product Loyalty ||| Finding the Virtue in Unsafe Playgrounds ||| Map Jigsaw Puzzles; a look back ||| Tariffs: A Conversation with the Toy Association's Lobbyist's in Washington DC ||| A $91 Million Toy; how's that for a hot price point ||| What Will the American Toy Consumer Look Like in the Year 2030? I found some answers |||
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.
Worldwide Licensing News and Information...
Moose Toys Inks First Licensing Deals for Kindi Kids~The Licensing Shop Inc. is developing the licensing program for Moose Toys‘ new Kindi Kids line in the U.S. and Canada. The new line launches this fall with four colorful bobblehead dolls that come with “magical” food-themed accessories that move, with a goal of sparking imaginative play and guiding young kids on their journey to kindergarten. The licensing program begins during next year’s back-to-school season, with product categories such as apparel, accessories, stationery, publishing...
Mattel Extends Licensing Agreement with Warner Bros. for DC Universe Toys~Under the revised agreement, the El Segundo-based toymaker will continue to be the toy licensee for DC in the girls, preschool, vehicles, games, and novelty toy categories. Both companies look to the arrangement as a way to support and grow existing DC Universe franchises and create new content for DC Super Hero Girls. “DC is...
Mercedes-Benz USA Partners with Mattel to Create a Toy Car That Challenges Gender Stereotypes~If you give a girl a toy car, would she imagine winning a race or would she trade it in for a tea set? According to researchers, most young girls would go for the tea set, thanks to beliefs formed at an early age that some toys are meant for boys and others for girls. To challenge these perceptions, Mercedes-Benz USA and Mattel have teamed up to show children – particularly girls – that they can aspire to be and do anything they desire when there are no...
Doug The Pug continues to capture the hearts of fans worldwide, fueling increased demand in licensing agreement~He is known as the “King of Pop Culture” with an impressive 13 million followers across his social media and well over 1 billion Facebook video views, a New York Times best-seller, a friend to numerous celebrities and now a household name, thanks to numerous licensing agreement. It’s Doug The Pug; the small, lovable canine that has become a social media sensation and everyone’s best friend. Doug the Pug Stacey “People are...
Minted Labs Teams Up on Borderlands 3 Collectibles Line~ Minted Labs, an innovative, licensed collectibles design and manufacturing house announces their partnership to produce a full line of collectibles for Borderlands 3, the much-anticipated next installment of the popular video game series from Gearbox Software and 2K . Under the agreement, Minted Labs will design and create Soft Statues, PVC statues, plush, and Ultra Real figures based on the game, which hits retail on September 13, 2019. “We are so thrilled to be partnered with Gearbox...
Jazwares, PRPG Ink Blippi Deals~Edutainer Blippi has signed Jazwares as its master toy partner and Printers Row Publishing Group (PRPG) as a publishing partner. Jazwares will debut a full Blippi toy line that includes collectible blinds, figures, vehicles, playsets, plush, novelties, musical instruments and bath toys. PRPG’s collection will feature 8x8 picture story books, coloring books, activity books and board books. “We are so excited to bring Blippi's humor and kid appeal to our new line of books. These storybooks and interactive board books...
Galerie Candy & Gifts And Bazooka Candy Brands Debut New Line-Up Of Finders Keepers Licenses~Galerie Candy & Gifts and Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of The Topps Company, Inc., continue to deliver must-have collectable candy toy surprise items with new products introduced today at the Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. Finders Keepers, one of the fastest growing Candy and Toy Surprise brands, announced two hot new licenses joining the portfolio next year: PAW Patrol and PJ Masks. Inside each licensed Finders Keepers...
Precious Moments Adds New Licensees~Precious Moments Inc. continues its big licensing year with nine new licensees entering the fold thus far. As a result of the brand’s partnership with Spotlight Licensing and Brand Management, the newest licensees to join more than 50 Precious Moments licensees worldwide are the John Barton Co. for jewelry and select consumer glass products, and the Northwest Co. for blankets, pillows, throws, towels, and slumber bags. “This has been a monumental year for our licensing program in terms of attracting new...
To Represent Monchhichi~License Connection inked a new deal to represent Monchhichi in the Benelux. The characters first hit the scene in 1974 as the brand’s first dolls — boy and girl twins — became a global sensation. For nearly 45 years, the brand has been constant, with Sekiguchi continuing to license and reinvent the line with toys, games, stationery products, TV series, and more. Monchhichi currently has a new animated series airing in select territories, and License Connection will focus on building both the modern incarnation and the classic...
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.R.I.P. Ted Kiesewetter~Ted Kiesewetter, a toy industry veteran and founder of International Playthings (now Epoch Everlasting Play), passed away on May 24. Kiesewetter was 82 years old. Kiesewetter started the company in 1967. The Toy Association mourns his passing and sends condolences to Kiesewetter’s family and friends...
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo To Gov. Baker: Find Your Own Toy Company~Massachusetts and Rhode Island won’t share their toys. Hasbro has said it will soon make a decision whether to keep its headquarters in Rhode Island, and Massachusetts officials have voiced interest in courting the company to hop across the state border. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she doesn't think the company will build a new headquarters in Massachusetts. "I feel they’re not seriously considering it. However, I know your governor has been calling them...
R.I.P. STEVEN CREECH~Role playing author and publisher Steven Creech passed away on May 21. He was 53 years old. Steven Creech began as a freelance writer and designer of role playing games in 2000, contributing to projects for a number of publishers including Bastion Press, Green Ronin, Human Head, and Modiphius. He was the lead author of Torn Asunder: Critical Hits, which was honored with an Ennie Award in 2004. In 2002, he launched his own publishing company, DragonWing Games, which printed licensed versions of backlist titles as...
Epoch Appoints Jeff Cheslik as CEO~Epoch Everlasting Play, the maker of Calico Critters and Aquabeads, appointed Jeff Cheslik as the company’s CEO. Cheslik comes to the company from MGA Entertainment, where he served as vice president of sales. The longtime toy industry veteran previously held positions at the LEGO Group, VTech, Bandai Namco Entertainment America, Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, Kids II, and Uncle Milton. “I am honored to join the Epoch family and help deliver on their mission to provide children with...
Bill Smith Named New CEO of Knockerball USA~Knockerball USA, recognized worldwide as the largest provider of bubble soccer equipment and turnkey business programs, has announced the appointment of Bill Smith as its new CEO. With experience in the nuances of starting and growing companies, Smith is looking forward to expanding Knockerball’s presence throughout the United States and the world. “I have been a part of some amazing teams during my career, and the team at Knockerball is already inspiring me. Their energy and true love...
Walmart gives first look at its new digs~Walmart is investing in an expansive new headquarters as it looks to attract “the next generation of talent.” The world’s largest retailer (and the nation’s largest private employer) will build a new corporate campus across 350 acres of native-seeded greenery in its hometown of Bentonville, Ark. Walmart unveiled renderings of the site, along with some details. The sprawling campus will house more than 14,000 employees, with flexibility for more as new jobs are added. Featuring a flexible open floor plan that encourages...
How A One-Employee Venture Earned $3 Million Profit In 8 Months!~A Trivia Game based on television and licensed by TV Guide in 1983 to capitalize on the soon to be opportunity of the craze Trivial Pursuit would create in the US. Bob Reiss, who had 20+ years in the Toy/Game Industry and many start-ups under his belt. More importantly, he had strong positive relationships with all the parties that could make the game a success. He knew of the wild success of Trivial Pursuit in Canada, where it was invented. After five years with the public...
Startup promises pesticide-free, organic, hypoallergenic sleep products for babies~Parents always want the best for their child – be it the food they eat, the clothes they wear, or the toys they play with; and more so with babies. With growing exposure and awareness now, it is no surprise that new parents are looking to go the organic way – and here, they have help from The Baby Atelier. Founded by Payal Karumbia in 2016, the baby products’ company makes children’s bedding from organic fibre that is eco-friendly, chemical-free, and hypoallergenic...
Is Hasbro's Magic: The Gathering More Important Than Transformers?~The Transformers franchise has delivered almost $5 billion in box office receipts for Hasbro, including the Bumblebee spinoff, as well as untold hundreds of millions of dollars in additional toy sales, TV programming revenue, and more. And though there may be more movies for the franchise in the future, it's getting a bit long in the tooth, and Bumblebee somehow did worse than Transformers: The Last Knight, which seemed to sap whatever remaining vigor the series had left...
GameStop Raising Its Pro Membership Price~GameStop has had a rough time as of late, with it losing more than $600 million dollars last year. However, the company is trying to adapt its business model to a shifting market, though the changes it’s making may prove to be unpopular with its customers. GameStop will be raising the cost of its Pro Membership program from $14.99 to $19.99, a move that will certainly upset many of the company’s remaining customers. The 10% discount on used games is also being discontinued, with the...
BANDAI NAMCO and ISKN Announce Partnership~BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and France-based tech firm ISKN announced a partnership which will bring together the entertainment publishing powerhouse and the innovative tech firm to create a creative entertainment platform for the whole family. Led by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe, the partnership seeks to leverage the core strengths of each respective company to develop and bring-to-market a ground-breaking entertainment ecosystem which will be available in 2019. Possessing...
Infinity Toys and Collectibles finds success~William Higbie said after finding burn-out in his former job, he needed a new path. He'd talked about opening a toy and collectibles store for several years and after discussing it more with his wife, he decided to take the leap, opening Infinity Toys and Collectibles. "I have been a person who was interested in toys. Whether I had a collection or didn't, I have always liked figures," Higbie said. "Like if McDonald's had a toy in a kids meal I really wanted, I would go get one, because I am just that type of person...
World famous toy shop FAO Schwarz to open in Arnotts this year~Arnotts have announced a major coup, as world famous toy shop FAO Schwarz will open one of just two branches in Europe in their Dublin store. Just in time for Christmas, the treasure trove of kid’s toys will open this October! The Arnotts store will embody the ‘Return to Wonder’ theme across the 6,000 sq ft of retail space, offering customers play-based platforms and unique experiences unlike anything available in Ireland today. For fans who have shopped in the notorious New York...
Toy innovator gave the world Cooties~Herb Schaper was a big man with a little brainstorm in 1948. A whittler of wooden fishing lures on his porch, Schaper was doodling on scratch paper one night, attempting to devise a better bobber. That’s when he decided to transform the lure into a bug to which children could attach a head, antenna, legs, eyes and a curled tongue-like proboscis. The child’s game Cootie soon exploded — filling a void for game-playing kids under 6 who couldn’t read yet. Sales topped 5,000 by the end of 1950. Schaper became one...
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Mother sues over 'inadequate' safety standards~The mother of a 2-year-old killed in a tip-over incident involving an Ikea dresser is suing the American Home Furnishings Alliance and the American Society for Testing and Materials for alleged failure to alter or recommend changes to a safety standard it says was inadequate against protecting children against tip-over incidents. The suit was filed by Meghan DeLong. She is the mother of Conner Charles DeLong, the 2-year old who died May 14, 2017, in a tip-over incident involving Ikea’s Hemnes eight-drawer dresser...
Toxic threat in everyday products, from toys to plastic~Synthetic chemicals are in nearly everything we touch and consume. But some chemicals can be potentially harmful and a number of experts are anxious about possible long-term health effects of our everyday exposure. They say US regulations could be stronger. One of those who is concerned is Leo Trasande of NYU Langone Health, an expert in children’s environmental health and author of Sicker Fatter Poorer, which is about the threat of hormone-disrupting chemicals. Of the more than 40,000...
Nearly one in five parents say their child never wears a helmet while riding a bike~Despite evidence that helmets are critical to preventing head injuries, not all children wear them while biking, skateboarding and riding scooters, a new national poll finds. Eighteen percent of parents say their child never wears a helmet on a bike ride, and even more say their kids skip helmets on a skateboard (58 percent) and scooter (61 percent), suggests the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan. The risks are...
Swallowing button batteries can damage stomach lining in kids~Therefore, researchers suggested going for endoscopic removal even if the child shows no symptoms or the battery has passed safely through the esophagus. According to the study presented at the meeting of Digestive Disease Week, there is a need for change in the current practice of watching and waiting. "We know there can be injured even when there are no symptoms. Batteries in the stomach cause damage, including perforation of the gastric wall, so physicians should consider...
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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...
.TO DAD WITH LOVE: WRAP UP A HIGH QUALITY WOODEN BOARD GAME FOR FATHER’S DAY MERRIMENT~No matter what the kids call him — dad, pop, father or daddy — this June 16, Father’s Day is one Sunday meant for memories and merriment. So present him with a unique board game. Not just any board but one of Across The Board’s gorgeous maple or walnut crafted creations. Have the kids add a hand drawn card. This Father’s Day, help the kids salute dad and granddad with a Baseball Game ($50), constructed in Across The Board’s workshop in Crestwood, Missouri. Roll the dice and run the pegs around the bases to score a run. Just add hot dogs and Cracker Jacks for a baseball themed celebration! For the man who thinks he’s the king of his castle, wrap up Assault Strategy Game ($36). It’s a fresh take on a classic strategy board game that pits attackers and defenders against each other with the goal of outsmarting the competition and ultimately capturing the castle. Got a Kentucky Derby or Preakness fan? Bring the excitement of the racetrack to the kitchen table or rec room with...
.TOY JUDGES AGREE BUTTERFLY GROWING IS THE PERFECT SPRING TRAINING FOR BUDDING SCIENTISTS~Since 1969, Insect Lore, the Original Butterflies-By-Mail company, has shipped over 500 million Painted Lady Caterpillars to excited families and classrooms. Insect Lore’s signature butterfly growing kits have given thousands upon thousands of children the opportunity to see the butterfly life cycle up close. To celebrate Spring 2019, Insect Lore has launched its 50th anniversary Butterfly Farm ($27.99 to $34.99) and multiple toy industry gurus can’t stop gushing about this marvelous metamorphosis kit. Listed are seven just-announced honors: The hard-to-get Parents’ Choice Foundation awarded its Recommended Seal to the Butterfly Farm with this sweet closing, “all reported success in the transformation and pride, tinged with a little sadness, at bidding the butterflies goodbye.” “Raising butterflies from caterpillars is made easy and exciting for kids (and adults) with the all-inclusive Butterfly Farm kit. Along with a solid introduction to biology and the insect world, kids also learn about the...
.Kids Create Their Own Adventures with All-New My City: Pajama Party!~Invite your best friends for popcorn, movies, music and more with the all-new My City: Pajama Party now available on the App Store and Google Play from award-winning My Town Games™. Turn the light off, get those flashlights and snacks, and let the Pajama party start! So many kids have requested this title that My Town just had to create it. Don’t forget to visit the new pajamas Party Store where you can get cool pajamas, lamps, toys and snacks for your party. It’s great to create YOUR OWN party anywhere! Visit the flower shop for that extra fun party feeling, the special store that sells all you need for your party, a large friend’s house with lots of rooms and locations just perfect for nighttime visits. Do you want to hold the party in another house? CAN DO! My City games are connected, you can easily move all items and characters between our other My City games. Play Together: My City supports multi-touch so kids can play games together with friends and family on the same screen! We love making children games, if you...
Toy and Related Industries Press Releases...
EA Announces Sea of Solitude is Coming~Electronic Arts and visionary German studio Jo-Mei Games announced that the story-driven adventure game Sea of Solitude will be launching worldwide on July 5 via digital download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Origin for PC. Sea of Solitude is an emotional experience that takes players on a personal journey to overcome a young woman’s inner loneliness. Players...
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey to Launch~Private Division and Panache Digital Games announced that Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will launch for PC via the Epic Games Store on August 27, and digitally on PlayStation 4 , and across the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, in December. Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the debut title from Panache Digital Games, the...
NSI Introduces Laser XTM Morph to the #1 Home Laser Tag System on the Planet!~NSI International announces the release of the Laser X Morph Blaster – the latest addition to Laser X, the brand of home laser tag played by more than 10 million people around the world! What makes Morph so unique is that it offers multiple ways to play. Each set comes with two interactive game targets with three built-in...
Thor, Rogue, & Lady Death Head to a Nerdy Shelf Near You~Diamond Select Toys released six new figures across three comic-book universes and you kinda sorta *need* them all. There are three new Vinimates figures from DC’s Dark Knight Trilogy, two from the Marvel Select and Gallery lines, and one from the world of independent comics. Check out the new superhero minis below, but maybe keep your...
Splash2o Launches At-Home Splash Pad Experience~A new, Florida-based startup is looking to bring the splash pad experience to backyards and driveways everywhere. Avaden LLC launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo for its Splash2o at-home splash pad, offering early preorders for delivery next year. The adjustable, customizable Aqua Tower folds for easy storage and will launch with eight...
The Dragons from "Game of Thrones" Fly Into Comic Shops as Mini Figures~Game of Thrones may sadly be over, but toys and collectibles from the show will continue to roll into your local comic shop for years to come. Coming soon to comic shops and now available to pre-order through the May PREVIEWS catalog is The Loyal Subjects' first wave of mini-figures from Game of Thrones featuring Drogon...
Playmobil Debuts New Ghostbusters Toys for 35th Anniversary~Sony has dubbed this June 8th to be Ghostbusters Day. Fan fever is so infectious now that even Bill Murray has started talking about getting involved again. Playmobil made a huge impact by taking on the property as its first outside live-action movie license. This year, they’re expanding the line of new Ghostbusters toys in a way that’s explicitly...
Mezco Brings a Mighty Big 18-Inch King Kong Figure~It’s been a while since we’ve seen some seriously big, seriously detailed King Kong toys. This seems like a major oversight, since Kong the character is actually in the public domain. Although we should note that specific versions of him and plot elements exclusive to individual movies are not. (This is all due to legal loopholes regarding a novel...
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