TOY NEWS

As families gather together this holiday season, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) is reminding parents and caregivers about the benefits of engaging relatives of all ages in multi-generational play — as well as free toy safety resources available at www.ToyInfo.org.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced today the 83 finalists for the prestigious 2015 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) – also known as the “Oscars” of the toy industry. Between now and January 11, 2015, toy lovers of all ages can visit www.ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite toys, games and properties across 12 categories and enter to win exclusive prize packages!
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Play isn’t just an after-school or weekend activity — it’s an important aspect of a healthy and well-rounded childhood, and should be a part of every kid’s day. To help educate parents and caregivers about the many benefits of play, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has launched “The Genius of Play” initiative.
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With the holidays just around the corner, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) is reminding parents and caregivers about a variety of complimentary toy shopping tips and safety resources available on the TIA-sponsored website for families, www.ToyInfo.org.
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The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong recently announced 12 finalists for induction into the prestigious Hall of Fame: American Girl dolls, bubbles, Fisher-Price Little People, Hess Toy Trucks, little green army men, My Little Pony, Operation Skill Game, paper airplane, pots and pans, Rubik’s Cube, Slip’N Slide, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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The Toy Industry Association (TIA) and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) have entered into an agreement to strengthen their long-standing relationship and share resources.
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Toy Industry Association (TIA) member Toys“R”Us has published the 20th anniversary edition of its Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids, a complimentary shopping guide for parents, caregivers and other gift-givers in search of appropriate toys for children with special needs.
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This Grandparents’ Day, which will be celebrated across the country on September 9, 2014, families eager to come together for unplugged, multi-generational play will find a plethora of “back-to-basic” toys and games to enjoy.
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From oversized plush and action figures to massive dollhouses and building sets, an abundance of BIG toys are making a splash in the toy aisle this year. TIA trend experts have put together a list of playthings that will thrill and engage kids of all ages.
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Identified by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) as one of the hottest toy trends of 2014, zombies, monsters and other “spooktacular” playthings have been flying off store shelves and are expected to stay hot leading up to Halloween and right through the holidays.
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With the upcoming school year just around the corner, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has pulled together a fun crop of educational toys and games that will help bring young minds back into focus after summer vacation.
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It’s not surprising that many of today’s professionals – from engineers and chefs to architects and entrepreneurs – took inspiration for their careers from the toys and games they played with as kids.
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Recognizing the growing demand for custom playthings, some toy companies are taking the trend one step further by encouraging consumers to submit their own ideas and designs for unique toys — be it virtual game worlds or physical products — that can be downloaded or purchased by others around the world.
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In honor of Canada Day (July 1st) and Independence Day (July 4th), TIA rounded up a few of the many American- and Canadian-made playthings currently on the market.
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Toy lovers across the country are encouraged to nominate their favorite classic toy or game for induction into The Strong museum’s National Toy Hall of Fame in 2014. Submissions are being accepted now through Thursday, July 31st.
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