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PERSPECTIVES: Toymakers, Industry Experts Optimistic About Outdoor Toy Sales
With the approaching Memorial Day holiday and the unofficial launch of summer, toymakers are optimistic that sunshine and warm weather will drive the annual sale of nearly $2.7 billion worth of bubbles, sidewalk chalk, scooters, wagons, and other outdoor playthings. The Toy News Tuesday editorial team recently spoke with industry experts to discuss the impact of rising temperatures on toy sales, the evergreen popularity of active play, and recent innovations in the outdoor toy category.
Buying Garage Sale Toys: Safety Tips to Know Before You Go
As garage sale season heats up, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) is reminding parents and caregivers to ensure the safety of any toy or game that is purchased second-hand.
TIF Expands “Make a Stand for Kids” Summer Campaign to Include Local Businesses
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is expanding its “Make a Stand for Kids” campaign, inviting local businesses to join children and their families in raising money this summer to support the gift of play.
Learn What Inspired the Invention of Some Favorite Toys!
Ever wonder how toy inventors get their ideas? Tune into the Toy Industry Association’s (TIA) “Inventor Inspiration” online story series to get a behind-the-scenes look into what inspired several of today’s new and classic toys and games.
TIF Releases 2012 Annual Report; Helped Nearly 2 Million Children Last Year
Over the course of 2012, the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) impacted the lives of close to 2 million children in need—nearly twice the number of children reached in 2011, according to its annual report released this week.
Spring Trend Spotting: Mini Toys that are Easter Basket “Musts”
Filling Easter baskets with gifts to delight little bunnies doesn’t have to break the bank – or bring on a sugar rush. According to trend experts at the Toy Industry Association (TIA) small, low-priced toys and games are the perfect ingredients for a springtime celebration that’s fun for the whole family.
Projected Easter Spending to Jump Past $17 Billion: NRF
Total consumer spending this Easter will reach an estimated $17.2 billion, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) 2013 Easter Spending Survey, conducted by BIGinsight. Consumers will spend approximately $145.13 on candy, décor, apparel, and food, including an average of $20.82 on gifts, such as toys.
Toy Trends for 2013 Announced by Toy Industry Association, Official Voice of Toy Fair
From toys that are “So Retro!” … to arts and crafts inspired by “DIY Design” television shows … and playthings for sociable teens and tweens, the hottest toy trends of 2013 were unveiled by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) today at its 110th American International Toy Fair.
The Year’s Finest Toys and Games Unveiled at “OSCARS” of the Toy Industry
Hundreds of toy executives and guests from around the world gathered in New York City this evening to honor the year’s top toys and industry icons at the 13th annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards and Toy Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Toy Industry Unveils Nominees for 2013 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) kicked off the holiday shopping season today by announcing the 84 finalists for the prestigious 2013 Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY). Between now and January 13, 2013, toy lovers of all ages can visit ToyAwards.org to vote for their favorite playthings in 12 categories – from e-Connected and Innovative to Educational and Outdoor toys – and sign up to win exclusive prize packages!
Bring Comfort to Hurricane Sandy's Youngest Victims
The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is accepting toy donations to be delivered to families in New Jersey and New York whose homes have been destroyed by devastating floods, damaging winds and ongoing power outages as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Seven in 10 Americans Plan to Celebrate Halloween: NRF
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 71.5% of Americans say they will celebrate Halloween this year, up from 68.6% last year, with a record 170 million people planning to partake in the haunting holiday – the most since the NRF launched its Halloween consumer spending survey 10 years ago.
The Strong Announces National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists
After reviewing thousands of nominations submitted this year by toy lovers of all ages, The Strong in Rochester, New York, has announced the 12 nominees for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Two finalists will be inducted into the prestigious hall on Thursday, November 15th.
Licensed Toys: A Growing Phenomenon with Year-Round Appeal
Character licenses based on blockbuster movies have the ability to propel products to stratospheric success, creating memories that last a lifetime for millions of fans. Recent sales for licensed toys reflect this growing phenomenon: in 2011, licensed toys and games were up 2% over 2010 and for the first half of 2012 those numbers have climbed further to 27% of total toy sales.
2012 Edition of the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids Published
The 2012 edition of the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids was published last week to provide parents, caregivers and gift-givers with reliable toy recommendations for children who have special needs.
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