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(OPINION) TOTY 2014: And the Real Winner is YOU!
Though almost everyone could (and did) tune in to the Oscars last Sunday, a much smaller number of people watched the “Oscars” of the toy industry! The annual “Toy of the Year” awards (TOTYs) honor the best in toys and games as well as notable industry icons who are inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
National Toy Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Finalists; Inductees to be Revealed Nov. 6
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.
TIA and Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association Embark on Information-Sharing Partnership
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.
Back-to-Basic Toys Bring Families Together for Classic, Multi-Generational Fun
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.
Toys“R”Us Releases Shopping Guide for Families with Differently-Abled Kids
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.
Trend-Spotting: Larger-than-Life Toys
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.
Frightfully Fun: Zombies, Monsters & More
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.
Skill-Building Toys and Games Help Prep Kids for School Year
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.
Toys to Inspire Future Professionals
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.
User-Generated Play: Toy Companies Encourage Kids to Create Personalized Content
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.
Patriotic Play: Toys Made in the USA and Canada
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.
Nominations Now Open for The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame
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.
Soccer Mania! Toys for World Cup Fans of All Ages
For the next month, soccer fans around the globe will be glued to the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in Brazil (June 12 to July 13), as 32 national teams compete for the championship. Kids can get in on the action and emulate their favorite soccer stars in their own backyards, thanks to a variety of toys and games perfect for boys and girls of all ages.
STEAM Toys Keep Young Minds Active During Summer Break
Playthings that teach kids about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Math (STEAM) keep young brains engaged during play and expose children to new ideas and concepts – which is especially crucial during the summer months between school terms.
Sizzling Summer Toys Based on Blockbuster Movies
ToyInfo.org provides movie fans of all ages with a few examples of this summer’s hottest movies and related product – as well as a sneak peek at what’s in store for 2015.
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