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Keeping Toy Safety in Mind this Holiday Season
With the holidays just around the corner, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) is reminding parents and caregivers about a variety of toy shopping tips and safety resources available free-of-charge on the TIA-sponsored website for families, www.ToyInfo.org
National Toy Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Finalists; Inductees to be Revealed Nov. 7
The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong recently announced 12 finalists for induction into the prestigious Hall of Fame: bubbles, chess, Clue, Fisher-Price Little People, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, My Little Pony, Nerf toys, Pac-Man, rubber duck, scooter, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Two inductees will be announced on Thursday, November 7th.
Families Can Enter to Win Toys on Facebook
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has launched a monthly raffle on Facebook to raise awareness of ToyInfo.org, TIA’s go-to website for families and caregivers.
Toys“R”Us Releases Annual Shopping Guide for Families with Differently-Abled Kids
Toy Industry Association (TIA) member Toys“R”Us has published its annual complimentary shopping guide for parents, caregivers and other gift-givers in search of appropriate toys for children with special needs. The 2013 Toys ‘R’ Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids is now available in Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores across the nation and online, in both English and Spanish, at Toysrus.com/DifferentlyAbled.
“DIY” Trend Hits the Toy Aisle
The “Do-It-Yourself” trend seen on reality television shows and online is heating up in the toy aisle, with games and crafts that inspire kids to pursue their interests, build skills, and showcase their hidden talents.
The Strong and Toy Industry Association Form Hall of Fame Partnership
The Strong and the Toy Industry Association (TIA) are pleased to announce a partnership to house TIA’s Toy Industry Hall of Fame alongside The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.
“So Retro!” Toys Bring Families Together in Reminiscent Fun
It’s back-to-basics for many toymakers, who have recently introduced a slew of nostalgic, vintage, and classic playthings that bring kids, parents and grandparents together in multi-generational fun.
Licensed Toys Based on Blockbusters – Summer 2013 Update
Each summer, a brand new batch of licensed toys and games with tie-ins to upcoming movies hit the marketplace, and 2013 is no exception.
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.
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.
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