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  • New Dates Announced For Fall Toy Preview 2017

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    NEW YORK - The Toy Industry Association (TIA) has announced the dates for next year’s Fall Toy Preview, slated to take place Monday, October 2 through Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Dallas Market Center in Texas. More

  • National Toy Hall of Fame Reveals 12 Toy Finalists

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    ROCHESTER, NY— The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, announced the 12 finalists for induction into the hall. More

  • Bryan Bendavid Named Senior VP For Gund

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    EDISON, NJ — Gund announced the hiring of Bryan Bendavid as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the Gundimals Division. Bryan brings over 20 years experience to this new position, including 11 prior years at Gund as well as leadership-level posts at International Playthings LLC and Russ Berrie & Company. More

  • Playmobil Announces "How to Train Your Dragon" Playsets

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    Zirndorf, Germany– Playmobil announced a licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation on “How to Train Your Dragon,” with a collection of original Playmobil sets due to be released in fall 2017. More

  • Alita Friedman Appointed WIT Treasurer

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    NEW YORK – Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) the leading global professional women’s organization in the toy, licensing and entertainment industries, announced the appointment of Alita Friedman as the new WIT treasurer. More

  • ChiTAG Innovation Conference Speakers Announced

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    CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Toy & Game Group Innovation Conference has announced its line-up of speakers. This year’s keynote speakers include Kathleen Campisano (VP GMM Toys, Games, Hobby & Collectibles at Barnes & Noble), Andy Roo Forrest (Partner, Forrest-Pruzan Creative), Jim McCafferty (Owner, JMP Creative), Tim Walsh (Chief Playmaker, The Playmakers) and Michelle Thaller (Assistant Director of Science, NASA Headquarters). More

  • Genius of Play Unveiled New Website

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    New York, NY–The Genius of Play, the research-backed initiative to bring more play into kids’ lives, unveiled a new website that offers easy access to professional advice, play ideas, quick parenting tips and more. More

  • MGAE Taps New Num Noms Licensing Partners, Publisher

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    VAN NUYS, CA - MGA Entertainment is readying the launch of a licensing program for its Num Noms property, the scented novelty + collectibles “novibles” that girls can mix, match and stack in more than 5,000 variations to create a unique and engaging experience, and to trade with friends. More

  • ASTRA Names New Certified Play Experts

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    CHICAGO – The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has announced that 28 specialty toy retailers, sales representatives and manufacturers successfully earned the ASTRA Certified Play Expert credential during ASTRA’s first in-person certification workshop held September 10-11, 2016 here. More

  • CedarWorks Gets 'Best Place to Work' Nod

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    ROCKPORT, ME, -- CedarWorks has been named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine by the Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management. The statewide awards program recognizes companies that have established and fostered outstanding workplace environments. CedarWorks is being recognized in the Small Employer (15-49 U.S. employees) category. More

  • Sokikom Wins Academic Choice Smart Media Award

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    SAN JOSE, CA—Sokikom, a collaborative math program where elementary students help each other learn through a team-based game, has been honored with the 2016 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved for the best mind-building media and toys. More

  • Moodsters Expands Product Lineup

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    NEW YORK —The Moodsters, a first-of-its-kind brand created to educate, entertain, and enhance the social and emotional development of children, celebrates the launch of two additional emotional intelligence (EQ) teaching tools for kids. More

Toy of the Week: We Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts

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Ever wondered what ghosts do in a haunted mansion? Light up all of the ghosts in each challenge by placing all the flashlight puzzle pieces correctly. Featuring 60 challenges, Ghost Hunters is designed for all ages. Includes one game board which can be used as a storage case, 6 transparent puzzle pieces, 30 challenge cards with 60 challenges and 1 booklet with game rules and solutions. $14.99. Smart Toys & Games.  800.542.6375. San Francisco.

Star Wars in Scotland

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Stuart Robertson, a father of two from Scotland, recreated scenes from Star Wars using action figures and a wee bit of imagination.

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