European-based HABA USA announces that Damien Crocker has joined the company as a new sales manager. More
The Joester Loria Group (JLG) has been appointed by Zing, makers of the Stikbot brand stop motion animation toys, as its exclusive licensing agent of record in the U.S. and Canada. More
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) members will now have easy access to essential business services, thanks to the opening of an Industry Service Pavilion that will be available for attendees during its 2017 Marketplace & Academy. More
U.S. toy and game sales rose 4 percent in the first four months of 2017 compared to the same period last year, according to The NPD Group. More
Managing Editor Anne-Marie Earl’s nursery will make its debut as the backdrop of Gift and Decorative Accessories' June magazine cover, its first-ever original photoshoot. Our lead feature for the June issue is on baby giftables, so we knew we wanted a cover that would set the tone. Lucky for us, we have a Pinterest-driven modern mom on our staff who didn’t mind us invading her personal space. More
Helping to spread cross-industry awareness about The Toy Association’s new name and recent rebranding, the association will elevate its presence at this year’s Licensing Expo, taking place May 23-25 in Las Vegas. More
From STEM and coding toys, to cultural and creative activities, products that prepare kids for school subjects and future careers are on the rise, according to TrendHunter.com’s new monthly report. More
The Pokémon Company International has appointed Wicked Cool Toys as master toy licensee for the Pokémon brand, starting in July 2018. More
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) 2017 Marketplace & Academy will include a live, hands-on, experiential toy store—complete with product demonstrations, enthusiastic staff and giveaways—on the exhibit hall floor. More
Toy of the Week: We Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts
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
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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