Toy Fair 2010 Closes with More Attendees Than Last Year
More than 1,100 exhibitors from around the world gathered at the 107th American International Toy Fair, which was held February 14-17 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. It’s estimated that exhibitors showcased 100,000 new toys and youth entertainment products during the event.
Attendance at Toy Fair 2010 (including buyers, retailers, trade guests, media, and exhibiting staff) totaled 25,030, a 4 percent increase compared to 2009. Nearly 285 of the exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers, and sales agents were first-time exhibitors.
More than 10,600 buyers, a 3 percent rise from last year, from 85 countries attended the show to look for trends and place orders. The number of retail outlets represented at Toy Fair 2010 increased 2 percent over 2009, with a total of 5,744 different companies in attendance.
The 108th American International Toy Fair will be held February 13-16, 2011, at the Javits Center.
Manhattan Toy Releases New Dr. Seuss Toys
Manhattan Toy has introduced six new Dr. Seuss toys, featuring the classic characters One Fish Two Fish and Cat in the Hat.
The Cat in the Hat Activity Cat includes a crinkle flap mirror, ribbons, teether paws, a squeaker in one foot, and a rattle in the other. The Cat in the Hat Wiggle Ball jiggles when the attached yellow star is pulled, and features Cat in the Hat prints and crinkle paper flaps.
Also for infants, Manhattan Toy debuts the Cat in the Hat Ring Rattle and the Cat in the Hat Thing 1 & Thing 2 Rattle. The rattles are made from soft materials and include colorful rings, ribbons, bungee, crinkle paper, and a bell.
The One Fish Water Pat Mat, for tummy time, has brightly colored floating pieces that move with the touch of a baby’s hand. The One Fish Fishbowl, for children 9 months and older, features five fish that each make a sound such as a rattle, crinkle, bell, or squeak.
In September, Cat in the Hat will star in its first animated series, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, on PBS Kids.
Nintendo Announces New Products at Media Summit
Nintendo of America issued a surge of new information about what consumers can expect from the company in the coming months. The new Nintendo DSi XL hand-held system launches March 28 at a suggested retail price of $189.99. The screens of the Nintendo DSi XL are 93 percent larger than those of the Nintendo DS Lite model, designed to provide a more vivid and engaging play experience. The screens of the Nintendo DSi XL also feature a wider viewing angle, letting friends and family members join the fun. The new system launches in both burgundy and bronze colors, and comes loaded with pre-installed premium software Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math, and Photo Clock, as well as two free applications: the Nintendo DSi Browser and Flipnote Studio. Nintendo DSi XL will also come with a larger pen-like stylus that allows for a more comfortable grip and enhanced ease of use when playing games that use the Nintendo DS touch screen.
Among a slew of new software from Nintendo is 100 Classic Books, which transforms the Nintendo DS family of products into a library of literature when it launches on June 14 at a suggested retail price of $19.99, highlighted by 100 works from authors such as William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, and more. Readers can adjust the size of text, place bookmarks, and even download new content via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service (broadband Internet connection required).
Toys “R” Us Stops Selling Planet Frog
Toys “R” Us has become the latest retailer to agree to stop selling the miniature aquarium, Planet Frog. Biologists, wildlife specialists, and PETA have warned that aquariums such as Planet Frog, which houses two frogs in crowded conditions, are too small and inhumane. Confining the energetic animals to cramped spaces can slowly poison the creatures by their own waste.
Target, JCPenney, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Albertsons have also discontinued sales of the tanks.
Grosset & Dunlap to Publish Classic Pooh Books
Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, has announced that it will publish Disney's Classic Pooh books, marking the first time that a U.S. publisher will create new stories based on the classic Pooh adventures, illustrated in the classic E.H. Shepard style. The deal was made between Penguin Young Readers Group and Disney Licensed Publishing, an imprint of Disney Book Group, a division of Disney Publishing Worldwide.
The new series will launch in April with four titles: Pooh's Bees, a board book based on A.A. Milne's first Winnie-the-Pooh story; Tigger's Breakfast, a board book that takes readers on a trip through the Hundred Acre Wood; Hooray for Friends! a paper-over-board picture book featuring Pooh and Rabbit; and Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, a sticker book that includes more than 75 reusable stickers. Three more books will debut this summer.
Mom Talk Radio Host Named ABC Spring Conference Speaker
Maria T. Bailey, author and talk show host of “Mom Talk Radio,” has been named the keynote speaker for this year’s All Baby & Child, Inc. Spring Educational Conference. The event will be held in Louisville, Kentucky this May.
Bailey is CEO of BSM Media, a full-service marketing and media firm that specializes in marketing to mothers. Bailey is the author of The Ultimate Mom Book, Marketing to Moms: Getting Your Share of the Trillion Dollar Market, and Trillion Dollar Moms: Marketing to a New Generation of Mothers. Her latest book, Mom 3.0, examines how to reach moms with new technologies, such as blogs, podcasts, and social networking.
Burger King to Launch “Pinktastic” Promotion
Burger King restaurants across America will turn "Pinkalicious" this spring in a new partnership with Harper Collins and Pinkalicious, the children's book property that celebrates the love of pink and the magical world of its heroine. The national Burger King Kids Meal promotion kicked off today.
With the purchase of a Burger King Kids Meal, customers will receive one of four pinkatastic toys: a Pinkalicious figurine with ring comb, a Pinkalicious Star Bright Wand, a Pinkalicious tiara, or Pinkalicious hair play barrettes.
The Joester Loria Group is the exclusive worldwide licensing agency for Pinkalicious.