August 30, 2012

ABC Kids Expo

China Toy expo

K’nex Brings Angry Birds to Construction Aisle

Angry Birds K'NEXK’nex has introduced its first line of officially licensed building sets inspired by Angry Birds, the No. 1 paid app of all time. The new products combine the K’nex building system with characters from Angry Birds, bringing them from the smartphone to the construction aisle for the first time. Toys include the Angry Birds Intro Assortment Building Sets, the Angry Birds Hammin’ Around Building Set, and the Angry Birds Mission May’Ham Building Set.




Jazwares Announces Hanna-Barbera Figures and Plush

Fred FlintstoneJazwares will create figures and plush based on several classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters as part of a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
Products will hit toy aisles throughout the fall and will feature several properties, including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Tom & Jerry, Yogi Bear, Space Ghost, Secret Squirrel, Captain Caveman, and Hong Kong Phooey.
The plush line includes a 12-inch pull-string plush with sound and plush deluxe sets. The Hanna-Barbera line of figures features a 3-inch articulated assortment, 2-inch collector’s sets, and 6-inch figures.



Jim Henson Extends Agreement with Tomy

PajanimalsThe Jim Henson Company has extended its licensing agreement with Tomy International, naming the company the global master toy licensee for its Pajanimals brand. Tomy International was initially appointed U.S. master toy licensing partner in October 2011.
Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Tomy International will develop an assortment of toys and juvenile products for the global marketplace. Among the products and merchandise being developed for international retail are 9-inch and 15-inch plush toys based on each of the series’ four main characters (Sweetpea Sue, Squacky, CowBella, and Apollo), nighttime projectors, monitors, nightlights, and a Snuggle Up Story Mat to help children transition from play time to nap time.
Tomy will debut the first Pajanimals products, the plush and Snuggle Up Story Mat, in the U.S. in October. The same product lines will also debut in the fall in Australia. The broader line will roll out in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Australia, and Canada next year.

Spielwarenmesse eG Expands Toys & Kids Russia

The Toys & Kids Russia trade fair, to be held March 13-15 in Moscow, is expecting increased interest in toy manufacturer attendance.
Toys & Kids Russia already saw an increase in its attendance figures this year with a 27 percent increase in the number of exhibitors and a 29 percent increase in the number of visitors. A total of 9,000 retailers and buyers attended the event.
Manufacturers have until November 30 to register for the international exhibition program at

Battle Ant to Produce Hungry Shark Plush Line

Hungry SharkBattle Ant will produce a new plush line based on the app Hungry Shark. The Battle Ant team will be working with Hungry Shark licensor Future Games of London to produce a plush line. The app has been downloaded 35 million over the past two years. New content is released regularly by FGOL. The Hungry Shark pantheon includes Parts 1, 2, and 3, as well as a trilogy of all three games for iPad that can be hooked up to HDTV.


HQ Kites & Designs USA to Distribute Calafant Toys

HQ Kites & Designs USA has become the exclusive distributor for Calafant in the U.S., with first shipments of inventory to arrive in October. Calafant toys are designed in Germany and made of high-quality, recyclable cardboard. All pieces are pre-cut and pre-punched and can be assembled without glue and scissors. Calafant cardboard toys can be painted and decorated as imagined, and are sturdy enough to last months of playtime.
There are more than 40 different cardboard fantasies available. Smaller Calafant play sets include colored felt pens. The Calacastle (castle) and Calacasa (house) are large enough for children to walk in, crawl in, play in, and decorate inside and out. Calafant Party Sets are party crafts that each kid gets to take home.

TCG and Imperial Toy Launch RoxxNation Website

RoxxAs Roxx, the newest collectible, tradable, head-to-head competitive game of skill, gets set to roll onto retail shelves, TCG and Imperial Toy are launching is the home of the Roxx Nation community. Kids can create an account, enter their Roxx into their Roxx Locker, earn badges and points, and interact with friends. will serve as a community platform to introduce new activities, offer online game play, virtual Roxx and competitions, as well as showcase top players and collectors.
An augmented reality app, the RoxxNation Image Station, will allow kids to add Roxx to their Roxx Locker with their iPhones or iPads.
Rooted in the old school New York and Philly street game, Skullies, Roxx are edgy, collectible game pieces featuring unique art in diverse themes designed to appeal to school-age and tween kids.
The ROXX game pieces and accessories, designed for kids ages 7 and up, have been arriving at retail shelves in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and South Africa for the past few weeks and will be available in almost 30 other countries by Christmas.

Rainbow Signs Adore for Winx Club in Turkey

Winx ClubRainbow has appointed Adore as the new toy distributor in Turkey for its brand Winx Club. Forming part of a global distribution plan, the new partnership will coincide with the launch of Winx Club season five and the release of a new set of dolls.
Adore will start with distribution of the new Winx Club doll range, from Witty Toys, in all key toy retailers across Turkey with extensive POS materials and promotions. There are more than 10 new doll collections planned, inspired by season five of Winx Club, currently in co-production with Nickelodeon. Each doll will be linked to a code that will allow children to download special content related to their specific doll at



WowWee Partners with GameTruck

GameTruckWowWee’s AppGear has partnered with GameTruck to promote its new titles throughout the back-to-school and early fall season. GameTruck offers a mobile theater experience for boys age 6-14. There are 70 GameTrucks, filled with flat-screen TVs and new releases in video games, on the streets across the country.




NYIGF 2013 Dates Announced

GLM has announced 2013 dates for the winter and summer editions of the New York International Gift Fair. Both editions will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94 in New York City.
NYIGF’s winter edition will run January 26 to 30 and will include Accent on Design, featuring A+ Young Designers’ Platform; At Home, featuring Home Textiles; Baby & Child; EX•TRACTS; General Gift, featuring On Trend; The Museum Source; Handmade Designer Maker; Handmade Global Design; New York’s Newest; and Personal Accessories, featuring Details, Studio, and Tabletop and Housewares. Artisan Resource runs concurrently with NYIGF.
Next summer, NYIGF’s three-year “Focus Forward” reorganization will culminate with the creation of four comprehensive market collections: NYIGF Home, NYIGF Lifestyle, NYIGF Handmade, and NYIGF New. The summer edition will take place August 17-21. Artisan Resource and The Gourmet Housewares Show run concurrently with NYIGF. For additional information and updates, visit

TIA Seeks Input for Toy Industry Comments on FTC-Proposed COPPA Revisions

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a call for comments on revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. In response to comments from the Toy Industry Association and other stakeholders, the deadline for comments has been extended by two weeks to September 24.
Proposed changes in the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would modify certain definitions and strengthen certain protections for the online collection, use, or disclosure of children’s personal information, including several technical issues that will affect how websites pass on information designed to restrict online behavioral advertising targeting individuals believed to be children.
The TIA Responsible Marketing to Children Committee has agreed that an industry response is important and will be developing a document for submission to the FTC.
Input from TIA members to be included in this compiled set of industry comments is requested by September 12.
Comments can be directed to TIA’s Stacy Leistner at or (646) 520-4858, or to TIA’s counsel, Sheila A. Millar at or (202) 434-4143.

Harry Potter Exhibit Returns to NYC

Harry Potter fans in New York City will soon have the chance to step inside the famous wizard’s magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which returns to Discovery Times Square this holiday season.
This new stop in New York City will serve as the exhibition’s return to North America after a year-long international tour. Opening date and ticketing information will be released in the upcoming weeks.
In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Global Experience Specialists, Inc., created the 14,000-square-foot experiential exhibition, where visitors will be able to visit dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts film sets and see the craftsmanship behind authentic costumes and props from the films. Original artifacts from the series finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, will be on display for the first time along with hundreds of original props and costumes from all of the previous Harry Potter films.

TIF Announces $1 Million Fundraising Campaign

The Toy Industry Foundation has launched the Play Matters for Millions campaign, with a goal of raising $1 million by the end of next year to support the Foundation’s mission of bringing joy, comfort, and learning to children in need through play. The foundation has already raised more than $435,000 to fund programs, partnerships, and grants that make play possible for disadvantaged children in North America and internationally, and is seeking the support of individuals as well as corporate partners to reach the million dollar goal.
To help the Toy Industry Foundation reach $1 million, contributions can be submitted online at or by calling (646) 454-5581.

Wish Factory Names David Scher EVP, Sales

The Wish Factory, Inc. has named toy industry veteran David Scher as executive vice president of sales for the company.
Scher started his career at Mattel where he was promoted to vice president of sales, managing Kmart, the company’s second largest account at that time. Scher started David Scher, Inc., a full service sales and marketing company, representing some of the largest names in the toy industry. Scher has worked on many key iconic industry brands including Hit Clips, Talkboy, Furby, WWE action figures, and Paper Jamz music toys.     

Jerry Nelson, Sesame Street Puppeteer and Muppet Character Creator, Has Died

Jerry Nelson, Sesame Street cast member and creator of dozens of Muppet characters, died August 23 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts at the age of 78.
A Sesame Street puppeteer for more than 40 years, Nelson was best known for his portrayal of Count von Count, the vampire mathematician on the television show. He also performed Herry Monster, Fat Blue, and many other iconic characters.
Nelson joined Sesame Street during its second season in 1970, playing Snuffleupagus and detective Sherlock Hemlock. He also created several Muppets featured on Fraggle Rock and The Muppet Show in the 1970s and 1980s. He retired from puppeteering in 2004 but remained a part of the Sesame Street family, continuing to lend his voice to several of the show’s characters.

Target Reports August Sales Results

Target Corporation has reported that its net retail sales for the four weeks ended August 25 were $5.5 billion, an increase of 4.7 percent from $5.3 million for the four weeks ended August 27 last year. On this same basis, August comparable-store sales increased 4.2 percent.

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