Tag Archives: Toy Association

Opinion | History in the making… and playing: How the pandemic has shaped toy trends of the future

From hand-washing and mask-wearing within role-play and the renewed focus on child wellbeing through play, to the spike in the kidult market and the evolution of the STEAM and arts and crafts market, there’s not a category within the toy space that hasn’t been touched or influenced by the coronavirus …

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Wow! Stuff’s Chibies hit all the right notes for 2021 fashion-music-toy trends

Wow! Stuff has expressed fresh confidence in its latest toy innovation, Chibies, a collection of fashion-inspired collectable creatures that listen to music and flash in time to every beat, having been cited by the Toy Association in its 2021 toy trend highlights. The latest line-up from Wow! Stuff was featured …

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New York | Mattel, LEGO, and Chess win big at Toy Association’s all-virtual Toy of the Year Awards

It was a tussle of the titans as play professionals and toy fans around the globe celebrated the Toy Association’s 21st annual Toy of the Year Awards this weekend, with both Mattel and LEGO emerging with four award wins each. This year’s online event peeled back the curtain on what …

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New York | Four award wins compound Mattel’s strong 2021 start

Mattel’s salute to the frontline key workers playing their role in helping the world fight the coronavirus pandemic have been paid recognition at this year’s all-virtual Toy of the Year Awards amid a triumphant sweep of four award category wins for the global toy maker. It was the firm’s own …

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The Toy Association reveals show dates for Toy Fair New York 2022

With planning underway for the in-person Toy Fair New York 2021 to run from May 1 to 4, The Toy Association has now revealed show dates for Toy Fair New York 2022. The four-day show will bring toy and play professionals together from Saturday, February 19 through to Tuesday, February 22, …

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New York Toy Fair 2021 postponed: “Protecting our members’ health and safety must come first”

Toy Fair New York 2021 has been postponed, The Toy Association confirmed late last week, citing the current coronavirus pandemic and the state of business travel, as well as the current restrictive guidelines in place in the US and the world. In a statement issued by the Toy Association on …

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The Toy Association teams with Clamour to launch first Toy Fair Everywhere Influencer Choice List

The Toy Association has teamed up with the producers of largest annual industry summit for professional influencers, Clamour, for the first Toy Fair Everywhere Influencer Choice List. Toy Fair Everywhere is a new series of virtual market weeks that offers toy manufacturers, buyers, media, and key stakeholders in the toy …

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Innovation and creativity took centre stage at successful 117th New York Toy Fair

It was Shaquille O’Neal who cut the ribbon of the 117th New York Toy Fair this February, marking the start of what was to be yet another successful show, and the 117th edition of the global toy fair that brought in tens of thousands of play innovators from across 100 …

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Mattel champions ‘boundary pushing toy lines’ for 12 TOTY nominations

Having received no fewer than 12 finalist nominations in the Toy Association’s 2020 Toy of the Year Awards, Mattel has put its 2019 success down to ‘pushing boundaries with the experiences it brings to the market.’ Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels and Jurassic World have been named among the Mattel brands …

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The Toy Association to induct industry-defining trio into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame

The founder and CEO of Playmates, Thomas Chan, the man responsible for founding Little Tikes, Thomas G Murdoph, and the late Harry Kislevitz, founder of Colorforms Corporation, are each to be inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame this year. The individuals were nominated for induction and voted on …

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