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John Spinello only made $500 from selling his patent to the classic game Operation in 1964. Fifty years later, he found himself in the position of needing an operation of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Tanya Thomspon of Mastermind Toys (then ThinkFun) introduced me to Elan at The Gathering for Gardner in March 2014. At the time, Elan was Chief Design Officer for Xbox Entertainment... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Most of you have probably not heard of Loot Crate since it is a geek based product/service. But it is another example of new and different ways to promote our... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Since my start in the toy industry was as a board game designer, I'm asked about them and have written about them often. There are many who think board games... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Our industry can be bigger – much bigger. We can learn from other entertainment industries we are competing with and from our own industry about what works. After attending a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Originally I titled this piece “Eating My Way Through Nuremberg Toy Fair”, but it is much more than just about the wonderful food. We’ve all attended many trade shows and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Global Toy News
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On Pinterest, fashion dolls aside, when you type the word ‘fashion’ with any toy/game brand, Lego turns up countless images. Various images of Fergie and Jet Black wearing Lego assembles... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2013 at Global Toy News
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We all attempt to keep up on toy/game industry news and are lucky to have many resources to do so. Below is a list of internet industry news resources. They... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Global Toy News
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Quirky’s homepage states: For centuries, becoming an “inventor” has been a hard gig to crack. Complexities relating to financing, engineering, distribution, and legalities have stood in the way of brilliant... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Global Toy News
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One beautiful morning last week, Marty Abrams and I met for coffee at an outdoor café in New York. I couldn’t help but feel lucky… lucky to so enjoy what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at Global Toy News
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A couple of years ago, I spoke with Brenda Brathwaite Romero about her series of 6 board games titled ‘The Mechanic is the Message’ that make one ponder their themes/topics... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Global Toy News
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We host popular industry get-togethers at NYTF and ASTRA as well as monthly events in Chicago spring through fall. Now we’ve added ChiTAG-Los Angeles on April 16th in Santa Monica... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Global Toy News
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This Saturday is TableTop Day. (I’ll never get people to associate me with toys if I keep writing about games, but this one is a game changer.) Have you heard... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Global Toy News
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Earlier this week I attended the International Home and Housewares Show, the huge annual trade show of the kitchen gadget, tableware, small appliance and cookware industries. I was curious to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Global Toy News
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What do you want to be when you grow up? No matter how you ever answered this question, your answer was the same: You were declaring your favorite play pattern.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Global Toy News
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I admit it. I plagiarized the title from Dan Nessel of DadDoes. In fact, I can’t beat what he wrote about the TAGIE Awards. It is just too entertaining. http://www.daddoes.com/6765/tagie-awards-2012-top-toys/... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2012 at Global Toy News
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An independent 2006 U.S. Workplace Survey reported 65% of workers asked said design and layout of their workplace is “extremely” or “very” important to them and more than 90% said... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at Global Toy News
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This year the International Toy and Game Innovators of the Year Awards (TAGIE Awards) is being held at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. The TAGIEs are a celebratory, emotional,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Global Toy News
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The NY Times ran interesting story today titled: Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the U.S.A. The opening paragraph reads: Etched into the base of Google’s new wireless home media... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Global Toy News
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Until recently, digital media and social media were viewed as mere marketing tools for toy manufacturers and retailers. American Smartphone adoption increased in 2011 to over 50% of cell phon... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Global Toy News
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This week’s Time Magazine has an article about Beyonce and other celebrities promoting breast-feeding - that breast-feeding is more cool and hip if celebrities are doing it. Beyonce also loves... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Global Toy News
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Many of us enjoy and find inspiration in TED Talks. You may be surprised how many TED Talks are about the importance of play. Some are posted below. Also interesting... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Global Toy News
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There, I’ve said it. I am addicted to Pinterest. Social media maven Mary Kay Russell led me here a few weeks ago. Although I didn’t want to add yet another... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Global Toy News
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Bald Barbie conversations are happening all over the Internet. Michelle Spelman suggested I write about it for GTN, but since has already written about it in her Cincinnati Examiner blog,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Global Toy News
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Every so often a product comes along and changes the way we play… If you have been following our Changing the Way We Play series with the creatives at Kunoichi,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Global Toy News