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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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Most of us enjoyed playground games (sometimes called Street Games) when we were kids. Hop Scotch was a big one in my neighborhood as were 7 Up, Dodge Ball, Tag,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Toy News
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I thought it would be interesting to start looking at some of the toy companies which are no longer with us. Many were major players in their time yet are... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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I recently had the pleasure of getting to know George and Howard McAuliffe. George and Howard are experts in the bowling and Family Entertainment Business. These are indoor facilities that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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Hasbro and Mattel are reportedly in discussions regarding a merger of the two companies (see: "A Hasbro Mattel Merger; Who will feel the Impact?"). The investment community seems to like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Global Toy News
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The toy industry has experienced two hurricanes in the last few weeks. Toy Island has been walloped with massive winds of change, first from the Toys "R" Us bankruptcy and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Global Toy News
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In last weeks Breaktime posting, "The Billy Goat Wagon Craze; a look back", I included a letter sent to Santa Claus by a little boy from Richmond, Virginia. The boy's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Each year, at about this time, N.G.O.'s (Non-Governmental Organizations) like "U.S. Public Interest Research Group" (a.k.a. U.S. PIRG) accuse toy companies of selling unsafe toys. In each of these cases,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Millennials will see great value in learning that the products are inspected by a brand of which they are aware and that regular audits are conducted and results are managed.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Global Toy News
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The show was well attended and there were plenty of opportunities for children and adults to interact with toy companies and their products. ... On Saturday, November 4, I headed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Global Toy News
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For some reason, Goat Carts appear to have been a bit of a fad in the early years of the 20th century. It was the ride-on vehicle of its time.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Global Toy News
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When one of our crown jewels, Mattel, is struggling and our industry's showroom, Toys R Us, is in distress it destabilizes, not just the industry's economics but its health and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Ms. Georgiadis is therefore in the midst of turning the ship around and, with a ship as large as Mattel, its a very slow turn. While in the midst of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Global Toy News
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1912 Sears Ad for a Toy Steam Engine (.95 is $24 in 2017 money) There is something beautiful about the mechanical. That is why I love these antique toy steam... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Global Toy News
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It's time to start making plans for the Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair. It will take place January 8-11 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Global Toy News
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While we have been busy staring at Toys "R" Us, there has been more new growth occurring in bricks and mortar toy retail. Back in July we learned that JC... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at Global Toy News
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What I like about all of this is that it allows people who look down on cartoon culture to reconsider their prejudices. ... Yes, as amazing as it sounds, SpongeBob... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Crowds mob Woolworths grand opening, circa 1910 As these first national chains rolled out their stores, they were putting small, independent, local retailers out of business. ... I don't have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I am in China this week so what better time to take a look back at "ancient" Chinese toys which, in fact, are not so ancient. The are, in fact,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I am in Shanghai for the China Toy Expo and what I am finding is that the Toys "R" Us story here is completely different than the one taking place... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I am in Shanghai for the China Toy Expo, China Kids Expo, China Licensing Expo and China Preschool Expo (don’t worry, they are all in one location). This is a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Global Toy News
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When Mao Tse-tung was asked in 1968 his opinion of the French Revolution, his response was that it was too soon to tell. "Anthropologists list the toughest things to cope... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Thames & Kosmos has been in business since 2001. Known for making science based products, the company was producing STEM before there was STEM. I knew them to have an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Obviously, being an old maid was at one time an onerous title. Its a little like the term "Cat Lady" today (full disclosure I have one cat). In fact the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Global Toy News
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The magic of toy retail is not in bells and whistles but in great playthings carefully curated by a company that loves toys. ... Yesterday, I was interviewed by Fox... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Global Toy News