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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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One of my fond memories as a child was of playing with my print set. It came with both letters and pictures which were accompanied by a red or black... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Global Toy News
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Television has, since the 1950's, been a powerful medium for advertising toys. In fact, whether a toy is advertised on television still makes the difference between quantities purchased not to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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"So what are STEM Toys?Are they play sweetened toys or are they play enriched educational devices?" ... Let me say clearly that I believe in STEM toys and think they... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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Business Insider provided this snapshot of store closings thus far this year. I added the numbers and it comes to 3507 stores. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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Shehnaz Safiuddin is an innovative brand builder and marketer with expertise in creating relevant, differentiated brands that stand the test of time while keeping up with the times. She recently... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Jeu Du Massacre, circa 1890 The above game appears to be based upon the excitement of riding a roller coaster. The first roller coasters with fixed tracks and guard rails... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Licensing Expo China is coming in July. I was interested in learning more so I spoke with Jessica Blue, Senior Vice President, Licensing with leadership responsibilities of the global UBM... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Global Toy News
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The Fidget Spinner is a bonafide fad. How do we know? Teachers are banning them from classrooms. I have gotten numerous calls from media outlets wanting to know why fidget... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Global Toy News
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An article by Forbes writer, Paula Rosenblum, has been making the rounds. Its title is "Five Reasons Why 'The Retail Apocalypse' Is A False Scare Story". The article is an... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Global Toy News
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"Urfin Joos and his Wooden Soldiers" Have you ever heard of this Oz title: "Urfin Joos and his Wooden Soldiers"? How about this one: "The Seven Underground Kings"? The two... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Today, I came across an article in The New York Times that really made me sit up. Its about apparel, but it contains some very important information for the toy... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Fidget Spinners are a red hot fad. Here is my interview with the BBC. (I start at the 2 minute 20 second point). Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Ronald Mannak is a Bay Area founder of two connected toy startups and created Amazon UK’s and Firebox' #1 best selling V-Beat AirDrums and V-Beat AirGuitar sensor-based toys. Ronald advises... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Global Toy News
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The Toy Association (formerly known as the Toy Industry Association) has a new name, a new logo, new offices, a new strategic plan and a new attitude. That is what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Global Toy News
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French culture and American culture are like two, very different, operating systems (think Apple and Microsoft). What works in one country may not necessarily work in the other. For example,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I loved playing Hide and Go Seek when I was a kid. I bet you did too. There were no adults, just kids ranging in age from six to twelve,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Global Toy News
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During the late 19th and early 20th centuries there was an intense interest in getting in touch "with the other side". Some believe it was due to the number of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I have been a supporter of WIT and the work they do for many years. This article comes to us from Nancy Zwiers, CMO at Spin Master and WIT's Empowerment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Good news, it appears, at least according to the normally gloomy International Monetary Fund, that the global economy is heading up. Landon Thomas Jr. in his New York Times article,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Global Toy News
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According to Fortune magazine, New York Post and other media outlets there, is reason to believe that Amazon is considering a purchase of BJ's Wholesale Club. The fact that the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Global Toy News
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The investment community is concerned about the toy industry. A weak fourth quarter performance in 2016 and a very slow start to 2017 has some investors and stock analysts worrying... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Front View Roman Doll 2nd Century AD While doing some research, I came upon this image of a doll owned by a Roman Teenager named Crepereia Tryphaena and found in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Dice from the Mohenjo Daro Excavation There is something both elegant and disturbing about the above pictured dice. Elegant because, as is the nature of dice, they are simple in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Hamleys’ Chinese Flagship Store Opened in Nanjing in October, 2016 I have been publishing a series of articles entitled "Insights About China from China", by Eagles Lu. Eagles is an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Global Toy News
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You probably saw the press release last week revealing that Crayola is putting an end to the Dandelion crayon. I am not overly upset by this as, frankly, I (and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Global Toy News