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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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Mandatory Silly Cat Picture Today is National Cat Day. I am not sure what one is supposed to do on National Cat Day but in that the Internet seems to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Toy News
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Michael Kohner and the Kohner family will be receiving a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at this year’s TAGIE Awards which will take place Friday, November 21 in Chicago’s Navy Pier Grand... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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Voltaire is quoted as saying: “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” For those who work in the toy industry, a paraphrase may be in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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I walked into the Barnes & Noble on 86h Street in Manhattan, headed to the grown-ups toy section and, yep, there they were: "Breaking Bad" action figures. They were sitting... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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4D printing is here. What is 4D printing you ask? 4D printing produces a 3 dimensional object with a time component. Once produced, objects change over time with the application... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, I wrote about Barbie as a cultural icon and the complications that creates for Mattel. In this article, I want to elaborate on what those complications... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Barbie made news last week due to a 21% drop in sales for the last quarter. I was asked to do a couple of interviews for the BBC about Barbie... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Global Toy News
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There is something wonderfully fragile and tentative about Walt Disney’s original prospectus for Disneyland. The pages are hole punched; they appear to have used both sides of the paper; they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Reuben Klamer, the inventor of the Game of Life and other wonderful toys and games, once told me about visiting Walt Disney’s office. It was the early 1950’s and he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Global Toy News
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As more and more shoppers have moved from seeing the world in terms of bricks or clicks to bricks and clicks, it has seemed like only a matter of time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last two postings (see: Part 1 and Part 2) I have deconstructed and analyzed the Fall Toy Preview. I have concluded that the event is struggling due to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, I deconstructed the Fall Toy Preview to better understand the event’s health. Some of those in attendance raised the question of whether the show would survive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Global Toy News
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I was in a meeting at the just completed Dallas Fall Toy Preview when one of the participants suddenly asked me: “Do you think this show is going to survive?”... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Global Toy News
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When you design or market a plaything, do you take into consideration the environments in which it will be played? Will it be used primarily in the car; the family... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Global Toy News
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One of the most influential people in my life was a southern gentleman named Harry Cohen. Harry with his son Frank ran a wholesale business in Richmond, Virginia which also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, "Time, Space and the Business of Play", I wrote about time as the most powerful factor in today’s competitive landscape. When the world was simpler and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting I wrote about my work on "Mapping Play" and the previously unseen linkages I am finding. I ended by noting that one of the places my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Two years ago, I began mapping the ecosystem of play. I wanted to look for the visible and hidden links between the ways and places people play. I use the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Global Toy News
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This is the story of how I was almost struck in the head by a fiery coconut. This amazing event took place while I was in Verona Italy for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Wow! I am just back from a fantastic time in Verona for the 12th Tocati outdoor game festival. The experience of wandering Verona’s narrow, balconied streets (yes, you can visit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Sasha Bailyn - Editor Entertainment Designer magazine Sasha Bailyn is a creative consultant and the founder of EntertainmentDesigner.com, the largest website covering themed entertainment, exhibit and experience design. She works... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Global Toy News
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I like to talk about the Toy Highway that takes us to places like Hong Kong, Nuremberg, Sao Paulo, London, Shanghai and, yes, New York. This year, the highway is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Last week’s World Congress of Play was certainly stimulating but it was also pretty entertaining. Here are some of my favorite moments (write in and let us know yours): Donna... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Global Toy News
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What was it like being at the World Congress of Play? In the words of one well-known veteran, it was: “One of the three best conferences I have ever attended.”... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Global Toy News