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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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Ynon Kreiz, New Mattel CEO "We think investors will quickly take notice that Mr. Kreiz has twice sold companies he ran to Disney, which could increase ongoing speculation that Mattel... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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"The sheer quantity of toys in a home can, in their abundance, devalue the intrinsic value of each individual toy in the eyes of the child and their parents." ...... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Global Toy News
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Arcade Mutoscope, circa 1900 In an earlier article, I wrote about toy Magic Lanterns (see: "Toy Magic Lanterns; a 19th century high tech toy"). They were an early precursor to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Global Toy News
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This just in: Toys R Us has turned down Isaac Larian's bid to buy the company. The Globe and Mail has just run this headline: "Toys ‘R’ Us turns down... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Global Toy News
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"This generation of children is, for the most part, deprived of the true toy store experience." ... Whenever I or anyone else talks to the press these days, we end... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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"As we move forward it becomes increasingly clear that Toys R Us had ceased to be anything more than a big building full of toys." ... Here are some thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Lehmann - Race Car, Circa 1910 - 1920 We tend to think of plastic as the miracle toy material of the 20th century. Coming into popularity after World War II,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Global Toy News
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If you are a Westerner, have you ever attended the Guangzhou International Toy & Hobby Fair? I didn’t think so. This was my first time and I have to say... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I have just finished producing he Toy Talks forum in conjunction with the Guangzhou International Toy & Hobby Fair and based upon conversations with and my observation of audience behavior:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Japanese Kite Flying Its Spring, the wind is blowing and that means its "Kite Season". Kites were invented by the Chinese around 2200 years ago. Over the years they have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I found it highly noteworthy when I heard that HobbyTown was going to take advantage of the demise of Toys R Us by aggressively growing number their franchise stores. To... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Press Release Toy & Hobby China | Baby & Stroller China Poly World Trade Center Expo Guangzhou, China, 8 – 10 April 2018 Expanding Toy & Hobby China and Baby... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I am excited to be heading to Guangzhou,China for the International Toy & Hobby Fair. I am particularly looking forward to the trip for two reasons: 1. I am leading... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Global Toy News
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"Probably the largest retail liquidation in the country's history." Joseph Malfitano, Malfitano Partners ... The Toys R Us bankruptcy is no joke and certainly not a game. Particularly for those... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Global Toy News
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That which is cutting edge technology eventually becomes a toy. In the case of the Magic Lantern, it took about 250 years. The Magic Lantern was invented in the early... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Idol Eyes is an Australian company which, in 1987, made the world's first baby sunglasses: Quality Baby Wrapz Sunglasses. The soft rubber frame is comfortable and unbreakable while the headband... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Investment firm, Bain Capital, may have done more damage to the toy industry than any other single entity in the industry's history. It was Bain Capital that owned KB Toys... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Global Toy News
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My last article was titled: "Isaac Larian Wants to Save Toys R Us; Can he do it?" To my surprise, Isaac has written us and answered the question. He says... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Gifted Minds is the Chinese distributor of selected construction toy brands from Europe and the US including mic-o-mic, Plus-Plus, Jawbones, Fischertechnic, Fischertip and Team Green. Their mission is to build... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA, is an entrepreneur, a perpetual motion machine and, yes, a genius. He is one of those people our industry produces every decade or two who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Global Toy News
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"Toys R Us could never really be Toys R Us without Charles Lazarus. Perhaps, in the same sense, Charles Lazarus could not be Charles Lazarus without Toys R Us." What... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Global Toy News
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We are very pleased to be working with the Messe Frankfurt in putting on the "Toy Talks" seminars on March 9, 2018 during the Guangzhou International Toy & Hobby Fair.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Because of the Toys R Us bankruptcy, this is going to be, by far, the most important PlayCon we have had. PlayCon, which takes place May 8-9 in San Francisco,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Global Toy News
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(Run time: 6 minutes, 41 seconds) Here is a link to my interview with BNN news about the Toys R Us bankruptcy. I provide my thoughts on the reasons for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Global Toy News