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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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Barbie Dream House, $180 at Wal-Mart and Target I have analyzed the 2018 hot toy lists from Wal-Mart, Target and J.C. Penney. Based upon what I am seeing, Mattel and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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As I travel around the world to various toy industry events I hear a lot of stories. One of the most intriguing I have come across is the journey taken... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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It has been hard to come by information, but early indications from some toy companies indicate that toys, to the most part, are not impacted by the new round of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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Sir Roast McDuck, one of Donald Duck's ancestors If you have ever spent time in your misspent youth (or your misspent adulthood for that matter) digging into the Donald Duck... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Global Toy News
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It is certainly possible that a Toys R Us Asia, , owned and operated by Li & Fung, will eventually expand back into North America, Europe, Africa and South America,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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Mattel C.E.O.,Ynon Kreiz, is showing that he is bold. Now he just needs to stay around for a while. ... Just four months after taking over as CEO and Chairman... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Global Toy News
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The early 20th century was a golden age for children's illustration. The drawings were wild and fantastic and must have enthralled adults and children alike. It is sometimes good to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Global Toy News
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The new, Post-Toys R Us landscape is beginning to come into focus and it is one that is, not surprisingly, going to be dominated by Target and Wal-Mart. Both chains... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Global Toy News
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She must be angry about Wrap Rage Several years ago, I was in a meeting with Gary Locke, the then Secretary of Commerce. I was part of a group that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I chanced upon this wonderful book that depicts the toys to be found in a mid-19th century American toy shop. "The Wonders of a Toy Shop" was written by an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Global Toy News
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The average rent in the immediate area is $3200 per square foot. ... FAO Shwarz is set for a comeback. The retailer's owners, ThreeSixty Group Inc., are getting ready for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Global Toy News
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"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet." Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare ... Who will end up owning the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Global Toy News
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"90 percent of Toys R Us stores and 96 percent of Babies R Us stores had a Target within five miles." "Target races to fill toy void left by rival",... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Checkers are today, at least in the United States, primarily a commodity. Inexpensive cardboard playing surfaces and plastic pieces have served to cheapen what should be a game which is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Its's combination of an improved economy and retailers who are finally getting it together. ... Retail appears to be looking up; that at least according to a Wall Street Journal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I am very sad to report that Michael Albarelli, CEO of Amloid, has passed away due to injuries caused by a fall in his home. Below is his obituary, provided... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2018 at Global Toy News
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What kind of toys can we make that make small children feel powerful and in control? ... I live in a high rise apartment building. As any of you who... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Colorful Balls Made With Cloth Exteriors and Reed Stuffing Sometimes its important to remember, in this age of digital play that children don't really change. They simply want to play... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Global Toy News
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"One recent government study estimated that China’s labor force could lose 100 million people from 2020 to 2035, then another 100 million from 2035 to 2050." "Burying ‘One Child’ Limits,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Global Toy News
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McLoughlin Brothers, circa mid-19th century I can remember, at the age of four, my older sister allowing me to cut out some of her paper dolls. What was she thinking?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at Global Toy News
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What would the "NEW" Toys R Us have looked like? Well, in one of the "might have beens" of toy industry history, it appears that the noted brand portfolio company,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Perhaps we as an industry need to move away from making sweeping nationwide judgements about products and hot price points. ... There is a very interesting piece in The New... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I think that the biggest reason was the sell off of dramatically marked down toys by what was the country's second largest toy retailer, Toys R Us. ... NPD issued... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Toys "R" Us was an expensive and at times exasperating date; taking your money and then asking for more; threatening not to see you again; not returning your phone calls... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I recently wrote a blog post which calculated how many retail chain stores were planning to expand their toy departments (see: "24,879 Expanded Toy Departments; Macy's, Kohl's, JC Penney and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Global Toy News