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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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For the first time since beginning Global Toy News I have not written any new posts for this week. I spent the weekend getting to know my new grandson and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Global Toy News
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In an earlier posting, "What's Going On at Disney," I wrote about an abrupt change in Disney management and its decision to terminate its "toys to life" gaming console, Infiinity.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Global Toy News
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The Walt Disney Company has dealt us a couple of surprises over the last few weeks. In early April we learned that the man who was expected to be Chairman... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Last week I became a first time Grandfather. He, yes my son and his wife had a little boy, is certainly the cutest baby born in the 21st century and... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Sports Authority is going away. A chain that was once at the front end of sporting goods retailing will more than likely liquidate its assets as it has been unable... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at Global Toy News
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After I wrote my article on Miniacs, those who are passionate about miniatures, I began to wonder, what were the world's smallest games? Here is what I found: Chess Set... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Why don't more people attend PlayCon? That question came up from the podium at the end of this years event and others talked about it as they headed home. In... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Global Toy News
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I can remember as a child being mystified by the back of a penny on which someone had written the Lord's Prayer. I was as amazed that someone could as... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Global Toy News
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If you haven't heard of Philip Kives you may have heard of his company, K-Tel and certainly his ultimate creation: Direct to Consumer Advertising. Depending upon how old you are,... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Global Toy News
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In my last article, I wrote about a futurist report by the firm, A.T. Kearney entitled "Is Your Luck Running Out? Managing Supply Risk in Uncertain Times." Despite the rather... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Those who work in the toy and play industry have to keep their eye on the world and its future. That was why I want to recommend an important new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Global Toy News
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The Walt Disney Company has picked dates for its movies through 2019. It makes you wonder if they wanted to mark their territory prior to Comcast announcing its acquisition of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Global Toy News
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There are many forms of love but there are very few words (at least in English) to describe them. That was why I was excited to find a Yes! Magazine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Global Toy News
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The Baby Boomers' long run as the largest generation in American history has come to an end. Today, a day of infamy for the Boomers, the Millennials passed them with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Global Toy News
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M.A.S.K. is back in Hasbro's new movie universe In my last posting, I began a discussion of Hasbro's alliance with Paramount Films in creating a bold new movie universe. Following... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Hasbro, in what can only be described as an audacious move, is grouping GI Joe with four lesser known franchises to create its own movie universe. The company is putting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Global Toy News
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"Sailor Jack" was added in 1918 Cracker Jack have been around for 125 years and for 125 years they have been putting toys (ok, kind of crappy toys...but still toys)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Global Toy News
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CVS has announced a new initiative called CVS Express. A customer will now be able to purchase a non-prescription product using an app, and then pull up to the store... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Global Toy News
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J.J. Griffin & Sons, late 19th century, British The STEM movement is just the latest occurrence in the toy industry's long running relatiosnhip with science. Magnets, chemistry sets, Erector Sets,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Global Toy News
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For the second time in 9 months, The New York Times magazine has featured a form of play as its cover article. Barbie made the cut in September (see: "Hello... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at Global Toy News
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"The Digital Price Index includes data from 8 billion website visits and 1.4 million products sold online between January 2014 and January 2016." Digital Marketing Blog, Luiz Maykot The Consumer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at Global Toy News
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XZ44 Liquid Helium Water Pistol, 1936, Daisy It's Spring. Well, at least its supposed to be Spring; here in New York the low is going to be 39 degrees Fahrenheit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at Global Toy News
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Behind the scenes outtakes from the making of the Apple Siri commercial. Really funny. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Global Toy News
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A company that honors its past, owns its present and dreams about its future is a company to believe in. - Richard Gottlieb Things are looking up for Mattel. 2015... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Global Toy News
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The First Character to Bear the Name "Robot" I made my annual visit to the Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory. If you have never gone, it takes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Global Toy News