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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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In my last posting I wrote about why the toy industry struggles to escape its 19th century roots. In this posting, I write about what the industry can actually do... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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“The toy industry is essentially a 19th-century industry desperately trying to break into the 21st.” Richard Gottlieb, New York Times, January 26 and February 1, 2015 On February 1, 2015,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Toy News
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I found the Russian games from the 1920's and 1930's to be fascinating in their beauty as well as in what they said about the country during that period (See... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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A game about the civil war between Red and White Russians On January 30, 2015 I posted some pictures of Russian board games from the 1920's and 30's. That post... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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The major automobile companies have long had a loving relationship with their toy counterparts. Consider this quote from John Nens, a director at Ford Global Licensing: We're building a relationship... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Take a moment and read “Hand of a Superhero” by New York Times writer Jacqueline Mroz. It tells the story of how 3D printed prosthetics costing less than $50 are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, “Toy Fair and the Face of the Toy Industry,” I wrote about Toy Fair as reflecting the face of the toy industry. By bringing all of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Toy Fair is much more than a place to buy and sell. Toy Fair is a mirror in which the entire industry and those who care about it get to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Toy Fair is personal. One person’s experience differs from that of another depending upon a number of factors: Personality (is you glass half full or half empty), booth location, product,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Wikipedia definition: Conspicuous consumption is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power—either the buyer's income or the buyer's accumulated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Global Toy News
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“Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.” – Thorstein Veblen, 1899, The Theory of the Leisure Class Some, rightly or wrongly, compare... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Global Toy News
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I like to check in with Archie Comics every so often because it demonstrates how a comic book about teens growing up during World War II (first issue in 1941)... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2015 at Global Toy News
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I would like to share something personal with you today about my father, me and our relationship around The New York Times. This week I had the honor of having... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Those who recall the 20th century will remember the phrase: “Faster than a New York Minute.” That term implied that things moved quicker in the Big Apple than anywhere else... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Disconcertingly, the New York Times obituary looked like fun. It was entitled “Bernice Gordon, Who Toyed With Words, Dies at 101.” After all, the word “toy” was used in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Susan Williams is the Director of CareerNsight for North Carolina based "The Resource," a company that uses cutting edge technology to place employees with jobs and in companies that are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Global Toy News
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I recently chanced upon images of Russian board games from the 1920's and 30's. It interested me because I wanted to see what games Russians were playing during the Communist... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Global Toy News
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This explosion in competition and implosion in available play time is an immense hurdle not just for Mattel but for any company that competes in the children’s play space. - See more at: http://www.globaltoynews.com/2015/01/the-end-of-the-brian-stockton-era-five-macro-events-that-he-and-mattel-could-not-overcome.html#more Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Global Toy News
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toy fair, toys, games, gamers, apps, video games Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Brian Stockton, Mattel CEO and Chairman of the Board, and Mattel have parted ways. He and Mattel confronted macro headwinds that I believe were beyond their control. Please visit us... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Global Toy News
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There is an interesting New York Times article on kids and television: “Nickelodeon Remixes Its Formula to Fit Young Viewers’ Media Consumption.” It’s an interesting read on the challenges of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Global Toy News readers live all over the world. In fact, Google Analytics tell us that our readers live in 204 countries. Readers came from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Here is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Global Toy News
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3D Printing is purported to be a billion dollar business and the presence of what appeared to be nearly eighty 3D Printing companies at the recently conculded Consumer Electronics Show... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Cover from November 2013 Global Toy News has attracted over 750,000 page views since its inception in April of 2010. That is thanks to a group of insightful writers (Bruce... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Global Toy News