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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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I have to admit that I was pretty surprised to learn that a color book for adults is a #1 Amazon Best Seller. The color book in question is “Secret... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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This comment thread looks like the Who's Who of the Toy Industry! Sheena Stephens Sheena Stephens was right, it did look like a "Who's Who of the Toy Industry." On... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Toy News
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“It was probably inevitable that the so-called Internet of Things — those Web-connected thermostats and bathroom scales and coffee makers and whatnot — would beget the Internet of Toys.” Natasha... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Toy News
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If you want to get a better feel for what constitutes a good digital adaption of a classic board game, take a moment and watch this video by New York... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, “Monopoly and Beanie Babies and What They Say About Capitalism,” I wrote about my reaction to the “Money” issue of The New York Times, in which... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Monopoly, Beanie Babies, toys, games, Parker Brothers, Hasbro Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Global Toy News
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“Getting your first watch as a kid was a milestone because it meant something real: You had finally learned to tell time." Ellie Krupnick, “8 Reasons Watches Are Still Worth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Every once in a while we get a comment from a reader that is so powerful that we decide to run it as an article. Physical and Digital toy and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Brian Sutton-Smith “Why do we study play? We study play because life is crap. Life is crap, and it’s full of pain and suffering, and the only thing that makes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, “Define and Defend the Toy Industry Brand; a call to action, ” I wrote about my reaction to reading an article by a financial analyst that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Global Toy News
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“Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS) has transformed into an entertainment and licensing company as it moves beyond the stigma of being a traditional physical toy firm in this digital age.” “Hasbro's Fundamental Business... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Global Toy News
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Change is rocking every boat in popular culture. DC Comics which made major revisions to its lineup in 2011 is changing yet again. The new direction is about diversity and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Global Toy News
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It is always interesting if not a little unsettling when we overhear someone making a candid comment about us. That hairstyle we take for granted or that couch with the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Global Toy News
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One of the largest generations in history is about to move into its prime spending years. Millennials are poised to reshape the economy…forcing companies to examine how they do business... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Global Toy News
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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 Mar 4, 2015 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 Mar 2, 2015 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 Feb 28, 2015 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 Feb 28, 2015 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