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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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In my last posting, I wrote about a New York Times article that was featured on the front page of its Sunday edition: “Race in Toyland: A Nonwhite Doll Crosses... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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It's not just anyone who makes the cover of The New York Times but the play industry's own Doc McStuffins did it. There she was, on the front page of... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Global Toy News
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(New York, NY) July 22, 2014-- As the robotics industry continues to impact society on all levels, the World Congress of Play 2014 addresses the significance of Artificial Intelligence for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Global Toy News
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There comes a moment when the future becomes the present. For 3D printing, that may have been last week when Home Depot began selling 3D printers. 3D Printing is potentially... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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Earlier in the year we learned that Archie was going to be murdered (See “Archie Dies”). What we did not know at that time was why and by whom. Now,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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I am going to be attending Tocati, the 12th annual Interational Festival of Street Games in Vernona, Italy which will take place from September 18-21. I strongly recommend you also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Global Toy News
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I have an early memory of sitting with my older sister and her friends as they cut out paper dolls at the kitchen table. I was probably three or four... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last article, “Finland Makes the Case for Play,” I wrote about that country’s world leading educational system and its use of 15 minutes of recess every hour of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Global Toy News
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An important issue that the World Congress of Play will be confronting is the war on play that is currently being fought in our homes and schools. Actually, it’s not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Global Toy News
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I have, for several years now, been encouraging the toy industry to take the Hispanic market more seriously. The demographics say it all: According to childstates.gov almost 25% of children... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Global Toy News
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The World Congress of Play continues to get more and more exciting with great sponsors and speakers from all forms of play. Here is an update on what is shaping... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, “The Freemium Business Model; Under Fire,” I wrote about concerns from some (including the goverment) that the “Freemium” business model was unfairly hooking children into spending... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Those who work in the traditional toy industry sometimes have a greater challenge understanding digital business models than they do the technology of which they are comprised. One such model... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, “Who Is Generation Z and Why Should We Be Worried?” I wrote about “Generation Z” and the disruptive impact it is anticipated to have on consumer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Global Toy News
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If you have been struggling with how to understand the “Millennial” generation you may want to sit down for this; Generation Z has arrived. That according to a fascinating article,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Those who manufacture, sell and engage in play can find it easy to forget the logistics that goes into getting a product from “there” to “here.” It all seems kind... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Global Toy News
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The notion of gender continues to change and change rapidly. An important message for all of us who create and market to girls. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last post I reported the hopeful news that, according to a Washington Post article, the Millennial generation, hard hit by the recession, is finally moving out of their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Good News! Millennials are moving out of their parent’s houses. A generation that was hit with a recession, massive college debt and no jobs waiting for them after graduation had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Many of us (okay, some of us) like to remind others about how we made our own toys when we were kids. Using anything from roller skate wheels, to used... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Global Toy News
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I have recently had the opportunity to speak with professionals from other forms of play about their perceptions of the traditional toy industry. Many of them express the same notion:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Global Toy News
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I have returned from Licensing Expo 2014 in Las Vegas. I always enjoy this show because the environment in the exhibition hall is soft (on the feet and the ear)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Perhaps you or someone you know is afraid of clowns. Fear of clowns is apparently common enough that it has its own term, “Coulrophobia” (I made “Clownaphobia” up because it’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, I wrote about a study* that compared playing with Mrs. Potato Head to playing with Barbie. The study found that girls exposed to Barbie for a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Global Toy News