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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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1933 Chicago Worlds Fair Radio Flyer is celebrating its 100th anniversary. There are not many companies that can claim that kind of a heritage. What I find particularly notable is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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Well, it happened. The other shoe that the industry has been waiting to fall...fell, with a thud, on Monday. Toys R Us has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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Bloomberg News is reporting that Toys R Us is planning a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing today. See "Toys R Us Plans Bankruptcy Filing As Soon As Today". CNBC, Wall Street... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Toy News
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I was trying to remember all the Seven Dwarfs the other day. I could only come up with six so I decided to look up their names. Much to my... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Global Toy News
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News continue to evolve about Toys R Us and a possible debt restructuring. Here is the latest: Buyer trips to west coast cancelled but Dallas Fall Toy Preview trips still... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Global Toy News
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"Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer, "All the children are well." Reverend Patrick O'Neill, "And How Are the Children", First Unitarian Congregational... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Global Toy News recently sat down with Anson Sowby, founder and president of Hollywood advertising agency Battery and with Craig Mitchell, senior director at Skyrocket Toys. I wanted to discuss... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Global Toy News
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A number of you have written me in regard to reports that Toys R Us, one of our tentpole retailers, is seeking counsel from a law firm specializing in restructuring.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at Global Toy News
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You really don't see cap guns anymore. Once ubiquitous, they went out of fashion as 1970's and 80's parents, worn out by the protracted Viet Nam war, grew progressively weary... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Learning Journey Owners Debbie and JB Frere The Learning Journey began operations in 1995 and since that time has been busy producing children's interactive products and winning awards for doing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at Global Toy News
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New Growth by Jamie Wyeth, 1971 We learned on September 6 that Toys R Us was looking at bankruptcy as an option. As I wrote in my last posting, "Toys... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Global Toy News
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This morning's New York Times headline was certainly a jolt: "Toys ‘R’ Us Is Said to Hire Advisers to Help Weigh Bankruptcy". It's not entirely a surprise. After all, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Fewer children in a household means fewer playthings. On the other hand, more affluent parents will buy more expensive playthings. ... For the toy and play industry, demographics are destiny.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I had a piggy bank and I bet you did too. Mine was glass and was shaped like the Liberty Bell. I am not sure why it was shaped like... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Global Toy News
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There is no better way for a child to learn the social and emotional skills they will need for the future job landscape than on the playground. ... How do... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at Global Toy News
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In the last 20 years, the cost of toys has declined a whopping 72% (Census Bureau Historical Income Tables*). I find that number to be astounding. To provide perspective, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I am a very curious person. If you read me regularly you will note that I cover everything from art to economics, demographics to culture, politics to fine art and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Global Toy News
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The Royal Mail in the UK has issued stamps commemorating toys from the last 100 years. I think it is a great idea and truly a testimony to the British... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Battery operated toys came of age in the 1940's but they first came into the marketplace in the 1930's. As in many things, the Louis Marx Company was a front... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at Global Toy News
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We are going through some disturbing times. Talk of war and scenes of violence seem to pervade our many viewing screens. It was with this in mind that I thought... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I had never thought about it before, but the Little Old Lady in "Good Night Moon" does not appear until the middle of the book. Why I find that striking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Global Toy News
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In 2021 China overtakes the US as the largest total toys and games (traditional toys + video games) market in the world. Matt Hudak - Senior Industry Analyst at Euromonitor... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Global Toy News
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I had the pleasure of traveling to Newport, Rhode Island in order to visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame. I was there to witness the induction of the 2017... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Global Toy News
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Thomas Kaeppeler is the President of Ravensburger North America. Ravensburger, was founded in Germany 134 years ago. Mr. Kaeppeler has played a key role in the company's successful growth for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at Global Toy News