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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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The New York Times headline said it all: “Movies Have Worst Summer Since 1997.” Written by Brooks Barnes, the article opens by noting that: “American moviegoers sent a clear message... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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The World Congress of Play is coming up soon (September 8-10) and a major effort of the event is to find ways to fight back agains the "War on Play."... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Global Toy News
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If retailing were a horse face, and in some ways it is, I would bet my money on the dollar stores: Family Dollar, Dollar General, Five Below, Dollar Tree in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Global Toy News
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In my last posting, I wrote about the troubled love triangle taking place between Family Dollar, Dollar Tree and Dollar General. Dollar General has outbid Dollar Tree in attempting to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Dollar General, Family Dollar and Dollar Tree store have spent the last two weeks engaged in a volatile love triangle. Dollar Tree loves Family Dollar; Family Dollar loves Dollar Tree... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Well we'll go swimmin' every day No time to work just time to play If your folks complain just say, "It's summertime" The Jamies 1958 How did it get late... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Global Toy News
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First Hess Toy Truck, 1964 The Hess Toy Truck is celebrating its 50th year in 2014. In that time, it has become an integral part of many an adult’s (and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Debbie Dunn is an accont executive at GennComm, which is a communications, strategy and connections agency focused on toys, kids entertainment, licensing and consumer products. GennComm is headquartered in Los... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Play is under attack in our homes and schools as children find their recess limited to 15 minutes a day and what playtime they do receive budgeted towards adult directed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Activision is the producer, Bungie is the studio and the composer is none other than Sir Paul McCartney. What is the product? A video game called Destiny. I find this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Lego Friends has been, by all accounts, a major success. Not everyone, however, has approved. One little girl, Charlotte, wrote a letter the company back in January that went viral.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Global Toy News
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According to the journal, Science, graduate students at Harvard have created a robot which begins life as a flat sheet; folds itself on its own into a robot and then... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Fran Mainella is Co-Chair of the US Play Coalition, Chair of the Children & Nature Network, a Visiting Scholar at Clemson University, and President of Fran Mainella Consulting, LLC. Previously,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Husband and wife team Andrea Barthello and Bill Ritchie are not only the founders of highly successful ThinkFun but two of the most fascinating people you are going to meet.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Global Toy News
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I never thought about the cultural impact of Dungeons & Dragons until I chanced upon a nice article by New York Times writer, Ethan Gilsdorf. Entitled “A Game as Literary... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Global Toy News
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Unless you were born before 1938 or on Krypton, all of us have grown up with Superman. We have watched him grow from a young immigrant to becoming a leader... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Global Toy News
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The World Congress of Play will be making history in San Francisco, from September 8-10, with the widest diversity of play industry attendees and speakers ever to gather in one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Global Toy News
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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 Jul 28, 2014 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 Jul 27, 2014 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 Jul 23, 2014 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 Jul 22, 2014 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 Jul 22, 2014 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