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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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There is quite a bit of activity taking place in the toy industry...behind the scenes. One great, emerging story is the comeback of Radio Shack and how Hobby Town is... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Global Toy News
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Have you heard about the big Build-a-Bear "Pay Your Age" sale? It appears that Build-a-Bear thought it would be a great idea to allow people, whether it was their birthday... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Toy News
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There are certain forms of play that I am not only unable to do but, when I try them, I typically end up hurting myself. My list includes the Pogo... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Global Toy News
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Erastus Corning was nice enough to give us some of his insights on traditional Russian toys. He has a BA and MA in Russian Studies from Yale University. He spent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2018 at Global Toy News
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The question I keep getting asked, as I am sure you are, is: "Which retailers are going to pick up most of the Toys R Us business? I have my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I recently read that Abraham Lincoln used to like to take a walk to "Stuntz's Fancy Store", a toy shop located just a couple of blocks from the White House.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Amazon has moved from surfing the tidal wave of digital commerce to being our most versatile, first moving and fast moving retailer. ... There has been a lot of positive... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Having lots of children was, at one time, an economic good. Back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when America was a far more agrarian culture, children were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Global Toy News
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All of us in Toy Nation* owe a major debt of gratitude to the folks at the Walt Disney Company for opening "Toy Story Land" at Walt Disney World in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Victorian Era I think most of us had a Jack in the Box when we were children. Playing with it felt both fun and a little dangerous as we didn't... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Shouldn't there be an exorcism of a retail culture that alienated suppliers and left consumers entering through broken parking lots and wandering the aisles of dated stores? ... Is it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Many of us can remember eating Jell-O as a rite of passage during childhood, not necessarily a great rite of passage, but a rite of passage, never-the-less. I can still... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Global Toy News
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(Correction: In an earlier article I wrote that Ellen Mizer was Director of Business Development, Toys at Party City. I have subsequently learned that she is no longer with Party... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Global Toy News
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(Its summer and time to celebrate outdoor play. Enjoy this article that originally ran in May of 2014.) One of the earliest play platforms was the jump rope. It along... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I sometimes, in looking back, think our parents were trying to thin the population by letting us play some of these games. ... I am sure that many of you,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2018 at Global Toy News
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The sales tax, something that has been with us in the United States since the 1930's, had until yesterday bypassed e-commerce retailing. On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the United States... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Global Toy News
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“There will be no winners if we [the Toy Association] and the toy community are thrust into a trade war." Stephen Pasierb, Toy Association President, "China: being a toy making... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Global Toy News
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A chess board whose pieces seem to move on their own...no, wait, actually they do move on their own. ... The toy and game industry continues to struggle with how... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Ken Lewis, CEO of 4Kidz, Inc. sent me an historical artifact this week, a 1984 letter his father, Norman Lewis, received from Sam Walton, CEO of War-Mart. It offers us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I don't know about you, but I had always thought that the Russian nesting doll (Matryoshka doll) was an ancient toy dating back to pre-industrial times. In getting educated about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Very nice video from Dirty Data called "The Hopscotch Experiment". Adults do want to play. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Global Toy News
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"Crayola, however, is working to maintain a relationship with women as they mature by smartly repackaging the colors of their childhood into a hip line of cosmetics for adults." ...... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Global Toy News
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I have recently had the opportunity to review an on-going study that tracks the spending habits of children 5-16 years old. It is based upon research done by Fam-ess, a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Image from Center for Popular Democracy On May 14, 2018 I wrote an article, "The Toys R Us Bankruptcy; it just gets worse", about the struggle by Toys R Us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Global Toy News
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Image from Center for Popular Democracy On May 14, 2018 I wrote an article, "The Toys R Us Bankruptcy; it just gets worse", about the struggle by Toys R Us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Global Toy News