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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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By indicating that Chinese factories are ready to deal on price and that Viet Nam is full to capacity, Li & Fung is actually attempting to, not just retain, but... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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We estimate that US children age 3-18 have $15.8 billion of disposable income a year The kids’ global advertising market is estimated to be worth over $4.6 billion New platforms... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Global Toy News
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There is a very interesting, and I think important, article in the July 8, 2019, Wall Street Journal. The article by Saabira Chaudhuri, "McDonald's Happy Meal Toys Hit By Backlash... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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Click here to listen to Richard and Chris discuss Toys R Us and the Future of Toy Retailing Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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I loved playing with sparkler toys when I was a kid. I'm not talking about fireworks but those little mechanical devices that generated sparks when you pushed the plunger in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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Toy Models of Uncle Sam's Navy (circa late 19th century) Its 4th of July week so I thought it would be fun to post some pictures of patriotic toys form... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Global Toy News
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I came upon an article on the Penn Live website detailing anticipated store closings as of mid-year 2019. The article by Daniel Urie, "‘Retail apocalypse’ continues: Thousands of retail stores... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Global Toy News
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“I don’t think the people who have picked up the licensing on the cheap are intending to [substantially reinvent the brand],” Kodali said. “I think they’re intending to milk it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Richard takes a break while "The Toy Guy", Chris Byrne, speaks with Lenore Skenazy, the Founder of the Free Range Kids movement. Click Here to Listen. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Global Toy News
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"Gutenberg's printing press spread literature to the masses for the first time in an efficient, durable way, shoving Europe headlong into the original information age – the Renaissance." - Heather... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Published 1933 If a child grew up anywhere between 1910 and the early 1970's, Tom Swift was an important part of his or her reading enjoyment. Featuring a whiz kid... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Feeble attempts to resurrect a played out brand in a minimal number of stores simply diverts our attention... ... Toys R Us has made a "major" announcement. The retailer will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Global Toy News
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By: Ken Seiter, Executive Vice President Marketing Communications for The Toy Association With all of the polarizing parenting issues out there today, it’s safe to say that millennial moms and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Chris Byrne and I recently produced a podcast entitled "Stem Toys Substantive Learning... Or Marketing Tool?" The U.S. Toy Association has released an in-depth report entitled: "STEM/STEAM Formula for Success".... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Last week I was quoted in a Washington Post article "It’s 2019. Why are sports-themed toys still so boy-centric?" As a result of that article and a subsequent article by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Join Chris and I as we question John Baulch on the current status of the U.K. toy market - click here Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Global Toy News
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I came across a wonderful article by New York Times science writer, Knvul Sheikh, about what happens when you freeze a soap bubble: Surprisingly, a lot. The article, "Watch Soap... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Has our emphasis on homogenizing the American consuming public into an amorphous being with a middle-income paycheck outlived its usefulness? ... I read a fascinating article by Bloomberg writer, Eric... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Depending upon how it's played, Dodgeball can be an enjoyable, humiliating, demeaning, terrorizing, mortifying and/or incredibly painful game... ... When I recall playing Dodgeball, I am able to recapture two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2019 at Global Toy News
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CNN Business published a letter and the names of 600 companies that have come out against tariffs. The article by Nathaniel Meyersohn, "600 companies including Walmart, Costco and Target warn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Mattel has launched its new Hot Wheels ID line. Its a major new venture for the company and its classic brand and it is one that could have significance for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Global Toy News
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When we deprive one gender of toys and games that look like them and that reflect their self-image, we, at least to some degree, deprive them of a future. ...... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Tariffs are on everyone's mind so Richard and Chris spoke with Ralph Chow, Regional Director, Americas, Hong Kong Trade Development Council. We learned a lot about trade, Hong Kong and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Global Toy News
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It was announced last week that Barnes & Noble has been purchased by Elliott Management Corporation, purported to be the world's biggest activist fund. This follows its acquisition of Waterstones,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Whether or not you believe Scrabble or Baseball are perfections, take a moment and appreciate the mathematical elegance that quietly underlies so many of our games. ... No, the above... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Global Toy News