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Richard Gottlieb
New York, NY
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PLAYMOBIL is taking a new direction. It is using what it has learned about children and applying it to adult professionals. The new line is called playmobil pro. I wanted... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Global Toy News
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I recently learned about The New Victory Theater, located at 209 W 42nd St, right on Times Square in the heart of Manhattan. What grabbed my attention was that not... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Global Toy News
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With the demise of many small-town amusement parks, the chance to steer a bumper car has become a joy of the past. It is hard to express how exciting it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Global Toy News
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On August 5 (see "Chinese Yuan Falls to Lowest Point Since 2008; What it Means for the Toy Industry") I wrote as follows: I think the Trump administration is going... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Global Toy News
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No one who visits a retail store should ever leave without finding what they want. ... I don't think it should surprise any of us that frustration with bricks and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Global Toy News
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Former Toys R Us C.E.O., Jerry Storch, gave an interview to Fox Business News last week in which he minimized the impact of the tariffs set to go into effect... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2019 at Global Toy News
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So, blame in VUCA or accept that we live in a world that is no longer and is yet to be. ... Chris Byrne and I had the recent pleasure... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at Global Toy News
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"Liu He [China's lead negotiator) cites the absence of mutual respect as the chief reason for the breakdown of talks in May. Should he take home a deal dictated to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Original Paddle Ball Patent No. 1,529,600 The Fli-Back Paddle, also called the Kick-Back, Bolo Bat and Bounce Back Paddle is a toy that I place under the classification of "Toys... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Click here to listen to part 2 of Chris and Richard's extraordinary adventure at this year's Sweet Suite. Catch us as we talk to industry influencers, Lisa Orman of Kidstuff... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Global Toy News
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The Chinese people have a troubled history with western powers having dictated terms to them when they were weak. They now feel strong, and they have a long memory. As... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Global Toy News
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'The President is embarked on a high-risk coercive showdown with the world’s second largest economy in which neither side wants to bend first. Trade wars aren’t easy, especially for the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Click here to listen to part 1 of Chris and Richard's extraordinary adventure at this year's Sweet Suite. Catch us as we talk to industry influencers while attending this invitation-only... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Global Toy News
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A sixteen-year-old boy from Pennsylvania, Kyle Giersdorf, ultimately beat out 40 million other people playing Fortnite to win $3 million. It may seem crazy, but it is the new normal.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Global Toy News
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Being someone who loves history and games, I find it fascinating to see how board games can reflect a moment in history. The above image depicts a board game, published... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Global Toy News
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The United States toy industry came of age after World War II. The combination of an economic boom in the U.S. (Europe and Asia were in collapse) and an aspirational... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Global Toy News
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The announced resurrection of Toys R Us and its partnering with b8ta has created some headlines. I wondered what the overall outlook was by commentators, so I did a meta-analysis... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Global Toy News
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There have been a number of headlines recently about companies moving production out of China. The problem with many of these articles is that the information is in bits and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Global Toy News
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We have long been accustomed to living in a world in which those under five outnumber those over sixty-five. Well, not anymore. Thanks to better health and a declining birthrate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Global Toy News
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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 Jul 11, 2019 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 Jul 10, 2019 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 Jul 9, 2019 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 Jul 9, 2019 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 Jul 9, 2019 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