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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2020: Wonder Works

    Feb 24, 2020

    State of the Industry Q&A 2020: Wonder Works Christine S. Osborne, owner and founder of Wonder Works, shared multiple predictions about where toy retail is headed in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A. What are your predictions for the state of toy retail this year? Those who recognize the need to change and have the ability to take risks will thrive. This involves […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2020: Basic Fun!

    Feb 24, 2020

    State of the Industry Q&A 2020: Basic Fun! Jay Foreman, CEO of Basic Fun! spoke with the Toy Book about several trends for the year, including mergers and acquisitions, toys based on retro brands, and more. Do you anticipate the trend of mergers and acquisitions will continue this year? Yes, it’s not getting any easier to run a toy company — big or small — in this […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2020: Jada Toys

    Feb 24, 2020

    State of the Industry Q&A 2020: Jada Toys The Toy Book caught up with Amy Austin, director of licensing at Jada Toys, about integrating fandoms into its product offering and how securing the right license makes all the difference as a manufacturer. How do you integrate pop culture licenses into your product strategy? A strong focus on pop culture has been an objective for Jada […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2020: LEGO

    Feb 24, 2020

    State of the Industry Q&A 2020: LEGO LEGO Group’s Executive Vice President, Americas, Skip Kodak spoke with the Toy Book about strategies to innovate in the construction category, the importance of licensed products, and more. How does LEGO come up with new and innovative takes on existing lines to keep them fresh and exciting for consumers? Our designers are always looking for ways to reinvent existing […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2020: ASTRA

    Feb 24, 2020

    State of the Industry Q&A 2020: ASTRA In the Toy Book‘s annual State of the Industry Q&A, ASTRA’s President Kimberly Mosley addressed a number of issues facing the specialty toy industry, including a resolution to tariffs, competing with big-box retailers, and more. What are the biggest challenges facing the specialty toy industry this year, and how is ASTRA addressing them? As always, the […]

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  • High-Tech Toys Take Center Stage at CES

    Feb 24, 2020

    High-Tech Toys Take Center Stage at CES Tech toys get physical at this year's show.

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2020: WowWee

    Feb 24, 2020

    State of the Industry Q&A 2020: WowWee WowWee‘s Chief Technical Officer Davin Sufer discusses the YouTube-inspired toy trend and more in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A. Some of the hottest toys last year were based on YouTube content and creators. Do you expect this trend to continue this year? This is certainly the case moving forward. We continue to see […]

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  • VTech Launches Go! Go! Series on Netflix

    Feb 24, 2020

    VTech Launches Go! Go! Series on Netflix The Toy Book catches up with Jennifer Eiselein, vice president of marketing and product development for VTech Electronics North America, about the company’s new animated series. Toy Book: What is the Go! Go! Cory Carson series about? Jennifer Eiselein: Go! Go! Cory Carson is an animated preschool series based on our hit toy line Go! […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2020: PlayMonster

    Feb 24, 2020

    State of the Industry Q&A 2020: PlayMonster Scott Flynn, vice president of sales and marketing at PlayMonster, addressed the importance of mergers and acquisitions in the Toy Book‘s annual State of the Industry Q&A. Do you anticipate the trend of mergers and acquisitions will continue this year? What are the benefits? With the industry still feeling the consolidation effects of the Toys “R” Us […]

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  • Universal’s Back to the Future Franchise Celebrates 35 Years of Time-Traveling Fun

    Feb 24, 2020

    Universal’s Back to the Future Franchise Celebrates 35 Years of Time-Traveling Fun The Toy Book looks at the 35-year legacy of Universal Pictures' time travel franchise.

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  • DROPKICK MURPHYS, RANCID Announce Boston to Berkeley II Tour

    DROPKICK MURPHYS, RANCID Announce Boston to Berkeley II Tour

    This May, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will hit the road together for the first time since 2017, for the co-headlining Boston To Berkeley II Tour with special guests Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon (on select dates) and Jesse Ahern supporting. Each night will culminate with Dropkick Murphys and Rancid on stage together for a joint encore.

    As was the case on the original From Boston To Berkeley run in 2017, the final band of the night will vary by date, with either Dropkick Murphys or Rancid as the closing act.

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  • 3 Of The Most Popular Home Renovations & 3 Of The Weirdest Renovation Discoveries

    3 Of The Most Popular Home Renovations & 3 Of The Weirdest Renovation Discoveries

    According to Houzz, approximately 58% of homeowners completed some form of a home renovation project in 2017. Approximately 40% of homes are over 50 years old, so it makes sense that repairs and updates need to get done. Whether you’re one of the 90% of Americans who prefer to be surrounded by green lawns or a foodie wanting to upgrade your kitchen, you’re bound to have an interesting time renovating your home. Plus, your house will become even more valuable

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  • 7 Telltale Signs of Water Damage in Your Home

    7 Telltale Signs of Water Damage in Your Home

    About 90% of American homeowners surveyed stated that it's important to have a home inspection before moving in. And yet, many of us fail to investigate homes we've lived in for years for evidence of serious damage. It's critical to pay attention to signs of water damage . Not only can this type of damage have significant effects on the value of your home and the protection of your belongings, but it can have major health consequences, too. Mold, for instance,

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  • Allegaeon Announces 'The Terrestrial Takeover Tour 2020'

    Allegaeon Announces 'The Terrestrial Takeover Tour 2020'

    This April, Allegaeon will hit the road with Fallujah, Entheos, and Etherius as direct support.

    The band comments: "We are very happy to announce 'The Terrestrial Takeover Tour 2020' - a U.S. headliner with support from our amazing friends in Fallujah, Entheos, and Etherius. This lineup is such a total powerhouse of melodic and progressive death metal - we could not possibly be more excited to be taking this beast on the road."

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  • Jason Momoa Channels The Prince of Darkness for Ozzy Osbourne's 'Ordinary Man'

    Jason Momoa Channels The Prince of Darkness for Ozzy Osbourne's 'Ordinary Man'

    With Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne's highly-anticipated Ordinary Man out tomorrow, The Prince of Darkness has shared a special clip in advance of the release. But what is Aquaman Jason Momoa doing here?

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  • FAITH NO MORE, KORN, HELMET, Embark on Summer 2020 Tour

    FAITH NO MORE, KORN, HELMET, Embark on Summer 2020 Tour

    The greatest tour of 2020 has been announced.

    Faith No More and Korn will embark on an epic co-headline North American tour. Produced by Live Nation, the 26-city run kicks off August 7 and winds to a close in St. Louis on September 17.

    Daron Malakian and Scars on Broadway, Helmet, Spotlights, and ’68 will appear on select dates.

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  • 5 Last-Minute Valentine's Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

    5 Last-Minute Valentine's Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

    Valentine's Day can mean a romantic meal with a special someone, but it can also be a family affair. After all, Valentine's Day doesn't need to be strictly for romance; share the love with your whole family by finding family-friendly Valentine's Day activities.

    If you're searching for something to do on Valentine's Day with the whole family , you can try revisiting some of the classics, but with a twist. You can also make some new traditions of your own.

    Whatever

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  • Rides: Extreme Terrain's 'Throttle Out' Customizes a JL Rubicon

    Rides: Extreme Terrain's 'Throttle Out' Customizes a JL Rubicon

    In the latest episode of ExtremeTerrain’s Throttle Out YouTube video series, host Merideth Evasew wrenches on a brand-new Jeep Wrangler JLU Rubicon, adding some functional and stylish Jeep parts from Deegan 38 and Teraflex.

    Adding Jeep armor, lighting, recovery gear, and a big set of wheels & tires, Merideth guides you through her build process, explaining special features and benefits as well as her reasons for the parts she selected. After an overview of the build and all its components,

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