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  • Now, More than Ever, Play Is Essential

    Apr 2, 2020

    Now, More than Ever, Play Is Essential by RICHARD DICKSON, president and chief operating officer, Mattel This is an extraordinary time, marked by new rules, strange routines, and plenty of boundaries. A cultural moment that feels, by necessity, culturally empty. Around the world, and at every age, people are united in feeling isolated, restless, and out of sorts. That’s why play is […]

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  • Doing Good: These Toy Companies are Stepping Up During Challenging Times (Updated)

    Apr 2, 2020

    Doing Good: These Toy Companies are Stepping Up During Challenging Times (Updated) Updated April 2, 10:22 a.m. ET At this point, the news is like a broken record as we hear the same phrase constantly throughout each and every day: we are living in “unprecedented times.” That’s true, but challenges become opportunities, and when the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end, how companies and individuals handled themselves […]

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  • Rubik’s Brand, Super Impulse Relaunch Rubik’s Revolution

    Apr 2, 2020

    Rubik’s Brand, Super Impulse Relaunch Rubik’s Revolution Super Impulse USA, in partnership with Rubik’s Brand Ltd., has relaunched the international hit game Rubik’s Revolution. The 2008 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award-winning Rubik’s Revolution returns to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the iconic Rubik’s Cube. The electronic experience offers six fast-paced games including “Light Speed” mode. Five of the games are designed […]

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  • COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders Fuel Toy Industry Sales Spike, NPD says

    Apr 2, 2020

    COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders Fuel Toy Industry Sales Spike, NPD says The spread of the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic is creating an unusual situation that is simultaneously both hurting and helping certain areas of the toy industry. Following a sales spike that started to move the needle during the week ending March 14, the NPD Group’s Weekly Retail Tracking Service reports that total toy […]

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  • How Coronavirus is Affecting the Toy Industry (Updated)

    Apr 1, 2020

    How Coronavirus is Affecting the Toy Industry (Updated) This article will be updated daily with additional cancellations, postponements, and the other ways in which COVID-19 is affecting the toy industry and adjacent businesses including gaming, licensing, entertainment, and retail. Last updated: April 2, 12:50 p.m. EST. The spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes — COVID-19 — is receiving an […]

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  • Radio Flyer Donates 1,000 Wagons, Tricycles, and Ride-Ons to Cradles to Crayons Chicago

    Apr 1, 2020

    Radio Flyer Donates 1,000 Wagons, Tricycles, and Ride-Ons to Cradles to Crayons Chicago Radio Flyer joins a growing list of companies that are stepping up to do some good in challenging times. The company donated an assortment of 1,000 wagons, tricycles, scooters, and other ride-on toys to Cradles to Crayons Chicago. The toys will be distributed to kids from families in need in an effort to inspire hours […]

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  • Alleghany Capital’s Jazwares Acquires Kellytoy, Makers of Squishmallows

    Apr 1, 2020

    Alleghany Capital’s Jazwares Acquires Kellytoy, Makers of Squishmallows The past year has been a big one for toy industry consolidation as mergers and acquisitions continue to reshape the business. Today, Jazwares, a subsidiary of Alleghany Capital Corp., acquired Kelly Toy Holdings LLC and Kelly Amusement Holdings LLC, formerly known as Kellytoy Worldwide and Kellytoy USA (collectively, Kellytoy). The news comes on the heels […]

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  • MGA Entertainment’s Operation: Pac-Man Expands as New Ventilator Testing Begins

    Apr 1, 2020

    MGA Entertainment’s Operation: Pac-Man Expands as New Ventilator Testing Begins MGA Entertainment’s (MGAE) recently announced Operation: Pac-Man is ramping up efforts to aid in the fight against COVID-19. Alongside the launch of a new MGAE Cares website, company founder and CEO Isaac Larian has committed to funding the project with $5 million in sales from the popular L.O.L. Surprise! brand. Funds will be used to […]

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  • ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy 2020 Canceled

    Apr 1, 2020

    ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy 2020 Canceled The annual trade show was canceled during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Hasbro Pulse Unveils New Action Figures During ‘Star Wars: Fan Celebration’

    Apr 1, 2020

    Hasbro Pulse Unveils New Action Figures During ‘Star Wars: Fan Celebration’ As families and collectors are stuck at home, Hasbro went digital this week to engage fans with a “Star Wars Fan Celebration.” Using its Hasbro Pulse platform combined with the support of fan and collector media online and on Instagram, Hasbro unveiled new Star Wars action figures from its 3.75-inch Vintage Collection and 6-inch Black […]

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  • How to Support Small Businesses While Social Distancing

    How to Support Small Businesses While Social Distancing

    The coronavirus has made it difficult for many to perform their jobs, but none have been hit quite as hard as small business owners catering to the local populace. Restaurants have had to close their doors and offer solely take-out options, hairdressers and salons have had to close indefinitely, and locally run shops have run out of ways to serve a needy community. While some of us are lucky enough to work from home, those who run a small business

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  • COVID-19: DIY Car Tips for the Amateur Garage Monkey

    COVID-19: DIY Car Tips for the Amateur Garage Monkey

    Even though most auto shops are still open in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, more and more car enthusiasts are finding ways to fill their extra free time. In fact, British automotive publisher Haynes has seen a stark increase in the number of car manual sales since the kingdom adopted social distancing measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. Sales have surged by over 54% as more people begin to work on their own vehicles. While similar reports have

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  • Teaching Your Teen How to Drive? Use These Tips

    Teaching Your Teen How to Drive? Use These Tips

    "Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, and teenage boys are twice as likely to die as teenage girls," according to The Washington Post and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    With such grim statistics, it is no wonder that parents fret over teaching their teenagers to drive. With some care and planning, parents can teach kids how to drive and do it with confidence. Follow these tips from the experts for peace of

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  • New Car Technologies Can Bring Peace in a Pandemic

    New Car Technologies Can Bring Peace in a Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic has hit home for millions as it has evolved into serious business over the past few weeks in North America.

    The virus known as COVID-19 has forced the world indoors, with individuals and families scrambling to adjust to what’s become our new normal. Federal and international guidelines broadcast over social media can read like a mother’s list of commands: "Wash your hands! Don’t touch your face! Stay indoors and work at home!" Businesses of all sizes are

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  • Flu/Cold Prevention for Families

    Flu/Cold Prevention for Families

    According to the CDC, 22 million school days are lost annually in the United States because of the common cold. Besides being miserable, colds spread easily through the air and surfaces, and although we think of them as inconvenient, they can lead to much more serious conditions like pneumonia. Similarly, the flu can be serious as well, killing around 56,000 people annually. Sometimes the prevalence of these diseases makes it seem inevitable that you and your family can't escape the

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  • Cars or Trucks: Which One is Safer?

    Cars or Trucks: Which One is Safer?

    When it comes to choosing between a car or a truck, safety concerns are often at the forefront of buyer’s minds. However, is one safer than the other and which is better for families? To help make this decision simpler here is what you need to know about the differences between cars and trucks.

    Comparing Safety Features

    Over 15.5 million trucks operate on roads daily, when combined with cars, the combined number of vehicles on the roads can reach 115

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  • 8 Ways to Help Your Kids Thrive in School

    8 Ways to Help Your Kids Thrive in School

    Juggling homework, friends, and after school activities can cause stress and anxiety which can lead to poor academic performance. In fact, 1 in 13 people around the world suffer from anxiety, according to the World Health Organization. Fortunately, there are things you can do as a parent to help relieve your child’s anxiety and help them really thrive in school. Here are eight ways to help you do just that.

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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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