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  • University Games Acquires Maranda Games

    Apr 1, 2020

    University Games Acquires Maranda Games The mergers and acquisitions trend that’s been reshaping the toy and game industry continues. San Francisco-based University Games acquired Wisconsin-based Maranda Games. The move brings award-winning outdoor recreation games such as Ladderball, and board games such as Sneaky Statues, into the growing assortment of games and puzzles offered by University Games “We are excited to add the […]

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  • What to Expect From Your Agency Partners During COVID-19

    Mar 31, 2020

    What to Expect From Your Agency Partners During COVID-19 by AARON WADE, director, public relations, CanspanBMG Inc. Jump back about three and a half months ago: You were ready to hit the ground running for 2020 with a strong product lineup, excited retailers, stellar plans to get the word out, and you have just engaged a great marketing agency to help you execute on […]

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  • How Coronavirus is Affecting the Toy Industry (Updated)

    Mar 31, 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: March 31, 3:57 p.m. EST. The spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes — COVID-19 — is receiving an […]

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

    Mar 31, 2020

    Doing Good: These Toy Companies are Stepping Up During Challenging Times (Updated) Updated March 31, 3:55 p.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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  • Package Design Architecture

    Mar 31, 2020

    Package Design Architecture The key to licensed product packaging success.

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  • Keep Playing: Mattel Debuts Free Web Resource for Kids

    Mar 31, 2020

    Keep Playing: Mattel Debuts Free Web Resource for Kids Mattel introduces a free online resource for families during this challenging time.

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  • LEGO, Universal Unveil LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger

    Mar 31, 2020

    LEGO, Universal Unveil LEGO Technic Dom’s Dodge Charger The Fast Saga hit a roadblock at the box office with the release of F9 pushed back a full year, but that’s not stopping new toys from racing into retail. LEGO Group and Universal Brand Development dropped the curtain on the first LEGO set to be created under a recently inked partnership deal to bring […]

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  • Wonder Works Debuts an Immersive Virtual Toy Store Experience

    Mar 31, 2020

    Wonder Works Debuts an Immersive Virtual Toy Store Experience The spread of COVID-19 is creating challenges across the country, and for independent toy stores, the biggest issue is the loss of foot traffic as the doors are closed. For some, challenges are becoming opportunities, and Wonder Works — an independent toy store with three locations in South Carolina — has completely reinvented its shopping experience. Using immersive […]

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  • Exploring the COVID-19 Gaming Boom with Goliath Games’ Mary Higbe on the ‘Power Kid Podcast’

    Mar 31, 2020

    Exploring the COVID-19 Gaming Boom with Goliath Games’ Mary Higbe on the ‘Power Kid Podcast’ In this week’s episode of the “Power Kid Podcast,” host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with Goliath Games‘ Director of Marketing Mary Higbe. As families spend more time together amid the COVID-19 pandemic, games are experiencing a huge boost in sales. Texas-based Goliath Games offers a wide range of titles for the entire family, […]

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  • Hasbro Invites Families to ‘Bring Home the Fun’

    Mar 31, 2020

    Hasbro Invites Families to ‘Bring Home the Fun’ Following a teaser dropped by Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner last week, the Rhode Island-based maker of Transformers, My Little Pony, and G.I. Joe is inviting families to “Bring Home the Fun.” The company launched a new global initiative aimed at helping kids and families stay occupied and entertained as they spend more time together during […]

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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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