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  • Kabam Acquires Riposte Games & Co

    Mar 25, 2019

    Kabam Acquires Riposte Games & Co Kabam Games, the mobile developer behind Marvel Contest of Champions and Transformers: Forged to Fight, acquired Riposte Games & Co, a Montreal-based games developer led by video games professionals from Ubisoft, Gameloft, and Ludia. Riposte focuses on cross platform, midcore games for mobile and Windows PC. Starting today, Kabam will assume publishing and marketing responsibilities for Riposte’s Mini Guns – […]

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  • ASTRA Conducts Annual Performance Survey of Independent Toy Stores

    Mar 25, 2019

    ASTRA Conducts Annual Performance Survey of Independent Toy Stores The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is conducting its annual performance survey of independent toy stores to establish benchmarks on critical financial metrics. Store owners are encouraged to submit store data for inclusion in the retail analytics survey by April 30. Participating retailers that are ASTRA members will receive a free report that compares […]

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  • ‘Charlie’s Colorforms City’ Arrives on Netflix

    Mar 25, 2019

    ‘Charlie’s Colorforms City’ Arrives on Netflix A legendary toy comes to the small screen for the first time in Charlie’s Colorforms City. The series, now streaming on Netflix, imagines the famous Colorforms logo icon as Charlie — a colorful character that leads kids on a series of shape-filled adventures. Based on the stick-and-peel Colorforms sets that first debuted in 1951, the series […]

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  • VTech Named Target Vendor of the Year

    Mar 25, 2019

    VTech Named Target Vendor of the Year VTech is on a roll. Following the news that the maker of innovative learning toys has been named “Toy Supplier of the Year” down in Bentonville, now comes an honor from the Bullseye. Target named VTech “Vendor of the Year.” “We work closely with our vendor partners on all aspects of our business, and VTech played […]

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  • Aurora World Heads to MIPTV with ‘YooHoo to the Rescue’

    Mar 25, 2019

    Aurora World Heads to MIPTV with ‘YooHoo to the Rescue’ Following a successful launch on Netflix in the U.S., Aurora World will take YooHoo to the Rescue to MIPTV. Based on Aurora World‘s YooHoo & Friends, which has sold more than 80 million plush since its launch in 2007, YooHoo to the Rescue will be showcased in the Asian Cultural Hub City at MIPTV, taking […]

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Beyond Toys: Lifestyle & More

  • Petscaping Your Property: How to Make Your Yard More Dog-Friendly

    Petscaping Your Property: How to Make Your Yard More Dog-Friendly

    The quintessential American dream involves having a house with a beautiful lawn and having man's best friend by your side. Unfortunately, many homeowners find that these two elements don't always go well together. Pups like to dig in the dirt, roll around in the grass, and mark their territory -- all of which can wreak havoc on your lovely landscaping. But the truth is that you don't have to choose between the nice yard and the loyal dog. There's good news Read More
  • Brian Setzer Rockabilly Riot! 2019 Summer Tour Dates Revealed...

    Brian Setzer Rockabilly Riot! 2019 Summer Tour Dates Revealed...

    Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy Award-winner BRIAN SETZER will be doing double duty this summer, touring with The STRAY CATS as well kicking off his 2019 "ROCKABILLY RIOT!" Summer Tour.  The U.S. "ROCKABILLY RIOT!" dates begin August 5 in Lancaster, PA and wrap August 30 in Henderson, NV (see the full itinerary below). Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 29 at 10:00 AM, local time.  Read More
  • 3 Tips To Find A Family Dentist You Trust

    3 Tips To Find A Family Dentist You Trust

    When it comes to taking care of your family, one of the main things you want to do the right way is handling their medical needs. Most people recognize the importance of having a trustworthy doctor, but what about your dentist? Believe it or not, one in five U.S. children go without dental care. Dental care can be regularly looked over when it comes to maintaining overall health, but it's essential for keeping your kids as healthy as they can Read More
  • PRODUCT OF HATE Pay Tribute to MÖTLEY CRÜE “Shout at the Devil” Released Alongside Netflix’s “The Dirt”

    PRODUCT OF HATE Pay Tribute to MÖTLEY CRÜE “Shout at the Devil” Released Alongside Netflix’s “The Dirt”

    PRODUCT OF HATE celebrate the legacy of MÖTLEY CRÜE with a crushing new take on the Crüe’s 1983 classic, “Shout at the Devil.” Available now as a streaming exclusive via Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, Apple Music, and most digital services, the non-album, fan-requested single arrives as the Netflix Original Film, “The Dirt,” is released — based on MÖTLEY CRÜE’s bestselling book. “When we were on tour with Mushroomhead, ‘Shout at the Devil’ became a nightly part of the set,” says lead guitarist, Read More
  • Outdoor Recreation: Jeeps Being Used As Suitable RV Options

    Outdoor Recreation: Jeeps Being Used As Suitable RV Options

    A recreational vehicle (RV) is a motor vehicle or trailer that includes living quarters designed for accommodation. According to RVIA, there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts, including RV renters across the United States. Motorhomes, camper vans, caravans, fifth-wheel trailers, truck campers, pop-up campers, and more are widely used across the country for RV purposes. Another popular vehicle for decades is great for recreational purposes, as well: Jeep. In 2018, according to a Statista survey, 2.25% of respondents Read More
  • Eight Years Ago Today, I Quit Smoking... but the Battle Rages On...

    Eight Years Ago Today, I Quit Smoking... but the Battle Rages On...

    Seven years ago, I celebrated one-year tobacco-free with a journal entry about my personal journey. Then, in 2013, I posted again, celebrating the two-year anniversary of coming clean (indeed, cigarettes are a drug), followed by another post in 2014 documenting year three, and how I couldn't get Philip Morris/Altria to leave me alone (they since have, but only after I threatened legal action). In 2015, I posted again, noting that little bits had changed, like Cracker Barrel restaurants playing into the Read More
  • MLB Spring Training: Baseball, Warm Weather, and Off-Field Controversy

    MLB Spring Training: Baseball, Warm Weather, and Off-Field Controversy

    Americans have always and will always love sports. Though baseball once reigned supreme and was hailed as America's pastime, football as taken over in recent years. In fact, 37% of U.S. adults say that football is their favorite sport and baseball is at its lowest point ever, with only 9%. Plenty of off-field drama has hurt the NFL's reputation recently, but baseball, rather than capitalize on the NFL's perils, is no stranger to off-the-field drama, either. Read More
  • Gardening 101: Understanding The Most Common Types of Soil

    Gardening 101: Understanding The Most Common Types of Soil

    Soil is a mixture of organic matter, minerals, gases, liquids, and organisms that, together, support life. Earth's body of soil (the pedosphere) functions as a medium for plant growth; as a means of water storage, supply, and purification; as a habitat for organisms; and as a modifier of the planet's atmosphere. Read More
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