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Playthings Magazine The Toy Business Authority since 1903. Playthings has been the leading U.S. trade magazine covering the children's toy and entertainment industry for more than 110 years.

Founded by Henry C. Nathan in New York in 1903, the premiere of Playthings was also the year of the first American Toy Fair trade show. For more than a century, Playthings magazine has covered some of the most historic industry events, including the premiere of Barbie and growing popularity of "Teddy" bear dolls at the turn of the century, all the way up to the first cancellation of the Toy Fair, due to World War II, and more current issues, including toy safety, copyright/infringement and other industry issues and, of course, play things. Here's to another century (and more) of play!

Who remembers Teddy ? We're still pretty excited about the news of his return! Wicked Cool Toys #toysofthe80s #1980s
10/05/2016
Teddy Ruxpin Returns Fall 2017 | Gifts & Dec

Who remembers Teddy ? We're still pretty excited about the news of his return! Wicked Cool Toys #toysofthe80s #1980s

BRISTOL, PA - One of the best-selling toys from the 1980s, Teddy Ruxpin is making a comeback next fall.

Bananagrams will distribute games like Obama Llama and Bucket of Doom from UK gamemaker Big Potato
08/08/2016
Banagrams to Distribute UK's Potato Games | Gifts & Dec

Bananagrams will distribute games like Obama Llama and Bucket of Doom from UK gamemaker Big Potato

PROVIDENCE, RI - Bananagrams Inc. has partnered with UK-based independent games company Big Potato to bring several new party games to the U.S.

Hillary Clinton makes bus tour stop at K'NEX
08/08/2016
Hillary Clinton Stops by K'Nex Headquarters | Gifts & Dec

Hillary Clinton makes bus tour stop at K'NEX

HATFIELD, PA - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, her running mate, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia and former President Bill Clinton made a campaign stop at the K’Nex factory on July 29.

Hard to believe that Suart Robertson has no formal photography training. Check out his recreated scenes from Star Wars s...
07/27/2016
Star Wars Photographer Gets Comic Con Feature | Gifts & Dec

Hard to believe that Suart Robertson has no formal photography training. Check out his recreated scenes from Star Wars set in the forests of Scotland.

Stuart Robertson, a father of two from Scotland, recreated scenes from Star Wars using action figures and made it to San Diego Comic-Con.

Check out the first wave of LEGO's BrickHeadz, coming 2017. Marvel Entertainment DC Comics
07/18/2016
Lego Premieres New BrickHeadz Line | Gifts & Dec

Check out the first wave of LEGO's BrickHeadz, coming 2017. Marvel Entertainment DC Comics

BILLUND, Denmark - Lego has unveiled its new BrickHeadz line of figures, hitting shelves in 2017.

Bif Bang Pow! has created a line of "Shark Tank" toys and accessories. #sharktank
07/18/2016
Bif Bang Pow! Inks Licensing Deal with Shark Tank | Gifts & Dec

Bif Bang Pow! has created a line of "Shark Tank" toys and accessories. #sharktank

LOS ANGELES - Bif Bang Pow! has signed a deal with Sony Pictures Television to create a line of consumer products celebrating the television series " Shark Tank ."

More than 500,000 hoverboards and self-balancing scooters are being pulled from stores shelves and recalled.
07/08/2016
More than 500,000 Hoverboards Recalled | Gifts & Dec

More than 500,000 hoverboards and self-balancing scooters are being pulled from stores shelves and recalled.

WASHINGTON – The Consumer Products Safety Commission has recalled more than 500,000 hoverboards and self-balancing scooters due to the device overheating and the risk of catching fire or exploding.

Obama signs bill reforming outdated Toxic Substances Control Act. The White House
06/23/2016
President Obama Signs TSCA Reform Bill Into Law | Gifts & Dec

Obama signs bill reforming outdated Toxic Substances Control Act.
The White House

NEW YORK - Legislation reforming the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was signed into law Wednesday, June 22 by U.S. President Barack Obama, representing the first meaningful update to TSCA in 40 years, reported the Toy Industry Association (TIA).

$113.2 billion in sales? Sound about right! Entertainment/Character licensing remains the largest category, accounting f...
06/22/2016
Licensed Goods Up 4.2% | Gifts & Dec

$113.2 billion in sales? Sound about right! Entertainment/Character licensing remains the largest category, accounting for 45 percent of the total global licensing market.
LIMA Licensing Licensing Expo

NEW YORK - Retail sales of licensed products grew to $251.7 billion in 2015, an uptick of 4.2 percent from the previous year.

Dr. Toy's Guide websites reportedly hacked; Police, FBI investigation ongoing.
06/13/2016
Dr. Toy Websites Reportedly Hacked | Gifts & Dec

Dr. Toy's Guide websites reportedly hacked; Police, FBI investigation ongoing.

NEW YORK –Stevanne Auerbach (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) has opened an investigation and filed a lawsuit following a reported cyberattack on her Dr. Toy websites and claims that her awards program is a fraud.

KIDROBOT INC. and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts have partnered to create a limited edition Andy Warhol ...
05/31/2016
Kidrobot to Release Andy Warhol Vinyls, Plush | Gifts & Dec

KIDROBOT INC. and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts have partnered to create a limited edition Andy Warhol collection of vinyl and plush.

Kidrobot and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts have partnered to create a limited edition Andy Warhol collection of vinyl and plush, available this summer and fall.

ASTRA: American Specialty Toy Retailing Association to honor industry leaders, including this year's Lifetime Achievemen...
05/26/2016
ASTRA to Recognize Industry Leaders at Marketplace & Academy | Gifts & Dec

ASTRA: American Specialty Toy Retailing Association to honor industry leaders, including this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
And the winner is...

CHICAGO - The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association will honor industry leaders at the upcoming Marketplace & Academy in Denver this June.

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