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Friday, March 6, 2015

North American Intl. Toy Show

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CTA Hosts Successful Canada Night in NYC
About 150 Canadian suppliers and retailers turned out for the inaugural Canada Night festivities, hosted by the Canadian Toy Association, during last week's 2015 North American International Toy Fair.
Zoomer Dino from Spin Master Snatches 2015 Toy of the Year
Toronto-based Spin Master has captured the 2015 TOTY with Zoomer Dino, an interactive robotic character that can express moods like anger and happiness.

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Trade News

TIA Forecasts 2015's Top Toy Trends
During the 2015 NY Fair, the Toy Industry Association's trend expert, Adrienne Appell, updated an audience of play professionals on this year's seven most important drivers for consumer spending.
Popular Sales Rep Jane Gregory Dies at 61
Jane Gregory, who ran an independent sales agency, Janey's Toys, for more than 20 years, represented some of Canada's top suppliers, including Brigitta's Import and Hape International.
iBeacon App to Guide Visitors during Nürnberg Toy Fair
A free app will provide visitors with all the info needed to navigate over one million products and 2,700+ exhibitors featured at the 2015 German International Fair in Nürnberg (Jan. 28-Feb. 2).
CTA to Host Canadians-only Evening at 2015 New York Fair
During the American International Toy Fair (February 14 to 17), visitors and vendors can connect with fellow Canucks at an exclusive evening bash hosted by the Canadian Toy Association.
Hong Kong Fairs Attract Record Attendance
Four major Hong Kong shows, including the 2015 Toys & Games Fair, attracted over 110,000 buyers eager to check out thousands of new products -- ranging from traditional toys, licensed brands and infant health-care items to the latest kid-friendly tech devices.
First of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts Coming to Screens in 2016
Good news for toy retailers everywhere – the first of three new films based on J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is scheduled to hit theatres in November 2016. The trilogy is expected to bring in big bucks in merchandising.  

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New Products

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Column

How to Fit In at Work
While you and your coworkers might not be friends, you can earn their respect -- if not their liking -- says retail strategist Jeff Mowatt. Here are five tips for building trust on the job. .

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Toy Briefs

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