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Sunday, June 26, 2016

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Imagination Gets an Early Start at Hasbro's Holiday Preview
Hasbro Canada gave media a sneak peek at new additions to over 20 of its best-selling brands including Monopoly, My Little Pony, Nerf and Play Doh.
We did it! Jester's Giant Puzzle Promotion Wraps Up
Construction of a 33,600-piece jigsaw in Fergus, Ontario's Jester's Fun Factory has doubled the toy store's puzzle sales and brought over 370 puzzle fans together.

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Trade News

Global Survey Shows Growing Appetite for Licensed Merchandise
Research from the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association shows global retail sales of licensed products grew to US$251.7 billion in 2015, a gain of 4.2 percent over the previous year.
NPD Group Charts Early Upswing in U.S. Toy Business
Retail data collected in recent months by market research firm The NPD Group revealed the American toy industry grew a healthy six percent (US$206 million) in Q1 2016.  
TIA Experts Reveal Year's Top Toy Trends
U.S. Toy Industry Association play experts told Toy Fair visitors that robotics, drones, creative playthings and family-inclusive toys and games would top consumers' wish lists in 2016.
TIA to Pump Up Pizzaz at Next Play Fair
Exciting changes to the second annual Play Fair (November 4-5, 2017) mean more space for families to enjoy everything from interactive exhibits and celebrity guests to photo ops and a hands-on video experience.
NETS Annouces 2015 Retailer and Supplier of the Year Awards
At the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada's recent AGM, Linda Stortz, Stortz Toys, received the 2015 Supplier of the Year Award. Teresa Johansson, Village Toy Shop, was named Retailer of the Year.
Doc McStuffins Vet Kit Awarded 2016 Toy of the Year
Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Cente has captured the 2016 TOTY. The kit includes a variety of role-playing tools that encourage preschoolers to care for their toy pets.

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New Products

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Columns

Hot-in-Japan Translates as Huge Over Here
While visiting the 2016 Tokyo Toy Fair, Diverse Marketing's Steve Starobinsky checked out the local retail scene and spotted several hot trends.
How to stay up when work's got you down
Customer service strategist Jeff Mowatt offers five ways to improve the mood of day-to-day interactions with cranky customers and colleagues.

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Toy Briefs

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