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Friday, May 22, 2015

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Inaugural TaG Central Fair Scores with Specialty-market Crowd
The first Toys and Games Central Fair, which wrapped up its three-day Toronto run on March 10, hosted almost 40 vendors who displayed thousands of top-notch products targeting the needs of independent retailers.
SOTY, ROTY and Gold Star Awards Announced at NETS Annual Meeting
At the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada's 2015 AGM, David Manga, Outset Media, picked up the Supplier of the Year award, while Jeff and Janet Weersink, Minds Alive, were honoured as Retailer of the Year. Eight products also received Gold Star Awards.

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Trade News

HKTDC Symposium Highlights Business Opportunities in Asia
A free symposium, hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council on June 8 in Toronto, is open to Canadian suppliers who want to tap into new business in Asia.  
Kids Russia Fair Showcases Baby Shoes to Basketballs
Almost 11,000 visitors attended the 9th annual Kids Russia Fair (March 11-13) where 242 exhibitors offered a wide range of the latest licensed and generic products in a dozen categories.
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.
Brand Experts to Explore Hot Topics at 2015 Licensing Expo
Educational programs at the 2015 Licensing Expo (June 9-11) in Las Vegas include 21 in-depth sessions, plus 16 short, interactive roundtable discussions on timely topics.
NY Toy Fair Gets a Thumbs-up from 30,000 Play Professionals
Over 30,000 visitors flocked to the 2015 North American International Toy Fair (February 14-17), which offered a full roster of educational business-workshops and featured thousands of new products from over 1,100 domestic and international exhibitors.
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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New Products

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Column

Toy Suppliers Need to Look at Changing Distribution Trends
Shifting Channels, a new report from the U.S.'s Toy Industry Association, says suppliers need to stay on top of evolving distribution trends to remain competitive.

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Toy Briefs

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