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Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Neighbourhood Retailers Celebrate Toy Store Day -- from B.C. to Q.C.
On November 8, Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada members across the country welcomed customers to its annual celebration of play and the specialty-store experience.
Fisher-Price Launches Laugh & Learn Collection
Moms and tots turned out at Toronto's Enoch Turner Schoolhouse for the Canadian launch of Fisher-Price's new Laugh & Learn line. The collection of 3-in-1 products features programmable technology that lets the toys grow as babies develop. .

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Trade News

Canada, U.S. and Mexico Promote Holiday Toy Safety
Under a new Cooperative Engagement Framework, Health Canada, is working with U.S. and Mexican counterparts to promote consumer product safety.
Health Canada to Parents: Discard Older Magnetix Sets
Tiny magnetic components from an older Mega Brands' Magnetix Buidling Set (sold 2006 to 2009) have been involved in a recent health incident. Health Canada advises parents to remove these toys from their homes.
Spin Master Takes a 20th Birthday Bow
Spin Master's 20th anniversary celebration looked back at the Toronto company's long list of best-selling and award-winning products, such as Bakugan and Zoomer.
Calling All Canucks: See U at Toy Fair 2015
The Canadian Toy Association is offering retailers and suppliers several ways to get more out of their trip to next February's American International Toy Fair in New York City..
Major U.S. Retailers List Top Holiday Toys
Walmart, TRU and Target are trying to get a jump on the competition and put parents in the gift-giving mood by releasing lengthy lists of hot toys for the holidays earlier than usual..
Lego Unseats Long-time Rulers of Global Toy Industry
With revenues of $2.03 billion, Lego, Denmark’s famous building-block maker, has surpassed Mattel and Hasbro -- becoming the world's largest toy company.

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Seasonal Shopping and Online Searches: Get Your Business on the Radar
With consumers doing more holiday shopping online, retailers need smarter ways of getting out their message. Digital marketing consultant Jeff Quipp introduces keyword search tools that could help you stand out from the crowd.

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