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Saturday, August 27, 2016

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TaG Central Fair Keeps on Growing
The Fall 2016 Toys and Games Central Fair, which ran August 21-23 at a GTA hotel, hosted many new vendors, such as Quebec's Patrix Communications and Filo Import Inc., and attracted specialty retailers from across Ontario.
Outset Media Celebrates 20 Years in Style
Along with his family, David Manga, president of Victoria's Outset Media Corp., hosted a two-day event celebrating the game company's 20th anniversary and the launch of a new Brampton, Ontario warehouse.

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Trade News

TIA Drops Girls and Boys TOTYs
Action figures, dolls and collectibles are in. Girls, boys and educational categories are out. Upgrades to the U.S. Toy Industry Association's 2017 Toy of the Year program include a new judging process, plus changes to the number and names of awards.
CPSC Recalls Hazardous Hoverboards
The rise in injuries due to hoverboard hazards, such as exploding battery packs, has prompted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall product made by 10 suppliers.
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.
DIY Crafts with Boric Acid Put Kids at Risk, Warns Health Canada
Health Canada says kids risk developmental issues when overexposed to boric acid, a common household compound found in everything from pesticides to homemade slime recipes.
Toy Preview Returning to Germany's 2016 Stationery Fair
During the second annual Insights-X Stationery Fair (October 6-9) in Nürnberg, over 20 international toy suppliers will offer visitors a 2-day sneak peek at upcoming products.
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.

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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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