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Saturday, July 4, 2015

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Shopkins Fans Flock to Showcase's GTA Swap Shop
A Shopkins Pop-Up Swap Shop (June 5-7, 2015), hosted by Showcase at its Vaughan Mills, Ontario store, attracted hundreds of Toronto-area fans eager to trade tips and merchandise with fellow collectors.
CTA Event Highlights Summer's Hot Toys
At the Canadian Toy Association's 2015 Hot Toys for Summer media preview on May 21, member-suppliers displayed over 100 products ranging from rainy day crafts to rugged ride-ons.

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Trade News

Late Inventor of Playmobil System Changed the Toy Industry
Playmobil creator Horst Brandstaetter, who died last week, was recognized in 2014 for his achievements when he was inducted into the North American Toy Industry Hall of Fame.
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.
Bricks-and-mortar retailers need to beef up online presence, says PwC Canada
In a fast-changing retail environment, technology is just one way for retailers to enhance the shopping experience and stay connected with customers, says a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada
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.
Dino Toys: They're Gonna Be HUGE
Thanks to films like Jurassic World and The Good Dinosaur, retailers and shoppers will have tons of dino-themed merchandise to discover this year. Look for new generic and licensed finds in all major toy categories.

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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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