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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Rainbow Loom named 2014 Toy of the Year
February 16, 2014
Toy industry leaders gathered at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel to honour the best in children's products, awarding Rainbow Loom a coveted TOTY, along with winners in 13 individual categories. Toronto's Thinkway Toys and Spin Master earned awards in the Boy, Game and Innovation categories
TIA Trend List Shows Kids Want New Ways to Play
Super-sized plush, missile-firing RC vehicles, and zombie-inspired games are some of the new products reflecting 2014's six top toy trends. Retro and the more high-brow STEAM products are also gaining ground.
Ready to Launch: 2014 Canadian Toy Fair
Visitors to the 2014 Canadian Toy Fair, opening January 26 at Toronto's International Centre, will discover a revitalized event with many new features including an industry-leading lineup of speakers and seminars.
TNPC Gives Holiday Awards to Six Canadian Firms
Fourteen products from 6 Canadian suppliers were named to The National Parenting Center's annual holiday awards list. The organization's coveted Seal of Approval is based on responses from hundreds of kids and caregivers.
NETS Gold Star Award Winners: Fun to Fabulous
Just in time to give parents shopping hints for the gifting season, the Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada has awarded Gold Stars to 12 toys, games and puzzles, citing their exceptional play value.
First Impressions: you had me BEFORE hello
Mirroring a customer's body language can build instant connections and establish trust, says retail strategist Jeff Mowatt. Here are some tips for creating rapport in less than 30 seconds.