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Saturday, September 20, 2014

2014 Fall Gift Show

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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..
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.

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Trade News

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.
Latest & Greatest still tops at NETS summer celebration
Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada entertained 30+ independent retailers with fun, good food, a keynote speaker, and an opportunity to check out some of Q4's most promising products.
Emerging Markets Research Now Accessible to Canadian Firms
New market reports from TIA let Canadian Toy Association members explore expansion opportunities in China, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.    
2015 NY Toy Fair Re-partners with Digital Kids Conference
The 9th Digital Kids Conference, which looks at innovations in learning technology, will run Feb. 15-17, during the 2015 North American International Toy Fair in New York.    
CTA Annual Meeting Covers Significant Industry Changes
At the 2014 Annual General Meeting, Canadian Toy Association members discussed the past year's many historic changes, including the demise of the 73-year-old annual Toy Fair.
International Symposium Focuses on Button-battery Injuries
Canada joined an international safety symposium concerned about the growing number of injuries linked to the ingestion of commonplace mini-batteries.

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New Products

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Column

Yes, I Mind Waiting! Ten ways to avoid lineup stress.
When lineups get long and frustration mounts, Customer Service Strategist Jeff Mowatt offers some ideas for keeping everybody smiling.

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Toy Briefs

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