Combating Summer Brain Drain

There’s still a lot of summer ahead. Speech pathologist Sherry Artemenko covers six pretend-play toys — Gombi Rainforest Camp, Janod Fantastic Castle, new Folkmanis puppets, Vtech’s Baby Amaze stroller, Hape’s Teepee Tent, and Playmobile’s Rocket and Launch Site — that will sharpen kids’ storyteling skills till school opens in September.

E3: World’s Biggest Gaming Trade Show

Video wrap-up of the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo, highlighting the stuff traditional toy retailers love to hate. Fun fact: a single display can cost upwards to $20 million.

Toys Fair Down Under

More than 200 vendors at the 2016 Australian Toy Hobby & Licensing Fair (March 19-22) put on their party faces, welcoming 5,000+ buyers from around the world and having a ripper of a time.

NY NOW unveils coming lifestyle trends

The winter edition (January 30-February 3, 2016) of NY Now featured 2,400 exhibitors displaying 100,000-plus lifestyle and gift merchandise. The show is famous for introducing adult trends in colours, themes and materials that go on to influence other markets, including kids’ and youth products.

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