Given that Spin Master Ltd. is the creator of Hatchimals, the hottest product on the planet this festive season, it’s not surprising to see the popular egg-shaped toy as well as several other products from the Toronto company in the running for a 2017 Toy of the Year (TOTY) award.
The U.S. Toy Industry Association is advising consumers to disregard reports from so-called watchdog organizations, such as World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.), and Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).
Both groups are U.S.-based non-governmental organizations who are known for their annual holiday-season reports alleging harmful and unsafe toys in the North American market.
Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada (NETS) kicked off the holiday-shopping season this past weekend (November 12) with its seventh annual Neighbourhood Toy Store Day.
A team of industry professionals convened by Spielwarenmesse, Germany’s best-known trade show firm, recently announced its predictions for next year’s top trends in the toy industry.
After months of collecting and comparing data from many nations, the group, which includes the U.S.’s popular Reyne Rice, says consumers worldwide will be looking for products that support new (and some not-so-new) attitudes and mind-sets.