Toy Trends: the view from New York

This month’s featured video looks at the business of toys. What’s driving the industry? Where are the growth opportunities? — film merchandising, technology, traditional, collectibles? For answers, CCTV collared TIA Vice President Ken Seiter on the floor of the New York Toy Fair.

2016 U.K. Toy Fair

During Britain’s The Toy Fair (January 24-26) over 270 exhibitors, such as Arklu Ltd., Mel Science, Spin Master and Schleich, showed thousands of products ranging from collectibles and dolls to robots, drones and scooters.

B.C. Girl Reaches for the Stars

A tip of the hat to Abigail Baker, a 6-year-old from Victoria B.C and the inspiration behind Stargazer Lottie. The historic doll made it all the way from her imagination to the International Space Station, where equipped with a telescope and tripod, it will supervised by British astronaut Tim Peake. In Abigail’s words: “It was super awesome.”

It’s Game On in the Windy City

Scenes from the recent 2015 Chicago Toy & Game Fair, billed as North America’s largest game trade show — and the only one open to consumers as well as industry professionals.

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