Monthly Archives: March 2019

How scalpers are buying Evangelion models and changing the Japanese toy market

In Japan, the collection market is booming. Toys and collectibles notoriously cost hundreds of dollars and are produced in very limited quantities. And at any time when a market is this strong, there will be people trying to profit at all costs. The international expansion of the market has brought …

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The toy market is not a lot of fun for UK retailers

This week’s sale of the Early Learning Center by Maternal care because a fraction of what he paid over a decade ago shows that recent trading in the UK toy market has been anything but child’s play. The industry has suffered several big failures – first Woolworths in 2009, then …

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Baby Nancy, the first “black” doll, awakened the toy industry

This month marks Barbie doll’s 60th birthday, with a lot of fuss. Target has launched a “girl power” commemorative collection. New coffee table books retrace the doll’s fashion sense, and Mattel is launching a new line of Birthday Barbies. Barbie deserves her party, but that celebration has overshadowed another doll …

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Payday loan crackdown puts lenders more on a leash

New legislation aimed at protecting consumers from building up debt through payday loans will ban lenders from a number of typical practices that financial advisers say have led to serious financial hardship for some of Earth’s most vulnerable- Newfoundland and Labrador. A federal exemption granted late last year allowed the …

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YouTube is the toy industry’s tail wagging dog (and startups can benefit)

YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl talks about YouTube Kids. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) ASSOCIATED PRESS Did you know that the best income from YouTube last year was a 7-year-old kid who made $22 million playing with toys? Coupled with the closure of Toys “R” Us, it’s easy to see which …

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How the Accenture Luminaries program helped a toy maker discover breakthrough ideas

Sanjay Sarma, Vice President of Open Learning at MIT and Co-Founder of the Auto-ID Center at MIT There was a level of expectation in the room at the Accenture Innovation Hub in Boston when the CIO and senior management of a major toy maker, along with his Accenture team, gathered …

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The biggest trends in the toy industry in 2019

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho / Bloomberg © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP We describe what children do as “playing”. For adults it means something other than work, but for children playing is their job, this is how they learn to socialize and think constructively. Unlike the work of adults, if it is …

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