Celebrating Taunton’s Oldest Independent Toy Store: Watkin Toys

Mike replied Sloco-MBE and said it was the closest he would ever get to getting an MBE. Who said working in Taunton’s most famous toy store for 60 years didn’t give you a sense of humor? This would not only give you a sense of humor, but also a sense …

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“Wasted”: greening the plastic-intensive toy industry

Plastic occupies an important place in the toy industry. Ninety percent of toys are made from some form of plastic and most of them are not recyclable. One of the hottest toys of the Christmas season was something called the LOL Surprise Ball, a plastic ball that contains plastic toys, …

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Power to pester: The toy industry’s biggest billion-dollar weapon is about to hit its peak

Imagine a crowded toy store. You know the gender. The aisles are crowded. Flashing lights, deafening music. Moms, dads and grandparents are jostling to surpass themselves. Children push all the buttons they can reach. The gentle hum of gift requests constantly in the background. It’s the peak time of the …

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Too cold for a theme park, Disney turns to the toy market in Russia

MOSCOW: Although too cold for a theme park, Russia’s underserved toy market makes it an attractive business prospect for Walt Disney Co, the head of its Russian operations said on Friday.Opening the US group’s first toy store in the country, Marina Zhigalova-Ozkan said she was planning at least five more …

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Hasbro-Mattel merger could reshape the toy industry and affect licensing deals

It’s holiday shopping season, so let’s talk toys — from an investment perspective, of course. Toy retail sales for 2017 are expected to register a growth rate of 3.4% over last year. Additionally, online and off-store sales, which are included in the overall figure, are expected to grow 7-10% year-over-year. …

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Feminist sex toy store Babeland sells to new owner after 25 years – Park Slope – New York

Sex toy chain Babeland has sold its four branches in New York and Seattle to compete with Good Vibrations. See the full legend Babeland PARK SLOPE – The founders of premium sex toy store Babeland decided to quit smoking and sell Bay Area rival Good Vibrations after 25 years of …

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Toy maker opens MSF factory in Pennsylvania

Mattel Inc. has partnered with Ryder System Inc. to manage and staff the distribution center. The installation is fully operational. By Evelina Croitoru Gateway Logistics Park U.S. toy manufacturing company Mattel Inc. has announced the opening of its new distribution center in Jonestown, Penn. Ryder System Inc., a commercial fleet …

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3D printing is sweeping the toy industry off the shelves

Cheap plastic toys, no maker needed. The toys and games market in 2020 is expected to reach $135 billion, and 3D printing is bringing those profits home. People have laughed at the fact that 3D printers are just toys in themselves. But they probably didn’t realize how much money we …

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Inside the sex toy industry in Pakistan | The Economist

July 1, 2017 INSIDE a dingy little factory in a provincial town in Pakistan, two young men huddle around a grinding wheel. They believe they make surgical instruments. But like many small local businesses making steel and leather goods for export, their employer has a new sideline. The nine-inch steel …

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Toy Industry Business Intelligence Your Way – Original, Timely, Accurate, Global (NASDAQ:JAKK)

(Editor’s note: This article is an introduction to Business Intel on Toys, a new Marketplace service from Lutz Muller). It was by pure chance that I started providing intelligence services to the toy industry 15 years ago. I had been running toy companies for a while and started getting more …

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Child’s Play: Opportunities in China’s Toy Industry

By Alexander Chipman Koty China’s toy industry recorded strong growth in 2016, bucking recent trends in China’s light industry sector. While China’s total exports fell by 7.7% and imports by 5.5% in 2016, toy exports increased by 9.5% and imports by 23%. Although lower-cost manufacturing sites in India and Vietnam …

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Fidget spinner craze is shaking up the toy industry

When Ryan Weaver was laid off from his job on an oil rig in Alaska last year, he says he turned to God to give him “just one idea” to pay back the $160,000 (€143,000) he he owed in student debt. The 26-year-old’s salvation came in the form of a …

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The $500,000,000 trend that’s rocking the toy industry

You have seen them in the streets, on your commute and in your office; fidget spinners. The three-pronged pieces of plastic that are touched for fun were originally designed as a therapeutic tool for children with ADHD and autism to help calm restless behavior and promote concentration. Kids (and adults) …

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Camera-equipped sex toy maker ignores multiple warnings about horrific and gaping security vulnerability

The uniquely and horribly named Svakom Siime Eye is an Internet of Things sex toy with a wireless camera that allows you to stream video from inside your orifices as they are penetrated by it. Researchers from Pen Test Partners in UK have found that once connected via wifi network …

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Romney Toy Shop offers aisles of smiles | Chief Lafayette

Entrepreneurs are often encouraged to start a business doing what they know and love, and in the case of Romney Toy Shop, it’s clear the advice is working for owner Terri Barnes. After years of scouring flea markets and thrift stores for unique and collectible toys to sell at seasonal …

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A designer toy store adapts to the evolution of the market

By Jiefei Liu “Things go in and out of style,” said Whitney Kerr, president of Rotofugi Inc., a designer toy store in Lincoln Park. The store carries art toys imported from around the world, ranging from $500 vinyl toys from Otto Bjornik to $4 strap capsules Pokemon figures. A gallery …

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Sex toy maker We-Vibe settles US class action lawsuit for nearly $ 4 million

“The data has only been used in aggregate and unidentifiable forms,” he told Fairfax Media. The lawsuit against the manufacturer alleged that it “intercepted and monitored electronic communications between a user’s smartphone and the device, then collected and transmitted that data to servers in Canada” (where the company is based). …

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Lego is the world’s largest toy maker for the first time

Over the past year, Danish Lego Group grew again and for the first time became the world’s largest toy manufacturer, surpassing Mattel. European growth Lego’s revenue in 2016 grew 6% to € 5.1 billion, surpassing Mattel’s revenue, which fell to € 4.9 billion. Lego’s net profit also increased slightly, to …

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This ‘Star Wars’ character changed the toy industry forever

Source: Star Wars: The Force Awakens The toy revolution started with a girl named Rey. Before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, you would be hard pressed to find a female action figure on the shelves of your favorite toy store. “[Disney] took a risk and they made a woman the …

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Made in the USA is gaining popularity in the toy industry

Toy companies that manufacture products in this country are seeing new levels of demand from retailers and consumers. American Plastic Toys has been making trucks, slides and other plastic toys in the United States for 55 years, but it’s found that this year in particular, being able to say “Made …

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I kept my job in the sex toy industry a secret for years

I’ve worked in the sex toy industry for years – but until recently kept my job a secret from everyone but very close friends and family. I work at We-Vibe, a company that produces sex toys for couples, as an account manager. I manage many outlets in the western and …

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Popular toy maker releases first African-American doll celebrating diversity and strength

When it comes to choosing a gift for children, parents and the elderly often wonder what could be an appropriate and appropriate gift. From birthdays to New Year’s gifts, the books, toys, and games that dominate our choices often have layered issues that often go unnoticed. For example, when you …

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Shock as long-running Fife toy store announces closure

The Gordon Christie toy store in St Andrews, South Street, is closing. (Photo; Peter Adamson) The store, on South Street, is one of the best known in St Andrews, having been present in the town since the original Market Street store opened in 1955. Shoppers were shocked to see notices …

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Here is Santa Claus? North Pole toy maker plans to go state

Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort Investments CEO Mark Beffort, right, gives Santa a tour of the downtown Oklahoma City offices on Thursday. (Photo by Brent Fuchs) OKLAHOMA CITY – Iconic toy maker could move to Oklahoma. Santa is considering the Sooner State as a new site for his workshop, according …

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What happened to the Monroe toy store?

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Chances are you’ve been to a toy store or know someone who has during this Christmas shopping season. Children and toys go together at Christmas like, well, Santa Claus and his reindeer. This week takes a look back at a former family toy store that closed …

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Opening of Bolton’s new toy store The Entertainer, Market Place Shopping Center

Young and old children lined up early on Saturday morning to enter the new store in Bolton. The Entertainer toy store has officially opened its doors to customers with a big day of events. But before eager shoppers could hit the shelves, the Market Place mall newcomer hosted a special …

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Toy store Hamleys to increase number of stores in India to 32 in 6 months

Mumbai: Iconic British toy store chain Hamleys plans to open six more stores in India over the next six months, bringing its total number of stores in the country to 32 by the end of March. On October 11, the 256-year-old brand, together with local partner Reliance Lifestyle Holdings Ltd, …

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Hamleys toy store opens in Birmingham!

Birmingham is to see a return of Hamleys! The traditional toy store is loved by millions of people around the world and is often a must-see on family day trips to London. In fact, we’ve listed it as one of the five stores we’d love to come to Birmingham in …

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Woman sues sex toy maker for spying

A woman has filed a complaint against a sex toy maker for spying on her. The lawsuit claims that the smart sex toy manufacturing company Standard Innovation kept tabs on customers’ intimate data. The innovative We-Vibe 4 Plus toy was collecting very specific and private information about users using the …

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Does the toy industry understand why we seek equal representation?

You may have already noticed a key difference with the marketing blitz for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Spoilers: This has to do with how they totally put Jyn Erso front and center in almost every marketing material, with the notable addition of toys and merchandise. Of course she …

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The differential duty structure is a big challenge for the toy industry: ASSOCHAM

Due to the reverse import duty structure, India’s toy industry, which is dominated by micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), is struggling hard for its survival due to high import duties, reveals the ASSOCHAM’s latest press release. The Indian toy industry article published by ASSOCHAM stated that although …

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Alberta payday loan bill gets mixed reviews

The Alberta government is cracking down on payday loan companies and their so-called “predatory” practices. The new legislation means Alberta will go from one of the highest interest rates in the country to one of the lowest. Currently, payday loan companies in the province can charge $23 for every $100 …

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Will the toy industry help empower young girls?

I grew up playing with Barbie dolls and my body image still suffers. After all, how can a human being have a body with these proportions? This is unrealistic and certainly damaging to impressionable young girls. I was one of them. Research confirms that Barbie’s unrealistic body proportions have a …

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VTech hack: Police arrest 21-year-old for hacking toy maker

Getty Images / Oli Scarf A 21-year-old man from the UK has been arrested in connection with the VTech hack which saw millions of customer details around the world taken from the toy maker. Thames Valley Police said the man from Berkshire, in south-eastern England, was arrested this morning in …

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Telford-based toy maker helps Toy Appeal

Telford-based Golden Bear, which makes official merchandise for popular children’s TV shows including In The Night Garden and Twirlywoos, donated two large boxes of toys to the roll call. The campaign, which the Shropshire Star is leading in partnership with Shrewsbury-based Storage King, aims to bring some festive joy to …

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PETA asks slaughterhouse truck toy maker to make it realistic

Some retailers sell a toy version of a cattle hauler – a vehicle that takes animals to the slaughterhouse – for the holidays. It even comes with ‘movable cart racks’, which are probably perfect for picking up slaughtered animals and transporting them to the slaughterhouse as well. PETA therefore sent …

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New third board to list the first sex toy manufacturer St

Sex toys in China have become increasingly accepted and popular, with around 70 percent of the world’s sex toys produced domestically. (Photo: Flickr) The National Equities Exchange and Quotations, an exchange also known as the New Third Board (NTB), is expected to list Zhejiang Lover Health Science and Technology Co. …

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The preschool toy market is coming back – kinda

Global sales of preschool toys – aimed at children typically between the ages of two and five – have stagnated since 2011. Only now are we beginning to see the first glimmers of a turnaround. The category is significant as it accounts for nearly 14% of a $100 billion global …

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Transitioning-Role-of-Hong-Kong-in-the-Global-Toy-Industry | Plastics News

Emily Cheung wears two hats. As Executive Director of 33-year-old Hong Kong manufacturer Tsuen Lee Group (Holdings) Inc., she is responsible for corporate strategy, marketing, administration, finance and compliance in one of Hong Kong’s largest toy companies (current workforce: 12,000) with factories in Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces. She is also …

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The toy industry excludes children with disabilities. We want to change that | Rebecca Atkinson

Since my last child was born five years ago, something else has happened in my house. Toys. We started with a few rattles, and over the years the plastic has proliferated into an army of Playmobil figures, a soup of Legos, a sea of ​​cute Sylvanian bunnies. But four weeks …

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Amazon launches dedicated STEM toy store – TechCrunch

Amazon announced this morning the launch of a new store on its site dedicated to the sale of STEM toys and games. The store will carry a variety of items for children of all ages, according to the retailer, which aim to encourage children to develop skills in science, technology, …

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Breaking into China’s toy market isn’t easy, Mississauga company learns

Graeme Bissett of Tech4Kids.Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail It is difficult to establish a foothold in the Chinese toy market, even when you are already manufacturing your products in factories in China. Just ask Tech 4 Kids Inc. The Mississauga-based company designs its toy line, which includes soft and …

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Once unique, LeapFrog has rivals in the educational toy market

One weekday afternoon, Flora Bojadziev, a chef from Harlem, drove a Toys “R” Us in Manhattan. She was looking for educational toys for her 2.5 year old son, who plays with his iPad. But she balked at spending $ 130 on LeapFrog’s LeapPad Ultra XDi, an educational tablet for kids, …

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Chantelle Houghton takes her daughter Dolly to a toy store

Chantelle Houghton steps out in workout gear as she gives her delighted daughter Dolly a visit to the toy store By Rebecca Davison For MailOnline Posted: 4:25 p.m. BST, February 18, 2015 | Update: 18:42 BST, February 18, 2015 Chantelle Houghton spent time with her miniature daughter Dolly on Wednesday. …

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‘Star Wars’, ‘Minions’ lead banner year for toy industry – The Hollywood Reporter

A version of this story first appeared in the February 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Call it the toy world’s perfect storm. After a strong year for film and TV licensing in 2014, expectations are sky high for 2015, led by several successful franchises all releasing new installments: …

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Has toy maker Angry Birds fooled the artist by the millions?

Seattle-based artist Juli Adams has secured the right to bring an intellectual property lawsuit against US toy company Hartz Mountain Corp., reports Reuters. The company makes stuffed animals based on the popular Angry Birds video game. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik on Monday dismissed a motion by the toy maker …

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Frozen dolls sell out: toy store limits customers to one | United Kingdom | New

Gary Grant, owner of the Entertainer toy chain, said demand for the Snow Glow Elsa doll – based on the film’s main character – has been massive as parents rush to make Christmas wishes come true for their children. Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “We are struggling …

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Shananigans Toy Store – Baltimore Sun

As any kid will tell you, toy stores are awesome. And Shananigans Toy Shop is one of the best. The boutique, a staple of Parc Roland for years, is cozy and welcoming, with a selection of toys that are sure to surprise and delight. Around every corner, toys and games …

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As China eats away at its market, India’s toy industry is pinning its hopes on e-commerce — Quartz India

Last year, only 20% of India’s 8,000 crore ($1.3 billion) toy market was served by Indian toymakers. The rest came from China and Italy, two countries that dominate the Indian toy market. Imports from both countries grew at a compound annual growth rate of more than 30% between 2001 and …

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The world’s largest toy market will change in 2014

How will America’s toy space change this year? An overview of current trends and a glimpse of the future We all know the toy market is going to change this year. The question is only which direction will this change take? Pessimists point to the decline in toy sales over …

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Lindbergh arrives in Paris! The toy industry is gearing up

When Charles Lindbergh made his famous New York-Paris flight from May 20 to 21, 1927, he became an overnight celebrity. Parisians swarmed Le Bourget airport immediately after he landed and even tore scraps of souvenir fabric from the wings of The Spirit of St. Louis, his trusted plane. But Lindbergh’s …

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India’s toy industry hit hard by imports, study finds

India’s toy industry, which is largely made up of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), is caught in a strange paradox – it has recorded double-digit growth over the past five years, yet around 40% Indian toy companies closed during this period. A recent study by the Associated Chambers …

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Lady Gaga sued for $ 10 million by toy maker MGA Entertainment

Lady Gaga was prosecuted for breach of contract. Getty Images / Neilson Barnard Lady Gaga is the latest celebrity to be involved in a legal battle. The pop star has been sued by MGA Entertainment, a toy maker responsible for “Moxie Girlz” dolls and “Best Friends Club” dolls, for $ …

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Apple threatens Chinese toy maker with legal action against Steve Jobs figure

I would have put my house and kids on Apple to sue the Chinese toy maker who produces the incredibly realistic Steve Jobs action figure we talked about earlier this week. And as expected, it threatens to do just that. In Icon has reportedly received a letter from Apple’s legal …

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Woman sues sex toy maker after using product causes her to “bleed profusely and pass out”

Woman sues after sex toy causes her to “bleed profusely and pass out” By Chris Parsons Update: 12:28 p.m. EDT, October 13, 2011 A northern California woman is suing the makers of a sex toy after a vibrator made her bleed profusely and knocked her unconscious. April Bonjour was using …

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Troubles in the Chinese toy industry

Hu Lantian, owner of the PP Bear Toy Company in Shenzhen, southern China, shows off the toys that would have been Christmas gifts for European or American children, but due to the global economic downturn, they will be sold on the indoor market. [China Daily] All is not well in …

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The Toy Industry Takes Steps to Ensure Product Integrity: NPR

Mattel, the world’s largest toymaker, was renowned for its strong quality assurance program in China. With many Christmas orders already in the pipeline, manufacturers and suppliers are scrambling to ensure the integrity of their products. JOHN YDSTIE, host: The recall this week of more Mattel toys has the industry worried. …

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