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  • COBI CEO Issues Apology for Construction Toys Depicting Nazi Germany; Pulls Sets from Sale

    Feb 28, 2021

    COBI CEO Issues Apology for Construction Toys Depicting Nazi Germany; Pulls Sets from Sale Following a news item published on the Toy Book this past Friday, the winds of change are blowing at COBI Toys. At the center of this week’s controversy were new additions to Polish toymaker COBI’s long-running Historical Collection that presented leaders and vehicles from Nazi Germany in building sets designed for kids ages 6 and […]

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  • TOMY, TinkerTini Seek Inventors to Create New Products for The First Years, JJ Cole, Boon

    Feb 28, 2021

    TOMY, TinkerTini Seek Inventors to Create New Products for The First Years, JJ Cole, Boon TOMY International is throwing open the doors of its infant and toddler business in search of new inventors with a passion for creating the next generation of great products for its JJ Cole, Boon, and The First Years brands. TinkerTini — a full-service inventor relations agency that specializes in launching, scaling, and managing open innovation […]

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  • [UPDATED] COBI Releases Construction Sets Depicting Leaders and Vehicles of Nazi Germany

    Feb 26, 2021

    [UPDATED] COBI Releases Construction Sets Depicting Leaders and Vehicles of Nazi Germany Updated Feb. 28, 2021, 5:55 p.m. ET: COBI has removed the Nazi sets from sale and CEO Robert Podles has issued a statement and plan of action for the future. Read it here. Polish toymaker COBI is raising eyebrows with the upcoming release of new building sets from its Historical Collection. The Limited Edition 1939 […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2021: Camp

    Feb 26, 2021

    State of the Industry Q&A 2021: Camp Kat Druback Director of Merchandising of Camp talks the future in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A The Toy Book: How did Camp cope during temporary store closures? What new initiatives did you implement in order to ensure a safe shopping environment for consumers when stores reopened? Kat Durback: While it was a […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2021: The Canadian Toy Association

    Feb 26, 2021

    State of the Industry Q&A 2021: The Canadian Toy Association Serge Micheli Executive Director of The Canadian Toy Association talks about the association’s initiatives and goals for 2021 in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A. The Toy Book: What are the biggest challenges facing the Canadian toy industry as we head into the year, and how is The Canadian Toy Association addressing them? […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2021: Funko

    Feb 26, 2021

    State of the Industry Q&A 2021: Funko Andrew Perlmutter President of Funko talks about reaching various demographics, impacts of the pandemic on the toy industry, and more in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A. The Toy Book: How much of your product offerings are geared toward adults and why are they so popular with this demographic? Andrew Prelmutter: Funko has […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2021: Blue Plate Media Services

    Feb 26, 2021

    State of the Industry Q&A 2021: Blue Plate Media Services David Becker President and CEO of Blue Plate Media Services (BPMS) talks about working with influencers, the pandemic’s impact on the toy industry, and more in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A. The Toy Book: What trends will have the biggest impact on the toy industry in 2021 and beyond? David Becker: The […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2021: Brilliant PR

    Feb 26, 2021

    State of the Industry Q&A 2021: Brilliant PR Clark Nesselrodt, executive vice president of Brilliant PR & Marketing talks about working with influencers, coming up with media strategies for the company’s clients during the pandemic, and more in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A. The Toy Book: How are you making up for the lack of major trade shows this year? […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2021: HKTDC

    Feb 26, 2021

    State of the Industry Q&A 2021: HKTDC Ralph Chow, regional director of Americas for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) talks about how the trade organization is adjusting with the lack of in-person events in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A. The Toy Book: With major toy fair shifts due to the pandemic, how has HKTDC pivoted to connect […]

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  • State of the Industry Q&A 2021: PlayWise Partners

    Feb 26, 2021

    State of the Industry Q&A 2021: PlayWise Partners Rachel Griffin, co-founder of PlayWise Partners talks about the lack of trade shows, working with influencers, and more in the Toy Book’s annual State of the Industry Q&A. The Toy Book: What trends will have the biggest impact on the toy industry in 2021 and beyond? Rachel Griffin: The pandemic has forced creativity in how families […]

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  • Tips for Preparing and Preventing Storm Damage to Your Home

    Tips for Preparing and Preventing Storm Damage to Your Home

    Depending on where you live, storms are going to inevitably come. It's important to be as prepared as possible for an upcoming storm season to minimize the potential damage to your home. However, not all damage is preventable, so you should also be prepared to get some repairs done on your home. Below are some tips to help you prevent storm damage as well as what to do if unpreventable damage occurs.

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  • Tips For Searching For a Used Car Online

    Tips For Searching For a Used Car Online

     If you're part of the 48% of consumers who start their research with a search engine, you can find just about anything at your fingertips. In recent years, this means you can even buy a car completely online. Even if you're just starting your search online and plan to later go into a dealership to buy the car, these tips will help. Here are a few ways to research online for your next new-to-you car.

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  • What Is Dry January and Should You Try It For Yourself?

    What Is Dry January and Should You Try It For Yourself?

    The year 2020 was incredibly difficult for a lot of people. COVID-19 protocols forced most people to spend more time at home -- more than they would usually spend without human contact, to be sure. While some people are able to at least have the company of their families, this can still lead to stressful situations, as we all need a break from each other every once in a while. Additionally, many people found themselves dealing with the effects of loneliness

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  • Good Charlotte is Back with

    Good Charlotte is Back with "Last December"

    Two decades after bursting onto the scene, Good Charlotte is back with a new single and music video, "Last December."

    The new track is the first new music from the band since 2018's Generation RX and comes via the band's new MDDN label. The new video is a time capsule for 2020 reflecting closed venues and a world on pause amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • How to Help Your Young Adult Find Their First Apartment

    How to Help Your Young Adult Find Their First Apartment

    As a father, it's hard to see your child grow up and slowly stop asking for your help. Even if your child doesn't think they need your help, they could certainly benefit from attaining it. This is especially true when your child approaches adulthood more and more. If your child has recently expressed interest in moving out, there are several ways you can help your young adult find their first apartment. This process also includes providing support in other areas

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  • The Pretty Reckless Unleashes '25' Music Video

    The Pretty Reckless Unleashes '25' Music Video

    After a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Pretty Reckless will release its new album, Death By Rock and Roll on Feb. 12 via Fearless Records.

    The band has stayed busy in recent months with live videos and at-home performances and now the attention has been turned back toward the new album. This week brought the debut of "25," complete with a new music video to go with it. See the clip below.

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  • How to Use Winter to Prepare For Your Garden

    How to Use Winter to Prepare For Your Garden

    Planting and cultivating a garden is an extremely rewarding experience, and the 117.6 million Americans who garden every year would most likely agree. Although you may not think of winter as a time to put thought into your garden, it's a great time to do so. Even if you don't have a garden of your own at your home or apartment, there are great community gardens where you can get a plot and grow your own flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

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  • 6 Hobbies to Pick Up During Quarantine

    6 Hobbies to Pick Up During Quarantine

    Although it feels like the COVID-19 pandemic has already lasted forever, realistically it is looking like it will last even longer. To avoid falling into a rut during the winter months, try to pick up a new hobby . Even if you only do it for a month and end up not liking it, there is no harm in trying new things. As a parent, it's important to show your kids that even adults can do things for fun, and the

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