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  • Nickelodeon, Scooter Braun Set to Bring ‘The BeatBuds’ to TV

    Apr 9, 2020

    Nickelodeon, Scooter Braun Set to Bring ‘The BeatBuds’ to TV Nickelodeon inked a deal with Scooter Braun’s SB Projects to produce an animated series based on The BeatBuds, a popular Los Angeles-based kids’ music duo. The BeatBuds (working title) will follow the adventures of Jonny, Matty, and rest of their ‘Buds. Each episode will feature an original song. Evan Sinclair (Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, The Aquabats! Super […]

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  • The Toy Association Reveals Plans for Virtual ‘Toy Fair Everywhere’

    Apr 9, 2020

    The Toy Association Reveals Plans for Virtual ‘Toy Fair Everywhere’ The Toy Association is laying the groundwork to assist toymakers and retail buyers in an era in which in-person meetings and mass gatherings are off the table. Toy Fair Everywhere is a new virtual market program that will launch in July for the first of three virtual seven-day market weeks. Using partners such as Balluun […]

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  • MGA Entertainment Delivers 65,000 Masks, Protective Shields to U.S. Hospitals

    Apr 9, 2020

    MGA Entertainment Delivers 65,000 Masks, Protective Shields to U.S. Hospitals In just seven days since its launch, MGA Entertainment (MGAE)’s Operation Pac-Man initiative delivered medical supplies to 40 hospitals nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic. The parent company of L.O.L. Surprise! and Little Tikes started the non-profit organization Operation Pac-Man last week to manufacture and distribute medical supplies to facilities in dire need of them. The company delivered […]

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  • How Coronavirus is Affecting the Toy Industry (Updated)

    Apr 9, 2020

    How Coronavirus is Affecting the Toy Industry (Updated) This article will be updated daily with additional cancellations, postponements, and the other ways in which COVID-19 is affecting the toy industry and adjacent businesses including gaming, licensing, entertainment, and retail. Last updated: April 9, 9:44 a.m. EST. The spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes — COVID-19 — is receiving an […]

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  • Goliath Games Uses ‘Virus’ Success to Give Back

    Apr 9, 2020

    Goliath Games Uses ‘Virus’ Success to Give Back The spread of COVID-19 has created some unexpected side effects for the toy industry, particularly in the sales of games and puzzles. For Texas-based Goliath Games, the timing of Virus — released in January as “the contagiously fun card game” — came just on the cusp of the global pandemic, which has driven sales for the […]

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  • Cloudco Entertainment Promotes Key Executives for Licensing, Marketing

    Apr 9, 2020

    Cloudco Entertainment Promotes Key Executives for Licensing, Marketing Cloudco Entertainment promoted a pair of executives into senior roles across its licensing and marketing business. Los Angeles-based Cristina Villegas, who joined Cloudco last year following a 20-year run at The Walt Disney Co., has been promoted from director to vice president of North American Licensing. Over the past year, Villegas has played a role […]

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  • The Genius of Play Invites Families to ‘Play Today’ with New Resource Hub

    Apr 9, 2020

    The Genius of Play Invites Families to ‘Play Today’ with New Resource Hub The Genius of Play, the national movement to raise awareness of play’s vital role in child development, has launched the “Play Today” campaign in an effort to connect with families during challenging times. The initiative — led by The Toy Association — includes an online hub full of resources developed to inspire families to create […]

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  • COVID-19 Impact on U.S. Imports Grows with More Declines Expected

    Apr 9, 2020

    COVID-19 Impact on U.S. Imports Grows with More Declines Expected If one thing about last month’s reporting on the state of U.S. imports remains true, it’s that the supply chain disruption caused by the global spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19 is absolutely having a bigger impact on U.S. imports than originally anticipated, and the effects will likely be seen for much longer. As recently as last […]

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  • ‘PAW Patrol’ Creator Preps ‘Paddypaws & Pals’ for MIPCOM Debut

    Apr 8, 2020

    ‘PAW Patrol’ Creator Preps ‘Paddypaws & Pals’ for MIPCOM Debut Paddypaws and Pals — the latest series from Keith Chapman, creator of PAW Patrol and Bob the Builder — is headed for an October debut at MIPCOM 2020. The series of 52, 11-minute episodes follows the titular Paddypaws, a cute, naughty, fearless and funny young black and white kitten who lives on a farm with his […]

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  • Box Blox Life-Size Building Sets Debut on Amazon

    Apr 8, 2020

    Box Blox Life-Size Building Sets Debut on Amazon Following a public preview showing at last year’s Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), Box Blox is now available on Amazon. Made in the U.S. with 99% renewable materials by Illinois-based Insightful Solutions Group, Box Blox encourages kids and families to “build big, store small” with life-size construction sets. Each set comes with 40 self-assembling […]

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  • How to Support Small Businesses While Social Distancing

    How to Support Small Businesses While Social Distancing

    The coronavirus has made it difficult for many to perform their jobs, but none have been hit quite as hard as small business owners catering to the local populace. Restaurants have had to close their doors and offer solely take-out options, hairdressers and salons have had to close indefinitely, and locally run shops have run out of ways to serve a needy community. While some of us are lucky enough to work from home, those who run a small business

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  • COVID-19: DIY Car Tips for the Amateur Garage Monkey

    COVID-19: DIY Car Tips for the Amateur Garage Monkey

    Even though most auto shops are still open in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, more and more car enthusiasts are finding ways to fill their extra free time. In fact, British automotive publisher Haynes has seen a stark increase in the number of car manual sales since the kingdom adopted social distancing measures to stop the spread of coronavirus. Sales have surged by over 54% as more people begin to work on their own vehicles. While similar reports have

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  • Teaching Your Teen How to Drive? Use These Tips

    Teaching Your Teen How to Drive? Use These Tips

    "Car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, and teenage boys are twice as likely to die as teenage girls," according to The Washington Post and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    With such grim statistics, it is no wonder that parents fret over teaching their teenagers to drive. With some care and planning, parents can teach kids how to drive and do it with confidence. Follow these tips from the experts for peace of

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  • New Car Technologies Can Bring Peace in a Pandemic

    New Car Technologies Can Bring Peace in a Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic has hit home for millions as it has evolved into serious business over the past few weeks in North America.

    The virus known as COVID-19 has forced the world indoors, with individuals and families scrambling to adjust to what’s become our new normal. Federal and international guidelines broadcast over social media can read like a mother’s list of commands: "Wash your hands! Don’t touch your face! Stay indoors and work at home!" Businesses of all sizes are

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  • Flu/Cold Prevention for Families

    Flu/Cold Prevention for Families

    According to the CDC, 22 million school days are lost annually in the United States because of the common cold. Besides being miserable, colds spread easily through the air and surfaces, and although we think of them as inconvenient, they can lead to much more serious conditions like pneumonia. Similarly, the flu can be serious as well, killing around 56,000 people annually. Sometimes the prevalence of these diseases makes it seem inevitable that you and your family can't escape the

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  • Cars or Trucks: Which One is Safer?

    Cars or Trucks: Which One is Safer?

    When it comes to choosing between a car or a truck, safety concerns are often at the forefront of buyer’s minds. However, is one safer than the other and which is better for families? To help make this decision simpler here is what you need to know about the differences between cars and trucks.

    Comparing Safety Features

    Over 15.5 million trucks operate on roads daily, when combined with cars, the combined number of vehicles on the roads can reach 115

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  • 8 Ways to Help Your Kids Thrive in School

    8 Ways to Help Your Kids Thrive in School

    Juggling homework, friends, and after school activities can cause stress and anxiety which can lead to poor academic performance. In fact, 1 in 13 people around the world suffer from anxiety, according to the World Health Organization. Fortunately, there are things you can do as a parent to help relieve your child’s anxiety and help them really thrive in school. Here are eight ways to help you do just that.

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  • DROPKICK MURPHYS, RANCID Announce Boston to Berkeley II Tour

    DROPKICK MURPHYS, RANCID Announce Boston to Berkeley II Tour

    This May, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid will hit the road together for the first time since 2017, for the co-headlining Boston To Berkeley II Tour with special guests Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon (on select dates) and Jesse Ahern supporting. Each night will culminate with Dropkick Murphys and Rancid on stage together for a joint encore.

    As was the case on the original From Boston To Berkeley run in 2017, the final band of the night will vary by date, with either Dropkick Murphys or Rancid as the closing act.

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