Adventure Media & Events Podcast Network

Adventure Media & Events Podcast Network

By adventuremediaevents
From the editors behind the Toy Book, the Pop Insider, and the Toy Insider comes a new series of podcasts focusing on toys, pop culture, and entertainment. Series' include The Toy Report — inspired by our weekly news roundup from the Toy Book, the leading trade magazine covering the toy industry; and the Power Kid Podcast, hosted by Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design, which features in-depth interviews and conversations with some of the brightest stars in the toy, game, and family entertainment industries.
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Power Kid Podcast: It's Upside Down Week as Host Phil Albritton is interviewed by Amigo Games' Jeff Pinsker
The "Power Kid Podcast" goes upside down this week as a recent guest flips the script to put host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design in the hot seat. Jeff Pinsker, president of Amigo Games North America is in the interviewer's chair to explore Albritton's origin story. In the episode, Albritton discusses some of his earliest work in the toy industry, including the Original Funnoodle, the Bounce ‘Round — the first consumer accessible continuous air bounce house — and Bruce Lund’s sports ball line, The Luminator. The duo discusses the various challenges of inventing vs. developing, and the importance of packaging as a protector, teacher, and brand advocate. Albritton also shares tips for making the most out of your store visits and what to look for as you research the aisle. Finally, the duo explores trendspotting and discusses some of the biggest changes that Albritton has witnessed in the industry.
47:13
January 14, 2020
Power Kid Podcast: Jeff Pinsker of Amigo Games North America
Happy 2020 Power Kids! It is an honor to start off this year with a conversation with Jeff Pinsker, the president of Amigo Games North America . Throughout his career Jeff has founded, managed and sold several businesses ranging from children’s television to educational products to toys and games. He was President of University Games, CEO of JP Kids, CEO of Infinitoy, President of Klutz, President of Pressman and General Manager at Cardinal. This year's first show is packed with great insight! We discuss his early foray into business which includes practical jokes for pay and 7,000 trivia questions! Additionally, we discuss his work at the crossroads of children’s entertainment and toys and I ask him about his involvement in the relaunch of the amazing Zoob product line. He dives deep into the Amigo Credo and why it is so important (you will want to take notes!). Thank you for joining us! — Phil Albritton https://www.amigo.games/
49:59
January 7, 2020
Power Kid Podcast: Redwood Ventures' Andy Wiseman — From Bratz and ZhuZhu Pets to Foodie Surprise and Beyond!
In this year's final episode of the "Power Kid Podcast," host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with Andy Wiseman, founder and CEO of Redwood Ventures. Wiseman was recruited into the toy industry following a successful run at Pure Fishing, home to some of the most well-known brands in fishing tackle. At MGA Entertainment, Wiseman played a part in the expansion of the Bratz line, after which he joined Cepia to pioneer the U.S. launch of ZhuZhu Pets. In 2010, Wiseman founded Redwood Ventures, which has grown into a powerhouse known for speed and innovation with distribution of its toys across 65 countries. In the episode, Albritton and Wiseman discuss how relocating to Bentonville, Arkansas — home to Walmart — opened many doors. Additionally, they discuss the challenges of creating and marketing the IDO3D 3D writing system, and Wiseman details his personal product philosophy: MBOS (Meaningful, Believable  Ownable, Sustainable). Redwood Ventures' Foodie Surprise collection is a 2019 winner in the Toy Insider's Holiday Gift Guide in one of this year's top toy trend areas: Layers of Fun. The next season of the 'Power Kid Podcast' begins in January 2020!
30:47
December 17, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Richard North of Wow! Stuff talks Harry Potter, Brand Building
In this week's episode of the "Power Kid Podcast," host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with Richard North, founder and CEO of Wow! Stuff. Over the past few years, North has grown Wow! Stuff into an award-winning pop-culture toy and gift manufacturer. The company's Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak is a 2019 Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide Winner and is nominated for a Toy of the Year (TOTY) Award for Innovative Toy of the Year. During their conversation, Albritton and North discuss Wow! Stuff's positioning statement of "Great Brands Brought to Life," and the importance of marketing unique products through the use of video displays and live demonstration artists. North also shares stories on how the company uses technology to create "magic," and how a strong relationship with Warner Bros. was forged to allow the company to become a trusted partner of the Harry Potter and Wizarding World brands.
42:22
December 10, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG 2019) Special Edition
In a special episode of the “Power Kid Podcast,” host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design shares interviews recorded live at the 2019 Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG). Phil says: "ChiTAG 2019 was a huge success and I am happy to bring you this episode recorded live at the show! You will hear many toy industry voices including select winners of the 12th annual Toy and Game Innovation (TAGIE) Awards and winners of The Young Inventors Challenge. Additionally, you will hear conversations with Robert Victor of Kite & Rocket; James Zahn, Senior Editor of the Toy Book, the Toy Insider, and the Pop Insider; and Lifetime Achievement Honoree Award winner Ivan Moscovich." "A huge thank you to Mary Couzin, Sheena Stephens and the whole team for creating this excellent event and celebrating innovation! Enjoy the show!" https://www.chitag.com/
39:53
December 6, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Talking Licensing with Michael Goodman of MLGPC Licensing Agency
In this week's episode of the "Power Kid Podcast," host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with Michael Goodman, founder, and head of licensing at the MLGPC Licensing Agency. Goodman is an expert in prospecting new intellectual properties (IP) with undeniable mass-market appeal. Through MLGPC, he has identified, sold, and IP to industry leaders such as Spin Master, Nelvana, Super7, Saban Brands, Funko, Goliath Games, Scholastic, and many more. Albritton discusses with Goodman his early days in the industry and the process of bringing back the classic Monchhichi property. Additionally, the duo discusses how vintage brands continue to fuel the retro trend that connects across multiple generations while Goodman offers behind-the-scenes insight on several new viral brands that he has been involved with.
29:08
December 3, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Klutz President Stacy Lellos talks Publishing, Toys, and More
In this week's episode of the "Power Kid Podcast," host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with Stacy Lellos, president of Klutz. From Simon & Schuster and Scholastic to Toys R Us, Lellos's career has run the gamut between books and toys.  Now as the president of Klutz she gets to apply all of those experiences toward directing one of the most trusted brands for kids. In the podcast, Albritton and Lellos discuss the challenges of finding and delivering the “just right” book or toy for each kid, and the various challenges of book publishing versus toy manufacturing. Lellos also shares insight on her vision for Klutz Jr. and Klutz Maker Lab, and how to capture the tween market.
29:33
November 26, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Fighting Trolls with Author/Screenwriter Jordan Gershowitz
In this week's episode of the "Power Kid Podcast," host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with screenwriter Jordan Gershowitz, author of the new book, Ignore the Trolls. Gershowitz has written, developed, and/or produced content for nearly every major network. He's written episodes of The Tom and Jerry Show and Danger Mouse, and has written for Sesame Street Live! Recent TV credits include Nickelodeon's Welcome to the Wayne, Warner Bros. Bunnicula, RBUK (aka Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty), and Gigantosaurus, which airs daily on Disney Channel. Jordan, the son of toy industry veteran Ed Gershowitz, discusses with Albritton the impact of growing up with close ties to the toy world, and also delves into the rumor that his dad served as the model for the rare Toys "R" Us exclusive G.I. Joe action figure known as Captain Claymore.
35:50
November 19, 2019
The Toy Report: 2020 TOTY Award Voting; PlayMonster Acquires Kahtooz; Nickelodeon Teams with Netflix; and more!
In this episode of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") serves an update on the latest happenings in toys, games, and family entertainment. This week's industry news includes updates on Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise, ZURU's 5 Surprise, the 2020 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards voting, NSI International's latest Wubble bubble balls, Distroller USA's latest Neonate Babies, a team-up between Netflix and Nickelodeon,  a big win for Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and more. Be sure to subscribe to the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network on your favorite service for more great shows and episodes!
07:37
November 16, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Disrupting Games with The Last Gameboard's Shail Mehta
In this week's episode of the Power Kid Podcast, host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with The Last Gameboard co-founder Shail Mehta. With the successful funding of Gameboard-1 on Kickstarter, The Last Gameboard looks to disrupt the gaming industry by merging tech and play into what's being called "the world's first arcade and board game console." Mehta tells her origin story and explains the development process that led to the company's patented Sense Screen technology. Additionally, we learn what partnerships are in place as Gameboard-1 integrates future titles into a platform that allows players to create their own games.
20:09
November 12, 2019
The Toy Report: Beware of Counterfeit Toys; a Big Week on Sesame Street; Toy Hall of Fame Inductees, and more!
In this episode of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") serves an update on the latest happenings in toys, games, and family entertainment. This week's industry news includes updates from The Toy Association with a warning about counterfeit toys; American Girl's Holiday plans; the second annual Hot Wheels Legends Tour Winner; a big week on Sesame Street; and more! Be sure to subscribe to the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network on your favorite service for more great shows and episodes!
06:20
November 9, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Marjorie Spitalnik of Little Rebels
In this week's episode of the Power Kid Podcast, host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with Little Rebels creator Marjorie Spitalnik. Spitalnik has been inspired to produce a line of plush that paves the way for little girls to learn about real-life female heroes. Albritton and Spitalnik discuss the initial idea that brought her into the toy industry and how she used her resources to build a grassroots toy company and lift up the women around her. She tells us about her experience with the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative and how it boosted her efforts in creating  Little Rebels — a line that contains plush versions of Malala Yousafzai, Amelia Earhart and Marie Curie. Subscribe, leave a review and enjoy the show!
27:33
November 5, 2019
The Toy Report: McDonald's Embraces Surprise Toys; the Hess Toy Truck Returns; Funko Scores Another Big Win
In this episode of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") serves an update on the latest happenings in toys, games, and family entertainment. Among the big stories this week, McDonald's celebrates 40 years of Happy Meals with surprise toys from the past; Funko Q3 earnings are a treat; Ryan's World rebrands; the Holiday Hess Toy Truck rolls out; LEGO drops a ton of news; and the Toy Industry Hall of Fame nominees are revealed! But that's not all! Get these stories and more right now! Be sure to subscribe to the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network on your favorite service for more great shows and episodes!
11:19
November 2, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Keith Meggs of Far Out Toys Talks Pulp Heroes, Crash Racers, Head Splat and More!
In this week's episode of the Power Kid Podcast, host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design speaks with Far Out Toys' founder and CEO Keith Meggs. Far Out Toys was started in 2017 with a single mission — to create innovative toys. In just two years their vision was realized with a full line of products represented across Walmart, Target, and Amazon. One of those lines, Crash Racers, is a multi-million dollar business already. Meggs built the company specifically to navigate the new retail landscape. This includes a focus on full product development, including the creation of a nimble manufacturing and marketing network, and building licensing partnerships with top brands including NASCAR, pocket.watch for Ryan's World, and Disney for Marvel and Star Wars Pulp Heroes. Meggs, whose family connections span three generations working at Mattel, discusses the origin of Far Out Toys and the unique proposition that they offer the market, including great brands such as Head Splat, Splash Out, and the aforementioned Pulp Heroes. https://www.farouttoysinc.com/ Subscribe, leave a review and enjoy the show!
22:53
October 29, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Bryan Sturtevant of Prime Time Toys Talks Water and Foam Blasters!
In this week's episode of the Power Kid Podcast, host Phil Albritton speaks with Bryan Sturtevant, who stops by to discuss all things blaster. Between blasting water and blasting darts Prime Time Toys has you covered. As the Creative Director Bryan has been a key part of Prime Time's steady growth. Customers shopping for summer/ swim products are very different from the meticulous fans of dart blasters and we contrast them in this episode. We also discuss the tremendous success of the Max Liquidator. Bryan also unveils the Dart Zone Pro limited edition blaster that fires over 150ft with extreme accuracy. https://www.primetimetoys.com/ Subscribe, leave a review and enjoy the show!
27:32
October 22, 2019
The Toy Report: Schleich Makes a Big Retail Splash, Hasbro Teams with Ellen, L.O.L. Surprise gets a Movie, and more!
In this episode of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") serves an update on the latest happenings in toys, games, and family entertainment. Among the big stories this week, Schleich makes a big push at retail in the U.S. this holiday season with FAO Schwarz, Toys "R" Us Adventure, and more; Distroller USA debuts Cheekie Fairies; Barbie wraps the "Be Anything Tour"; L.O.L. Surprise Winter Disco gets a movie; and the Pop Insider looks at the booming collectibles market based on vehicles from TV and film. But that's not all! Get these stories and more right now! Be sure to subscribe to the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network on your favorite service for more great shows and episodes!
08:33
October 17, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Screenwriter Jeremy Adams Talks Scooby-Doo!, DC Super Hero Girls, Supernatural, and more!
In this week's episode of the Power Kid Podcast, host Phil Albritton meets with screenwriter Jeremy Adams, who has worked on animated series such as Justice League Action, DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash, DC Super Hero Girls, Hot Wheels City, and the forthcoming LEGO Jurassic World: The Legend of Isla Nubar, in addition to penning the recent animated features, Scooby-Doo: Return to Zombie Island, Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans, and LEGO DC: Batman — Family Matters. His love of pop culture and drive to create great stories has cemented him as one of the go-to animation writers in the industry. He also once held the title of Marvel Specialist! Today we discuss the crossroads of toys and animation. He shares the challenges of working with established brands while at the same time giving the characters a unique twist. He tells the story of one of his favorite projects - the Supernatural episode “Scoobynatural”. The Power Kid Podcast joins the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network! Join host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design for in-depth interviews and conversations with some of the brightest stars in the toy, game, and family entertainment industries. Related Links: http://www.toybook.com https://www.powerkiddesign.com/ 
30:41
October 15, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Mark Chernick of Play Visions talks Compounds and Creations
The Power Kid Podcast joins the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network! Join host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design for in-depth interviews and conversations with some of the brightest stars in the toy, game, and family entertainment industries. Phil says: The CEO of Play Visions, Inc., Mark Chernick started the company in 1990 when he teamed up with two high school classmates. Their goal was to develop novelty and trend items that provided 'a little something extra.' Their line of products was an instant hit and Play Visions expanded quickly. Today Mark has a large stake in the popular compound and tactile category. Join us today as Mark tells us his origin story - “Let’s make stickers”. He tells us about his product development philosophy and how a great material can lead to multiple successful items. He unpacks the culture of the compound creating chemists he works in Taiwan and China and walks us through the compound creation process. Related Links: http://www.toybook.com https://www.powerkiddesign.com/ https://www.playvisions.com
31:20
October 8, 2019
The Pop Insider: Live From #NYCC Part 1 — Alan Tudyk's Across the Room; Force Friday; New Playmobil, and Lines, Lines, Lines!
In the first-ever Pop Insider Podcast recorded LIVE from Booth No. 270 at New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Pop Insider Co-Editor-In-Chief Marissa Dibartolo and Senior Editor James Zahn discuss some of the happenings on the floor at the Javtis Center in New York City. In this episode, they talk about actor Alan Tudyk (who isn't on the show), Star Wars' Triple Force Friday; NEW Playmobil licenses including Back to the Future and Scooby-Doo; Chrome Hello Kitty by kidrobot; and the phenomenon of standing in lines to be in a line. #FuelYourFandom at http://www.thepopinsider.com and check back soon for more unfiltered conversation from #NYCC!
09:46
October 5, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Lee Parkhurst of Educational Insights Talks QVC, FTC, and more
The Power Kid Podcast joins the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network! Join host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design for in-depth interviews and conversations with some of the brightest stars in the toy, game, and family entertainment industries.  Phil says: "Todays episode is the perfect conversation to keep the ball rolling. Join me as I spend some time with my friend, the Senior Brand Marketing Manager of Educational Insights, Lee Parkhurst. One of the most passionate toy industry people I know, we dive into all the things that make Educational Insights a great company and cover their wonderful product lines — including Artie 3000 and Playfoam. We discuss what it’s like pitching a product under the QVC lights. How do you measure the success of your digital marketing campaigns? Lee is daily in the trenches of influencer marketing and we take a moment to discuss the huge shift that came when the FCC placed regulations on YouTube videos targeted to ages 13 and under. A BIG thank you to all the listeners (many of you have been with me for 2 years!). You motivate and inspire me daily and I am so thankful that you let me be a part of your week." Related Links: http://www.toybook.com https://www.powerkiddesign.com/ http://www.educationalinsights.com
34:19
October 1, 2019
Power Kid Podcast Classics: Jeremy Padawer of Wicked Cool Toys
The Power Kid Podcast joins the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network! Join host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design for in-depth interviews and conversations with some of the brightest stars in the toy, game, and family entertainment industries. Originally aired March 12, 2019 Phil says: "Welcome to this week's Wicked and Cool podcast! It is my honor to have Jeremy Padawer as my guest. As Co-President and Partner of Wicked Cool Toys Jeremy and his team have brought some amazing products to market including Pokemon, Cabbage Patch Kids, Teddy Ruxpin and many more. If you enjoy Jeremy's LinkedIn posts you will love this episode! In this show learn his toy industry origin story. We do a deep dive into the collectibles market and what drives collectibility. I ask him about his involvement with the 200X re-launch of Masters of the Universe. Wicked Cool holds the master toy license for Pokemon and we discuss how they are developing toys to capture the excitement surrounding the new movie. Finally we discuss the recent news of the Toys R Us return and what it could mean for the industry!"
42:33
September 30, 2019
Power Kid Podcast Classics: Anita Castellar of Fangirl Consulting & Brand Management Talks Collectibles and Building Brands
The Power Kid Podcast joins the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network! Join host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design for in-depth interviews and conversations with some of the brightest stars in the toy, game, and family entertainment industries. Originally aired July 9, 2018 Phil says: "Calling all fans! Anita Castellar of FanGirl Consulting & Brand Management joins us today to discuss fan focused toys. She has covered all areas of product creation for some of the biggest names in the business — Hasbro, Disney, and Lucasfilm. Anita has been instrumental in bringing you some of the most popular Star Wars brand experiences including the Build Your Own Lightsaber station at Disney World! Today we discuss the importance of story when building a brand, some of the key criteria when developing collectibles and the challenges of connecting brands with innovative products. Don’t miss it!"
29:51
September 30, 2019
Power Kid Podcast: Daniel Delapa of Creative Kids Talks "Being a Brand Incubator," and More
The Power Kid Podcast joins the Adventure Media and Events Podcast Network! Join host Phil Albritton of Power Kid Design for in-depth interviews and conversations with some of the brightest stars in the toy, game, and family entertainment industries. Phil says: "It is my honor this week to interview Daniel Delapa the CMO at Creative Kids. Creative Kids was founded in 1997 and quickly took the arts and crafts category by storm. Since then, their line has expanded into 12 categories with distribution in 70 countries   Daniel and I discuss his experience growing up in the industry. He shares with us what sets Creative Kids apart by being a 'brand incubator.' We discuss how they stay closely connect to their customers by listening and acting based on their feedback. I ask him what retailers expect from him to ensure a mutually beneficial and growing relationship.  As always thank you for listening!"
21:58
September 30, 2019
Toy Report Breaking News: Lucasfilm Unveils Star Wars Triple Force Friday Plans
In this episode of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares full details on Lucasfilm's plans for Triple Force Friday 2019, beginning with a special Star Wars livestream and global reveal event. Triple Force Friday (Oct. 4) is the day that products inspired by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, and the forthcoming video game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will hit stores. Read more Star Wars news and reviews at The Toy Book, The Pop Insider, and The Toy Insider #WeKnowPlay #FuelYourFandom 
03:26
September 24, 2019
The Toy Insider's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide Debuts; Mattel Launches New Fisher-Price Brand Messaging Campaign
In this episode of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") introduces the The Toy Insider's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, and discusses the new "Let's Be Kids" brand messaging campaign that Mattel launched for Fisher-Price during the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. 
04:53
September 23, 2019
The Toy Report: Hasbro's Big Week — The Company Acquires eOne, Snags Ghostbusters, Eliminates Plastic Packaging
It's a HUGE week for Hasbro! In this episode of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") breaks down the latest news from the Rhode Island-based toy and entertainment company as it acquires eOne (PJ Masks, Peppa Pig, Ricky Zoom), snags the Ghostbusters license, and makes a big move toward sustainability.
04:07
August 24, 2019
The Toy Report: Trump Says Tariffs Arrive Sept. 1, Hasbro, Mattel Comment
Is playtime over? In this episode of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") discusses the President Trump's latest tariff claims — a 10% tax hitting on Sept. 1 — and the industry response, including recent comments from Hasbro and Mattel.tar
03:58
August 3, 2019
Toy Report: NPD Group Says the U.S. Toy Industry Turns the Corner on Toys "R" Us
Is the closure of Toys "R" Us in the U.S. finally in the rearview mirror? In this episode of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") discusses the new mid-year toy sales report issued by The NPD Group.
02:18
August 2, 2019
The Toy Report: Fourth of July Special Edition! Jimmy Fallon, Journey Girls, and The Pop Insider's SDCC Prep!
It's a special Fourth of July Weekend spectacular edition of The Toy Report! In this episode, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares a few of the week's top toy stories, including American Girl's new Bowling Alley, The Pop Insider's plans for San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), plus news from Hasbro Gaming, Learning Express Toys, Super7 x Peanuts, GameStop, Nickelodeon, and more!
08:35
July 5, 2019
The Toy Report: 06/21/2019 — Toys "R" Us Still Plots a Comeback, Mr. MONOPOLY Gets a Voice, Hot Wheels Mario Kart is Coming...
In this week's edition of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares a few of the week's top toy stories, including the latest on Tru Kids Brands' attempt at a U.S. Toys "R" Us relaunch, Hasbro's Mr. MONOPOLY finally getting a voice, Mattel and Nintendo launching Hot Wheels Mario Kart, Mongoose Bikes collaborating with Netflix's Stranger Things and more...
04:54
June 22, 2019
The Toy Report: 06/13/2019 — ASTRA Marketplace, E3's Retro Explosion, Super7's Teen Wolf and more...
In this week's edition of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares the week's top toy stories, including news from ASTRA Marketplace & Academy, The Toy Association, E3 and more. Featuring Arcade1Up, Super7, LEGO, Hasbro, ZURU, Jazwares, AtGames, eOne, and more...
08:07
June 13, 2019
The Toy Report: 06/07/2019 — Licensing Expo, Looking Ahead to ASTRA Marketplace, Micro Machines, Toys "R" Us, Playmobil, Alpha Group and More
In this week's edition of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares the week's top toy stories, including news from Licensing Expo, and a look ahead at ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Featuring ZURU, Jazwares, Funrise, Wicked Cool Toys, Hasbro, Mattel, Basic Fun!, Alpha Group, Nickelodeon, We Cool Toys, The Wiggles and more...
08:02
June 7, 2019
The Toy Report: 05/31/2019 — Disney•Pixar's Onward, WowWee's Lucky Fortune, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Returns, More
In this week's edition of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares the week's top toy stories, including Basic Fun! + Care Bears, SYBO Games' partnership with Alpha Group, Funrise + Caterpillar, news from Sesame Place, and more.
08:26
May 31, 2019
The Toy Report: 05/24/2019 — JoJo Siwa Joins Hairdorables, Hot Wheels TechMods Launches, YouTubers Make Deals
In this week's edition of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares the week's top toy stories, including Mattel's new deal with Warner Bros., YouTubers including HappyKidsTV, Blippi, and La Bala making deals, plus the latest from Laser X, Scentco, Little Tikes, and more!
06:53
May 24, 2019
The Toy Report: 05/17/2019 — Toy Association Tells Trump "Don't Tax Toys"; Mercedes-Benz x Matchbox Team-up; Party City Misconception
In this week's edition of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares news on The Toy Association's fight against Trump tariffs, clarifies the status of Party City's helium shortage and store closings, and hits the week's top headlines, including news from Matchbox, Jazwares, MGA Entertainment, and more.
07:08
May 17, 2019
The Toy Report: 05/10/2019 — Spin Master's Q1 Slip, Moose Toys' Kindi Kids, Hasbro Water Park and more!
In this week's edition of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares news on The Toy Association's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Spin Master and Funko Financials, the latest from Sesame Workshop, and much more.
06:57
May 10, 2019
The Toy Report: 05/02/2019 — Play All May, Transformers' 35th Anniversary, Legends of Lucha Libre, Masters of the Universe and more!
In this week's edition of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") shares news on The Genius of Play's Play All May, Mattel's family entertainment centers, Power Rangers' new Ranger, Playmonster's latest acquisition, Boss Fight Studio's wrestling win and much more.
06:16
May 2, 2019
Toy Book Breaking News: Mattel, Disney Team for New Pixar Animation Studios Toy Collection
Mattel expands its global licensing agreement with Disney to design and develop toys inspired by characters from all Pixar Animation Studios’ film properties. The news comes ahead of next months release of Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4, for which the El Segundo-based toymaker serves as master toy partner.
01:03
May 1, 2019
The Toy Report: 4/25/2019 — Hasbro's Big Gains from Bumblebee, Ritzy Rollerz at Toys "R" Us Canada, and more!
In the first-ever audio version of The Toy Report, Toy Book Senior Editor James Zahn ("The Rock Father") breaks down the biggest headlines in the toy industry this week, including Hasbro's big win for the first quarter.
08:40
April 29, 2019