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Top Toy Trends of 2014 Announced by Toy Industry Association (TIA), the Official Voice of Toy Fair
The Toy Industry Association unveiled this year's hottest playthings during a packed seminar for media and buyers at their 111th American International Toy Fair. The toys, games and youth entertainment products revealed at the "Toy Trends Tea" seminar will be appearing in stores now through the Holiday 2014 shopping season.
A summary of the six top trends follows:
- LARGER THAN LIFE
Large-sized toys are becoming increasingly common in just about every category, from plush and play sets to RCs and building toys. As a counter-balance to the micro-sized trend seen in years past, these toys engage kids in imaginative role-play activities and make impressive gifts for special occasions. They don't all come with hefty price tags, either – the value-conscious shopper will find many "BIG" toys at affordable prices.
- RC RAMPAGE
Playtime will shift into high gear thanks to an influx of innovative remote-controlled vehicles for various ages and at varying price points. Older kids with a 'need for speed' will have plenty of options to choose from, including helicopter RCs and vehicles that launch projectiles. Animal-themed and licensed RCs based on popular entertainment properties will engage younger children and promote active and imaginative play.
- FULL "STEAM" AHEAD!
Educational toys, games and crafts that teach kids STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) are heating up in the toy aisle and getting kids of all ages, interests and abilities excited about learning. Toymakers are increasingly incorporating storytelling and other artistic components into science, engineering and building toys to get more kids than ever on board with STEAM.
- FRIGHTFULLY FUN: ZOMBIES, MONSTERS AND MORE!
Vampires were hot … but now zombies and monsters are all the rage, thanks to a rise in popularity of zombie-themed movies, TV shows and video games. Ghoulish action figures and dolls with relatable characters and back-stories are less frightening for younger kids, while older boys and girls will get a kick out of 'gross out' toys. These toys not only have the ability to transport children to mysterious worlds – they also teach them that it's OK to be different and stand out from the crowd.
- RETRO / BACK-TO-BASICS
First identified by TIA in 2013, the retro and back-to-basics trend is alive and well this year thanks to a huge abundance of classic toys and games slated to hit store shelves. Today's parents and grandparents fondly remember these playthings from their own childhoods and are excited to share them with the little ones in their lives.
- CUSTOM BUILT
2014 will take building to a whole new level. In addition to building and construction toys, this trend extends across several toy categories – from arts and crafts to action figures – and encompasses playthings that allow kids to create, customize and personalize to reflect their unique tastes, styles and imaginations.
Playtime New York is Booming!
Playtime New York is proud to say that the upcoming show, which is being held March 8th-March 10th in New York, which will host nearly 120 international collections, is completely sold out. This unique event, which brings together today's best children's brands, will explore the theme of light, through trends spaces, art installations and exclusive entertainment.
Firmly anchored in the buying habits of the most attractive American shops, Playtime New York will offer a unique combination of well established brands and newcomers.
The list of newcomers continues to grow, with 43% of brands exhibiting for the first time. Indeed, Playtime New York is unquestionably the not-to-be missed event for all those in search of the perfect classics or the latest trends.
Gandzee Creates Boxed Wardrobe Collections for Children
Gandzee offers entire wardrobe collections and individual pieces for babies and kids ages two to six-perfect for busy moms and dads who want to buy a season's worth of kid's clothes with the click of a single button. Our stylists design wardrobes with the goal that everything looks great together-even if your four-year-old is the one putting it all together.
Additionally Gandzee is involved in the Weekend Backpack Program, an amazing FeedMore initiative that delivers backpacks full of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare meals to select school children every Friday afternoon before the last bell rings. Recipients are children who receive free breakfast and lunch at school and have been identified by teachers or administrators as being at-risk for going hungry over the weekend. Each weekend backpack contains enough food to get a child through Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday at home.
Dapper Snappers Brand has won a 2014 Family Choice Award
Family Magazine has announced that Dapper Snappers Toddler Belts has won a 2014 Family Choice Award. Dapper Snappers is a toddler belt that only goes around the back three belt loops of the child's pants, shorts or skirt. It consists of high quality suspender elastic and durable snaps.
Family Magazines' continued mission is to seek out and discover those elements that enhance a family’s lifestyle and create memorable experiences. "The creativity and extraordinary imagination utilized to develop new products and enhance existing products for the benefit of consumers, continue to amaze our distinguished judges and staff. We want to convey our gratitude and recognition to Toddler Tech USA for producing Dapper Snappers Toddler Belts, an extraordinary product that makes a positive difference in the lives of our families," says Candace Evans, Chairperson of the Family Choice Awards.
Gunapod has won a 2014 Family Choice Award
Gunapod won a 2014 Family Choice Award! Gunapod is the only sleeping sack with Wonderzip for easier changing and temperature regulation to prevent overheating, with a more comfortable fit.
Available at gunamuna.com, Magic Beans, Hip Baby Gear, Albee Baby, Tadpole, Becoming Mothers, Apple Blossom Baby, and Nini Bambini.
Buddy Fruits and LazyTown Encourage Active, Healthy Lifestyles for Kids with New Sweepstakes
Buddy Fruits, a leader in all-natural fruit snacks, is pleased to announce that the company has extended its partnership with popular children's TV show and entertainment brand LazyTown. To celebrate their continuing relationship, the two brands have launched the Buddy Fruits and LazyTown Get Moving Sweepstakes on Facebook.
Buddy Fruits and LazyTown encourage children and their families to make healthy choices and live an active lifestyle.
Participants in the Buddy Fruits and LazyTown Get Moving Sweepstakes have the chance to win a dedicated, autographed copy of the LazyTown album, "Go Dance! Music to Move to." One lucky winner will be selected at random each day and winners will be announced once a week. All sweepstakes entrants will also have access to download a free track from the LazyTown album to help get their feet moving and their bodies swaying. To enter the Buddy Fruits and LazyTown Get Moving Sweepstakes, contestants must "Like" the Buddy Fruits official Facebook page and submit the required information in the entry form, including an email address.
The ABC Board of Directors is currently accepting applications for open Board seats that may possibly occur between now and the end of the year
The ABC Board of Directors is comprised of an equal number of manufacturers and specialty retailers. If you or an associate from your organization or store are interested in serving on the Board of Directors of All Baby & Child, please forward your resume via email to:firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in a letter or casual resume the following: Current employment and employment history for the past 10 years, education levels attained, information about any other boards you have served on (JPMA, charity, church etc). Please also include a brief paragraph on why you are interested in serving on the ABC board and what insight, expertise and skills you can bring to the group.
To be considered, the candidate must be currently employed in the juvenile products industry as a retailer, manufacturer or representative. Duties of Board members include participation in monthly Board conference calls, annual Board meeting, service on subcommittees, specific functions during ABC sponsored events and other meetings or duties as requested by the Chairman or President of the organization.
Booginhead, Makers Of Squeez'ems, is Thrilled to Announce the Newest Member of the Family…Introducing Pack’Ems
This February, celebrate National Snack Month with new Pack'Ems-reusable snack packs! Designed by Booginhead, Pack'Ems are the perfect companion to your kids' lunch and on-the-go snacks, whether you're running errands or taking off on a family trip. They come in both large and small and feature a gusseted bottom for easy, stand-up design. The best part is they are made of extra durable, environmentally friendly plastic that holds up through multiple washes and keeps food fresh longer. They are dishwasher-safe, easy-to-clean, BPA, PVC and phthalate-free. Reusable, recyclable and affordable, what's not to love!
- 8-10, Playtime New York, NY playtimenewyork.com
- 9-12, ToyFest West, Las Vegas, NV, toyfestwest.com
- 16-19, LA KIDS MARKET, CA, californiamarketcenter.com
- 27-28, PBJ at Dallas Market Center, TX,dallasmarketcenter.com/pbj
- 29-31, The Children's Show at Deerfield, Deerfield, IL,midwestchildrensapparelgroup.com
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