Volume 32, No. 3 — Published by Adventure Publishing Group
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DEPARTMENTS 10 Editor’s Viewpoint 12 Industry Update 14 Stat Shot 15 Euromonitor 16 Talking Social Media How to Create an Effective Influencer Campaign
24 TIA Perspectives
Summer Toy Trends
104 Compliance & Regulations
94 Property Profile:
ICTI CARE’s Committed Brand PLUS Program
100 Toys & TV:
105 Industry Marketplace
Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory The Evolution of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
106 Flashback: May/June 1996
Jackie Breyer Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org Marissa DiBartolo Senior Editor email@example.com Ali Mierzejewski Senior Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Maddie Michalik Assistant Editor email@example.com
17 Sweet Suite 2016
Varuni Sinha Assistant Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Ibraham Assistant Visual Media Editor email@example.com
18 Being Smart About Smart Toys
What Toymakers Should Do to Stay on Top
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102 Game Changer Why Toy Companies Are Consolidating
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20 Smart Toys 2016: Showcase
Lori Rubin Controller/Office Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
82 Licensing Expo 2016 A look at this year’s licensed brands and properties on display.
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98 ’80s Toys Are Back and Totally Awesome!
Sony Pictures Consumer Products Is Riding the Time Machine to Success
Slimeball Flinger Darts, by Diggin
specialty toys & gifts: 25 26 ASTRA’s Insights
Certified Master Retailers discuss how the credential improved their business.
28 Chatting with the Industry
Retailers and manufacturers discuss the challenges of the specialty toy industry.
36 ASTRA Marketplace 2016
A Selection of Toys Being Exhibited at the Show
78 How Play Works
Sandbox@MIT explores ways research can help kids play better.
80 Donating to Your Bottom Line
Why You Should Consider Donating Excess Inventory to Charity
On the Cover: Adora’s BathTime Baby Kitty, Berg’s Buzzy Nitro, Blue Orange Games’ Kaboom, Edushape’s Dr. Pooch, Faber-Castell’s Craftivity Super String Lanterns, Folkmanis’ Monarch Life Cycle, Green Toys’ Fire Station Playset, Gund’s Swim Trunks Curious George, Learning Resources’ New Sprouts Grow It!, Mindware’s E-I-E-I-GO!, Play Monster’s My Fairy Garden, Thames & Kosmos’ Geckobot
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