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MAY 04

Toy Association Members Invited to Otis Toy Design Program’s Spring Exhibition

MAY04

Toy industry professionals are invited to explore and celebrate the work of the newest generation of toy designers during an Industry Night Exhibition Preview hosted by the Otis College of Art and Design’s Toy Design Class of 2021.

MAY 03

Marian Bossard, EVP Global Market Events at The Toy Association, Announces Retirement

MAY03

Marian Bossard, executive vice president of global market events at The Toy Association, has reached her goal and will retire as planned on June 1, 2021, after serving 22 years on the Association’s staff and senior management team. Following Bossard’s retirement, which has been in planning for the past three years, she will remain in a consultancy role for The Toy Association through to Toy Fair New York ’22 (Feb. 19-22).

MAY 3

Nominations Open for 2022 Toy Industry Hall of Fame

MAY3

The toy community is invited to submit nominees for induction into The Toy Association’s 2022 Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Consideration for the Hall of Fame is open to individuals, living or deceased, who have made outstanding contributions to the toy industry and The Toy Association throughout their careers. Nominations may be submitted online through Friday, June 11.

APR 16

Toy Fair New York Ranks No. 33 on Annual Gold 100 Trade Show List

APR16

The Toy Association’s Toy Fair New York ranked at No. 33 on Trade Show Executive magazine’s Gold 100 List of the country’s largest and most-accomplished trade shows in 2019.

APR 12

Reminder: Toy Fair NY ’22 Exhibitor Renewal Period Closes April 16

APR12

Toy companies interested in renewing their exhibit space at Toy Fair New York 2022 (February 19-22) are being reminded to submit their applications by April 16.

APR 11

Walmart Announces New Open Call for Made in USA Product

APR11

The Toy Association is alerting those in the toy and play community looking to get their products into Walmart stores of the retailer’s latest round of virtual pitch meetings.

APR 5

Toys“R”Us Canada Seeking Spring ’22 Products in Second Private Preview

APR5

The Toy Association has announced that on May 18 toymakers will have a second exclusive opportunity to connect with Toys“R”Us (TRU) Canada buyers seeking product for their spring 2022 collections. The application deadline is Monday, April 12 at 5 p.m. (Eastern).

MAR 29

Target Returns to Meet with New Toy Sellers in Second Preview

MAR29

The Toy Association is once again teaming up with Target for a virtual private preview on May 4 that will allow toymakers to showcase their innovative toys and games to Target buyers. The application deadline for this exclusive opportunity is Wednesday, April 7 at 5 p.m. (Eastern).

MAR 15

Toy Fair Everywhere Helps Toymakers Forge Ahead This Spring

MAR15

Looking to feature your latest drivers for this spring/summer and kickoff your 2022 sales plan? Toy Fair Everywhere, The Toy Association’s 24/7 e-commerce platform, continues to provide new solutions to help businesses forge ahead every day of the year.

MAR 08

New Opportunity to Meet with Urban Outfitters Buyers

MAR08

After a successful product preview day with Urban Outfitters in December that resulted in multiple vendor connections, The Toy Association has announced a second virtual private preview with the retailer on April 15.

MAR 02

Reminder: Toy Association Annual General Meeting on March 10

MAR02

The Toy Association is reminding members to register for its upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM), which will be conducted virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. (Eastern).

MAR 01

Toy Fair Everywhere Attracts Top Retailers with 24/7 Model

MAR01

On February 13, Toy Fair Everywhere, the B2B e-commerce platform connecting toy buyers and sellers, moved to a 24/7 model and is already garnering the attention of major retailers.

FEB 16

#ToyFairLife Taps into Spirit of the Toy Community

FEB16

Over the past week, the toy community has taken to social media to share their favorite Toy Fair New York moments of the past, proving the passion for play — despite the lack of a physical show — is alive and well.

FEB 16

Toy Association Announces Top Toy Trends of 2021

FEB16

After a historic year that saw U.S. toy sales skyrocket with millions of families stuck at home, The Toy Association today unveiled the top toy trends that are expected to drive industry sales in 2021.

FEB 12

Toy Association Announces 2021 Toy of The Year Award Winners

FEB12

Play professionals and toy fans from around the globe gathered virtually today to honor the year’s most outstanding playthings and inspiring individuals at The Toy Association’s 21st annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards and Toy Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Proceeds from the TOTY awards program support the charitable work of The Toy Foundation.

FEB 09

Toy Fair Dallas Exhibitors: Face-to-Face Events Return in October 2021

FEB09

Applications are now being accepted to secure exhibit space for Toy Fair Dallas and reunite face-to-face with your toy industry colleagues from Tuesday, October 5 to Thursday, October 7, 2021.

FEB 09

#ToyFairLife: Celebrate Toy Fair & The Industry

FEB09

The Toy Association is inviting the global toy community to come together during what would have been Toy Fair New York – February 13 through 16 – and help us throwback to the best Toy Fair memories of the past.

FEB 08

Toy Fair Everywhere Opens for Year-Round Business on Feb. 13

FEB08

Toy Fair Everywhere, The Toy Association’s digital platform connecting buyers and sellers who want to grow their business, will officially open its year-round doors to buyers this Saturday, February 13 at www.ToyFairEverywhere.info.

JAN 26

PJs Welcome at This Year’s Virtual TOTY Gala; Reserve Your Free Ticket Through Feb. 9

JAN26

While the dress code for this year’s Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards gala might be a bit more casual (PJs welcome), the “Oscars” of the toy industry will live on in an exciting new virtual format that invites play-lovers around the world to the industry-exclusive party for the first time ever.

JAN 19

Mark Your Calendar: 2021 Toy Trends to be Revealed February 16

JAN19

In 2020, consumers around the world sought comfort and edutainment through toys and games that sparked sales growth across multiple categories of playthings. Now, The Toy Association’s trends team will come together in a digital release of its “Toy Trends Briefing” on February 16, to unveil the top toy and play trends emerging in 2021.