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Voting Now Open for ASTRA’s 2019 Best Toys for Kids
ASTRA’s 2019 Best Toys for Kids Award finalists were narrowed down from hundreds of nominations to 92 specialty toys in 17 categories.   From this group of finalists, ASTRA member retailers will vote online to select the winning toys that will become “the year’s top picks from America’s play experts” for the 2019 holiday season.   “Best Toys for Kids is the only annual toy list that is compiled by…
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Tech Will Save Us Signs with KidStuff PR
KidStuff Public Relations was named the public relations agency for Tech Will Save Us.   The London-based DIY tech toy company will benefit from both the PR firms’ divisions: KidStuff PR for parenting-focused and lifestyle media, and TechStuff PR for technology-focused media and influencers.   The deal goes into effect May 1.   “We are so excited to work with Tech Will Save Us,” said KidStuff PR president and founder…
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LEGO Star Wars Celebrates 20 Years of Product

Twenty years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the LEGO Star Wars collaboration entered the lives of millions of children and fans around the world. Today, the LEGO Group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the much-loved range that continues to unite fans of all ages and has inspired some of the greatest battles ever built.

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ShopTalk Episode 4: Wicked Cool Toys’ Michael Rinzler
In episode 4 of aNb Media’s ShopTalk, our guest is co-founder and co-president of Wicked Cool Toys, Michael Rinzler. In this episode, Jim Silver and Jennifer Lynch chat with Rinzler about how he got his start in the toy business working under MGA’s Isaac Larian and how the industry can better attract young talent today. He also reflects on Wicked Cool’s own beginnings and the challenges new companies in the…
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Netflix Signs Overall Deal with High School Musical Director
It’s the start of something new for producer, director, and choreographer Kenny Ortega who inked a multi-year overall deal with Netflix. Ortega is known for the High School Musical franchise, which earned him a Primetime Emmy and Directors Guild of America Award. He has also directed and choreographed international hits including Disney’s Descendants trilogy, Newsies, and Hocus Pocus, and choreographed classic films including Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and…