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American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Announces New Mentoring Guidelines

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is proud to announce the release of the 2023 AAHA Mentoring Guidelines, a comprehensive resource that empowers veterinary professionals to cultivate and nurture deeply beneficial professional relationships.   Developed by an expert task force comprised of veterinarians and technicians committed to raising the bar for our industry, these guidelines provide insights and strategies for implementing mentorship programs that address the pressing need to improve recruitment, retention, job satisfaction, and diversity within veterinary practices. 

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Wonderfold Launches New Car Seat Adapter, Enabling Stroller Wagons to Carry Newborns from Birth

Luxury stroller wagon brand WonderFold announced the launch of their new Car Seat Adapter. This new accessory will enable their best-loved stroller wagons to carry newborns safely in a car seat from birth rather than the originally recommended 6 months. This opens up a whole new world for growing families, allowing adventures to start from day one with their wagons.  

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Fireside Games Recieves Accolades From Toy Industry Judges for Castle Panic

When toy industry pros go on a quest to uncover the best board games this season, one name continually pops up – Fireside Games with its library of cooperative, lightly tactical board games. Five different toy entities have touted Castle Panic Second Edition, Castle Panic: Crowns and Quests Expansion and My First Castle Panic for the industry’s highest honors.  With reviewers’ comments like “fun colorful artwork, good quality boardgame” and “this is really fun to play as a family!” it is not surprising to see the Games Manufacturers Association, PAL Awards (Play On Words), National Parenting Products Awards (NAPPA), Mom’s Choice Awards, Hot Diggity, and Creative Child placing Castle Panic and its expansion games on their must-have lists for 2023. 

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Nominations for the 2023 Toy & Game International Excellence (TAGIE) Awards are Open!

Now entering its 16th year, the TAGIE Awards, presented by People of Play (POP), will once again honor the best and brightest innovators, designers, retailers, suppliers, PR and marketers in the toy and game industry for 2023. Each year, the TAGIEs bring together the many communities that make up the larger industry of play, including professionals and fans from all over the world. The TAGIEs are part of POP Week. This important recognition, honoring contribution, innovation, and spirit of community is the very heart of POP.

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JAKKS Pacific Unveils Exciting New Bowser and Donkey Kong Toys Inspired by Nintendo + Illumination’s the Super Mario Bros Movie

JAKKS Pacific, Inc is excited to announce new officially licensed toys inspired by The Super Mario Bros Movie are coming soon to retailers in North America, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa. JAKKS is excited to introduce Wave 2 of The Super Mario Bros. Movie 5” Figure Series (pictured above)! This collection showcases iconic characters Tanooki Mario, Kamek, Peach and Cat Mario. Each figure is crafted with premium details, lifelike acrylic eyes and boasts impressive articulation with 8-16 points of movement. Every character comes with its own movie-specific accessory! Each figure is sold separately at $19.99. Available at Target in the US and other retailers globally starting in July.

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Cryptozoic, Warner Bros Discovery, and DC Announce Kickstarter for DC Deck-Building Game: Justice League Dark

Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of tabletop games, trading cards, and collectibles, in collaboration with Warner Bros Discovery Global Consumer Products and DC, today announced the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for DC Deck-Building Game: Justice League Dark. Following last year’s successful DC Deck-Building Game 10th Anniversary Kickstarter, which earned over $1 million, this new campaign features the latest major release in the popular series: a base set based on DC’s Justice League Dark comic books. In addition, fans can pledge for DC Deck-Building Game: Rivals – Shazam! vs. Black Adam, a two-player title featuring the iconic rivals. There are also several additional items and exclusives for fans to preorder, including two expansions for DC Deck-Building Game: Rebirth, an expansion based on the Legion of Doom, playmats, and card sleeves.

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PlanToys Named Winner of the 2023 ASTRA Excellence Awards for Manufacturer of the Year

ASTRA, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, announced that PlanToys, the global leader in sustainable toy manufacturing, has been named the winner of the 2023 ASTRA Excellence Awards for Manufacturer of the Year. The award program is the only one designed to recognize and honor outstanding contributions made by members of the specialty toy industry. 

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Create Kindness! OOLY and Kids For Peace Join Forces

OOLY, the whimsical and colorful arts, crafts and school supply brand, introduces their partnership with global non-profit, Kids For Peace. Together, this dynamic duo is on a mission to create a world where kids are free to explore their imaginations, express their feelings, and spread positivity wherever they go. The partnership includes the launch of OOLY’s Create Kindness Packs, fun and educational art supply kits packed with a variety of colorful tools for children to create, which will be available July 2023. At its core, OOLY and Kids for Peace make a positively uplifting duo for creativity and kindness. By encouraging kids to use their imaginations to promote inclusivity, kindness, and positivity, OOLY and Kids For Peace are inspiring and empowering a new generation of peace builders. 

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Fred Rogers Productions and Lovevery Collaborate on ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ Digital Content Sponsorship

 Fred Rogers Productions has secured a sponsorship agreement for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with Lovevery, the global childhood development brand supporting families with their subscription early learning program. The deal marks a first-of-its kind, digital-only sponsorship for the iconic children’s media organization trusted for its content geared toward inspiring a lifetime of learning. The collaboration will include custom-branded Lovevery pre-roll (video) that will precede the fan favorite series on PBS KIDS streaming platforms, including the pbskids.org video player and the free PBS KIDS Video app, as well as recognition on the PBS KIDS YouTube channel, beginning July 2023.