Miracle Babies Distroller
Events News
Distroller Donates 50 Neonate Babies to Miracle Babies Santa’s Workshop Toy Drive

Distroller World, a retail entertainment brand that exists to fill the world with joy by pushing the limits of imagination and creativity through unique experiences and storytelling, will donate 50 Neonate Babies to the Miracle Babies Santa’s Workshop toy drive event on Dec. 14-20, 2022. The event will be held by appointment only at 8745 Aero Drive, Suite 308, San Diego, CA 92123. 

Toys for Tots 75th San Juan
Events News
Blue Angels and Hasbro Team up with Marine Toys for Tots in Toy Relief Mission to San Juan, Puerto Rico

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, Hasbro, Inc, a global branded entertainment leader, and Marine Toys for Tots have teamed up to deliver toys and games to families and children impacted by the environmental and economic impacts in San Juan, Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Fiona. Hasbro’s donated toys and games will be delivered by Fat Albert, the all-Marine KC-130 crew of the famed Blue Angels on Thursday, December 8th. The toys and games will then be distributed by Toys for Tots to families with children in need throughout communities in Puerto Rico.

Rescue on the Runway Pet Retail World
Events News
Rescue on the Runway Fundraiser by Pet Retail World Benefits NYC Animal Rescues on December 10, 2022

What do you get when you combine rescue dogs, cool pet products and trendy canine couture? You get the inaugural Rescue on the Runway presented by Pet Retail World. It’s all happening on Saturday, December 10 from 3 to 9 p.m. at 873 Broadway at 18th St. in Manhattan.  Rescue pooches will be the stars of the runway, but in order to be the best advocate for them, not all of them will be in designer duds. (Yes, not all pups like to wear clothes and we want to make sure all the animals are as comfortable as possible.) Instead, two-legged handlers will showcase the products as they walk the runway with the adoptable pups. Best of all, three New York City animal rescue organizations: Waggy Tail Rescue, Second Chance Rescue NYC and No More Pain Rescue will benefit from the proceeds of the event. 

People's Play Awards Voting TTPM Winners
Events News
The Toy Authority Announces Winners of 2022 People’s Play Awards

The Toy Authority, the leader in short form video focused on toys, announced today the winners of the 2022 People’s Play Awards. Consumers had cast their votes for their favorite toys across 17 categories helping to create a list of the most-wanted products just in time for the holiday shopping season.  “The high voter turnout showed the consumer’s passion for toys,” said Jim Silver, CEO of TTPM/ The Toy Authority. “While many categories were close, the current popularity of Squishmallows, LEGO,Barbie and Hot Wheels really stood out. The People’s PlayAwards are designed to amplify a variety of play patterns across different categories to help holiday shoppers see some of the most popular toys for this holiday season.” 

Chicago Toy and Game Fair 2022 CHITAG
Events News
The 20th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair ‘CHITAG’ Resumes In-Person Event on December 10 & 11, 2022

On December 10th and 11th the 2022 Holiday Chicago Toy & Gift Fair (CHITAG), North America’s largest toy & game fair open to the public, will be resuming their annual in-person event after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID. This marks the 20th year for CHITAG, which will take place at a new venue this year: the Donald J. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont (5555 N River Rd Rosemont, IL 60018).    As one of the only toy and game fairs open to the public, thousands of families expected to attend will experience immersive events, interactive exhibits and activities for all ages. This year’s highlights include a Gel Blaster Activation, craft and build at the Spaghetteez booth, fan favorite the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, Giant Jenga games, the Beer and Board Game Garden is back, plus magicians and characters including Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, sports mascots, and booths with the hottest holiday toys and games from industry leading companies. 

ASTRA Toy Boat
Events News
National Media and Influencers Join American Specialty Toy Retailing Association for First-Ever ‘Toy Boat’ Industry Networking Event

In February 2023, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) will be hosting the first-ever Toy Boat industry networking event on a four-day cruise. With the goal of expanding awareness and building relationships, ASTRA welcomes national media and influencers to attend and see the hottest toys firsthand.

People of Play Young Inventor Challenge 17th Annual
Events News
People of Play Announce the Winners of the 17th Annual Young Inventor Challenge

What do a Flibbertigibbet, Chicken Scratch and a Water Bottle Maze all have in common? They were all among the top place finishers at People of Play’s 17th Annual Young Inventor Challenge (YIC) held on November 19th at Radio Flyer Headquarters in Chicago. The YIC is a yearly competition where students between the ages of 6 and 18 have the opportunity to create an original toy or game and then pitch it to professional toy and game inventors for a chance to win big prizes. Past winners have seen their entries licensed, manufactured and sold in major retailers.

Miraculous CCXP ZAG Brazil
Events Licensing News
ZAG to Exhibit ‘Miraculous’ and ‘Ghostforce’ Brands at CCXP in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the World’s Biggest Pop Culture Festival

Award-winning global independent animation studio ZAG will exhibit at Brazil’s upcoming CCXP, the world’s #1 pop culture festival, reaching thousands of fans for the company’s award-winning flagship brand Miraculous – Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, and new cosplay fans for Ghostforce, which debuted in the region in May 2022 on Discovery Kids. In 2019, pre-pandemic, the CCXP convention attracted over 280,000 pop culture fans, thousands more than its popular U.S. counterparts, with over 9 million participating digitally during 2020 and 2021. Organizers anticipate even more attendees at this years’ event, which runs from December 1–4.