Hong Kong Guide Now Online
Are you currently in Hong Kong? Check out the yearly Hong Kong Vendor Guide, which lists toy manufacturers in the toy district. A mobile version of the guide is now available here. For the printed version, click here.
Top Videos on TimetoPlayMag.com
The team at TimetoPlayMag.com produced countless videos this year. Those videos live on TimetoPlayMag.com, TimetoPlayMag.com’s YouTube channel, and are shared across TTP’s social media channels as well as the websites and social media channels of numerous toy companies. Today and in Thursday’s alert, our team is sharing its top-rated listings.
Most Watched Q4 Videos as Produced by TimetoPlayMag.com:
Video view numbers were recorded in late 2013 and have increased since that time.
1. FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey from Hasbro – 204,245 views
2. Air Hogs AtmoSphere from Spin Master – 200,881 views
3. Play-Doh Rapunzel Hair Designs from Hasbro – 198,564 views
4. Doc McStuffins Rockin’ Doc Sing-Along Boom Box from eKids – 167,842 views
5. Shimmer ’n Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker from Cra-Z-Art – 164,577 views
6. Little Mommy Bubbly Bathtime from Mattel – 164,493 views
7. Littlest Pet Shop Sweet Delights Sweet Shop from Hasbro – 162,404 views
8. Play-Doh Plus 8-pack from Hasbro – 152,407 views
9. FurReal Friends Daisy Plays-with-Me Kitty from Hasbro – 135,510 views
10. Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center from Just Play – 127,764 views
11. Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcave from Fisher-Price – 112,583 views
12. Orbeez Luxury Spa from The Maya Group – 111,232 views
13. Barbie Color Magic Mermaid from Mattel – 109,143 views
14. Marvel Wolverine Electronic Claw from Hasbro – 107,368 views
15. Teen Beach Movie Musical Lela from Just Play – 99,590 views
Most Viewed Toys on TimetoPlayMag.com in December 2013
1. Doc McStuffins Get Better Check Up Center from Just Play
2. Proscan 7-inch Internet Tablet from Proscan
3. Air Hogs AtmoSphere from Spin Master
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Playset from Playmates Toys
5. Monopoly Empire from Hasbro
6. Flutterbye Fairy from Spin Master
7. FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey from Hasbro
8. Hedbanz for Adults from Spin Master
9. FurReal Friends Daisy Plays-with-Me Kitty from Hasbro
10. Water Dancing Speakers from Leading Edge Novelty
11. Despicable Me 2 Minion Dave from Thinkway Toys
12. Robo Fish from Zuru
13. Despicable Me 2 Fart Blaster with Banana Scent from Thinkway Toys
14. Battroborg 3-in-1 Battle Arena from TOMY
15. Shimmer ’n Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker from Cra-Z-Art
Most Watched Videos as Produced by TimeToPlayMag.com in December 2013:
Video view numbers were recorded in late 2013 and have increased since that time.
1. FurReal Friends Cuddles My Giggly Monkey from Hasbro – 98,502 views
2. Air Hogs AtmoSphere from Spin Master – 87,155 views
3. Disney Frozen Castle & Ice Playset from Mattel – 72,763 views
4. Boom Boom Balloon from Spin Master – 64,557 views
5. FurReal Friends Daisy Plays-with-Me Kitty from Hasbro – 63,008 views
6. Doc McStuffins Rockin’ Doc Sing-Along Boom Box from eKids – 62,626 views
7. Little Mommy Bubbly Bathtime from Mattel – 59,200 views
8. Shimmer ’n Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker from Cra-Z-Art – 56,828 views
9. Barbie & Her Sisters in a Pony Tale Train & Ride Horse from Mattel – 53,652 views
10. Play-Doh Rapunzel Hair Designs from Hasbro – 52,377 views
11. Orbeez Luxury Spa from The Maya Group – 49,630 views
12. Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcave from Fisher-Price – 44,643 views
13. Disney Frozen Musical Magic Elsa from Mattel – 41,188 views
14. Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse Dreamhouse from Mattel – 41,134 views
15. Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse Fashion Vending Machine from Mattel – 40,687 views
Cardinal Industries Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Cardinal Industries is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2014. The family-run business was launched by Les Berger in 1944 on the corner of Keap and Hope Streets in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Berger began the business with very little capital but with knowledge of the burgeoning plastics business. He began manufacturing dominoes, poker chip racks, and Mah-Jongg sets. Many of these classics are the cornerstone of Cardinal’s business today.
The company now makes more than 400 items including traditional games such as dominoes, checkers, poker sets, as well as lenticular, wood, and basic puzzles. Cardinal also has an extensive line of licensed games working with Disney, Nickelodeon, Sanrio, Twentieth Century Fox, NBC, Warner Bros., Sesame Workshop, Mattel/HIT Entertainment, and Hasbro among many others. Cardinal’s products are sold across North America, Europe, and Australia.
Three generations of the Berger family now run Cardinal Industries. Founder Les Berger, his wife Sylvia, son Joel, daughter Bonnie Canner, and grandson Justin. While Les and Sylvia, have passed the reins to Joel and Bonnie, they remain active in the business.
Many of Cardinal’s products can be found on TimetoPlayMag.com.
Techno Source Introduces Kids’ Kurio Phone at CES
Techno Source, a division of LF Products (a Li & Fung company), and KD Interactive, a division of KD Group, makers of the Kurio line of Android devices for families, announce the first-ever Kurio phone made just for kids at this week’s CES. The Kurio Phone features parental controls including app management, time control features, and the Kurio Genius internet filtering system with advanced security levels and daily auto-updates covering more than 450 million websites (and counting) in 170 different languages. The MSRP of the phone has not yet been announced but Techno Source says it is expected to be under $199 unlocked.
Additional Kurio Genius parental controls include:
Parents can manage a child’s contacts, allowing, or blocking certain contacts. If parents choose to maintain a safe list of contacts, kids may add contacts to their device, but they won’t be able to call or message them until the parents add them to the list of allowable numbers. Parents can create up to five primary contacts that aren’t subject to any restrictions and can also receive alerts.
Parents can set daily, weekly, or monthly call-time limits and also limit the child’s number of text messages. They can also access the child’s call log, text message, and internet browsing history. In order to respect the child’s privacy, the content of MMS and text messages is not displayed. Though, Kurio Genius will provide tools to control message content.
Geolocation and Geofencing
Using Kurio Phone’s GPS tracking technology, parents can monitor their child’s position every 15, 30, or 60 minutes, including his or her current position or last known position. Parents can also pre-define secure and danger zones on a map, and set the days and times when these zones are activated. If the child leaves a secure zone or enters a danger zone, the parent will receive an alert.
In Case of Emergency (I.C.E.)
Parents can store the child’s information, including date of birth, allergies, blood type, as well as a doctor’s name and phone number, which can be accessed on the device in case of emergency. A child can alert emergency services and their primary contacts in case of emergency, and also trigger a silent alarm by repeatedly pressing the “power” button when in danger.
In the event of theft or loss, parents can remotely trigger an alarm on the device, block the phone completely so that it cannot be used, erase the device’s data, set it to take a picture at phone start up, display a message on the device’s screen, and even track the device’s current location.
Parents can also receive alerts via SMS or email notifying them when the child’s phone is turned on/off, when it has a low battery, or even when the device’s SIM card has been changed.
Kurio Phone’s password protected parental controls are built into the device and parents can access them remotely from a computer or another device. No subscription is required. Kurio Phone will run on the Android 4.2 (Jellybean) operating system, has a multi-core processor, 1 GB RAM, a 480 x 800 4-inch screen, front and rear-facing cameras, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, FM radio, and 4 GB of internal memory for their apps and files (expandable to 36 GB with a micro SD card).