Media Articles

 

 

 

 

The listing below represents either articles written by me and published by the magazines mentioned or articles

written by others but quoting me in their analyses.

 

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2019 Articles:

 

https://finans.dk/erhverv/ECE11774530/analytikers-spaadom-foer-black-friday-lego-vil-vokse-langt-mere-end-resten-af-markedet-i-2019/https://finans.dk/erhverv/ECE11522270/analytiker-spaar-staerkt-aar-for-billundkoncernen-lego-vinder-markedsandele-over-hele-kloden/

  - Finans Denmark 11/26/2019 - Analysts' prediction before black friday: Lego will grow far more than the rest of the market in 2019

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4271279-funko-continues-excel   -

 Seeking Alpha 06/20/2019 Funko Continues To Excel

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/business/toys-r-us-return.html- 

New York Times 02/15/2019 - Revived Toys ‘R’ Us Tries to Woo Wary Partners

 - Bloomberg Radio 02/18/2019 – Hotwheels Movie

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4240026-reign-ynon-kreiz-mattel?app=1

  -  Seeking Alpha 02/11/2019 - The Reign Of Ynon Kreiz At Mattel

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4234696-australian-toy-market-large-growing-welcoming?app=1&isDirectRoadblock=false

 – Seeking Alpha 0122/23019 –  The Australian Toy Market: Large, Growing And Welcoming

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4232012-hasbro-mattel-wins-international-toy-market  - 

 Seeking Alpha 01/8/2019 - Hasbro And Mattel - Who Wins In The International Toy Market?

 

 

2018 Articles:

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGmU98SEz3w   -  TRT World Turkey 12/28/2018 – Business Unusual

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4230067-canada-large-growing-market-deserving-attention  -

 Seeking Alpha 12/26/2018 - Canada - A Large And Growing Market Deserving More Attention

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4227893-2018-turns-good-year-toys-u-s?app=1&isDirectRoadblock=false  -

Seeking Alpha 12/12/2018  -  2018 Turns Out To Be A Good Year For Toys In The U.S.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4224917-hasbro-faces-tough-sledding-fourth-quarter -  Seeking Alpha 11/27/2018

Hasbro Faces Tough SleddingThis Fourth Quarter

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4218800-barbies-nightmare-rearing-pretty-head-bratz-back

Seeking Alpha 11/06/2018 -  Barbie's Nightmare Is rearing Its Pretty Head - Bratz Is Back!

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4215417-mattel-eats-leapfrogs-lunch -  Seeking Alpha 10/29/2018

Mattel Eats LeapFrog's Lunch

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4210776-toys-r-us-wants-rise-ashes-will-remain-corpse - Seeking Alpha 10/10/2018 -

Toys 'R' Us Wants To Rise From The Ashes, But It Will Remain A Corpse

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/07/business/china-tariffs-toys/index.html -  CNN 10/07/2018 –

Struggling toy industry braces for next round in US-China trade war

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4207204-new-toy-brands-challenging-status-quo -  Seeking Alpha 09/19/2018

New Toy Brands Are Challenging The Status Quo

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4203150-funko-continues-progress-rapidly Seeking Alpha 08/30/2018

Funko Continues To Progress Rapidly

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4198032-colombia-major-current-problems-high-future-potential-toy-manufacturers?v=1534032344&comments=show

   - Seeking Alpha 8/12/2018 Colombia - Major Current Problems And Very High Future Potential For Toy Manufacturers

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4191149-3-challenges-u-s-toy-manufacturers-2018-tariffs-amazon-toys-r-us   - Seeking Alpha 7/27/2018

3 Challenges For the U.S. Toy Manufacturers In 2018 - Tariffs, Amazon And Toys 'R' Us

 

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4187906-game-hobby-channel-large-growing-beaten-track?app=1&isDirectRoadblock=false  - 

 Seeking Alpha 7/18/2018 – The Game And Hobby Channel - Large, Growing And Off The Beaten Track


 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4184891-italy-toy-market-worth-1_5-billion-mattel-went-top-dog-also-ran   -

Seeking Alpha 6/30/2018 – Italy - The Toy Market Is Worth More Than $1.5 Billion And Mattel Went From Being Top Dog To An "Also Ran"

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4181372-funeral-toys-r-us-inherits?app=1&isDirectRoadblock=false Seeking Alpha 06/13/2018

 - The Funeral Of Toys 'R' Us – Who Inherits?

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4177476-mattel-falling-cliff-brazil - Seeking Alpha 05/27/2018 - Mattel Is Falling Off A Cliff In Brazil

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4164753-mattel-badly-germany  - Seeking Alpha 04/23/2018 - Mattel Is Doing Badly In Germany

 

 

https://email.1and1.com/appsuite/api/mail/0407MKTSAT2Toymakers.mp3?action=attachment&folder=default0%2FINBOX&id=1523280370982737224&attachment=2&user=3&context=68514096&decrypt=&sequence=1&delivery=view

Bloomberg Radio 04/09/2018 – Toy State

 

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-29/the-long-slow-demise-of-my-little-pony-and-yoda

Bloomberg 03/28/2018 - The Long, Slow Demise of My Little Pony and Yoda

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toys-r-us-bankruptcy/toys-r-us-seeks-to-halt-vendor-payments-ahead-of-liquidation-idUSKCN1GR0E6 -   

Reuters 03/16/2018 -  Toys 'R' Us seeks to halt vendor payments ahead of liquidation

 

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4155536-collectibles-drive-toy-market-funko-wheel - Seeking Alpha 03/12/2018 -

Collectibles Drive The Toy Market And Funko Is At The Wheel

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4154035-mattel-gets-hammered-spain  - Seeking Alpha 03/07/2018 - Mattel Gets Hammered In Spain

 

 

https://cheddar.com/videos/seeking-alpha-cashing-in-on-collectibles - Cheddar TV 02/26/2018 - Cashing in on Collectibles

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4146094-2-amazons-tough-toy-manufacturers - Seeking Alpha 02/13/2018 -

There Are 2 Amazons, And Both Are Tough On Toy Manufacturers

 

 

http://www.nreionline.com/retail/can-power-center-landlords-handle-toys-r-us-retreat  - National Real Estate Investor 02/01/2018 –

Can Power Center Landlords Handle Toys ‘R’ Us’ Retreat?

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4140847-children-giving-cable-tv-cinemas-miss-bad-news-hasbro-mattel -  Seeking Alpha 01/29/2018 -  

Children Are Giving Cable TV And Cinemas A Miss And This Is Bad News For Both Hasbro And Mattel

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4140711-mattel-hammered-france - Seeking Alpha 01/28/2018 - Mattel Is Being Hammered In France

 

 

https://cheddar.com/videos/disney-buys-fox-but-why - Cheddar TV 01/08/2018 - Disney Buys Fox, but Why?

 

 

2017 Articles:

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4134103-2018-toy-space-changes-disruptions-fallacies   Seeking Alpha 12/27/2017

2018 Toy Space - Changes, Disruptions And Fallacies

 

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4133786-u-k-country-crossroads - Seeking Alpha 12/25/2017 - U.K. - A Country At The Crossroads

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQn5XmWTtfY – TRT World TV Turkey 12/13/2017 - Money Talks: Toy sales set to remain low until Christmas

 

 

https://cheddar.com/videos/why-disney-could-be-bullying-hasbro-out-of-a-deal-with-mattel -     Cheddar TV 11/24/2017

Why Disney Could Be Bullying Hasbro Out of a Deal with Mattel

 

 

http://www.tampabay.com/features/consumer/Can-toy-stores-create-Toys-R-Us-kids-in-an-Amazon-world-_162674178  -

Tampa Bay Times 11/22/2017 - Can toy stores create Toys ‘R’ Us kids in an Amazon world?

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4123763-thailand-mattel-winning-lego-dksh-gets-pasting - Seeking Alpha 11/12/2017 -

Thailand - Mattel Is Winning And Lego/DKSH Gets A Pasting

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4113678-mattel-weakening-mexico -  Seeking Alpha 10/16/2017 - Mattel Is Weakening In Mexico

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4112907-disney-problems-hasbro-box -     Seeking Alpha 10/11/2017- Disney Has Problems And Hasbro Is In A Box

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4108851-mattels-international-strategy-self-inflicted-problems   -

Seeking Alpha 09/22/2017 -  Mattel's International Strategy Has Self-Inflicted Problems

 

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/toy-companies-shares-tumble-on-concerns-of-toys-r-us-bankruptcy-20170918-01221 -   

Reuters 09/18/2017 - Toy companies' shares tumble on concerns of Toys 'R' Us bankruptcy

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/business/lego-sales-toys.html?mcubz=3 – New York Times 09/07/2017 –

Lego Will Cut 1,400 Jobs as Profit Dips, Despite Big-Screen Heroics

 

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-05/lego-cuts-1-400-jobs-on-weak-sales-of-batman-toys

 - Bloomberg Businessweek 09/06/2017 - Why Lego Is Snapping Off 1,400 Jobs

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4103987-gamestop-turn-around-just-around-corner?v=1504548599&comments=show

- Seeking Alpha 09/04/2017 - GameStop - The Turn Around Is Just Around The Corner

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4100499-mattel-reign-margo-georgiados -    Seeking Alpha 08/20/2017 - Mattel - The Reign Of Margo Georgiados

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4096791-japanese-toy-market-downward-spiral - Seeking Alpha 08/09/2017 -

The Japanese Toy Market Is In A Downward Spiral

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/child-s-play-what-s-next-for-kid-s-games/0185029? -  MCV 07/24/2017- Child’s Play: what's next for kids games

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4086626-takaratomy-hasbros-gunsights -      Seeking Alpha 07/10/2017 - Is Takaratomy In Hasbro's Gunsights?

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4085341-south-african-toy-market-country-divided-yet-incredibly-promising?ifp=0&app=1  -

Seeking Alpha 07/03/2017 - The South African Toy Market - A Country Divided, Yet Incredibly Promising

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4084705-investing-toys-serious-business -  Seeking Alpha 06/29/2017 Investing In Toys Is Serious Business

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4082102-mattel-hasbro-well-positioned-benefit-eventual-lifting-iranian-sanctions -  

Seeking Alpha 06/19/2017 - Both Mattel And Hasbro Are Well Positioned To Benefit From An Eventual Lifting Of Iranian Sanctions

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4082096-disney-one-success-story-several-societal-problems-couple-chinese-opportunities-one-major  -

Seeing Alpha 06/16/2017 - Disney - One Success Story, Several Societal Problems, A Couple Of Chinese Opportunities And One Major Blunder

 

http://e24.no/naeringsliv/spaar-milliardsalg-for-superdillen-foer-etterspoerselen-kollapser/24059506  -

e24 Norway 06/10/2017 - Predicts billion sale of "superdillen" - until demand collapses

Note that the article is in Norwegian. Right-click on article and then click on Translate to English

http://www.northjersey.com/story/money/2017/06/01/spinners-craze-creates/347410001/   - The Record N.J. 06/01/2017 –

 

Read this story before the fad ends: Spinners craze nerve-wracking for toy sellers

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4070425-nintendos-death-spiral-least-now - Seeking Alpha 05/08/2017 Nintendo's Death Spiral Is Over - At Least For Now

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4069764-chinese-toy-market-hard-nut-crack - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 05/05/2017 - The Chinese Toy Market - A Hard Nut To Crack

 

https://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4975181-indian-toy-market-full-promise-full-pitfalls - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 04.03/2017 - The Indian Toy Market - Full Of Promise And Full Of Pitfalls

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4059492-gamestop-will-probably-survive-longer-term?app=1&auth_param=d9o6:1cdt2ee:10c993ba1a78724e5f597597f3c10223&uprof=53 – Seeking Alpha 03/31/2017 - GameStop Will Probably Survive In The Longer Term

 

 

https://www.entitymag.com/empowering-lessons-vintage-barbie-modern-woman/ - Entity Magazine 03/30/2017 - 5 Empowering Lessons Vintage Barbies Can Teach the Modern Woman

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4965464-sweden-difficult-markets-distributors-better-toy-companies - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 03/01/2017 - Sweden - In Difficult Markets, Distributors Are Better Than The Toy Companies Themselves

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4045710-toys-life-reports-death-greatly-exaggerated?v=1487081169&commenter=1&comments=show   - Seeking Alpha 02/15/2017 - Toys To Life – The Reports Of Their Death Are Greatly Exaggerated.

 

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4948478-american-girl-trouble-mattel-facing - Seeking Alpha 01/16/2017 - American Girl In In Trouble And Mattel Is Not Facing It

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4948572-fisher-price-come-back - Toy World Magazine and Seeking Alpha 01/10/2017 – Fisher Price has come back

 

2016 Articles:

 

http://www.fool.ca/2016/12/28/is-spin-master-corp-headed-south-in-2017/ - The Motley Fool 12/29/2016

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4941802-spin-master-winning-three-fronts - Seeking Alpha 12/21/2016

 

http://www.bnn.ca/it-s-not-just-hype-why-spin-master-s-hatchimals-toy-craze-may-outlast-the-holidays-1.622409 - BNN 12/03/2016 - It’s not just hype: Why Spin Master’s Hatchimals toy craze may outlast the holidays

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4016358-star-wars-rogue-one-expected-disappoint  -  Seeking Alpha 11/1/2016 – Star Wars Rogue One is expected to disappoint

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4012348-vtech-getting-trouble-leapfrog-merger -  Seeking Alpha 10/17/2016 - VTech Is Getting Into Trouble With Its Leapfrog Merger

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4010587-toy-idea-toy-shelf-long-winding-road -  Seeking Alpha 10/9/2016 - From Toy Idea To Toy Shelf - A Long And Winding Road

 

 

https://www.fastcompany.com/3063823/most-innovative-companies/halos-brand-halo-how-the-video-game-aims-to-grow-beyond-its-roots    - Fast Company 10/5/2016 - How Halo Aims To Grow Beyond Its Gaming Roots

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4009781-gamestop-bad-news-good-news -  Seeking Alpha 9/5/2016 - Gamestop - The bad News and the good News

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4003983-mattel-hitting-back - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 9/5/2016 - Mattel Is Hitting Back

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4001085-barnes-and-noble-bad-news-good-news -The Toy Directory and Seeking Alpha 08/19/2016 – Barnes + Noble : the bad News and the good News

 

 

http://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-globe-and-mail-bc-edition/20160815/281779923525997 - Globe and Mail Canada 8/15/2016 - TOY MAKER MEGA BRANDS MAY SEEK AID FROM QUEBEC TO HELP BOOST PRODUCTION 

 

 

http://toyworldmag.co.uk/issues/august-2016/   - Page 33 – Toy World Magazine U.K. 8/5/2016 – Infinity –

Disney makes a U-Turn

 

  • - Page 72 – Toy World Magazine U.K. 07/07/2016 - VTech and Leapfrog – where are they going?

 

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2016/06/17/are-superheroes-facing-retail-redundancy/ - Kidscreen 06/17/2016 - Are superheroes facing retail redundancy?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5907 -  The Toy Directory 5/5/2016 - Ubisoft – short term outlook good; long-term prognosis cloudy

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5901 – The Toy Directory 4/13/2016 - Spin Master – an interesting performance

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3964139-hasbro-mattel-retail-buyers-views-toy-fair - Seeking Alpha and Toy World Magazine UK 4/8/2015 - Hasbro And Mattel: Retail Buyers' Views From The Toy Fair

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5887 – Toy Directory 4/1/2016 - Is Take-Two getting ready to break out into the big league?

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3950586-toy-market-sudden-begin-accelerate - Seeking Alpha and Toy World Magazine U.K. 3/3/2016 - Why Did The Toy Market All Of A Sudden Begin To Accelerate

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5872 – Toy Directory 03012016 - Is Electronic Arts wedded to the video game dinosaur – the consoles?

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2016/02/16/on-a-roll-whats-driving-a-global-toy-industry-boom/ - Kidscreen 02162016 - On a roll: What’s driving a global toy industry boom?
 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2016/02/05/vr-svod-bb-8-spelling-out-the-future-of-kids-entertainment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vr-svod-bb-8-spelling-out-the-future-of-kids-entertainment = Kidscreen 02072016 - Spelling out the future of kids entertainment

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5861 – The Toy Directory 02012016 - Activision is undergoing fundamental change – and none too soon!

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3806006-barbie-appears-to-be-turning-around - Seeking Alpha and Toy World Magazine U.K. 10122016 - Barbie Appears To Be Turning Around

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3786256-gamestop-can-it-build-a-bridge-before-it-hits-the-abyss - Seeking Alpha and

Toy Directory 01/01/2015 - GameStop – can they build a bridge before they hit the abyss?

 

 

2015 Articles:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiJV75Qu1BQ – Fox TV  Entertainment News 12/25/2015 - What 'Star Wars' astronomical profits will do for Disney - FoxTV Entertainment News

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-star-wars-disney-empire-20151213-story.html - Los Angeles Times 12/13/2015 - How 'Star Wars' could become Disney's next cash cow

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3750036-toys-to-life-publishers-challenge-traditional-toy-manufacturers – Toy World Magazine UK and Seeking Alpha 12/11/2015 - Toys-To-Life Publishers Challenge Traditional Toy Manufacturers

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5837 – Toy Directory 12/01/2015 - Barnes & Noble – will they learn the Sears lesson?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5826 – Toy Directory 11/2/2015 - Hello Kitty – a cat on life support? Can Sanrio maintain their success?

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/retailers-poised-to-fight-toys-for-holiday-dollars-1.1445624 - The North Jersey Record 10/31/2015 - Toy sellers ramping up holiday competition

http://kidscreen.com/2015/10/29/meet-attocube-the-billion-dollar-smart-toy-sectors-newest-entrant/ - Kidscreen 10/29/2015 -  Meet Attocube, the billion-dollar smart toy sector’s newest entrant

http://kidscreen.com/2015/10/13/a-crop-of-new-girls-superhero-ips-line-up-to-kick-some-retail-butt/ - Kidscreen 10/13/2015 - A crop of new girls superhero IPs line up to kick some retail butt

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3547676-the-preschool-toy-market-is-coming-back-somewhat - Seeking Alpha 10/02/2015 - The Preschool Toy Market Is Coming Back - Somewhat

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5798 – Toy Directory 9/30/2015 - Is ToysRUs getting ready for an IPO?

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3483446-disney-is-striking-out-on-its-own - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha - 9/1/2015 - Disney Is Striking Out On Its Own

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5791 – Toy Directory08/31/2015 - The changing toy landscape in the U.S.

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3392925-both-lego-and-mattels-mega-are-set-for-the-fourth-quarter - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 08/04/2015 - Both Lego And Mattel's Mega Are Set For The Fourth Quarter

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5775 – Toy Directory 07/31/2015 - Hispanic consumers – a neglected major factor in the toy space. Ignoring these consumers could spell toy trouble

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5760 – Toy Directory 07/01/2015 - Spin Master – Playing in the big league

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3232846-hasbro-is-affected-by-the-ascending-hybrids -    Toy World U.K. and Seeking Alpha 06/06/2015 - Hasbro Is Affected By The Ascending Hybrids

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2015/06/04/from-the-mag-state-of-flux-at-us-retail/ - Kidscreen 06/05/2015 - From the mag: State of flux at US retail

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5747 – Toy Directory 05/29/2015 - Tencent follows Sun Tzu and his Art of War is their bible

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3205596-mattel-is-threatened-by-hasbro-and-disney -   Toy World U.K. And Seeking Alpha 05/22/2015 - Mattel Is Threatened By Hasbro And Disney

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5738 - The Hobby Market – a Force in Toys – Toy Directory 04/30/2015

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5729 -  Toy Directory 04/01/2015 - LeapFrog has lost its way

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-disney-cinderella-frozen-20150311-story.html#page=1 – Los Angeles Times 3/11/2015 - 'Cinderella' to be paired with 'Frozen Fever' short film in theaters

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5707 – Toy Directory 02/27/2015 - The Current State of the U.S. Toy Space; The US Toy Industry is flourishing - though not by all metrics.

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/an-industry-wishes-toys-r-us-a-very-merry-15-1.1271791 - The Record 2/15/2015 - Health of toy industry vital for NJ companies

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5685 – Toy Directory 01/30/2015 - The Western Toy Market

 

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/mattel-removes-ceo-amid-warnings-of-quarterly-sales-drop/article22640431/ - The Globe and Mail Canada 01/26/2015 - 'Barbie is falling off a cliff': Mattel removes CEO amid sales warnings

 

 

2014 Articles:

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5674 – Toy Directory 12/31/2014 - Tencent and Alibaba are invading each other’s turf in China

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5652 – Toy Directory 11/28/2014 -  Gamestop – How Long Can They Defy The Odds?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5640 – Toy Directory 10/31/2014 - Has Jakks Pacific turned around – finally?...Perhaps!

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2556835-winners-and-losers-in-todays-toy-market   - Toy Book 10/16/2014 - Winners And Losers In

Today's Toy Market

 

 

http://licensingbook.com/toy-licenses-different-perspectives   -  Licensing Book 10/6/2014 - Toy Licenses: Different Perspectives

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5629 – Toy Directory 09/30/2014 - Alibaba – where is the company today and where is it going?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5623http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5623 – Toy Directory 09/04/2014 - The Wii U is sinking – will it drag Nintendo down with it?

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2014/08/18/all-dolled-up/ - Kidscreen 08/19/2014 - All Dolled Up?

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2430345-the-u-s-fashion-doll-market-there-are-a-few-new-girls-on-the-block Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 08/18/2014 - The U.S. Fashion Doll Market: There Are A Few New Girls On The Block

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/business/disney-rushes-to-build-a-tsum-tsum-collecting-craze.html?_r=0 New York Times 08/10/2014 -  Sensing a Tsum Tsum Craze Afoot, Disney Rushes to Supply Fans

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5599 – Toy Directory 07/30/2014 - GameStop is Between a Rock and a Hard Place

 

 

http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Mattel+Barbie+need+more+than+career+makeover/10050811/story.html -  Financial Post 07/22/2014 - Mattel's Barbie may need more than a career makeover

 

 

https://secure.globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/gam/20140718/RBCDLEGO - Globe and Mail 07/18/2014 - Lego's blueprint for success, one brick at a time

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5592 – Toy Directory 6/30/2014 - American Girl Goes on Travels

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2268293-toy-licenses-how-important-are-they - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 6/13/2014 -

Toy Licenses: How Important Are They?

 

https://secure.globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/gam/20140603/RBCDTOYSALES0602ATL - Globe and Mail Toronto 06/03/2014 - II, III and IV: The meanest supervillains facing toy makers

 

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Toys-for-Bob-Skylanders-game-creator-5517943.php -  San Francisco Chronicle 05/31/2014 -Toys for Bob, 'Skylanders' game creator, celebrates 25 years

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5572 – TDmonthly 5/29/2014 - Are Fashion Dolls Old Hat?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5563 – Tdmonthly 04/30/2014 - ToysRUs Has Major Problems

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5533 – Tdmonthly 03/31/2014 - Mattel buys Mega – what is the likely impact?

 

 

https://secure.globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/gam/20140301/RBCDMATTELMEGABRANDSFINALATL - Globe and Mail 03/01/2014 - Mattel to buy Mega Brands

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/02/28/with-mattel-montreals-mega-brands-builds-stronger-battle-against-lego/  - Financial Post 03/01/2014 - With Mattel, Montreal’s Mega Brands builds stronger battle against Lego

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5517 – Tdmonthly 02/28/2014 - The Preschool Toy Category in the United States

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2044823-the-worlds-largest-toy-market-will-change-in-2014 - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha  2/25/2014 - The World's Largest Toy Market Will Change In 2014

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2014/02/18/toys-r-us-your-future-is-now/  - Kidscreen 02/20/2014 – Toys “R’ Us, Your future is now

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-toy-movies-the-lego-movie-20140211,0,7647785.story#axzz2t1KaXd9K – Los Angeles Times 02/11/2014 - Other toy makers are looking to build on success of 'The Lego Movie'

 

http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/02/10/my_little_pony_sales_not_enough_to_prevent_hasbro_downturn.html - Toronto Star 02/10/2014 - MClassic toys struggle to survive in a digital age

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5491 – Tdmonthly 1/30/2014 - The Latest Video Game Consoles Have Launched – Now What?

http://newsle.com/article/0/116821904/ - New York Times 1/17/2014 - Disney’s Troubled Gaming Unit Finds Success With Infinity

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1945521-u-s-toy-makers-face-unique-challenges-and-opportunities-in-2014 - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 1/14/2014 - U.S. Toy Makers Face Unique Challenges And Opportunities In 2014

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5488 – TDmonthly 01/06/2014 -  Disney – is Infinity leading the way?

 

2013 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5471 – TDmonthly 12/1/2013 - Leapfrog – The Saga Continues

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5446&____refresh____=1 - TDmonthly 11/1/2013 - Action Figures in the Doldrums: Is Skylanders the savior - or destroyer - of the Action Figure category?

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-fi-ct-whimsic-alley-20131016,0,3905703.story#axzz2iTh8gTUP – Los Angeles Times 10/22/2013 - Warner Bros. sues 'Harry Potter'-themed store Whimsic Alley

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1734852-mattel-is-winning-the-preschool-war - Toy Book and Seeling Alpha 10/8/2013 - Mattel Is Winning The Preschool War

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5430 – Tdmonthly 9/1/2013 -  Video Gamers are Deserting Retailers

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5397 – TDmonthly 8/31/2013 - Toy Advertising – The Differing Perspectives: Ad Agency and Toy CEO Go Head to Head

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1641032-why-mattel-continues-to-dominate-the-dolls-category - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 08162013 - Why Mattel Continues To Dominate The Dolls Category

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5394 – Tdmonthly 08022013 - Construction Toys - LEGO vs. Everyone Else

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/mega-brands-lays-building-blocks-for-growth-in-tough-market/article13472383/ - Globe and Mail 7/28/2013 – Mega Brands

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1535272-it-is-the-tweens-that-make-monsters-high-and-the-skylanders-so-successful  - TDmonthly and Seeking Alpha 7/5/2013 – It is the Tweens that make Monsters High and the Skylanders so successful

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5376 – Toy Directory 7/1/2013 – Tweens and Toys

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1513542-microsofts-u-turn-does-it-no-good  - Seeking Alpha 6/20/2013 – Microsoft’s U-Turn does it no good

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1506872-mattels-licensing-strategy-is-one-of-its-strengths  - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 6/17/2013 – Mattel’s Licensing Strattegy is one of its Strengths

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1467751-are-garmin-and-tomtom-toast  - Seeking Alpha 5/29/2013 – Are Garmin and TomTom Toast?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5346 – Toy Directory 5/28/2013 – Toys, the cultural divide

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1434021-barnes-noble-a-failed-reset  - Seeking Alpha 5/14/2013  - Barnes & Noble – a failed reset?

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1408431-gamestop-has-a-totally-new-enemy   - TDMonthly and Seeking Alpha 5/7/2013 – Gamestop has a totally new enemy

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5337 – Toy Directory 5/1/2013 - The Toy Industry – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5330 – Toy Directory 4/22/2013 - GameStop better watch out – Galaxy 4 is coming to upset the video game applecart

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5329 – Toy Directory 4/1/2013 - ToysRUs - Where are They Going?

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5314 – Toy Directory 3/18/2013 - Two single brand toy retailers – one success, one failure

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/mar/15/oz-great-powerful-warner-bros-walt-disney - The Guardian UK 03/15/2013 - Warner Bros v Disney: the fight for Oz's yellow brick road

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-disney-oz-20130311,0,7563112.story – Los Angeles Times 03/11/2013 -  An 'Oz' clash of the titans

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5312 – Toy Directory 3/8/2013 - How is the toy space shaping up for 2013?

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/843fa6ee#/843fa6ee/246 - The  Toy Book 2/25/2013 – Japanese Toy Makers fight to stay on top

 

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/mega-brands-looks-to-stave-off-competitors/article9010824/?service=mobile – The Globe and Mail 2/25/2013 - Mega Brands looks to stave off competitors

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5298 – Toy Directory 2/18/2013 - 2013 Toy Fair – a Review

 

http://blog.zintro.com/2013/02/12/disneys-non-traditional-move-in-the-video-game-industry/ - Zintro Blog 2/12/2013 - Disney’s Non-Traditional Move In the Video Game Industry

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5287 – Toy Directory 2/1/2013 - Movies and Toys 2013. How will movies

 affect toy sales in 2013?

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f94c937c#/f94c937c/22 - Toy Book Nuremberg Edition 1/30/2013, Europe, a slowing Giant

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5273 – Toy Directory 1/17/2013 - Activision Skylanders vs. Disney Infinity. Skylanders brought Activision major success in 2012 — now Disney wants a piece of the pie.

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5263 – Toy Directory 1/4/2013 - The Changing Face of Gaming. The world of video games is about to change – fundamentally

2012 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5249 – Toy Directory 12/19/2012 - The Indian Toy Market – a Growing Giant

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5219 – Toy Directory 12/1/2012 - Electronic Arts — a Very Subtle Transition

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5201 – Toy Directory 11/16/2012 - The Future of Gamestop

GameStop is struggling — and the Wii U can't save it

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5176 – Toy Directory 10/29/2012 - Rovio – Birds and Piggies Eat Competition

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/231c92e8#/231c92e8/32 - The Toy Book 10/19/2012 – amazon.com vs. Brick-and-Mortar

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5162 – Toy Directory 10/15/2012 - The Chinese Toy Market – Monumental Opportunities, Gigantic Challenges

 

 http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5141  - Toy Directory 9/28/2012 - ToysRUs – 2 Strategic Imperatives + 1 Major   Potential Problem

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5121 – Toy Directory 9/15/2012 - Social Media Networks and Toys -

How Social Media Engagement is Driving Market Share

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5106 Toy Directory 9/1/2012 -  The Latin American Toy Market

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5090 – Toy Directory 8/10/2012 - Little David is Threatening the Dollar Goliaths

Five Below Inc. could pose a threat to established dollar store behemoths

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5071 – Toy Directory 8/1/2012 - The European Toy Market – a Challenge in Many Languages

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5046 – Toy Directory 7/1/2012 - Wonder Forge – a Scrappy Little Upstart is Showing Them How It's Done

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5017  - Toy Directory 6/16/2012 - The Decline of the Video Game Market.

Video Game Publishers Resisting the Downward Spiral of Video Game Retailers

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5001 – Toy Directory 6/6/2012 – QUO VADIS HASBRO?

'Battleship' Sank, 'G I Joe' went AWOL - Is Hasbro on the road to defeat?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5003 – Toy Directory 6/6/2012 –  Hasbro Strikes Back: Q&A with Wayne Charness, SVP of Corporate Communications at Hasbro

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4938 – Toy Directory 5/1/2012 - Amazon: E-book Pricing, Sales Tax, and

Growth. Can anything slow the growth of this e-commerce warrior?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4917 – Toy Directory 4/19/2012 -Movie Related Toy

Sales in 2012; 2012's box office results may affect toy sales for the better

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/business/toys-r-us-last-of-the-big-toy-stores-tries-to-reinvent-itself.html -

New York Times 4/7/2012 - Pressed From All Sides, Toys ‘R’ Us Fights to Reinvent Itself

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4900 - Toy Directory 4/1/2012 -The Dollar Stores –a factor

in toys?

 

http://www.theprovince.com/business/Mega+Brands+partners+with+Mattel+create+Barbie+Wheels+toys/6379740/story.html -Financial Post 03292012 - Mega Brands partners with Mattel to create Barbie and Hotwheels toys

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4892 - Toy Directory 03212012 -Tablets and Smart Phones

Invade the Video Game Space

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4863 - Toy Directory 03042012 -THQ – Digital Gaming's

First Victim? Video Games are moving online - can THQ keep up?

 

http://kidscreen.com/2012/02/01/a-delicate-balance/ - Kid Screen 022372012 -A delicate balance [ToysRUs

versus Target and Wal-Mart]

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/business/barbie-monopoly-and-hot-wheels-for-ipad-generations.html?_r=1 –

New York Times 02/26/2012 -Go Directly, Digitally to Jail? Classic Toys Learn New Clicks

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4833 - Toy Directory 02/01/2012 -Sustainability and Toys:

Is the toy industry green enough?

 

http://business.financialpost.com/2012/01/30/smart-diversions/ - Financial Post Montreal 01/30/2012 –Smart

diversions

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4823 - Toy Directory 01/27/2012 -Video Games – Who Will

Win the Cyber War?

 

2011 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4809 - Toy Directory 12/30/2011 -2012 Toy Movie Scene –

Will it Differ from 2011?

 

http://www.toyworldmag.co.uk/analysis/2011/12/christmas-in-the-us-boom-or-bust/ - Toy World UK 12/22/2011 –

Christmas in the U.S. - Boom or Bust?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4802 - Toy Directory USA 12/19/2011-The Video Game

Market – Winners and Losers

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4774 - Toy Directory 11/30/2011 -    Toy Manufacturing Costs

are rising - what are the choices?

 

 

http://www.canada.com/Hollywood+2011+year+sequel/5768085/story.html - Canada.com  11/25/2011 – Hollywood

 2011: year of the sequel

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4764 - Toy Directory 11/21/2011 - Has LeapFrog really come

back? Will LeapFrog continue to hop past VTech?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4737 - Toy Directory 11/1/2011 - Sea Change in Toy Land –

Mattel Acquires HIT. How Mattel's Purchase of HIT Will Change the Worldwide Toy Market

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/160/US-OPINION-Activision-invades-toy-land - Toy News UK 10/26/2011 - 

Activision Invades Toy Land

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4704 Toy Directory 09/30/2011 - The shrinking toy space

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/156/US-OPINION-What-makes-for-a-good-toy-licence - 

Toy News UK 09/23/2011 - What makes for a good toy license?

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/feature-gamestop-rising-to-the-digital-challenge/084288 - MCV UK 09/07/2011 - GameStop is rising to the digital challenge

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4676   Toy Directory 09/01/2011 - GameStop is Riding

the Digital Tiger! In the Video Game Market, It's Eat or Be Eaten

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/148/US-OPINION-Spies-in-toy-land -     Toy News UK 08/15/2011 -  

Spies in Toy Land -

 

http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108160279.html -   The Asahi Shimboon Japan 08/15/2011 -New version

of Monopoly symbolizing tighter market control by government?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4646 - Toy Directory 07292011 - U.S. Toy Market Outlook

 2011; Why the U.S Toy Industry has Nothing to Smile About

 

http://business.financialpost.com/2011/07/19/summer-kids-movies-fail-to-power-toy-sales/ - Financial Post

Canada 07192011 - Summer Kids Movies fail to power toy sales

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/145/US-OPINION-Toy-Movies-in-2011-has-Hollywood-gone-too-far -

Toy News UK 07182011 - Toy Movies 2011 - Has Hollywood gone too far?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4603 - Toy Directory 06/29/2011 -E3 Wrap-up and

Outlook for the Video Game Industry  -  Cloud Gaming and Digital Downloads Pose Threat to Major Players

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/141/US-OPINION-Arts-and-crafts-retailers-do-toys -

Toy News UK 06/20/2011 - The Craft Retailers have discovered toys

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4590 - Toy Directory 06/01/2011 - The Ups and Downs of

Leapfrog

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/140/US-OPINION-The-turnaround-of-Jakks - Toy News UK 05/26/2011 –

The Turnaround of Jakks

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4573 - Toy Directory 05/02/2011 - The Hub Channel And

Its Competitors

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/323/US-OPINION-The-growth-of-movie-based-toy-brands -

Toy News 04/27/2011 -The Growth of Movie-based Toy Brands

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/308/NEWS-ANALYSIS-The-Tomy-RC2-acquisition -

Toy News UK 4/1/2011 - What"s the deal with RC2 and Tomy?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4523 - Toy Directory USA 02/25/2011 - The Nintendo 3DS –

Will It Rescue the Video Game Space?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4506 - Toy Directory USA 03/01/2011 - Where is the video

game market headed?

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/292/The-battle-for-second-place - Toy News UK 02/17/2011 - Kre-O,

the battle for second place

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4483 - Toy Directory 02/10/2011 -  Disney and Warner –

who is winning?

 

 http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4477 - Toy Directory 01/25/2011 - The Hub World

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/290/LUTZ-MULLER 01/18/2011 Toy News UK - How Disney grabbed the

toy market

 

http://watch.bnn.ca/#clip399896 - 1/11/2011 -  BNN [Canada's Business News Network] speaks with Toy guru

Lutz Muller about the year in toys and looks ahead to 2011.

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4463 - ToyDirectory 01/04/2011 - Toy Market 4th Q and 2011

 

2010 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4442 - Toy Directory 12/09/2010 - The House Jakks Built –

Sequel

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/113/Mattels-annus-mirabilis  - Toy News UK 11/24/2010 - Mattel's annus

mirabilis

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4397 - Toy Directory 11/10/2010 - Quo Vadis GameStop?

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/269/Leapfrogs-great-Leap-forward - Toy News UK 10/15/2010 –

US OPINION: The fall and rise of Leapfrog

 

 

http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Mega+Brands+turns+corner/3613455/story.html - Financial Post Canada 10/02/2010 - Mega Brands turns the corner

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4362 - Toy Directory 09/30/2010 - Mega Brand's turn-around

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/268/LUTZ-MULLER-The-return-of-Bratz - Toy News UK 09/24/2010 –

Bratz is back and is getting traction

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/mega-brands-wins-legal-battle-with-rival-lego/article1706779/ -

Globe and Mail Toronto 09/15/2010 - Mega Brands wins legal battle with rival Lego

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4324 - Toy Directory 09/01/2010 - Which Movie-Themed Toys

Will Rock 4Q; Box-Office Success Doesn’t Translate to Toys

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/103/US-The-pre-school-race-question - Toy News UK - The article looks

at the demographic profile of the leading preschool toy brands and thinks that they are very vulnerable.

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4263 - Toy Directory 08/03/2010 -   Lego Toys with Hasbro's

U.S. Games Monopoly 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4236 - Toy Directory 07/01/2010 - High-Tech Trio Rescues

Video Game Publishers; OnLive, Apple and One-Pass Weaken Alliances and Console Sales

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5ea599ed#/5ea599ed/16 - Toy Book 06/28/2010 - Licensing in toys –

a major force

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-toystory-20100617,0,2854793.story  - Los Angeles Times 06/17/2010 –

Pixar, with 'Toy Story 3,' shows increasing reliance on sequels

 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-06-15/business/sc-biz-0616-christmas-20100615_1_toy-industry-consultant-holiday-toy-toy-merchants - Chicago Tribune 06/16/2010 - Toys R Us launches Christmas Savers Club ....in June

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4205 - Toy Directory 06/10/2010 -  Craft Retailers Get

Unexpected Reprieve; Wal-Mart Cuts Give Competitors Leverage in Fabrics

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/38865/Wal-Mart-planning-pre-owned-invasion - MCV UK 06/07/2010 - 

Wal-Mart  planning pre-owned invasion

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/38863/The-contrasting-strategies-of-GAME-and-GameStop - MCV UK 05/6/2010 - 

The contrasting strategies of GAME and GameStop

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4146 - Toy Directory 5/4/2010 - Barbie and Disney Princesses Await Court’s Bratz Decision; Mattel’s Dolls Stay on Top in Volatile Market

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9555e4aa#/9555e4aa/30 - Toy Book 4/14/2010 - Spotlight on: The

Construction Toy Aisle

 

http://toybook.com/video-lutz-muller-talk-toys-and-movies-with-bnn - Toy Book 4/13/2010 - Lutz Muller talks

movies and toys with BNN

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/38324/No-3D-or-motion-could-hurt-OnLive - MCV UK 4/4/2010 - No 3D or motion

could hurt OnLive

 

 http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4103 - Toy Directory 4/1/2010 - Why Toy Sales Will

Strengthen But Won’t Beat ‘03; Movies and Lower Prices Signal Hope for U.S. Toy Market in 2011

 

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/144/watch-your-back-barbie.html - Fast Company 04/01/2010 - How

Spin Master Mixes Tech and Toys—And Keeps Mattel Looking Over Its Shoulder

 

http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Mega+Brands+recapitalization+plan/2688614/story.html - Montreal

Gazette 03/16/2010 - Mega Brands recapitalizes and continues to compete

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4067 - Toy Directory 3/1/2010 - Video Game Sales Will

Stagnate Before Surging. OnLive and Next-Gen Hardware Put Gamers in Waiting

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/fd638cef#/fd638cef/32 - 2/17/2010  -Toy Book Toy Fair Edition - How the

Toy Space Changed in 2009

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4046 2/1/2010 - Toy Directory - How “Transformers”

Resonates in Movies and Toys; License Lines Up to Other Action Figures in 2010-2011

 

http://www.metronews.ca/edmonton/business/article/339502--mega-brands-seeks-new-lease-on-life-with-recapitalization-that-reduces-debt?pageno=all - 1/14/2010 -  Metronews Edmonton - Mega Brands seeks new lease on life with recapitalization that reduces debt

 

 2009 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3987 - Toy Directory 12/15/2009 - Hasbro Faces Big Threats

on the Gaming Field, Mayfair, Lego and Mattel Plague Opponent’s Sales and Shelf Space

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-disney14-2009dec14,0,6966310.story?page=2 - 12/14/2009 –

Los Angeles Times - Disney toys get Pixar animation guru's touch

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3956 - Toy Directory 11/25/2009 - Hello, Zhu Zhu Pets,

Goodbye Webkinz; Cepia’s Hamsters Boogie Past Ganz’s Virtual Pets

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3951 -- Toy Directory 11/12/2009 - Wal-Mart Enters Holidays

With Three-Tiered Toy Strategy; Market Leader Tackles Competition With Top Vendors and Affordable Private

Labels

http://www.globalnational.com/sitemap/Mega+Brands+legal+battle+ends+fight+survival+continues/2201764/story.html - Global News 11/9/2009 - Mega Brands' legal battle ends, but fight for survival continues

 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/fashion/08dolls.html - New York Times 11/6/2009 - Losing the Limo:

New Fashion Dolls 

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3929 - Toy Directory 10/30/2009 - Video Games: Year-End

Projections, Title Delays and Weak Sales Rebut Anticipated Growth

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-tc-biz-toys-r-us-1026-1027oct27,0,3604515.story - Chicago Tribune

10/27/2009 - Toys R Us adding FAO Schwarz boutiques to its stores. Giant toy retailer to fight low-price rivals

by offering upscale option

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3917 - Toy Directory 10/07/2009 - Private Labels Are Coming

 to Toy Land. The Big Four Go After Better Value Under In-House Direction

 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/breakingnews/Spin-Master-has-golden-touch-for-developing-must-have-toys-despite-recession.html?viewAllComments=y - Winnipeg Free Press 10/5/2009 - Spin Master has golden touch for

developing must-have toys despite recession

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3904 - Toy Directory 09/23/2009 - Disney Makes Defensive

Move With Marvel Acquisition. Mickey’s Empire Beefs Up Boys’ Market, Preps for International Expansion

 

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_39/b4148066771166.htm - Business Week 09/15/2009 -

Spin Master Goes Up Against Barbie

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125297780307210651.html - Wall Street Journal 09/15/2009 - For Toys 'R' Us,

Holidays Are Open and Shut

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/business/global/06lego.html?_r=1 - New York Times 09/05/2009 - a truly

remarkable article on Lego

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/features/535/Good-times-are-ahead - MCV 08/27/2009 - The outlook for video games

second half 2009

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3869 - Toy Directory 08/18/2009  -  Liv and Moxie Girlz Gang

 Up on Barbie. Competition in the Doll Space Didn’t Stop With Bratz

 

http://nbbusinessjournal.canadaeast.com/front/article/759416 - New Brunswick Business Journal 08/13/2009 –

Mega made a major mistake

 

http://www.businessweek.com/managing/management_innovation/blog/archives/2009/08/barbies_got_new.html -

Business Week 08/03/2009 - Barbie's Got New Competition

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3845 - Toy Directory 08/01/2009 - Mattel launches TRIO into

the construction toy field competing with Lego and Mega

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124808548112764849.html - Wall Street Journal 07/21/2009 - Hasbro's Earnings

 Get a Boost From Hollywood Tie-Ins

 

http://www.businessweek.com/managing/management_innovation/blog/archives/2009/07/hasbros_gi_joe.html -

Business Week 07/20/2009 - Hasbro's G.I. Joe Is On A Risky Mission, While Mattel's Barbie Conserves Her Cash

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-toys13-2009jul13,0,1956799.story - Los Angeles Times 07/13/21009 - 

Hits at the box office are creating retail blockbusters

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090708-711630.html - Wall Street Journal 07/09,2009 - Hasbro Ready To

Cash In On Toys Tied To Transformers Movie

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3825 - Toy Directory 07/08/2009 - The House That JAKKS

Built: Master Toy Acquisitor Maintains Strong Distribution With Big Retailers

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3808 - Toy Directory 07/01/2009 - Virtual Playgrounds

See Gradual Decline; Despite Loss, Webkinz Maintains Lead; Club Penguin Holds Steady

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3788 - Toy Directory 06/20/2009 - LeapFrog Stumbles and

V.Smile Frowns; Electronic Learning Products Hit a Downward Slope

 

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/headline_news/article.jsp?content=b191506218 - Canadian Business 06/19/2009 - Mega Brands looks to spin a corporate recovery with launch of Battle Strikers. Muller says "not necessarily".

 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/mega-brands-hitches-fortunes-to-thomas/article1168118/ - Globe

 and Mail 06/04/2009 - Mega Brands hitches fortunes to Thomas

 

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/afx/2009/06/03/afx6500548.html - Forbes Magazine 06/03/2009 - Mega Brands

stock soars on Thomas Tank Engine deal

 

MCV Used Games 05292009.jpg - MCV E3 edition 06/01/2009 - Used games in the United States and the UK

[please note that MCV will distribute this issue, including my article above, at E3]. Click on the article to enlarge it.

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3769 - Toy Directory 05/29/2009 - WalMart denial and Lutz

Muller's rebuttal

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124354932558564217.html - Wall Street Journal 05/29/2009 - ToysRUs acquisition

 of FAO Schwarz

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-magazine/the-empire-strikes-back/article1149686/ -

Globe and Mail 05/27/2009 - The Empire Strikes Back; the battle between Lego and Mega Brands.

 

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/headline_news/article.jsp?content=b263465125 - Canadian Business

05/26/2009 - Mega Brands faces new challenge as Wal-Mart cuts toy shelf space in the U.S.

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3745 - Toy Directory 05/22/2009 - Wal-Mart Cuts Toys and Crafts in Clean-Up Campaign. Inventory Rollbacks Stand to Benefit Other Mass Chains, Harm Toymakers

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3712 - Toy Directory 05/15/2009 - Is Another Toy Retailer

biting the dust? Falling Sales and Dirty Stores Forecast Kmart's Demise.

 

 http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3696 - Toy Directory 05/01/2009 - Old Games See New Competition; Used Video Game Market Doesn’t Stop at GameStop

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090416.RMEGA16ART1912/TPStory/Business - Globe

 and Mail 04/16/2009 - Mega Brands concerns mount

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3680 - Toy Directory 04/15/2009 - Is Hasbro's Cash Cow

Being Led to Slaughter? Mattel's Acquisitions and Lego's Entry Threaten Hasbro's Game Biz

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3656 - Toy Directory 04/01/2009 - OnLive Threatens Video

Gaming As We Know It; New and Used Video Game Markets Undergo Change in ‘09

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3644 - Toy Directory 03/19/2009 - The Toy Market Stages

a Turnaround; Heightened Sales and Steady Toy Space Bode Well for Remaining Quarters 

 

http://www.toynewsmag.com/news/30976/REPORT-Notes-from-New-York - - Toy News Magazine 03/11/209 –

Buyers' notes on various exhibits at Toy Fair - Mattel, Hasbro etc

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3619 - Toy Directory 02/27/2009 - Hasbro Bares Its Teeth;

Will Mattel Bite Back?

  

Toy News Magazine 02132009 - 2009 video game ranking.pdf - National and international buyers rank

video games coming down the pike

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3585 -Toy Directory 02/06/2009 - Economy Puts Toy Sales

on Clearance; January Numbers Forecast Difficult Times

 

US Craft Market 02012009.pdf - Toy News Magazine 02/01/2009 - The US craft market - where it is and where it

is going

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3565 - Toy Directory 01/29/2009 -  Predictions for ’09: The Big Get Bigger and the Small Go Away

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090115-715474.html?mod=wsjcrmain - Wall Street Journal 01/16/2009 –

Not recession-proof; toys take a hit in 2008

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3561 - Toy Directory 01/14/2009 - Movies and toys in 2009 - but see below:

 

Note: My friends at NECA sent me the following note: "Your Harry Potter info is incomplete. Corgi has Europe, NECA in the rest of

 the world"

http://www.toynewsmag.com/spotlight/107/Champion-Giochi - Toy News Magazine 01/05/2009 - Giochi Preziosi

and Playmates get ready to challenge Hasbro

 

 2008 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3510 - Toy Directory 12/10/2008 -  Have Music Video Games

Strummed Their Final Chord?

 

Toy News Magazine 11252008 - The Home Stretch.pdf - 11/25/2008 - November and December in US toy land

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3495 - 11/20/2008 TDmonthly(TM) Magazine: 2008 

Predictions revisited and outlook for the next two months 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3477 - 11/08/2008 TDmonthly (TM) Magazine: LeapFrog

Gains Leaps and Bounds With Turnaround

 

Toy News Mag Nov 08 American Beauties.pdfj - 11/05/2008: Barbie is holding its own

 

TDmonthly(TM) Magazine 11032008 Even Video Games can't Win Against Crushed Economy.mht

 

Toy News Magazine 10212008 - Movies and Toys.pdf

 

Toy News Magazine 10122008 Are Virtual Playgrounds Sinking.pdf

 

MCV article 10012008 GameStop and Game Group.doc - European video game market and the top retailers in it

 

TD Monthly October 2008 Retailers pick top toys for Holidays.doc - Toy Directory 10012008 - Toy Retailers pick

the top toys for the 2008 Holidays

 

MCV Consoles and their demographics 09192008.pdf - MCV 09192008 - How the demographics for the WII

differ from the other consoles

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3392-  Toy Directory 09052008: What GameStop says about

Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero IV 

 

 Game Of Two Halves - Toy News Mag 08252008.doc - State of the US toy industry going towards the fourth quarter 2008

 

TDmonthly - Have Virtual Playgrounds Played Out.mht August 20, 2008 - Virtual Playgrounds are slowing down

 

TDmonthly - Nintendo Wii.mht - 08/01/2008 Consumer Demographics Distinguish Console from Competitors

 

/Documents/TDmonthly July 26 2008 - Video Games continue to accelerate.mhtVideo Game Market Beats  

Economic Odds; June Sees More Than 50% Growth

/Documents/TDmonthly Ganz Downturn 07162008.mht - When the chickens come home to roost

 

/Documents/Toy News Magazine July 2008 Hasbro.doc - 7/11/2008 - Hasbro is reaching for the gold 

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Video Game Market Sees a Slowdown.mht - 6/18/2008

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Walmart beating Target.mht - 6/6/2008 - How WalMart is beating Target at Toy

Placement

 

Toy News Mag  06012008 Frog March.doc - The turnaround of LeapFrog

 

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Video Games are nothing to cry over.mht - 5/24/2008 - Video Game sales continue

to accelerate

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - films sell toys.mht - 5/20/2008 - The progress of the 2008 blockbuster movie line-up

 

/Documents/Wall Street Journal Wal-Mart Raises Bar on Toy-Safety Standards - WSJ_com.mht,- 5/14/2008 –

New Wal-Mart toy safety criteria

  

/Documents/TDmonthly - When the going gets tough, the tough get endcaps.mht - 5/8/2008 – Merchandising

strategy and what it means

 

 /Documents/Toy News Mag May Deconstruct.doc - 5/2/2008 - Lego versus Mega

 

/Documents/Canada Press Mega names Bazan COO.mht  - 4/29/2008 - Mega gains and Jakks loses key

executive

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Video Games.mht - 4/27/2008 - Lurking Danger for Video Games

 

/Documents/Mattel swings to loss; Hasbro profit gains - MarketWatch Dow Jones.mht - 4/21/2008 - Cost

Increases

 

/Documents/Toy News Mag April States of Decline.pdf - 4/15/2008 - States of Decline in the toy industry

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - which movies will win April 2008.mht - 4/2/2008 - Update on toy related movies for 2008

 

/Documents/Down the aisles.doc  Toy News Magazine 3/24/2008 - Something WalMart remembered and Target

forgot

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - The Babes keep battling.mht - TDmonthly 3/20/2008 - Is the Hannah Montana doll

faltering?

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Where will WII be.mht - TDmonthly 3/14/2008 - Is the WII slowing down?

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Toy Fair - Overseas price hikes signal sellouts.mht - TDmonthly 3/6/2008 The small toy manufacturers are between the devil and the deep blue sea

 

/Documents/U_S_ Senate set to debate tougher toy safety laws by MarketWatch Dow Jones.mht - Market Watch

Dow Jones  3/1/2008 - Senate proceedings re toy safety

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - RFID.mht - TDmonthly 3/1/2008 - Is it time for RFID?

  

/Documents/TDmonthly - Simba-Dickie.mht - TDmonthly 2/15/2008 - The Emergence of a German Toy Giant

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3014 -  TDmonthly 2/5/2008 - Battle of the Babes - Hannah Montana chases Barbie and Bratz  

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3001 -  TDmonthly 1/25/2008 - Gamers to Buy Software First,

 Consoles Second

  

/Documents/TDmonthly - Webkinz, Club Penguin.mht - TDmonthly 1/16/2008 - Top Six Virtual Playgrounds

 face Challenges

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=2944 - TDmonthly 1/1/2008 - Predictions for 2008

 

 2007Articles: 

/Documents/NY times article Webkinz.doc - New York Times 12/13/2007 - Ganz and Webkinz 

 

 

The listing below represents either articles written by me and published by the magazines mentioned or articles

written by others but quoting me in their analyses.

 

Sometimes these links do not work if you control and click. In this case I recommend that you paste the link into the browser window.

 

2019 Articles:

 

https://finans.dk/erhverv/ECE11522270/analytiker-spaar-staerkt-aar-for-billundkoncernen-lego-vinder-markedsandele-over-hele-kloden/

  - Finans Denmark - Lego

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4271279-funko-continues-excel   -

 Seeking Alpha 06/20/2019 Funko Continues To Excel

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/15/business/toys-r-us-return.html- 

New York Times 02/15/2019 - Revived Toys ‘R’ Us Tries to Woo Wary Partners

 - Bloomberg Radio 02/18/2019 – Hotwheels Movie

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4240026-reign-ynon-kreiz-mattel?app=1

  -  Seeking Alpha 02/11/2019 - The Reign Of Ynon Kreiz At Mattel

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4234696-australian-toy-market-large-growing-welcoming?app=1&isDirectRoadblock=false

 – Seeking Alpha 0122/23019 –  The Australian Toy Market: Large, Growing And Welcoming

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4232012-hasbro-mattel-wins-international-toy-market  - 

 Seeking Alpha 01/8/2019 - Hasbro And Mattel - Who Wins In The International Toy Market?

 

 

2018 Articles:

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGmU98SEz3w   -  TRT World Turkey 12/28/2018 – Business Unusual

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4230067-canada-large-growing-market-deserving-attention  -

 Seeking Alpha 12/26/2018 - Canada - A Large And Growing Market Deserving More Attention

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4227893-2018-turns-good-year-toys-u-s?app=1&isDirectRoadblock=false  -

Seeking Alpha 12/12/2018  -  2018 Turns Out To Be A Good Year For Toys In The U.S.

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4224917-hasbro-faces-tough-sledding-fourth-quarter -  Seeking Alpha 11/27/2018

Hasbro Faces Tough SleddingThis Fourth Quarter

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4218800-barbies-nightmare-rearing-pretty-head-bratz-back

Seeking Alpha 11/06/2018 -  Barbie's Nightmare Is rearing Its Pretty Head - Bratz Is Back!

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4215417-mattel-eats-leapfrogs-lunch -  Seeking Alpha 10/29/2018

Mattel Eats LeapFrog's Lunch

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4210776-toys-r-us-wants-rise-ashes-will-remain-corpse - Seeking Alpha 10/10/2018 -

Toys 'R' Us Wants To Rise From The Ashes, But It Will Remain A Corpse

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/07/business/china-tariffs-toys/index.html -  CNN 10/07/2018 –

Struggling toy industry braces for next round in US-China trade war

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4207204-new-toy-brands-challenging-status-quo -  Seeking Alpha 09/19/2018

New Toy Brands Are Challenging The Status Quo

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4203150-funko-continues-progress-rapidly Seeking Alpha 08/30/2018

Funko Continues To Progress Rapidly

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4198032-colombia-major-current-problems-high-future-potential-toy-manufacturers?v=1534032344&comments=show

   - Seeking Alpha 8/12/2018 Colombia - Major Current Problems And Very High Future Potential For Toy Manufacturers

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4191149-3-challenges-u-s-toy-manufacturers-2018-tariffs-amazon-toys-r-us   - Seeking Alpha 7/27/2018

3 Challenges For the U.S. Toy Manufacturers In 2018 - Tariffs, Amazon And Toys 'R' Us

 

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4187906-game-hobby-channel-large-growing-beaten-track?app=1&isDirectRoadblock=false  - 

 Seeking Alpha 7/18/2018 – The Game And Hobby Channel - Large, Growing And Off The Beaten Track


 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4184891-italy-toy-market-worth-1_5-billion-mattel-went-top-dog-also-ran   -

Seeking Alpha 6/30/2018 – Italy - The Toy Market Is Worth More Than $1.5 Billion And Mattel Went From Being Top Dog To An "Also Ran"

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4181372-funeral-toys-r-us-inherits?app=1&isDirectRoadblock=false Seeking Alpha 06/13/2018

 - The Funeral Of Toys 'R' Us – Who Inherits?

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4177476-mattel-falling-cliff-brazil - Seeking Alpha 05/27/2018 - Mattel Is Falling Off A Cliff In Brazil

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4164753-mattel-badly-germany  - Seeking Alpha 04/23/2018 - Mattel Is Doing Badly In Germany

 

 

https://email.1and1.com/appsuite/api/mail/0407MKTSAT2Toymakers.mp3?action=attachment&folder=default0%2FINBOX&id=1523280370982737224&attachment=2&user=3&context=68514096&decrypt=&sequence=1&delivery=view

Bloomberg Radio 04/09/2018 – Toy State

 

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-29/the-long-slow-demise-of-my-little-pony-and-yoda

Bloomberg 03/28/2018 - The Long, Slow Demise of My Little Pony and Yoda

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-toys-r-us-bankruptcy/toys-r-us-seeks-to-halt-vendor-payments-ahead-of-liquidation-idUSKCN1GR0E6 -   

Reuters 03/16/2018 -  Toys 'R' Us seeks to halt vendor payments ahead of liquidation

 

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4155536-collectibles-drive-toy-market-funko-wheel - Seeking Alpha 03/12/2018 -

Collectibles Drive The Toy Market And Funko Is At The Wheel

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4154035-mattel-gets-hammered-spain  - Seeking Alpha 03/07/2018 - Mattel Gets Hammered In Spain

 

 

https://cheddar.com/videos/seeking-alpha-cashing-in-on-collectibles - Cheddar TV 02/26/2018 - Cashing in on Collectibles

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4146094-2-amazons-tough-toy-manufacturers - Seeking Alpha 02/13/2018 -

There Are 2 Amazons, And Both Are Tough On Toy Manufacturers

 

 

http://www.nreionline.com/retail/can-power-center-landlords-handle-toys-r-us-retreat  - National Real Estate Investor 02/01/2018 –

Can Power Center Landlords Handle Toys ‘R’ Us’ Retreat?

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4140847-children-giving-cable-tv-cinemas-miss-bad-news-hasbro-mattel -  Seeking Alpha 01/29/2018 -  

Children Are Giving Cable TV And Cinemas A Miss And This Is Bad News For Both Hasbro And Mattel

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4140711-mattel-hammered-france - Seeking Alpha 01/28/2018 - Mattel Is Being Hammered In France

 

 

https://cheddar.com/videos/disney-buys-fox-but-why - Cheddar TV 01/08/2018 - Disney Buys Fox, but Why?

 

 

2017 Articles:

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4134103-2018-toy-space-changes-disruptions-fallacies   Seeking Alpha 12/27/2017

2018 Toy Space - Changes, Disruptions And Fallacies

 

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4133786-u-k-country-crossroads - Seeking Alpha 12/25/2017 - U.K. - A Country At The Crossroads

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQn5XmWTtfY – TRT World TV Turkey 12/13/2017 - Money Talks: Toy sales set to remain low until Christmas

 

 

https://cheddar.com/videos/why-disney-could-be-bullying-hasbro-out-of-a-deal-with-mattel -     Cheddar TV 11/24/2017

Why Disney Could Be Bullying Hasbro Out of a Deal with Mattel

 

 

http://www.tampabay.com/features/consumer/Can-toy-stores-create-Toys-R-Us-kids-in-an-Amazon-world-_162674178  -

Tampa Bay Times 11/22/2017 - Can toy stores create Toys ‘R’ Us kids in an Amazon world?

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4123763-thailand-mattel-winning-lego-dksh-gets-pasting - Seeking Alpha 11/12/2017 -

Thailand - Mattel Is Winning And Lego/DKSH Gets A Pasting

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4113678-mattel-weakening-mexico -  Seeking Alpha 10/16/2017 - Mattel Is Weakening In Mexico

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4112907-disney-problems-hasbro-box -     Seeking Alpha 10/11/2017- Disney Has Problems And Hasbro Is In A Box

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4108851-mattels-international-strategy-self-inflicted-problems   -

Seeking Alpha 09/22/2017 -  Mattel's International Strategy Has Self-Inflicted Problems

 

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/toy-companies-shares-tumble-on-concerns-of-toys-r-us-bankruptcy-20170918-01221 -   

Reuters 09/18/2017 - Toy companies' shares tumble on concerns of Toys 'R' Us bankruptcy

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/business/lego-sales-toys.html?mcubz=3 – New York Times 09/07/2017 –

Lego Will Cut 1,400 Jobs as Profit Dips, Despite Big-Screen Heroics

 

 

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-05/lego-cuts-1-400-jobs-on-weak-sales-of-batman-toys

 - Bloomberg Businessweek 09/06/2017 - Why Lego Is Snapping Off 1,400 Jobs

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4103987-gamestop-turn-around-just-around-corner?v=1504548599&comments=show

- Seeking Alpha 09/04/2017 - GameStop - The Turn Around Is Just Around The Corner

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4100499-mattel-reign-margo-georgiados -    Seeking Alpha 08/20/2017 - Mattel - The Reign Of Margo Georgiados

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4096791-japanese-toy-market-downward-spiral - Seeking Alpha 08/09/2017 -

The Japanese Toy Market Is In A Downward Spiral

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/child-s-play-what-s-next-for-kid-s-games/0185029? -  MCV 07/24/2017- Child’s Play: what's next for kids games

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4086626-takaratomy-hasbros-gunsights -      Seeking Alpha 07/10/2017 - Is Takaratomy In Hasbro's Gunsights?

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4085341-south-african-toy-market-country-divided-yet-incredibly-promising?ifp=0&app=1  -

Seeking Alpha 07/03/2017 - The South African Toy Market - A Country Divided, Yet Incredibly Promising

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4084705-investing-toys-serious-business -  Seeking Alpha 06/29/2017 Investing In Toys Is Serious Business

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4082102-mattel-hasbro-well-positioned-benefit-eventual-lifting-iranian-sanctions -  

Seeking Alpha 06/19/2017 - Both Mattel And Hasbro Are Well Positioned To Benefit From An Eventual Lifting Of Iranian Sanctions

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4082096-disney-one-success-story-several-societal-problems-couple-chinese-opportunities-one-major  -

Seeing Alpha 06/16/2017 - Disney - One Success Story, Several Societal Problems, A Couple Of Chinese Opportunities And One Major Blunder

 

http://e24.no/naeringsliv/spaar-milliardsalg-for-superdillen-foer-etterspoerselen-kollapser/24059506  -

e24 Norway 06/10/2017 - Predicts billion sale of "superdillen" - until demand collapses

Note that the article is in Norwegian. Right-click on article and then click on Translate to English

http://www.northjersey.com/story/money/2017/06/01/spinners-craze-creates/347410001/   - The Record N.J. 06/01/2017 –

 

Read this story before the fad ends: Spinners craze nerve-wracking for toy sellers

 

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4070425-nintendos-death-spiral-least-now - Seeking Alpha 05/08/2017 Nintendo's Death Spiral Is Over - At Least For Now

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4069764-chinese-toy-market-hard-nut-crack - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 05/05/2017 - The Chinese Toy Market - A Hard Nut To Crack

 

https://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4975181-indian-toy-market-full-promise-full-pitfalls - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 04.03/2017 - The Indian Toy Market - Full Of Promise And Full Of Pitfalls

 

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4059492-gamestop-will-probably-survive-longer-term?app=1&auth_param=d9o6:1cdt2ee:10c993ba1a78724e5f597597f3c10223&uprof=53 – Seeking Alpha 03/31/2017 - GameStop Will Probably Survive In The Longer Term

 

 

https://www.entitymag.com/empowering-lessons-vintage-barbie-modern-woman/ - Entity Magazine 03/30/2017 - 5 Empowering Lessons Vintage Barbies Can Teach the Modern Woman

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4965464-sweden-difficult-markets-distributors-better-toy-companies - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 03/01/2017 - Sweden - In Difficult Markets, Distributors Are Better Than The Toy Companies Themselves

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4045710-toys-life-reports-death-greatly-exaggerated?v=1487081169&commenter=1&comments=show   - Seeking Alpha 02/15/2017 - Toys To Life – The Reports Of Their Death Are Greatly Exaggerated.

 

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4948478-american-girl-trouble-mattel-facing - Seeking Alpha 01/16/2017 - American Girl In In Trouble And Mattel Is Not Facing It

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4948572-fisher-price-come-back - Toy World Magazine and Seeking Alpha 01/10/2017 – Fisher Price has come back

 

2016 Articles:

 

http://www.fool.ca/2016/12/28/is-spin-master-corp-headed-south-in-2017/ - The Motley Fool 12/29/2016

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/instablog/435974-lutz-muller/4941802-spin-master-winning-three-fronts - Seeking Alpha 12/21/2016

 

http://www.bnn.ca/it-s-not-just-hype-why-spin-master-s-hatchimals-toy-craze-may-outlast-the-holidays-1.622409 - BNN 12/03/2016 - It’s not just hype: Why Spin Master’s Hatchimals toy craze may outlast the holidays

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4016358-star-wars-rogue-one-expected-disappoint  -  Seeking Alpha 11/1/2016 – Star Wars Rogue One is expected to disappoint

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4012348-vtech-getting-trouble-leapfrog-merger -  Seeking Alpha 10/17/2016 - VTech Is Getting Into Trouble With Its Leapfrog Merger

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4010587-toy-idea-toy-shelf-long-winding-road -  Seeking Alpha 10/9/2016 - From Toy Idea To Toy Shelf - A Long And Winding Road

 

 

https://www.fastcompany.com/3063823/most-innovative-companies/halos-brand-halo-how-the-video-game-aims-to-grow-beyond-its-roots    - Fast Company 10/5/2016 - How Halo Aims To Grow Beyond Its Gaming Roots

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4009781-gamestop-bad-news-good-news -  Seeking Alpha 9/5/2016 - Gamestop - The bad News and the good News

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4003983-mattel-hitting-back - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 9/5/2016 - Mattel Is Hitting Back

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4001085-barnes-and-noble-bad-news-good-news -The Toy Directory and Seeking Alpha 08/19/2016 – Barnes + Noble : the bad News and the good News

 

 

http://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-globe-and-mail-bc-edition/20160815/281779923525997 - Globe and Mail Canada 8/15/2016 - TOY MAKER MEGA BRANDS MAY SEEK AID FROM QUEBEC TO HELP BOOST PRODUCTION 

 

 

http://toyworldmag.co.uk/issues/august-2016/   - Page 33 – Toy World Magazine U.K. 8/5/2016 – Infinity –

Disney makes a U-Turn

 

  • - Page 72 – Toy World Magazine U.K. 07/07/2016 - VTech and Leapfrog – where are they going?

 

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2016/06/17/are-superheroes-facing-retail-redundancy/ - Kidscreen 06/17/2016 - Are superheroes facing retail redundancy?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5907 -  The Toy Directory 5/5/2016 - Ubisoft – short term outlook good; long-term prognosis cloudy

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5901 – The Toy Directory 4/13/2016 - Spin Master – an interesting performance

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3964139-hasbro-mattel-retail-buyers-views-toy-fair - Seeking Alpha and Toy World Magazine UK 4/8/2015 - Hasbro And Mattel: Retail Buyers' Views From The Toy Fair

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5887 – Toy Directory 4/1/2016 - Is Take-Two getting ready to break out into the big league?

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3950586-toy-market-sudden-begin-accelerate - Seeking Alpha and Toy World Magazine U.K. 3/3/2016 - Why Did The Toy Market All Of A Sudden Begin To Accelerate

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5872 – Toy Directory 03012016 - Is Electronic Arts wedded to the video game dinosaur – the consoles?

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2016/02/16/on-a-roll-whats-driving-a-global-toy-industry-boom/ - Kidscreen 02162016 - On a roll: What’s driving a global toy industry boom?
 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2016/02/05/vr-svod-bb-8-spelling-out-the-future-of-kids-entertainment/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vr-svod-bb-8-spelling-out-the-future-of-kids-entertainment = Kidscreen 02072016 - Spelling out the future of kids entertainment

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5861 – The Toy Directory 02012016 - Activision is undergoing fundamental change – and none too soon!

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3806006-barbie-appears-to-be-turning-around - Seeking Alpha and Toy World Magazine U.K. 10122016 - Barbie Appears To Be Turning Around

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3786256-gamestop-can-it-build-a-bridge-before-it-hits-the-abyss - Seeking Alpha and

Toy Directory 01/01/2015 - GameStop – can they build a bridge before they hit the abyss?

 

 

2015 Articles:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiJV75Qu1BQ – Fox TV  Entertainment News 12/25/2015 - What 'Star Wars' astronomical profits will do for Disney - FoxTV Entertainment News

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-star-wars-disney-empire-20151213-story.html - Los Angeles Times 12/13/2015 - How 'Star Wars' could become Disney's next cash cow

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3750036-toys-to-life-publishers-challenge-traditional-toy-manufacturers – Toy World Magazine UK and Seeking Alpha 12/11/2015 - Toys-To-Life Publishers Challenge Traditional Toy Manufacturers

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5837 – Toy Directory 12/01/2015 - Barnes & Noble – will they learn the Sears lesson?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5826 – Toy Directory 11/2/2015 - Hello Kitty – a cat on life support? Can Sanrio maintain their success?

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/retailers-poised-to-fight-toys-for-holiday-dollars-1.1445624 - The North Jersey Record 10/31/2015 - Toy sellers ramping up holiday competition

http://kidscreen.com/2015/10/29/meet-attocube-the-billion-dollar-smart-toy-sectors-newest-entrant/ - Kidscreen 10/29/2015 -  Meet Attocube, the billion-dollar smart toy sector’s newest entrant

http://kidscreen.com/2015/10/13/a-crop-of-new-girls-superhero-ips-line-up-to-kick-some-retail-butt/ - Kidscreen 10/13/2015 - A crop of new girls superhero IPs line up to kick some retail butt

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3547676-the-preschool-toy-market-is-coming-back-somewhat - Seeking Alpha 10/02/2015 - The Preschool Toy Market Is Coming Back - Somewhat

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5798 – Toy Directory 9/30/2015 - Is ToysRUs getting ready for an IPO?

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3483446-disney-is-striking-out-on-its-own - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha - 9/1/2015 - Disney Is Striking Out On Its Own

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5791 – Toy Directory08/31/2015 - The changing toy landscape in the U.S.

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3392925-both-lego-and-mattels-mega-are-set-for-the-fourth-quarter - Toy World Magazine U.K. and Seeking Alpha 08/04/2015 - Both Lego And Mattel's Mega Are Set For The Fourth Quarter

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5775 – Toy Directory 07/31/2015 - Hispanic consumers – a neglected major factor in the toy space. Ignoring these consumers could spell toy trouble

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5760 – Toy Directory 07/01/2015 - Spin Master – Playing in the big league

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3232846-hasbro-is-affected-by-the-ascending-hybrids -    Toy World U.K. and Seeking Alpha 06/06/2015 - Hasbro Is Affected By The Ascending Hybrids

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2015/06/04/from-the-mag-state-of-flux-at-us-retail/ - Kidscreen 06/05/2015 - From the mag: State of flux at US retail

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5747 – Toy Directory 05/29/2015 - Tencent follows Sun Tzu and his Art of War is their bible

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/3205596-mattel-is-threatened-by-hasbro-and-disney -   Toy World U.K. And Seeking Alpha 05/22/2015 - Mattel Is Threatened By Hasbro And Disney

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5738 - The Hobby Market – a Force in Toys – Toy Directory 04/30/2015

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5729 -  Toy Directory 04/01/2015 - LeapFrog has lost its way

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-disney-cinderella-frozen-20150311-story.html#page=1 – Los Angeles Times 3/11/2015 - 'Cinderella' to be paired with 'Frozen Fever' short film in theaters

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5707 – Toy Directory 02/27/2015 - The Current State of the U.S. Toy Space; The US Toy Industry is flourishing - though not by all metrics.

 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/business/an-industry-wishes-toys-r-us-a-very-merry-15-1.1271791 - The Record 2/15/2015 - Health of toy industry vital for NJ companies

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5685 – Toy Directory 01/30/2015 - The Western Toy Market

 

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/mattel-removes-ceo-amid-warnings-of-quarterly-sales-drop/article22640431/ - The Globe and Mail Canada 01/26/2015 - 'Barbie is falling off a cliff': Mattel removes CEO amid sales warnings

 

 

2014 Articles:

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5674 – Toy Directory 12/31/2014 - Tencent and Alibaba are invading each other’s turf in China

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5652 – Toy Directory 11/28/2014 -  Gamestop – How Long Can They Defy The Odds?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5640 – Toy Directory 10/31/2014 - Has Jakks Pacific turned around – finally?...Perhaps!

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2556835-winners-and-losers-in-todays-toy-market   - Toy Book 10/16/2014 - Winners And Losers In

Today's Toy Market

 

 

http://licensingbook.com/toy-licenses-different-perspectives   -  Licensing Book 10/6/2014 - Toy Licenses: Different Perspectives

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5629 – Toy Directory 09/30/2014 - Alibaba – where is the company today and where is it going?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5623http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5623 – Toy Directory 09/04/2014 - The Wii U is sinking – will it drag Nintendo down with it?

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2014/08/18/all-dolled-up/ - Kidscreen 08/19/2014 - All Dolled Up?

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2430345-the-u-s-fashion-doll-market-there-are-a-few-new-girls-on-the-block Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 08/18/2014 - The U.S. Fashion Doll Market: There Are A Few New Girls On The Block

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/11/business/disney-rushes-to-build-a-tsum-tsum-collecting-craze.html?_r=0 New York Times 08/10/2014 -  Sensing a Tsum Tsum Craze Afoot, Disney Rushes to Supply Fans

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5599 – Toy Directory 07/30/2014 - GameStop is Between a Rock and a Hard Place

 

 

http://www.leaderpost.com/business/Mattel+Barbie+need+more+than+career+makeover/10050811/story.html -  Financial Post 07/22/2014 - Mattel's Barbie may need more than a career makeover

 

 

https://secure.globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/gam/20140718/RBCDLEGO - Globe and Mail 07/18/2014 - Lego's blueprint for success, one brick at a time

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5592 – Toy Directory 6/30/2014 - American Girl Goes on Travels

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2268293-toy-licenses-how-important-are-they - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 6/13/2014 -

Toy Licenses: How Important Are They?

 

https://secure.globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/gam/20140603/RBCDTOYSALES0602ATL - Globe and Mail Toronto 06/03/2014 - II, III and IV: The meanest supervillains facing toy makers

 

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Toys-for-Bob-Skylanders-game-creator-5517943.php -  San Francisco Chronicle 05/31/2014 -Toys for Bob, 'Skylanders' game creator, celebrates 25 years

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5572 – TDmonthly 5/29/2014 - Are Fashion Dolls Old Hat?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5563 – Tdmonthly 04/30/2014 - ToysRUs Has Major Problems

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5533 – Tdmonthly 03/31/2014 - Mattel buys Mega – what is the likely impact?

 

 

https://secure.globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/gam/20140301/RBCDMATTELMEGABRANDSFINALATL - Globe and Mail 03/01/2014 - Mattel to buy Mega Brands

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/02/28/with-mattel-montreals-mega-brands-builds-stronger-battle-against-lego/  - Financial Post 03/01/2014 - With Mattel, Montreal’s Mega Brands builds stronger battle against Lego

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5517 – Tdmonthly 02/28/2014 - The Preschool Toy Category in the United States

 

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/2044823-the-worlds-largest-toy-market-will-change-in-2014 - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha  2/25/2014 - The World's Largest Toy Market Will Change In 2014

 

 

http://kidscreen.com/2014/02/18/toys-r-us-your-future-is-now/  - Kidscreen 02/20/2014 – Toys “R’ Us, Your future is now

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-toy-movies-the-lego-movie-20140211,0,7647785.story#axzz2t1KaXd9K – Los Angeles Times 02/11/2014 - Other toy makers are looking to build on success of 'The Lego Movie'

 

http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/02/10/my_little_pony_sales_not_enough_to_prevent_hasbro_downturn.html - Toronto Star 02/10/2014 - MClassic toys struggle to survive in a digital age

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5491 – Tdmonthly 1/30/2014 - The Latest Video Game Consoles Have Launched – Now What?

http://newsle.com/article/0/116821904/ - New York Times 1/17/2014 - Disney’s Troubled Gaming Unit Finds Success With Infinity

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1945521-u-s-toy-makers-face-unique-challenges-and-opportunities-in-2014 - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 1/14/2014 - U.S. Toy Makers Face Unique Challenges And Opportunities In 2014

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5488 – TDmonthly 01/06/2014 -  Disney – is Infinity leading the way?

 

2013 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5471 – TDmonthly 12/1/2013 - Leapfrog – The Saga Continues

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5446&____refresh____=1 - TDmonthly 11/1/2013 - Action Figures in the Doldrums: Is Skylanders the savior - or destroyer - of the Action Figure category?

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-fi-ct-whimsic-alley-20131016,0,3905703.story#axzz2iTh8gTUP – Los Angeles Times 10/22/2013 - Warner Bros. sues 'Harry Potter'-themed store Whimsic Alley

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1734852-mattel-is-winning-the-preschool-war - Toy Book and Seeling Alpha 10/8/2013 - Mattel Is Winning The Preschool War

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5430 – Tdmonthly 9/1/2013 -  Video Gamers are Deserting Retailers

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5397 – TDmonthly 8/31/2013 - Toy Advertising – The Differing Perspectives: Ad Agency and Toy CEO Go Head to Head

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1641032-why-mattel-continues-to-dominate-the-dolls-category - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 08162013 - Why Mattel Continues To Dominate The Dolls Category

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5394 – Tdmonthly 08022013 - Construction Toys - LEGO vs. Everyone Else

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/mega-brands-lays-building-blocks-for-growth-in-tough-market/article13472383/ - Globe and Mail 7/28/2013 – Mega Brands

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1535272-it-is-the-tweens-that-make-monsters-high-and-the-skylanders-so-successful  - TDmonthly and Seeking Alpha 7/5/2013 – It is the Tweens that make Monsters High and the Skylanders so successful

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5376 – Toy Directory 7/1/2013 – Tweens and Toys

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1513542-microsofts-u-turn-does-it-no-good  - Seeking Alpha 6/20/2013 – Microsoft’s U-Turn does it no good

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1506872-mattels-licensing-strategy-is-one-of-its-strengths  - Toy Book and Seeking Alpha 6/17/2013 – Mattel’s Licensing Strattegy is one of its Strengths

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1467751-are-garmin-and-tomtom-toast  - Seeking Alpha 5/29/2013 – Are Garmin and TomTom Toast?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5346 – Toy Directory 5/28/2013 – Toys, the cultural divide

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1434021-barnes-noble-a-failed-reset  - Seeking Alpha 5/14/2013  - Barnes & Noble – a failed reset?

 

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1408431-gamestop-has-a-totally-new-enemy   - TDMonthly and Seeking Alpha 5/7/2013 – Gamestop has a totally new enemy

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5337 – Toy Directory 5/1/2013 - The Toy Industry – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5330 – Toy Directory 4/22/2013 - GameStop better watch out – Galaxy 4 is coming to upset the video game applecart

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5329 – Toy Directory 4/1/2013 - ToysRUs - Where are They Going?

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5314 – Toy Directory 3/18/2013 - Two single brand toy retailers – one success, one failure

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/mar/15/oz-great-powerful-warner-bros-walt-disney - The Guardian UK 03/15/2013 - Warner Bros v Disney: the fight for Oz's yellow brick road

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-disney-oz-20130311,0,7563112.story – Los Angeles Times 03/11/2013 -  An 'Oz' clash of the titans

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5312 – Toy Directory 3/8/2013 - How is the toy space shaping up for 2013?

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/843fa6ee#/843fa6ee/246 - The  Toy Book 2/25/2013 – Japanese Toy Makers fight to stay on top

 

http://m.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/mega-brands-looks-to-stave-off-competitors/article9010824/?service=mobile – The Globe and Mail 2/25/2013 - Mega Brands looks to stave off competitors

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5298 – Toy Directory 2/18/2013 - 2013 Toy Fair – a Review

 

http://blog.zintro.com/2013/02/12/disneys-non-traditional-move-in-the-video-game-industry/ - Zintro Blog 2/12/2013 - Disney’s Non-Traditional Move In the Video Game Industry

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5287 – Toy Directory 2/1/2013 - Movies and Toys 2013. How will movies

 affect toy sales in 2013?

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/f94c937c#/f94c937c/22 - Toy Book Nuremberg Edition 1/30/2013, Europe, a slowing Giant

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5273 – Toy Directory 1/17/2013 - Activision Skylanders vs. Disney Infinity. Skylanders brought Activision major success in 2012 — now Disney wants a piece of the pie.

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5263 – Toy Directory 1/4/2013 - The Changing Face of Gaming. The world of video games is about to change – fundamentally

2012 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5249 – Toy Directory 12/19/2012 - The Indian Toy Market – a Growing Giant

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5219 – Toy Directory 12/1/2012 - Electronic Arts — a Very Subtle Transition

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5201 – Toy Directory 11/16/2012 - The Future of Gamestop

GameStop is struggling — and the Wii U can't save it

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5176 – Toy Directory 10/29/2012 - Rovio – Birds and Piggies Eat Competition

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/231c92e8#/231c92e8/32 - The Toy Book 10/19/2012 – amazon.com vs. Brick-and-Mortar

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5162 – Toy Directory 10/15/2012 - The Chinese Toy Market – Monumental Opportunities, Gigantic Challenges

 

 http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5141  - Toy Directory 9/28/2012 - ToysRUs – 2 Strategic Imperatives + 1 Major   Potential Problem

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5121 – Toy Directory 9/15/2012 - Social Media Networks and Toys -

How Social Media Engagement is Driving Market Share

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5106 Toy Directory 9/1/2012 -  The Latin American Toy Market

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5090 – Toy Directory 8/10/2012 - Little David is Threatening the Dollar Goliaths

Five Below Inc. could pose a threat to established dollar store behemoths

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5071 – Toy Directory 8/1/2012 - The European Toy Market – a Challenge in Many Languages

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5046 – Toy Directory 7/1/2012 - Wonder Forge – a Scrappy Little Upstart is Showing Them How It's Done

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5017  - Toy Directory 6/16/2012 - The Decline of the Video Game Market.

Video Game Publishers Resisting the Downward Spiral of Video Game Retailers

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5001 – Toy Directory 6/6/2012 – QUO VADIS HASBRO?

'Battleship' Sank, 'G I Joe' went AWOL - Is Hasbro on the road to defeat?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=5003 – Toy Directory 6/6/2012 –  Hasbro Strikes Back: Q&A with Wayne Charness, SVP of Corporate Communications at Hasbro

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4938 – Toy Directory 5/1/2012 - Amazon: E-book Pricing, Sales Tax, and

Growth. Can anything slow the growth of this e-commerce warrior?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4917 – Toy Directory 4/19/2012 -Movie Related Toy

Sales in 2012; 2012's box office results may affect toy sales for the better

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/07/business/toys-r-us-last-of-the-big-toy-stores-tries-to-reinvent-itself.html -

New York Times 4/7/2012 - Pressed From All Sides, Toys ‘R’ Us Fights to Reinvent Itself

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4900 - Toy Directory 4/1/2012 -The Dollar Stores –a factor

in toys?

 

http://www.theprovince.com/business/Mega+Brands+partners+with+Mattel+create+Barbie+Wheels+toys/6379740/story.html -Financial Post 03292012 - Mega Brands partners with Mattel to create Barbie and Hotwheels toys

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4892 - Toy Directory 03212012 -Tablets and Smart Phones

Invade the Video Game Space

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4863 - Toy Directory 03042012 -THQ – Digital Gaming's

First Victim? Video Games are moving online - can THQ keep up?

 

http://kidscreen.com/2012/02/01/a-delicate-balance/ - Kid Screen 022372012 -A delicate balance [ToysRUs

versus Target and Wal-Mart]

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/business/barbie-monopoly-and-hot-wheels-for-ipad-generations.html?_r=1 –

New York Times 02/26/2012 -Go Directly, Digitally to Jail? Classic Toys Learn New Clicks

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4833 - Toy Directory 02/01/2012 -Sustainability and Toys:

Is the toy industry green enough?

 

http://business.financialpost.com/2012/01/30/smart-diversions/ - Financial Post Montreal 01/30/2012 –Smart

diversions

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4823 - Toy Directory 01/27/2012 -Video Games – Who Will

Win the Cyber War?

 

2011 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4809 - Toy Directory 12/30/2011 -2012 Toy Movie Scene –

Will it Differ from 2011?

 

http://www.toyworldmag.co.uk/analysis/2011/12/christmas-in-the-us-boom-or-bust/ - Toy World UK 12/22/2011 –

Christmas in the U.S. - Boom or Bust?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4802 - Toy Directory USA 12/19/2011-The Video Game

Market – Winners and Losers

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4774 - Toy Directory 11/30/2011 -    Toy Manufacturing Costs

are rising - what are the choices?

 

 

http://www.canada.com/Hollywood+2011+year+sequel/5768085/story.html - Canada.com  11/25/2011 – Hollywood

 2011: year of the sequel

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4764 - Toy Directory 11/21/2011 - Has LeapFrog really come

back? Will LeapFrog continue to hop past VTech?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4737 - Toy Directory 11/1/2011 - Sea Change in Toy Land –

Mattel Acquires HIT. How Mattel's Purchase of HIT Will Change the Worldwide Toy Market

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/160/US-OPINION-Activision-invades-toy-land - Toy News UK 10/26/2011 - 

Activision Invades Toy Land

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4704 Toy Directory 09/30/2011 - The shrinking toy space

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/156/US-OPINION-What-makes-for-a-good-toy-licence - 

Toy News UK 09/23/2011 - What makes for a good toy license?

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/feature-gamestop-rising-to-the-digital-challenge/084288 - MCV UK 09/07/2011 - GameStop is rising to the digital challenge

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4676   Toy Directory 09/01/2011 - GameStop is Riding

the Digital Tiger! In the Video Game Market, It's Eat or Be Eaten

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/148/US-OPINION-Spies-in-toy-land -     Toy News UK 08/15/2011 -  

Spies in Toy Land -

 

http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108160279.html -   The Asahi Shimboon Japan 08/15/2011 -New version

of Monopoly symbolizing tighter market control by government?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4646 - Toy Directory 07292011 - U.S. Toy Market Outlook

 2011; Why the U.S Toy Industry has Nothing to Smile About

 

http://business.financialpost.com/2011/07/19/summer-kids-movies-fail-to-power-toy-sales/ - Financial Post

Canada 07192011 - Summer Kids Movies fail to power toy sales

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/145/US-OPINION-Toy-Movies-in-2011-has-Hollywood-gone-too-far -

Toy News UK 07182011 - Toy Movies 2011 - Has Hollywood gone too far?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4603 - Toy Directory 06/29/2011 -E3 Wrap-up and

Outlook for the Video Game Industry  -  Cloud Gaming and Digital Downloads Pose Threat to Major Players

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/141/US-OPINION-Arts-and-crafts-retailers-do-toys -

Toy News UK 06/20/2011 - The Craft Retailers have discovered toys

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4590 - Toy Directory 06/01/2011 - The Ups and Downs of

Leapfrog

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/140/US-OPINION-The-turnaround-of-Jakks - Toy News UK 05/26/2011 –

The Turnaround of Jakks

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4573 - Toy Directory 05/02/2011 - The Hub Channel And

Its Competitors

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/323/US-OPINION-The-growth-of-movie-based-toy-brands -

Toy News 04/27/2011 -The Growth of Movie-based Toy Brands

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/308/NEWS-ANALYSIS-The-Tomy-RC2-acquisition -

Toy News UK 4/1/2011 - What"s the deal with RC2 and Tomy?

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4523 - Toy Directory USA 02/25/2011 - The Nintendo 3DS –

Will It Rescue the Video Game Space?

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4506 - Toy Directory USA 03/01/2011 - Where is the video

game market headed?

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/292/The-battle-for-second-place - Toy News UK 02/17/2011 - Kre-O,

the battle for second place

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4483 - Toy Directory 02/10/2011 -  Disney and Warner –

who is winning?

 

 http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4477 - Toy Directory 01/25/2011 - The Hub World

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/290/LUTZ-MULLER 01/18/2011 Toy News UK - How Disney grabbed the

toy market

 

http://watch.bnn.ca/#clip399896 - 1/11/2011 -  BNN [Canada's Business News Network] speaks with Toy guru

Lutz Muller about the year in toys and looks ahead to 2011.

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4463 - ToyDirectory 01/04/2011 - Toy Market 4th Q and 2011

 

2010 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4442 - Toy Directory 12/09/2010 - The House Jakks Built –

Sequel

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/113/Mattels-annus-mirabilis  - Toy News UK 11/24/2010 - Mattel's annus

mirabilis

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4397 - Toy Directory 11/10/2010 - Quo Vadis GameStop?

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/269/Leapfrogs-great-Leap-forward - Toy News UK 10/15/2010 –

US OPINION: The fall and rise of Leapfrog

 

 

http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/Mega+Brands+turns+corner/3613455/story.html - Financial Post Canada 10/02/2010 - Mega Brands turns the corner

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4362 - Toy Directory 09/30/2010 - Mega Brand's turn-around

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/features/268/LUTZ-MULLER-The-return-of-Bratz - Toy News UK 09/24/2010 –

Bratz is back and is getting traction

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/mega-brands-wins-legal-battle-with-rival-lego/article1706779/ -

Globe and Mail Toronto 09/15/2010 - Mega Brands wins legal battle with rival Lego

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4324 - Toy Directory 09/01/2010 - Which Movie-Themed Toys

Will Rock 4Q; Box-Office Success Doesn’t Translate to Toys

 

http://www.toynews-online.biz/opinion/103/US-The-pre-school-race-question - Toy News UK - The article looks

at the demographic profile of the leading preschool toy brands and thinks that they are very vulnerable.

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4263 - Toy Directory 08/03/2010 -   Lego Toys with Hasbro's

U.S. Games Monopoly 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4236 - Toy Directory 07/01/2010 - High-Tech Trio Rescues

Video Game Publishers; OnLive, Apple and One-Pass Weaken Alliances and Console Sales

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/5ea599ed#/5ea599ed/16 - Toy Book 06/28/2010 - Licensing in toys –

a major force

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-toystory-20100617,0,2854793.story  - Los Angeles Times 06/17/2010 –

Pixar, with 'Toy Story 3,' shows increasing reliance on sequels

 

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-06-15/business/sc-biz-0616-christmas-20100615_1_toy-industry-consultant-holiday-toy-toy-merchants - Chicago Tribune 06/16/2010 - Toys R Us launches Christmas Savers Club ....in June

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4205 - Toy Directory 06/10/2010 -  Craft Retailers Get

Unexpected Reprieve; Wal-Mart Cuts Give Competitors Leverage in Fabrics

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/38865/Wal-Mart-planning-pre-owned-invasion - MCV UK 06/07/2010 - 

Wal-Mart  planning pre-owned invasion

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/38863/The-contrasting-strategies-of-GAME-and-GameStop - MCV UK 05/6/2010 - 

The contrasting strategies of GAME and GameStop

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4146 - Toy Directory 5/4/2010 - Barbie and Disney Princesses Await Court’s Bratz Decision; Mattel’s Dolls Stay on Top in Volatile Market

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/9555e4aa#/9555e4aa/30 - Toy Book 4/14/2010 - Spotlight on: The

Construction Toy Aisle

 

http://toybook.com/video-lutz-muller-talk-toys-and-movies-with-bnn - Toy Book 4/13/2010 - Lutz Muller talks

movies and toys with BNN

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/news/38324/No-3D-or-motion-could-hurt-OnLive - MCV UK 4/4/2010 - No 3D or motion

could hurt OnLive

 

 http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4103 - Toy Directory 4/1/2010 - Why Toy Sales Will

Strengthen But Won’t Beat ‘03; Movies and Lower Prices Signal Hope for U.S. Toy Market in 2011

 

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/144/watch-your-back-barbie.html - Fast Company 04/01/2010 - How

Spin Master Mixes Tech and Toys—And Keeps Mattel Looking Over Its Shoulder

 

http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Mega+Brands+recapitalization+plan/2688614/story.html - Montreal

Gazette 03/16/2010 - Mega Brands recapitalizes and continues to compete

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4067 - Toy Directory 3/1/2010 - Video Game Sales Will

Stagnate Before Surging. OnLive and Next-Gen Hardware Put Gamers in Waiting

 

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/fd638cef#/fd638cef/32 - 2/17/2010  -Toy Book Toy Fair Edition - How the

Toy Space Changed in 2009

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=4046 2/1/2010 - Toy Directory - How “Transformers”

Resonates in Movies and Toys; License Lines Up to Other Action Figures in 2010-2011

 

http://www.metronews.ca/edmonton/business/article/339502--mega-brands-seeks-new-lease-on-life-with-recapitalization-that-reduces-debt?pageno=all - 1/14/2010 -  Metronews Edmonton - Mega Brands seeks new lease on life with recapitalization that reduces debt

 

 2009 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3987 - Toy Directory 12/15/2009 - Hasbro Faces Big Threats

on the Gaming Field, Mayfair, Lego and Mattel Plague Opponent’s Sales and Shelf Space

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-disney14-2009dec14,0,6966310.story?page=2 - 12/14/2009 –

Los Angeles Times - Disney toys get Pixar animation guru's touch

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3956 - Toy Directory 11/25/2009 - Hello, Zhu Zhu Pets,

Goodbye Webkinz; Cepia’s Hamsters Boogie Past Ganz’s Virtual Pets

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3951 -- Toy Directory 11/12/2009 - Wal-Mart Enters Holidays

With Three-Tiered Toy Strategy; Market Leader Tackles Competition With Top Vendors and Affordable Private

Labels

http://www.globalnational.com/sitemap/Mega+Brands+legal+battle+ends+fight+survival+continues/2201764/story.html - Global News 11/9/2009 - Mega Brands' legal battle ends, but fight for survival continues

 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/fashion/08dolls.html - New York Times 11/6/2009 - Losing the Limo:

New Fashion Dolls 

 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3929 - Toy Directory 10/30/2009 - Video Games: Year-End

Projections, Title Delays and Weak Sales Rebut Anticipated Growth

 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-tc-biz-toys-r-us-1026-1027oct27,0,3604515.story - Chicago Tribune

10/27/2009 - Toys R Us adding FAO Schwarz boutiques to its stores. Giant toy retailer to fight low-price rivals

by offering upscale option

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3917 - Toy Directory 10/07/2009 - Private Labels Are Coming

 to Toy Land. The Big Four Go After Better Value Under In-House Direction

 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/breakingnews/Spin-Master-has-golden-touch-for-developing-must-have-toys-despite-recession.html?viewAllComments=y - Winnipeg Free Press 10/5/2009 - Spin Master has golden touch for

developing must-have toys despite recession

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3904 - Toy Directory 09/23/2009 - Disney Makes Defensive

Move With Marvel Acquisition. Mickey’s Empire Beefs Up Boys’ Market, Preps for International Expansion

 

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_39/b4148066771166.htm - Business Week 09/15/2009 -

Spin Master Goes Up Against Barbie

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125297780307210651.html - Wall Street Journal 09/15/2009 - For Toys 'R' Us,

Holidays Are Open and Shut

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/business/global/06lego.html?_r=1 - New York Times 09/05/2009 - a truly

remarkable article on Lego

 

http://www.mcvuk.com/features/535/Good-times-are-ahead - MCV 08/27/2009 - The outlook for video games

second half 2009

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3869 - Toy Directory 08/18/2009  -  Liv and Moxie Girlz Gang

 Up on Barbie. Competition in the Doll Space Didn’t Stop With Bratz

 

http://nbbusinessjournal.canadaeast.com/front/article/759416 - New Brunswick Business Journal 08/13/2009 –

Mega made a major mistake

 

http://www.businessweek.com/managing/management_innovation/blog/archives/2009/08/barbies_got_new.html -

Business Week 08/03/2009 - Barbie's Got New Competition

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3845 - Toy Directory 08/01/2009 - Mattel launches TRIO into

the construction toy field competing with Lego and Mega

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124808548112764849.html - Wall Street Journal 07/21/2009 - Hasbro's Earnings

 Get a Boost From Hollywood Tie-Ins

 

http://www.businessweek.com/managing/management_innovation/blog/archives/2009/07/hasbros_gi_joe.html -

Business Week 07/20/2009 - Hasbro's G.I. Joe Is On A Risky Mission, While Mattel's Barbie Conserves Her Cash

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ct-toys13-2009jul13,0,1956799.story - Los Angeles Times 07/13/21009 - 

Hits at the box office are creating retail blockbusters

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090708-711630.html - Wall Street Journal 07/09,2009 - Hasbro Ready To

Cash In On Toys Tied To Transformers Movie

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3825 - Toy Directory 07/08/2009 - The House That JAKKS

Built: Master Toy Acquisitor Maintains Strong Distribution With Big Retailers

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3808 - Toy Directory 07/01/2009 - Virtual Playgrounds

See Gradual Decline; Despite Loss, Webkinz Maintains Lead; Club Penguin Holds Steady

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3788 - Toy Directory 06/20/2009 - LeapFrog Stumbles and

V.Smile Frowns; Electronic Learning Products Hit a Downward Slope

 

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/headline_news/article.jsp?content=b191506218 - Canadian Business 06/19/2009 - Mega Brands looks to spin a corporate recovery with launch of Battle Strikers. Muller says "not necessarily".

 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/mega-brands-hitches-fortunes-to-thomas/article1168118/ - Globe

 and Mail 06/04/2009 - Mega Brands hitches fortunes to Thomas

 

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/afx/2009/06/03/afx6500548.html - Forbes Magazine 06/03/2009 - Mega Brands

stock soars on Thomas Tank Engine deal

 

MCV Used Games 05292009.jpg - MCV E3 edition 06/01/2009 - Used games in the United States and the UK

[please note that MCV will distribute this issue, including my article above, at E3]. Click on the article to enlarge it.

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3769 - Toy Directory 05/29/2009 - WalMart denial and Lutz

Muller's rebuttal

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124354932558564217.html - Wall Street Journal 05/29/2009 - ToysRUs acquisition

 of FAO Schwarz

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-magazine/the-empire-strikes-back/article1149686/ -

Globe and Mail 05/27/2009 - The Empire Strikes Back; the battle between Lego and Mega Brands.

 

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/headline_news/article.jsp?content=b263465125 - Canadian Business

05/26/2009 - Mega Brands faces new challenge as Wal-Mart cuts toy shelf space in the U.S.

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3745 - Toy Directory 05/22/2009 - Wal-Mart Cuts Toys and Crafts in Clean-Up Campaign. Inventory Rollbacks Stand to Benefit Other Mass Chains, Harm Toymakers

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3712 - Toy Directory 05/15/2009 - Is Another Toy Retailer

biting the dust? Falling Sales and Dirty Stores Forecast Kmart's Demise.

 

 http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3696 - Toy Directory 05/01/2009 - Old Games See New Competition; Used Video Game Market Doesn’t Stop at GameStop

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090416.RMEGA16ART1912/TPStory/Business - Globe

 and Mail 04/16/2009 - Mega Brands concerns mount

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3680 - Toy Directory 04/15/2009 - Is Hasbro's Cash Cow

Being Led to Slaughter? Mattel's Acquisitions and Lego's Entry Threaten Hasbro's Game Biz

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3656 - Toy Directory 04/01/2009 - OnLive Threatens Video

Gaming As We Know It; New and Used Video Game Markets Undergo Change in ‘09

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3644 - Toy Directory 03/19/2009 - The Toy Market Stages

a Turnaround; Heightened Sales and Steady Toy Space Bode Well for Remaining Quarters 

 

http://www.toynewsmag.com/news/30976/REPORT-Notes-from-New-York - - Toy News Magazine 03/11/209 –

Buyers' notes on various exhibits at Toy Fair - Mattel, Hasbro etc

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3619 - Toy Directory 02/27/2009 - Hasbro Bares Its Teeth;

Will Mattel Bite Back?

  

Toy News Magazine 02132009 - 2009 video game ranking.pdf - National and international buyers rank

video games coming down the pike

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3585 -Toy Directory 02/06/2009 - Economy Puts Toy Sales

on Clearance; January Numbers Forecast Difficult Times

 

US Craft Market 02012009.pdf - Toy News Magazine 02/01/2009 - The US craft market - where it is and where it

is going

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3565 - Toy Directory 01/29/2009 -  Predictions for ’09: The Big Get Bigger and the Small Go Away

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090115-715474.html?mod=wsjcrmain - Wall Street Journal 01/16/2009 –

Not recession-proof; toys take a hit in 2008

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3561 - Toy Directory 01/14/2009 - Movies and toys in 2009 - but see below:

 

Note: My friends at NECA sent me the following note: "Your Harry Potter info is incomplete. Corgi has Europe, NECA in the rest of

 the world"

http://www.toynewsmag.com/spotlight/107/Champion-Giochi - Toy News Magazine 01/05/2009 - Giochi Preziosi

and Playmates get ready to challenge Hasbro

 

 2008 Articles:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3510 - Toy Directory 12/10/2008 -  Have Music Video Games

Strummed Their Final Chord?

 

Toy News Magazine 11252008 - The Home Stretch.pdf - 11/25/2008 - November and December in US toy land

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3495 - 11/20/2008 TDmonthly(TM) Magazine: 2008 

Predictions revisited and outlook for the next two months 

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3477 - 11/08/2008 TDmonthly (TM) Magazine: LeapFrog

Gains Leaps and Bounds With Turnaround

 

Toy News Mag Nov 08 American Beauties.pdfj - 11/05/2008: Barbie is holding its own

 

TDmonthly(TM) Magazine 11032008 Even Video Games can't Win Against Crushed Economy.mht

 

Toy News Magazine 10212008 - Movies and Toys.pdf

 

Toy News Magazine 10122008 Are Virtual Playgrounds Sinking.pdf

 

MCV article 10012008 GameStop and Game Group.doc - European video game market and the top retailers in it

 

TD Monthly October 2008 Retailers pick top toys for Holidays.doc - Toy Directory 10012008 - Toy Retailers pick

the top toys for the 2008 Holidays

 

MCV Consoles and their demographics 09192008.pdf - MCV 09192008 - How the demographics for the WII

differ from the other consoles

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3392-  Toy Directory 09052008: What GameStop says about

Rock Band 2 and Guitar Hero IV 

 

 Game Of Two Halves - Toy News Mag 08252008.doc - State of the US toy industry going towards the fourth quarter 2008

 

TDmonthly - Have Virtual Playgrounds Played Out.mht August 20, 2008 - Virtual Playgrounds are slowing down

 

TDmonthly - Nintendo Wii.mht - 08/01/2008 Consumer Demographics Distinguish Console from Competitors

 

/Documents/TDmonthly July 26 2008 - Video Games continue to accelerate.mhtVideo Game Market Beats  

Economic Odds; June Sees More Than 50% Growth

/Documents/TDmonthly Ganz Downturn 07162008.mht - When the chickens come home to roost

 

/Documents/Toy News Magazine July 2008 Hasbro.doc - 7/11/2008 - Hasbro is reaching for the gold 

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Video Game Market Sees a Slowdown.mht - 6/18/2008

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Walmart beating Target.mht - 6/6/2008 - How WalMart is beating Target at Toy

Placement

 

Toy News Mag  06012008 Frog March.doc - The turnaround of LeapFrog

 

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Video Games are nothing to cry over.mht - 5/24/2008 - Video Game sales continue

to accelerate

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - films sell toys.mht - 5/20/2008 - The progress of the 2008 blockbuster movie line-up

 

/Documents/Wall Street Journal Wal-Mart Raises Bar on Toy-Safety Standards - WSJ_com.mht,- 5/14/2008 –

New Wal-Mart toy safety criteria

  

/Documents/TDmonthly - When the going gets tough, the tough get endcaps.mht - 5/8/2008 – Merchandising

strategy and what it means

 

 /Documents/Toy News Mag May Deconstruct.doc - 5/2/2008 - Lego versus Mega

 

/Documents/Canada Press Mega names Bazan COO.mht  - 4/29/2008 - Mega gains and Jakks loses key

executive

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Video Games.mht - 4/27/2008 - Lurking Danger for Video Games

 

/Documents/Mattel swings to loss; Hasbro profit gains - MarketWatch Dow Jones.mht - 4/21/2008 - Cost

Increases

 

/Documents/Toy News Mag April States of Decline.pdf - 4/15/2008 - States of Decline in the toy industry

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - which movies will win April 2008.mht - 4/2/2008 - Update on toy related movies for 2008

 

/Documents/Down the aisles.doc  Toy News Magazine 3/24/2008 - Something WalMart remembered and Target

forgot

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - The Babes keep battling.mht - TDmonthly 3/20/2008 - Is the Hannah Montana doll

faltering?

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Where will WII be.mht - TDmonthly 3/14/2008 - Is the WII slowing down?

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - Toy Fair - Overseas price hikes signal sellouts.mht - TDmonthly 3/6/2008 The small toy manufacturers are between the devil and the deep blue sea

 

/Documents/U_S_ Senate set to debate tougher toy safety laws by MarketWatch Dow Jones.mht - Market Watch

Dow Jones  3/1/2008 - Senate proceedings re toy safety

 

/Documents/TDmonthly - RFID.mht - TDmonthly 3/1/2008 - Is it time for RFID?

  

/Documents/TDmonthly - Simba-Dickie.mht - TDmonthly 2/15/2008 - The Emergence of a German Toy Giant

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3014 -  TDmonthly 2/5/2008 - Battle of the Babes - Hannah Montana chases Barbie and Bratz  

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=3001 -  TDmonthly 1/25/2008 - Gamers to Buy Software First,

 Consoles Second

  

/Documents/TDmonthly - Webkinz, Club Penguin.mht - TDmonthly 1/16/2008 - Top Six Virtual Playgrounds

 face Challenges

 

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=2944 - TDmonthly 1/1/2008 - Predictions for 2008

 

 2007Articles: 

/Documents/NY times article Webkinz.doc - New York Times 12/13/2007 - Ganz and Webkinz