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Best in Show

L.O.L. Surprise! Sweeps Toy & License of the Year Awards

The list of winners from this year’s TOTY awards is topped by none other than MGAE’s L.O.L. Surprise! Plus more from Lego, Mattel, Spin Master, and other category winners…


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Toys & Games

What’s the [Toy] Story? Same as Last Year, Just Better!

Straight from the floor of New York Toy Fair, TLL brings you the latest and greatest in toy trends. They just happen to be the same as last year’s—Only more nuanced, thoughtful, and developed…


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Entertainment/Character

Feature Creatures: Horns, Hooves & Hybrids

Take a moment to recall last year’s feature headline for New York Toy Fair: Blind Bags, Glitter & Poop. This year, we can safely replace the last one with: Unicorns…


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Corporate/Trademark

Going Corporate: 2019 Toys/Games Built on a TM

Lest TLL neglects to honor those corporate trademarks/brands with influence in the toys and games space, here are some of the top highlights…


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Domestics & Stationery

Living Coral: 2019 NSS, NY Now & Surtex Edition

Conscientious, Organized, Retro, and Animated Living—From the floor of the 2019 National Stationery Show (NSS), Retail Renaissance NY Now, and Surtex, TLL brings you the latest in home, stationery, and surface design…


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Estates

Ruth, Ross & Rogers: America’s Top Personalities

Americans can’t seem to get enough of the three R’s—RBG, Bob Ross, and Mister Rogers. They’re calm, they’re collected, and they’re what we need right now…


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Business

M&A: Bandai, Viacom, Bravado & More Expand

Major shake-ups in toys as Bandai Namco and Simba Dickie expand and the NPD releases 2018 stats. Plus, news in streaming, esports, and celebrity licensing…


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Food & Beverage

Mars, Ferrero & Modelez Top Confectioners of 2018

Mars Wrigley, Ferrero, and Mondelez are the top candy companies worldwide by retail sales—meanwhile, licensed sales in the food/beverage category top 6% in…


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Publishing

Marvel, DC Grow Market Share in Weak Comics Year

Disney’s Marvel is expected to outshine Warner Bros.’ DC Comics in retail sales both in the comic book and licensed merchandise sectors this year as the comics market continues to battle flattish growth…


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RETAIL

Soft Goods, Home Lead Domestic Corporate TM/Brand Licensed Sales in 2017

Licensed retail sales of corporate trademark/brand merchandise grew 2.5% to reach $29.2 billion in 2017. The biggest drivers behind the roughly $710 million…


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