Puzzle sales are peaking during COVID-19 quarantine

Apr 10, 2020
"We're pretty much experiencing Christmastime at Easter," one manufacturer said.
Ravensburger, the global market leader in puzzle making, says sales are up 370%.
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Is the "must-have" toy a thing of the past?

Feb 19, 2020
According to the NPD Group, toy sales dropped by 4% last year.
Toy sales were down this past season partly because there was no "must-have" toy.
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Remember Big Mouth Billy Bass?

Dec 18, 2019
The inventor of one of the most popular novelty toys looks back.
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The big toy trend this year? Surprise! Seriously, it's surprise.

Dec 17, 2019
These popular toys bring with them something of a snag.
Hatchimals come in many varieties, large and small.
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Prepping for the holidays with one eye on politics

Nov 20, 2019
One toy store owner says potential tariffs could eat up almost half of his profits.
Much of what Hobby Works sells is from China — and destined for a 15% tariff scheduled to start Dec. 15.
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Mattel isn't having much fun these days

Oct 29, 2019
Rival toymaker Hasbro reported disappointing earnings last week, and Mattel faces similar headwinds from tariffs and store closures.
Mattel's offices in El Segundo, California, in 2009.
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Toys R Us and Target make a holiday deal

Oct 8, 2019
The toy store's creditors — basically a bunch of banks — are trying to figure out how to make money from the brand.
Black Friday 2015, better days for Toys R Us.
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Lego fans help keep tabs on counterfeits

May 16, 2019
Private investigators and sales teams can only do so much, says Lego's China vice president.
Mascot Jinbao made of Lego bricks is on display on day three of the China International Import Expo at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China.
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Bang for your brick: behind Lego’s thriving secondary market

Mar 4, 2019
Lego fans and investors maintain a robust, independent online market for rare and valuable pieces.
At age 15, Kaleb Johnson sold some of his Harry Potter-branded Legos, which included a similar Mad-Eye Moody figurine. That sale netted him $2,000.
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Mattel, Hasbro to offer snapshot of toy industry

Feb 7, 2019
Mattel and Hasbro will both report their earnings this week. Mattel reports Thursday after the market closes, and Hasbro reports Friday. Combined, these two companies will give us a sense of how the toy industry fared during the all-important holiday…
There are more than 20,000 variations of Hot Wheels, according to Mattel.
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