Las Vegas Licensing Show: Transformers, GI Joe, Toy Story 3 and more…

By Jim Silver I just go back from the licensing show in Las Vegas. I always enjoy visiting the show as it gives me a preview of what's coming down the road in terms of toys and entertainment. Transformers opens...

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Toys R Us buys FAO Schwarz

By Jim Silver (follow me on twitter) In the early evening on May 27, Toys R Us announced that they purchased the FAO Schwarz stores, their online store, and catalog. This is good news for toy shoppers. As of right now,...

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“Toy Hunting”

By Jim Silver (Follow Jim on Twitter) There’s a new radio control toy hitting the shelves, and this one will have people talking. It’s called Duck Hunter, and it’s exactly how it sounds. I first got a chance to play...

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Learning to Be a Pro

By Jim Silver (Follow Jim on Twitter) I've been playing sports since I was 5 years old. We would play football, basketball, softball, baseball, street hockey and stick ball. One of my favorite things to play was wiffle ball. Throwing a...

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Toys R Us Adds New Non-Toys Categories in Merchandise

By Jim Silver (Follow Jim on Twitter)  If you go into a Toys “R” Us over the next few months, you will see a big change in their product offerings. In approximately 50% of their stores, Toys R Us will...

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Spring is Here!

By Jim Silver (Follow Jim on Twitter) Spring is finally here! When the warm weather arrives, I know by the young kids playing on the block I live. It feels like the Daytona 500 with all of the Power Wheels...

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Turn off the TV Week – I’m not Participating

By Jim Silver (Follow Jim on Twitter)  This is National Turn off the TV Week that promotes turning off the television and finding other activities. In my house, you will not find the television turned off.  I liken this to...

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Spring

By Jim Silver  Now that the warm weather is starting to roll in for many of us, it’s time to look at the some of the cool new toys for the spring and summer. We’ve all seen 3D at the...

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Little People celebrating 50 Years of Success

Besides Barbie, there’s another toy celebrating their 50th Anniversary in the toy business that’s still a top seller; Fisher Price’s Little People. Little People are a “simple toy” that has spurned children to be creative in play and use their...

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Happy Birthday Barbie!

She’s blonde, she's beautiful, she’s got style, she’s an American icon, she doesn’t look a day over 25, but she’s 50 this month. It’s time to wish Barbie, the best selling toy of all time in the toy business...

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