DEC 04

Buy Your Tickets Now for the 2019 Toy of the Year Awards Gala


Tickets are now on sale for 19th annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards ceremony, which celebrates the industry’s top toys, games, and licenses in the marketplace. The gala is taking place on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City. The TOTY Awards program and event serves as a critical fundraiser for The Toy Foundation, which, since 2003, has provided more than $200 million in toys to over 25 million children in need around the world through generous donors to its signature program, The Toy Bank.

NOV 27

Inventors & Designers: Apply Now to be Selected for the Inaugural “CF@TF Inventor Day”


Toy inventors and designers are invited to apply to The Toy Association’s inaugural “CF@TF Inventor Day,” an opportunity for select individuals with toy and game inventions to pitch to influential toy and youth entertainment professionals and manufacturing partners during Toy Fair New York. CF@TF Inventor Day is being held on Friday, February 15, the day before Toy Fair opens, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

NOV 12

Toy Fair Exhibitors: Learn How to Pitch to Media & Buyers for the Show


The Toy Association is hosting two upcoming webinars for Toy Fair exhibitors that will suggest tips on how to pitch to retail buyers and help sharpen their PR strategies to create buzz around their products while at the show. Registration is now open for both sessions.

NOV 06

Register Now: Must Attend Webinar for Toy Fair Buyers


The Toy Association is hosting a free webinar on November 29 at 2 p.m. that will provide buyers, especially those attending Toy Fair for the first time, with a better understanding of how to utilize the marketplace to their advantage. Registration is now open for the webinar.

OCT 22

“Toy Fair Tools”: A Must-Open Email with Critical Toy Fair Information


y, February 16, to Tuesday, February 19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. To help exhibiting companies find everything they need to know about the upcoming show, The Toy Association has launched a more streamlined version of the Toy Fair Tools newsletter. Toy Fair exhibitors will receive the first weekly Toy Fair Tools via email this week.

OCT 16

Dallas Toy Fair Continues to be Vital for Toy Buyers and Manufacturers


Toy and game buyers and exhibitors alike expressed how crucial and valuable Fall Toy Preview continues to be for their businesses. The show took place earlier this month at the Dallas Market Center in Dallas, TX.

OCT 12

New York Toy Fair Ranks No. 35 on Annual Gold 100 Trade Show Ranking


The Toy Association’s North American International Toy Fair ranked at No. 35 on Trade Show Executive magazine’s Gold 100 List of the largest and most-accomplished trade shows in the country in 2017, The rankings were announced at the Gold 100 Awards & Summit held October 10 to 12 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA.

OCT 09

New to Toy Fair? Register Now for the Freshman Class Webinar for Exhibitors


Will you be exhibiting for the first time at the 116th North American International Toy Fair? Do you have questions that you need answered? Registration is now open for The Toy Association’s free webinar titled “Toy Fair 2019 Freshman Class Webinar for Exhibitors” on November 1 from 2 to 3 p.m. (Eastern) that will provide Toy Fair newcomers with a better understanding of how to prepare for and utilize the show to their advantage.


Not at Fall Toy Preview? Here’s What You’re Missing Out On


Not at The Toy Association’s Fall Toy Preview this week? Here’s what you’re missing.

SEP 25

Fall Toy Preview: Your Chance to Sell More Product & Network


The Toy Association’s Fall Toy Preview in Dallas, TX is just one week away. Are you ready? Here are five reasons this year’s fall marketplace will be the best yet!

SEP 17

Only a Few Spots Remain For Product Preview Appointments at Fall Toy Preview


The Toy Association’s trends team will be on site at Fall Toy Preview scouting new playthings to determine the hot toy trends for 2019. Exhibiting companies are encouraged to book appointments with the trends team by Friday, September 21; only a few spots remain.

SEP 11

Play Fair Road Tour Kicks Off to Thousands of Fans at Rose City Comic Con


The Play Fair road tour kicked off this past weekend with Play Fair PDX, held alongside Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR. The show will continue its tour of the U.S. in 2019 with three additional dates and locations.

SEP 11

Fall Toy Preview News You Need to Know


Fall Toy Preview exhibitors will have more opportunities to get their products noticed by the right people – including buyers and online influencers – and more chances to network when the fall marketplace returns next month to Dallas, TX.

AUG 28

Toy Industry Hall of Fame: Voting is Open for the 2019 Posthumous Inductees


Toy Association members are invited to cast their votes for the posthumous inductees into the 2019 Toy Industry Hall of Fame. Voting is open through Monday, September 24.

AUG 20

Fall Toy Preview: Book a Product Preview Appointment with The Toy Association’s Trends Team


The Toy Association’s trends team will be on site at Fall Toy Preview in October scouting new playthings to determine the hot toy trends for 2019. Exhibitors are encouraged to book appointments with the trends team to showcase their new products while in Dallas.

AUG 09

Third Annual Play Fair to Debut in Portland September 7-9, 2018


The 3rd Annual Play Fair, hosted by The Toy Association and LeftField Media, is taking the show on the road to Portland, OR this fall. Play Fair PDX, a public celebration of play and entertainment for all ages, will be held alongside Rose City Comic Con from September 7 to 9, 2018. More than 10,000 families are expected to attend an action-packed weekend of play in 30,000+ square feet of space.


Reminder: TOTY Nominations Are Open


Nominations for the Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards are now open. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, September 20.

JUL 31

TOTY 2019: Nominate Top Toys, Games, & Licenses Beginning Aug. 1


| It’s that time again for companies to nominate their top toys, games, and licensed properties for the 2019 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. Administered by The Toy Association, the awards program supports the philanthropic work of The Toy Foundation, which delivers new toys to children in need.

JUL 24

Fall Toy Preview 2018 Promises to be a Game Changer


In just the first month since attendee registration opened for Fall Toy Preview 2018, the industry’s premier fall marketplace for mass, long-lead, and specialty buyers has seen a 23 percent surge in registered retailers compared to the same period last year. Show organizers are optimistic that registration numbers will continue to rise as the October 2 to 4 show in Dallas, TX draws near.

JUL 16

Toy Association Hosts Members & Friends at Summertime Events


More than 100 toy company members, industry influencers, and play professionals gathered at The Toy Association’s New York City headquarters last week to network, learn about toy safety, and celebrate play.