1903 was the year that the American toy industry came together for its first Toy Fair. Looking back from 2016, it seems like a quaint time with clumsy looking cars, boxy trolley cars and hats…lots and lots of hats. In actuality, it was not such a quaint time. The world was in the midst of great […]
Mr. CK Yeung is the former Vice Chairman of Blue Box International Limited. He is a member of the Hong Kong Toys Advisory Committee, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and former Vice President of the Hong Kong Toys Council. Mr. Yeung is a Hong Kong Toys Advisory Committee member and the Hong Kong Trade […]
See the original article here. Then click the links below to see collectibles from each character on hobbyDB! I wrote this article ten years ago and it has proven to be one of my most popular. So, I thought it would be fun to republish it and add a little whimsy to the weekend. 1. […]
Working at The Strong Museum sometimes involves surprises—of the good kind. That was the case when I received an inquiry about the potential donation of a set of hand-carved Alice in Wonderland figures. “Please tell me more,” I responded. What I discovered proved to be a fascinating story of a creative individual who pursued play […]
Lego dominates the toy aisle. The toy industry’s Big 3, Lego, Hasbro, and Mattel, are starting to look like the Big 1. That domination is the subject of an excellent article by Wall Street Journal writer, Trefor Moss, entitled “How Lego Beat Barbie and Monopoly.” He puts it this way: Less than a decade ago, […]
Many people know how much impact Jews and Jewish culture have had on entertainment industries like film, television, and comic books. But Jewish designers, entrepreneurs, and inventors have also shaped the world of toys, games, pinball, and video games, and the products of their careers are a huge part of the collections of both The […]
When I moved to the US Richard Gottlieb was one of my first calls. He is the CEO of Global Toy Group, founder of Global Toy Experts and publisher of Global Toy News, making him an authority and go-to source in the toy world (and while hobbyDB plans to document every collectible ever made we […]
What makes for an outstanding animated character? I was, this week, asked that question by a reporter from CNBC. To give my best answer, I asked for time to do some research. I wanted to see what critics believed were the best characters and then understand what those characters had in common. A little googling […]
After decades of protection, several notable properties will enter the public domain in 2024 and beyond. That means you can use them without having to pay a licensing fee. Most notably for the toy industry, these public domain characters include Mickey Mouse, Superman, Winnie the Pooh, Bambi, Batman, and Bugs Bunny. Before you begin placing […]
With shrinking margins and rising manufacturing costs, collectible brands can sometimes be at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing actionable data and valuable consumer insights – particularly when it comes to secondary markets. hobbyDB CEO Christian Braun recently shared his thoughts with Global Toy News on how brands can use hobbyDB as a window […]
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