Press Releases

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Finalists Unveiled for 2022 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards
November 8, 2021
From creative construction toys and innovative collectibles, to lovable plush and toys for grown-ups, the 2022 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards finalists announced today will be topping wish lists this holiday season.

October 5, 2021
The Toy Association trends team today unveiled the hottest toy trends of the ‘21 holiday season, offering an inside look at some of the fastest growing fads in the toy & play space – from innovative takes on fidget toys to toys that promote kindness and sustainable lifestyles.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required to Attend Toy Fair NY ‘22
September 28, 2021
In keeping with New York City’s indoor activity guidelines and the Javits Center’s own policy requiring proof of vaccination for admission to events, Toy Fair New York ’22 will require all attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Four Toy Industry Icons to be Inducted into 2022 Toy Industry Hall of Fame
August 31, 2021
The Toy Association announced today that it will induct Jim Pressman, former president of Pressman Toy Corporation; Bob Wann, chief PlayMonster at PlayMonster LLC; the late Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy; and the late Lucille King, founder of the Playskool Institute, into the esteemed Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

August 2, 2021
The Toy Association and the Good Play Guide™ announced today the launch of a brand-new STEAM Accreditation Program for the toy industry that evaluates and certifies STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) products for children.

Toy Foundation Welcomes Pamela Mastrota as Executive Director
June 28, 2021
The Toy Foundation’s Board of Trustees and The Toy Association are pleased to announce that Pamela Mastrota has joined The Toy Foundation (TTF) as executive director, effective today (June 28).

Toy Fair New York to Host “World of Toys” Pavilion by Spielwarenmesse eG
June 15, 2021
The Toy Association, producer of Toy Fair New York, has announced a new partnership with Spielwarenmesse eG to bring the Nuremberg exhibition provider’s World of Toys Pavilion to Toy Fair New York 2022 (Feb. 19-22).

Toy Association Names Kimberly Carcone as Senior Vice President, Global Market Events
June 1, 2021
The Toy Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing all businesses involved in creating and delivering toys and youth entertainment products for kids of all ages, announced today that Kimberly Carcone has been promoted to senior vice president of global market events, effective June 1, 2021.

Influencers’ Top Toy Picks for Spring & Summer ’21 Unveiled by Toy Association & Clamour
May 21, 2021
Getting ready for a fun-filled summer of play? The Toy Association and Clamour today announced the “Spring & Summer 2021 Influencer Choice List,” which highlights the hottest toys and games as voted on by top-tier toy and family content creators in the Clamour network. Shoppers can browse the list to discover a variety of toys that will keep kids engaged all summer long – from exciting outdoor playthings to creative toys perfect for a rainy day.

Toy Brands, Food, Fashion, & Film to Unite at “Brands Untapped” @ Toy Fair NY
May 10, 2021
The Toy Association, producer of Toy Fair New York, and Mojo Nation have announced a new partnership to showcase multiple creative collaborations between toy companies and high-profile partners spanning the apparel, food & drink, hospitality, live event, video game, film & TV, and publishing industries in an innovative “Brands Untapped” space at Toy Fair New York ’22, taking place February 19 to 22 in New York City.

Toy Association Offers Families “Top 5 Tips” for Safe Outdoor Play
May 3, 2021
With summer just around the corner and families gearing up for an active season outdoors, The Toy Association is offering parents key advice on how to keep their kids safe, whether they are playing with ride-ons, having fun at the park or pool, or simply exploring nature.

Toy Association & Clamour to Unveil Top-Tier Influencers’ Toy Picks for Spring & Summer 2021
March 30, 2021
Top-tier influencers with monthly followings of at least one million views and a social reach of more than 500,000 will be voting for their favorite toys and games this spring. Selected products will be named to the official “Spring & Summer 2021 Influencer Choice List,” presented by The Toy Association in partnership with Clamour, producers of the largest annual industry summit from professional online video influencers.

Toy Association Announces Board & Executive Committee Members During Virtual Annual General Meeting
March 11, 2021
The Toy Association announced the election of five new members and three term renewals to its Board of Directors for two-year terms expiring in February 2023.

Toy Association Announces Top Toy Trends of 2021
February 16, 2021
After a historic year that saw U.S. toy sales skyrocket with millions of families stuck at home, The Toy Association today unveiled the top toy trends that are expected to drive industry sales in 2021.

Toy Association Announces 2021 Toy of The Year Award Winners
February 12, 2021
Play professionals and toy fans from around the globe gathered virtually today to honor the year’s most outstanding playthings and inspiring individuals at The Toy Association’s 21st annual Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards and Toy Industry Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Proceeds from the TOTY awards program support the charitable work of The Toy Foundation.