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NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2021 -- The Toy Book™, the No. 1 news and information source for the toy industry, has released its 37th annual BIG Toy Book™ online at toybook.com. The Toy Book's BIG Book provides 244 pages of hard-hitting news, toy industry stats, retail reports, and details about thousands of new products hitting retail this year, along with all the information and insights the industry needs to be successful in 2021.
The Toy Book's BIG Book is typically revealed at Toy Fair New York, the biggest toy trade show of the year, which was canceled for the first time in more than 75 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the loss of this valued industry event, the Toy Book has stepped up and filled the gap with hundreds of pages of essential content, including thousands of toys that would have been unveiled at the show.
This new issue comes on the heels of a year of tremendous growth for the toy industry — reaching $32.6 billion in annual toy sales for the first time in history, according to The NPD Group. The Toy Book's BIG Book addresses industry concerns and biting issues such as:
"We're thrilled to release this special issue to provide the toy industry with all the helpful and valuable information needed to prepare for the year ahead," says Maddie Michalik, editor-in-chief, the Toy Book. "As the industry anticipates the sales growth and momentum from 2020 to continue into this year, we are excited to provide the tools and guidance manufacturers and retailers need to continue that growth, or in some cases, to rebuild and recover."
The biggest issue of the year, The Toy Book's BIG Book includes interviews with several of the industry's top retailers and manufacturers, in-depth looks at the year ahead from top industry analysts, and an annual product showcase with more than 100 pages previewing thousands of new toys launching in 2021.
State of the Industry Q&A: Get an update from 35 industry leaders, manufacturers, and retailers as they weigh in on toy trends, challenges, industry shifts and more.
Trending in Toyland: Get a sneak peek at what kinds of toys will be flying off shelves as Marissa DiBartolo, editor-in-chief of the Toy Insider, gives early insight into the top toy trends to watch in 2021.
The COVID-19 Curveballs: Sean McGowan, managing director of Gateway Investor Relations, reviews the predictions he made in 2020 and what his vision of the industry looks like for the year ahead.
Toy Industry Shows Resilience in 2020: Juli Lennett, vice president and industry advisor for The NPD Group's U.S. toys division, dissects the factors behind the 16% sales spike in 2020, from the surge in online shopping to the explosive growth seen in some toy categories.
The Industry Pivots: Chris Byrne, "The Toy Guy" and industry veteran of more than 30 years, explores what the toy industry has done to innovate, adapt, and thrive amid the lack of trade shows worldwide.
2021 Toy Launches: Get a sneak peek at thousands of new toys coming to retail shelves throughout 2021 across all categories, including activities, construction, dolls, plush, games and puzzles, impulse, collectibles, infant, preschool, outdoor, active, vehicles, action figures, and more.
Visit toybook.com for more information and to take advantage of a limited-time offer for a free, two-year subscription to the Toy Book in print and the weekly Toy Report newsletter each week! Click here to subscribe.
About the Toy Book
The Toy Book is the No. 1 resource serving the toy industry. Since 1984, the Toy Book has been the authority on news, trends, new products, and happenings in the toy world. The Toy Book's content is produced by an editorial team with more than 100 years of combined experience covering the toy industry. The Toy Book is published by Adventure Media & Events, publisher of the Toy Insider, the toy industry's most influential organization for product information about children's toys, tech and entertainment, as well as the Pop Insider, a daily pop culture news and review site that will #fuelyourfandom. For more information, visit toybook.com and follow the Toy Book on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
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