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  • Top picks from our Toy Buyer: Toy Fair 2018
    February 23, 2018 Viki

    Top picks from our Toy Buyer: Toy Fair 2018

    Top picks from our Toy Buyer: Toy Fair 2018 The Bean Team visits Toy Fair New York every year, and every year we’re nothing short of dazzled. We asked our fabulous newcomer of a Toy Buyer, Megan, for a highlight...

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  • New Product Showcase at The ABC Show
    October 15, 2013 Sheri

    New Product Showcase at The ABC Show

    The New Product Showcase has become one of my favorite parts of the ABC Show, and it happens before the show even begins! It takes place the night before the show, and is a reception for media and specialty retailers...

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  • Toy Fair 2013 – Day 1
    February 11, 2013 Sheri

    Toy Fair 2013 – Day 1

    It’s hard to believe, but I’m in New York for my 10th Toy Fair. Which sounds like a lot, until you discover Toy Fair is celebrating its 110th birthday this year. Also, a lot of other retailers I know have...

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  • Toy Fair Trends, 2012
    February 17, 2012 Dana

    Toy Fair Trends, 2012

    Discovering new games is always a delight at Toy Fair, but my favorite game is a very old one: trendspotting! There are always running themes that pop up each year, and it’s fun to see how each manufacturer puts its...

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  • JPMA Innovation Awards 2011
    September 24, 2011 Sheri

    JPMA Innovation Awards 2011

    Eli and I were absolutely honored and delighted to serve on the judging panel for the JPMA Innovation Awards again this year. It’s no secret I’m something of a baby gear geek, so I’d jump at any opportunity to spend...

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