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Toy Stocks; Hasbro (HAS) Gains on Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2015
Point Roberts WA, New York, NY - July 20, 2015 ( Newswire), a global news source covering leading sectors including toy stocks reports on Hasbro (HAS).

One World Holdings, Inc. (OWOO) Prettie Girls! Collection of Multicultural Dolls Turning Top Retailer Heads in the Toy Industry
March 31, 2015 ( newswire) One World Holdings, Inc. subsidiary The One World Doll Project continues to make waves in the retail toy market with their The Prettie Girls! multicultural doll collection

One World Holdings, Inc. (OWOO) Shareholder Call Will Detail National Roll-Out of Latest Products
March 23, 2015 ( newswire) The One World Doll Project, subsidiary of One World Holdings, has scheduled a stockholders conference call for April 6 at 11 a.m. ET in which the company will release details of its national retail store roll-out of the Prettie Girls!

Following One World Holdings, Inc.’s (OWOO) Pursuit toward Global Expansion
March 20, 2015 ( newswire) In little more than five years, founders of The One World Doll Project have transformed a mere idea for retail diversification into a product line that is rapidly gaining national publicity and market penetration via growing distribution, celebrity partnerships and an unmatched industry endorsement.

Toy News: Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (BBW) Reports an $18 Million Improvement in Operating Performance for the 2014 Fiscal Year
ST. LOUIS - February 19, 2015 ( newswire) Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (BBW) today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 3, 2015.

Toy News: Saban Brands and Fisher-Price Announce New Innovative Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Imaginext Product Line for Preschoolers
LOS ANGELES - February 17, 2015 ( newswire) Saban Brands and Fisher-Price today announced a new line of Imaginext products, inspired by the iconic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, for preschool-aged children coming to market summer 2015.

Toy News: Mattel (MAT) Collaborates with Google to Reimagine the Iconic View-Master Toy
NEW YORK - February 13, 2015 ( newswire) Kicking off the Toy Industry Association's Toy Fair in New York today, Mattel, Inc. (MAT) unveiled a collaboration with Google that gives the iconic View-Master toy a 21st century twist.

Toy News: Hasbro (HAS) Delivers the World’s Best Play Experiences at 2015 American International Toy Fair
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - February 13, 2015 ( newswire) Hasbro, Inc. (HAS) will showcase its 2015 lineup of innovative brand experiences at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.

Toy News: Hasbro (HAS) and BuzzFeed Team up to Launch Global MONOPOLY HERE & NOW Campaign
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - February 13, 2015 ( newswire) Roll the dice, pass GO, and get ready to take your MONOPOLY token on a trip around the world! In celebration of the MONOPOLY brand’s 80th anniversary, Hasbro, Inc. (HAS) has teamed up with social news and entertainment company BuzzFeed to ask fans to choose which great cities around the world will be featured as property spaces in new MONOPOLY HERE & NOW games launching this fall.

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ALCO Stores Inc ( NasdaqGM: ALCS ) is a broad-line retailer, primarily located in small underserved communities across 23 states. The Company has 217 ALCO stores that offer both name brand and private label products of exceptional quality at reasonable prices. We are proud to have continually provided friendly, personal service to our customers for the past 112 years. ALCO Stores, Inc. offers customers a wide variety of products at reasonable prices. Our specialty is delivering those products with the friendly, personal service found in the stores of yesteryear, but with the modern convenience and product selection that today's consumer expects. In a retail market that has sacrificed quality and service for inexpensive products, ALCO has proven to be a winner year after year, as it continues its steady growth throughout the central United States. All of our ALCO stores offer quality merchandise at great value prices. Categories include: Apparel: Men's, Women's, Kids , Automotive , Candy, Snacks, Food , Crafts , Domestics , Electronics, Video, Audio, Gifts , Hardware , Health and Beauty Aids , Housewares , Jewelry , Lawn and Garden , Pet Supplies , ; Seasonal Items , Shoes and Hosiery , Sporting Goods , Stationery and Toys., Inc. ( NasdaqGS: AMZN ) a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection., Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including , , , , , , , , and .

American Greetings Corp ( NYSE: AM) For more than 100 years, American Greetings Corporation has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods and American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-packaging and boxed cards. The Company also has one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web, including greeting cards available at and electronic greeting cards available at In addition to its product lines, the Company creates and licenses popular character brands through the American Greetings Properties group . The company created the Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobbie, among others, and develops social expressions products for numerous licensors.

Big Tree Group . Inc. ( OTC:BIGG ) headquartered in Shantou China, a city known in the industry as the premier location for toy manufacturing in China, serves as a "one stop shop" for the sourcing, distribution and specialty manufacturing of toys and related products.  Through our Shantou Big Tree Toys subsidiary founded in 2003, we act as an authorized agent for over 8,000 toy manufacturers in China offering in excess of 300,000 varieties of toy products including remote control toys, digital toys, sports toys, play sets, educational toys, dolls, and infant toys.  We showcase these products at our two showrooms in Shantou with over 15,000 square meters of display space where we also facilitate orders and combine shipments to destinations across the globe.  Customers can also order via our website knowing that the products we represent have undergone rigorous quality control tests at our in-house testing facility. Additionally, we market a line of proprietary construction toys known as Magic Puzzles which we sell on our websites as well as through domestic retail store channels. 

Build-A-Bear Workshop ( NYSE: BBW ) is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. There are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and South America. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Brands include make-your-own Major League Baseball® mascot in-stadium locations, and Build-A-Dino® stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world website at™. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the fifth year in a row in 2013.

Canadian Tire Corp. ( TSX:CTC.TO ; CTC-A.TO ) is a Family of Companies that includes Canadian Tire Retail, Partsource, Gas+, FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts, National Sports, Intersport and Atmosphere), Mark's and Canadian Tire Financial Services.  With more than 1,700 retail and gasoline outlets from coast-to-coast, our primary retail business categories - Automotive, Living, Fixing, Playing and Apparel - are supported and strengthened by our Financial Services division. Over 85,000 people are employed across the Canadian Tire enterprise, which was founded in 1922 and remains one of Canada's most recognized and trusted brands.

Casdon plc ( LSE:CDY.L ) specializes in the design, tooling and marketing of toy miniature domestic and garden appliances such as Dyson, Hotpoint and Morphy Richards, scaled for role play use by children aged between 3 and 6 years of age. The materials used are thermo plastic moldings, metal tube and printed card, with some sewn fabrics, all of which are made in China and shipped into the UK and other world territories. The Company’s main market is the UK but is having sales successes in the USA, Australia, Japan and Russia. The Company’s main UK customers are Argos, Amazon, Toys R Us and Shop Direct, and the Company also supplies several wholesale buying groups and hundreds of independent toy retailers held within buying groups such as Toymaster and Youngsters. The Company operates out of its own owned purpose built warehouse premises on the outskirts of Blackpool next to the motorway system. The warehouse also houses administration offices on its first floor.

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao ( NYSE: CBD ) engages in the retail of food and non-food products to individual consumers through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, and the Internet. The company sells non-perishable food products, beverages, fruits, vegetables, meat, bread, cold cuts, and dairy products; cleaning products, disposable products, and personal care products; non-food products, which include clothing items, baby items, shoes and accessories, household articles, books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, stationery, handcraft, toys, sports and camping gear, furniture, mattresses, pet products, and gardening products; and electronics, such as personal computers, software, computer accessories, and sound and image systems. It also provides medications and cosmetics at its drugstores; and non-food products at gas stations. The company operates its stores principally under the Pão de Açúcar, Extra, Extra Eletro, Extra Perto, Extra Fácil, Assai, Ponto Frio, Casas Bahia, Casas,, and Ponto Frio.Com trade names.

Costco Wholesale Corp ( NasdaqGS:COST ) operates an international chain of membership warehouses, mainly under the ‘Costco Wholesale’ name, that carry quality, brand name merchandise at substantially lower prices than are typically found at conventional wholesale or retail sources. The warehouses are designed to help small-to-medium-sized businesses reduce costs in purchasing for resale and for everyday business use. Individuals may also purchase for their personal needs. Costco's warehouses present one of the largest and most exclusive product category selections to be found under a single roof. Categories include groceries, candy, appliances, television and media, automotive supplies, tires, toys, hardware, sporting goods, jewelry, watches, cameras, books, housewares, apparel, health and beauty aids, tobacco, furniture, office supplies and office equipment. Costco is known for carrying top quality national and regional brands, with 100% satisfaction guaranteed, at prices consistently below traditional wholesale or retail outlets.

Dollar General Corp ( NYSE: DG ) has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 70 years. Dollar General helps shoppers ‘Save time. Save money. Every day!(R)’ by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Toy offerings include action figures, licensed brands, stuffed toys, dolls, Learning, video and puzzles and games among others.

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LF Venture Capital prefers to support existing management of growth-oriented consumer product companies by making significant minority equity investments of US $5 million to $10 million. We focus on companies that can leverage the global sourcing network and product expertise of our parent company, Li & Fung Limited.

We generally avoid start-up opportunities and prefer to participate in later-stage expansion rounds and management buy-outs. While we usually act as lead sponsor of a transaction, we also co-invest with other private equity firms in larger transactions focus on the following consumer product sectors: Garments, Home Furnishings and housewares, Fashion Accessories, Shoes, Handbags and Travel Goods, Gifts and Handicrafts ,Premiums, Toys

Industry Associations

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  • Toy & Game Industry Foundation - The Toy & Game Industry Foundation offers Industry Professionals the unique opportunity to attend the Toy & Game Inventor's Forum.
  • American Association of Exporters and Importers
    11 West 42nd St.
    New York, NY 10036
  • American Booksellers Association (ABA)
    828 South Broadway
    Tarrytown, NY 10591
  • American Specialty Toy Retailers Association (ASTRA)
    4700 W Lake Ave.
    Glenview, IL 60025
    Phone: 847/375-4727
    Fax: 888/840-2650
  • Association of Crafts & Creative Industries (ACCI)
    P.O.Box 2188
    Zanesville, Ohio 43702-2188
  • Association Headquarters, Inc.
    Suite 100
    236 Route 38 West
    Moorestown, NJ 08057
    Tel: (609) 231-8500
  • Canada's Greatest Collector's Toy Show
    91 Rylander Boulevard Unit 7,
    Scarborough, ON
    Canada M1B 5M5
    Tel: (416) 633-7378
  • Canadian Toy Manufacturers Association
    P.O.Box 294
    Kleinburg, Ontario LUJ1C0
  • Children's Advertising Review Unit
    Council of Better Business Bureaus
    845 3rd Ave., 17th Floor
    New York, NY 10022
  • Congress Innsbruck/Igls Postfach
    A-6021 Innsbruck
    Tel: (0512) 5936-0
    Fax: (0512) 5936-7
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
    4330 East West Highway
    Bethesda, Maryland 20814
  • Dallas Market Center
    2100 Stemmons Fwy
    Dallas, TX 75207
  • Diecast Toy Collectors Association
    P.O.Box 1824
    Bend, OR 97709-1824
  • Economic Industry Reports
    2345 Kendricks Court
    Raleigh, NC 27613
  • Electronic Industries Association/Consumer
    Electronics Manufacturer Association (CEMA)
    2500 Wilson Blvd.
    Arlington, VA 22201-3834
  • Family Promotion
    v.z.w. Lieveheersbeestjeslaan 36
    B-1170 Brussel
    Tel: +32 2 6754000
    Fax: +32 2 6753594
  • Federal Trade Commission
    6th & Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20580
  • French Trade Office
    810 7th Ave., 38th Floor
    New York, NY 10019
  • Harrogate International Toy Fair Ltd
    8/9 Upper Street
    Islington, London N1 0PP
    Tel: (071) 226-6653
  • Hobby Industry Association (HIA)
    319 East 54th St.
    Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
    207 Commercial Court
    Morganville, NJ 07751
    Phone: 800-969-7176
    Fax: 732-536-5761
  • Hong Kong Trade Development Council
    219 East 46th St.
    New York, NY 10017
  • Infant Furnishings Representatives Association
    4501 North High Street, Suite B
    Columbus, OH 43214
    Phone: 614-261-8595
    International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association
    350 5th Ave., Suite 2309
    New York, NY 10118
  • International Mass Retail Association
    1700 North Moore St., Suite 2250
    Arlington, VA 22209
  • Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
    236 Route 38 West, Suite 100
    Moorestown, NJ 08057
  • Koln Messe
    GmbH Messeplatz 1
    D-50679 Koln
    Tel: (0221) 82 10
    Telex: 8873 426
    Fax: (0221) 821 2574
  • Leading National Advertisers
    11 West 42nd St.
    New York, NY 10036
    5055 Wilshire Blvd. 7th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
  • esse Essen GmbH Postfach
    Essen 45001
    Tel: +49 201-7244240
    Fax: +49 201-7244448
  • Midwest Association of Toy, Hobby and Trim-A-Tree
    516 North Main St., Suite D
    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
  • Miniatures Industry Association of America (MIAA)
    P.O. Box 2188
    Zanesville, Ohio 43702
  • Miniature Retailers Association
    P.O.Box 1217
    Kingston, NY 12401
    Phone: (914)338-0641
  • Model Railroad Industry Association (MRIA)
    303 Freeport Road
    Pittsburg, PA 15215
    Phone: (412)781-2709
    Fax:: (412)781-2871