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The organizers of the New York Toy Fair which takes place every February in New York City has issued a statement stating that next year's 2021 event has been postponed until 2022. In the statement there is mention that they will try and do something Toy Fair related in the Spring of 2021, and the The Toy of The Year awards (TOTY) and Hall of Fame induction will go virtual for 2021. This of course is all in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Toy Fair for most of our readers is a time to see what new action figure products will be revealed for the coming year. Like with San Diego Comic Con that was canceled this year, we will likely see most companies continue to reveal new stuff online. CLICK HERE to read the entire statement issued by Toy Fair in regards to the events postponement for 2021.
Mattel announced today the launch of #ThankYouHeroes, a new, special edition line of collectible action figures and Little People Community Champions that honors the individuals leading the fight against COVID-19 as well as the everyday heroes who are working to keep communities up and running. All net proceeds from the line will go to #FirstRespondersFirst, an initiative created to support first responder healthcare workers as they serve on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic*. The Fisher-Price collection is the first of several brand efforts from Mattel designed to support today’s heroes, with others kicking off in the coming weeks as part of the Company’s broader “Play it Forward” platform, which focuses on leveraging Mattel brands to give back to communities in times of need. Fisher-Price’s #ThankYouHeroes assortment includes 16 different action figures featuring a selection of doctors, nurses, EMTs and delivery drivers. The brand is also introducing a special five-character Little People set comprised of a doctor, nurse, EMT, delivery driver and grocery store worker. “#ThankYouHeroes is designed to immortalize and honor healthcare and every day heroes, and to drive additional donations to support first responders,” said Chuck Scothon, Senior Vice President of Fisher-Price and Global Head of Infant and Preschool, Mattel. “Whether these toys are given as a gift to recognize someone working on the front lines, or used as a tool to help children have conversations about how they are feeling, it is our hope that Fisher-Price toys, and play in general, can ultimately make these difficult times easier for both kids and adults.” "We launched #FirstRespondersFirst to support healthcare workers and their families who are on the frontlines of this pandemic," said Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global, one of the organizations behind the #FirstRespondersFirst initiative. “Mattel’s iconic brands and products speak to something deep within us. So it will be wonderful to see this new Fisher-Price collection not only bring joy to children, but give parents and caregivers a new way to honor healthcare first responders and everyday heroes and their families." In addition to the launch of #ThankYouHeroes, Mattel is contributing to the fight against COVID-19 by making face shields and cloth face masks for medical professionals. The Company is now producing 500,000 face shields for healthcare workers, up from its original commitment of 100,000. Mattel has also provided toy donations to non-profit partners including Baby2Baby, Feed the Children, LA Family Housing, LA Students Most in Need (through the Los Angeles Unified School District), Partners for Pediatric Vision, Save the Children and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, among others. Additionally, the Company is donating toys to various Bright Horizons Child Care Centers that have been opened as special child care hubs, offering free child care for the children of frontline healthcare workers, through the #FirstRespondersFirst initiative. Mattel also recently launched the Mattel Playroom, a free online resource for parents and caregivers, which features activities and content from the Company’s iconic portfolio of brands. #ThankYouHeroes will be available for pre-order starting today through May 31, 2020 at http://MattelPlayroom.com/ThankYouHeroes. Each item will retail at $20, with $15 from each sale being donated to #FirstRespondersFirst. Items are expected to ship to consumers by December 31, 2020.