Cheap toy – Toy Groove http://toygroove.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:45:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://toygroove.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/toy-120x120.png Cheap toy – Toy Groove http://toygroove.com/ 32 32 CI Hero: Santa Bill Prepares for the 26th Annual Children’s Hospital Toy Delivery https://toygroove.com/ci-hero-santa-bill-prepares-for-the-26th-annual-childrens-hospital-toy-delivery/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:45:25 +0000 https://toygroove.com/ci-hero-santa-bill-prepares-for-the-26th-annual-childrens-hospital-toy-delivery/ PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – For the 26th year, a local Santa is preparing to make Christmas special for patients at Children’s Hospital of Illinois. After a message to the church about giving, Bill Turney was inspired to donate football cards to children at Peoria Hospital. Since then, Turney’s desire to give has taken on a […]]]>

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – For the 26th year, a local Santa is preparing to make Christmas special for patients at Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

After a message to the church about giving, Bill Turney was inspired to donate football cards to children at Peoria Hospital. Since then, Turney’s desire to give has taken on a life of its own.

“He went from that to a little red wagon, to a little van, and now we’re filling a 25-foot U-Haul truck up and down with toys,” Turney said.

For over 2 decades, Turney delivered thousands of dollars worth of toys to patients at Children’s Hospital in Illinois, earning him the nickname “Santa Bill”.

“For me, these children are perfect. I know they’re sick and if I can go out there and make them smile a little bit then we’ve done the job we had to do,” Turney said.

Santa Bill and his helpers prepare for the Christmas tradition for the 26th time.

During this month and December, you can purchase merchandise, donate online, drop off toys, or purchase raffle tickets for items such as signed bear memorabilia. All proceeds will help Santa Bill put toys under the tree for the kids.

“It’s amazing, the community support I get. I got quite a following after all these years, and I don’t have to worry about anything,” Turney said.

Each year, Turney not only wants to provide toys for children who are fighting disease, but also hope.

“It’s nothing for me to get down on my knees and pray for those kids there in the room because I want them, I want them home with their families, I want them home. home for Christmas, but some of them can’t be home with their families for Christmas, so we do what we have to do and put a smile on every one of them,” Turney said.

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Lips to Host Annual DRAG-A-LICIOUS BRUNCH and Holiday Toy Drive Next Month https://toygroove.com/lips-to-host-annual-drag-a-licious-brunch-and-holiday-toy-drive-next-month/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 14:38:50 +0000 https://toygroove.com/lips-to-host-annual-drag-a-licious-brunch-and-holiday-toy-drive-next-month/ Lipsthe ultimate in fast food, will be hosting a holiday toy drive like no other to benefit Children’s diagnostic and treatment center (CDTC) during its Drag-a-licious brunch on Sunday, December 11, with two seats at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped children’s toy to receive a free gift Lips […]]]>

Lipsthe ultimate in fast food, will be hosting a holiday toy drive like no other to benefit Children’s diagnostic and treatment center (CDTC) during its Drag-a-licious brunch on Sunday, December 11, with two seats at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped children’s toy to receive a free gift Lips World Famous Iced Cosmo on a future visit.

“The Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center is grateful to Lips who has been committed to our organization for years to support our children,” said Ana E. Calderon Randazzo, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Diagnostic Center and treatment for children. “Lips provides an incredibly enjoyable time and we invite others to join us as we raise funds and toys for our families in need!”

Attendees of this festive brunch will have two reasons to enjoy the Lips show palace experience. One is to celebrate Lips’ show hostess, Nicolette’s birthday and the other is to support CDTC. Audiences will experience soulful and uplifting music performed by the ladies of Lips who will also serve Lips’ famous all-inclusive Sunday brunch with bottomless Bloody Marys, mimosas and champagne.

“We remain dedicated to collecting toys and raising funds for the children’s diagnostic and treatment center,” said Yvonne Lamé, founder and co-owner of Lips. “Now, in particular, we are embracing the spirit of giving and encouraging the community to join us for this celebratory occasion to bring hope to local children for the holidays.”

Guests at Lips always appreciate the witty hostesses and talented actors who serve up delicious food and entertainment as part of a well-orchestrated revue of great ladies past and present. Lips is more drag-a-licious than ever with a popular menu of delicious drag queen-inspired salads, appetizers, appetizers and desserts, plus a full bar serving its world-famous frozen cosmos and other signature drinks.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (954) 567-0987. Brunch is $40 per person, which includes a $10 exhibit fee that will go directly to the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

About the Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center

The Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center (CDTC) is a nonprofit organization that serves more than 11,000 clients with special health care needs in Broward County each year. As part of Broward Health, CDTC’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of children with special health needs by providing comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services. CDTC is a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) providing a unique system of care for infants, children, youth and women with chronic illnesses, disabilities and developmental delays. For more information, visit ChildrensDiagnostic.com.

About Lips Fort Lauderdale

Six nights a week and every Sunday afternoon, Lips serves up delicious food and Las Vegas-style entertainment. Lips is the perfect place for a bachelorette party or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or even a divorce with an incredible cast of characters including show hostesses Amanda Austin, Daisy Deadpetals, Nicolette, London Adour and Velvet LeNore. The fun never stops at Lips, with partner locations in New York, San Diego, Atlanta and Chicago. Lips is located at 1421 East Oakland Park Blvd. in Oakland Park, about a mile east of I-95. For more information about Lips, call (954) 567-0987 or visit www.lipsusa.com.

Photo credit: TheDragPhotographer.com

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Colt’s Closet teams up with Surfside Beach Chick-fil-A for toy drive https://toygroove.com/colts-closet-teams-up-with-surfside-beach-chick-fil-a-for-toy-drive/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 17:01:00 +0000 https://toygroove.com/colts-closet-teams-up-with-surfside-beach-chick-fil-a-for-toy-drive/ HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Colt Galloway came up with the idea of ​​helping patients at a children’s hospital in Columbia when he was 10 years old. Colt has been going to Children’s Hospital every year for years. He has hemophilia and requires an annual check-up. He said that once during the treatment he met […]]]>

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Colt Galloway came up with the idea of ​​helping patients at a children’s hospital in Columbia when he was 10 years old.

Colt has been going to Children’s Hospital every year for years. He has hemophilia and requires an annual check-up.

He said that once during the treatment he met a friend. This friend asked if he would be back the next day. At that time, he said he realized he was lucky to only have to come once a year. Thus, Colt’s Closet began.

He shared the idea with his mother and the idea was to help collect toys to take to the children in the hospital. Hospital staff allowed children to choose a toy each time they went for a procedure or examination.

Since this idea was put into action, Colt’s Closet has been able to collect and donate 7,800 toys for the children’s hospital, now called Prisma Healthcare.

“Every time we go to the hospital, I see kids picking from the closet,” Colt said. “Finally we were able to donate a new closet because the old one was falling apart. And so to see Colt’s Closet with the Colt’s Closet emblem on it, finally see those kids and the smiles on their faces when they come out really got me motivated.

Colt will be graduating from high school in May, and his goal is to have provided 10,000 toys to Children’s Hospital by then.

The Surfside Beach Chick-fil-A currently has a table set up in the restaurant where people can drop off an unboxed toy or donate money.

Those who donate $20 or more will receive a teddy bear to donate to Colt’s Closet or someone else.

Colt’s Closet Teddy Bear(Colt’s closet)

Additionally, between 5 and 7 p.m. on Thursdays, when you mention Colt’s Closet when placing your order, a portion of the proceeds from your order will be donated to Colt’s Closet by the restaurant.

Colt said it was not his job, but God working through him.

“It’s really more of a God thing because I wouldn’t be able to do this without him and he gave me every opportunity to do it,” Colt said. “And so, with his help and especially the people around me and connecting with me and really helping me with my purpose and what I have a passion to do has really helped keep me going.”

By sharing his thoughts and involving others in his life such as family and friends, Colt’s Closet has brought a lot to children in difficult situations.

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Enthusiasm, toy donations, mini-rails welcome on Toys for Tots ride https://toygroove.com/enthusiasm-toy-donations-mini-rails-welcome-on-toys-for-tots-ride/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 05:01:00 +0000 https://toygroove.com/enthusiasm-toy-donations-mini-rails-welcome-on-toys-for-tots-ride/ Children from families in need were the big winners on Saturday when hundreds of unwrapped toys were collected during Westmoreland County Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots’ annual Mini-Rail Caravan at stops in Mt. Pleasant, Scottdale, Tarrs, Ruffs Dale, Hunker, Youngwood and Hempfield. Among the hundreds who donated toys where the 19 North American Rail […]]]>

Children from families in need were the big winners on Saturday when hundreds of unwrapped toys were collected during Westmoreland County Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots’ annual Mini-Rail Caravan at stops in Mt. Pleasant, Scottdale, Tarrs, Ruffs Dale, Hunker, Youngwood and Hempfield.

Among the hundreds who donated toys where the 19 North American Rail Car Operators Association mini-cars stopped during the 17-mile journey on the Southwestern Pennsylvania Railroad line were Luella Hagerman, 3, of Scottdale, daughter of Amanda Hagerman of Scottdale. .

“We think it’s a great way to give toys to children. It’s a great way to start the holidays,” said Amanda Hagerman, who said her daughter chose a mini cleaning set for a young girl and a tractor for a young boy.

Five-year-old David McElfresh, who was with his father, Justin McElfresh of the Everson area in Fayette County, boarded one of the wagons and sat in the operator’s seat.

“We wanted to drop off toys for the kids, and he wanted to see Santa Claus,” Justin McElfresh said. A couple dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were among the wagon operators.

Organizers of the initiative in Westmoreland County expect they will be able to provide more toys to children this holiday season than last year, when Christmas for 2,460 pupils was brightened up by their efforts, said Dennis Blank, chairman of Toys for Tots County, which started in 1995.

Through the Total Campaign, with collection boxes at stores and other sites, about 29,320 toys were collected last year, according to the county’s Toys for Tots website.

“It looks like we’ll do better than last year,” Blank said, adding that they’ll have a final tally of donated toys by the middle of next week.

Doug Hurst, Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign coordinator in Westmoreland County, said he was very pleased with the turnout for the various stops, which he said was better than last year.

At Hunker, Katie Miller brought her daughter, Sarah, 3, to donate toys. They were among the few hundred waiting for the mini-cars.

“It’s a small community gathering,” Miller said of the turnout. It was organized by the Hunker Civic Association.

Another youngster who was happy to get on the wagons was Izaac Garland of Ruffsdale, the son of Kelly and Brandon Garland of Ruffs Dale, who donated puzzles and figurines.

“We’ve been coming to see the wagons for a few years,” Kelly Garland.

In Youngwood, Ashley Devitt from Latrobe, brought her 3-year-old son, Tanner.

“He loves trains,” said Devitt, who was with his son’s babysitters, Rich and Mary Grace Wigfield of Greensburg.

Wagon enthusiasts from across the Midwest and South participated in the wagon caravan for a good cause, said John Gonder of Ruffs Dale, organizer of the seven-year local wagon effort.

Some of the operators wore seasonal clothing, including Gary Smith of Hackettstown, NJ, who dressed as an elf and handed out candy to children.

“Every year it gets bigger and bigger. The kids really respond to it,” Gonder said.

The toys should be distributed about a week before Christmas. Registration will be open soon on the jeannette-pa.toysfortots.org website.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joe by email at jnapsha@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Bill’s Elves toy drive kicks off for 2022 https://toygroove.com/bills-elves-toy-drive-kicks-off-for-2022/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 04:56:08 +0000 https://toygroove.com/bills-elves-toy-drive-kicks-off-for-2022/ The annual toy drive is partnering with six organizations this year. SAN ANTONIO – KENS5 and chief weatherman Bill Taylor host Bill’s Elves’ annual holiday toy drive to help collect toys and donations for underserved children in San Antonio. Last year, Bill’s Elves raised $34,000 in monetary donations and 5,526 toys from a very generous […]]]>

The annual toy drive is partnering with six organizations this year.

SAN ANTONIO – KENS5 and chief weatherman Bill Taylor host Bill’s Elves’ annual holiday toy drive to help collect toys and donations for underserved children in San Antonio.

Last year, Bill’s Elves raised $34,000 in monetary donations and 5,526 toys from a very generous South Texas community. Once again, we are reaching out to you to help these organizations bring smiles to young and old alike.

This year, Bill’s Elves is partnering with Child Protective Services, Roy Mass Youth Alternatives and Urban Faith Mission.

Urban Faith is very active in churches and organizations, demonstrating love and service work.

Steve Kiolbassa, the Founder and Executive Director, told us, “It’s going to take the pressure off the families in those areas. And then the second thing is that it means the world to the kids not to feel disconnected, not to feeling isolated. And that communicates to kids that someone cares about them.”

Bill’s Elves is also in partnership with San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries, SJRC Texas and Mission Road Ministries.

Mission Road has group homes, a day activity centre, a work center and offers opportunities for adults to seek work and career guidance.

Nick Welch chose to live in one of their community houses. Welch said, “I had to share a room with my brother between the ages of 6 and 25. So, you know, if you consider all of that, when you finally get to a room, you’re kind of like, thank God.”

Mission Road couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of Bill’s Elves this year.

Laura Butler, CEO and COO of Mission Road Ministries, told us, “We always want to give everyone a really good Christmas and fulfill their wish lists and stuff. So it’s critical that we have community partners who are ready to give our guys a great Christmas.”

Bill will be at the Alamo Ranch Target from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday. And of course, you can always donate online. To learn how and to learn more about Bill’s Elves, click here: kens5.com/billselves or billselves.com.

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Letter to the editor: send them back to Toy Land https://toygroove.com/letter-to-the-editor-send-them-back-to-toy-land/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://toygroove.com/letter-to-the-editor-send-them-back-to-toy-land/ There seems to be a lot of excitement about the impending arrival of a Fleet Farm store – the store that once offered what you were looking for. During the 1970s and 1980s, family farms were located literally a few miles from Door County – farms owned by families for generations. At that time, Fleet […]]]>

There seems to be a lot of excitement about the impending arrival of a Fleet Farm store – the store that once offered what you were looking for.

During the 1970s and 1980s, family farms were located literally a few miles from Door County – farms owned by families for generations. At that time, Fleet Farm was a reliable source of supply for farmers, and farmers begged the chain store to consider coming to Door County. At that time it would have been a good investment, but Fleet Farm declined, stating there was not enough interest for the company to consider investing in the area.

Now, isn’t part of the proposed construction site part of family farmland? Today, with the number of small family farms in the region drastically reduced, Fleet Farm executives believe it’s a good fit. (The biggest mega-farms don’t support Fleet Farm because the stores don’t carry enough supplies for them. They use other outsourced delivery companies.) So why would it be a good choice now?

Currently in this area of ​​Sturgeon Bay there are two gas stations all closed, vacant commercial space and other businesses struggling to find and retain reliable help to keep them open and operating for their normal hours. Still, there’s excitement about Fleet Farm’s arrival in Door County. Go on!

How long did it take to fill the empty Kmart building? Subway? Hardee’s (although now demolished), among others that are speckled around the area?

Hindsight would indicate that it would be the same scene with the potential Fleet Farm building. (You know the saying, “Hindsight is 20/20.”) If there’s a need for anything on the west side, turn one of the empty gas stations into a small grocery store.

Put more common sense into thoughts and planning. The county can’t build “affordable” housing fast enough to meet demand and keep people here locally. Those who are here 24/7/365 are struggling. A new building would simply – and quite quickly – become a vacant building.

Without the people, Door County could not continue to be Door County.

Julie Kroll

Brussels, Wisconsin

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The November issue of Toy World is out nowToy World Magazine https://toygroove.com/the-november-issue-of-toy-world-is-out-nowtoy-world-magazine/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 09:10:47 +0000 https://toygroove.com/the-november-issue-of-toy-world-is-out-nowtoy-world-magazine/ The 126-page November issue of the UK’s leading toy trade magazine, Toy World, is now available online and hits desks and doormats this week. The November issue of Toy World, the leading B2B toy trade publication, is now available. This issue features a comprehensive roundup of the latest outdoor toys to hit retail shelves across […]]]>

The 126-page November issue of the UK’s leading toy trade magazine, Toy World, is now available online and hits desks and doormats this week.

The November issue of Toy World, the leading B2B toy trade publication, is now available.

This issue features a comprehensive roundup of the latest outdoor toys to hit retail shelves across the country, as well as a look at the Q1 lines that will kickstart toy sales once the holiday season is over and dusted off. .

Toy World editor Rachael Simpson-Jones also spoke exclusively to Dr Louis Mittoni, CEO and Managing Director of Toys R Us ANZ – which last year acquired the rights to manage the trade of digital and physical retail for Toys R Us and Babies R Us in the UK – on the iconic toy retailer’s return to market and its plans for the future.

As Nerf announces its first official sport, Nerfball, Adam Kleinman, SVP & GM Global Brands – Nerf & Sports Action at Hasbro, chats with Toy World about the brand’s success and how it’s expanding far beyond the toys. And Associate Editor Sam Giltrow talks to Rene Rozendal, Director of Toys & Entertainment at online catalog platform Icecat, about the benefits retailers and brands can derive from working with the company. Sam also caught up with Curious Universe CEO John Styring, who talked about how the company found its bearings during the pandemic and its plans to grow its presence in the toy arena.

On top of all that, Toy World’s November issue also features news, views and opinions from Asha Bhalsod of Etopia Consultancy, Peadar Drislane of Seika Media and Richard Gottlieb of Global Toy Experts. Plus, we have this month’s regular columns from The NPD Group, Generation Media and Toy Barnhaus, a look at some new Fresh ranges and a special feature on the ICTI Ethical Toy program’s latest Family Friendly Spaces initiative.

To read the November issue of Toy World, click here.

Don’t forget that the team is currently working on the last issue of 2022. The December edition of Toy World will include a full preview of the Nuremberg Toy Fair: if you are exhibiting in Nuremberg and want to attract buyers to your stand, this number will be the perfect opportunity to explain to merchants why they should add you to their agenda.

The December issue will be published on December 1 with a publication deadline of November 14 and an editorial deadline of November 4.

Want to get involved? For all publicity enquiries, contact Mark Austin by calling 01442 502405 or emailing mark@toyworldmag.co.uk.

For all editorial inquiries, contact:

The editorial staff can also be reached on 01442 502 406.

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AAt her last count, Margaret Leng Tan owned 18 toy pianos – but these days she is content with “lots and lots”. The 76-year-old musician, once called “the world’s first toy piano virtuoso” by The New York Times and “the formidable doyenne of the avant-garde” by The Washington Post, finds her pianos everywhere, from garage sales to the trash cans. “I picked a nice one out of the trash – the legs were missing but it was vintage and had a nice sound,” she says. Last year, a complete stranger even left a red one on his doorstep in Brooklyn: “I became a foundling hospital for orphan pianos.

Her favorite in her collection is a vintage Schoenhut, which she considers “the Steinway of the toy piano world.”

“This one has been everywhere, from Carnegie Hall to Beethoven’s house in Bonn. I played Beethoven in Beethoven’s house! Can you imagine? Eat this, Schroeder! she laughs.

Perhaps next to Peanuts character Schroeder, Tan is now the most famous face of the toy piano; When his seminal album The Art of Toy Piano was released 25 years ago, Peanuts creator Charles Schultz even wrote to him to inform him: “You have joined Schroeder as one of the great piano performers toy of our time.

Tan exudes a light playfulness that complements her chosen instrument: “I’ve always had aspirations of being a seated comedian – not a stand-up comedian! she says. “The toy piano gives me this golden opportunity.” She isn’t limited to the piano either: in an arrangement titled Old MacDonald’s Yellow Submarine, written for her by composer Erik Griswold, she simultaneously plays the toy piano, bicycle horn, bicycle bell and train whistle. . “It was incredibly difficult,” she says.

In her latest show, Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep, she performs a simpler version involving a toy piano, a plastic Fisher Price telephone and a toy mobile. “I’m one of the few remaining people in the universe, along with Werner Herzog, who doesn’t have a cell phone,” she says. “But I have a toy!”

Has her audience always understood what she does? “They came for a walk. They have often been very enthusiastic and willing to walk me down that rabbit hole. I mean, the toy piano. It’s as crazy as it gets!” she laughs. “But because I take it seriously, they take it seriously. And the toy piano is so seductive. How can you resist a toy piano? introduce avant-garde music to an audience that would never go to such a concert – they will go to a toy piano concert out of curiosity.

Dragon Ladies is a stone’s throw from her regular gigs: it’s a one-woman biographical theater performance in which Tan tells her life story through meaningful moments. “It started because I intended to sit down and write my memoir, but I could never find the uninterrupted time to do so,” she says. “I thought it would be easier to make sound memoirs than writing. And I had the title – I read somewhere that if you have a good title, you have to deliver.

A significant portion of the show explores Tan’s lifelong struggle to deal with his obsessive compulsive disorder. As a child, she once wrote, her OCD “manifested in an array of behavioral quirks ranging from adamant insistence that the bow in my hair be perfectly straight to a perpetual need to solace to allay my many fears, largely imagined but painfully real to me.

Music and rhythm became outlets for his urge to count everything. “Music is about counting. OCD is counting. It’s a marriage made in heaven,” she says. “But I wouldn’t wish OCD on my worst enemy. It’s not funny. But I want to show people that you can still be creative and function despite it. Or because of it. Or both.”

Tan performing Dragon Ladies Don’t Weep. Photography: Crispian Chan

Tan started playing the piano at the age of six. Her father was a famous lawyer and politician in Singapore, and her mother was a piano teacher – “although she had the good sense never to try to teach me”, says Tan. When she was 16, Tan left Singapore to study at Juilliard; she became the first woman to earn a doctorate from the prestigious school in New York. “Now I play the toy piano. Go figure,” she laughs.

At first, she was strictly a classical pianist. While struggling to decide what to do with her career, she briefly considered training guide dogs. “It wasn’t until I met John Cage that I knew what I wanted to do,” she says.

Cage was arguably the most influential avant-garde composer in the world; his 1952 piece 4’33 is performed by musicians doing nothing, embodying his belief that all auditory experience, including silence, could be music. Tan met Cage in 1981: the story goes that he refused to come to her house to hear her play, so she rented a 1,000-seat auditorium to perform just for him.

Is it true? “I wanted him to come,” she laughs. “But he didn’t want to hear anyone playing in his living room.”

John Cage changing the tuning of his piano by placing coins and screws between the strings, in Paris in 1949.
John Cage changing the tuning of his piano by placing coins and screws between the strings, in Paris in 1949. Photography: New York Times Co./Getty Images

Cage was his close friend and mentor until his death in 1992. “He believed, and I agree with him, that you can make music out of just about anything. Whether it’s a tin can or a bucket, it’s music,” says Tan. “He was a genius. There will be no one else like him for a very long time, if ever. He was a unique prophet. He expanded the definition of music to include noise and silence – all of that is now become acceptable. His influence is total.”

Dragon Ladies is dedicated to both her late mother and Cage. Tan sees their meeting as an act of fate. “I think in life there is so much about being in the right place at the right time. I believe in fate, I believe in fate. You can be as talented and work as hard as ever. But if you don’t have that last ingredient, the chance to be in the right place at the right time, your life will take a very different path.

Does she ever think about what she would do if she never met Cage? “Oh, I can’t even imagine,” she breathes.

In his sixties, part of Tan’s mind is now always focused on the future and what his legacy will be. She is proud of her role in transforming the toy piano into “a real instrument that has its own repertoire – it will live after I am gone. At this point in my life, it’s time to pass the baton to the next generation.

She finds it rewarding to meet young musicians who are inspired by her. “It sounds so conceited, but they really look up to me,” she says. “My advice to them is always: just be who you are. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from trying new things. Don’t let anyone tell you it’s wrong. ‘Cause if I believed that, where would I be today?

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Addo Play and Spin Master Team Up for Global Deal with Fuggler -Toy World Magazine https://toygroove.com/addo-play-and-spin-master-team-up-for-global-deal-with-fuggler-toy-world-magazine/ Wed, 26 Oct 2022 07:44:39 +0000 https://toygroove.com/addo-play-and-spin-master-team-up-for-global-deal-with-fuggler-toy-world-magazine/ Addo Play has entered into a three-year agreement with Spin Master, as an official licensee of the Fuggler brand worldwide. Along with continued sales to retailers in the UK, Canada and Australia, Fugglers will be available on Amazon, specialty channels and collection sites in the US from Q4 through distributor ESKA, with additional territories planned […]]]>

Addo Play has entered into a three-year agreement with Spin Master, as an official licensee of the Fuggler brand worldwide.

Along with continued sales to retailers in the UK, Canada and Australia, Fugglers will be available on Amazon, specialty channels and collection sites in the US from Q4 through distributor ESKA, with additional territories planned to follow. This license agreement covers Fuggler plush toys, keychains, reusable bags and more.

The Fugglers, the fun and ugly 9-inch plush monsters, have gained a worldwide cult following due to their quirky and quirky nature. Each character features unique eyes, a toothy smile or grimace, signature buttonhole, and iconic undergarment – giving them an “imperfectly perfect” look with a host of mischievous expressions.

Mary Price and David Martin, co-founders and CEOs of Addo Play, said, “We are thrilled to strengthen our partnership with Spin Master by expanding the Fugglers license to territories around the world. The launch of Fugglers has been hugely successful in the UK, and it’s incredibly exciting to now expand the world of Fugglers globally. We can’t wait to see the rest of the world embrace these Funny Ugly Monsters and continue our valued partnership with Spin Master.

Originally launched in 2010, a British woman known as Ms McGettric conceived the concept of Fugglers after coming across individual denture teeth on eBay and imagining them looking funny on teddy bears. In 2018, Spin Master bought the rights to the brand and developed it to create new funny and trendy monsters. In 2021, toymaker Addo Play entered into an agreement with Spin Master as an official licensee of the Fuggler brand and now manufactures and markets Fugglers with Spin Master’s endorsement.

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The community comes together to create the “Black Hills Toy Drive” to meet the need for “Toys for Tots” https://toygroove.com/the-community-comes-together-to-create-the-black-hills-toy-drive-to-meet-the-need-for-toys-for-tots/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 04:31:20 +0000 https://toygroove.com/the-community-comes-together-to-create-the-black-hills-toy-drive-to-meet-the-need-for-toys-for-tots/ Those involved say it shows how much this community cares RAPID CITY, SD — With the unexpected cancellation of “Toys For Tots,” Christmas seemed a little uncertain for some Black Hills families. Fortunately, the community rallied. “I and a few other community members decided we really wanted to make sure that happened,” says Chris Cooper, […]]]>
Those involved say it shows how much this community cares

RAPID CITY, SD — With the unexpected cancellation of “Toys For Tots,” Christmas seemed a little uncertain for some Black Hills families. Fortunately, the community rallied.

“I and a few other community members decided we really wanted to make sure that happened,” says Chris Cooper, co-founder of Black Hills Toy Drive. “It’s something the community really needs; there are many children and many families who depend on it.

They’ve partnered with companies that do everything from collecting toys, to supplying them, to donating money.

Those involved say it shows how much this community cares.

“It’s huge; it really surprises me,” says Nick Rottum of Colt45 Entertainment, who works with one of the partner companies. little toy drive we’re doing here and maybe a few other little things, but so many companies are stepping up, saying they want to make money, they want to buy so many toys and just bring them and drop them in the one of the distribution centers.

WHO: Anyone in the Black Hills who needs help; Black Hills Toy Drive is not limited to Pennington County.

WHEN: Toy drop-off begins Tuesday, October 25 and runs until December 10.

WHERE: The main deposit locations are Robbinsdale Lounge (on the east side of Rapid City) and Affiliated Mortgage (on the west side). The distribution will take place at the Robbinsdale Lounge on December 17.

(More businesses have signed up to help collect toys; we’ll provide an updated list as it becomes available!)

HOW TO GET HELP: Visit the link here.

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