Toy Fair 2016

Feb 23, 2016

Last Monday, Syrena hopped on the train in Albany and a few short hours later, she arrived in the heart of the Big Apple. She grabbed a taxi and headed straight for the Javits Center. After getting a much needed Caramel Macchiato, she was ready to seize the day!

This year, the Toy Fair opened its doors to thousands of registered global play professionals to explore a record-breaking 415,000 net square feet filled with thousands of toys, games and youth entertainment products. It is the largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere. There are 150,000+ products at the show, but we were there for the puzzles and the adult coloring products (adult coloring books, puzzles, mugs, posters, and even socks)!  

At the show, Syrena met with clients to review art, discuss new opportunities and even play with a few of the toys! The Toy Fair is a grown child’s dream come true! Everywhere you look there is something fun to play with. Walking down the aisles of booths, people are tossing toys over your head, bubbles are floating around and people are even riding the toys around. She saw lots of fantastic puzzles with art from our artists made by various manufactures as well as some other products like flash cards.

The buzz at the show was all about coloring.  She was so excited to see adult coloring books with art from our artist, Hello Angel on display.

The day was action packed and lots of fun, but all good things must come to an end. She hopped back on the train and headed north… back to reality in Vermont.  

You can see all of the photos from her journey in Toy Fair album on our Facebook.

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Lots of fun was had at the 2014 Toy Fair!

Feb 20, 2014

On February 16-19, 2014, the Javits Center in NYC was transformed into a dreamlike fun house for the 111th American International Toy Fair. This was the largest toy marketplace ever held in the Western Hemisphere!  More than 30,000 “play professionals” from over 100 countries were at Toy Fair this year.

 

Courtney (resident puzzle guru) and Syrena had back- to -back (to back) meetings so we could make sure to have enough time with over 10 of the hottest puzzle/toy manufacturers at the show! We showed a TON of new art and had lots of great feedback. We also saw many of our artists’ images on puzzles being sold at the show.

 

 

We came home with a large checklist of follow up “To-Dos;” including, but not limited to: writing contracts, sending PDFs for review, and sending inspiration/requests for our artists.

 

To view all of our photos, take a look at our Facebook album!

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We're baaaaaaaccccckkkkk

Jan 14, 2014

After what seems like a whirlwind of 3 days full of meetings, art reviews, and LOTS of walking, the ALI team is back from the Atlanta Gift show! We saw a lot of great products featuring art from our artists and we are super excited to share our photos with you. Please take a look at our album on Facebook, so you can enjoy the excitement with us.

While at the show, we got a chance to see some cards, hooked rugs, coasters, wall décor, tapestries and so much more from various artists. One of the most popular products we saw at the show was Fiber Optic EVERYTHING! From wall decor, to ornaments, to music boxes, to tapestries, everything is lit up! You'll be seeing these products around next holiday season in households and markets everywhere.

We really had a great time meeting with all of our clients!  We came back with positive feedback, contracts to write, and a wish list of new art for our artists to produce. Check our website often to see all of the new art that we receive!


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Surprise visit from our artist, Bill Bell!

Aug 21, 2013

This afternoon the ALI team was delighted when one of our longest serving artists, Bill Bell, came to visit us! We were able to see some of his newest paintings and chat with him about his upcoming projects.

 

Here is a photo of Bill holding 2 of his puzzles! 

 

   

Keep your eyes peeled for his newest images to be added to our website

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We're back from the American International 2013 Toy Fair

Feb 13, 2013

We're still spinning from all the fun, uh work, we did this weekend at the American International 2013 Toy Fair in NYC.  What a busy day, shuffling our way from booth to booth and trying to not get distracted by all the fun to be had. Wow, kids (and big kids, like us) are in for a treat this Christmas!

Seriously though, we met with some of our favorite puzzle companies to show off our newest artwork from the talented artist we work with.  The meetings went great and we're working out details for some promising new puzzle deals coming up. We also got a chance to see first hand some really interesting interactive puzzles and illuminated puzzles.  This should be a fun year for puzzles.

Of ourse we also checked out the newest puzzles and found some very familiar artwork.  You'll see these images if you browse around the site.  We saw puzzles with artwork by Dennis Lewan, Randy Van Beek, Bill Bell, Melanie Parker, Jenny Newland, Nancy Wernersbach and more.  If you want to see more photo's check out our fb page. 

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Introducing Staveland by artist Bill Bell

Jan 20, 2012

Read the whole story on www.stavepuzzles.com/Staveland

Read the whole story on www.stavepuzzles.com/Staveland

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