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Warner Bros. Consumer Products brings ‘Oz’ magic to life

BY CSA STAFF

BURBANK, Calif. — Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced that Jazwares, USAopoly and Mattel are among the toy companies it has partnered with to create new products in honor of the 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" in 2014.

"No film in history is more recognizable than ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and in the lead up to its milestone anniversary, we are working with a number of key licensing partners to commemorate this legendary story," said Karen McTier, EVP worldwide marketing and domestic licensing at Warner Bros. Worldwide Consumer Products. "We are so thrilled to build a licensing program that will allow fans to celebrate the magic of Emerald City for years to come."

Master toy partner Jazwares leads the toy lineup for "The Wizard of Oz" as the first master partner for the property in recent history. Jazwares, a leader in the licensed products marketplace, will unveil a range of 5-inch small fashion dolls, playsets and role play accessories inspired by iconic characters Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch, The Wicked Witch of the West, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, in fall 2013.

Global licensing partner Mattel will unveil in 2013 three new Pink Label "The Wizard of Oz" Barbie dolls as a part of the Barbie Collector line. Figures of Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch and The Wicked Witch of the West are sculpted after the actresses who made the characters so memorable in the film.

Also new for 2013, Schylling offers a Jack-in-the-Box with a plush Dorothy who pops out to the delight of all. Vermont-based R.J. Wright Dolls will introduce a new companion for its acclaimed Dorothy doll in celebration of the anniversary: Toto, a molded plush replica standing at 3.5 inches and constructed entirely of custom-made mohair and felt, is perfectly scaled to fit into the arms of his beloved friend from Kansas. Also available for collectors is a plush bear dressed as The Wicked Witch from Steiff, complete with a 75th Anniversary medallion. High-end dolls from Tonner and Adora will round out the collectible lineup for enthusiasts.

Kids will also be able to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" with a themed train-set from Lionel Little Lines. The small-scale plastic train set features scenery from the Land of Oz and a yellow train track that pays homage to the Yellow Brick Road. Alexander Doll is also set to unveil new "The Wizard of Oz" 12-inch machine-washable plush dolls that are perfect for collectors who are young – and young at heart. Fans also won’t want to miss Round 2’s figures, wooden toys, puzzle games, clip-ons, banks and sound & motion dioramas, as well as Funko, Rubie’s Costumes, Promotional Partners and Darice as they continue to offer fan-favorites for young players and collectors.

Fans can bring "The Wizard of Oz" to game night with favorites from USAopoly launching in summer 2013, with a new "The Wizard of Oz" Monopoly game featuring a custom-illustrated pop-up board center that showcases key locations in the film and custom-sculpted farmhouse and Emerald City play pieces, which replace the traditional houses and hotels. Also from USAopoly are "The Wizard of Oz" 75th Anniversary Edition of The Game of Life®, which features characters from the film and Ruby Slippers pieces; and the "The Wizard of Oz" 75th Anniversary Edition of Memory Challenge. Additional offerings inspired by "The Wizard of Oz" are Masterpiece Puzzles and Ceaco with puzzles inspired by Thomas Kinkade renditions of moments from the film.

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Storch steps down at TRU, successor to be named

BY CSA STAFF

WAYNE, N.J. — Gerald Storch, is vacating his role as CEO of Toys"R"Us after seven years of service. He will retain his title of chairman of the board and will continue as CEO until a successor is found.

Storch joined Toys’R’Us in February 2006 after spending more than 10 years at Target in roles of increasing seniority. At Target, Storch helped develop the Super Target concept and grow the company’s grocery business.Prior to joining Target, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, specializing in retail and financial services.

With Storch at the helm of Toys’R’Us, Storch oversaw the rebuilding of the company and the launch of new initiatives, including the integration of Toys’R’Us and Babies’R’Us stores and the Express holiday concept.

The Toys“R”Us Inc. board of directors said, “Jerry has delivered some of the best financial results in the more than 60-year history of the company, including multiple years of achieving $1 billion or more in adjusted EBITDA. He has been tireless in his efforts to develop best-in-class e-commerce and omnichannel capabilities and in significantly expanding the development of proprietary and differentiated products.”

“I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together over the past seven years,” said Storch. “The Toys“R”Us brand is stronger than ever due to the hard work and dedication of our talented team around the world. Looking to the future, we will always ‘Play to Win’.’’

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Apple, Costco and Container Store top ‘100 Best Retailers to Work For’ list

BY Marianne Wilson

Raleigh, N.C. — Apple, Costco and The Container Store top the “2012 100 Best Retailers To Work For” list compiled by The Retail Life online retail community, which was developed by Headway Workforce Solutions. DSW and American Eagle outfitters round out the top five.

The list, derived from The Retail Life members, was based on a variety of criteria, such as: competitive salaries, employee reviews, company pride, organizational values and culture, socialization opportunities, and career advancement opportunities.

The 2012 100 Best Retailers To Work For include the following top 10 retailers:

  1. Apple
  2. Costco
  3. The Container Store

  4. DSW
  5. American Eagle Outfitters
  6. Coach

  7. REI

  8. Nordstrom

  9. Starbucks

  10. Ann Taylor/Loft

The Retail Life, a member-based, community, serves retail workers and job seekers. For a complete list of its 2012 100 Best Retailers To Work For, visit Theretaillife.com/page/best-100-retailers.

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