Flipping the Toy Industry Upside Down!
Fidget Spinners are the palm-sized spinning gadget flipping the toy industry upside down. This $500M toy trend soared to unprecedented heights this spring shortly after they were introduced at the February 2017 North American International Toy Fair. Since then, 200 million spinners have shipped to retailers across the nation. And it didn’t take long for Fidget Spinners to dominate Amazon’s best-sellers in toys and games either.
Fidget Spinners Sold Across the Nation
Never before has the toy industry seen such a fast-moving trend of this size being driven from the ground up. Yet, companies are moving at a quick pace to keep up with this growing hot trend. For example, this summer Toys R Us will carry licensed DC and Marvel-based Fidget Spinners, a noteworthy addition to its line of non-licensed spinners. “They’re pretty much evaporating the minute they get on shelves,” says Richard Barry, Toys R Us executive vice president and chief merchandising officer.
Kids and adults alike enjoy Fidget Spinners for their fun and de-stressing qualities, but also to invent and show off tricks. Enter: Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks & Activities [ Fox Chapel Publishing, 2017 ] with hot new tricks presented by “Pro Fidgeter” David King, host of the popular YouTube channel GeekBite. In this new one-of-a-kind guide, spinners can take their hobby to a whole new epic level.
“For teachers and parents who are willing to listen, Fidget Spinners are actually wonderful tools that can help kids learn,”
says Alan Giagnocavo,
Fox Chapel Publishing president.
“We all want crafts and activities to reduce the amount of screen-time for our kids. At Fox Chapel, we’ve published over 1,000 books on different crafts, arts and hobbies. The mental benefits of working with your hands in some way in the physical world has been known for centuries. And increasingly, science is able to measure and demonstrate this fact that we have known all along.”