Author: Loren Moreno

Mattel’s Hot Wheels to Attempt World Record at Indy 500

The Hot Wheels team is headed to the Indianapolis 500 speedway this weekend to build the longest toy track set in history. On May 25, the day before the race, four kids will speed toy Hot Wheels cars through a 1-mile, four-lane oval racetrack in an attempt to set a new world record. Mattel is calling it the “World’s Best Driver Championship,” and kids can recreate the race with track set pieces exclusively from Toys “R” Us. The entire Indy 500 track will be constructed with 1,494 pieces of Hot Wheels track custom-made from 4,700 pounds of aluminum. A total of 46 people will install the track, which will be coated with powder to increase vehicle speed. For more information, or to recreate the experience, visit...

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CPSC Filing Requirements Could Add $18.7 Million Burden on Industry

Proposed changes to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) certificate of compliance requirements could add complexities and significantly alter the way most companies manage their logistics for inbound freight to the U.S., according to the Toy Industry Association (TIA). The changes could more than double compliance costs for children’s product companies—from an approximate $15 million annual spent to comply with current certification requirements to nearly $34 million annually. Comments on the proposal are due to the CPSC by July 29. Under the amended rule, companies that import regulated finished products manufactured outside of the U.S. would be required to file product certificates electronically with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) prior to importation in conjunction with other customs entry documents. Additionally, certifications would have to be identified prominently on the finished product, shipping carton, or invoice with a unique identifier and be accessible online without password protection. TIA will be submitting comments to the CPSC by the deadline regarding the content requirements of the certificate, the economic impact of the certification rule, the logistics of electronic certification, and more. Members may contact TIA’s Rebecca Mond with any feedback to be included in the submitted comments, or to receive additional information about the rule’s impact. Comments on behalf of individual companies may be submitted directly to the CPSC at www.regulations.gov (docket number...

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DC Collectibles Unveils New Lines Based on Upcoming Games

Building on the success of its Batman: Arkham City and Injustice: Gods Among Us action figure lines, DC Collectibles has announced two, all-new product lines based on upcoming Warner Bros. Interactive games Infinite Crisis and Batman: Arkham Origins. This marks DC Collectibles’ first depiction of characters from Inifinite Crisis, which begins with the Nightmare Batman and Atomic Age Wonder Woman statues. Infinite Crisis is an all new, free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game for PC featuring fast-paced battles, streamlined RPG mechanics, and iconic locations and characters from across the DC Multiverse. Sculpted by Erick Sosa and available for sale in September, Infinite Crisis: Nightmare Batman measures approximately 10.25 inches tall. Infinite Crisis: Atomic Wonder Woman, sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, will be available in November and measures approximately 11.25 inches tall. DC Collectibles also announces series No. 1 action figures based on the designs of the highly anticipated video game, Batman: Arkham Origins with characters Batman and Black Mask, one of Batman’s deadliest adversaries. The appearance of these stunning action figures are based on the early days, before the events of critically acclaimed video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Available in October, these action figures measure 6.75...

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COMMENTARY: New Book Constructs Lego Cities

Never in my wildest tinkering with construction toys would I come up with building New York City’s Central Park, London’s Olympic Stadium (complete with a parachuting Queen Elizabeth), or Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral out of Lego bricks. Lego lovers prepare to be wowed. Warren Elsmore’s new book Brick City (Barron’s, 2013) blew my mind with page after page of realistic global landmarks constructed completely out of Legos. The book is a veritable trip around the world for fans of the popular building bricks. Elsmore, a professional plastic model builder, begins by giving a brief overview of the tools you’ll need to pull off some of the fascinating feats accomplished within the pages of Brick City. Computer-Aided Design software, such as Lego Digital Designer, can help in creating a complete blueprint for any ambitious building project. Elsmore gives tips on finding bricks, customizing minifigures, and other preparations and tips you’ll need to embark on your Brick City journey. Elaborate landmarks, such as the neo-Gothic Chicago Tribune building, often take some 27,000 or more bricks. London’s Olympic Stadium takes 120,000 bricks! Not all landmarks in the book come with directions. You won’t find a step-by-step guide to building, say, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial or a grand version of Westminster Abbey, but you will get guidance for smaller projects. Build a Brooklyn Brownstone building, Buckingham Palace, the Arc De Triomphe in Paris,...

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WWE and The Bridge Unveil New Construction Toy Line

WWE has signed an exclusive, multi-year agreement with The Bridge Direct to develop and market construction toys based on WWE events and characters. The agreement marks the first time WWE will enter the construction toy category. Targeted to WWE fans between the ages of 4 and 14, the comprehensive line includes figures, accessories, and construction bricks, bringing WWE’s action-packed events and superstars to life. The WWE construction toys are expected to roll out at major mass retailers next...

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