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Brick Fan Festival Comes to Philadelphia in September

Brick FestThe Philly Brick Fest Fan Festival is coming to The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on September 12 to 14. Attendees can play with the hands-on building attractions and shop a variety of Lego-themed merchandise. Attractions include the Brick Fest Derby, where participants can build and race custom Lego derby cars; the Video Game Arena, an area to challenge others to play Lego video games; The Brick Zone, where builders are free to create anything they desire; and more.

Additional Brick Fest live dates and locations are at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Maryland from September 19 to 21, Duke Energy Convention Center in Ohio from October 17 to 19, and Palm Beach Convention Center in Florida from December 4 to 7.

Bunnies By The Bay Introduces Toys in Pretty Girl Line

BBTB BunnyBunnies By The Bay has introduced its new Pretty Girl line, which features toy accessories that have the qualities of a “pretty girl”—Share, Listen, Be Patient, and Care for Others—stitched inside of them.

The toys in the line include several dolls and plush. Fetch Pup, Hoppy Bunny, and Purrty Kitty are 6-inch soft dolls that are outfitted in cream velour and feature striped knit accents. Each comes stitched with its own message: “Patience” in the pup, “Listen” in the bunny, and “Share” in the kitty. Elise is a knit doll that comes with a storybook and measures 14 inches. The collection also includes Shaggy Hoppy, Shaggy Purrty, and Shaggy Fetch plush. They feature shaggy fur, embroidered faces, and measure 10 to 12 inches.

IAmElemental Accepting Pre-Orders for the Holiday Season

IAEIAmElemental, a company that creates action figures targeted to girls, has announced production of their first set of collectables: Series #1/Courage. The series includes seven four-inch articulated figures that personify the Elements of Courage: Bravery, Energy, Honesty, Industry, Enthusiasm, Persistence, and Fear. The company is now accepting pre-orders that will be scheduled for delivery in December.

The team at IAmElemental created their line of action figures when they saw that the typical female action figure on the market is not designed for girls, or even boys. They seemed to be more for the adult male collector, who are not heroines that girls can look up to. The figures launched on Kickstarter in May and were fully funded in two days.

Kidrobot, Loot Crate Partner to Bring Premium Art Figures to Monthly Subscription Program

Loot Crate and Kidrobot have teamed up to bring fans more premium art figures through Loot Crate’s mystery bundle subscription program. Every month, Loot Crate subscribers receive a box of gamer gear that has its own specific theme, where customers get the opportunity to assemble a diverse collection of figures and items.

Under the partnership, Kidrobot will work with Loot Crate to bring a variety of product to new customers and audiences.

LeapFrog, Mia Hamm Partner to Get Kids Active with LeapBand

LFLOGOLeapFrog Enterprises Inc. has named Mia Hamm the company’s official spokesperson for LeapBand. Hamm will help bring awareness to the benefits of getting children up and active every day. The LeapBand is LeapFrog’s new wearable activity tracker, designed for children to encourage active play and healthy habits as they nurture their personalized pet. The more active a child is, the more points they can earn for their virtual pet and unlock additional levels of play and rewards. Hamm has been honored more than any soccer player in history, including being a two-time women’s FIFA player of the year, five-time U.S. Soccer Player of the Year, two-time Olympic Gold medal winner, and two-time World Cup Champion. [Read more...]

Chicago Toy & Fair Group to Host Eighth Annual Young Inventor Challenge

CHITAGThe 2014 Young Inventor Challenge, presented by Spin Master, is returning for its eighth year at the annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair. The toy and game inventing competition is open to kids between the ages 6 to 18, and designed to combine imagination, play, and critical thinking.

Attendees will cast their votes for their favorite inventions based on originality, creativity, appeal, and presentation of the marketing message. Six winners in total will be announced in junior and senior categories, including “First Place,” “Runner Up,” and “Fan Favorite” for each. The winners will be announced on November 22, the day of the competition.

Registration for the competition is free, and parents, guardians, and educators are invited to sign up young inventors online before November 4 on the ChiTAG website.

Diamond Select Toys, Popcap to Launch Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Toys

ZombiesGroup1Next month, Diamond Select Toys will launch toys inspired by the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare game. Each “bloom and doom” action figure two-pack will include one plant and one zombie, both based on designs from the video game. The assortment includes Gatling Pea with Scientist Zombie, Camo Cactus with Foot Soldier Zombie, Chomper with Engineer Zombie, and Shadow Flower with All-Star Zombie. Two box sets of Minimates mini-figures will also be available in early September. The toys will be available at comic shops, specialty stores, and Toys “R” Us.

In addition, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is coming to the PlayStation 4 console, and is already available for the Xbox One and PC platforms. The game is a traditional online shooter blended with the humor of Plants vs. Zombies.

Disney Interactive Hosts Top Disney Infinity Community Members at Inaugural Toy Box Summit

Toy Box SummitTwenty-two of the most talented Disney Infinity Toy Box designers were invited to the Inaugural Disney Infinity Toy Box Summit, which took place this weekend at Avalanche Software in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event gave the community members exclusive access to Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box 2.0, allowed them to meet with the development team, and challenged them participate in a Toy Box design competition for the chance to win a special Disney Infinity prize pack.

Five Toy Box artists served as mentors for Toy Box Summit guests, who were hand-picked from the community for delivering amazing Toy Box creations that were consistently among those showcased for players to download on the Disney Infinity Toy Box TV web series. The artists include Stewart Malcolm (Crazybynick), Patrick Efird (Papa Echo), Tyler Cole (TyForce), Jose Abalos (doctorlogicgate), and Quinn Johnson (quinnjitsu). They are also currently working on new Toy Box content that will be released for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes.  [Read more...]

Conrad Bassett-Bouchard Spells Success at 2014 National Scrabble Championship

Conrad_Bassett-Bouchard_Wins_National_Scrabble_Championship_3After five days of consecutive play, Conrad Bassett-Bouchard of Portland, OR was named winner of the 2014 National Scrabble Championship. Basset-Bouchard defeated several top Scrabble players, including defending four-time consecutive champion Nigel Richards, and receive a cash prize of $10,000. In the final round, he beat runner-up Jason Li with a final score of 478-350. Over 25 words were played, including “mar,” “annexe,” “naiad,” “florigen,” “aa,” and “barf.”

More than 500 Scrabble players played the tournament at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Competitors played in 31 one-on-one games, and were ranked based on their victories and the number of points by which they outscored their opponents. [Read more...]

PS4 Sales Grow at Fastest Rate in PlayStation Hardware History

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC LOGOPlayStation 4 (PS4) computer entertainment systems have cumulatively sold more than 10 million units worldwide as of August 10, according to Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) The hardware system has demonstrated the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation history. The PS4 system is currently available in 100 countries and regions worldwide.

SCE will continue to enhance the PS4 system’s network features, including the ability to upload game footage directly to YouTube. It will also incorporate Share Play, a feature that allows players to enjoy game play as if they are in the same room, such as remotely taking over a friend’s controller to help him or her through tricky sections of a game.

With strong support from users as well as third party developers and publishers worldwide, PS4 software sales passed 30 million copies sold in retail stores globally and through digital downloads on the PlayStation Store as of August 10.