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Ohio Art Announces Winner of Nanoblock Award: Build It Your Way Competition

Edited.OhioArtSean Smith has won the nanoblock Award: Build It Your Way Competition from The Ohio Art Company. Using only nanoblock bricks, Smith created an original piece of the Great Djenne Mosque, a landmark in Africa, and won with its intricate and fine attention to detail.

A panel of judges consisting of toy industry opinion leaders and Ohio Art representatives reviewed all submissions for the competition. As the grand prize winner, Smith will receive a family vacation package, an iPod nano, and a year-long supply of nanoblock bricks.

New App, Campaign Set For Target’s Holiday Season

Target LogoTarget has unveiled its plans for the holiday season, including a new Wish List app for kids and daily deals for toys.

Beginning October 31, a new Wish List app will be available for download. The app is a modern and digital take on the classic tradition of creating holiday wish lists. Kids can add items to their list and participate in an augmented reality feature that works with Target Kids’ Gifting Catalog, while parents can share the list with friends and family and receive special savings.

In addition, through the Cartwheel app, customers will receive deals throughout the holiday season, including 50 percent off a different toy every day from November 2 to December 24. All Target guests will receive free shipping on all target.com orders through December 20.

For the third year, Target will extend the time frame of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven-day window. It will be available between November 1 and December 24. Target’s holiday marketing campaign–which will embrace red, white, and Bullseye and encourage people to get into the spirit of the holiday season–will begin on November 2. The campaign will include broadcast radio, out-of-home, and catalogs.

VTech to Add STEAM Curriculum to Learning Lodge Content for InnoTab

VTech-LogoVTech will continue to grow its Learning Lodge app store with the addition of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)-based content for its InnoTab children’s learning tablets. VTech will be adding these subjects later this year.

The Learning Lodge features a language arts and reading, math, science, social studies, problem solving, and creativity titles to download. VTech’s Expert Panel, made up of top educators from key knowledge areas, has reviewed the apps. Content on the Learning Lodge is available for the whole VTech InnoTab range.

Charmazing Collection Available Exclusively at Toys “R” Us

toysrusThe new Charmazing by Style Me Up collection from Wooky Entertainment is now available exclusively at Toys “R” Us stores nationwide and online at toysrus.com. Charmazing offers young designers a chance to create custom charm bracelets, which they can wear, share, and gift. Additionally, kids can scan their Charmazing charms into a virtual world where they can trade with friends and connect with other designers via a new app. The app is free and available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play to coincide with the product launch.

Charmazing kits provide tweens with more than 100 different charms in 11 themed collections categorized in two worlds: Karma and Nature. The collection includes Charmazing Let’s Get Started, Charmazing Charmastation, Charmazing Color Me Up!, and the Charmazing Deluxe Kit.

Disney Consumer Products Halloween Trends and Fun Facts

i-qdtZwdd-MDisney Consumer Products has unveiled trends and fun facts about Halloween:

  • The first Halloween costume appeared in 1911.
  • The first Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse costumes were introduced in 1932.
  • More than 2.1 million kids will be super heroes this Halloween.
  • Spider-Man has been a top-five costume for the last 10 years.
  • Fifty percent of families will carve a pumpkin.
  • In years with theatrical releases, up to 10 million lightsabers have been sold in a single year.
  • $350 million will be spent on costumes for pets.
  • Cinderella has been the most popular costume in Disney Store history.
  • Disney’s Frozen was ranked number one most searched Halloween costumes.
  • Sofia the First was the top selling costume at Disney Store last year.

Disguise Celebrates Halloween with Popular Licenses

DisguiselogoDisguise Inc.’s Halloween costume line-up for this year includes popular characters for the entire family based on theatrical blockbusters, popular television shows, pop culture, and more.

This year’s line-up includes toddler and children’s costumes for Elsa, Anna, and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen, as well as an adult Elsa costume. From Disney’s Maleficent, Maleficent and Aurora costumes are available in sizes for children and adults. Disney Junior properties such as Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins have costumes in baby, toddler, and child sizes.

The classic Minnie Mouse costume is available in sizes ranging from baby to adult. Super Mario Bros fans can dress up as their favorite characters including Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. Costumes for Bumblebee and Optimus Prime from Hasbro’s Transformers are available in baby to adult sizes.

Children and adult fans of Hasbro’s My Little Pony can dress up as their favorite characters, including Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie. Accessories and costumes for Saban’s Power Rangers span from baby, to child, to adult.

The costumes are available at mass market, specialty, and online retail outlets including Target, Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Spirit, Buy Seasons, and more.

Out of the Blue Enterprises Acquires Colorforms

Out Of The Blue Enterprises.logoOut of the Blue Enterprises is planning an extensive new toy line, animated series, and digital apps based on its newly acquired legacy brand, Colorforms. New products in the line are expected to debut at retail next fall, based on popular brands including Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer, Bubble Guppies, Spongebob Squarepants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peter Rabbit, Pete the Cat, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

Colorforms Brand LLC, the new division of Out of the Blue, is showcasing its new Colorforms toy line to retailers at the Fall Toy Preview in Dallas this week.

TIA to Induct Two to Hall of Fame

TIAThe Toy Industry Association will induct Pat Feely, chairman of the Toy Industry Foundation and retired CEO of Radica Games Ltd., and the late Leslie Berger, founder of Cardinal Industries Inc., into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held on Feb. 13 in conjunction with the annual Toy of the Year Awards to kick off the 112th North American International Toy Fair.

Feely and Berger have been chosen in recognition of their contributions to the toy industry and the impact they have had on children through a commitment to toys and play, according to the TIA. They will join 67 others who have been inducted since it was established in 1984.

Feely has been in the toy industry for 37 years and engineered a turnaround and expansion of Radica Games and Tonka. He has been serving as chairman for the Toy Industry Foundation for the past eight years. In addition, he has served as chairman of the TIA for two years and was an advisor to the TIA Board of Directors for six years, where he helped form the TOTY Awards program and diversify the TIA Board.

The late Leslie Berger founded Cardinal Industries, one of the oldest privately owned toy businesses in the U.S. He served on the Toy Manufacturers of America, now called TIA, board for several years. He also secured the license to General Hospital from ABC in the early 80s.

Bandai Namco Launches Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign

Bandai Namco Games America Inc. has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to launch the Ms. Pac-Man Pink Ribbon Campaign in the fight against the second leading cause of cancer among U.S. women.  Ms. Pac-Man will mascot the campaign, which will be anchored with new gameplay incentives across the video game publisher’s line of mobile titles. The campaign will raise funds for NBCF to help women and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.

The Ms. Pac-Man Ribbon Campaign will run until Oct. 31 and includes an exclusive new maze for sale across Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man iOS and Android titles. All proceeds from purchases on the new level will go directly to support the NBCF. The in-game user interface and artwork for game will change to a new pink ribbon theme for October alongside the new content.

International Playthings to be Top Toy Distributor for SmartLab Toys

SmartLab Toys has chosen International Playthings LLC to distribute its line of products to specialty retail customers across the United States starting January 1.  

“We are very proud to add SmartLab Toys to our collection of high quality brands,” says Michael Varda, president of International Playthings. “Their products are known for their creativity, durability, ease of use, and appeal to kids, parents, and educators alike. They truly are among the most innovative and engaging and creative toys on the market. We are very excited about partnering with Smartlab and working with their team to expand their brand in the specialty toy market.”

SmartLab Toys will be displaying its line for next year at the American International Toy Fair in February, at its own booth as well as International Playthings’ booth.