Lego Systems to Launch Quest2Ninjago Wu-Cru Team Challenge Summer Touring Competition

Quest2NinjagoLego Systems is hosting The Quest2Ninjago Wu-Cru Team Challenge, a traveling interactive competition visiting seven cities across the United States this summer. Based on the Lego Ningago property, the competition invites children ages 7 to 12 to conquer challenges and compete for a chance to be named a Quest2Ninjago champion. The winning team from each city will earn a spot as national finalists and receive an all-inclusive trip to LegoLand California Resort, home of the newly opened Ninjago World and Ninjago The Ride, where they will compete for the title and grand prize. [Read more...]

Hasbro Expands Program to Support Children with Development Disabilities

Hasbro’s ToyBox Tools program is expanding to include new tools, resources, and products. ToyBox Tools was an initiative launched in 2014 to promote play in children with developmental disabilities. The initiative’s expansion will also include a new website for children, their families, caregivers, and teachers. Hasbro has worked closely with The Autism Project to provide instructional videos, printed instructions, play-mats, and more for several of Hasbro’s brands in the hopes that play will be easier and more accessible for children. The news was announced at the autism and disabilities conference OCALICON, which took place November 18 to 20.

Spielwarenmesse Introduces Online Matchmaking Service

SpielwarenmesseSpielwarenesse eG is introducing a new matchmaking service to give exhibitors and attendees a new way to make business connections, contacts, and appointments. Visitors can use their matchmaking account to make appointments and receive contact suggestions that are individually tailored to their profile. The system allows exhibition participants to maintain existing business relationships and to find new business partners. [Read more...]

Tiggly and Sesame Workshop Create New Educational App

SesameStreetSesame Workshop and Tiggly released a new app, Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen, which bridges the physical and digital play divide.

Children can now play with Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster and their favorite Tiggly toys. With an engaging original storyline, new animated video developed specifically for the app, and tactile play enabled with Tiggly Words, the app is an engaging educational experience for young learners. [Read more...]

ChiTAG Announces 2015 Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Award Winners

CHITAG2Industry colleagues and the public have selected winners for the eighth annual Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards. At this year’s storytelling-themed awards ceremony, excellence was recognized in the categories Toy Design, Game Design, Rising Star, Excellence in Game Design, Young Inventor, and Digital/Toy Game. A closeted jury of industry-based judges also chose the winners of the Hassenfeld Humanitarian Award, In Memoriam, and Lifetime Achievement Award. [Read more...]

Moose Toys to Auction off Shopkins Gemma Stone to Benefit TIF

MooseAuctionMoose Toys is holding a charity auction for to kick off Cyber Monday. The one-of-a-kind Gemma Stone is the most rare Shopkins in the collection and was revealed at the North American International Toy Fair this past February.

Fans will have a chance to bid on her from November 30 through December 6. All proceeds from the eBay auction will benefit the Toy Industry Foundation.

Limited Edition Shopkins characters, normally retailing at $2.99, are already selling on eBay for upwards of $1,800. Bids for Gemma Stone are forecasted to be even higher. Fans interested in bidding on Gemma Stone can check Shopkins’ Facebook and Twitter pages for the link to the eBay auction.

Laser Pegs Donates 1800 Sets to Kids Wish Network

The Kids Wish Network has received a donation of 1800 Laser Pegs kits that will be distributed through the charity’s Holiday of Hope gift-giving programs, reaching children suffering from homelessness, neglect, abuse, or illness. Laser Pegs Ventures hopes this donation will encourage imagination and innovation in children.

Companies that manufactures or distributes toys, gifts, educational products, clothes, games, accessories, or electronics can contact Kids Wish Network’s Distribution Center to contribute to the Kids Wish Network at 727-937-3600.

Things Remembered Teams Up with Melissa & Doug For Holiday Collection

Things Remembered has collaborated with Melissa & Doug to carry a line of personalized products, ranging from toys, games, and arts and crafts.

Things Remembered will offer 10 items available for customization, including the Melissa & Doug Fire Truck, Stacking Train, Unit Block on Wheels, Alphabet Truck, Xylophone, and Wood School Bus Play Set. The collection at Things Remembered will range from $17 to $20 and is available in stores and online.

American Girl Launches “Together We Make the Holidays” Campaign

American GirlAmerican Girl is launching several new charitable programs as part of its “Together We Make the Holidays” giving campaign. The first part of the campaign is ”Get a Friend. Give a Friend,” where American Girl will match any 18-inch doll purchase with a second doll donation. Working with the Children’s Hospital Association, the doll donation will be distributed to thousands of girls receiving care in the Association’s 200 U.S. hospitals. This initial campaign will take place from November 6 to 30. [Read more...]

Hasbro Announces Finalists in Crowdfunding Gaming Challenge

hasbroHasbro has announced the top five finalists in its search for a face-to-face party game. A team of Hasbro game experts and designers has narrowed the submissions down to five finalists, which are: [Read more...]