The first venue to host the worldwide tour of the new The Art of the Brick: DC Comics exhibition will be the Powerhouse Museum, part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney, Australia. Created by artist Nathan Sawaya, the exhibition will take on DC Comics‘ 80-year history through large-scale sculptures of superheroes and supervillains made entirely out of millions of Lego bricks.
Atari has entered into a collaborative publishing agreement with Dynamite for a comprehensive retrospective hardcover book, which would collect game production and concept artwork, photos, behind-the-scenes info, marketing art, and interviews with key people involved in Atari’s history. The deal also includes the right to create original comics and graphic novels in all sizes, as well as reprint existing comic material.
This past Wednesday, the National Retail Federation (NRF) and more than 100 other business groups called for passage of legislation requiring the Department of Transportation (DOT) to track port statistics. The legislation, according to the NRF, could help avoid a repeat of the congestion and slowdowns that occurred along the West Coast during the labor dispute resolved earlier this year.
MakieLab, which lets kids use games and apps to build customizable 3-D-printed toys, was among this year’s class of the Disney Accelerator program powered by Techstars. The program features 10 startup companies that will participate in a three-month mentorship and investment program beginning today and concluding with a Demo Day on October 6.
An exclusive 30-minute YouTube documentary about Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas & Friends: 70 Years of Friendship, has debuted in time for Thomas’ 70th anniversary year, on the Thomas & Friends YouTube channel. Mattel produced the documentary with Tongal, and teamed with the crowdsourcing studio to select Mindfruit as the project’s production company.
The Step2 Company LLC has named Robert Jourdian as its new vice president of research and development. Jourdian comes to Step2 with more than 30 years of product design experience, 25 of which were spent at the senior product design level at Fisher-Price Inc., a division of Mattel Inc.
The president of Nintendo Co. Ltd., Satoru Iwata, passed away on July 11 due to a bile duct growth, as reported by Nintendo.
The 55-year-old Iwata had served as CEO of Nintendo of America since being appointed to the position in June of 2013. He also served as the video game giant’s director, president, and representative director.
The Toy Book sends its sincerest condolences.