The Art of the Brick: DC Comics to Debut at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

Photo credit: Nathan Sawaya

Photo credit: Nathan Sawaya

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.

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Atari and Dynamite Ink Publishing Deal

Atari - Atari LogoAtari 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.

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Bill Proposed to Help Avoid Repeat of West Coast Ports Slowdown

nrfThis 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.

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MakieLab to Participate in Walt Disney Company’s Startup Accelerator Program

MakieLab LogoMakieLab, 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.

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Etch A Sketch Turns 55 This Month

Etch A SketchFirst introduced by The Ohio Art Company as a mechanical drawing toy, the Etch A Sketch turns 55 years old on July 12. To date, more than 175 million units have been sold worldwide since it made its debut in 1960, according to The Ohio Art Company.

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KidKraft Acquired by MidOcean Partners

kidkraft logoMidOcean Partners has acquired KidKraft Inc., whose innovative portfolio includes dollhouses, play kitchens, wooden toy trains, children’s furniture, and other products. Its items are carried by Amazon, Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Target, as well as independent toy stores.

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New Thomas the Tank Engine Documentary Debuts on YouTube

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.

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Machinima and Hasbro Collaborate on All-New Online Transformers Series

Hasbro logoThrough an agreement between Hasbro and Machinima, a new Transformers series will be brought to life on the many2many programming service. The series, set in the middle of The Combiner Wars, will introduce new lore and characters to the Transformers franchise.

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Step2 Appoints Robert Jourdian to Vice President of Research and Development

Step2 LogoThe 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.

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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away

NintendoThe 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.