Roblox to Pay Out $30 Million to Independent Game Developers This Year

roblox logoRoblox Corp. is on track to payout $30 million to independent developers this year fueled by its growth, which now has more than 56 million monthly players worldwide. The announcement will be made at the company’s third annual Roblox Developer’s Conference in San Jose, California from July 21 to 23. The payout signifies a strategic acceleration in developer payouts over the past three years, which amounted to $2.5 million in 2015 and $5.5 million last year.  [Read more...]

American Girl Debuts Custom Dolls

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For the first time in American Girl history, kids can customize their own Truly Me doll from head to toe. Using the new online tool, kids can create their own designs with the options of face molds, skin tones and freckles, eye and hair colors, hair textures, new cuts and styles, and additional features such as earrings, hearing aids, glasses, braces, and more. [Read more...]

The Toy Insider Hosts Sweet Suite

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The Toy Insider’s Eighth Annual Sweet Suite event took place on July 12 at Pier Sixty in New York City. Known as The Biggest Night of Play, the premiere toy party of the year welcomed more than 250 digital influencers and more than 150 members of traditional media to connect with dozens of toy companies in advance of the holiday shopping season. [Read more...]

Epoch Everlasting Play Welcomes Vice President of Sales

EEPEpoch Everlasting Play LLC (EEP), formerly known as International Playthings LLC, welcomes Mark Cohen as the company’s vice president of North American Sales. Cohen will be responsible for sales team leadership and driving revenue for all brands within the company’s portfolio of toys.  [Read more...]

Nintendo to Launch Super NES Classic Edition

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Nintendo will relaunch The Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition—originally launched in 1991 as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System—as an upgraded mini 16-bit system. The system can be plugged into any high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable. The new nostalgic console will launch on Sept. 29.  [Read more...]

Shopkins Pop-Up Café to Open in New York City

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Moose Toys will open a limited-time Shopkins Macaron Café. Reservations for the café opened at 8 p.m. on June 1, and were completely booked in one minute. The waiting list includes more than 4,000 families.

The café is set to open in Tribeca from June 17 to 19 and is meant to celebrate the launch of Shopkins Season 8: World Vacation. The first wave of Shopkins: World Vacation will introduce Shopkins and Shoppies characters from France, Italy, Germany, and the UK. [Read more...]

Jazwares Founder Receives Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award

JazwaresLogoJazwares‘ founder Judd Zebersky was presented the Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award. Owler, a community-based platform used for business insights by business professionals, recognizes the top CEOs from its business insights platform.

After he worked as an attorney, Zebersky started a consumer products company to make toys. He has been in the industry for 20 years and contributed to thousands of products.

Owler Awards are distributed based on Owler Community rankings. It recognizes the top 1,000 CEOS from 167,000 across 50 cities and 20 industries worldwide.

WBIE to Release Five Lego Dimensions Expansion Packs

LegoDimensions_PPGExpansionWarner Bros Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) is set to release five new expansion packs for Lego Dimensions, available Sept. 12. The Team and Fun Packs are based on Cartoon Network’s animated series Teen Tians Go! and The Powerpuff Girls, and fans can also purchase the Beetlejuice Fun Pack.

Players who purchase either of the Teen Titans Go! expansion packs can access an exclusive animated episode, which includes how the heroes came across the Lego Dimensions multiverse. The Teen Titans Go! Team Pack includes Lego minifigures of Raven and Beast Boy and the 3-in-1 T-Car, which can be rebuilt into the Forklift and T-Plane.

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Ninth Annual HOPE Week Brings Toys, Games to Pediatric Cancer Patients

Toy Industry HOPE WeekThe Toy Industry Foundation (TIF)  delivered new toys, games, and costumes to local pediatric cancer patients and their families honored by the New York Yankees HOPE Week. The ninth annual HOPE week took place May 22 to 26. [Read more...]

Donna MacNeil Appointed Vice President of Marketing at ChizComm

chizDonna MacNeil joins the ChizComm Ltd. team as its new vice president of marketing. Her roles in the position go into effect immediately.

MacNeil has experience in publishing, toys, and entertainment, and will add new executive leadership to the ChizComm team. Previously she worked at marblemedia, a company joining ChizComm’s roster of entertainment clients.

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