Sweet Suite 2016

School Zone Publishing Announces World Teachers Day Giveaway

School ZoneIn honor of World Teachers’ Day, School Zone will give away 10 School Zone bundle packages to early education teachers in the United States. The initiative kicked off on October 5 to further spotlight the importance of providing educators with additional resource to motivate young minds.

Educators who teach preschool, kindergarten or first grade can enter to win one of the 10 prize packages through October 29. The bundled prize includes a 2015 Little Scholar learning tablet with bumper and protective carrying case, 25 Charlie & Company coloring books, Charlie & Company DVDs and plush toys, a Start to Read! Early Reading Program 18-book set, 25 32-page workbooks, and a 4-pack of alphabet flash cards. Winners will be announced on School Zone’s social media channels on October 30.

World Teachers’ Day is an annual event that highlights the need to mobilize support for teachers, and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met.

Colorforms Signs on for Paw Patrol

ColorformsPawPatrolColorforms is launching its newest vinyl stick-on storytelling sets based on the preschool show Paw Patrol. The new sets feature glow-in-the-dark, glitter, magic reveals, and more, and will be available at Toys “R” Us.

PAW Patrol will be featured on Colorforms Take a Long, including four Colorforms sheets and a multi-fold, built-in backer card with re-closeable storage for Colorforms sheets, and Colorforms Create a Story, including an easel play area that folds out from the box, reusable box storage, six large Colorforms sheets, and four backgrounds in a closed box.

Chicago Toy and Game Group Announces 2015 Toy and Game Inventor of the Year Nominees

ChicagoThe nominees for the eighth annual Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards are in! At this year’s comedy themed awards ceremony, excellence will be recognized in the categories of Toy Design, Game Design, Rising Star, Excellence in Game Design, Young Inventor, and Digital Toy/Game. Industry members have selected the industry nominees, and the public is invited to place their votes. The annual award show will take place in November as part of the 13th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair.

The 2015 Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Award nominees are: [Read more...]

Painting Lulu, Hasbro Team Up for Licensing Agreement

Painting LuluPainting Lulu has entered a multi-year licensing agreement with Hasbro, Inc to extend its product line to include My Little Pony, Transformers: Rescue Bots, and Tonka brands.

Painting Lulu is a paper-to-digital coloring pack that includes a paper coloring book, a digital crayon, and a free app. Kids draw on paper with regular crayons, scan the pages using the free app on any mobile device, and continue to decorate, correct, and share their creations digitally. Kids enjoy the feel of using real crayons, markers, paintbrushes, and erasers whether at home or on the go.

Scholastic Extends Publishing Agreement with Lego Through 2019

Scholastic has extended and expanded its publishing relationship with Lego through 2019, which will now include World all language rights, as well as several new publishing programs, line extensions, and acquisitions. Scholastic U.S. will manage world English rights, and Scholastic UK will manage foreign translation rights. [Read more...]

University Teams with Schoolchildren on World’s Largest Meccano Build

Prof. Trevor Whittaker from Queen's University walks the bridge this past Saturday.

Prof. Trevor Whittaker from Queen’s University walks the bridge this past Saturday.

With the help of Spin Master Corp., Queens University Belfast’s Civil Engineering Department completed The Big Bridge Build, which spans nearly 100 feet across Belfast’s Clarendon Dock. This past Saturday, officials from Guinness World Records confirmed the bridge is the world’s largest Meccano structure.

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Jakks Pacific Named Master Toy Licensee for Make It Pop

by Melanie Rainone

MAKE IT POP - newDHX Brands, a part of DHX Media, has appointed Jakks Pacific Inc. as master toy licensee for the show, Make It Pop, for all territories outside of Europe. The products will include dolls, plush, dress-up, role-play, girls’ electronic toys, and Halloween costumes, and are expected to launch in 2016.

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Hamleys World, Moscow Wins World Retail Award for Store Design of the Year

WorldRetailAwards, HamleysMoscowThe World Retail Awards handed out its prize for Store Design of the Year this past Thursday, and the recipient was Hamleys World, Moscow, by the global retail consultancy Fitch. The store received significant press this past April as the second-largest toy store in the world, covering roughly 73,000 square feet.

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Green Toys Names Charles Friend to President

GreenToysGreen Toys has named Charles Friend as its president. Friend was part of the Friend Group’s team, which purchased a majority stake in Green Toys in 2013, and has since served in the role of chief financial officer.

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Hasbro Completes Sale of Manufacturing Facilities to Cartamundi

Hasbro-logo-jpgHasbro Inc. has completed the previously announced sale of its manufacturing locations in East Longmeadow, Mass., and Waterford, Ireland, to the Cartamundi Group. The specific terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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