ThinkFun and MakerBot Launch Maker Studio Construction Sets Online at Thingiverse

ThinkFun,MakerStudioThanks to a partnership between MakerBot and ThinkFun, Maker Studio Construction Sets are available for free at MakerBot Thingiverse, a design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3-D printable things. Maker Studio Construction Sets allow ordinary household items to be transformed into engineering-inspired machines, sparking users’ imaginations and interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects.

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Spin Master Named Global Toy Partner for Relaunch of Iconic Noddy Franchise

Noddy1Spin Master and DreamWorks Animation have entered into an exclusive licensing relationship, in which Spin Master will serve as the master toy licensee for the relaunch of the iconic preschool franchise, Noddy. Alongside the all-new TV series, Noddy, Toyland Detective, a wide range of toys including figures, playsets, vehicles, games, and more are slated to hit shelves in fall 2016.

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Ant-Man Gets Exclusive Marvel Select Action Figure at Marvelshop.com and Disney Store

Ant-Man1aAnt-Man is poised to infiltrate the Marvel cinematic universe on July 17, and now Diamond Select Toys, marvelshop.com, and the Disney Store are poised to release an exclusive Marvel Select action figure based on his film appearance.

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LeapFrog Offers Summer Brain Gain to Stop Summer Brain Drain

Jan27.LeapFrogThis week, LeapFrog is launching a free, eight-week Summer Camp program to keep kids engaged and learning throughout the summer. Each week, parents will receive a set of tools selected by LeapFrog’s Learning Team, which includes free printables, activities, articles, videos, and more to help parents and children enjoy the summer and combat summer learning loss.

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Thinkway Toys’ Minions Talking Kevin Awarded Toy of the Year 2015 in Sweden

Swedish trade experts awarded Talking Kevin, from Thinkway Toys and based on the upcoming movie, Minions, with Toy of the Year during a ceremony concluding the Swedish Toy and Baby Association’s Industry Days.

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NRF Weighs In on Recent Legislation Affecting Trade, Future Port Labor Disputes

nrfOn Thursday, the National Retail Federation (NRF) issued a statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the passage of a stand-alone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, which will provide Congress with new oversight responsibilities over pending and future trade agreements.

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Conquer the Digitalverse with Tube Heroes by Jazwares

Tube HeroesConquering the digitalverse is no small task, but Tube Heroes are up to the challenge. A collaboration between Jazwares LLC and popular digital media personalities, Tube Heroes harnesses the social media prowess of these personas in a collection of toys that enables fans to interact with their online favorites offline as well.

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WIT Seeks Support for Play Your Part—Chicago

WIT.logoWomen in Toys (WIT) is reaching out to its community of exceptional toy industry women in the hopes of rallying support for Play Your Part—Chicago, an event benefiting hundreds of local foster children that will be held at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on July 16. The event is hosted by the Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), in partnership with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children.

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CPSC to Host Webinar on Toy Safety Requirements in the U.S. and Canada

CPSCThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will host an upcoming business training webinar to provide toy manufacturers, importers, and sellers with requirement updates for manufacturing safe and compliant toys in the U.S. and Canada. The webinar will take place on June 24 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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Netflix Research Finds Dads Feel Powerful Connection from Bonding with Kids Over Cartoons

NETFLIX, INC. LOGOAccording to new research from Netflix released just in time for Father’s Day, 85 percent of dads around the world have already or plan to introduce their kids to the cartoons they grew up watching. For 75 percent of those polled, it lets them feel like a kid again, while for 76 percent, it helps them teach life lessons. The research finds dads take seriously the role of keeping the pop culture references from their childhood alive: Roughly two-thirds of them, or 66 percent, are turning to internet TV services such as Netflix for this new family tradition.

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