Sweet Suite 2016

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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Disguise and The LEGO Group to Build New Line of Costumes

DisguiseLogoDisguise Inc., the Halloween costume division of Jakks Pacific Inc., has secured a licensing agreement with the LEGO Group for children’s Halloween costumes, role play, and accessories based on popular LEGO characters. The multi-year, multi-category agreement grants Disguise rights to distribute its LEGO licensed products across North America, Europe, Korea, and China.

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Mattel Teams with WWE for Creative New Toys

Create a Superstar

WWE Create a Superstar

Mattel and World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) have teamed up to let fans create their own action with two new products: WWE Create a Superstar and WWE Create a Ring. Now fans can build their own or recreate a famous match-up (for example, one from WWE’s recent SummerSlam) utilizing their WWE Superstar and whatever ring configuration they desire.

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