Toy Fair 2017


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Official Bananagrams School Challenge Returns

BananagramsChallengeSchools throughout New England can now register for the returning Bananagrams Challenge school tournament. All finalists will receive a Bananagrams goodie bag, and the student crowned Top Banana will win a trophy and $1,000 for his or her school. [Read more...]

Bananagrams, Narragansett Partner for Themed Beer

BananagramsBeerBananagrams and Narragansett Beer teamed up for Hi Neighbor! Have a Hafeweizen! for the latest collaboration in ‘Gansett’s “Hi Neighbor Mash-Up Series.” The beer is the fourth installment in the series where ‘Gansett partners with a Rhode Island company to create a unique beer.

The beer is brewed with 40 percent wheat malt and notes of banana and clove. Narraansett’s Hi-Neighbor Have A Hefeweizen will be available in six-packs of 16-ounce tallboy cans, and will be distributed throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Portland, Nashville, and Chattanooga.

Massachusetts 5th Grader Awarded ‘Top Banana’ At Inaugural Bananagrams Challenge

BananagramsTopBananaEleven-year-old Keely Cahoon, from Ralph D. Butler Elementary School in Avon, Mass. defeated 10,000 other 4th through 6th graders in New England to win the first-ever U.S. Bananagrams Challenge. The fifth grader was crowned ‘Top Banana’ after triumphing over 11 other kids at the live Grand Final of the word game tournament, held on April 9 at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI, home state of Bananagrams. [Read more...]

Finalists Chosen for Inaugural U.S. Bananagrams Challenge

BananagramsChallengeTwelve students are headed to the live Grand Final of the inaugural U.S. Bananagrams Challenge in Rhode Island on April 9 to be crowned as the first-ever “Top Banana.” The students were selected from more than 10,000 other fourth through sixth graders throughout New England. [Read more...]

Bananagrams Named North American Distributor for Crowd-Sourced Trivia Game, Linkee

Linkee Product Shot with MarkBananagrams Inc. will lead North American distribution for Linkee, the first crowd-sourced tabletop trivia game for families. Described by Bananagrams as, “shouty-outy,” the game play calls for players to answer four questions and spot the link between the answers faster than the other teams. Teams that get it right win a letter, and whoever collects enough letters to spell Linkee win the game.

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Inaugural U.S. Bananagrams School Tournament Launches in Three States

Bgrms ChallengeThe Bananagrams Challenge, the first official U.S. Bananagrams school tournament, is open for registration to elementary schools throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The free-to-enter challenge is intended to help boost vocabulary and spelling skills in classrooms and after-school programs.

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Collins to Publish The Little Book of Bananagrams with Foreword by Dame Judi Dench

Bananagrams LondonThis fall will see the release of The Collins Little Book of Bananagrams, which contains hints, winning strategies, and insider secrets for fans of the word game. Deej Johnson, the Bananagrams brand’s creative consultant, and word-game champion Mark Nyman wrote the book. It includes two ways to turn titles that save vital seconds when someone shouts, “Peel!”; things that a player must do in their first move; and more. Dame Judi Dench, a Bananagrams fan, provides a foreword.

The book, which will be available globally in October from Collins, also offers general word game advice, such as 135 proper nouns that can be played in any word game.

Bananagrams Go Wild with Target-Exclusive Bananagrams WildTiles

BananagramsWildTilesBananagrams Inc. has launched Bananagrams WildTiles exclusively at Target and on target.com. The new game includes six monkey WildTiles, putting an all-new spin on the original Bananagrams racing crossword game. Now as players race to complete their grids, they can pick up a WildTile and play it as many times as needed, standing in for any letter.

As with previous Bananagrams Inc. games, everything needed to play is included in the banana.

Chicago Toy & Game Group Expands Events in the U.S. and Abroad

The Chicago Toy & Game Group (ChiTAG) expanded its toy industry networking events to cities around the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

ChiTAG Networking Events were recently held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Toronto with upcoming events planned for London on June 5, Chicago on June 11, and Nashville on June 18 during ASTRA Marketplace & Academy, as well as events slated for New York, Seattle, Boston, Indianapolis, Sarasota, Montreal, and more.

ChiTAG advocates toy and game inventors, and its Networking Events are one of the many ways the organization carries out its mission to bring the industry together to share information, foster collaborative opportunities, and promote the power of play and the toy industry as a whole.

Events attract professionals from all areas of the business including manufacturers, inventors, designers, sales reps, independent consultants, and more, who come together to share experiences and develop new business relationships.

Past and future events are co-sponsored and held in collaboration with companies including Spin Master, Mind Candy, ThinkFun, Mayfair Games, PlaSmart, Bananagrams, Endless Games, RoosterFin, DesignEdge, Patch Products, Educational Insights, Top Trumps, Joyce Johnson Designs, Peaceable Kingdom, Jukem Football, Dynamic Designworks/DDW Inc., OtherdoorEntertainment, Snakes & Lattes, and toy/game retailers across the country.

Admission to ChiTAG Networking Events is free, and RSVP’s are required. For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.chitag.com/us/networking-events or email the Chicago Toy & Game Group at info@chitag.com, or phone (847) 677-8277.

COMMENTARY: MindWare Games Test Brain Power Without Words, Numbers, or Trivia

There are so many games on the market that get the gears moving in your brain, including Scrabble, Bananagrams, Trivial Pursuit, and Boggle. But what about those of us who didn’t major in English in college or don’t have a plethora of interesting facts stored away for a rainy day? MindWare has the answer… or well, answers.

Cirplexed! is a 360-degree game of strategy that doesn’t include numbers, facts, or words. Each tile features quarter circles of different colors. Each player creates his or her own game board by drawing and placing tiles, in an attempt to create the most single-color circles. It sounds simple, but even at 23 years old, I could only match about eight circles total. Though the game is designed for two to six players, it can be played solo, as well, to put your brain to work when friends and family members aren’t around.

Cirplexed

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