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Toy & Game Industry Luminaries Celebrate Inventors at Annual Industry Gala

As part of the Chicago Toy & Game Week, industry leaders from 18 countries gathered at the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History for the 5th Annual Toy and Game Inventors Awards, known as “The TAGIEs,” to honor the creators of some of the world’s best known playthings.

Nearly 400 industry movers-and-shakers gathered for the event, at which famed inventor Bruce Lund gave a keynote address after being introduced by a full-sized marching band. Kevin Harrington, chairman of As Seen On TV, Inc., and “Shark Investor” on the show Shark Tank was also in attendance to present the Young Inventor of the Year Award.  [Read more...]

GeoSafari Talking Electron Microscope Combines Education and Fun

The GeoSafari Talking Electron Microscope, Educational Insights‘ educational electron microscope for young scientists of all ages, is now available. Bruce Lund, of Lund and Company Invention, created the microscope that can captivate kids through an extensive collection of more than 180 extreme close-up images, ranging from the inner workings of the human body to plant and animal samples. Children can choose between Learning Mode, where images and fun facts can be viewed, and Quiz Mode, where they can test their new knowledge.

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Chicago Toy and Game Fair Announced

The eighth annual Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) is coming to Chicago’s Navy Pier this November. ChiTAG is the largest public toy and game fair in the country and features new toy and game announcements as well as talks by up-and-coming toy makers.

This year’s event features guest appearances by Jenga inventor Leslie Scott, TMX Elmo inventor Bruce Lund, and inventor and author Peggy Brown, among others. ChiTAG also features a Star Wars breakfast, Monopoly tournaments, chess tournaments, the Mascot Madness toy drive, the Mommy Blogger Brunch, an Illinois Accredited Educator Conference for teachers, and more to be announced. The third annual Toy and Game Inventor Awards Dinner will also take place November 19. Those wishing to attend should contact Mary Couzin at 847-677-8277.

The event runs from November 20 – 21 starting at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Children under 3, Scouts in uniform, military in uniform, librarians, and teachers are admitted free of charge. Parking discounts are available.

Fall Toy Preview

Everyone is in Dallas this week, but I’m working from home because I’m due to have a baby any day now! I’m hearing good things about the show though, and hoping it’s been a success for everyone. It does feel a bit odd to be here missing out on all the hubbub. I miss the excitement of getting that first peek at next year’s toys and picking up on the early emerging trends. If you’re at the show, I hope you were able to snag a copy of our September/October issue. Inside, you’ll get a look at a lot of the toys being exhibited this week in Dallas for 2010. In addition, Bruce Lund, inventor of some of the hottest toys the industry has seen, was so kind as to write our cover story for us this month. If you’ve ever wanted an inside look at the life of a toy inventor, be sure to check out his article.

If you were in Dallas this week, let me know how the show was for you!

Jackie

Inventor Article-September/October 2009 issue

You can view the article “Everything I Know About Business I Learned from Playing with Toys” from our September/October 2009 issue now by clicking link below:

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