WIT to Host Networking Breakfast, Sponsor PlayCHIC, and More at ChiTAG

WIT.logoWomen in Toys, Licensing, and Entertainment (WIT), will be celebrating the power of play at the Chicago Toy & Game Week from November 20 through 23.

WIT is a premier sponsor of PlayCHIC, the industry’s annual play-inspired fashion show. The event pairs couture fashion designers with toy and games brands to create runway looks, and this year’s show will feature a WIT-inspired look.

On November 21, WIT will celebrate the Rising Star Award nomination of organization president and Brandberry Inc. founder, Ashley Mady, at the 7th annual TAGIE Awards. The celebration honors toy and game inventors worldwide, and will be held in the Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Mady is nominated for her work with the Wicked Cool Toys brand, Crashlings, which she co-invented.

WIT’s Wake Up With WIT breakfast networking event will be held on November 22. Building product for today’s market, going for a TV licensed property, the power of mentorship, and business empowering girls are some of the topics to be discussed. The breakfast is open to WIT members and non-members, aimed at professional men and women in the toy, games, licensing, and entertainment industries. [Read more...]

Makies Make U.S. Debut at Chicago Toy & Game Fair

MakieLab makies dollsLondon-based indie toy developer MakieLab is bringing its Makie dolls to its U.S. The dolls will debut at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair from November 22 to 23. Makies, an alternative to mass-produced fashion dolls, are the world’s first safety-certified 3-D printed toy at retail.

No two Makies are alike. With 3-D printing technology, each doll’s hand-crafted face is built individually for its new owner. Makies also emphasize hands-on making and crafting skills, healthy body shape, and expressive individuality.

Customers can build their own Makie at mymakie.com and receive their custom 10-inch doll in two weeks. When building the doll, customers can choose the gender, skin and eye color, hair style, and clothing of the doll. Additional accessories are available for purchase.

ChiTAG Group Brings Largest Toy and Game Inventor Event to Chicago Toy & Game Week

CHITAGHosted by the Chicago Toy & Game Group (ChiTAG), the International Toy & Game Innovation Conference (T&GCon) is a networking and educational opportunity in which both industry leaders and those looking to get involved in the industry and/or have their product licensed can come together to share key insights and ideas.

The conference, scheduled to take place on November 20 and 21 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, also includes the International Summit for Professional Inventors (I-SPI), and the Inventor Relations Summit (IRS), which is part of I-SPI. Attendees will have the chance to meet top executives from Hasbro, Spin Master, Ravensburger, NASA, Patch Products, and more.

At T&GCon, new inventors will have opportunities to show their ideas to dozens of toy and game industry companies. Meanwhile, at I-SPI, aspiring inventors can meet colleagues from around the world, experience new technology, meet with manufacturers in private offices, and more. Finally, at IRS, attendees can discover new ideas, products, and innovation from different inventors and companies, as well as discuss ways to strengthen both the inventor community and the industry as a whole.

Registration includes a ticket to PlayCHIC, the toy, game and entertainment brand-inspired fashion show on the evening of November 20, as well as a ticket to the Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards. Interested parties can visit the official T&GCon site to register.

ChiTAG Welcomes New Advisory Board for Third Annual playCHIC Fashion Show

CHITAGThis year’s playCHIC advisory board is brand-new as the most stylish part of The Chicago Toy & Game Group’s (ChiTAG) Toy & Game Week is returning for the third time. playCHIC is a runway show that combines fashion with top toys.

This year’s playCHIC elite advisory board includes Anna van Slee, this year’s director of playCHIC and co-founder of Otherdoor Entertainment; Alison Ray, managing editor and founder of sassymomsinthecity.com; Gwen Austin, founder of RC Art Toys; Joan Severance, acclaimed model, actress, and game developer, who also walked in last year’s playCHIC fashion show; Mary Couzin, CEO and founder of ChiTAG; Moira Tuffy, who has developed brand identities and executed events for clients; and Peach Carr, self-taught Chicago designer on the eighth season of Project Runway and the second iteration of Project Runway: All Stars.

The 2014 playCHIC fashion show will hit the catwalk on Thursday, November 20.

Chicago Toy & Fair Group to Host Eighth Annual Young Inventor Challenge

CHITAGThe 2014 Young Inventor Challenge, presented by Spin Master, is returning for its eighth year at the annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair. The toy and game inventing competition is open to kids between the ages 6 to 18, and designed to combine imagination, play, and critical thinking.

Attendees will cast their votes for their favorite inventions based on originality, creativity, appeal, and presentation of the marketing message. Six winners in total will be announced in junior and senior categories, including “First Place,” “Runner Up,” and “Fan Favorite” for each. The winners will be announced on November 22, the day of the competition.

Registration for the competition is free, and parents, guardians, and educators are invited to sign up young inventors online before November 4 on the ChiTAG website.

Chicago Toy & Fair Game Group Unveils ChiTAG Fair Lineup

ChicagoThe Chicago Toy & Fair Game Group Fair returns to Navy Pier in Chicago from November 22 to 23 this year. The fair is open to the public for a weekend full of interactive events and play. ChiTAG commemorates the toy and game industry as the global hub for consumers, inventors, trade and media to preview, play, and purchase the hottest new toys and games.

This year’s ChiTAG events roster includes playCHIC on November 20, an annual fashion show that pairs toy and game developers to create couture looks; Young Inventor Challenge on November 22, a toy and game inventing competition for kids ages six through 18; the TAGIE Awards on November 21, honoring innovation in the toy and game industry; I-SPI from November 20 to 23, a networking event with the International Summit for Professional Inventors; and T&G Innovation Con, where industry leaders can share key insights with others.

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.

Chicago Toy and Game Fair, Girl Scouts Hope to Earn Guinness World Record Patch

Top Trumps to Sponsor Girl Scouts of America; Quest for Most People Playing Cards at Same Time

Calling all Girl Scouts. Just when you thought you had sampled all of your favorites, the Chicago Toy and Game Group (ChiTAG) is proud to announce they will add another “sweet spot” in addition to all other events at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair, to be held on November 17 and 18 at Navy Pier. The Girl Scouts of America and Top Trumps at ChiTAG will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for “Most People Playing a Card Game Simultaneously in the Same City.” The game is scheduled for November 17 at 3 p.m.

The current record was set in 2010 while 2,292 people played the popular Spanish card game, Mus. Mus in El Correo, Spain. The Girl Scouts card game of choice will be Top Trumps

Each Girl Scout member to participate will receive an exclusive “Top Trumps Moshi Monsters Participation” patch. ChiTAG will offer free admission to the Fair to all uniformed Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders, as well as Girl Scout Family discount passes.

Top Trumps has selected Moshi Monsters as the featured licensed brand while sponsoring the Girl Scouts of America this fall. Both Top Trumps and Moshi Monsters will exhibit at ChiTAG in November. For more inquiries regarding ChiTAG, visit www.chitag.com.

This post was originally written by Sierra McCleary-Harris and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

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.

Chicago to Host Toy and Game Events

The Chicago Toy & Game Group is hosting three events for the toy and game industry this November. The Toy and Game Industry Networking and Inventor Conference event will be held at Chicago’s Navy Pier from November 18-19. Jill Moore from Disney Consumer Products and Steve Rehkemper of Rehkemper Design and Innovation will present the welcome.

The Toy and Game Inventors of the Year Awards Dinner (TAGI Awards) will be held on November 19 at the Museum of Science and Industry, which features a private viewing of the Jim Henson Retrospective Exhibit. Eddy Goldfarb will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award. Hasbro is the presenting sponsor.

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair will be held November 20-21. Open to the public, ChiTAG allows exhibitors to meet consumers face-to-face.