American Girl has re-branded its line of contemporary 18-inch dolls and accessories, clothing, and exclusive play-based content as Truly Me. Formerly known as My American Girl, Truly Me lets kids create a one-of-a-kind doll through a variety of personalized options, including 40 different combinations of eye color, hair color and style, and skin color, as well as an array of outfits and accessories.
Activision Publishing Inc. has launched #TrapAndPlaySweeps, a three-week sweepstakes for Skylanders fans. Players are instructed to tweet photos or video of themselves playing Skylanders Trap Team to the official Skylanders Twitter channel (@SkylandersGame), using #TrapAndPlaySweeps #Skylanders for the chance to win prizes through December 11.
NFL Players Inc. (NFLPI), the marketing and licensing arm of the NFL Players Association, introduces Playmaker Challenge, an exciting new competition for toy developers. To be considered, new toy ideas must feature the unique intellectual property assets licensed only by NFLPI, including names, uniform numbers, signatures, nicknames, images, and likenesses for more than 1,800 active NFL players.
The competition, announced at Fall Toy Preview in Dallas, runs through December 19, and NFLPI is accepting applications for concepts through the Playmaker Challenge microsite. The grand prize winner will receive an NFLPI-issued license, an NFL player promotional appearance at their Toy Fair booth, and $10,000 towards player marketing, which can be used on retail partnerships, social media activation, and/or player appearances. Additionally, NFLPI will work with the winner and retail launch partner to donate a quantity of the newly licensed toy to a pre-determined children’s charity.
A committee will review submissions and invite three finalists to present their concepts to the NFLPI committee from January 4 to February 13. The winner will be announced at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.
Phylicia Nakamoto, from Elk Grove, Calif., is the fan-selected winner of the Skylanders Choose and Name a New Hero promotion. Her winning entry, High Five, is a royal dragonfly that is able to fly higher and faster than any other hero in Skylands. Phylicia will receive a $100,000 scholarship and High Five will be featured in the Skylanders franchise.
Earlier this year, Frito-Lay North America and Activision Publishing Inc. gave fans the opportunity to choose and name a new hero that would appear in the upcoming Skylanders Trap Team game, which will be released on October 5 in North America. Along with High Five, the other two finalist characters—Bat Spin, a female bat with magical powers, and Flip Wreck, an adventurous dolphin—will also have roles in the new game.
The three finalists were revealed in May, and consumers were invited to visit www.fritolay.com/skylanders to vote for their favorite. This marks the third Skylanders promotion between Activision and Frito-Lay.
Nickelodeon has scheduled three Road to Worldwide Day of Play events that will visit San Diego, Calif., today to July 2; Detroit, Mich., on July 30 to August 1; and a third city on September 3 to 5, to be chosen by kids themselves via an online contest launching today. These summer events will culminate with Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play event on September 20, when the network goes dark and its partners host grassroots activities to celebrate play.
Through July 27, kids ages 7 to 12 can log onto www.nick.com/play to tell Nickelodeon why their hometown should get a visit during the Road to Worldwide Day of Play. One grand-prize winner will be chosen from the submissions to bring Nickelodeon-themed games, slime, and live-action stars to local events in their hometown.
As a lead up to September 20, Nickelodeon is partnering with organizations in San Diego, Detroit, and the third contest-winning city to bring Nick-themed activities to local partner events that encourage kids to get up and get active. These events will feature fun-filled games, appearances by stars from Nickelodeon hit shows, costumed characters, a grant presentation to a local non-profit organization, and more.
ToyFabb, the first specialized online market for 3-D printed toys, has launched its English and German site, www.toyfabb.com, with a contest for hobby and professional designers. At ToyFabb, hobby and professional designers are provided free accounts to present and sell their creations to consumers. ToyFabb offers comprehensive shop functionality, as well as securely streamed 3-D designs to protect the intellectual property of its users. Consumers can also purchase the 3-D toy designs offered and produce them with their own 3-D printers.
ToyFabb is hosting a contest for hobby designers and professional designers, which will last until September 30. Winners of each ToyFabb category will receive $100. Entrants’ toy files can be sent directly to email@example.com.
University Games has invited young game inventors with original board game ideas to participate in the 22nd annual National Young Game Inventors Contest for a chance to have their game manufactured and included in the University Games lineup next year. Additional prizes include a family vacation to San Francisco, Calif. (includes four nights lodging and airfare for up to two adults and one child), a $10,000 savings bond for college, and a complete library of board games from University Games.
Entries are now being accepted for the contest, which is open to kids ages 5 to 12, and sponsored by Toys “R” Us and Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. Complete rules and entry forms can be found at www.nygic.org.
Since the National Young Game Inventors Contest was launched in 1993, it has encouraged thousands of young children to stretch their imaginations and develop board games such as Munch Math, Rapunzel’s Revenge, Rhyme Time, and more.
One lucky winner will receive a $1,000 shopping spree from Reeves International when it debuts its mid-year releases to retailers at the American Specialty Toy Retailer Association (ASTRA) Marketplace and Academy, scheduled for June 9 to 10. The key is the Breyer Golden Ticket, which can be found inside one of the complimentary ASTRA Tote Bags provided to all retailers attending the show.
The Breyer Golden Ticket has been inserted into one of the Wow Toys‘ My Pocket Friends surprise bags. Once found, the winner must return the ticket to the Reeves International Booth, #801, to select $1,000 in wholesale products from the Breyer range. This promotion is for brick and mortar specialty retailers who are ASTRA members in good standing.
Last year, Adora launched its Designed by Kids for Kids program, which gave kids a chance to work with the company’s California design team to create an outfit for one of the company’s 18-inch Friends dolls. The contest closed on March 31, and Adora recently announced its Young Designer for 2015: Isabella C., of Orlando.
Eight-year-old Isabella designed a Cowgirl outfit, and will start collaborating with Adora’s design team to bring it to life for next year. She also gets to choose a favorite charity for donation.