Hasbro Is Bringing Down the House Rules for Monopoly

Monopoly.HouseRulesFrom March 25 to April 3, fans around the world weighed the pros and cons of their favorite Monopoly house rules on the Monopoly Facebook page. This past Friday, Hasbro announced the top five house rules, which will be featured in future Monopoly games. They are:

  • Free Parking, Fast Cash: All taxes and fees are collected in the middle of the game board, and if a player lands on Free Parking, they collect it.
  • Dash for the Cash: Players who land on Go! get to double their salary—400 Monopoly(M) Dollars instead of 200M Dollars.
  • Frozen Assets Rule: When in jail, a player cannot collect any rent money from other players.
  • See the Sights: Players must travel around the board one complete time before they can begin buying properties.
  • Lucky Roller: If a player rolls Snake Eyes—double ones—they collect 500M Dollars.

Fans will find the top five house rules in the Monopoly: House Rules edition game, available in select markets this fall. The chosen rules will also be included in the Monopoly game guide beginning next year.

Boon Hosts Social Media-Based Contest in Four Cities

Boon [CMYK]Got plans this weekend? This past April 1, it appeared that toddlers had taken over Boon’s social media pages, and while that turned out to be an April Fool’s joke, many of the random photos posted by Boon are part of a larger social media game. Indeed, photos found at Boon’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages contain “clues” about specialty retailers in the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles areas.

Details on how to decipher these clues have been posted in videos on Boon’s blog. Through Sunday, any fans in those cities who figure out the clues—and subsequently check-in at the specialty retailer in their city on Foursquare—will receive a discount code for 20 percent off Boon products.

Funko’s Game of Thrones Pop! Bundle Giveaway Is On!

FunkobundleStarting today, and through Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PST, Funko is running a giveaway for its Game of Thrones Amazon-exclusive Pop! bundles. Two winners will be selected. Fans can access the contest and find out more information through Funko’s Facebook page.

Currently available for pre-order at amazon.com, the Game of Thrones Amazon Exclusive Pop! Bundles are packaged in variations based on two of the series’ most popular characters: Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. Both bundles come with a 100-percent cotton black T-shirt with the character in Pop! form printed on the front; a 3.75-inch Pop! Vinyl figure, and a 1.5-inch Pop! key chain.

There’s Still Time to Participate in Adora Dolls’ Designed by Kids for Kids Contest

AdoraDesignedbyKidsforKidsAdora’s new campaign, Designed by Kids for Kids, is a program that the makers of Adora developed from the belief that kids are creative, intelligent, and full of bright ideas. The kids will work with the Adora design team to create an outfit for the 18-inch Adora Friends dolls.

Young designers can sign up by emailing the Adora Dolls Design Committee at designedbykidsforkids@adoradolls.com, including their name, contact email, age, description of design (200 words or less), inspiration of design (200 words or less), six photos of the design concept or idea, and favorite charity for donation. The submission deadline is March 31.

The top 10 entries will be selected by the Adora Dolls Design Committee and posted on the Adora Dolls Facebook page for voting. Voting will take place from April 1 to 30. The design with the most likes will be produced in the 2015 Adora Doll collection, and a donation will be made in the winning entry to the charity of their choice.

Parental permission is required. Only one submission will be accepted per young designer, so what is submitted must be original and not a violation of any copyright law. The contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. who are between the ages of 6 and 13 at the date of entry, with complete entry permission and assistance of legal parent or guardian who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry.

Activision and Frito-Lay Team Up to Let Fans Choose New Skylanders Hero

FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA , ACTIVISION, SKYLANDERSActivision Publishing Inc. and PepsiCo‘s Frito-Lay North America division are providing fans with the opportunity to choose and name a new hero that will appear in the next Skylanders game, which is slated for release this year. The winner will also receive a $100,000 scholarship.

Between now and March 21, fans 18 years and older can visit Frito-Lay’s official site to select one of three potential heroes they want to see come to life in the next Skylanders game. They can also find more details and official rules. Once their Skylanders selection is made, contestants submit a suggested name and a 200-character or less inspiration for the name they chose.

In May, one fan-created name for each of the three potential heroes will be selected by a panel of judges and announced as finalists, and fans 13 years and older will be invited to vote online for the hero they want. Later this year, the winning hero will be revealed. The official name for that Skylanders hero and will appear in a variety of places, such as on Skylanders packaging and the Skylanders game.

This marks the third consecutive year in which Activision has partnered with Frito-Lay for the Skylanders franchise.

Luca Lashes Announces New Contest

LucasLashesThe creators of Luca Lashes multilingual e-book and app series have announced a “Raising Multilingual Children in a One-language Household” contest. Parents who offer tips for fostering second-language development in their children will have a chance to win a Luca Lashes iTunes app library of titles in one language (Spanish, French, Italian, or Chinese) of their choosing.

Because raising multilingual children in a household where the parents speak only one language is not an easy task, Luca Lashes e-books and apps help parents foster language development through educational experiences with these tools. The eBooks are offered in multiple languages and the apps allow for switching between languages making it easy for parents to teach and easy for children to learn. [Read more...]

Hexbug Launches #theycanclimb Coloring Contest

theycanclimbHexbug has launched the Hexbug Nano V2 #theycanclimb coloring contest, giving Hexbug fans a chance to flex their creative muscles.

Hexbug hired an eccentric, internationally-renowned artist (and Hexbug enthusiast) to create eight colorful drawings crawling with the gravity-defying Nano V2 bugs. The artist received a last-minute, once in a lifetime opportunity to climb Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall that left him unable to color in his original black and white outlines. Now Hexbug is asking for the fans help to color in these drawings.

To enter the contest, fans can choose an outline, color it, and send it in to the Hexbug review team. The contest will run through through 11:59:59 p.m. CST on September 22.

Every entrant will receive a $5 promo code for their next purchase on Hexbug.com, and every week, some of the best submissions will be featured at Nanov2.com. Entrants will be judged in two separate categories: ages 6 and under, and ages 7 to 12. At the end of the contest, first, second, and third place winners in each category will be announced and awarded prizes.

American Girl Welcomes the Brand-New World of Bitty Baby

BittyBabyAmerican Girl debuted its Bitty Baby line of 15-inch dolls, outfits, and accessories. The new line includes 11 different dolls with various skin tones and hair- and eye-color combinations, as well as illustrated picture books, premium play sets, plush animals, and online activities.

Kids ages 3 and up can select their doll from the expanded choices, at which point they receive the Bitty Baby doll dressed in a signature sleeper, along with a special “wishing star” keepsake toy and Bitty Baby and Me, the first in a series of five hardcover picture books featuring ways to play. New outfits in various designs are also available to allow kids to further personalize their Bitty Baby.

The new Bitty Baby picture-book collection, by Newbery Honor Award-winner author Kirby Larson and award-winning illustrator Sue Cornelison, follows a little girl and her beloved Bitty Baby doll as they discover the world around them. Each book also comes with a special section for parents that focuses on the social and emotional experience of preschoolers and offers tips to parents. [Read more...]

K’nex Launches New and Improved K’nexpert Search

knexK’nex announced exciting changes for its 14th annual K’nexpert Search, which launched on May 29. The K’nexpert Search challenges young builders to design and submit a creative, original model made entirely from K’nex parts. The models are judged on creativity, uniqueness, and detail.

For the first time since its launch in 2001, the contest will have four grand-prize winners from four different age groups. Age groups include: 5 to 6 years, 7 to 8 years, 9 to 11 years, and 12 to 14 years (a new category this year). The four imaginative children who win will each receive a prize package valued at $3,650. This year, grand prize winners will receive the coolest K’nexpert prize package yet: $2,500, an iPad Mini, a $250 gift card to Toys “R” Us, and a $500 K’nex credit code good toward a shopping spree at knex.com. An additional eight finalists will each receive a $250 K’nex credit code, a $100 Toys “R” Us gift card, and a K’nex T-shirt. [Read more...]

Turkish Strawberry Shortcake Talent Contest Concludes

American Greetings Properties (AGP), the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, has announced the successful conclusion of its recent Strawberry Shortcake singing competition for girls in Turkey. AGP partnered with Max Licensing, its international licensing agent for the brand, known as Strawberry Shortcake Çilek Kiz in Turkey, to launch the Strawberry Shortcake “Çilek Kiz Talent Contest.”

The contest asked fans to submit videos of themselves singing the popular Strawberry Shortcake songs “We are all Stars” and “Anything is Possible” in both Turkish and English, online for a chance to win a role in a Strawberry Shortcake TV commercial. Ten finalists were chosen among 300 video submissions to perform at the grand finale event, held at the Kozzy Shopping Center in Istanbul on May 27th and judged by local Turkish celebrities.

This post was originally written by Lindsay Gordon 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.