Countdown Begins to 2014 International Yo-Yo Championship

Duncan85yrslogoThe 2014 International Yo-Yo Championship, hosted by Duncan Toys, will take place on August 1 and 2 at the House of Blues, located at Downtown Disney West Side at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Yo-yo players of all ages from all parts of the globe will compete for the title of International Yo-Yo Champion. There will be five yo-yo competition divisions at the event, including yo-yos attached to a counterweight instead of the player’s finger for aerial style tricks; yo-yos not attached to the string, but are tossed as high as forty feet in the air; dual yo-yos; and more.

Travel packages will be available that include Walt Disney World Resort hotel accommodations and theme park admission.

Janos Karancz and Hank Freeman of Duncan Crew Worldwide Win World Yo-Yo Championship

With one single yo-yo, Janos Karancz from Mantua, Ohio beat over 170 competitors in his division to be crowned a World Yo-Yo Champion at the 2013 World Yo-Yo Contest in Orlando, Fla. Karancz competed in the 1A division, the most popular style of competitive yo-yo play in which a single yo-yo is used to perform a series of “string tricks.”

Hank Freeman from Budapest, Hungary was also crowned a World Yo-Yo Champion at the event. He celebrated his third Yo-Yo World Championship after placing first in the 3A division, where he performed with two yo-yos at the same time, which is considered to be the most difficult style in the competition.

Hank and Janos, both of whom competed for Duncan Crew Worldwide, each won using a yo-yo designed by National Yo-Yo Master and former World Yo-Yo Champion Rafael Matsunaga called the Duncan Barracuda Yo-Yo, a precision machined yo-yo made from aircraft grade aluminum.

The Strong Announces National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

After reviewing thousands of nominations submitted this year by toy lovers of all ages, The Strong in Rochester, Ny., has announced the 12 nominees for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Two finalists will be inducted on Thursday, November 15.

The finalists for 2012 are: Clue, dominoes, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Lite-Brite, little green army men, Magic 8 Ball, pogo stick, sidewalk chalk, Simon, Star Wars action figures, tea set, and Twister. The selected winners will join the ranks of 49 toy luminaries already in the Hall of Fame, including Candy Land, cardboard box, Crayola Crayons, Duncan Yo-Yo, Mr. Potato Head, Radio Flyer Wagon, and Tinkertoy.

Voting Begins For 2011 Toy Industry Hall of Fame

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is accepting votes for the 2011 Toy Industry Hall of Fame, to take place in conjunction with the Toy of the Year Awards during Toy Fair Week in New York City. Voting started yesterday and will run until August 27, with the winners awarded on February 12.

Living nominees include:
•Fashion Institute of Technology Toy Design Department Chair Judith Ellis
•Former Radica Games, Ltd. CEO Patrick Feely
•Funrise Toys, Ltd. Founder and CEO Arnie Rubin
•Director Steven Spielberg
•Hasbro, Inc., Chairman Alfred Verrecchia

Posthumous nominees include:
•Russ Berrie, Inc., Founder Russell Berrie
•Duncan Yo-Yo Founder Donald Duncan
•Briarpatch, Inc., Co-founder Martine Redman

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