Alex Brands Celebrates 70 Years of Slinky with Video Contest

SlinkySlinky is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and Alex Brands is looking for fans to post a video of themselves or their kids singing the Slinky Jingle (See video below). For every video posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the #SlinkyDay70 hashtag, Alex Brands will donate one Slinky toy to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, with a maximum donation of 1,000 Slinky toys.

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G/O Digital Study Reveals Consumers’ Shopping Behavior Ahead of Holiday Season

GO DigitalAccording to a new research report from G/O Digital, “Holiday Purchasing Habits: A Digital Advantage for Local Businesses,” small businesses need to execute a digital marketing plan early in order to make a big impact this holiday season. The report surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. consumers who research holiday purchases online.

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TIA Calls on Toy Companies to Take the Play Pledge and Help Spread the Word

TIA LogoThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) is calling on toy companies, retailers, and other play-related professionals to participate in the industry-wide Genius of Play campaign. TIA members are invited to send a pre-written Genius of Play email to their consumer database in order to let fans know about the fantastic, fun, and free resources available at www.thegeniusofplay.org and encourage them to take the Play Pledge.

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Toys “R” Us Supports Athletes Participating in Special Olympics 2015 Summer World Games

The Special Olympics 2015 Summer World GamesThe Special Olympics 2015 Summer World Games are underway, and Toys “R” Us employees throughout the greater Los Angeles area are volunteering at the 10-day event. Company volunteers are on hand to encourage and cheer on athletes as they reach personal victories in a variety of sporting activities.

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Toys “R” Us Launches Fifth Annual Campaign Benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

ToysRUs,AlexsLemonadeStandToys “R” Us Inc. will launch its fifth consecutive fundraising campaign to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Beginning this Saturday through July 31, monetary donations will be collected at all Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide and online at toysrus.com/alexslemonade.

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Netmarble Launches Global Mobile RPG Marvel Future Fight

Netmarble Marvel Future FightNetmarble Games has launched its latest mobile RPG, Marvel Future Fight, today at both the App Store and Google Play. Available for free, it features 36 of Marvel’s world-famous super-heroes and super-villains.

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TIA Creates Social Media How-To Guide for Sharing the Genius of Play

April15.GeniusofPlay As part of The Genius of Play campaign, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has kicked off an industry-wide social media initiative to open a dialogue with parents and raise awareness about the developmental benefits of play. TIA suggests that the social media posts range from encouraging kids and parents to engage in imaginative play, such as arts and crafts and dress up, to asking parents to share how toys and play helped their children reach important developmental milestones.

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Q&A with Mattel: Social Media, 3-D Printing, and More

logo_Mattel logoThe Toy Book (TTB): In what new ways are you using social media to correspond directly with consumers?

Mattel: We engage with consumers across all brand and corporate social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as retailer sites, like Wal-Mart and Kohl’s. At Mattel, we have a fully functioning reporting and engineering team dedicated to understanding what the consumer is saying and turning that data into actionable improvements for both our manufacturing and design process.

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Q&A with Tony Norman, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Innovation First International

Hexbug.TonyNormanThe Toy Book (TTB): How do you use 3-D printing in your R&D? Do you plan to incorporate 3-D printing into your consumer offerings in the future?

Tony Norman (TN): We have three commercial-grade 3-D printers at Hexbug headquarters that run pretty much continuously. Design is iterative, and our 3-D printers enable us to engage in rapid prototyping. This rapid prototyping allows us to get real working samples out to focus groups quickly and frequently, so as to gather feedback and make the necessary changes prior to starting production. This highly accelerated production process significantly reduces our time to market and sets us apart from other toy companies.
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Hasbro and BuzzFeed Team Up for Global Monopoly Here & Now Campaign

Hasbro-logo-jpgIn celebration of the Monopoly brand’s 80th anniversary, Hasbro Inc. has teamed up with BuzzFeed to ask fans to choose which great cities around the world will be featured as property spaces in new Monopoly Here & Now games, which are launching this fall. [Read more...]