University Teams with Schoolchildren on World’s Largest Meccano Build

Prof. Trevor Whittaker from Queen's University walks the bridge this past Saturday.

Prof. Trevor Whittaker from Queen’s University walks the bridge this past Saturday.

With the help of Spin Master Corp., Queens University Belfast’s Civil Engineering Department completed The Big Bridge Build, which spans nearly 100 feet across Belfast’s Clarendon Dock. This past Saturday, officials from Guinness World Records confirmed the bridge is the world’s largest Meccano structure.

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The Force Will Be Strong at Toys “R” Us Times Square on September 4

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Spaceship from Kenner (1979)

Star Wars Millennium Falcon Spaceship from Kenner (1979), on display as part of Destination: Star Wars—The Experience

When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on September 4, all Toys “R” Us stores in the U.S. will open their doors, giving customers the opportunity to purchase hundreds of new Star Wars playthings, including a wide variety of merchandise not available anywhere else.

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Imperial Toy to Donate 350,000 Water Balloons for University-Wide Battle

Imperial,KaosImperial Toy will sponsor a campus-wide water balloon battle at the University of Kentucky, hosted by the school’s Christian Student Fellowship (CSF). The toymaker will provide 350,000 of its Kaos water balloons, and the university is anticipating 15,000 people to attend.

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Mia Hamm, Kids, and Families Set Record in Celebration of LeapBand

Jan27.LeapFrogLeapFrog Enterprises Inc. hosted its Fit Made Fun Day event last Saturday at Santa Monica Beach with soccer star Mia Hamm and more than 300 kids and families. The attendees became the new Guinness World Records record holders for three active play records: the most people making sand angels, the most people hopping on one foot, and the most people doing the swim dance.

In celebration of the newly launched LeapBand activity tracker for kids, Fit Made Fun Day encouraged families to get active in creative ways while having fun together. LeapFrog invited families nationwide to host their own Fit Made Fun Day, and share images and videos across media channels.

Tomy Sets Guinness World Record for Tallest Toy Train Track


Tomy, the maker of the Chuggington StackTrack Railway System, set a Guinness World Records title for Tallest Toy Train Track on Saturday. The record-setting train track, constructed with Chuggington StackTrack—a durable die-cast railway system that enables kids to build vertical toy train layouts—towered 17 feet 4 inches tall. In order to set the Guinness World Records title for World’s Tallest Toy Train Track, Tomy Master Builder Jason Moreno and his helpers needed to construct a layout utilizing the Chuggington StackTrack die-cast railway track that met or exceeded 9 feet 8 inches in height, and a commercially available Chuggington StackTrack die-cast railway train had to travel from the top of the track all the way down to the bottom. Hundreds of kids and their families watched in anticipation and were delighted as the engine completed its journey down the spiraling StackTrack tower.

Moreno constructed the larger-than-life toy train layout as part of the Grand Centennial Parade of Trains in Vanderbilt Hall in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. The building began at 8:00 a.m. and was completed at 1:00 p.m., in time for the Guinness World Records adjudicator to authenticate the record-setting event and present the certificate to a delighted Tomy crew.

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K’Nex Unveils Largest Sculpture Yet

The life-size T-Rex sculpture by K’NEX is officially the “World’s Largest K’NEX Sculpture” according to the Guinness World Records.

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., is home to this life-size creation. The K’NEX sculpture is replicated to represent the recast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton featured in the center’s summer exhibit.

This life size T-Rex is named K’Rex and is displayed in the lobby of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s gift shop. Consisting of 160,000 K’NEX pieces, K’Rex measures in 12.46 feet high, 33.76 feet long, and 5.93 feet wide. It weighs 10 pounds.

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Chick-Fil-A Partners with Guinness World Records for Kid’s Meal Activities

Chick-Fil-A will be partnering with Guinness World Records to bring a series of five Guinness World Records activity packs to Chick-Fil-A Kid’s Meals from July 26 to August 28.

The five Kid’s Meal items will include cards featuring Guinness World Records set by animals, a sports and games records booklet, a 30-second timer for “Do Try This At Home” challenges, a set of cards on a ring that feature Guinness World Records holders and corresponding challenges, and a booklet of Guinness World Records hobbies and pastimes with related “Do Try this at Home” challenges.

Children who receive the same activity twice can exchange the duplicate for another activity during the five-week promotion. After the promotion, parents can order toys online at as long as supplies last.

Haywire Games to Attempt Guinness Record for Chicken Flinging

PETA, no worries. Haywire Games, manufacturer of the game Flickin’ Chicken, will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the “Largest Rubber Chicken Toss” at the Finish Line Festival for the Charles River Watershed Association’s (CWRA) 28th annual Run of the Charles Canoe & Kayak Race.

Haywire will host the rubber chicken chuck on April 25 at the Artisani Park in Brighton, MA. Admission to the festival is free, but the company will sell official rubber chickens for $1, starting at 9 a.m. The proceeds from the rubber chicken sale will benefit the CWRA and its efforts to protect the health, beauty, and accessibility of the Charles River. Prizes will be awarded to those who don’t fowl up and can fling their rubber chicken onto the target’s bullseye.

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English Students Earn World Record for Group Rubik’s Cube Solve

The official Guinness World Record for the number of people solving a Rubik’s Cube at a one time is now held by 134 English schoolboys. The record was previously held by a group of 96 Californian university students. The new record holders, aged 11-14, attend Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham, Bucks, UK.

The children completed their Rubik’s Cubes it only 12 minutes, which was witnessed by David Hedley Jones and Christine Trussell, representing Seven Towns Ltd of London; the owners of the worldwide rights to the Rubik’s Cube; and Susie Smyth, representing the UK distributor Drumond Park Games.

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The Toy Book’s Toy Report 12/07/09


Catch up on last week’s news! Read The Toy Book Toy Report for 12/07/09.

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