Hasbro has teamed up with the crowdfunding website Indiegogo to find the next hit face-to-face party game, which the toymaker can help cultivate and bring to market. The toymaker is calling on game designers nationwide to share ideas for a new party game at www.nextgreatgamechallenge.com.
Walmart has released its Chosen by Kids list, which features the top toys of the year as chosen by 1,000 kids. The retailer asked them to choose their favorite toys from among the newest items by Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master, and Zing. For consumers’ convenience during this upcoming shopping season, the list is organized by gender and age, as well as by the categories Future Foodies, Veterinarians in Training, Dreaming Design Stars, and Adventure-Seekers in the Making.
With Yo-Kai Watch, from Nintendo, launching in the U.S. on November 6, Hasbro will be introducing new play items based on the Yo-Kai Watch franchise in North America and Australia in January. Hasbro’s line, which will expand to additional global markets by the end of next year, will include toys and games centered around collectible medals, each representing a unique Yo-kai.
Tim Walsh and Peggy Brown have launched an Indiegogo campaign with the goal of creating a film about John Spinello, who invented the classic game Operation. The movie, entitled Buzz Heard ’Round the World: The Inventor of Operation and the Power of Play, would pick up on the life of Spinello, who back in 1964, sold the patent to Operation to a toy development company for only $500.
After five days of competitive Scrabble play, Matthew Tunnicliffe of Ottawa was crowned the 2015 North American Scrabble Champion. Tunnicliffe, a 28-year-old technical writer, defeated several top competitive Scrabble players, including last year’s champion Conrad Bassett-Bouchard. Along with the champion’s title and trophy, he earned a cash prize of $10,000.
Through September 1, toy and gaming industry professionals may submit nominations online for the 2015 Toy & Game Inventor of the Year (TAGIE) Awards, scheduled to take place during Chicago Toy & Game Week. Presented by Hasbro, the awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of inventors, designers, and industry leaders.
Hasbro Inc. and Lionsgate are teaming up to bring Hasbro’s My Little Pony franchise to the big screen. Meghan McCarthy, the writer and producer of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated series, is attached to the screenplay, which will be produced by Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures.
There’s the old saying, “Go big or stay home.” Well, at the recent Sweet Suite event that was part of this year’s Blogger Bash, a lot of toy companies gathered in New York City to show off their wares, and many of them brought big toys. And by big, I mean that if placed side-by-side the average action figure, doll, ride-on, etc., these toys easily dwarfed the competition.
Warner Bros. Pictures, Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures, and Sweetpea Entertainment are launching a feature film franchise based on Dungeons & Dragons, the world’s most popular role-playing game. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman of Sweetpea Entertainment, as well as Roy Lee (The LEGO Movie, How to Train Your Dragon) are attached as producers.