Women in Toys (WIT) has gathered business executives, celebrities, government officials, and more for the panel slate of its upcoming WIT Empowerment Day. Scheduled to take place on October 5 at the Dallas Market Center, WIT Empowerment Day will provide opportunities to meet with panelists, as well as more than a dozen hand-selected expert industry mentors, who can offer advice on how to grow businesses and get concepts to market. The event is free to WIT members.
This past week, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), along with Hasbro Inc., announced the pre-sale of Playmation Marvel’s Avengers at select Canadian retailers. A new system of toys and wearables, Playmation Marvel’s Avengers utilizes smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the heroes or heroines of stories from Marvel’s Avengers.
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.