China Toy Fair


Chicago Toy & Fair Group to Host Eighth Annual Young Inventor Challenge

CHITAGThe 2014 Young Inventor Challenge, presented by Spin Master, is returning for its eighth year at the annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair. The toy and game inventing competition is open to kids between the ages 6 to 18, and designed to combine imagination, play, and critical thinking.

Attendees will cast their votes for their favorite inventions based on originality, creativity, appeal, and presentation of the marketing message. Six winners in total will be announced in junior and senior categories, including “First Place,” “Runner Up,” and “Fan Favorite” for each. The winners will be announced on November 22, the day of the competition.

Registration for the competition is free, and parents, guardians, and educators are invited to sign up young inventors online before November 4 on the ChiTAG website.

Bunch O Balloons Kickstarter Campaign Blows by Funding Goal

bunch o balloonsInventor Josh Malone brainstormed and experimented for a few years to create a device that would allow his family to prepare for their water balloon fights easily and quickly. On July 22, Malone brought his creation, Bunch O Balloons, to Kickstarter for pre-order. Just 13 days later, he has raised more than 70 times his initial funding goal and experienced overwhelming support from beyond the core tech-oriented crowdfunding community.

One Bunch O Balloons pack features three stems, with each stem containing 37 balloons. Each balloon is attached to a stem by a hose coupling and then secured to the coupling by a small O-ring. Users screw the stem onto a hose and turn the water on, allowing the balloons to fill simultaneously. When the balloons are full, the user lightly shakes the system and each balloon falls off, cinched shut by its o-ring, allowing users to fill and tie 100 balloons in just one minute. [Read more...]

Fall Toy Preview

Everyone is in Dallas this week, but I’m working from home because I’m due to have a baby any day now! I’m hearing good things about the show though, and hoping it’s been a success for everyone. It does feel a bit odd to be here missing out on all the hubbub. I miss the excitement of getting that first peek at next year’s toys and picking up on the early emerging trends. If you’re at the show, I hope you were able to snag a copy of our September/October issue. Inside, you’ll get a look at a lot of the toys being exhibited this week in Dallas for 2010. In addition, Bruce Lund, inventor of some of the hottest toys the industry has seen, was so kind as to write our cover story for us this month. If you’ve ever wanted an inside look at the life of a toy inventor, be sure to check out his article.

If you were in Dallas this week, let me know how the show was for you!

Jackie

Inventor Article-September/October 2009 issue

You can view the article “Everything I Know About Business I Learned from Playing with Toys” from our September/October 2009 issue now by clicking link below:

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