HoliDAY of Play 2015

How Toymakers Can Succeed with Millennial Parents

by Catherine Mevs, strategy director, Red Peak Branding

redpeak_logo_rgbWith more and more Millennials stepping into parenthood, big name toymakers are trying to guess at the expectations of a new generation of parents. However, from Mattel’s introduction of its Siri-inspired Hello Barbie to Hasbro’s more compact preschool toys, thus far their efforts are either misguided or not going far enough.

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Goblies, or Paintballs Thrown Like Water Balloons, Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Goblies, which launched as a Kickstarter campaign, is a new toy that creates a colorful splatter similar to paintballs. They break easily on impact; however, they are painless like water balloons, and filled with a colorful wet powder that does not result in stickiness.

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CogniToys, from Elemental Path, Enters Pre-Sale Mode

CogniToysToday, Elemental Path is beginning its pre-sale of CogniToys, a line of cloud-based talking dinosaurs that learn and grow alongside children. Recommended for kids ages 5 and up and introduced earlier this year, CogniToys is available in green, blue, or pink; and each dinosaur measures roughly 7.5 inches tall.

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Q&A, Erin Black, Founder of Lyla Tov Monsters

Lyla Tov Monsters is a line of plush dolls created by the mother-daughter team of Erin Black, and her daughter, Lyla Black. Recently, The Toy Book had a chance to sit down with Erin and talk to her about doll-making, launching a Kickstarter campaign, the future of the specialty doll space, and more.

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Titan Series Kickstarter Campaign Enters Final Leg

TheTitanSeries2Calliope Games is in the final days of its Kickstarter campaign, focused on raising funds for its Titan Series game project. The Titan Series is a line of casual, family-friendly tabletop games intended to be playable in 60 minutes or less, and designed for ages 8 and up.

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Wonder Crew Successfully Funded on Kickstarter

Wonder Crew SuperheroThe creators of Wonder Crew are trying to bring new elements to the mainstream blue aisle with its new line of dolls for boys. Wonder Crew was funded more than $40,000 during its successful 30-day Kickstarter campaign, resulting in approximately 500 pre-orders from 35 states and five continents.

Backers voted on the first adventure to go into production, selecting a superhero character as the first Crewmate.

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Zuru Bunch O Balloons to Launch Experiential Marketing Campaign, Plans Big Splash at The Color Run

ZuruLogoLast year, Bunch O Balloons raised close to $1 million, thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Now the product, already launched by Zuru Toys, will make its promotional debut with a guerrilla and experiential marketing campaign this spring. In addition, Bunch O Balloons is expected to receive widespread support across retailers in anticipation of summer.

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Toy Company Kickstarts Hillary Clinton Action Figure Campaign

Hillary Clinton DollBrooklyn toy company FCTRY has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Hillary Clinton Action Figure. The figure is the first toy to authentically celebrate the traits that define Hillary.

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ToyBacker Launches First-Ever Crowdfunding Site Dedicated to the Toy Industry

ToyBacker.com LOGOToyBacker has launched toybacker.com, the first crowd-funding site dedicated solely to the toy industry. The site will serve as a hub for creative toy innovators of all types to share their ideas, gather funding, and bring their products to fruition with the financial support of the consumer. [Read more...]

Time Definitely Flies for PowerUp 3.0

PowerUp3.0A year ago this month, inventor Shai Goitein of PowerUp Toys launched a Kickstarter campaign for PowerUp 3.0, which generated more than $1.2 million and became one of the top funded programs in the flight category. Today, the innovative Bluetooth-enabled paper airplane toys are sold exclusively at Mastermind Toys stores across Canada and in various specialty U.S. retailers.

In 2013, PowerUp Toys launched a Kickstarter page with a goal of $50,000 to fund PowerUp 3.0, a Bluetooth-enabled paper airplane that can be controlled directly from a smart phone app. The campaign reached its funding goal within eight hours. Shortly after the Kickstarter shipments of PowerUp 3.0 were flown overseas to more than 100 different countries, PowerUp 3.0 debuted at the EAA AirVenture Air Show and was made available to the general public on poweruptoys.com.

“Thanks to the overwhelming support of our Kickstarter backers, PowerUp 3.0 was able to get off the ground and capture the attention of major influencers,” says Goitein, inventor and president of PowerUp Toys. “This past year has been an amazing ride and it isn’t over yet. We are always looking to the future and dedicating ourselves to wonders of science and play so that we can create the next big thing for our fans.”