K’nex and Fox Consumer Products Announce Family Guy Partnership

KnexK’nex Brands has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products to create a new line of building toys inspired by the animated comedy series Family Guy.

The partnership combines the K’nex building system with characters and elements from Family Guy, including Peter, Stewie, Brian, the Griffin Family station wagon, and Stewie’s time machine.

Family Guy, currently in its 11th season, has dominated TV ratings and garnered support from its fans with more than 52 million followers on Facebook. The new K’nex Family Guy building sets will be available at major retailers next spring.

COMMENTARY: Construction Toys Shine Bright

9000One of the most classic toy categories is construction toys. These toys successfully compete in a market full of apps and tablets in their simplest form, without any gadgets or technology. Lego, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoy - they’re all names that kids and parents know and love. But just because construction toys don’t need technology in order to hold their own on the shelves doesn’t mean companies aren’t trying to incorporate it, making construction toys an even more interactive play experience.

One of the most popular trends I’m seeing lately is the addition of LED lights to construction sets, turning creations into a flashy toy that you can display. Some companies have built their entire brand around this concept, such as Lite Brix and Laser Pegs. These building sets allow kids to construct creatures, characters, and vehicles that they can plug in and light up with LED lights. With this sort of creative toy, kids can make their own night lights, room decorations, or just fun creations to show their friends and family. [Read more...]

K’Nex Stays in the Fast Lane with New NASCAR Building Set

Nintendo Mystery Bag SeriesK’Nex, the U.S. construction toy company, is pleased to expand its officially licensed NASCAR building toys product line with new building sets that let young race fans expand their high-speed world. New building sets include the most popular cars and drivers of NASCAR and feature cool new paint schemes.

Each of the NASCAR: Driver Figure Bags Series #1 includes one buildable NASCAR driver. Drivers include No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 24 Jeff Gordon, No. 18 Kyle Bush, or No. 48 Jimmie Johnson, and each figure is compatible with the entire K’Nex NASCAR line of products. Each sold separately, so kids ages 5 and up can collect them all.

The K’Nex NASCAR Figure Bags are available on knex.com and at retailers nationwide.

K’nex Introduces K’nexMen Mystery Figures

K’nex, the U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, introduces its first series of two K’nexMen Mystery Figures. The new figures feature jointed elbows and knees and swivel waists and necks.

The Mystery Figure packs feature 16 different figures in this first series. Young building fans will love collecting and building the figures across many themes including pirates, astronauts, pilots, race car drivers, and zombies. Some figures are more elusive than others, so you never know who you might get!  Compatible with all leading building sets, these new figures are available on knex.com and at toy retailers nationwide.

K’nex, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Take Steps to Find a Cure

K’nex Brands, the only U.S. construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, is proud to announce that for the sixth year in a row it will donate a percentage of online sales to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Now through April 30, 10 percent of all online sales made on www.knex.com will be donated to the CCFA. Donations are accepted with or without making a purchase.

In addition, a team of K’nex employees will be participating in the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis walk in Philadelphia. These events take place at 158 walk sites across the country, where thousands of people gather every spring and summer to join the fight against digestive diseases. You can find your local walk by logging on to www.cctakesteps.org.

K’nex Brands Launches Fifth Annual Fundraising Initiative to Benefit the United Way

K’nex, the only U.S construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, has announced their fifth annual fundraising initiative benefiting United Way. K’nex is donating 10 percent of sales from knex.com during the month of February to the North Penn United Way chapter and will be accepting additional donations through its website.   [Read more...]

K’NEX CFO Named Superhero by North Penn United Way

Robert Haines, chief financial officer of K’NEX, is being honored at the North Penn United Way’s Superheroes United for Kids fundraising event on May 3. [Read more...]

K’NEX Great Thrill Ride Build-Off Returns

For a third consecutive year, K’NEX will continue its quest for future thrill ride innovators, expanding the Great Thrill Ride Build-Off competition this year to include three Cedar Fair parks.

The contest is open to all classrooms and student groups in grades 6 through 12 and will run through April 8. Students are challenged to build an original, functional amusement park ride solely from K’NEX parts and explain the scientific principles that affect its operation. The contest encourages students to apply what they’ve learned about potential and kinetic energy, speed, acceleration, gravity, and rotational motion to their creations. [Read more...]

President Obama Endorses American Manufacturing During Visit to The Rodon Group/K’NEX Brands

President Obama and White House Staff converged at The Rodon Group’s facility last Friday to show support for American manufacturing companies, the jobs they create, and the working middle class. The President’s backdrop was colorfully filled with K’NEX building toys, including an American flag made of 49,000 K’NEX pieces. [Read more...]

K’nex Employees Named As Finalists in Ninth Annual Stevie Awards

K’nex has announced three finalists in the ninth annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business: Barb Rentschler, Kristen Krikorian, and Kate Loffio. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word “crowned,” Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on Friday, November 9. [Read more...]