Sweet Suite 2016

Moose Toys Becomes No. 4 Largest Toy Company in U.S.

ShopkinsLifestyleMoose Toys ranks fourth among toy manufacturers in the U.S., according to data from The NPD Group Retail Tracking Service. The data is based on dollar sales of toys from January through March of this year. The company’s growth is boosted by sales of its Shopkins collectible brand. [Read more...]

Lego Disney Minifigures Collection Coming this May

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 8.30.41 PMLego will release 18 new minifigures based on classic Disney characters, the company announced on Twitter. The Disney Series will be available starting May 1, and is the company’s first-ever Disney character collection of minifigures. The collection includes classic characters such as Mickey Mouse, Daisy, and Peter Pan, and new favorites, including Stitch and Mr. Incredible. [Read more...]

Skip Kodak Appointed Head of LEGO Systems

Skip Kodak, senior vice president of the Lego Group‘s supply chain planning and distribution division, has been appointed as head of Lego Systems Inc. and head of the Lego Group’s Market Group Americas, effective April 1.

Kodak has been with the LEGO Group since 2002, when he started as vice president, U.S. Field Sales. Over the past 14 years, he has held a variety of commercial roles and since 2012, Kodak has been a member of the LEGO Group’s Corporate Management.

The present head of LEGO Systems, Inc., Søren Torp Laursen, is resigning to take on a new position outside the LEGO Group.

Lego Star Wars Adventure Continues

freemakers-736x1024The Lego Star Wars adventure continues with new building sets, buildable characters, and an original TV series.

Eight new film-inspired building sets for Fans of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be introduced. Five sets are now available, with one launching in March and two in June. First Order Snowtroopers, Resistance Troopers, Maz Kanata, Admiral Ackbar, General Leia Organa, and more are available in minifigure form for the first time through the collection.

In March, seven new building sets will be introduced based on the Original Star Wars Saga. Characters from the Dark Side and Light Side team up in the Rebel Alliance Battle Pack and Galactic Empire Battle Pack. Experienced builders can recreate the Rebel Force’s Echo Base from Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back, with the 2,144- piece building set. [Read more...]

Women in Toys Announces Nominees for 12 Annual Wonder Women Awards

45d2d355-1dc4-46da-af13-75bedb5a57b8Women in Toys Licensing and Entertainment (WIT), will honor a dozen women business leaders, its founders, and more than 50 finalists at the 12th Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala, which is also celebrating 25 years of the organization.

Game Changer Stylist Micaela Erlanger and Positive Body Image Advocate and Supermodel EMME will be present WIT’s Game Changer Award to Mattel. WIT will also present Sydney and Toni Lowe, two toy making entrepreneurs and the creators of Poketti pocket plush, with the Wonder Girl Award. [Read more...]

Emmet, Wyldstyle, and Friends Return in The Lego Movie 4D

LEGOLAND CaliforniaThe Lego Movie 4D: A New Adventure has officially opened at LEGOLAND California Resort. The movie reunites Emmet with Wyldstyle, MetalBeard, Benny, and Unikitty and introduces a new character, Risky Business, brother of villain President Business. [Read more...]

National Brands Come to Play at Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum will add national brands to its Ten Days of Play experience.

During the event, museum spaces will offer an array of modular building toys, including a LEGO station courtesy of Pley, an architectural building set from Bilderhoos, Tegu magnetic blocks, and big blue blocks from KaBOOM’s Imagination Playground. [Read more...]

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Video Game Set to Launch This Summer

LegoDimensionsStarWarsWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm will release LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens on June 28. The new game allows players to relive the action from the blockbuster, and will introduce new gameplay mechanics and new story content exploring the time between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing additional insight about the new movie and its characters. [Read more...]

Lego Dimensions Adds Five New Expansion Packs

Joker & Harley (5a)Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released five collectible Lego Dimensions expansion packs based on Ghostbusters, DC Comics, Doctor Who, Back to the Future, and Lego Ninjago. The expansion packs include the Wave 3 Level Pack, Team Pack, and Fun Pack, all of which provide additional game play, buildable characters, re-buildable 3-in-1 vehicles, and gadgets.  [Read more...]

Play Fair Offers Attendees Exclusive Fan Experiences

PlayFairPlay Fair will welcome attendees for the first time at New York City’s Javits Center North on February 13 and 14 next year. The inaugural event, hosted by the Toy Industry Association and LeftField Media, will offer families and toy collectors the opportunity to interact with presenting sponsors Lego Systems Inc. and Nickelodeon, as well as toy and family brands, including Mattel, Hasbro, Warner Bros. Pictures, Crayola, and Toys “R” Us.

Play Fair will offer attendees exclusive fan experiences, such as seeing the new Batmobile from Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They will also meet characters such as Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, build their own Lego car and race down a ramp against other Lego builders, watch episodes of Cartoon Network’s We Bare Bears and Teen Titans GO! comedy series, and more.  [Read more...]