Learning Express Toys Presents Vendor Awards

LearningExpressLogoLast month, Learning Express Toys (LE Toys) hosted a franchise-wide convention in San Antonio, Texas, that included store owners, store managers, home office employees, and vendors. During the event, LE Toys presented its vendors with awards.

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Ant-Man Toys from Marvel, DCP Now Swarming Retail Shelves

Ant-Man AntMan and AntMarvel’s Ant-Man is still going strong in theaters, and so is Disney Consumer Products’ (DCP) and Marvel‘s Ant-Man product collection. The lineup includes costumes, construction sets, action figures, and more from licensees such as Hasbro, LEGO, Funko, Hot Wheels, Rubie’s Costume Co., and Uncle Milton.

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The Art of the Brick: DC Comics to Debut at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney

Photo credit: Nathan Sawaya

Photo credit: Nathan Sawaya

The first venue to host the worldwide tour of the new The Art of the Brick: DC Comics exhibition will be the Powerhouse Museum, part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) in Sydney, Australia. Created by artist Nathan Sawaya, the exhibition will take on DC Comics‘ 80-year history through large-scale sculptures of superheroes and supervillains made entirely out of millions of Lego bricks.

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Lego Celebrates 15 Years at Comic-Con International with Life-Sized Models, Product Reveals, and More

LEGO_LogoAt Comic-Con International in San Diego, Lego Systems Inc. has a slate of activities and events to commemorate 15 years of fun at the convention, including never-before-seen life-sized models, product reveals, and exclusive retail sets.

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Doctor Who to Make Lego Debut in Lego Dimensions

Lego Dim Doctor WhoAt Comic-Con International: San Diego, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed details about Doctor Who appearing in the upcoming Lego Dimensions. Peter Capaldi, who plays the 12th Doctor; Jenna Coleman, who plays Clara Oswald; and Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy, will voice their respective characters from the long running British science fiction TV series in the game.

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WBCP to Show Off Toy Partnerships at Comic-Con International: San Diego

WB Consumer ProductsWarner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) will be at Comic-Con International: San Diego in support of its licensed toy partners, which will feature exclusive products ranging from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to DC Super Hero Girls, to Scooby-Doo, and more.

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littleBits Raises $44.2M in New Funding and Expands Its Executive Team

littleBits1littleBits Electronics Inc. has landed $44.2 million in new funding to further its growth. The additional funding round was led by DFJ Growth, with additional participation from new investors Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, Grishin Robotics, and Wamda Capital, among others.

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World’s Largest Lego Brick Model Ship Coming to the Queen Mary

Lego Queen MaryIn July, the Bright Bricks Lego model of the Queen Mary begins its exhibition. The huge model will come to Long Beach and be displayed on the actual Queen Mary, the world’s most famous ocean liner.

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Barnes & Noble Throws the Book at Toy Retail

This article first appeared in the May/June 2015 issue of The Toy Book.

Science CenterThe great American bookstore has made room for a great American toy store.

Barnes & Noble is the largest retail bookseller in the U.S., with nearly 650 stores nationwide, as well as a thriving web presence. But in recent years, the bookstore chain has also been expanding its non-book offerings, balancing out shelves of New York Times bestsellers with educational toys, games, and collectibles.

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Lego Systems to Build Nation of Lego Makers

LEGO_LogoOn Friday, Lego Systems Inc. joined the White House in celebration of the Week of Making, scheduled for June 12 to 18, with a series of activities that amplifies the importance of play, prototyping, and making in the coming year. Lego Systems initiated hands-on, minds-on making activities at the National Maker Faire in Washington on June 12 to 13, and will again in September at World Maker Faire and the Innovation Festival hosted by the Smithsonian and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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