ChiTAG Group Brings Largest Toy and Game Inventor Event to Chicago Toy & Game Week

CHITAGHosted by the Chicago Toy & Game Group (ChiTAG), the International Toy & Game Innovation Conference (T&GCon) is a networking and educational opportunity in which both industry leaders and those looking to get involved in the industry and/or have their product licensed can come together to share key insights and ideas.

The conference, scheduled to take place on November 20 and 21 at the Navy Pier in Chicago, also includes the International Summit for Professional Inventors (I-SPI), and the Inventor Relations Summit (IRS), which is part of I-SPI. Attendees will have the chance to meet top executives from Hasbro, Spin Master, Ravensburger, NASA, Patch Products, and more.

At T&GCon, new inventors will have opportunities to show their ideas to dozens of toy and game industry companies. Meanwhile, at I-SPI, aspiring inventors can meet colleagues from around the world, experience new technology, meet with manufacturers in private offices, and more. Finally, at IRS, attendees can discover new ideas, products, and innovation from different inventors and companies, as well as discuss ways to strengthen both the inventor community and the industry as a whole.

Registration includes a ticket to PlayCHIC, the toy, game and entertainment brand-inspired fashion show on the evening of November 20, as well as a ticket to the Toy & Game Inventor of the Year Awards. Interested parties can visit the official T&GCon site to register.

Aeromax Debuts New Firefighter, Astronaut Role Play Products

Aeromax.Drawstringbackpack.onkidAeromax will showcase new products at the upcoming American International Toy Fair that are intended to be high quality, albeit for not too much money. They include the Firefighter Drawstring Backpack, the Astronaut Drawstring Backpack, the Alien Invasion Light-Up Flying Saucer, and the Youth Astronaut Helmet.

Both the Firefighter Drawstring Backpack and the Astronaut Drawstring Backpack are lightweight and measure 14 feet by 16 feet. In addition, they fit comfortably on a child’s back and feature bright colors that showcase firefighting symbols or NASA-inspired space explorations. The drawstring backpacks, suitable for kids ages 3 and up, can also serve as an addition to Aeromax’s firefighter suit or astronaut head-to-toe outfit, or worn as a regular backpack to school. [Read more...]

Barbie Reaches for the Stars with Mars Explorer Barbie Doll

The Barbie brand has long empowered girls to dream big and explore a world without limits. But this year, Barbie is embarking on a mission that is especially out of this world with the Career of the Year Mars Explorer Barbie doll, from Mattel.

MARS Teaser Image

Made in collaboration with NASA, the Mars Explorer Barbie doll is outfitted in a stylish space suit with pink reflective accents, helmet, space pack, and pink space boots. Representing Barbie’s 2013 Career of the Year, the Mars Explorer Barbie doll arrives in time to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Mars Rover Curiosity landing on August 6. Currently, Barbie has a resume featuring more than 130 careers and growing.