Pley to Stream Designs for Kids to 3-D Print Toys at Home

PleyPley, a toy rental company, will begin to stream toy designs to customers so that kids can print their own toys at home. Pley will include kid-friendly 3-D printers and material in its catalog of toys for rent. Once a 3-D printer has been delivered, customers will be able to download exclusive Pley designs to the printer’s app, print them at home, and start playing.  [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…]

Pleyworld’s First Crowdsourced Lego Design Is Now Available

Pley,HippieDirigibleOn April 24, the Hippie Dirigible, by Russian designers Dmitry and Anna Selivanov, became the first design available for rental on Pley.com to Pley users. It took 82 days to gather 5,000 votes from Lego fans worldwide. Pleyworld has now fulfilled its purpose as a Lego fan crowdsourcing website that enables designers to create, share, and distribute their designs.

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COMMENTARY: Toy Companies Are Going to the Crowdsource for Ideas

Quirky,MattellogoWhen it comes to creating great toys, games, or just about anything, it all boils down to the idea. Great things are often borne of flashes of inspiration, and more than ever, we’re seeing toy companies try to tap into the mental spark of their customers.

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Pley Plays with Experience

Ranan - Head Shot 1It can be hard to say no to a kid who consistently begs for a toy. But once they have that toy in their hands, parents are never sure how long the kid will play with it before they are ready to move on to something else.

Ranan Lachman had the same problem when his son was about five years old. Lachman realized that he had spent about $3,000 on toys, only for his son to play with each for only two to three hours. Lachman knew there had to be a more efficient way to provide toys for his son. Thus, he became the co-founder and CEO of Pley (yes, that’s spelled correctly), a company that allows its customers to rent as many Lego sets as they want for a monthly fee. [Read more…]