As part of The Genius of Play campaign, the Toy Industry Association (TIA) has kicked off an industry-wide social media initiative to open a dialogue with parents and raise awareness about the developmental benefits of play. TIA suggests that the social media posts range from encouraging kids and parents to engage in imaginative play, such as arts and crafts and dress up, to asking parents to share how toys and play helped their children reach important developmental milestones.
Mattel: We engage with consumers across all brand and corporate social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, as well as retailer sites, like Wal-Mart and Kohl’s. At Mattel, we have a fully functioning reporting and engineering team dedicated to understanding what the consumer is saying and turning that data into actionable improvements for both our manufacturing and design process.
Tony Norman (TN): We have three commercial-grade 3-D printers at Hexbug headquarters that run pretty much continuously. Design is iterative, and our 3-D printers enable us to engage in rapid prototyping. This rapid prototyping allows us to get real working samples out to focus groups quickly and frequently, so as to gather feedback and make the necessary changes prior to starting production. This highly accelerated production process significantly reduces our time to market and sets us apart from other toy companies.
Activision Publishing Inc. has launched #TrapAndPlaySweeps, a three-week sweepstakes for Skylanders fans. Players are instructed to tweet photos or video of themselves playing Skylanders Trap Team to the official Skylanders Twitter channel (@SkylandersGame), using #TrapAndPlaySweeps #Skylanders for the chance to win prizes through December 11.
In just under two weeks, the Lalaloopsy World’s Largest PJ Party is scheduled to take place, in which MGA Entertainment will attempt to break the official Guinness World Record for most slumber party participants in multiple locations. The current record stands at 34,000 girls.
Lalaloopsy’s World’s Largest PJ Party will be held on November 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. ET, with live tweets and Facebook posts at twitter.com/lalaloopsy and facebook.com/lalaloopsy, respectively, from the event. Anyone can join the fun using the hashtag #LalaPJParty, and participants will have a chance to win prizes, answer trivia questions, and enjoy Lalaloopsy activities.
The graphic above has a checklist of items that PJ partygoers may want to gather in advance. In addition, fun graphics to print and use in Lala-selfies during the party can be downloaded from the following Dropbox site.
A New York City-based start-up, BubbleBall Inc., is introducing bubble soccer to the United States. The sport is regular soccer played inside a giant, protective, and bouncing bubble suit, and is popular in Europe and Australia. BubbleBall Inc. is currently selling products nationwide and inviting people to play the sport in New York. In celebration of the World Cup, the company is also giving away free products through its Twitter sweepstakes.
Reservations can be made to play BubbleBall in New York at Chelsea Piers starting July 12.
Tetris is turning 30, and to celebrate, the iconic puzzle game brand invites game fans to meet up on June 6, the official anniversary date. Meet up planners can register the time and location for their June 6 event at meetup.com/tetris30, with a Meetup.com account, and invite friends and community to come together and celebrate all-things Tetris.
Fans are encouraged to tweet their photos with the hashtags #Tetris30 and #WeAllFitTogether, to promote their local meet ups on tetris.com, Twitter, and Facebook. Meanwhile, the challenge is on at meetup.com/tetris30 for fans to celebrate the anniversary in their own creative way.