Toys “R” Us Supports Athletes Participating in Special Olympics 2015 Summer World Games

The Special Olympics 2015 Summer World GamesThe Special Olympics 2015 Summer World Games are underway, and Toys “R” Us employees throughout the greater Los Angeles area are volunteering at the 10-day event. Company volunteers are on hand to encourage and cheer on athletes as they reach personal victories in a variety of sporting activities.

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Toys “R” Us Launches Fifth Annual Campaign Benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

ToysRUs,AlexsLemonadeStandToys “R” Us Inc. will launch its fifth consecutive fundraising campaign to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Beginning this Saturday through July 31, monetary donations will be collected at all Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide and online at toysrus.com/alexslemonade.

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TIA Creates Social Media How-To Guide for Sharing the Genius of Play

April15.GeniusofPlay 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.

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Q&A with Mattel: Social Media, 3-D Printing, and More

logo_Mattel logoThe Toy Book (TTB): In what new ways are you using social media to correspond directly with consumers?

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.

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Q&A with Tony Norman, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Innovation First International

Hexbug.TonyNormanThe Toy Book (TTB): How do you use 3-D printing in your R&D? Do you plan to incorporate 3-D printing into your consumer offerings in the future?

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.
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Hasbro and BuzzFeed Team Up for Global Monopoly Here & Now Campaign

Hasbro-logo-jpgIn celebration of the Monopoly brand’s 80th anniversary, Hasbro Inc. has teamed up with BuzzFeed to ask fans to choose which great cities around the world will be featured as property spaces in new Monopoly Here & Now games, which are launching this fall. [Read more...]

Fisher-Price Launches Best Possible Start Campaign with Parents from Around the World

This past Friday, Fisher-Price Inc. released a short film entitled Wishes for Baby, marking the official launch of its Best Possible Start marketing campaign. Directed by Patrick Creadon, and filmed with real parents from around the world on New Year’s Day and during the final days of December of last year, the short film is intended to capture the love and hopes all parents share for their children during their first moments.

The production involved more than 50 crew members around the world, in seven countries over five continents and in 10 hospitals, shooting the births of 27 babies and the first wishes of 26 families. More than 15 hours of raw footage was scoured through and edited within 24 hours in order to produce the 90-second film.


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Skylanders’ #TrapAndPlay-Sweeps Puts Fans on the Path to Prizes

SkylandersTrapTeamLogoActivision 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.

Along with being available for consoles, Skylanders Trap Team is compatible with third and fourth generation iPads—the iPad mini Retina, the iPad Air, and the brand new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

Lalaloopsy Fans Invited to Help Break Pajama Party World Record

Lalal.PJPartybanner 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.

LG.PJParty.cheatsheetLalaloopsy’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.

BubbleBall Inc. to Launch Bubble Soccer in New York City

BubbleA 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.