Richard Dickson with Ivan Moscovich
Mattel’s Richard Dickson with Ivan Moscovich at the 2019 TAGIE Awards in Chicago. | Source: People of Play

Another toy industry legend is gone.

Ivan Moscovich, a five-time concentration camp survivor and one of the most prolific inventors in the industry, died just shy of his 97th birthday. Nextoy’s Robert Fuhrer shared the news of Moscovich’s passing via LinkedIn.

During his long career, Moscovich created and licensed more than 100 puzzles, toys, and games to companies including Mattel, Educational Insights, and Fat Brain Toys. Additionally, he penned nearly 70 books and was the founder and director of the Tel Aviv Science Museum.

Mattel founders Elliot and Ruth Handler first met Moscovich at the Tel Aviv Science Museum, after which they collaborated on the Brain Drain series of puzzles during the 1970s. His first game, Merit’s The Amazing Magic Robot remains a popular item among vintage toy and game enthusiasts nearly 70 years after its introduction.

In 2019, Moscovich received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the TAGIE Awards presented by the Chicago Toy and Game Group/People of Play. See the entire presentation below.

The Toy Book team extends its condolences to Ivan’s family and will update this post with information regarding services should they become available.