ROCHESTER, NY— The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York, announced the 12 finalists for induction into the hall. More
EDISON, NJ — Gund announced the hiring of Bryan Bendavid as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of the Gundimals Division. Bryan brings over 20 years experience to this new position, including 11 prior years at Gund as well as leadership-level posts at International Playthings LLC and Russ Berrie & Company. More
Zirndorf, Germany– Playmobil announced a licensing agreement with DreamWorks Animation on “How to Train Your Dragon,” with a collection of original Playmobil sets due to be released in fall 2017. More
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Toy & Game Group Innovation Conference has announced its line-up of speakers. This year’s keynote speakers include Kathleen Campisano (VP GMM Toys, Games, Hobby & Collectibles at Barnes & Noble), Andy Roo Forrest (Partner, Forrest-Pruzan Creative), Jim McCafferty (Owner, JMP Creative), Tim Walsh (Chief Playmaker, The Playmakers) and Michelle Thaller (Assistant Director of Science, NASA Headquarters). More
VAN NUYS, CA - MGA Entertainment is readying the launch of a licensing program for its Num Noms property, the scented novelty + collectibles “novibles” that girls can mix, match and stack in more than 5,000 variations to create a unique and engaging experience, and to trade with friends. More
CHICAGO – The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has announced that 28 specialty toy retailers, sales representatives and manufacturers successfully earned the ASTRA Certified Play Expert credential during ASTRA’s first in-person certification workshop held September 10-11, 2016 here. More
ROCKPORT, ME, -- CedarWorks has been named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work in Maine by the Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management. The statewide awards program recognizes companies that have established and fostered outstanding workplace environments. CedarWorks is being recognized in the Small Employer (15-49 U.S. employees) category. More
SAN JOSE, CA—Sokikom, a collaborative math program where elementary students help each other learn through a team-based game, has been honored with the 2016 Academics' Choice Smart Media Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved for the best mind-building media and toys. More
Toy of the Week: We Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts
Ever wondered what ghosts do in a haunted mansion? Light up all of the ghosts in each challenge by placing all the flashlight puzzle pieces correctly. Featuring 60 challenges, Ghost Hunters is designed for all ages. Includes one game board which can be used as a storage case, 6 transparent puzzle pieces, 30 challenge cards with 60 challenges and 1 booklet with game rules and solutions. $14.99. Smart Toys & Games. 800.542.6375. San Francisco.
Star Wars in Scotland
Stuart Robertson, a father of two from Scotland, recreated scenes from Star Wars using action figures and a wee bit of imagination.
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