Author: Casey Holland

Jazwares Founder Receives Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award

Jazwares‘ founder Judd Zebersky was presented the Owler 2017 Top Rated CEO Award. Owler, a community-based platform used for business insights by business professionals, recognizes the top CEOs from its business insights platform. After he worked as an attorney, Zebersky started a consumer products company to make toys. He has been in the industry for 20 years and contributed to thousands of products. Owler Awards are distributed based on Owler Community rankings. It recognizes the top 1,000 CEOS from 167,000 across 50 cities and 20 industries...

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Colorific to Launch Products in North America

Australian global developer and kids’ products marketer Colorific will bring its toy brands and activity kits to North America. Colorific’s products include activity kits, youth electronics, vehicles, and preschool products, and other items. The company entered a partnership with Perpetual Play Group Ltd and has engaged ChizComm Ltd. to be its agency of record. ChizComm Ltd. will spearhead the marketing efforts surrounding the launch, and Colorific products will make its debut in North America this...

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WBIE to Release Five Lego Dimensions Expansion Packs

Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) is set to release five new expansion packs for Lego Dimensions, available Sept. 12. The Team and Fun Packs are based on Cartoon Network’s animated series Teen Tians Go! and The Powerpuff Girls, and fans can also purchase the Beetlejuice Fun Pack. Players who purchase either of the Teen Titans Go! expansion packs can access an exclusive animated episode, which includes how the heroes came across the Lego Dimensions multiverse. The Teen Titans Go! Team Pack includes Lego minifigures of Raven and Beast Boy and the 3-in-1 T-Car, which can be rebuilt into the Forklift and T-Plane. The Teen Titans Go! Fun Pack features a Starfire Lego minifigure. Players can also build the 3-in-1 Titan Robot and rebuilt it into the T-Rocket or Robot Retriever. The Powerpuff Girls Team Pack includes Lego minifigures of Blossom and Bubbles and the 3-in-1 Octi, which can be rebuilt into the Super Skunk or Sonic Squad, and the PPG Smartphone, which can be rebuilt into the PPG Hotline and Powerpuff Mag-Net. The Fun Pack includes a Buttercup Lego minifigure and the 3-in-1 Mega Blast Bot, which can be rebuilt into the Ka-Pow Cannon and Slammin’ Guitar. The Beetlejuice Fun Pack comes with a Beetlejuice Lego minifigure. Saturn’s Sandworm can be rebuilt into the Haunted Vacuum and Spooky Spider. Beetlejuice also unlocks the Adventure World and Battle Arena. Lego Dimensions, developed...

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Ninth Annual HOPE Week Brings Toys, Games to Pediatric Cancer Patients

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF)  delivered new toys, games, and costumes to local pediatric cancer patients and their families honored by the New York Yankees HOPE Week. The ninth annual HOPE week took place May 22 to 26. During the week, TIF distributed the toys and other items to sick children. One of those children was an 11-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic, who was brought to the U.S. after he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Companies that contributed donations were Cardinal Games, Epoch Everlasting Play, and Rubie’s Costumes. A celebration for the kids and their families was held at Yankee Stadium, including special festivities in a Yankees Party...

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The Toy Association Releases Tips on Fidget Spinner Safety

With the popularity of fidget spinners on the rise, The Toy Association released safety tips to ensure parents and their kids know how to safely play with these toys. The first tip is to follow the age labels to avoid purchasing spinners that don’t have age guidelines. Kids who still put toys in their mouths, especially those who are younger than 3 years old, should not play with fidget spinners because of their small parts. The Toy Association also advises that parents shop at reputable retailers they know and trust because those retailers sell already tested products that comply with U.S. safety standards. Street vendors and pop-up shops should be avoided because the safety of those products cannot be guaranteed. Extra precaution is needed for light-up spinners because they could use small batteries that would be dangerous to ingest. When purchasing a light-up spinner, make sure there is some form of a locking mechanism on the battery compartment. Like with any toy, fidget spinners should be check periodically for any broken parts or damage. Broken items should be removed from a child’s environment. Other safety tips for parents and families are included at...

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