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<br /> Vol. 30, No. 4 July/August 2014<br /> T<br /> he construction play pattern has always allowed<br /> kids to create buildable worlds and adventures<br /> straight from their imaginations.<br /> But with a recent surge of licensed toys<br /> entering the category, kids are able<br /> to build more and more familiar<br /> worlds based on their favorite<br /> existing properties. According<br /> to The NPD Group, dollar sales<br /> of licensed building sets grew by<br /> 6 percent from 2011 to 2013.<br /> Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants<br /> continued on page 10 Rock Band Figure Pack<br /> The Golden Age of<br /> O<br /> A<br /> R<br /> B<br /> D<br /> Games<br /> page 18<br /> page 23<br /> Multiculturalism at Play<br /> page S4<br /> 5 Games Trends<br /> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=1"> Vol. 30, No. 4 July/August 2014 T </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=2"> </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=3"> </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=4"> viewpoint Editor's STAYING and P laying AHEA</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=5"> T he Big Toy Book's fifth annual Sw</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=6"> STAT SHOT Top Properties: January 2014-June 2014 </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=7"> update Industry GOLIATH GAMES ACQUIRES PRESSMAN T</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=8"> Toy IndustrypAessroscpiaeticontives ETRO & L C</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 9" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=9"> adapt to meet the needs of a loved one. It's also</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 10" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=10"> licenseBuild Familiar properties fill up the shel</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 11" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=11"> </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 12" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=12"> the construction aisle as well—but also a whole n</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 13" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=13"> clamoring for. It's something that we've found, a</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 14" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=14"> De-Constructed: Inside the Toymaker's Headquarter</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 15" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=15"> Joel Glickman, who invented K'NEX in 1992. The</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 16" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=16"> C ns ys ruc in Lego introduces Lego Fusio</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 17" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=17"> Kids ages 6 and up can battle to sto</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 18" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=18"> The Golden Age of A O R B D Games by Mary C</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 19" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=19"> STEAM (adding the arts to the scientific mix) are</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 20" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=20"> A M E E G & Puzzles Bounce-Off, from Ma</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 21" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=21"> </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 22" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=22"> Selfie is a new game of silly expres- sion</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 23" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=23"> THE DEFINITIVE INFORMATION S OURC E FOR THE TOY </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 24" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=24"> ASTRA'S INSIGHTS Ted Kiesewetter T Honored with</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 25" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=25"> MATTEL LAUNCHES NEW DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER STRATEGY F</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 26" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=26"> , president, Starpath Anita Winsor D</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 27" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=27"> Do parents buy multicultural dolls because</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 28" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=28"> Dolls ADORA makes a splash with Adora Bath</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 29" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=29"> In celebration of the Groovy Gi</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 30" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=30"> Trends! 5 With the popularity of the 5</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 31" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=31"> A M E E G S & Puzzles GRIDDLY G</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 32" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=32"> A M E G S & P uzzles RAVENSBURGER has expa</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 33" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=33"> FUNNYBONE TOYS' asks players to look at ob</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 34" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=34"> C ns ys ruc in SmartMax sets, from S</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 35" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=35"> Blocks super, from MINILAND, is a range </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 36" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=36"> C ns ys ruc in Hindi ABC Blocks i</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 37" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=37"> Playstix, from POPULAR PLAYTHINGS, is a co</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 38" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=38"> new What's Assemble First, Then Play With</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 39" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=39"> </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 40" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=40"> International Toy Industry Playground Equipment H</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 41" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=41"> organized by CTJPA and Koelnmesse, will showcase </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 42" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=42"> TDhe U.S. Fashion oll Market: There Are a Few </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 43" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=43"> “ The buyers fear that the same consumer fatig</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 44" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=44"> Source: Google Trends rable music, appeals to</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 45" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=45"> Hasbro will add two new dolls</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 46" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=46"> Dolls Spin Master introduces the </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 47" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=47"> Following up on the launch of The Zel</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 48" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=48"> Dolls Battat will expand its Our Ge</a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 49" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=49"> BUSINESS DIRECTORIES </a> <a title="The Toy Book July/August 2014 page 50" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e874d6aa?page=50"> Flashback: July/August 1994 1. 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