Ravensburger Puts Pieces in Place for Non-Stop Family Fun with Expansive New 2014 Collection

Kids nationwide are in store for tons of fun when Ravensburger, the leader in top-quality puzzles and playthings, unwraps its latest line-up of  “picture-perfect” puzzles, engaging multi-player games, ex-sci-ting Science X® kits, and more. Ravensburger’s full slate for 2014 will be showcased at the American International Toy Fair, February 16-19, 2014, Javits Convention Center, Booth #451.

Puzzles
Puzzle fun takes on a new dimension with these latest additions to Ravensburger’s best-selling 3D Building assortment:

  • Light-Up Empire State Building – The dazzling new 216-pc 3D Building puzzle lights up the night with LED rainbow of colors – red, orange, yellow, green and purple – to resemble the world-famous building’s ever-changing light show!
  • Tula Moon – Colorful and whimsical Tula Moon artwork adorns these 216-pc stunners, Tula Moon: Pisa TowerTula Moon: Big Ben and Tula Moon: Eiffel Tower.
  • Complete Puzzle Set – Everything needed for a display-worthy piece of puzzle art comes “complete” in this new line! Each puzzle features a box that starts as an assembly surface and then transforms into an integrated frame. The new 500-pc offerings – New York Colors, South Seas Flair, Colorful Oceanand Boutique Street – include puzzle glue and even picture hangers!

Games
Family game night will be more memorable than ever with these new offerings to help everyone “get into the game”:

  • Spy Tag – Kids and families will take off on an exhilarating race to spot and tag the spies before time’s up! Players quickly draw spy cards and slap them on the matching agent cards laid out in front of their teammates in this super-fast-paced game. Anyone caught with a match when the timer goes off, draws from the secret pile to find out who is safe.
  • Dream Cakes – Players work on multiple cakes at once and judge finished creations to earn blue ribbon points in this bakery-inspired competition. Thousands of possible designs mean different delicious outcomes every time!
  • Scotland Yard – In this redrafted covert game of cat and mouse set on the streets of London, a team of detectives attempts to catch escaped criminal mastermind Mister X. Players use taxis, buses, and the underground to track down the elusive Mister X before he disappears into the London fog! Now with an exciting version for two players.

Science X®
Ravensburger adds to its sci-sational, award-winning Science X line of success-based science discovery kits with these exciting debuts:

  • Dinosaurs – Young archaeologists create their own fossils, excavate a Megalosaurus tooth, build a T-Rex skeleton, and more with this dino discovery adventure they’ll really “dig!” The activity set includes the supplies needed to complete six science-centered adventures.
  • Fueling Future Cars – This new automotive engineering kit will get kids’ minds racing! The high-revving set comes with all the tools they need to build their own mini electric Mercedes-Benz and “steer” their way through nine science-based activities.

Arts & Crafts
New kits in Ravensburger’s popular Aquarelle® range of watercolor painting sets will “draw” out young artists’ creative side. Available in three different sizes, each kit includes paints and outlined canvases along with useful tools and instructions. They include:

  • Fish and Turtle – Perfect for beginner artists, children can select from two underwater-themed canvases. Each set includes one canvas and three paint colors.
  • Monet – This artist-inspired series of well-known water lily scenes includes three different canvases and five watercolor paints.

Mandala-Designer® Kits
Ravensburger gives children the power to transform an ordinary sidewalk into an awesome work of art with itsOutdoor Mandala-Designer kits, and create gorgeous new designs anywhere with its Original Mandala-Designer offerings. Among the newest sets are:

  • Outdoor Mandala-Designer, Happy Ocean – Kids will be happy as clams making their own under-the-sea world with the stencil and sidewalk chalks included in this kit!
  • Original Mandala-Designer, Fashion – Budding fashionistas can create the designs of their dreams with this fashion-focused set, which includes a frame, large and small stencil, paper, felt-tip pen and colored pencils.

Newton, NH-based Ravensburger is the U.S. subsidiary of Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH, a German toy and game manufacturer with a 130-year history of tradition. Founded in Ravensburg, Germany in 1883, Ravensburger is a leading producer of toys loved the world over and celebrated for its meticulous commitment to detail, high production standards and superior quality control. In addition to Ravensburger-branded puzzles, games, science kits and arts & crafts, the company holds licenses for well-known brands such as Thomas & Friends, Mike the Knight™, The Hobbit™, and more

Revolutionary Kick Scooter Solves the Five Most Common Scooter Challenges and is Primed to Debut at Toy Fair 2014

The winter weather’s about to heat up with the introduction of the Sbyke A20—a radically different kick scooter that solves the top five headaches posed by other popular scooters—when this new product debuts at the 2014 American International Toy Fair in New York.

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The Sbyke family of scooters is an entirely new category of boardsport that’s catching fire. Kids and adventure-seeking adults haven’t let this year’s slick ice and snow mounds spoil the fun. In fact, when Shenaya Shannon of MindWare received a Sbyke for review she said, “My son loves it!  He rode around the office; too bad it’s below zero outside. If only I could keep my co-workers off it!”

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Sbyke USA’s innovative line of kick scooters is a cross between a bicycle and a skateboard. Riders most often describe the experience as similar to the sensation of skiing or surfing, but without ever leaving the sidewalk. The Sbyke A20 is the third model in this popular line of kick scooters.

Sbyke is engineered to overcome the five most common challenges posed by other kick scooters. Here’s how:

  • BMX front tire rolls easily over cracks and ruts unlike the small front wheels on other scooters and skateboards that can sometimes cause riders to flip or wipe-out
  • Wide maple skateboard deck offers plenty of room for side-by-side foot placement so riders have better balance, control and comfort
  • Self-standing design means no more fallen scooters at risk of being run over in the driveway
  • The quick action of the hand-brake provides added safety and control
  • The maneuverability provided by Sbyke’s patented rear-steering enables riders to execute a 360-degree turn within the width of most sidewalks

These five solutions make riding a lot more fun while allowing moms around the world to breathe a sigh of relief.

The new Sbyke A20 offers all the fun of the original Sbyke Pro20 at less than half the price. The appeal of the A20 struck a chord with Walmart, which is offering this fun new ride that carves like a skateboard and coasts like a bike at more than 200 stores in the U.S. According to Bart Wilson of Sbyke USA, “We listened to the marketplace. People of all ages are nuts about Sbyke, but many moms expressed the need for a value-priced model that still offered all the fun. We’ve achieved that with the Sbyke A20.”

Sbyke USA, LLC was formed in the boardsport mecca of San Clemente, California by beach locals Brad Wernli and brothers Bart and Steve Wilson. The Wilsons’ legendary history of motorsport products and Wernli’s vision of a quick-carving beach cruiser came together as the patented sbyke® rear-steer platform. This category of compact sports transports will support designs from kick scooters to electric runabouts. The company is headquartered at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. Learn more at www.sbyke.com.

ISAAC MIZRAHI PARTNERS WITH THE MADAME ALEXANDER DOLL COMPANY FOR THE DESIGNERʼS FIRST EVER DOLL COLLECTION

The Madame Alexander Doll Company is honored to collaborate with Isaac Mizrahi, one of the top names in fashion, on a new collection of dolls, doll apparel and accessories. Since Madame Alexanderʼs first collection, fashion has always been integral in the creation of the brandʼs iconic dolls. For decades, the dolls have captured the chic trends from Paris to New York, and now continue the long-honored tradition of working with famous designers with a new partnership with Isaac Mizrahi New York.

Dolls have a special place in my heart. In a way, I began my design career with dolls. When I was a young, I would use my dadʼs sewing machines to create little puppet dolls. Now, itʼs coming full circle by working with Madame Alexander. They have always represented the highest-quality and most beautiful dolls in the world,” says Isaac Mizrahi.

Madame Alexander/Isaac Mizrahi Classic Iconic – Limited Edition $199.95

Madame Alexander/Isaac Mizrahi Classic Iconic – Limited Edition $199.95

The doll collection will consist of both limited-edition collectibles and 18-inch play dolls. True to both brands, this iconic collection illustrates that the “love is in the details.” The dolls will be available in June 2014 at specialty and department stores as well as select websites including http://www.madamealexander.com.

Isaac Mizrahi Modern Iconic – Limited Edition $999.95
This fully articulated 21″ collectible iconic “Cissy” doll is dressed in a modern iconic dress inspired by one of Isaac’s recent designs, an elegant red and pink satin dress with self belt. An outfit is incomplete without the perfect accessories – this doll is styled head to toe with sunglasses, a watch, bracelet and clutch that are based on accessories from the Isaac Mizrahi New York Collection. If you peek under Cissyʼs skirt, she is wearing polka dot panties and crinoline. The doll comes with an illustration card drawn by Isaac Mizrahi.

Isaac Mizrahi Classic Iconic – Limited Edition $199.95
Based on a classic lsaac Mizrahi runway look, 16″ “Alex” doll is dressed in a white ribbed tee shirt and long “Isaac pink” taffeta ball skirt with a pink tulle underslip. Topped with a short orange and pink striped puffer jacket and brown faux fur trapper hat, this classic is completed with black motorcycle boots. The doll comes with an illustration card drawn by Isaac Mizrahi.

Isaac Mizrahi Glamour in Lace $69.95
This 18″ Isaac Mirzahi designed doll has light skin, blue eyes, long silky blonde hair pulled back with a fancy black satin headband, perfect for hours of styling fun, plus she has a soft huggable body for lots of hugs! She is ready to play and arrives wearing a gold metallic dress and coordinating golden brown metallic jacket with a leopard plush belt with matching black ballet flats.

Isaac Mizrahi Hooray $69.95
This 18″ Isaac Mirzahi designed doll has light skin, brown eyes, long silky brown hair with side bangs styled in a loose up ‘do for hours of playtime fun, plus she has a soft huggable body for lots of hugs! She is ready to play and arrives wearing a “HOORAY” pink and golden knit sweater hoodie over a pink shiny party dress, golden ballet flats and is sporting a pair of iconic Isaac Mizrahi logoed black sunglasses.

Isaac Mizrahi Cutie $69.95
This 18″ Isaac Mirzahi designed doll has light skin, blue eyes, long silky blonde hair pulled back with a metallic silver ribbon, perfect for hours of styling fun, plus she has a soft huggable body for lots of hugs! She is ready to play and arrives wearing a “CUTIE” blue cropped shirt over a blue and white gingham button-down, paired with a navy and white polka-dot skirt with coordinating blue sparkly sneakers plus she is sporting a pair of iconic Isaac Mizrahi logoed black sunglasses.

Isaac Mizrahi Wild About Leopard $69.95
This 18″ Isaac Mirzahi designed doll has dark brown skin, brown eyes, curly black hair pulled back with a metallic gold bowed headband, perfect for hours of styling fun, plus she has a soft huggable body for lots of hugs! She is ready to play and arrives wearing a leopard knit print shirt and skirt trimmed in gold with a black and gold lined stretch velvet hoodie and gold Mary Janeʼs, plus she is sporting a pair of iconic Isaac Mizrahi logoed black sunglasses. Your girl will love this new fun fashion doll..

About Isaac Mizrahi
Isaac Mizrahi has been a leader in the fashion industry for almost 30 years. Since his first collection in 1987, Mr.Mizrahiʼs designs have come to stand for timeless, cosmopolitan style. He has been awarded four CFDA awards, including a special award in 1996 for the groundbreaking documentary “Unzipped.” Mr. Mizrahi recently launched the Isaac Mizrahi New York collection at better retailers in Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. Previously, in December 2009, Mr. Mizrahi launched his exclusive lifestyle collection, ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! on QVC. In addition, television audiences have come to value Isaacʼs media presence through his roles on “Project Runway All Stars” for Lifetime, “The Fashion Show” for Bravo and his own series for both Oxygen and the Style Network.
http://www.isaacmizrahi.com.

Since the companyʼs inception in 1923 by Madame Beatrice Alexander in New York City, the vision of this talented and entrepreneurial woman to engage a childʼs imagination through doll play has been upheld to inspire girls of all ages across generations to have fun, develop, learn, and imagine. The Alexander Doll Company and Madame Alexander brands of dolls today uphold that vision and encourage girls of all ages to enjoy a lifetime of doll related fun, gifting, and collecting with products that include baby, fashion, play, and limited-edition dolls that are beautifully designed and age-appropriate keepsakes of quality and craftsmanship. Madame Alexander today also continues the tradition of licensing collaborations with classic literary characters including Disney®, Wizard of Oz®, Gone with the Wind®, Fancy Nancy®, Pinkalicious®, Angelina Ballerina®, and other partnerships. In 2012 Madame Alexander became an affiliate of Kahn Lucas Lancaster, Inc.

Madame Alexander dolls and related accessories are available in all tiers of retail distribution in the US and select markets internationally as well as directly online. To learn more about the new Issac Mizrahi Collection, Madame Alexander brands and The Alexander Doll Company, visit www.madamealexander.com

RED ROOSTER TOY COMPANY LAUNCHES NEW BEACH STAMPS TOYS

The newly founded Red Rooster Toy Company, LLC debuts Beach STAMPS, a new brand of patent-pending, ingeniously designed beach toys at the 111th annual American International Toy Fair at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City (February 16-19).

Beach STAMPS is the creation of Red Rooster’s Founder and CEO, Gary Fallowes, a successful consumer products inventor who brought to market the world’s original and highly popular BeaterBlade® – a breakthrough, patented mixer attachment for electric stand mixers that automatically scrapes the bowl for thorough mixing results. Established in 2013, Red Rooster Toy Company is based in Duncansville, PA and has offices in New York City.

Red Rooster Toy Company Beach Stamps

Red Rooster Toy Company Beach Stamps

Made in the U.S.A., Beach STAMPS are cleverly designed, square-shaped impression stamps in a variety of creative designs that can be strapped to hands or feet for endless fun at the beach. Targeting children ages 4-10 years old, Beach STAMPS allow kids to stamp pictures, create patterns, play interactively and design their own unique scenes on the largest canvas in the world – a shoreline’s beach – as well as their favorite play area sandbox.

It’s estimated that one billion people go to the beach annually,” says Gary Fallowes, Founder and CEO of Red Rooster Toy Company. “We’re tapping into a huge cultural pastime with a unique toy that’s extremely appealing to our target age group. The benefits of Beach STAMPS to both kids and their parents are truly multi-fold, and we’re thrilled to offer the toy industry a breakthrough line that is meticulously designed, with attractive packaging and accessible pricing.”

Beach STAMPS utilize the principal of “negative line art” to allow children to easily create precise images on moist sand with full mastery and satisfaction. Highly rewarding to young children, each sturdily designed stamp attaches quickly and comfortably to hands or feet using latex-free, UV-resistant EPDM rubber bands that are included in each pack. For added creativity and design exploration drawing thin or thick lines, a safe, double beveled wooden sand stylus comes with each pack. All products are made in the U.S.A.

Durable, non-toxic, comfortable, and easy to clean, Beach STAMPS encourage young minds to explore their “inner Picasso” with toys that are lightweight, easily transportable in beach bags, economical, and highly collectible. Interactive games like Tic-Tac-Toe and Rock/Paper/Scissors keep kids busy for hours.

Beach STAMPS launches with seven theme packs featuring 6-8 stamps in a rainbow of bright colors, along with a larger 15-stamp Variety pack. The seven themes include: FantasyCowboySpaceInteractiveAnimals, and Fun Shapes. Pricing is $12.95 each theme pack, and $15.95 for the Variety pack.

New Beach STAMPS will be available at retail nationwide in April 2014. For information and sales orders, please call the company’s toll-free customer service number: 1-800-624-1526. For more information on Beach STAMPS, please visit: www.beachstamps.com.

Calling All Kids: Get Ready For The Happy’s™! Amazingly Adorable, Remarkably Real Pets That Really Play With You!

Meet The Happy’s™, the amazingly adorable and remarkably real new line of interactive motorized plush pets introduced this week at the 111th annual American International Toy Fair®. Appealing to both girls and boys, The Happy’s are the only line of interactive puppy and kitty special feature plush pets that play, can be trained to perform tricks and make 25+ silly sounds. Play “keep away” or roll The Happy’s ball and watch them chase after it. Hold the Happy’s treat and they’ll come running. Each treat prompts your pet to perform a different trick like beg, pounce, follow, chase tail or spin. All Happy’s treats work with any Happy’s pet – so the more treats, the more tricks the Happy’s will do! From the imagination of ZhuZhu Pets® toymaker Cepia, LLC, The Happy’s are scampering onto shelves this spring, just in time for Easter.

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The Happy’s™ – 4 pups on white

With The Happy’s, we wanted pets that would really play with you and these little guys do that and more,” said James Russell Hornsby, CEO of Cepia LLC. “We captured the playful unpredictability of a puppy, a ball and a treat and multiplied it! The Happy’s play with you and with one another – get them in a group and witness a pet-palooza of pure magic.

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Featuring the playful charm of a real puppy or kitty, The Happy’s give boys and girls the pet they’ve always wanted with a magical twist. Just like a real pet, they can be trained to perform tricks and their play is unpredictable. Their world is magical, a little silly and, most of all, lots of fun. Continue reading

Grammy® Winner Alicia Keys To Introduce New Interactive Storytelling App “Mookey” At The 111th American International Toy Fair

Keys Combines Music with Imaginative Play in The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee’s Latest Series App

Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys attended the 111th American International Toy Fair on Sunday, February 16th, 2014 to cut the ceremonial ribbon and take part in a press conference following the opening ceremony.  The press conference included a question and answer session and introduced the new interactive storytelling app “Mookey,” the latest extension of her magical children’s property The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee.

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Singer/songwriter/producer, entrepreneur, humanitarian and app co-creator Alicia Keys, along with Jessica Walton, have teamed up with Bento Box Interactive to develop a series of storytelling app experiences for tablet and mobile devices under the The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee franchise. The apps engage children 4+ on an interactive journey through stories, journaling, games and beautiful, original music scored by Keys instilling important values for the target audience.

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Mama Mae, voiced by Della Reese, is a grandmother who guides her granddaughter LeeLee through each vibrantly illustrated story.  Through the strength of her personality, Mama Mae and her stories inspire and enlighten children of all ages.  The important and special bond between grandparents and their little loved ones is emphasized in this family oriented app.

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“Mookey” is the newest installment in the Mama Mae series, and this particular story touches on self-acceptance and bullying in a meaningful way.  In the story, children will be introduced to Bali, an imaginative boy, his not-so-imaginary-friend, Mookey and his pushy cousin, Ankita. As they follow along, children will learn about courage, acceptance, and forgiveness in the face of bullying.  The app has the ability to facilitate conversation on the issue among families, children, as well as teachers. Thought-provoking and empowering, the Mookey” app is a tool that uses creative play to help youth positively express themselves through a range of interactive activities.  Continue reading

RESTAURATEUR EXTRAORDINAIRE SIRIO MACCIONI NAMED 2014 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

The James Beard Foundation announced that Sirio Maccioni, one of New York’s  most celebrated restaurateurs, will be the recipient of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual honor is bestowed upon a person in the industry whose lifetime body of work has had a positive and long-lasting impact on the way we eat, cook, and think about food in America. Sirio Maccioni will be honored at this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards, the culinary industry’s most prestigious

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recognition program, on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception will take place at Lincoln Center in New York City on  Monday, May 5, 2014. During the event, which is open to the public, awards for the Restaurant and Chef and Restaurant Design categories will be handed out, along with special achievement awards including Humanitarian of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, and America’s Classics. A gala reception will immediately follow, featuring top chefs and beverage professionals from across the country.

Our Foundation is delighted to be honoring Sirio Maccioni whose hospitality is legend,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “Charming guests and indulging their palates for nearly half a century, Sirio has not only set a precedent for fine dining but helped launch the careers of some of the country’s most talented chefs. The James Beard Foundation looks forward to celebrating Sirio Maccioni ‘s continued legacy on our culinary world,” she added.

Born and raised in the Tuscan town of Montecatini Terme, Sirio developed a love for the culinary world while attending restaurant and hotel training programs in Paris and Hamburg. After a series of apprenticeships in Montecatini and Paris, he held various positions at hotels and restaurants in Italy, France, and Germany before moving to the United States. Once in New York, he quickly settled in and developed a loyal following at the historic Wall Street eatery Delmonico’s. From there he made his way to the renowned Colony restaurant where, as maître d’, he became an institution amongst the who’s who of New York. In March of 1974, Sirio achieved his life-long dream of opening his own restaurant, Le Cirque, in the Mayfair hotel. Le Cirque was the first privately owned hotel restaurant in the city and quickly became the hub of café society in New York. In 1997, the restaurant moved from the Mayfair to the gilded setting of the New York Palace Hotel and the landmark Villard Houses, under the name of Le Cirque 2000, where it remained until 2004. In May 2006, Sirio re-opened Le Cirque in its current home at One Beacon Court.

The James Beard Foundation announced that Sirio Maccioni, one of New York’s  most celebrated restaurateurs, will be the recipient of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

The James Beard Foundation announced that Sirio Maccioni, one of New York’s most celebrated restaurateurs, will be the recipient of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.

A love for the restaurant world runs in the Maccioni family and Sirio’s three sons have followed their father into the restaurant business. In 1996 the family opened a casual version of Le Cirque called Circo in New York City; this was soon followed by the 1998 opening of Circo and Le Cirque in Las Vegas’s Bellagio Hotel. In 2009 Sirio, along with his sons, opened their third Las Vegas restaurant, Sirio Ristorante at the Aria Resort and Casino Las Vegas. In addition to three Las Vegas restaurants, the Maccioni family has expanded globally, opening restaurants in the Dominican Republic (La Cana Restaurant & Lounge by Il Circo and the Beach Club by Le Cirque both at the exclusive Casa de Campo Resort) and India (Le Cirque at The Leela Palace New Delhi and Le Cirque Signature at The Leela Mumbai). Later in 2014, they will be opening their first restaurants in the Middle East with Circo at the InterContinental Abu Dhabi and Le Cirque at The Ritz Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, both in the United Arab Emirates). The Maccioni family has also partnered with Holland America Line cruises to offer “An Evening at Le Cirque” in the Pinnacle Grill aboard its fleet of 15 world-class ships, and, in October 2012, Sirio opened the eponymous restaurant, Sirio Ristorante at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New YorkContinue reading